alaska 2016 part 1- mount barille, japanese couloir

June 13, 2016

alaska 2016 part 1- mount barille, japanese couloir

The past two years I have attempted to ski in the Central Alaska Range in spring. I flew up to Anchorage, bought food and fuel, met up with motivated and capable partners, but just ended up spending weeks in Talkeetna due to poor weather. My timing was impeccably bad. My visits were during two of […]

ski hard rock 100

May 9, 2016

ski hard rock 100

For four days I followed Jason Schlarb, Scott Simmons and Paul Hamilton through the San Juan Mountains of Colorado connecting together the first completion of the iconic Hardrock 100 route on skis. The full four part trip report was published exclusively for Wildsnow.com. Available via the links below. Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day […]

grand teton – ford/stettner

April 28, 2016

grand teton – ford/stettner

The Grand Teton is one of the pinnacles of ski mountaineering in the lower 48 states. It’s big, complex and iconic! It requires ropes and crampons and ice axes and all that shit that makes you feel like you’re doing something cool. It was on my hit list many years ago. I really wanted to […]

yonkers

March 13, 2016

yonkers

Ben and I had a date with a big peak down south on Friday, but the forecast of 50-60 mph winds made us change our minds. We had a late start and decided to go explore a new line in Stairs Gulch. Driving up the canyon we realized that our poor Wasatch has shed too […]

yellowstone-grand canyon

March 8, 2016

yellowstone-grand canyon

My friends Beau and KT live in Cooke City MT, just outside of Yellowstone N.P. They ski a lot and they enjoy the adventure side as much as the actual slide. They’re always ski-ming and dreaming up new outings, like the idea to ski into the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. Ski to it, and then […]

ascent-baffin island

February 28, 2016

ascent-baffin island

The latest Ascent Backcountry Snow Journal is now available online and at a local gear shop near you (maybe). I decided to stick to story-telling in this issue instead of getting folks all bent out of shape with any more ranting and ravings. 😉   I haven’t written much about Baffin Island because it was pre-blog. […]

storm mountain-spindrift couloir

February 15, 2016

storm mountain-spindrift couloir

Managed to finish up last weeks “week of new” with a real beauty. It was many, many years ago that I first saw what looked like a possible connections of chutes on the Northeast side of Storm Mountain.  If you’re one of those couloir seekers, chute tweakers, or steep freakers then no doubt you’ve seen […]

Timp

February 11, 2016

Timp

Today we had a great plan, but it didn’t really happen. I’m not going to give away the shot we wanted to ski, but we ended up climbing and skiing this fun little line off the south west ridge of Timpanogos. The day started out of Provo Canyon. The Utah County boys leading the charge […]

nebo-champagne chute

February 11, 2016

nebo-champagne chute

Since the skin track was already in and there were plenty of new things to explore…..we decided to head back down to Mount Nebo yesterday. Andy spied a fun looking chute to check out in the massive upper cirque. The only issue was that Andy had to be back in SLC by mid-day. Lars K […]

nebo- garden of skiden and genesis

February 10, 2016

nebo- garden of skiden and genesis

Andy Dorais and I headed down to Mount Nebo yesterday to check out this area that I spotted with the aid of Google Earth. It looked like a fun little cluster of chutes off the summit shoulder to the west. Google Earth image. I’ve been up on Nebo a bunch and it’s one of my […]