Scarpa Spirit 4

Dave Simpson, from Scarpa PR, called me last week to see if I wanted to test some of Scarpa’s new boot offerings for the 07/08 season. I have been skiing Scarpas for the past few years now and they tend to fit my foot well, so I jumped at the chance. Dave had a pretty […]

The Worker Wiggle at JHMR

After falling back to sleep last Sunday morning, I cruised out to the Village for some fun spring skiing. I think this is my third time skiing the Village this year and it should be a fun time. The thing I like about springtime at the ski area is all the fun terrain features that […]

2007 Life-Link North American Championships

After racing last weekend at the Powder Keg, I was looking forward to racing in this year’s Life-Link North American Championships here in Jackson Hole. It looked like a good turnout at the pre-race meeting and bib pickup. There were many familiar faces from last weekend as well. United States Ski Mountaineering Association Executive Director […]

2007 Powder Keg Relay

Super-fun time making history in the relay event at the 2007 Black Diamond Powder Keg. There were eight teams, and over 30 racers….pretty good considering yesterday’s tough course. I was part of Team Media Circus, which also included Lou and Lisa Dawson, as well as Peter Kray. The gun when off and it was a […]

Race Day-2007 Black Diamond Powder Keg

Fun day of racing down here at the Black Diamond Powder Keg in Alta! Thanks to Andrew McLean, Butch Adams, Colleen Graham-Niklow, and many others for putting on a great event. The tracks were very slick and the first skin up the moguls was tough. I think Cary Smith side-stepped and herringboned up the whole […]

Heat, Avalanches, and Couloirs in Leigh Canyon

My trip to Mount Moran with Reed started out as planned and we got on the trail towing sleds just before 6 PM. When the weather warms up this time of year, Reed often likes to drive his grandfather’s 1968 Ford Country Squire station wagon…a classic ride to say the least. The skies got dark […]

Heli-Skiing in the Snakes.

I got lucky yesterday and was able to grab an open seat with High Mountain Heli-Skiing (HMH). The morning broke clear with bluebird skies, but the forecast was for incoming clouds, so we had to get it while we could. I was a little unsure of how it would work out, going heli-skiing where I […]

Powder in the Hourglass-Nez Perce

I picked up Brian Harder at 7am yesterday, both of us were anxious to get into the mountains, and I think we both lost sleep because of it. We passed the resident moose that seem to have made Gros Ventre Junction their home for the past couple weeks and we were on the trail before […]

Good Luck to Jason Petervary!!!

I went to Jason Petervary’s house last week to talk to him about the Iditarod Trail Invitational (AKA, Iditabike) he will be competing in on February 24th in Alaska. Jay is an accomplished adventure racer, having competed in multiple Eco-Challenge and Primal Quest events, as well as being pretty much good at everything that revolves […]

East Face-Fossil Mountain

Going solo today and might try to get above the clouds on the Middle Teton. Note: This TR is from February 17.2006. Last winter, Dustin, Reed and I were able to nab a coveted descent…the East Face of Fossil Mountain. I say it’s coveted, cuz I haven’t heard of anyone else ever skiing it, and […]

Wolf Tracks, Gore and Powder

I slept in this morning (until 7) and didn’t get out of the house until almost nine. I was skiing solo today and it seemed to have snowed lightly all night, so I cruised to Wimpys for some more powder turns. The weather satellite looked like there might be some clearing skies today, so I […]

Dike Pinnacle/Middle Teton-East Ridge to Southeast Couloir

It was good to see some colder temps yesterday morning. Having not been in the mountains for a few days, I wanted to ski something exciting. Most of the bigger lines in the Tetons aren’t filled in that well this season, so the dedicated skier must sniff out new terrain. I’ve stared at the Dike […]

'The Dark Side' Video

As an arrogant AT skier, I always enjoy a little telemark bashing…maybe a little too much. Many of you may have already seen this video, since it has been on most of the backcountry skiing forums already. But I think there are a significant number of viewers that may not visit those websites. The […]

FSB-Before the Storm

The weather was predicted to deteriorate today and Reed heard from his ski patrol buddies that it should be snowing by noon. We got an early start, to beat the weather, and drove up to Togwotee under uncertain skies. We had planned to go to Mt Moran this week, but not with the predicted storm […]

Guest Blog: Reed Finlay and Friends Tour Alpenglow Ridge

We are getting bundles of snow right now, a foot last night, and I am sampleing the goods today. Avy danger is way up and I’m sure it will only continue to rise as I hear another 15″ is predicted for tonight. My good friend Reed Finlay did an long tour on Alpenglow Ridge on […]