Mt Baker Seshup 2018 – The Greatest Party-Kicker session – Recap
Mt Baker Seshup: The greatest party-kicker session
Words by Matt Wainhouse, Photos by Jeremy Dubs
Each year as the end of spring approaches the diehard Washington ski and snowboard scene has one last gathering on the sidelines of Mt Baker Ski Area equipped with a few kegs, a DJ and a big ole kicker. Normally with backcountry jumps, especially in the thick of winter, you don’t invite your entire Facebook friend list to come join and hit it. This jump however, it is encouraged.
The “Grandma’s Step-Up” has got to be one of the most hit backcountry jumps of all time. The landscape on this side of the mountain makes it for the most perfect jump-building zone with landings extending for a half of a mile towards Table Mountain. Right in the middle lies The Step Up, a beautiful, massive wind-lip with a straight forward and steep run-in. Without the kicker set in place, you travel a deceiving 30 feet up before reaching the knuckle. Behind the knuckle a mellow slope curves down towards Bagley Creek. It’s a perfect location, not far from the parking lot, for a big floaty jump with little consequence.
This year we had a turnout of nearly 300 people to come and join the party. Not everyone hits the jump as it is certainly test of board control getting to the jump. But as soon as riders had gotten comfortable mayhem broke loose. Riders started to roll trains off the booter to spice things up. Dodging your buddy in the run-in, trying to be as close as possible, hopefully not landing on the person ahead of you. It turned into a good ole fashion huck fest but at the same time it’s all about going as big as you can. As usual there were many beautiful, huge Mt Baker methods.
Some of the standout boarders included: Max Dre, (our dedicated shoveler and guinea pig), Josh Rosen (over the hill and still going the biggest), Nick Ennen (came to show the young crowd how to pop off this jump), Russell Winfield, Leif Jones, Robin Foster, Jordon Frager, Jonah Shlicker (Iguana King), Travis Claughton, TK Romer, JJ Johnson, Jake Aaronson and Robbie Hutton.
The crowd loved the entertainment and it seemed right on par with years’ past. Although the powder days of the 2018 are behind us, the Mt Baker Seshup is one of the funnest, and funniest, days of the year on snow. I already cannot wait for next year.
A shoutout to Jason Speer, Brad Andrew and their crew who started this session 15 years ago is deserved. Thank you to those before us, you have allowed this to evolve into something special. RIP Donnkee!