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.

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.

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