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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
To kick fall off to a stylish start here's a skiing / fashion / music flashback for those of us who were skiing in the 1980's. The only scary thing is that I still see skiers on those same 80's vintage skis and boots!