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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Wooo! Squaw Valley



Today was an amazing day at Squaw Valley California. The snow was light, deep, and playful as ever. JT Holmes, Michelle Parker, Tom & Danny Day, Keokie, and myself got out early and played until we dropped. Here are some pictures from the morning along with a little vid (compliments of Squaw Valley's finest) Bomb Patrol.

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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Never Would Have Thought

o far skiing has been an amazing journey for me. From Alaska all the way to Africa, skiing has taking me to places I could have only dreamed of long before. And not to mention the people I have become friends with in the process. All the way back to a youngster shredding with my close friends that I grew up with to maturing with Mikey Wilson to today skiing with my long time ski hero JT Holmes and even getting the chance to ski with the infamous Candide Thovex from time to time. Skiing is a special activity in many peoples lives that brings them the happiness that we all need weather it be travel to exotic areas, skiing the mountains in the backyard, or even the simplest day dream at work of the perfect place. So the only thing I ask is after you are done reading this, call up a friend, get your skis and go out an enjoy the sport for what is!





Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Calming Before the Storm

Calming Before the Storm from Tim Dutton on Vimeo.


With the weather forecasting for the biggest storm to hit Tahoe in November in six years, we decided we would get it out of our systems before ski season is on. We saddled up in Big Red to meet up with Mike Swanson, Andy Farrington, an Kasha Bell for a good old fashion skydive session. Was loads of fun and amazing

Monday, November 8, 2010

FUN Jumpers: Montage

FUN Jumpers: Montage from Tim Dutton on Vimeo.


After an amazing season of skiing we were looking to follow it up in the summer and to the sky we went. From the first skydive to the first B.A.S.E. Jump is something everyone should do. Even tho I was the only one doing the first, I had some of the most knowledgable people by my side to show me the way. With that under our belts now, who knows what the snow will bring!?

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Fun Snowflake Facts

GREATEST SNOWFALLS (Recorded in inches)

In 1 month (U.S.): 390" Tamarack, Calif. Jan. 1911
In 24 hours (N. America): 76" Silver Lake, Colo. April 14–15, 1921
In one storm (N. America): 189" Mt. Shasta Ski Bowl, Calif. Feb. 13–19, 1959
In one season (N. America): 1,140" Mount Baker, Wash. 1998–1999

Source: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineer Topographic Laboratories.

1. All snowflakes have six sides.

2. The largest snowflakes ever recorded fell in the state of Montana in the United States of America. The snowflakes were 15 inches in diameter.

3. In Prince Edward Island, Canada, where the soil is red clay, snowflakes often look pink. Why? Because red dust from the soil is blown into the air and absorbed by the clouds.

4. Snowflakes aren't always white. Years ago, when coal was used in factories and homes, snow was often gray. Why? Because the coal dust entered the air and was absorbed by the clouds.

5. The snow capital of the United States is Stampede Pass in Washington State. Each year, the average snowfall is 430 inches.

6. The average snowflake falls at a speed of 3.1 miles per hour. (5 kilometers)

7. Snirt is dirty snow that flies off the dusty Canadian prairies.

8. People buy more cakes, cookies and candies than any other food when a blizzard is in the forecast.

9. A blizzard occurs when you can't see for 1/4 mile. The winds are always 35 miles an hour or more. The storm must last at least 3 hours to be classed as a blizzard. If any of these conditions are less, it is only a snowstorm.

10. Billions of snowflakes fall during one short snowstorm.

11. That snowflakes are made up of ice crystals.

facts from www.suite101.com

Tim Dutton- ESPN


Read the rest at http://espn.go.com/action/freeskiing/news/story?id=5734021&as

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Chance to win a pair of RASTA POW NAS

Tim Dutton Builds Irie Lib Tech Narrow Ass Snowboards
This entry was posted on Thursday, October 7th, 2010 at 3:56 pm
Catgeories: Contests, Timy Dutton
Seattle, WA (October 7, 2010) – For the limited number of Rasta narrow ass snowboarders who ride pow, Lib Tech introduces a limited, early season run of the new Rasta Pow NAS with Magne-Traction. Tim Dutton, pro NASer and 2009 World Freeski Champion, himself handbuilt the collection at Lib Tech’s environmental snowboard factory near Canada in the USA.

