For years, Sage Cattabriga-Alosa has wowed us with earth shattering ski segments in Teton Gravity Research films. His travels have taken him around the world and he has conquered some of the burliest terrain in the Great North Kingdom with unequivocal style.
But when Sage isn't busy taking down big mountains, the 33-year-old spends his time in outdoor haven and cultural hotbed Portland, Oregon. Having spent summers in southern Oregon for much of his childhood, Cattabriga-Alosa welcomed a chance to live in the Pacific Northwest full-time. With mountains and the ocean just short drives away, the extreme skier is able to balance city life with his outdoor adventures, and soak up the creative Portland culture while he's at it. We asked Sage what was so great about the Rose City, and here's what he had to say.
Where to ski
Being based in Portland I have options. Mt. Hood is the closest, and there are a few areas. If it's powder, I go to Mt. Hood Meadows, especially early season before things get too buried. There is lots of fun terrain and little features.
If it's hard pack, I like to hit up Timberline for some terrain park time. I keep it real mellow, do some big threes, and speed through the rail section launching over the technical ones with a tap here and there, and sliding the simple ones.
If it's been snowing all day, I hit up Mt. Hood Ski Bowl for a night session where the terrain is short, but real fun, and the place has that soulful feel of a small ski area.
Where to eat and drink
For food there are endless options. My favorite, and weekly treat, is Por Que No--a taquería that has two locations, uses local meats and produce, and has a good amount of options. I go with tacos, and usually order two carnitas, one of seasonal veggie, and either a chorizo, or pollo verde, to round it out. For an affordable option go with a Bryan’s Bowl, and get the chips and salsa. They have some great margaritas, but my favorite is the michelada, which is a Tecate over ice, with some sauces and spices mixed in. Don’t be dissuaded by the line (which almost always exists). It moves fast and there is always a table when you need it.
Sites worth a visit
Powell's Books is the easy answer to the must-visit spot. When I first moved here and I heard about it, I thought, “What's the big deal? I've been to book stores before.” Well, after the first time there I understood. Powell’s is a multi-level massive place that has an insane amount of books covering about every subject. I love that they have used and new books along every shelf.
Portland is full of cool zones--Alberta Street, Mississippi Avenue, and Hawthorn are some hot spot strips that have restaurants, cool shops, and fun things to do.
If you're a skateboarder, you have to check out the Burnside skate park, even if it’s just to watch, and out in the north sits Pier Park, which has an amazing bowled out park with a full pipe an vert bowls.
Places to sleep
The Jupiter Hotel is one of the coolest spots in town. It's hip and is all about good times. It's joined by the Doug Fir, which is a restaurant, bar, and music venue. It's a five-minute walk from downtown and walking distance from several cool spots. Rather than a mint on the pillow they hook you up with condoms, and ear plugs for a restful night, or a restless one.
Check out Sage Cattabriga-Alosa and crew in this year’s TGR flick “Way of Life,” or watch his full segment below.
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