Friday, December 25, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
Also, www.freerideworldtour.com has new athlete profiles and some ski porn for this coming season. The site is a great information center and has all kinds of fun stuff to look at.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Our plain left early in the morning Friday and the travels all went smooth. We arrived in Juneau around 3pm to find that the sun was already starting to set. We quickly checked into the Travelodge then Kevin Quinn & Jason Mack (Points North Heli) took us over to the NorthStar Heli operations to meet the pilots and check out their hanger. Jay and Mike were are marvelous pilots that were totally down to earth and extremely good at their profession. After getting acquainted with them we met a man that goes by the name Spoon who is the mechanic for all of NorthStar's helis and travels up to Cordova to keep them in shape during the winter with Kevin & J Mack. Spoon explained to us how the A-Star B2 flew and showed us one of the engines that is being rebuilt. It was amazing to see the little engine that gives power to the greatest chair lifts ever. We headed back to the hotel shortly after the show so we could get some rest for day one in Alaska.
We woke up at 7:45 and headed over to the hanger. We had a little bit of time to get ready and wait for the sun to come up. Once we got the OK we loaded up and took off into the mountains. It was some of ours first time in Alaska and some of ours first time skiing this year. So day one was going to be a fun easy day of skiing, Quinner and J Mack made sure of that, not to say that the UnofficialSquaw Blasters didn't help . Quinner and J Mack worked together to find good safe snow to let us rip. We got in some really good runs the first day right outside of the airport in Juneau. The sun set came way to soon and we had to head back earlier than everyone wanted, but it was a super good fun day full of pow skiing.
Day two we set out to a zone that we scoped on the way home the day before. Just as Quinner and J Mack said, it was a super sick zone. The top was mellow and then it turned into a couple steep shoots with a sick win lip at the bottom. We spent the first part of the day getting some shots then at the end we got in some incredible free runs. At the end of the day we posted up on an apposing ridge from a face that we were going to shoot in the morning. The only time the face got sun was right as the sun came up, so we had to know our lines and be ready to go first thing in the morning.
At 8:45 we were ready to get the third day off. There was a little bit of a cloud layer that we weren't sure about, but we headed out to the zone to wait and see what happened. The clouds were slowly moving out of the way of the sun, so to give it some time we took a couple more free runs on the face from the day before. After a couple stunning free runs the cloud cleared the sun and it was game on. Ralph and Arne Backstrom had the the first line of the day. It was a sick face off the top then into one of the shoots that they both skied tandem. Ralph was in front of Arne nuking down the face in between the top line an the shoot. At first I thought they had changed their line last second, but that was not the case. Ralph had mistaken one of the rollers as the begging of the shoot. Without killing any speed Ralph punched it off about a 50'+ cliff into the bottom of the Shoot. My first thought was that Arne was going to punch it straight on to Ralph, but Arne stopped knowing that his brother just sent it into the obis. Ralph had gotten lost in his line a went off something most people would never even look at. To all our surprise Ralph stood up and gave a wave that he was alright. With the heli in the air and money burning up Mattias, Johnny, and I all dropped our lines as quick as possible. Once at the bottom we checked on Ralph and he was fine. His backpack, snowboard, and jacket got banged up and he didn't even have a scrape. It was something that happens in Alaska often and we couldn't have been more happy to see it turn out the way it did. With those lines in our pockets we headed to the other zone that was just starting to get some light.
We got to the second zone of the day and decided to get some free runs in to loosen our nerves from what we had all just witnessed. Once again Quinner and J Mack found the goods and we all couldn't help from screaming as we headed down the fresh pow. Our nerves settled down just in time for some clouds to come ruin the light. We sat and discussed our options and hoped for the best. After scoping two different peaks with the binoculars we decided that if the light was going to go it would only be a short window. With that in mind we headed up to the top of the peak to wait up there. To our luck we only waited for a little bit and the orange Alaskan light came through. We all dropped one by one into the face with a filmer above in the heli. As we all worked our way to the safe zone on the ridge below everyone was speechless and we shared a untainted moment of silence paying our respect to the enormous mountain in front of us. By then it was time to head back to the hanger before the sun went down. We flew past the peak that we were going to ski second and took a photo in our minds for when we make it back for a showdown.
Everyone celebrated a good trip that night in downtown Juneau with some drinks and good food. Our flight left the next morning exceptionally early. It was light enough outside to see the mountains as we flew towards Seattle. The Blasters said their good buys to the gigantic peaks and that we can't wait to see you again. In the Seattle airport we checked the weather to see what was going on back in Squaw. It had snowed a couple feet and at that moment we all started jonsing to get back and shred the mountain that made us the skiers we are today.