“These irie narrow ass snowboards are for jammin through the putto putto (very soft) mon. Rispeck due to the reCurve and Magne-Traction. This RastaPow NAS makes I an I (me) skin teeth (smile),” says Dutton. “No dibby dibby (bad quality) here mon. Just show me your poppyshow (ridiculous) backflip and win a pair.”



Rasta Pow NAS with art by Ryan Davis arrive at your local NAS Dealer this week in 181cm and 191cm. Remember it’s buy one, get one free, in case the rider should choose to wear a narrow ass snowboard on each foot.

reCurve dynamic early rise camber rocker combo technology gives life and pop underfoot and catch-free jibbing, float in powder and carving power on ice and hardpack at your tips and tails. Magne-Traction serrated edges provide unbelievable ice edge hold and grip.

RASTA POW NAS BACKFLIP VIDEO CONTEST INFO:
Submit your best backflip video clip to the NAS Facebook page for your chance to win a pair of Rasta Pow NAS. Backflips videos will be judged by Tim Dutton and the NAS Crew. Deadline is March 1st, 2011.

http://www.lib-tech.com/2010/10/07/tim-dutton-builds-irie-lib-tech-narrow-ass-snowboards/

SoulFlyers

SoulFlyers is a team of elite BASE jumpers that absolutely kill it. From wingsuit flying to their new style of FreeFly Basing they are at the head of the sport today. Check out their new edit and watch with open eyes.

Freeride World Tour 2011 Teaser

It's back for it's 4th season coming, with more stops and gnarlier venues. The only thing that hasn't changed is the determination by all the athletes to come out #1.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

The Bec de Ros



This is the gnarliest competition Venue know to Freeriders today, the Bec de Ros in Verbier, Switzerland. It is home of the Freeride World Tour Finals and is never a disappointment to the riders or the crowd. I'm not sure on how to do this, but here is a chance to put your head into the game. If you know how please copy this photo and draw a line down where you would shred it. It is always sweet to see how other people look at a venue. So please share it with us!

The start is at the very top of the mountain and the finish is in the bottom right corner of the photo. Make it happen!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

The Time Has Come- Good or Bad?

Heli-Skiing Operation to Open in Lake Tahoe
Long absent from the Sierra Nevadas, heli-skiing returns to Lake Tahoe after a nearly forty-year absence. We spoke to the owner of the newly opened Pacific Crest Heli-Guides about filling the void.
By Todd Bove

The heli-deprived residents of Lake Tahoe can finally rejoice…and start saving. Pacific Crest Heli-Guides in partnership with HeliTahoe have announced plans to operate a full-fledged heli-skiing operation accessing over 100,000 skiable acres along the spine of the Pacific Crest beginning December 15. Outside of a few unsuccessful heli-skiing enterprises in the early 1970's, much of Tahoe’s potential heli-accessed terrain has remained untouched for almost four decades. We caught up with owner/operator Dave “Happy” Rintala to discuss the future of Lake Tahoe skiing.

How did the idea to open a Tahoe-based heli-skiing operation come about?
The Tahoe area offers many things to skiers, including great terrain with stable and deep snow, which allows for steeper runs than many other ski locations. The striking beauty of the area is inspirational, and the multiple ski resorts in the area and quality lodging associated with these resorts makes it a comfortable place to vacation. The only component of the best ski destination that has been missing is backcountry helicopter skiing.

Why has Tahoe been overlooked for so many years as a heli-skiing destination?
It is not that Tahoe has been overlooked as a ski destination over the years, it’s that there is an incredible amount of protected lands in the form of wilderness areas and National Parks, which are not accessible to helicopter skiing. This has limited the ability of those motivated to offer helicopter skiing over the years.

