Snow Sports

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The many ways we slide on snow

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.

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

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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