May 28, 2011 Skiing Whitney Skiing

Skiing Whitney’s North Face

Whitney has eluded me. When I first tried to ski this mountain the defeat was so humbling and so absolute it was years before I dared return to the Sierra backcountry. But, every winter, the thought remained on my mind. The allure of climbing Whitney is obvious. The allure of skiing Mount Whitney, perhaps not (more...)...

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May 18, 2011 Steep Turns & Skiing

Steep Turns & ‘Edge of Never’

One of the things I love about ski mountaineering is that there’s always something new to learn. Over the course of this season I’ve been trying to improve my steep skiing technique, sparked in part by studying last season’s C2N footage. The video revealed I was using a bit of a stem to initiate my (more...)...

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May 12, 2011 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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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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February 23, 2011 Wolfgang Lert 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 (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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