You will be operating on 100,000 acres. Tahoe's 14 skiable resorts have a combined acreage less than 25,000 acres. Where will you be taking guests?
Our terrain is mostly northwest of Truckee along the Pacific Crest on a checkerboard of private land holdings that stretch all the way north to the Sierra Buttes. We have great steeps, tree runs, open bowls and slopes, and south facing corn runs to provide terrain for every skier and snow conditions.

What were the biggest obstacles you faced trying to bring heli-skiing back to Tahoe for the first time since the 70's?
Acquiring appropriate terrain to operate a heli-ski operation has been the biggest challenge. Over the years, we‘ve acquired landing zones and terrain options bit by bit. Now, we have a network of lands available which allow us to operate in an efficient manner in great and varied terrain.

So I understand you also offer cat skiing. How will this combat “no-fly” days?
Our snowcat operation is known to offer the some of the best expert terrain in North America. Our helicopter clients will have the opportunity to secure—at no additional cost—a seat in our snowcat in the event of “no-fly” weather, so they are assured a powder filled day. Our snowcat location, just minutes away from the heli operations base, makes it possible to switch from snowcat to heli if the day clears early.

So who is going to take the first runs? Have you done any recon yet?
Last season we spent a few exciting days flying our terrain, and as soon as the snow falls we’ll be out there learning our flight patterns, but those who book early in the season will be the true pioneers. Much of our terrain is remote enough that it is very unlikely that it has ever been skied, so in addition to first descents, we look forward to naming the runs. We are offering a few opening day seats to be given away at the Snowbomb ski show in the bay area. These winners, along with others who book throughout the holiday period are going to have a truly unique experience as we explore this new ski terrain together.

For more information check out: http://www.pacificcrestheliguides.com/

http://www.skinet.com/skiing/backcountry/destinations/2010/08/heli-skiing-operation-to-open-in-lake-tahoe?sms_ss=facebook

Sunday, August 29, 2010

First Double BackFlip in a Wheel Chair!

Shows the determination to never give up!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Lib Techs 2010 Line Is Out

Lib Tech NAS new line is out. Check out the sick new Graphics and Boards designed near Canada in the US by Mervin Manufacturing.

Ones to look for:

POW NAS- http://www.lib-tech.com/nas/pow/

Magic Horsepower- http://www.lib-tech.com/nas/magic-horsepower/

Voila- http://www.lib-tech.com/nas/voila/

Or check out the home page an make your own decision- http://www.lib-tech.com/nas/

Thursday, August 19, 2010

The Story

Here it is! The answer to all the questions!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Ski Duck- Year 1 Edit

Ski Duck as ben around for a whole year now helping kids find love in a sport that means so much to all of us. Check out their edit from their first season.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Squaw Sunset

I went on a hike up to 5 Lakes a couple of days ago. It wasn't to warm, but non the less it was awesome to get up on KT-22 and drop back into the wonderland. On the way down the thunder started to come along with some rain. My friend an I were trying to hurry down, but I'm glad we didn't. The rain stopped and the sky turned into what looked like some type of Hollywood set. I manage to get some pictures with my camera and just wanted to share them. Turned out to be a pretty sweet sunset after all.



Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Tanner Hall

Thats right everyone! He's back!!!!

Like A Lion - TRAILER from Inspired Media Concepts on Vimeo.

Freefly B.A.S.E. Jumping

These guys are the most amazing Freefly B.A.S.E. Jumpers in the world. Check this out!


Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Randy Meets Napoleon Dynamite

Oh man this is funny! Randy did this dance after the move Napoleon Dynamite came out at the Talent Show at NOrth Tahoe High School. Check it out for a good laugh!


