We’ve been whining and complaining about what a dry winter it has been. Last weeks storm changed things dramatically for those of us here in the Wasatch. Extremely dangerous avalanche conditions have existed, but we played it safe in tight mid elevation trees. We are so grateful to finally ski some classic light and fluffy pow and bank some of the deepest footage we’ve ever shot. Here is a little taste!
Once a year the outdoor industry drops into Salt Lake City to show off their latest and greatest gear, drink and ski (not necessarily in that order). And Jonah and I go to beg for money, drink beer and check out the latest and greatest gear (not necessarily in that order).
The new line of Avalung packs from Black Diamond
In an attempt to reduce our carbon footprint we may be riding Street Stiders up the canyon next season.
The new T-race with walk mode, new liners and new buckles.
The cliched line, ‘I’d like to thank my sponsors for making this possible’ is actually true for us. We could not produce our projects without the help of our great partners. Since the beginning we have laid out one simple rule in seeking sponsors. That is, we will only sign on with companies who make gear we use, or have used. Our wish is to keep some sort of continuity and integrity with what you see our skiers use and the logo’s on our box. A few years ago a company offered us a large sum to become our presenting sponsor and bump off Black Diamond. The refusal was easy to make, nobody wanted to use their equipment. Luckily we have been able to team up with some of the industry leaders and also some small up and coming companies that want to support the telemark community.
We are proud to announce the following companies who have signed on to provide funds for 2010.
Presenting the film once again is-
Our Title Sponsors are-
The best part about the show is that Jake Sakson, Chris Erickson, Paige Brady and Will Cardamone came to help us ski the 80″ inches of snow that fell over the week! But that is next weeks blog.
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So, this has been one of the slowest starts to winter I can recall. Pretty frustrating if you’re committed to making a ski film from a production company named Powderwhore. Maybe we should have gone with something else that would have put less pressure to deliver the, all up in your grill, blower.
Snow has finally started to fall in ernest and lines are filling in! We headed out into Days Fork today to check things out.
The mountains were in and out of the clouds.
Paige Brady always seems to know the perfect time to visit the Wasatch.
Paige is so strong on the uphill and the downhill, it’s great to ski with someone so motivated.
Andy Jacobsen quickly drops in with a little weather window.
Skiing Pow is #1 in his opinion
Paige followed and skied really well despite forgetting to lock down her free pivot bindings. Hate it when that happens.
I filmed from above and then cleaned up the leftovers
Tagged some rocks, lost some base, but skipped to safety! Notice the avalung is out, that will come into play shortly.
Here’s where things got interesting. We had put in 5 tracks on this NE facing slope without noticing any avalanche concerns. The slope was skied one at a time with everybody pulling up in safe zones. We wanted to move down the ridge to the next are so we skinned back up a sub ridge which was a very safe terrain feature. Andy Jacobsen was breaking trail and we were once again spread out working to ‘safe’ zones (trees and below cliffs) while skinning. Jonah and Jay were going to wait below (that one’s for you Jay). The ridge became too rocky to ascend so Andy cut out into the small bowl we had just skied. Paige and I waited and watched and Andy made the ridge without incident. I started out and crossed a thin rocky area when heard the slope ‘thud’, and then watched it release in a big way. I yelled avalanche and tried to work back to the ridge, but it was clear I was too far out onto the slope which had fractured about 250ft above me. The avalung was easy to grab and place in my mouth, I bit down hard and swam. Right at that moment I was submerged, grazed some trees and surfaced roughly 300ft down from where I triggered it. I yelled ‘I’m OK’ and Jay came down to make sure. He was convinced I was jacked up having seen me strained through the trees. Nothing but a bruise on my elbow and the loss of both ski poles for making a poor call.
Looking back we should have just avoided that aspect for the day, our vision was clouded by the drought we’ve been having. No excuses though, rule #1 is don’t get caught and we failed. Got away lucky on this one.
Thanks again to Jay Beyer for documenting the day with the lens.
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