Saturday, December 5, 2009
2. The beer and shower afterward are almost as good as the thing itself.
4. You fantasize about it more than you actually do it.
5. You can never get enough, yet you feel a vague sense of satiation when you're done.
6. You'll tell any kind of lie just to be able to do it one time.
7. There's a lot of fancy gear available, but it's fun even without it.
8. You can't do it as much as you used to.
9. You can do it alone, but it's much more fun in a group.
10. You're not nearly as good at it as you think.
11. It's the only thing you really use the Internet for.
12. Size does matter
13. The deeper the better
Add your reasons.
Once we had our fun there we took off to get are legs completely worked for the day. We landed in a saddle that had a 3,000' cliff on one side and a slope that varied 30-40 degrees or so. We made our way down in sections, making some of the best turns we ever have in Alaska, while our legs burned deep.
Our six hours of daylight was coming to an end at this point, so we slapped some high fives and geeked out for a bit then jumped back in the helis to film one another from them on the way home with the amazing Alaska views.
Friday, December 4, 2009
We arrived around 1pm Juneau time, checked into our hotel and quickly went over to meet the pilots of the Northstar Heli Company, which is whom we will be flying with for the next three days. After getting a miniature briefing and talking to "The Spoon" about the A Stars engine we went downtown to get some food at The Hanger and ran into some from friends.
We met up with the Bausler's who I met last season out here at guide school and the infamous Ashley an Heather Call. Along with those Johnny B, an Alaska Heliskiing guide, was there. He had flown today and said the conditions are in favor of the riders right now and that it's prime time snow. With that in mind we paid our bill and headed back to the hotel to get ready for some face shots in the morning.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
”The Best Riders on the Best Mountains in the Ultimate Freeride Competition”
In 2010, the Freeride World Tour (FWT) will in its third year continue to align with iconic mountain resorts around the world, feature the world’s top riders and partner with two of the world’s most recognised brands.
The main tour will have stops in:
• Sochi (Russia) - host of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games
• Squaw Valley (USA) - host of the 1960 Winter Olympic Games
• Chamonix (France) – host of the first Winter Olympic Games in 1924 and home of the world famous Mont Blanc
• Verbier (Switzerland) - home of the now legendary Bec des Rosses
In addition, there will be no less than 17 Freeride World Qualifier (FWQ) events taking place around the world – in Europe, North America and Oceania. The growth in the number of FWQ events has been rapid and this will continue as resorts look to capitalise upon the explosion of interest in freeriding, and the next generation of freeriders seek the opportunity to compete with the current elite.
Big name European riders such as Xavier de le Rue, Henrik Windstedt and Aurélien Ducroz will once again be at the fore. Snapping at their heels will be Americans Cody Townsend and exciting newcomer Tim Dutton. On the female side FWT welcomes US Olympic Gold medalist Julia Mancuso.
The 2010 tour will continue to gain the support of founding sponsor Nissan whose unwavering commitment to the sport now encompasses FWT, FWQ, a stable of riders and Freeride Spirit – the new weekly TV magazine featured on Eurosport. Swatch is also strongly committed to the tour, as are major ski industry players Scott, Snowpulse, DaKine and Dynastar.
Three Winter Olympic Games resorts plus the mythical Bec des Rosses in Verbier, untracked powder, heart-stopping cliff jumps, bone-shaking stomps and world-class brands – the 2010 edition of the Freeride World Tour really will be a case of ”the best riders on the best mountains in the ultimate freeride competition.”
Friday, November 20, 2009
Many of you know this as some type of European chewing tobacco. The proper word for this amazing ground up plant concoction is "Snus", and snus makes my world go round. The second best thing in this world to me, besides powder skiing, would have to be enjoying a nice fresh snus. So you are probably asking yourself what exactly is snus, and below I have found a almost perfect explanation to share with you all from www.thenortherner.com
First of all, we want to emphasize the spelling, it's spelled snus, not snooze, snoose, snusse, snuss or anything else for that matter. In the USA it's often refereed to as moist snuff. Many also wrongly confuse it with dip tobacco or even chewing tobacco, which are similar but not identical products.
Swedish snus is a moist to semi-moist, oral tobacco product that is used behind the upper lip. There are two formats for Swedish snus, loose and portion packed. Both formats are available in different flavor varieties. Swedish snus is made from selected tobaccos, water, salt and flavorings, following recipes dating back to the 19th century. Swedish snus is pasteurized in a proprietary heat treatment process that meets the Swedish food standards.
With Swedish snus there’s no chewing or spitting. Only pure tobacco enjoyment.