Find more videos like this on Randy Davis Tribute

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

BackFlip Contest

Timy BackFlips on Facebook is having a BackFlip contest for a Black Upton Sessions Jacket. Become a Fan and post your BackFlip Clip for a chance to win this sweet jacket!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Mamasake Eating Contest for FRO

This is the annual Mamasake Eating contest. It starts with the spicy tuna handroll speed division that Ryan Mooya has dominated for years. And never the less took home #1 again. The second division is the speed wasabi division, which is just not that good of an idea. The man that goes by the mysterious name "Number 9" took home #1 only because he was the only one that could hold it down after the 3rd round. I would say good job, but that seems a little off for this situation.

WARNING: If you don't like puke, you probably should not watch this. And sorry for the shaky camera work, but I couldn't stop laughing

Mamasaki Eating Contest, GO FRO! from Tim Dutton on Vimeo.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

High Fives- Trains

Today was the infamous Trains Event put on by the High Fives Foundation. Its an awesome event with tons of local talent to rase money for injured kids in skiing. What a better way to raise money for skiers, by skiers. Thanks Roy

High Fives- Trains from Tim Dutton on Vimeo.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Everest Trip


About a month ago Mikey Wilson asked me if I would be interested in going on a trip with him to film a segment for his project. With no real details I nodded my head and told him I was in.

I got home from Morocco just in time to do the Tram Face event here at Squaw. Wilson came to the HQ and told me that we would be leaving 2 days after the event and would be gone till the beginning of April. The problem didn't come till I got 6th Place in the Squaw event and qualified for the Verbier X-Tremes. Wilson then told me what the new plan was. We would leave on the 6th of March to Mt. Everest then I would be there for 10 days and would fly straight to the Verbier X-Tremes. The month that didn't seem that hectic, just got really intense.

The Days past and I rested in my bed waiting to pack everything up. With the excitement of a 4 year old on Christmas I couldn't wait to see the mountain that I have dreamed about for so many years. It wasn't until Wilson called and told me that the trip was a no go and would have to be post pond that I was bummed. Although I wasn't going to get to see Everest I now had sometime in-between events and some time to film at home. I took every opportunity I could to fill the time that wasn't suppose to be empty, but in my dreams at night Everest haunted me.

My Tahoe time was over and I packed up with JT to head to Verbier. It wasn't until I was standing at the bottom of the Bec de Ross, I realized that this other dream had come true, and I new I had to let go of Everest in order to get the full experience of this one. With an emotion coaster ride and the scariest line I have skied, thus far in my life, I sat on the plain headed home.

After a couple of days hiding in the HQ the adrenaline from the Bec started to wear off and the flashes of Everest started to pop back in my head. I wasn't trying to talk about the flashes, I more or less kept them in my own head as a dream.

Wilson got back into town a couple days after I did and called me to go get some food in the Village. We met at one of the new bars and before I could sit down he looked at me and asked me if I was finally ready to go to Everest. I had an overwhelming feeling of excitement and fear as I sat down. I tried to keep my cool and hide the fear that was boiling up as I asked him if he was ready to do some stunts. We had some burgers then headed off to our beds. I don't know what he was thinking, but my head was back where it was after the Tram Face event.

The new date is set for April 11th where Mike Wilson, Byren Wells, Rory Bushfield, and myself will embark on a Freeriders dream. The objective is to build jumps over the biggest crevasses we can find and to ski lines that no man has ever skied before. As of now, in my dreams, it is a trip of a life time.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

GPMartinPhotography




Greg took these pictures when we were shredding down south this summer with the rest of the UnofficialSquaw/UnofficialAndies crew. We will be back in Argentinia this summer shredding it up.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Candide Kamera

Candide released Candide Kamera 2. Check it out.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Verbier X-Tremes



There was a window on the 20th for the Verbier X-Tremes to get off. The Women Ski and Snowboard finished with great sun and awesome snow. When the time came for the Men to go though, the weather started to change. After having all Men Skiers except 5 and all Men Snowboarders except 2 the weather was o much and the event got cancelled for the rest of the day.

