Backcountry Skiing/Riding
Lofoten Edit

Lofoten Edit

Weather induced computer time has me expanding my video editing capabilities here in Crested Butte.  This clip is more skate video inspired, less of a storyline, and is heavier on the images and stoke. I’m realizing that this style of documentation keeps my attention a little better… Let me know what you think. Mike
French Alps Reconaissance Part II

French Alps Reconaissance Part II

The classic tours of the Alps are popular for good reason. The Chamonix to Zermatt Haute Route , the Grand Canyon of ski traverses,  is so well known that it has adopted the name “Haute Route” or high route as it’s namesake. In all actuality, there are hundreds if not thousands of “Haute Routes” throughout...
French Alps Reconnaissance

French Alps Reconnaissance

On the way home from a great guiding trip to Norway, I decided to swing through my recent summer home, Chamonix, France. Typically my trips to Cham are filled with work and I often find myself eager to investigate the lifetimes’ worth of objectives. A dedicated vacances and reconnaissance trip this spring allowed me to...
Norway Dispatch April 6: Lofoten Rural "Street Art"

Norway Dispatch April 6: Lofoten Rural “Street Art”

Yesterday a few of us enjoyed a non-skiing journey down to Reine for a little bit of reconnaissance and some sightseeing. We did find some very inspiring terrain (yes, that is a 600m nearly untouched wall), but also some cool art installations along the way. I regularly explore art blogs during my daily internet feasting...
Norway Dispatch April 2

Norway Dispatch April 2

Ski Touring in the Lofoten Islands of Norway is as good as it gets… or better. Skiing from a boat is pretty darn good as well. (Warning: this video is funny, but explicit. Join me next year and we will send!
Crested Butte Skiing

Crested Butte Skiing

Been skiing hard the past few weeks… Between guiding work at CS Irwin and the odd day off here and there, the ski season in CB has been great. I’m packing for Norway and getting things dialed in for the Northern Lights Ski Mountaineering with Northern Alpine Guides. More sorting and packing…
PLUM Guide Binding Review

PLUM Guide Binding Review

“those things look like surgical instruments!” A quote one would expect to hear from a skier staring at a wall of thousand-dollar custom skis; but what the above quote was referring to was my fresh pair of PLUM Guide bindings peeking out from behind the impressive fleet. PLUM (pronounced “plume”-  /ˈpluːm/) FELISAZ SAS is a...
Steep Skiing on Ruby Mountain

Steep Skiing on Ruby Mountain

This past week, Steve Banks and I ventured out to one of our favorite lines in the Crested Butte Backcountry; Ruby Chute. Soft snow and good stability helped us make the most of a rare day off.
Country Club Couloir

Country Club Couloir

The snow and stability this winter in the Crested Butte backcountry has been absolutely fantastic, and I’ve been taking advantage of my rare days off by skiing some of the more attractive lines looming above town. Last week I had a great outing on Crested Butte’s Terminator 4, involving some really fun and engaging mixed...