Posted by – December 5, 2013
The holidays are upon us and, chances are, you probably need to do some shopping. Consider some of these gifts for your backcountry partners, or consider putting them on your gift list!
Brittany’s two favorite skis from SIA were the Black Diamond Amperage and the La Sportiva High 5. While the Amperage is both a great ski for the resort and the backcountry, I feel that the High 5 is a bit better off-piste than on. Frank’s favorite skis from SIA were the Black Diamond Zealot and Black Diamond Megawatt. BD really stepped up their game for 2013-14, and they now make skis worth checking out.
The BCA Float airbag packs are our premier choice for winter backcountry skiing. But, come spring, we change packs. Brittany loves her BCA Stash backpack for spring missions! Frank is still waiting for the perfect spring pack.
Posted by – December 3, 2013
For years now, I’ve had a problem with the constant objectification of female athletes. It happens in many sports. But, I think skiing is particularly prone. Female skiers are often literally forced to sell themselves for their sex-appeal rather than for their skills. I’m not sure why this actually is. Maybe it’s the whole concept that skiing has often been considered “glamorous” and therefore “sexy” in the past. But, I’ve had a problem with it for a long time.
Many female athletes have been upset by the recent article “10 Hottest women in Freeskiing” by Freeskier Magazine. But, Freeskier has been a proponent of objectifying female skiers for far too long. It was 2002 and I had been a subscriber of Freeskier since their inception in 1998. Then, I got this issue in the mail.
Posted by – December 2, 2013
Title: The Mountain My Time On Everest
Author: Ed Viesturs with David Roberts
Where can I get it? Your local book or mountaineering store.
I have long held a certain fascination with the highest mountain in the world, Mount Everest. I can still remember doing an oral book report in high school about the first ascent- we were encouraged to dress up, so I did the report wearing my Gore-tex jacket with the hood up and a pair of glacier glasses.
Since that time, I’ve read countless other books about Everest. Into Thin Air, of course, as well as The Climb and a number of books regarding the discovery of George Mallory’s body in 1999. Despite my familiarity with Everest lore, The Mountain was filled with stories I was only vaguely aware of. Some of these included Viesturs’ own experiences on the mountain, but also included some of the more extraordinary ascents of the highest peak on earth.
Posted by – December 1, 2013
As the storms continued last week, Frank and I decided to explore some new terrain. Even though the trailhead was packed, we didn’t see a single other skier in our exploratory zone. But, there was plenty of powder for us to enjoy
We admired the snow stacked on the trees as we ascended.
Upon closer look the trees were frosted with crystals.
Posted by – November 28, 2013
On this Thanksgiving Day we are thankful for a lot of things. We are thankful for being healthy and happy, for our friends and family, and for living in a place we call paradise.
Searching out the best powder of the day. So much of it!
But, most of all we are thankful for all the powder you have doused on our piece of paradise, specifically in April, May, October, and November. We love the snow.
Janae getting ready to drop in for some creamy pow turns.
Posted by – November 27, 2013
There’s always something special about opening day. Whether the resort opens a white-ribbon-of-death or a haven of powder, opening day is always enjoyable. There are smiles on everyone’s faces and excitement fills the air. Everyone is ready for a great ski season.
This year, CBMR opened with three lifts, several runs, and much powder. While we sought out the powder stashes, there was something unique in being able to carve into the beautiful corduroy, especially after all the backcountry skiing we’ve been able to access so far this season.