So as of now its on for tomorrow at 10am Swiss Time. Everyone will get a second chance at their runs except for the 7 that were left of top, it will be their first runs. Should be another exciting show, stay tuned!!

Saturday, February 27, 2010

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Thursday, February 4, 2010

Russian Adventure de Chamonix Comp Run

Comp Run Russian Adventure de Chamonix from Tim Dutton on Vimeo.

Skinet Talk

Mike Wilson and Tim Dutton's Plans for 2010
[ December 31, 2009 - 1:30pm ]

Mike Wilson goes head over heels at Las Lenas, Argentina. Learn tips from Mike on how to throw a backflip here.

TO TELL US YOUR NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION AND ENTER FOR A CHANCE TO WIN A FOUR-DAY TRIP FOR TWO TO JACKSON HOLE, WYOMING (INCLUDING AIRFARE, LODGING, AND LIFT TICKETS), CLICK HERE!

Will Wissman
Pro skier Tim Dutton is pressuring fellow pro Mike Wilson to throw a switch backflip off a 15-foot cliff near Squaw Valley’s Granite Peak chairlift on a day just after Christmas last week. I’m standing on top of the cliff waiting to see what happens. Pro skier Jackie Passo is watching from below. The landing is filled with week-old compressed powder, and Wilson seems nervous about the take off.

“You always get me to do stuff like this!” Wilson yells from the top of the cliff, where he’s scouting the jump.

“Come on,” Dutton hollers back from the bottom. “Do it already!”

And then without further hesitation, Wilson pushes off, turns around, skis off the lip backwards, and throws a massive backflip. He doesn’t quite complete the rotation and botches the landing, but it’s spectacular regardless. This is just another day at Squaw Valley for the three locals rippers. I spoke to Dutton and Wilson on the chairlift about their plans for the new year.

Last winter, Dutton, at the age of 22, entered his first big-mountain comp—the Freeskiing World Tour at Kirkwood—and won. He used his $5,000 winnings from there and traveled to Alyeska to compete in the Freeskiing World Tour Championships, and much to everyone’s surprise, he won there too. Another interesting fact about Tim: His aunt, Deborah Dutton, was one of the ski bunnies in Hot Dog...the Movie. This winter, Dutton will be competing on the Freeride World Tour, with stops in Chamonix, Russia, Verbier, and Squaw Valley. “I’ll be traveling a ton,” he says.

Mike Wilson, who invented the Wilsonflip, a series of off-axis maneuvers involving a double flip and a spin and a half in each flip, will be spending 2010 traveling everywhere from Hawaii to Asia to South America to shoot footage for a new television pilot, shot with Poor Boyz Productions and UnofficialSquaw.com potentially for the Discovery Channel, on action sports adventures, including BASE-jumping, skiing, and more.

At the end of the day, I decided on my new year's resolution: Studying Mike Wilson's tips on how to throw a backflip and next time I'm following those guys around, I'll try to do one myself. —Megan Michelson

Saturday, January 30, 2010

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Archive 3 Sochi

UnofficialSquaw Archive 3 Sochi from Tim Dutton on Vimeo.

Journey to Sochi

Today was our last push for the next two weeks on the airplanes. Are plan was to wake up at 4 am to get in our Taxi to the airport, but that had changed from the night before when we decided to show St. petersburg what a real U.S. shit show was all about. Because of our lack of intelligence on that night we completely set our clocks wrong and failed at the mission of tackling the jet lag. So we never got up at 4 am instead we woke up at 9pm the night before and walked around the city till the taxi came. The time change is 11 hours so its a super difficult one to get use to. Anyways the taxi came and it brought us to the international airport where the shit show continued. Once are taxi driver realized that Sochi is in Russia, too, just like St.petersburg, we quickly packed the cab back up and rushed to the domestic airport where our flight really was.

