Doerte Mahanay spent the day
with a microphone and recorder documenting the days events from the first
tracks down the face, to the final sweeps of the Hyak Ski Patrol and the
last sweet notes of the Bunk 42 Band!
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Running time is about 35 minutes
Summit East (Hyak) Ski Area, Snoqualmie Pass, WA
Freeheel Festival 2007
is a Pacific Northwest grass-roots gathering to
celebrate the Spring snow, telemarking, randonee, x-country, and backcountry
skiing. What does grass roots mean? No budget, but plenty of fun!
Cascades Freeheel Festival event was created by skiers for skiers to
promote the fellowship, climate, magic, fun, skill, and knowledge of freeheel and backcountry skiing.
There was socializing all day at the Old
Milwaukee Lodge, at the base of the Mountain.
Telemark Ski Clinics
to the Hyak (Summit East) instructor staff for doing morning and afternoon
Skin up & Ski down Race
The day began with a series of telemark clinics. Next up was the Skin up
and Ski down race.
Joe Wadden, from Outdoor Research, organized the Skin up and Ski down race. Here he is
giving the last minute instructions to the racers.
We went up the Creek Run to the ridge and then down Serpentine, then
Creek Run back to the Lodge.
||The Skin up and Ski down Race start!
There were 25 participants in several different divisions.
It was a very competitive field!
The WAC's own Bert Bradley, #147 is off to a good start!
The elite race was won by Scott Coldiron who did three laps.
Bert Bradley came in
first in the gentleman's one lap division.
Everyone had fun, and prizes were awarded!
Outdoor BBQ and Food
John Martin, the BBQ King, cooking up the BBQ under the big tent!
We had Veggie Burgers, Hamburgers, Pulled Pork BBQ, and potato salad!
Later on when we moved inside for the Bunk 42 Band!!
We had beer and
Tom Welch's fantastic homemade burritos!
Costume Mass Ski
What can be more fun?
Here are some of the folks that participated!
(under the watchful eye of the Ski Patrol)
Joey, Stephen and Sharon Lane, Lynn Simmons,
Joanna D'Asaro, Doerte Mahanay, John Sargent, Mike Mahanay.
at the top of the Keechelus Chairlift and skied
down the face.
Bunk 42 Band
Bunk 42 Band is five piece band that covers
tunes of the 80's and 90's.
them five stars!!!!!
||Bunk 42 Band showing off the super cool Freeheel
festival T shirts.
Bunk 42 is Andrew,
Ted, Pat, McCain, and Eric.
Hyak has an excellent dance floor! There was plenty of cutting the
rug with the tunes from Bunk 42!
Not surprisingly the best dancers were wearing
Johnny Jeans and Brenda Livemore.
everyone that organized!
And thanks to
everyone that helped out during the event!
And all the great Hyak Staff!
See you again next year in 2008!
Freeheel Festival 2007