West Coast Session Day 3: Madness in the park and a sunset shoot on custom features
Words: Ethan Stone
Photos: Alex Loren, Drew Smalley, Rocky Maloney, Ethan Stone
Day 3 at the West Coast Session dawned on a crew of riders hungry to extract the best shots possible out of Timberline's epic spring park setup. Don't forget, you can ski here for the rest of May for only $110 with the Spring Pass. That's not a bad deal.
The park crew has added an additional jib section on the lift line this spring, turning the Stormin' Norman chairlift into a sea of park features.
While the big booter on the Palmer Snowfield gets prepped for the afternoon, the squad warms up in the park. Competition amongst the film teams is getting intense with Team Mahalo already claiming the win. Rumors are flying about Reed Lewis doing seven different doubles. Meanwhile each team has been given the assignment to recruit a new member. Jasper Newton's Team TBA (Taco Breath Army) is the first to make a draft, picking up Oregon local Conner Bennett.
Jason Arens boosts in the Spraypaint park.
Collin Collins over the rainbow box.
Soon enough the call is made to head up to the Palmer Snowfield, where the Timberline crew has been hard at work preparing this year's 80-foot jump and accompanying wallride feature. With a new location straddling the Palmer midway station (which is still completely buried in snow), everyone's excited to see how the spot will turn out.
Dale Talkington warms up with some cork 7s.
Rocky Maloney gets the shot of Mike McLeod getting the shot of Dale Talkington.
After a few hours of sessioning the jump, [we headed] back to Windell's Camp for a quick break before returning for the planned sunset shoot.
Unfortunately for us, the wind kept increasing, so we [made] the call to scrap the jump shoot for [the night].
Bill Kelly—the back-up plan [was] our up-box to gap over a rock, aka the rock box.
And that wraps it up for Day Three at WCS! We've had unprecedented good weather for this Session and everyone's feeling the brunt of so many days skiing, so Day Four is scheduled to be a "take-it-easy" day – as easy as these skiers are able to take it, anyway. We'll be back with more updates on www.thewestcoastsession.com before you know it!
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