After dealing with the security and getting all our stuff together we enjoyed the sights of this run down old airport and all of its surprising features and interesting architecture, we then board our first leg of our journey.
We had a two hour lay over in Moscow which to our surprise was very pleasant. After eating some food Tim Konrad (God) starting feeling a little sick as I did. His, probably from the runny eggs, and me from to much snus/lack of sleep combo. After fighting the stomach cramps and the pail lips we made it onto our last leg which went by with the back of my eye lids being the only thing I saw.


We arrived at the Sochi airport two hours later with all our bags and most surprising, all our stuff still in them. We argued between two taxi drivers on who was going to score the joy of being able to drive us up to the Krasanay Polyana. (i.e. get paid) Finally they came to an agreement and we were on our way. The drive was spectacular. everything seemed as if it were under construction getting ready for the 2014 Olympics mayhem. We are all really stocked to have the opportunity to see this place before it is totally modernized. The taxi came to a stop at our new home for the next couple of weeks. A little apartment for each of us on a beautiful hill side looking up at the snowy mountains of South/East Russia. We all disappeared into our hobbit holes exhausted and in silence. I sat down in a chair that directed my attention out at the scenery of my new window. With out any warning I broke the silence of my room with laugher thinking about how 4 years ago I would have killed to be sitting in this seat I am right now.


Saturday, January 9, 2010

St. Petersburg, Russia

Thursday afternoon Tim Konrad (God), Jeff Wright (Filmer), JT Holmes (JT Holmes), and myself began our journey to the Freeride World Tour. The first stop of the Tour is in Sochi, Russia which has brought us to St. Petersburg. After almost loosing Jeff, due to ski boot misplacements, and about 26 hours of traveling we arrived.
It was a relief to see that customs in Russia does not exist especially after the stress we have all put ourselves through the past couple of weeks. Between Tim and Jeff stressing over the film equipment, me stressing about getting my two months ration of suns through, and JT stessing about……. nothing actually, we all couldn't help but to jumped for joy as we rounded the corner in the airport to see nothing except two sliding glass doors that lead straight to Russian soil.
After nursing our jet lag the first night we awoke to a standard St. Petersburg day, cloudy with a chance of snow and 10 F. Coming to this from Squaw Valley was a shocker to all of us. We put our nickers on though and headed out that morning to check out the Hermitage Mussium. This was by far one of the most spectacular collections of art and antiques I have seen, not saying much but it was pretty awesome. We spent a good couple of hours in there with only the first little bit checking out the art and the rest trying to navagait our way back through what was almost like a labyrinth style of architecture to the outside. Once outside we enjoyed wonderful Russian Hot Dogs then trekked back to the strip to meet up with one of JT's many fans.






We sat munched some food and sipped coffee upstairs in this enormous book store while JT's fan gave us a layout on the night life of St. Petersburg. We took some pictures of this church on our way back to the hotel to nap before giving the city hell.
We woke up from our nap around 9 pm (8 am PST) and decided that we would give Russian sushi a try on our way to the club. The sushi turned out to be fanomanoul, to my surprise with very nice surroundings. We finished up eating then be lighted it for the club. We found what seemed like a nice quite corner at first until the Fooz-Ball table next to us got out of control. I don't know what it is ether with everyone listening to soft 80's U.S. Rock in clubs around the world. I'm not sure if people remember the intro song to the show "Friends," but when that came on the whole club went A-Wall. At this point I decided that I would try my luck with the taxi services and find my way back to the hotel before this turned into one of those South American raggers and I start getting sweetie palms. I found a nice looking Russian girl who kindly agreed to share a cab with me so that the taxi didn't drop me off on the other side of town, take my money, and drive away.
To my surprise , even with the Russian Girl, I made it back to the hotel way easier than I thought. I'm not sure on why the stereotype of Russians is mean because everyone here is super nice. I paid the nice gentle man, thanked the young lady and headed for the door. I brushed my teeth and dove into my sleeping bag thinking about how rad it's going to be when I get to do my first backflip in Russia.

Saturday, January 2, 2010