Mt. Baker Sesh Up 2019 Recap

Words:  Patrick McCarthy  Team Manager  @patrickmccarthy 

Every ski resort has its end of the season send-off. Some resorts do a pond skim, some hold a contest, and others do a retro riding day. As Mt. Baker’s season comes to a close, the local snowboarding and ski community send off the season with style. With pure blood, sweat, and tears, and no resort involvement or cat time, the motivated community grabbed their shovels and built a kicker for the annual Mt. Baker Sesh Up Event.

Team Rider Matt Wainhouse headed up to the mountain last Friday with a small crew to assemble the build. Waino, Cameron Hamilton, Max Dre, Brian Schaefer, and Jamie Baril all worked to stack the jump for Saturday. Big thanks to the crew for putting in the work and getting everything dialed for the event. 

“The Sesh Up has always been a fun gathering of die-hard skiers and boarders in the Northwest. During chairlift season, I don’t always get a chance to ride with many of these fellow rippers, but at this Sesh, everyone is invited. One cool thing about the Sesh Up is the iconic jump. Although big and intimidating for most, it is a relatively safe jump due to the terrain and slushy snow. We’ve luckily never had a major injury at the event and there have been plenty of hard spills over the years. Here’s to many more seasons of sending and walking away!” – Team Rider, Matt Wainhouse

These events give us all some closure to the winter season. This year marks my 20th year at the Mt. Baker Sesh Up. Over the years, the event has taken on many different forms. It started with just a couple locals wanting to make a big park jump since back in the day the resorts rarely had any. Next, it became a session for the core rippers. Now, the Mt. Baker community has embraced the fact that everyone wants a crack at hitting it and the session was opened to anyone willing to go big and send it. 

Time flies when your taking flight with your friends. Coming up and hitting this jump 20 years ago was one of the things that sold me on this place that I now call home. It’s hard to express how much joy it brings me seeing skiers and snowboarders still finding this place to be a mecca for expression and signing off the season with a bang! I can’t wait to get the drop in jitters again next year. 

Words:  Patrick McCarthy  Team Manager  @patrickmccarthy 

Photo Credit: Matt Wainhouse, Max Dre Djenohan, Patrick McCarthy