May 12, 2011 Muir Skiing

Muir’s East Buttress

In a way, I wished I’d never seen it. I was having a nice, easy backcountry skiing season, perfectly fine, and I didn’t need any trouble. I didn’t need to do anything special. I didn’t need to be special. I didn’t need to be obsessing about hanging snowfields and massive, dead-drop cliffs. And I especially (more...)...

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May 2, 2011 The Paradigm of the Extreme Skiing

The Paradigm of the Extreme

There in some understandable confusion over how, if the hazard level was rated low throughout the Eastern Sierra, two people could have been killed by an avalanche this past week on Split Mountain. Over at ESAC, Sue Burak elaborates a bit on the subject in her May 1st advisory, writing: “Avalanche advisories do not apply (more...)...

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April 1, 2011 Thoughts On That Helmet Article... Science

Thoughts On That Helmet Article…

An article in Ski Canada Magazine examining helmet use stats in the US is generating quite a bit of buzz right now in the ski world. I’ve read the article and given it some thought, and my impression is that it’s easy to misread and/or misinterpret the article’s conclusions. Let’s take a closer look at (more...)...

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March 28, 2011 Back from the Bird Skiing

Back from the Bird

Back on the grid here after four fun-filled days at Snowbird, Utah. Weather really treated us well—it snowed every single day, but was kind enough to break yesterday for a dazzling dose of Wasatch powder. I wasn’t planning on doing any work, but I ended up demoing a bunch of powder skis, and I learned (more...)...

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March 6, 2011 Snow Valley $199 Pass Skiing

Snow Valley $199 Pass

One of my never-ending quests is finding an appropriate place to ski with my four-year-old son in SoCal. We drove up to Snow Valley today, motivated by distant memories I had of high-quality easy intermediate terrain. As it turns out, Snow Valley is offering $199 Season Passes, good for the remainder of this year and (more...)...

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March 3, 2011 Skiing

Andrew McLean’s Side-Step Tutorial

In cased you missed it, Andrew McLean put up an interesting chute-skiing tutorial video on his site a few days ago. I recommend checking it out. What I really like about the video is that it shows what real ski mountaineering/steep skiing often looks like: you traverse in, feel things out, discover conditions aren’t exactly (more...)...

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February 23, 2011 Skiing

Wolfgang Lert’s “Mugelhupf”

Wolfgang Lert died in his San Francisco home on Feb 13, 2009 at the age of 91. He was one of the founders of SMS as well as a builder of the San Antonio Ski Hut. In 1936-37 he made a ski movie, “The Original Mugelhupf Movie” filmed on Mt.Baldy. This 23-minute video opens and (more...)...

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February 20, 2011 The Inbounds Powder Experience Skiing

The Inbounds Powder Experience

About a foot of new snow on the ground here in Flagstaff meant it was a mad-dash morning for a powder day at the Arizona Snowbowl. Those of you who sometimes wonder if you’re crazy for climbing hours up mountains only to ski a few minutes back down, the answer is yes—but maybe only a (more...)...

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February 2, 2011 SIA Denver Skiing

SIA Denver

The SnowSports Industries America’s SnowShow is the largest and “most concentrated” trade show in the snow sports industry. This year, The Ski Channel decided to hold their inagural film festival concurently with SIA at the Denver Convention Center, which is what got me to attend, as the festival included my short ski documentary, The Couloir (more...)...

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January 21, 2011 Finding Backcountry Partners in SoCal Skiing

Finding Backcountry Partners in SoCal

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 (more...)...

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