Reminder here in Denver that my film “The Couloir to Nowhere” is playing tonight, Saturday Jan 29 at 5pm in Theater 2, in the Colorado Convention Center as part of the Ski Channel Film Festival, downstairs from the main floor of the SIA show. SIA attendees get free admittance with your show badge, otherwise tickets are $10 at the box office. If you’re at SIA or in Denver, please stop by and say hello. Running time is a speedy 29 minutes, and I think I can promise it’ll be one of the more unusual skiing films you ever see.
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My history skiing Mt. Baldy’s north face has typically run in one of two flavors: terrifying, or abominable. Okay, sometimes both. Baldy’s north face seems particularly vulnerable to becoming icy, turning the entire north side of the mountain into a deadly-serious 40-45° skating rink. When the north side is icy (and sometimes it’s hard to tell from above), your only choice is to stay away—it’s not skiable (more…)
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Let’s call Brooks Range’s Rocket Tent proof of concept—and the concept is a clever one: reduce weight to the absolute minimum by hybridizing ski gear. Instead of forcing you to carry the usual complement of dedicated tent poles for structural integrity, the Rocket Tent allows you to use your ski poles and avalanche probe instead (more…)
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One of the more common questions I get is from people who have just moved to Southern California, and, having discovered there is actually backcountry skiing in the area, are wondering how to find partners to ski with (as well as where to go). There are a few possibilities I can recommend. And if you know of anything I haven’t thought of, please feel free to share it in comments below (more…)
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One of the interesting things about Baldy Bowl (via the Ski Hut Trail) is that it’s a high use area that isn’t particularly safe. On any given weekend you’ll find a steady stream of hikers and/or climbers going up the bowl, regardless of current conditions. Perhaps that’s an indicator that climbing in general isn’t nearly as dangerous as some of us think it is (more…)
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Time to update my post about taking my Mom to Surefoot. As you may recall, My mom has severe foot issues which have led her to almost completely give up skiing. Last year I think she may have skied two days the entire season. Or maybe she just stayed in the lodge and had hot chocolate—I can’t recall.
While she was visiting me here in LA, she asked if I knew of anyone who made custom ski boots. And so she ending up getting a set of custom liners and customized boots from Kevin Linehan, store manager of Surefoot Santa Monica. The result, I’m sorry to say, has been a complete disaster. Don’t get me wrong, the boots are great. In fact, they’re fantastic. My mom says they’re the most comfortable boots she’s had in over 40 years, going back to her black leather Langes—and that’s the problem. Now my mom wants to ski. All the time (more…)
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I’ve been holding off announcing this until I was sure it was official, and now it is: my documentary, The Couloir to Nowhere, will be screening as part of the Ski Channel Film Festival at SIA Denver on Saturday, January 29, at 5pm. I’m planning on attending the showing, and Dave The Man Braun should be there as well (more…)
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(photo: South Face, Agassiz Peak, Flagstaff Arizona)
One of the niftier gifts I got this past Christmas was a Garmin Nuvi. But I wasn’t the least bit interested in sticking it in my car to get directions—no, I wanted instead to use its GPS-derived peak speed feature instead.
The Nuvis give you a continuous (and pretty impressively accurate) speedometer that you can use to measure yourself doing just about anything. Such as, settling once and for all a long-running discussion between my brother and me, both of us former Alpine racers, which is, just how fast do we ski, exactly? (more…)
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Was it really only two weeks ago that I was climbing in heavy rain on the ski hut trail? Snow levels have dropped from an awful 9500′ to near-record 1500′ in Southern California, putting snow where you don’t often see it, and causing travel havoc, including closing the 5 and 15 freeways.
It’s enough to make you think that SoCal weather is dynamic after all. In case you’re wondering, Mt. Hollywood above Griffith Park Observatory is 1602′, Sandstone Peak in the Santa Monica Mountains is 3111′, and the highest point in the Verdugo Mountains above Burbank is 3125′. So grab the skis (or at least a camera) and get out there.