May 5, 2009 Skiing

High Sierra Crossing

On April 20, Don Sutton and Scott Bornheimer attempted to climb and ski across the High Sierra Route’s 50+ miles in a single day. They ended up taking two days to do the crossing, which is probably good news for us, because it means they got to video more of the trip in daylight. Crossing (more...)...

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May 2, 2009 Tyndall in a Day Skiing

Tyndall in a Day

The plan was simple: climb and ski Mount Tyndall in a single day. There were good reasons to try—and good reasons not. But it is the lot of the occasionally ambitious ski mountaineer to want to do something significant every now and then, so I drove to the Shepherd Pass trailhead and started climbing at (more...)...

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April 19, 2009 Shepherd Pass Skiing

Shepherd Pass

The plan was simple: Tyndall in a day. But as I made the pitch to my climbing partners, one by one they found various reasons to be elsewhere. And who could blame them? To get to 14,018′ Mount Tyndall, you must first contend with one of the worst approaches in the entire Sierra—the Shepherd Pass (more...)...

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April 3, 2009 Skiing

Previewing the Apocalypse

Telluride Dust Storm Red Snow Well, instead of snow, so far we’re just getting more dust. As the afternoon progressed, the sky grew more and more pink, and the snow started to look as if God had sprinkled cayenne pepper everywhere. What a mess! Adding to the atmosphere, today is Telluride’s end-of-season celebration downtown, so (more...)...

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April 1, 2009 A Powder Skiing Crash Course Skiing

A Powder Skiing Crash Course

Literally—more new snow today; more powder skiing. Ordinarily these are the kinds of days that would have kept my dad off the mountain, but he got a new pair of Volkl Mantras, and I have to say, the skis have made a huge difference. He not only skied today…he had fun. I’m going to have (more...)...

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March 31, 2009 Black Iron Bowl - Dihedral Chute Skiing

Black Iron Bowl – Dihedral Chute

The upside of April showers is…fresh tracks on the hike-to terrain. Did the walk up the ridge to the top of Black Iron Bowl’s Dihedral Chute. This is just such a fun, classic line, and getting it with untracked powder was oh-so-nice. What a beautiful day this was! There’s hardly anybody on the mountain right (more...)...

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March 28, 2009 Youthful Exuberance Skiing

Youthful Exuberance

Just a heck of a fun day today at the Arizona Snowbowl. Some kind of an informal race going on at the resort, so the place was filled with kids in costumes. That kind of completed the picture: warm Spring skiing, smooth silky corn, lots of good vibes. Perfect. (more...)...

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March 28, 2009 Skiing

SoCal Mountains – Aerial Update

Mount San Antonio Mount San Jacinto Hopped a flight to AZ yesterday, en route again to Colorado for a little fun. I got a chance to snap a few photos of the Southern California mountains to check snow conditions. Things look pretty burnt. Baldy Bowl is starting to look bare, even above the Ski Hut, (more...)...

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March 14, 2009 Skiing

Mount Baldy – North Face & Dare Chute

Heating Up Dare; Hourglass; Girly Man Summit, looking Northwest A Quick NF Snowpit A Long Way Down Back Atop the Summit Dostie’s Dare—Entrance Skiing the Dare Chute Well this was a fun day! For today’s ski agenda, I thought I’d climb up Mount Baldy, give the north face a look-see, ski a piece of it (more...)...

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March 2, 2009 Memory Lane: Arizona Snow Bowl Skiing

Memory Lane: Arizona Snow Bowl

Well we’re working our way back home now, with a stopoff in Flagstaff for a few days. I’d kind of hoped to do some sort of backcountry tour out here, but a week of record temps has just nuked the snowpack. Plus the forest service has all the key access roads closed, and I’m thinking, (more...)...

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