Backcountry Skiing/Riding
the other side of Crested Butte

the other side of Crested Butte

Yesterday I had a great adventure on Crested Butte’s namesake peak. A really great line that combines two of my favorite things: mixed climbing and steep skiing. Crested Butte’s namesake is more than just closed boundary resort skiing. It’s also home to 5 backcountry chutes known locally as the Terminator Chutes. Accessed the old fashioned...
tips for successfull skinning

tips for successfull skinning

Having introduced many beginning backcountry skiers and riders to the world of ascending on skis, I’m consistently reminded that there are a few foundational principles that are essential throughout the process of becoming a competent “skinner”. Our climbing skins are yet another piece of mountain equipment that was delivered without an appropriate instruction manual, but...
Powder Skiing!

Powder Skiing!

It’s powder skiing season again! Check out the footage from November 23, 2010 in the Crested Butte backcountry.
April in the Alps

April in the Alps

Most sports enthusiasts have a list of destinations that make it onto their “bucket lists”. For the baseball fan, it might be watching a Sox/Yankees game at Fenway Park. For the golfer, it might be playing a round at Pebble Beach. For the serious ski enthusiast: the trip that makes most skiers’ list is almost...
Back from the Dream Circuit!

Back from the Dream Circuit!

Berner Oberland Goodness I’m back in Chamonix after an excellent stretch of about 16 days of some of the most well known multi-day ski tours in France, Italy and Switzerland with Leavenworth, Washington’s Northwest Mountain School. Having just completed a week long Haute Route (Chamonix to Zermatt), a week long tour in the Ortler Range...
New Dynafit Stoke!

New Dynafit Stoke!

Monday afternoon, my new Dynafit Stoke (a 2011 season early release offering from Dynafit) arrived at my doorstep and despite the empty feeling of the box: there were in fact skis inside. At 1645 grams/pair the Stoke is a relative lightweight. For reference, many skis with similar dimensions weigh in at over 4000 grams! So...

Dynafit Mustagh Ata Superlight Reviewed

Update: Despite this being an old post, it still generates loads of traffic for those looking for a classic light ski mountaineering ski. While my opinion is that light is not always right, there are many newer options for lightweight skis (not to mention boots!) that are much better performing than the Mustagh Ata SL....

Avalanche Observations Febraury 22, 2010

While I was away last weekend teaching Colorado Mountain College’s Level 2 avalanche course, between two and five feet of snow fell in the Crested Butte Backcountry. Today was a brilliant bluebird morning, so we went up to have a look at all this new snow and maybe do a little bit of skiing. Below...

Ski Mountaineering: What to Carry?

While packing this morning for a day ski touring, it occurred to me that I hadn’t yet done a proper online pack explosion. Given that the spring ski mountaineering season is right around the corner, I thought I would share my gear system with you for longer ski tours. The system described below is by...