This week’s weekly high-five goes out to Tyler Ceccanti, Crystal Mountain local, for landing what looks to be the sweetest gig in skiing. Tyler, along with Bobby Brown, Tim Durtschi, Austin Smith, Iris Lazzareschi, Shayne Pospisil, Yancy Caldwell, and Tim Humphreys, joined the Smith Goggle crew in their own private Idaho.
Deep in the wilderness of Idaho’s Sawtooth Range lies Smiley Creek Lodge, a small wilderness lodge/restaurant/outfitter. It is here that Smith has created the ultimate backyard park. 900 acres of former mining property make up what can only be described as every snow slider’s dream come true. The tailing piles from the mine make perfect landings for big kickers, kickers built by a big, bad Prinoth Snowcat. The upper “cirque” area has cliff drops, cornices, and windlips. The trees are thick and deep, and the back side has a seemingly endless expanse of sunny pow fields. What more could one ask for? How about an eight-person cat waiting at the bottom to zip you right back up to the top of the ridge.
Take a look at the teaser below. Tyler is the one in the green jacket. I just want to know one thing: next time, how do I get invited? Hey, I wear Smith Goggles.
Just in case anyone’s planning on building their own private Idaho (or Washington or Oregon), I just want to say for the record that I’m available for that photo shoot.