Less Snow and More Blizzards?

Reduced Future Snowfall - US Map

At first this headline sounds bizarre, but the explanation is pretty simple. More CO2 leads to warmer air which holds more moisture which can produce larger rain and snow storms. While these larger blizzards are more frequent, they don't make up for reduced overall snowfall. This trend is already underway with reduced spring snow cover across the Northern Hemisphere. More blizzards in exchange for fewer snow days is a poor tradeoff whether you ski or not.

Roughly Translated ~ Castle Hill

Cerro Castillo mountain, Chile - from Powerderwhore Productions

Here is the Cerro Castillo segment from Powderwhore Productions' 2013 film "Adventures Chosen". Skiers Jason Thompson, Drew Stoecklein, Chuck Mumford and Forrest Coots made the trip to Chile and shot some impressive footage. The Powderwhore's skiing is excellent, but their Spanish translation needs some help.

Los Heroes de Telemark

Los Heroes de Telemark (1965) movie poster

What: 26th Annual Tony Forrest Telemark Workshop
When: January 26 & 27, 2013. 10am - 3pm each day
Where: Ski Santa Fe, 505-992-5084
Tickets: $125 Lessons only, $200 for Lift and Lessons, or a Single Day for $65

Ski Stoke Deconstructed

JP Auclair - Behind the Scenes

Take a look behind the scenes at what went into filming the "JP Auclair Street Segment" from All.I.Can by Sherpas Cinema.

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The Creative Seggy: Behind the Scenes of the "JP Auclair Street Segment"

The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek

Wellington, WA 1910 avalanche debris field

On February 19, 2012 a group of expert skiers were caught in an avalanche at Tunnel Creek, just outside the Stevens Pass ski resort. Three skiers, Johnny Brenan, Jim Jack, and Chris Rudolph died in that avalanche. Unfortunately, skiers getting caught in an avalanche isn't unique or extraordinary. But, understanding how and why this group of skiers were caught is very important for any backcountry skier to understand.

How A Snowflake Is Born

... and now you know how snowflakes form! (Snow) Science is Cool!

What's the Forecast?

Weather Forecast Map

As I write, the first winter storm in weeks is forecast for our area. I look up at the mountains and see only thin streaks of white where snow should cover the ground. Snow sports depend heavily on natural snowfall which is becoming less reliable. The environmental shifts from climate change are now having an economic effect.

Superheroes On Screen and Off

Superheroes of Stoke

For skiers and snowboarders Fall is ski movie time. The leaves change color, the weather turns cooler and we head to the theater with friends to see our heroes on snow. This year is no different with Matchstick Productions' Superheroes of Stoke coming to a theater near you. If you live in Santa Fe, watching this movie supports another group of heroes - the Adaptive Ski Program.

Turns are Turns

Skiing at the Great Sand Dunes National Park

Backcountry skiers often say "Turns are Turns." While I've had some tough days on skis I agree that any skiing is better than none. If you haven't tried skiing on sand dunes, you're missing out on some great turns. Bring your old un-waxed skis or snowboard (preferably with a harder sintered base material) and gear that can survive the sand. Hike up to the top and slide down. Telemark skiers can even "skin" up the dunes on their dry skis. After a few runs you'll have clean ski or snowboard bases, a good workout and a LOT of fun.

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