Video: West Seattle downhill skiing, Gatewood to Lowman

Greg Daly just shared that video of his skiing adventure today from the highest point in Seattle – Myrtle Reservoir Park, 520 feet above sea level – down to the water, at Lowman Beach Park. He’s not the first to do it – after Snowmare 2008, we learned of a group who made the same trip twice – but Greg’s the only one we’ve heard about this time around!

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39 Replies to "Video: West Seattle downhill skiing, Gatewood to Lowman"

  • chas redmond January 18, 2012 (9:17 pm)

    Nice run. Sweet video – head cam?

  • kevin January 18, 2012 (9:22 pm)

    WOW! This is an amazing video! I’m only guessing from the video, that he must have been making some real good time on those skies. Almost scary to watch. Thank you for the virtual ski trip Greg!

  • Sara January 18, 2012 (9:24 pm)

    I did the same ski today from Myrtle down Frontenac on my x-country skis! So fun! :)

  • Sue January 18, 2012 (9:24 pm)

    Awesome! I’d like to know how easy it was getting back though :)

  • Derek Birnie January 18, 2012 (9:24 pm)

    Just Chas’ kind of thing!

  • islewrite January 18, 2012 (9:29 pm)

    I’m not a skier, so I really enjoyed this new perspective of my hometown….past my grandma’s old apartment and our family’s best friends’ home. Thanks for sharing, Greg!

  • Valerie January 18, 2012 (9:31 pm)

    I love this! Thanks for sharing!

  • soundDogswims January 18, 2012 (9:32 pm)

    Thx for sharing that Greg. Very nice! Tune was cute too.

  • Barb Wuerth January 18, 2012 (9:33 pm)

    My old stomping ground. What a great video!

  • AlexDe January 18, 2012 (9:37 pm)

    Cool video and perspective on a route that a lot of us have probably driven many times.

    TFS Greg!

  • Amy January 18, 2012 (9:40 pm)

    Where’s the cops?

  • Jennifer Hall January 18, 2012 (9:42 pm)

    Wow! Thanks so much for this! A virtual ski trip of our neighborhood! Something to share with out-of-town facebook friends who’ve never seen this wonderful place!

  • Kevinator January 18, 2012 (9:47 pm)

    Where is the ski lift?

  • avalon resident January 18, 2012 (9:48 pm)

    That was an awesome trip Greg, Thanks for sharing :)

  • smile January 18, 2012 (10:15 pm)

    This is WAY COOL! The music is perfect too. Thanks Greg !

  • Admiral Girl January 18, 2012 (10:21 pm)

    Way to love the snow day! Thanks for sharing.

  • Steve January 18, 2012 (10:29 pm)

    I took a run down Charlestown to Alki today, fun stuff. The climb up went pretty quick!

  • mary January 18, 2012 (10:30 pm)

    Love the video and music. Nice way to remember the day!Thanks Greg for sharing the run.

  • kumalavula January 18, 2012 (10:40 pm)

    sweet ride! thanks for letting the rest of us tag along :)

  • KD January 18, 2012 (11:41 pm)

    Greg, what a great sleigh ride, but question on the superlative song: is U.S.E. a local band? I’m not an I-pod person or very techie, so is there the good ‘ol standby of a CD to be purchased at the good ‘ol standby like Easy Street Records? I really enjoyed your audio & visual treat. (even though I hate the snow – rain lover!)

  • Brontosaurus January 18, 2012 (11:46 pm)


  • Jo Lacy January 19, 2012 (1:47 am)

    That totally made me smile ! What a perfect use of a snow day……thanks for sharing it with us.

  • Sue January 19, 2012 (3:44 am)

    KD, I found this site for the band online where you can buy a digital copy: and they also have a facebook page at – perhaps they can tell you if they sell actual albums rather than digital.

  • Lisa January 19, 2012 (5:54 am)


  • miws January 19, 2012 (7:50 am)

    That was a fun ride, Greg, thanks!


    (Sorry about screaming in your ear, like a girl, going down the steep hills!)



  • grr January 19, 2012 (8:55 am)

    thanks for the music link, Sue. I’ll just ASSUME that Greg did the right thing and bought the song he used in the video. Wouldn’t want to use some artists work for free ya know.

  • KD January 19, 2012 (9:53 am)

    I’ll just go into Easy Street and ask for their help. Again, not techie, don’t know how to ‘download’ digitally and would never purchase online anyways. Thanks for the help though Sue (WSB community!) Greg…any tips? (maybe he’s out skiing again!)

  • Donna and Ken January 19, 2012 (10:21 am)

    Awesome! Better than the Xmas movie we all watched.

  • bridge to somewhere January 19, 2012 (10:35 am)

    United States of Electronica is a Seattle band, and relatively popular; most likely Easy Street carries some of their albums.
    Great video!

  • Janey B. Smith January 19, 2012 (10:57 am)

    Thanks for the nice video! i miss skiing

  • Kayakalki January 19, 2012 (11:23 am)

    Hey Greg, Great video. We will give you a complimentary ski tune at Mountain to Sound Outfitters. I am sure the edges are a little rough after that.

  • Dan January 19, 2012 (11:35 am)

    Great video!

  • bettytheyeti January 19, 2012 (12:46 pm)

    Love, love, love it! Music too. Thank you for sharing your Ski West Seattle Video.

  • amnesiak January 19, 2012 (12:58 pm)

    Hey guys, Greg here – thank you for all the nice comments. I love WS and the WSB. To answer some questions:

    Yes, U.S.E. is a local band and yes I did buy the song. The other song I contemplated was Minus the Bear – Hooray, which is actually about a snow day in seattle. Check that song out!

    I got back up the hill by using climbing skins. The ones I have are made by black diamond and they look like the same material as a 70s vintage orange velour chair my parents had. They are slippery in one direction and grippy in the other. They clip on to the tip and tail of the skis and have glue on the underside. By far the best way to get around yesterday!

    Everything was filmed on a Contour Roam camera – Contour is a Seattle company. I got the cam by being in a focus group. I’ve used it for everything from skiing (duh) to filming my daughter jumping in the pool with me. It’s a really solid product. Plus you don’t look like a teletubby when you wear it.

    @M2S/Kayakalki – you guys rock and I’ll take you up on it! Like I said on FB the expert mounting job was entrusted to your shop. I tried to turn without laying any edges in… that’s why it was fast at some points. haha.

  • Jon e. Rock January 19, 2012 (1:43 pm)

    Hi Greg,
    I play in U.S.E, and just wanted to say thanks for putting our song in your vid. Such cool shots. Great clip. Have fun!

  • Bob January 19, 2012 (2:04 pm)

    I saw my house. Woo hoo!

  • Jon in Gatewood January 19, 2012 (3:04 pm)

    Thanks for filming, thanks for posting, and thanks especially for putting my street and house on the video :) Posted the WSB link to Facebook for all my friends ’round the world to see. Freaking brilliant work!

  • Beth January 20, 2012 (3:22 pm)


  • Fiwa Jcbbb January 23, 2012 (10:11 pm)

    I’m sorry to have to do this, really. That is a truly wonderful video. I was so happy to get enough snow to get the old metal-runner sled out, it didn’t occur to me to ski all the way down. Brilliant! But…that music makes me want to jam ski poles in my ears. Senseless autotuned electronic garbage. What passes for music these days i guess. Ugh. Ruins the whole thing. The yodeling they played on the chairlift tower speakers at Ski Acres would be welcome relief.

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