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Busy in the Butte…

I’ve been super busy lately, about 13 guiding days straight.  As some of you may know, I spend the majority of my year in Crested Butte, Colorado guiding with Crested Butte Mountain Guides. Our peak summer season is generally the middle of July, but in three seasons guiding in the butte I can’t recall a...

Ski Review: SkiTrab duo Sintesi

Stats Skis (make/model): 2007-2008 Ski Trab Duo Sintesi Dimensions: 105/102-73-89 Weight per pair: 5.0lbs/pair Size Tested: 171 Tester’s Name: Mike Bromberg Tester’s Weight: 155 Bindings: Dynafit TLT Classic Boots: Garmont Megaride Testing Notes A lightweight ski with a wood core, it is immediately apparent that the Sintesi is of European ski touring origin. I had...

AMGA Ski Mountaineering Exam

I suppose ’tis the season for “What it takes to be a ski guide” blog posts (see IFMGA guide Evan Steven’s great entries here as well as the current issue of The Avalanche Review). I thought I’d milk this for what it’s worth and describe the experience from a candidate’s perspective. I embarked on the process that is ski guide certification...

Congratulations Certified Ski Mountaineering Guides!

I’m back in Crested Butte after the long Alaska winter and an entire month with no web updates and/or blog entries. The AMGA Ski Mountaineering Guide Exam was very successful and took every minute of my focus over the last three weeks and I wanted to congratulate all the participants and newly certified guides. This exam...

Weather hold.

Things are grim around here. I try not to count the days, but it has been over a week since we have last seen the sun here in Valdez. I hate to play ignorant about the weather forecast when asked, but my garbled responses about some kindof highpressureridgebuildingoutblahblah does nothing for anyone. The cat skiing...

Back in Valdez Rejuvenated, the week in review.

After a quick rejuvenating visit back home to Crested Butte, I am back in Valdez and again psyched for the bipolar world of helicopter ski slavery. Back home in CB, a couple of days of lung burning touring reminding me that I have been at sea level without really any uphill travel for over six-weeks. More importantly I...

The Glamorous Life of a Helicopter Ski Guide

I’ve been working up here in Valdez, AK guiding helicopter skiing and ‘living the dream’ since the 1st of February. While I would never venture to say that what I’m doing up here isn’t the experience of a lifetime… I thought I might share a few photos of the bipolar world of helicopter assisted skiing in Alaska. 0630...

More Chugach Powder

The last few days have been legendary here in the Chugach. Constant smiles from both guides and guests and repeatedely hearing people saying that “today was the best skiing of my life”.Now that the weather has cleared and we’ve had a chance to get out and play a little, the snowpack is looking solid. It...

Clearing Skies

The weather finally broke this afternoon and we were able to get out and fly after yet  another torturous stint without flyable weather. It’s late and I’m tired, but I wanted to share my excitement. Tomorrow is my day off, ,but I plan to occupy an empty space in the helicopter or at least try to squeeze in a tour… Today...