The fifth annual West Coast Session at Mt. Hood, Oregon began with a bang yesterday, as the highly anticipated WCS public session took over the parks at Timberline underneath sunny skies.
Haven't heard of the West Coast Session before? Shame on you! For five years now we've invited some of North America's best and brightest young ski talent to Mt. Hood, Oregon for a four-day filming and skiing free-for-all. The pristine terrain parks of Timberline and the world-class training facilities at Windell's Camp provide the perfect playground for the invited athletes and media to create a unique ski experience that we bring to you for free online through media partners Freeskier.com and Downdays.eu.
In a break from tradition, this year's WCS began with the public jam session, which usually takes place at the end of the event. The timing was perfect as blue skies opened up over the mountain, and skiers from across the Northwest joined our invited filmers and riders for a no-holds-barred park jam, complete with a hot dog chow break provided by local Gresham, Oregon ski shop Hillcrest Sports.
The day went off just as planned: hot laps through an awesome park from first chair to last chair. Local shredders mingled with WCS invited athletes and team riders from Amplid, Buff, Auviq and Hillcrest to form a ceaseless tide of style coursing through the park.
Make sure to check out the gallery for all the shots, and stay tuned for more from the West Coast Session!
Kevin Malone. photo: Jota Dominguez
Ben Moxham displays catlike ski prowess with a 180 tap on the up-box to tank feature. photo: Drew Smalley
Malone and Nick Miles double-team the tree jump as Sean Logan gets the shot. photo: Ethan Stone
Jeff Kiesel eats a wiener. photo: Rocky Maloney