backcountry skiing

NW Couloir of the Pfeifferhorn: April 7, 2012

NW Couloir of the Pfeifferhorn: April 7, 2012

Rappelling silently, I glanced over my shoulder as Jay, anchored to his ice axe, snapped photos from a nearby rock nook that guarded him from falling rocks, ice, and slough.  Thirty seconds later, I was anchored alongside the rest of the crew: Surface Brandbassador Hayden Price, Surface Creative Genius Jason Eichhorst, and Tahoe splitboarder Abe(…)

A Cardiff Day with Kalen, Jay, and a Phantom Flat Fixie Tire

A Cardiff Day with Kalen, Jay, and a Phantom Flat Fixie Tire

Privileged to know such active people, I headed out with Jason Eichhorst and Surface Skis team rider Kalen Thorine on a short tour in Little Cottonwood Canyon.  We skinned up pole line pass for a while and hit the top of Cardiff Peak.  From there, we dropped north for a run and then headed back(…)

Utah Avalanche Center’s Advanced Avalanche Skills Workshop

Utah Avalanche Center’s Advanced Avalanche Skills Workshop

In (relatively blinding) light of the recent close calls, accidents, and the interesting “Colorado” or “continental” snowpack that backcountry travelers in the Wastach Mountains are currently entertaining, the Utah Avalanche Center hosted an Advanced Avalanche Skills Workshop in early February.   It was designed for advanced snow enthusiasts who sought to realign their avalanche skills with those of(…)

"Ski Utah"?  I Do That.

"Ski Utah"? I Do That.

Last week, Canyons Resort released a video that Justin Olsen made with telemark athletes Weston D, Shaun Raskin, and I.  It features a bunch of that snow that has made Utah so famous. To advertise it, I ended up with the cover shot! Last week, my video “Biking to #Mecca” was posted on the Ski Utah blog.(…)

Video: Avalanche Conditions in Big Cottonwood Canyon

Video: Avalanche Conditions in Big Cottonwood Canyon

Trent and I headed into the Big Cottonwood Canyon backcountry yesterday to ski some powder and do a snowpack evaluation for the Utah Avalanche Center. Here is the official observation of the day, compiled by Trent. And here is the video that I put together for it: It’ still scary out there, and we’re managing(…)

Biking to #Mecca

Biking to #Mecca

[ed note: originally written 12.22.2011] On nothing more than a slight whim, I made a few relatively unreasonable actions last week. On Monday, after a morning of skiing, I went for a short trail run outside my house in Park City.  Quickly, that evolved into a grueling 10-mile run on entirely snow-covered trails that I’d(…)