The 2012 West Coast Session closes out with a bang
Words: Ethan Stone
Photos: Rocky Maloney, Jordan Harper, Drew Smalley, Ethan Stone
This is the first-ever "West Coast Session Day 5" post because we've never done five days of Sessioning before. This year thanks to our wonderful hosts Timberline and Windell's Camp as well as our other sponsors, we were able to session an incredible variety of features over the past five days, and today we managed to squeeze in three, in a end quite suitable for a groundbreaking West Coast Session. As always, we started off with a brief warm-up in the park.
Then it was on to the first feature on the hit list: the 80-foot Midway booter, situated at the half-buried midway station of the Palmer Snowfield. We had gotten a few hours in on this jump already, but had yet to capture the shots we were looking for. Today was the day.
Matt Heffernan gets down on the jump.
Next up was the wallride feature, right next to the big jump at Midway. Luka Melloni was the only soul courageous enough to gap straight onto the wallride, but a few other riders, including Reed Lewis (pictured here) got down with some craaaazy tricks off the side-hit option.
The third and final feature on our list was this step-up elegantly carved out of one of Timberline's huge canyon cornices. Today was our first chance to test this jump, and it was an instant hit.
After hitting the step-up until late in the afternoon, it was finally time to call it quits after a long and successful day on the hill. In the evening we convened for a final rider's meeting to vote on the WCS Rider Awards, which we'll announce in our wrap-up article on May 17. The submissions from the filmers competing in the Camtrol Session Showdown will also be posted online starting on the 17th! Keep an eye out for them, they're going to be insane!
Don't forget, thewestcoastsession.com is the place to go to find all the latest and best from the West Coast Session.
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