So with that said, if you are a chewer I think you owe it to yourself to try some of this goodness in your mouth. And one more thing take, the time to go on the internet and get your own, cause no one likes a moocher! :)
Monday, November 16, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
With winter slowly moving in to the Sierras, Squaw Valley is trying it's hardest to get prepared. The past couple days have been a tease for everyone in the Valley with KT, The Funitel, an Tram all making their laps around the bull wheel. To top off the spectacular scene of chairs going round, Squaw has started to make snow down below on Exhibition an Red Dog giving it the look that winter is near. Now with the high clouds moving in an out for the past couple of days one can only hope that snow is on its way.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Check out this Sierra Sun official photo of Unofficial's own Tim Dutton as he "wows the crowd" at the second annual A Toast to Tahoe Skiiing, a benefit dinner for The Squaw Valley Institute held to kick off this years winter season. More than 300 people attended the event Saturday night.
Held at The Resort at Squaw Creek, the event brought together entertainment and great speakers, gourmet food, some Tahoe history, an auction, and a showing of some Lake Tahoe segments from Warren Miller's new film, “Dynasty.”
Blasters, Ingrid Backstrom & Timy Dutton where amongst the elite group of athletes including Mike Wilson, Tamara McKinney, Cory Carlson, Kent Krietler, and Errol Kerr. To top off the show, locals Debie Dutton, Hansi Standteinr, Nancy Cushing, Savanna Cowley, Dax Willard, and many others strutted their stuff down the runway showing off this years gear from local shops. It was an awesome night full of love for the sport of skiing.
More details about the night can be found at the Sierra Sun.
Monday, November 9, 2009
SKIing and snowboarding for Disabled and underprivileged Children and older Kids
SkiDUCK is a national organization dedicated to enriching the lives of disabled and underprivileged children by sharing the joys of skiing and snowboarding.
We are committed to partnering with local organizations with similar goals of serving disabled or underprivileged children. In areas where similar programs exist, we’re not looking to reinvent the wing. Rather, we seek to assist other organizations fulfill their goals by providing additional funding, coordinating with other providers, and sharing best-practices.
If you are interested in making a donation to the organization or want to see if skiduck is available in your area visit skiduck.org
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
The run down the backside was just as fun as the craziness on the way up. We ran down the sandy areas reaching speeds up to 15 mph +. Once the fun had been done we sat down at Sopa in the Village and enjoyed some food and thought of more areas where we could get it done.
Monday, October 12, 2009
Monday, October 5, 2009
The first time I was in Las Lenas the Marte lift had a little bit of a problem and did not open in the 10 days that I was there. Since I had left, the lift opened and everyone that stay in Las Lenas said it lived up to its expectations. Once I herd that, I knew that I could not go back to North America and let this lift haunt me all winter, I needed to get in on it.
No latter than two days of waiting in las Lenas it started to snow and it was all lining up perfectly. We checked the weather and read it was going to be clear the next day. We went to bed with our fingers crossed and woke up to a beautiful blue bird day. It had snowed about a foot and it was just enough to make it perfect. Tim leaded the way and took me to all the sweetest spots off the lift (hence the reason why he is still God). We skied all over the place including what was closed underneath the lift. After getting yelled at in Spanish (which we both didn't understand a word of) and loosing the Asada we had the night before, we decided that that was enough. We went back to Tim's condo and sat in silents enjoying the satisfaction of the day. After getting a day on the Marte it was now time for me to head back to the states and get ready for the Northern season that is ahead. And of course to play Bocce Ball Oct. 11th with the High Fives Foundation.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
After a few days of enjoying the Raddisson Hotels accommodations and a trip to the Santiago Zoo it was, at last, time to go skiing. This turned out to not just be another day on the hill, it turned out to be a much great experience. Instead of going to the Powder South Heli Lodge we got in the elevator of the Raddisson Hotel and headed up to the roof where the heli picked us up and brought us into the mountains, and to our amazing guide Jerry. Once Tim Konrad(God), Ralph Backstrom, Mattias Sullivan, and myself got acquainted with this legendary guide we started on our mission.
Jerry our guide was very experienced. He was one of the founders of Valdez helicopter skiing and new the business very well. Once Tim had explained to Jerry what we wanted to accomplish Jerry took us straight to the goods. Bump after bump we found ourselves on top of amazing terrain with perfect snow conditions. It was as if Jerry could just smell the goods from a mile away. We skied run after run and by the end of the first day we were all wondering if it could get any better than this.
At dinner that night we sat and talked to Jerry about what kind of terrain we liked to ski and showed him some footage of the past couple weeks. We decided that we could go down and check out the map of the area and see if we could pick out a spot to go after. Once we found a spot on the map we followed it up with a Google Earth session and went out looking for new terrain the next day.
For the next three days we flew around to new zones and skied every line we could. We had skied multiple first descents and multiple lines that had never been skied before. With Jerry's great knowledge and our madness for skiing we made this amazing experience happen. After being back in Argentina for a couple of days, I look back on the journey and still can not find words to really explain how this all went, just a shit eating grin with some laughs is all I can muster up. So with that said HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA :)