Friends on a Powder Day

Powder Day Bumps

The saying goes "There are no friends on a powder day." Don't sleep in, don't read the paper, just grab your gear and head out the door. Today was one of those days when a "little" storm left several inches of pure fluff on the local mountain. The old-timers knew and claimed the powder while the new kids learned a valuable lesson.

But that part about "no friends"? Good friends will trade first tracks and leave a clean line to ski.

Light Cycles

Welcome to Winter! While my mind is firmly in the world of snow sports for the season, other people keep cycling through the colder months. Important Safety Tip: You can't have too many lights when night riding.

Home Baked Boots

Thermofit Liners Cooling Off

Most modern ski boots feature thermo-fit liners that provide a custom-fit boot for minimal hassle. But, if you buy your boots online or if you're pressed for time how do you get that custom fit without a trip to a ski shop? If you have an oven and properly fitting boot shells, it's easier than baking cookies. Thanks to Charlie for the simple how-to instructions for baking and custom fitting your own thermofit boot liners.

How to Bake Thermo-fit Boot Liners by Charlie:

1. Crack open a beer.

2. Drink some beer.

Don't Buy Junk

Hugh's Jacket

My friend Hugh lost his jacket a couple of winters ago. That jacket had a lot of history. It came back to him and Hugh still wears it.

Life is a long journey. Choose gear that lasts.

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Worn Wear – The Stories We Wear

There, I Fixed It!

Think Sustainable, Buy Durable



Blowing Out the Cobwebs

Early Season Training 4 - Dynamic Balance

I'm always a bit rusty at the start of each ski season. Preparation starts in my closet as I swap cycling gear for ski equipment. Bags and bins are dumped to assess the condition of gloves, socks and shells. Skis, boots and poles are checked to see which will serve one more season, get sold at the local ski swap or recycled. I don't buy new gear often, but it's fun to add new boards to the quiver and replace battered boots.

McCONKEY comes to Santa Fe, NM

McConkey poster

WHAT: McCONKEY by Red Bull Media House and Matchstick Productions
WHEN: Friday, November 1, 6:00 & 8:30pm
WHERE: CinemaCafé, 1616 St. Michael's Drive, Santa Fe, NM
TICKETS: $10 at the door
WHY: to benefit the Adaptive Ski Program

Bridging the Gap to Winter

Pep Fujas skinning the Tordrillo Mountains

At the southern tail of the Rocky Mountains the mornings have turned crisp and leaves are starting to turn gold. It isn't winter, but we can feel it coming. Here's a little ski stoke for your Autumnal Equinox.

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Pep Fujas

Tordrillo Mountains

Buddha and the Snow Leopard

Snow Leopard (Uncia uncia)

High on the list of exotic places I haven't been yet, but would love to see are Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan, the countries of the Tibetan Plateau. One of the best living symbols of "The Roof of the World" is the Snow Leopard. Due to poaching, loss of prey, and habitat degradation, the snow leopard is listed as endangered by the IUCN.

Water Over Mountain

Shooting the eddy - Channing Huser

The earth spins around the sun, solstices pass, seasons advance and memories fade. Recording events remind us of the details that otherwise disappear. Taking one photo can crystalize memory. Taking many photos becomes a document. Channing Huser has photographed a specific place in the Sangre de Cristo mountains each March over the last four years. She plans to continue photographing this place as long as she can. See Water Over Mountain, a documentary, in person if you can.

Basecamp to Summit in One Click

Mount Elbrus Summit - from Google StreetView

I love exploring the mountains and there are more peaks than I could ever hope to see in my lifetime. Of course the Seven Summits are on my list but, I haven't even summited one of them yet. So, what is a frustrated, wannabe mountaineer to do? You can start exploring any of the Seven Summits with StreetView in Google Maps. Go to maps.google.com, type in the name of the peak, zoom in to the street view level and start planning your approach from base camp.

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