December 9, 2016 The Couloir To Nowhere - Full Version Video

The Couloir To Nowhere – Full Version

I am very pleased to offer the full version of my 2011 film, “The Couloir To Nowhere,” now online for your viewing pleasure at YouTube (more...)...

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November 15, 2016 Mammoth Opens Current Conditions

Mammoth Opens

Conditions out there, I know, are stormy—very, very stormy. We’ll talk about skiing for now (more...)...

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October 12, 2016 October Musings


Fall colors arrive and my thoughts turn to winter. For me, October is the most contemplative of months (more...)...

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September 25, 2016 Summer At A Glance Updates

Summer At A Glance

Well, rather than trying to catch up on my hopeless backlog of unfinished summer posts, I’ve instead created this handy collage (more...)...

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June 15, 2016 Pedaling Breakthroughs Tips & Technique

Pedaling Breakthroughs

It is interesting, looking at video of myself from this past weekend, how similar my technique looks to earlier footage…yet how different it feels to me now (more...)...

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April 17, 2016 Getting to Know You: Dynastar Mythic & Scarpa F1 Gear

Getting to Know You: Dynastar Mythic & Scarpa F1

Quick thoughts here on the Dynastar Mythic and Scarpa F1. The Mythics are mine—I bought them after trying them last year at WWSRA Mammoth. The boots are next year’s model, sans tronic mechanism, on loan from Scarpa (more...)...

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April 4, 2016 Steep Technique: Revisiting The DesLauriers Article Tips & Technique

Steep Technique: Revisiting The DesLauriers Article

In their 2001 article, The New Pedal Carve Turn, brothers Rob and Eric DesLauriers attempt a detailed explanation of the mechanics of the pedal turn (more...)...

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March 30, 2016 Salomon MTN Lab Review Gear

Salomon MTN Lab Review

Salomon continues its quest to transform itself into a major Backcountry/Freeride force with its new, tech-compatible (more...)...

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March 29, 2016 Mammoth News Current Conditions

Mammoth News

Back from Spring Break at Mammoth Mountain and trying to catch up on the usual backlog of things I’m supposed to be doing. Let’s start by (more...)...

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March 8, 2016 Anselme Tips & Technique

Anselme’s Turn

One of my technique goals this year has been to teach myself how to do Anselme Baud’s steep turn (this would be one of the two variants of the original or classic pedal turn (more...)...

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