The North Face House Party welcomes winter in Portland, OR—Recap and Photos
words and photos: Mary Walsh
Portland, Oregon is a Northwest pinpoint for brands, pros, and the generally winter-obsessed, offering the rare combination of urban amenities and access to renowned, snowy trails. The hallmark, of course, is the not-so-far-off-on-the-skyline, peak of Mount Hood, snowboarding’s favorite warm season glacier and proving grounds for legions of past, current, and future pros. Snowboarders from all over the world have flocked to PDX in the summer months, heading a siren song of soft snow on the glacier and smooth concrete back in Portland. Many have ended up settling down in one of the sprawling city’s eclectic neighborhoods, continuously furthering the snowboarding community in the City of Roses.
So it was more than fitting that on Wednesday, December 12th, the doors of a nondescript warehouse north of evo Portland were opened to a queue of eager partygoers for the second stop of The North Face House Party. College kids, local shreds, industry veterans, and more filtered into the space, grabbing Fat Tire beers and settling into couches in living room vignettes and behind tables for beer pong matches. An ice luge glowed with purple light. In the back left, an old minivan was parked next to a bucket of paint markers and spray paint cans. Aspiring artists covered the car in layers of bright colors. Across the way, a line up quickly formed at the Portland Axe Throwing booth as House Party attendees learned to properly huck axes at a large bullseye. The smell of Wild Mike’s Pizza wafted in from outdoor pizza ovens pumping out pie after pie, thanks to Scotty Conerly and crew. And at 9pm, the loud and brash melody of Summer Cannibals filled the air.
At 10pm, The North Face team riders, Austin Smith, Blake Paul and Amanda Hankison grabbed the mic to announce the culmination a season’s effort in short movie, Pulp. The assembled individuals swarmed to the center of the warehouse, all eyes glued on a giant screen hanging from the ceiling. As the movie played, whoops and hollers emanated from the crowd, highlighting the excitement of the early season and the anticipation of park laps and powder turns. As the credits rolled, the band took to the stage again to provide the soundtrack for a perfect Portland night, loaded with stoke for the emmerging season.
Big thanks to the crew at The North Face, everone at evo, Fat Tire, Scotty and the crew at Wild Mikes, and everyone who rolled through the House Party. The final stop of the tour is Wednesday, December 19th in Denver. Stop by evo Denver to grab a key to learn the location and gain entry to what will definitely be a heck of a shindig.