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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January 14, 2011 C2N Goes to Denver Skiing

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 (more...)...

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January 7, 2011 Skiing

Speed Check

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 (more...)...

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January 1, 2011 Cornell (Almost) Skiing

Cornell (Almost)

Back to San Jacinto I went for the last skiing day of 2010, this time with the man formerly known as the man formerly known as Bullet (ie, once again Bullet. Or Bill–Just don’t make him angry…) Our plan was to climb up Cornell Peak and ski whatever might be skiable. As usual, however, thanks (more...)...

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December 25, 2010 Skiing

San Jacinto: Fortress of Solitude

Here’s a slide show of my trip up San Jacinto Peak on Thursday. Speedster Brent and I went up the tram and then up the east face. Snowfall totals and icing were eye-popping higher up the mountain. Around Mountain Station and the ranger house, there was still probably a solid 2-3 feet of snow. The (more...)...

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