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 […]

virginia slims?

February 8, 2016

virginia slims?

Got stuck in town longer than I’d hoped this morning, but still got out for this quicky in the afternoon. A summer or two ago Jason Dorais and I traversed the Reed and Benson Ridge in BCC. Even though it was hot and dry, we kept peering down possible chutes and imagining them filled in […]

storm mountain- the complex

February 8, 2016

storm mountain- the complex

 The past 6 weeks have been one of the best stretches of powder skiing in the Wasatch that I can remember! All that snow, however has created considerable to high avalanche hazard ratings. Skiing the trees gets repetitious and the mind starts to wander. In fact, I think I’ve developed a steep–skiing complex over the […]

newskiland slideshow

January 25, 2016

newskiland slideshow

I’ve been holding off posting trip reports from the New Zealand expedition last fall since I knew this slide-show was coming up. I want to force you to come see the pics and hear the tall tales live in person! (Adam Fabrikant and Billy Haas on our early start towards Mount Aspiring.) On Thursday of […]

major tom couloir

January 13, 2016

major tom couloir

“If you feel safe in the area that you’re working in, you’re not working in the right area. Always go a little further into the water than you feel you’re capable of being in. Go a little out of your depth. And when you don’t feel that your feet are quite touching the bottom, you’re […]

grr couloir-cascade peak

January 5, 2016

grr couloir-cascade peak

Happy New Year! Cheers to deep powder and steep lines in 2016. It’s not a New Years resolution to go new places and ski new lines, that’s always been the goal. The tick list for the Wasatch is huge, but the last few years have been lean which makes that more difficult. Luckily this year […]

wasatch citizen series 2015/16

November 24, 2015

wasatch citizen series 2015/16

On your mark, get set, SKIMO! (photo Sean Quill) Time to kick off the 2015/16 season with the Thanksgiving day “race” at Brighton Ski Resort. Let’s be honest it’s more of a fun run on skis than a race. All you need is your skis, skins and helmet. No avy gear required. The race starts […]

rant-this is not a sport

November 11, 2015

rant-this is not a sport

Glad to see the second season of Ascent Backcountry Journal hit the racks! Fun to see the diverse mix of articles about skiing coming from skiers. The good folks at Ascent said I could write whatever I wanted. It’s early season and I was skunked on my last big missions, so I wasn’t sure what to […]

new zealand 2015

November 1, 2015

new zealand 2015

Low altitude peaks, a vast hut systems, clean water, no foreign language barrier, and a strong U.S. dollar all make NZ a no brainer. Especially for steep technical terrain! A propensity for bad weather, icy slopes and the cost of airfare seems to keep ski visitation to a minimum. We’ll see. Maybe it will just […]

PURL

October 19, 2015

PURL

This guy out front, with the shit eating grin, had an idea for a medieval traverse last week. Two big traverses actually, in one day. For some reason he invited me and for some reason, I said yes. Behold the PURL (Provo ulitmate ridge link-up).  I know, this URL (ultimate ridge link-up) thing might be […]