Freeriding Crystal Mountain with a Group of North Face Masters Riders

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Freeriding Crystal Mountain with a Group of North Face Masters Riders
Sebastion Jam punting one out at Crystal Mountain Photo: Mike Hardaker | Mountain Weekly News

CRYSTAL MOUNTAIN, WA – Crystal Mountain is hosting the second stop of the North Face Masters of Snowboarding tour. Located only 105 miles from Seattle, the mountain is an amazing free-riders paradise that’s remarkably empty for being so close to a major city.

The snow has been deep and riders are going off in every direction. We were lucky enough to have Ralph Backtrom show us around his old stomping grounds.

Ralph Backstrom Crystal Mountain Photo Mike Hardaker  Mountain Weekly News

Ralph Backstrom Crystal Mountain Photo Mike Hardaker

Charlie Hoch Crystal Mountain Photo Mike Hardaker  Mountain Weekly News

Charlie Hoch Crystal Mountain Photo Mike Hardaker

Ralph Backstrom Crystal Mountain Photo Mike Hardaker  Mountain Weekly News

Ralph Backstrom activating beast mode Photo Mike Hardaker

Ralph Backstrom Crystal Mountain Photo Mike Hardaker  Mountain Weekly News

Ralph Backstrom Crystal Mountain Photo Mike Hardaker

Ralph Backstrom Crystal Mountain Photo Mike Hardaker  Mountain Weekly News

Ralph Backstrom Crystal Mountain Photo Mike Hardaker

Ralph Backstrom Crystal Mountain Photo Mike Hardaker  Mountain Weekly News

Ralph Backstrom STOMPED no biggie..Photo Mike Hardaker

Jim O’Connor from Jackson, Wyoming placed 10th in the Masters at Snowbird, look for him to ride strong during the Crystal Comp. The kid needs some industry support, come on he beat Travis Rice at the Bird..

Jim O'Connor Crystal Mountain Photo Mike Hardaker  Mountain Weekly News

Jim O’Connor apparently knows how to surf.. Photo Mike Hardaker Mountain Weekly News

Riders from around the globe have converged on Crystal Mountain, in our room alone we have 6 competitors laid out across every possible bit of real-estate. The snoring, farting, stinky boots and just common lack of sense have become hilarious. ( Thanks for the hookup snowboard-mag, or so I think… )

Charlie Hoch Crystal Mountain Photo Mike Hardaker  Mountain Weekly News

Charlie Hoch Crystal Mountain Photo Mike Hardaker

Crystal Mountain Photo Mike Hardaker  Mountain Weekly News

Even the dogs are cool in Washington Photo Mike Hardaker

Northway Crystal Mountain Photo Mike Hardaker  Mountain Weekly News

Northway Crystal Mountain Photo Mike Hardaker Mountain Weekly News

The North Face Masters Crystal Mountain Photo Mike Hardaker | Mountain Weekly News

The North Face Masters Crystal Mountain Photo Mike Hardaker | Mountain Weekly News

Jim O'Connor Crystal Mountain Photo Mike Hardaker  Mountain Weekly News

Jim O’Connor Crystal Mountain Photo Mike Hardaker Mountain Weekly News

Huge thanks goes out to Snowboard-Mag, The Entire MSI Crew and Crystal Mountain for hosting this great event!

Mike Hardaker Crystal Mountain

Photographers like to ride pow too..Mike Hardaker at Crystal Mountain

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