The Grand Teton Ski

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The Grand Teton ski was released by Dynafit in December 2012 in memory of Steve and will be available through winter 2015!  A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this ski goes directly to the Steve Romeo Memorial Fund supporting ski mountaineering education, avalanche awareness and safety, and environmental and conservation issues.

 

Here’s the official description from Dynafit:

The Grand Teton (130/105/120) created in memory of Steve Romeo, an influential ski mountaineer and backcountry advocate. The “Grand Teton” boasts an amazing swing weight, beefy sidewall construction, and a carbon stringer, with a continued focus on saving weight. Additionally the Grand Teton sports a long rocker shovel, a revolutionary bamboo-beech core, and weighs in is less then 1550 grams. Light enough for serious ski mountaineers and burley enough for whatever the mountain delivers. Percentage of each ski sold helps support the  “Live to Ski” avalanche education fund.

Product Features: Scoop Rocker | Dual Radius | Traditional Tail | Carbon Stringers | Intergraded Ski-Skin Attachment | Full Side-Wall  | 1670 grams (182) | 173cm, 182cm, 191cm | $799.95 |  more info here:  http://www.dynafit.com/product/ski-skins/grand-teton 

To find a store near you: http://www.dynafit.com/buy-test/dealers-nearby.html

If you look closely you will spot a familiar phrase….

 

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The Steve Romeo Memorial Fund

Steve enjoys the sunrise on Jackson Lake.

We are proud to announce the establishment of the Steve Romeo Memorial Fund.  This fund will honor the memory of Steve by supporting areas associated with his love of skiing, including: ski mountaineering instruction and safety, avalanche awareness and safety, environmental and conservation issues, as well as general projects for the benefit for the community of Jackson Hole and the Teton Valley. We hope you will consider remembering Stephen with a donation.

Thank you, Steve, Elaine, Lisa, Jennifer & Michael Higgins, The Romeo Family

http://www.cfjacksonhole.org/donors/steve-romeo-memorial-fund/

The Steve Romeo Memorial Fund is an advised fund of the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole. The link above will take you to the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole’s website.  No goods or services may be received in exchange for your contribution.  Contributions are 100% tax-deductible.

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Thank You

We, the family of Steve Romeo, would like to thank everyone who has visited  TetonAT over the years.  We would especially, like to thank those who took advantage of the comment part of the website.  They were always, thoughtful, conversation provoking and sometimes very funny to read.
On June 1st 2012 (Stephen’s birthday), we will stop allowing comments on the site.
Going forward we will be making decisions about the content of TetonAT, it is our hope to have the information contained on the site archived and accessible for the future. We feel that Stephen WAS TetonAT and to turn the site over to someone else would be a disservice to him.  We will be exploring our options regarding the content and will, of course, post information here on the site when those plans have been finalized.
We would like to wish everyone a safe future and remember Stephen’s motto:  Live to Ski!
Thank you for your support, Steve, Elaine, Lisa and Jennifer
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Randosteve, You are not forgotten. Part I

Randosteve pauses in spring 2009 in the northern Tetons near where he died March 7, 2012 in a slide.

 

Steve “Randosteve” “Randomeo” “Randobewan Skinobee” “X-Steve” Romeo, 40, of Jackson was caught in avalanche March 7 on the north side of Waterfalls Canyon near Ranger Peak in Grand Teton National Park.  He was accompanied by fellow backcountry skier, Chris Onufer.  Neither survived.

Steve was born in Manchester, Conn., and graduated from East Catholic High School in 1989.  He graduated from Marist College in 1993 and, to follow his dream of skiing and upon his father’s suggestion, he packed his car and moved to Jackson Hole later that year.  For the next six years he worked at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.  He started as a lift operator and moved up through the ranks until he was a lead operator.  During those seasons, Steve spent his time honing his ski style and technique.  In 1998, he began working at Moosely Seconds in Moose, which soon evolved into year-round employment at Skinny Skis, where he worked for the next 14 years.

In addition to his pioneering backcountry ski descents, he was selected to be a member of the US Ski Mountaineering Team in 2006 and 2008.  He competed in the world championships, which took him to Italy and Switzerland.  To chase away the summertime blues, Steve would train for the ski season by competing in ultramarathons.  His success in that area secured him additional industry sponsorships from Nike and La Sportiva.

In 2006, Steve launched TetonAT.com a “website dedicated to backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering in Jackson Hole and Grand Teton National Park.” On TetonAT, Steve documented his adventures, provided cutting-edge gear reviews, followed trends and news in the backcountry ski industry and hosted a forum for passionate discussion about backcountry skiing ethics and exploits.  TetonAT was visited by a national and international audience, often logging upwards of 10,000 hits per day.  The inspiration the site provided to thousands is undeniable.

Due to the success of TetonAT and his ski exploits, Steve was sponsored by numerous outdoor industry companies, including Black Diamond, Dynafit, Arcteryx, Ortovox, GU, Suunto, Nuun, Mountain Khakis and even the sandwich shop across from Skinny Skis, Backcountry Provisions.

While Steve logged impressive ski descents in New Zealand, Antarctica, South America, Mexico and Europe, the Tetons were sacred to him, with the northern part of the range his sanctuary.  It seems fitting that this was where he spent his final moments.

Steve is survived by his parents, Stephen and Elaine Romeo, of Tolland, Conn.; his sisters, Lisa Romeo, of Boston, and Jennifer Romeo Higgins of Lighthouse Point, Fla; along with his brother-in-law Michael Higgins and adoring nephew Michael Ryan and niece Brooke.

Steve was a skier.  His well-known and oft-quoted mantra was “Live to ski”.  For him, there were two seasons: winter and waiting for winter.

