April 29, 2015 News

Mobilization In Progress…

Just a very quick note here to let you know I’m in the process of updating SierraDescents to be more accessible on mobile devices–ie, your smartphone (more...)...

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January 11, 2013 The Echo Test News

The Echo Test

By now you’ve likely seen this video of an avalanche that trapped one skier on Echo Peak in the Tahoe Sierra on December 30, 2012. This is exactly the kind of video that tends to polarize opinions—the party members display a startling lack of familiarity with their avalanche gear (gear in general seems to prove (more...)...

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December 14, 2012 News

As I Write These Words…

As I write these words, my five-year-old son is sitting in his kindergarten class, making Christmas tree ornaments and enjoying a last-day-of-class party before his long Christmas vacation begins. And the thought that sends me into uncontrollable fits of sobbing, over and over, is that he is coming home today. My son will come home (more...)...

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September 20, 2012 Andrew McLean Visits SoCal News

Andrew McLean Visits SoCal

Don’t miss your chance to meet legendary ski mountaineer and Chuting Gallery author Andrew McLean, who will be speaking at Caltec in Pasadena next Thursday, September 27 at 7:30 p.m. I have to say, there are a lot of parallels between Andrew and me: we both started as ski racers, moved on to become steep (more...)...

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July 3, 2012 Mammoth Lakes Declares Bankruptcy News

Mammoth Lakes Declares Bankruptcy

Only days after Mammoth Mountain gave the axe to June Mountain, plunging the town of June Lake into crisis, Mammoth’s hometown of Mammoth Lakes has now declared bankruptcy, following a botched development agreement and a failed court appeal that leaves the tiny community unable to pay a massive $43 million dollar breach-of-contract judgment (more...)...

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June 28, 2012 Sony Crashes GoPro/Contour Party News

Sony Crashes GoPro/Contour Party

Well, we knew it was coming; the only question was when. Sony has announced a helmet cam to be available fall 2012. The design appears to hybridize both GoPro and Contour concepts: the camera chassis is upright, ala Contour, and comes with a (presumably) waterproof housing. Note that it has a Zeiss lens, and image (more...)...

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June 22, 2012 News

No June?

It’s just kind of hard to believe: Mammoth Mountain has abruptly announced they’re closing June Mountain indefinitely for feasibility studies. Reading between the lines, this basically looks like a kiss of death. As a ski area, June has much to offer, including powder glades, rolling intermediate terrain, stunning scenery, and incredible sidecountry access. But it’s (more...)...

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April 17, 2012 News

‘The Couloir to Nowhere’ on TV

I am so delighted to make this announcement: my documentary, The Couloir to Nowhere, is now available on television via The Ski Channel. That’s right, you can now watch my adventure filmmaking masterpiece in the comfort and privacy of your own home, on your very own big-screen TV. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and perhaps most (more...)...

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March 8, 2012 Steve Romeo: Live to Ski News

Steve Romeo: Live to Ski

What comfort is there for the rest of us when someone this smart, this experienced, this funny and vibrant, is taken by an avalanche? The bodies of Tetonat.com ski mountaineer Steve Romeo and friend Chris Onufer were recovered today on Ranger Peak in Grand Teton National Park. Steve’s site was a huge source of information (more...)...

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February 14, 2012 News

Avalanche Fatality – Airbag Deployed

Great sadness fills me as I learn that 38-year-old Telluride resident Nate Soules was killed by an avalanche yesterday in the Bear Creek backcountry. The Telluride Watch says Soules was wearing an airbag pack, which he successfully deployed. However, the airbag was reportedly found by rescuers in a ‘shredded’ condition (more...)...

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