Thursday, April 1, 2010
I was supposed to spend the entire day in Newark, NJ yesterday on a layover on my way to Europe. Thankfully my flight got delayed so much that they had to reschedule. Spending the day choking on pow was way better than sitting in the airport. Here's a few clips from yesterday morning.
Friday, February 12, 2010
I've been skiing on next years Elan Olympus and Boomerang skis for the past three weeks or so. While they are similar to the current line-up of Elan skis there have been some subtle changes. Most notably is the graphic change on the Boomerang. The ski itself remains unchanged from last year's award winning design which many people, including myself, absolutely love. This ski is floaty with a waist of 120 mm, easy to turn in its 190 length due to the early rise tip and tail, and now it looks even cooler than it did. Not only has the topsheet graphic been updated, but the base graphic as well. This ski will also be available in two shorter lengths for those who may have been too small for the 190 length.
The summit series is new this year and is an updated version of the popular triple series from last year. One of my favorite skis of all time is the Elan 1010 which has been replaced this year by the new Olympus. The Olympus has the same exact dimensions as the 1010 but has a slightly lighter core and a slightly rockered tip. Both improvements have made an already awesome ski even better. The summit series also features a hole in the tip to accomodate a skin hook or to make a rescue litter while in the backcountry. If you choose not to use the tip hole for any reason the skis come with an insert that keeps it covered. At 110 mm underfoot this ski can do it all, and is my ski of choice on all but the deepest days, and all the time in the backcountry.
The current line up of Elan skis is the best they have ever produced, and next years skis are even better. The photo below is of me dropping into the backcountry white-out gnar on my new Olympus...
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Brad Holmes Pow seg 2010
From Chainsaw Productions check out Brad Holmes slaying some pow.
Friday, January 1, 2010
The past couple weeks have been very kind to us. With numerous little storms hitting the area the conditions have been great and staying that way. While we could use a good ol' fashioned "big dump" I'm pretty sure that no one out there can really complain about the conditions lately. The skiing at Alpine Meadows has been phenomenal as I'm sure it has been everywhere else too. Here's an assortment of clips from the past couple of days. My GoPro helmet cam, coupled with my "chesty", has a great wide angle lens and really good color. I can't believe that a camera that small can capture all this video, and take a lickin'. I know that I've kneed mine into my chest a couple dozen times...
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
What a week it has been.
It has been a pretty incredible week in Lake Tahoe. With 2 consecutive 3 plus foot dumps the mountains around here have just been getting plastered. We've gone from icy groomers with very little open to full on mid season conditions, in places, in a matter of just a little over a week. Yesterday, not only did KT-22 spin for the first day of the season, but Alpine Meadows also managed to open the ridgetop hikes out to Beaver, Estelle, and Bernies bowls. The skiing was off the hook to say the least, and the uncrowded slopes and liftlines made for all day freshies for everyone in attendance. It felt pretty good to step into my Elan Boomerangs for the past few days and charge around the mountain on my big skis with little to no more fear of hitting tons of rocks. While I completely forgot to put on my helmet cam for just about every run, I managed to strap it on once for the short clip you see here. Those GoPro helmet cams are so small that sometimes you forget that you even have it with you.
Today we branched out in search of variety and some more pow for the skiing. We ventured up the street from my house and hiked up to Grouse Rock and into Ward Valley. With high ridge top winds and grey skies dominating for most of our tour we rethought our objectives for the day and focused on lower more sheltered slopes. Many of the natural avalanches that occured during the storm cycle are still very evident, especially on East/Northeast aspects. While nothing really seemed to be moving at the resort yesterday the evidence of natural slides was a little disconcerting especially with the weak layer down near the ground. Finding it a little hard to believe that all that new snow has bonded up tight we tentatively made some ski cuts, and then pretty much went for it.
The consistency of the snow has definitely changed a little overnight. It has become more dense and compacted as well as being wind affected in some areas, and sun crusted on south facing slopes. We decided to lap it up on an sheltered East/Northeast facing slope for optimum powder conditions. Here's my buddy, and unofficialsquaw Kick Ass Blaster, Mike Vaughan finding a nice pocket of fresh on his first turn.
And a few turns later opening it up by the spiny rocks that make up the features of this area.
After hours of hiking around and skiing more pow we were finally chased out of the woods by the dwindling daylight, not that we could see all that well today anyway. In any event, lines in the backcountry are at a super fun low-tide level with more features than usual. Now is a good time to get out and explore and find some great early season stashes for yourself. As far as we could tell, the snow is locked up tight just about everywhere, so go on out and get some. For more information on local avalanche conditions check out: http://www.sierraavalanchecenter.org/
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