“My inspiration comes from the mountains themselves” he once said.  “I love the silence, the wind, the sun, the ruggedness and contrast between the soft snow and the jagged rocks.”

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Randosteve, You are not forgotten. Part II

Thirteen friends - March 9, 2012.

 

Reeders crossing Jackson Lake, March 9. 2012.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ski partners.

 

April 2011, Steve crosses Jackson Lake.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steve and little Kershaw talking future lines.

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From one skier to another…

A week ago today – Randosteve showing Kershaw Finlay (X-Reed’s son) how to properly grip a ski pole. Steve was so happy! Steve and Chris we love you! – Randokitty and X-Reed

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De-Stink The Stink

It’s that time of year again. The temperature is starting to rise (oh nooooo…) and your feet sweat like no one’s business when they are stuffed inside your thick and warm ski boot liners all day. I use thin synthetic socks when I ski, and they hold plenty of wrank foot odor on their own. But, at the end of the day, the stink inevitably ends up deeply embedded in my liners as well, which don’t end up getting tossed into the washing machine after each use. The smell can get very bad, sometimes….even quite embarrassing.

The past couple of years though, I’ve been keeping a bottle of Febreze anti-microbial spray handy, near where I store and dry my boots, and it really seems to help keep them from really taking off in the stink department. A couple shots in each liner when I take them off…maybe another when I put the liners back in the shells after drying…seems to do the trick.  I used to put my liners in the sun for a long time, theorizing that the UV rays would kill some of the bacteria.  It may have, but the smell would reactive with each use.  I can tell you, the Febreze method works WAY better!

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Words of Wisdom

I just wanted to give a shout-out to my good friend and ski partner Reed Finlay (now former ski partner?), for the birth of his son on Leap Day last week. With the Leap Day birthday, little Kershaw Finlay will no doubt be a huckster on the skis when he grows up. But, Uncle Randosteve suggests to Reed that he might want to take a little different approach than the guy below when teaching his son how to ski.

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Live To Ski Weekend Video

I put this video together of the three days of skiing that was my weekend…I think a couple weeks ago now. Nothing too outlandish, and it starts with a couple pics from a nice ski tour to No Woods Basin. The meat of the footage is a mission in the northern end of the park. We got skunked on our primary objective, but scrounged a nice powder filled Northwest Couloir on Eagles Rest and danced off a small 24″ slab to skirt disaster. The last clip is a high speed, top-to-bottom powder run down the Spoon Couloir, which was awesome. Have a great weekend and caio-for-now!

After you press “play”, be sure to up the resolution to
480p by clicking the gear/sprocket symbol in the bottom right.

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No Words Can Describe…

…how freaking good the powder skiing in Jackson Hole
is right now. And this is with Carbon Megawatts.

O-M-G!!!

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Trenching It

When relating to skiing, some people call it “trenching” when you leave deep ruts in the corduroy as you rail GS turns down the piste. Others, myself included, consider it “trenching” when you ski really deep and light powder (on skinny skis?), and you leave deep and wide trenches in the snow. Never-the-less, the snow and skiing have been sweet here lately, and although the terrain I’ve been skiing has been a bit meadow-skippy…I have definitely been trenching it. :wink:

Deep, trenching ski tracks?

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“A Life Ascending” This Thursday

If you missed the screening of “A Life Ascending” when it played in Jackson Hole last winter as part of the Banff Mountain Film Festival, don’t fret…as you will have another chance to see this great film on Thursday, March 1st, at 7PM in the Snow King Teton Room. Tickets are available at Skinny Skis for $5, or $10 at the door the night of the show. All proceeds will benefit the Winter Wildlands Alliance.

A LIFE ASCENDING chronicles the life of acclaimed ski mountaineer and mountain guide Ruedi Beglinger. Living with his wife and two young daughters on a remote glacier in the Selkirk Mountains of British Columbia, Beglinger has built a reputation as one of the top mountaineering guides in the world. The film follows his family’s unique life in the mountains and their journey in the years following a massive avalanche that killed seven people. Documenting the sublime beauty and ever-present risk of a life lived on the edge, the film ultimately explores the power of nature as both an unforgiving host and profound teacher.

After the film, local writer Ted Kerasote (who wrote an essay about the fatal avalanche for Outside Magazine) and the film’s director, Stephen Grynberg, will have a short discussion on their friendship with Reudi, how the tragic avalanche effected Reudi’s (and many others) life, and the different ways that Canadians and Americans have chosen to divvy up use in the backcountry between human-powered and mechanized winter enthusiasts.  If you aren’t able to attend, “A Life Ascending” DVDs go on sale today, so there is no excuse not to see this one.

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Scary Skin Track Moments

Whether it is whumps in the snowpack, unpredictable moose, or slick and icy spots, there can be some pretty darn scary moments when you are out on the skin track. How about this one? When what appears to be an untouched track of fresh snow…suddenly explodes into a ball of feathers and flapping wings as a sage-grouse is roused from its slumber under the snow. Those things can sometimes really scare the shit out of you when you are in the zone, breaking trail and plodding along on the skin track. Freaking birds!

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Guess Who’s Boots: Modified Dynafit TLT5

Had the day off today, but turned out to be pretty busy…after shredding 7K’ of awesomely fast untracked powder, of course. One of my “extra tasks” today was to help a fellow skier bring his modified Dynafit TLT5 boots back up to par and replace some blown rivets with T-nuts. And when I say modified…I mean MODIFIED. These things were pretty trick. Even with all the beefy buckles and extra plastic, the boots were still pretty light. They were size 25′s though, with a BSL of only 277mm, so that probably had a lot to do with the lightness. Here’s some of the specifics…at least what I remember. Read More…

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