May 2, 2011

The Paradigm of the Extreme

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 in extreme terrain for obvious reasons.” (more…)

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April 1, 2011

Thoughts On That Helmet Article…

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 what the authors wrote: (more…)

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March 28, 2011

Back from the Bird

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 a lot about what’s out there. Not all rockered planks are created equal. More to come…

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March 6, 2011

Snow Valley $199 Pass

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 all of next season (more…)

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March 3, 2011

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 what you expected, and wind up spending the majority of your “skiing” using whatever techniques and tricks best work to get you down in once piece.

While I find Big Mountain Movie Skiing™ just as thrilling as everyone else, real, human-powered skiing deep in the backcountry is often very, very different (more…)

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February 23, 2011

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 closes with scenes of Wolfgang Lert skiing in 1997 (age 80) and 2001 (age 85). He introduces several old films, which are accompanied by music and narration. His first ski memories are from 1930 in Arosa , Switzerland , where he and his younger brother traveled for ski lessons. The film demonstrates equipment and techniques of the day. This is followed by scenes from Mt Rainier in 1933.

Darroch Crookes leads a group schussing above Paradise and demonstrates turns and tricks. Next comes Yosemite in 1935 with scenes of powder skiing, Count Felix Schaffgotsch touring, and Hannes Schroll demonstrating state-of-the-art parallel turns at Badger Pass. Lert was Schroll’s first ski pupil in the U.S. The final part of this video is a ski chase filmed on Mt San Antonio (Mt. Baldy) above Los Angeles during the winter of 1936-37.

During the preparation for the Ski Hut’s 70th Anniversary, Bahram Manahedgi contacted Wolfgang and received permission to sell DVD copies of his movie to raise money for a new roof which was completed in 2008.

To buy a copy of the “Mugelhupf” DVD send a check for $20.00 to:

Sierra Club-San Antonio Ski Hut
PO BOX 641145
Los Angeles, CA 90064

via Bahram Manahedgi

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February 20, 2011

The Inbounds Powder Experience

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 little crazy (more…)

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February 2, 2011

SIA Denver

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 to Nowhere (more…)

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January 21, 2011

Finding Backcountry Partners in SoCal

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 know of anything I haven’t thought of, please feel free to share it in comments below (more…)

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January 14, 2011

C2N Goes to Denver

C2N Goes to Denver

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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