Thanks Ed Eyestone for finding us the dog and to Teague Holmes and Tom Goth for the filming help!
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
I've been taking our new to us 6 year old dog skiing on occasion and have found it somewhat enjoyable. She doesn't complain, she keeps up, she's always psyched to go, what is there not to like? I've been surprised how quickly this pup's exercise tolerance has increased and have kept telling Amanda how fast she was but couldn't paint a perfect visual. I figured a camera could do a better job so here's a subpar video from a 5000' day over the weekend.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Here are a few pictures from last night's Citizen Series race. There will be more of a write up by Chad B. shortly at www.utahskimo.org. Thanks for everyone who participated and made the race successful!
|Start of the relay|
|Party at the transition|
|The guy in green's first time on skins|
|Jared Inoyue - 2nd place|
|Courtney was psyched as always|
|The Sport Loft gave away a pair of Ski Trab skis along with many other goodies|
|This dude was loving the new Sportiva race skis he won|
|Thanks Outdoor Research|
|Not sure why Andy's yelling at the gal who just won $500 from Backcountry.com|
Friday, February 21, 2014
With avy conditions slowly stabilizing we've had a good couple of days. Today we decided on the south facing Maybird Couloir. When we parked I realized I forgot my beacon so I called a friend (who's car we saw driving up) to see if he an extra. He said, "just ski fast." Tempting but I drove down and grabbed mine.
There was about a foot of wind protected powder that seemed to have bonded well to the underlying snow. We got a little bit of a late start and were feeling warm February sun beating down on us so instead of standing on O'Sullivan we decided to turn around once we hit the top of the Chute. We probably could have gotten away with it but what's the point? I'm sure we could have gunned it to the top and "just skied fast." Wet slides are slow anyway right? Maybe we're getting soft with old age but maybe just a little smarter.
|Andy and Tom leaving the chute proper|
|Andy rocking the new F1 Evo|
|Andy skiing the skinner|
|Freeride Tom in his full carbon Sportive Cubes|
|One of many start zones|
|Andy skiing a skiff of powder in the old bed surface|
|Photo by Andy|
Thursday, February 6, 2014
For the last day of our avy course we decided to go have a look at the Nugget off of Cloudveil Dome. Yesterday was bitter cold and we tried to keep moving but had to stop and geek out every once in a while about snow science.
After a couple pits and a protractor session, we hit the Col east of Cloudveil Dome. Part of Zahan's course deals with managing different avy hazards and yesterday we felt a belayed ski cut was warranted. We cut 2 different rollovers at the top of the Nugget and felt pretty good about the stability so a 4th day of couloir powder skiing ensued...
|Tom Goth with Middle Teton in the background|
|Tom and Mike Schillings approach the Cloudveil/Nez Perce Col|
|Teague Holmes at the Col|
|Camera setting got all jacked up but here's Teague giving a solid hip belay while I ski cut the upper chute, photo by Tom Goth|
|Zahan Bilimoria "shredding" photo by Teague Holmes|
|Just above the "Nugget" photo by Teague Holmes|
|Tom rapping over the Nugget, photo by Teague Holmes|
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
|The master at work|
Today we headed up Shadow Peak with the hopes of skiing the Four Hour Couloir and possibly the Sliver. We figured we'd head to the base of the Sliver, evaluate and then decide. After digging for a while we felt the stability was good enough to head up reevaluate. We wallowed, dug around and found ourselves at the notch feeling pretty good about the conditions. It wasn't quite as light as yesterday but no one complained.
Once out of the Sliver we put a short skinner back to Shadow and had another couple thousand feet of Teton chute skiing. A predawn start on day four should lead to good things.
|Z, Mike, Teague mid Sliver|
|Tom entering the Sliver|
|These guys were SO happy. Back on Shadow Peak|
|Teague in the 4 Hour|
Monday, February 3, 2014
Tom Goth, Teague Holmes, Mike Schilling and I are in Jackson taking an avy course from The Zahan Billimoria. He has been pushing the limits on guiding lately and so far it's a real treat to be able to learn from the best. I'm surprised about how much I don't know...
More to come on that but in the meantime, here are a few shots from one of this morning's powder laps. Needless to say, the skiing Jackson right now is good.
|Amoral skinning in the chute|
|Teague and Mike mid chute|
|Getting ready to group ski...|
|Tom scrubbing speed after shooting the gap|
|Mike heading to the "crux"|
|Teague mid crux|
|This is what happens when you try to ski fast, hit little jumps and wear boots that are too short for your non adjustable race bindings.|
|Luckily the landing was soft|