May 23, 2011

Whitney!

Whitney!

I’m so excited—Whitney has eluded me since 2006, when I passed on skiing the Mountaineer’s Route, figuring I’d get to it next season. Every year since then, I’ve waited for the north chute (above the notch) to fill in…and waited, and waited, and waited (more…)

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April 19, 2011

Thor Peak

Thor Peak

Every time I visit the Whitney Portal area, I always look up at Thor Peak and wonder about skiing it—but I never do. This time, erratic coverage in the Eastern Sierra had us scrambling for a backup plan, and when I looked up at Thor Peak’s east couloirs, they both looked pretty well filled in. The summit snowfield was smooth but much too soft (more…)

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April 5, 2011

The Girly Man

The Girly Man

Yes, it’s Southern California’s infamous steep-skiing classic, the Girly Man Chute, seen here in far from ideal conditions on an alternately foggy and sunny warm April day. Girly Man’s entrance seems to vary depending on coverage. On Saturday it was at least 55° at the entrance, maybe a tad steeper, with dangerously soft snow hanging above a rock garden (more…)

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March 7, 2011

SierraDescents Performance Art

SierraDescents Performance Art

Believe it or not, this actually started out as a business-as-usual review of the Icebreaker Quantum Liner Glove. Occasionally, however, a truly unique piece of gear comes along, inspiring me to really dig in and go the extra mile (original accompanying music composed and performed by me).

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February 28, 2011

Sweet, Sweet Jean

Sweet, Sweet Jean

Cold Storm Good. Mmmm…

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February 23, 2011

Arizona Snowbowl: Top to Bottom

Arizona Snowbowl: Top to Bottom

Continuing my award-winning Top to Bottom video series, here is a POV ski descent of the Arizona Snowbowl via the Spur Catwalk, Lower Bowl, Logjam, Wild Turkey, and Round Up—or, as the locals like to call it, “Bowl”. Chair was running smoothly today, crowds were light, and sun was shining, so all is forgiven (more…)

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February 15, 2011

Palmyra Peak

Palmyra Peak

You really can’t understand how extraordinary Telluride’s hike-to 13,320′ Palmyra Peak is unless you actually go up the bastard. This is wild country, fully deserving of its EX rating, offering the kind of remote and intimidating skiing you just don’t get within the bounds of (realistically) any other major North American resort (more…)

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January 24, 2011

Mt. San Antonio – North Face

Mt. San Antonio - North Face

My history skiing Mt. Baldy’s north face has typically run in one of two flavors: terrifying, or abominable. Okay, sometimes both. Baldy’s north face seems particularly vulnerable to becoming icy, turning the entire north side of the mountain into a deadly-serious 40-45° skating rink. When the north side is icy (and sometimes it’s hard to tell from above), your only choice is to stay away—it’s not skiable (more…)

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December 6, 2010

Winter Yearbook (2009-2010)

Winter Yearbook (2009-2010)

Maybe I needed a little space to make sense of this past winter. It seemed at the time like I just wasn’t getting out there as much as I wanted, but now that I’ve edited all the photos into a single compilation, I realize…it was an amazing year. By any measure, it was the best year I’ve had in California. Any one of the many highlights would have made it a fantastic season on its own.

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November 15, 2010

The ‘Couloir to Nowhere’ DVD is Here!

The 'Couloir to Nowhere' DVD is Here!

It’s here at last: the Couloir to Nowhere DVD is now available, just in time for the holiday season! SierraDescents’ first-ever short film tells the story of our ski descent of Iron Mountain, deep in the heart of the San Gabriel Mountains. When I first took a photo of Iron’s north face, from atop Baden-Powell in 2008, I could have never imagined how much trouble that single photograph would cause (more…)

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