merry xtremas

  After nearly a week on the coast for Christmas, It was good to come home to some deep snow...  Lean on photos, too busy getting awesome.   
Boot packing took some effort.  Ankeny in it.
It took a bit of this.     Chris Ankeny photo.
to get here. We avoided the gong show, at treeline and tiptoed into the alpine.
Stoked to try the Volkl Selecta in deep pow,  it's a super fun ride.
Play safe out there,  condolences to friends and family of Duncan.


throttles and ice axes

Just flipped through latest Powder photo annual.. I (as well as delaney, dave B ,jon john) got a bit of a honourable mention, in a article about sled-ski mountaineering. Oh and there is a photo of me sitting on my sled promoting CFR products!  


Boot Packin !

Breaking in my new Volkl Cashew, in the inbounds backcountry.  Lots of lines that are good to go, and nobody to be seen.  Not complaining.
It's pretty fun to shred this place without the kooks.

Opened up another line, on my second lap.  The air out was bigger and flatter, than i  had hoped, but the landing was soft.   
Billygoat to sweet pow pocket.
 Corona bowl let loose with this Heli Bomb triggered avalanche.


down in a hole

Yesterday was Blackcomb's season opener.  I was riding more or less solo, greasing the line, and just trying to get as many runs in as possible.  The coverage is good, although it's still sharky. After a fairly successful morning, I decided to traverse out towards crystal and I ended on a mellow although a very shitty groomed run with pow on the side.  I milked the side of the run, came up onto a roll, that I knew was a bit of a rock garden. I assumed it was pillows over the edge.  I came to a stop, to have a look.
That was when I started sliding into the abyss. I slid on my back into a 3-4ft crack behind a cliff ( massive boulder) I landed on my feet, unscathed, ( bruised a bit).  At this point, a little stunned, I realized that I had fallen into 30-35 ft hole.  

I thought about climbing up the the way I fell down, which would have been very hard, and not possible with a snowboard.  I noticed some light, down towards my left so I crawled down , to investigate, and sure enough, it was a way out.  I actually laughed, because I was feeling pretty lucky at this point.  Anyways heads up out there.


WB season opener

Another season is here.  I hit up Creekside bright and early, and ingested a fair bit of second hand "ross's gold" while waiting patiently for the gondi to open.  All the usual suspects were in attendance.
 Day 1 - Dave B busting the goat path.
 It was lean, but surprisingly good.  Dave B samples the pow and emails at the same time.
Day 2 - It wasn't looking promising, with all the huge crowns on the peak, but she tightened up over night, and they opened the access road. I made some key passes in bootpack hammer mode, and managed to make it up the peak in the first wave. The west cirque entrance as good as it gets. It is amazing how beat it gets as the season goes on.
Filled in-ish.
It's a nice time of year when the alpine lifts are closed.  Even though no one was around, I couldn't help but have that hurried feeling, thinking I might get poached.  
Frogs hollow. Some sharks out there, but decent for November.
I left a bit of ptex up on the mountain. It's still low tide out there.
But, apparently there is
46 feet in the forecast.


All Quiet on the Northern Front

I wrote a short piece for local magazine, Mountain Life.  It somehow , evolved into a Pemberton backcountry battle log. Check out the digital version, or pick up a hard copy, exclusively at places where you can buy stuff, in the sea to sky corridor.

Dave Basterrechea making me shitloads of cash.


The Devil, the Angel and the Spearhead range

JD Hare, patagonia skier, and whiskey tahoe bro, shreds deep into the far corner of the Spearhead range. Chris Christie took some sweet shots and put together this little vid.
There is also a cool piece in the newest mountain life about the spearhead range, featuring hare, again.


Foon Skis- ESPN interview


John ChiltonLisa Korthals shredding on Foon Skis in the Birkenhead Valley, BC.

The custom ski business has been growing in recent years, with upstarts like Colorado's Folsom Custom and Wagner Custom and Jackson Hole's Igneous Skis. The trend has extended north to Canada now too. In what was originally a way to build his ultimate ski has turned into a custom ski building business for Johnny "Foon" Chilton, a colleague of 90s ski stars Trevor Peterson and Eric Pehota with dozens of first descents to his name in BC's Coast Mountains. In two years, Foon Skis, based in Chilton's Pemberton, BC, workshop, has built a cult following, especially with hard-charging Whistler locals. Between his two full time, seasonal jobs -- driving a groomer at Whistler Blackcomb and building mountain bike trails near Pemberton -- Chilton handcrafts 40 pairs of planks a year, made from wood salvaged from Whistler.
How did you get into building your own skis?
I was a sponsored skier for 15 years, most recently with Head/Tyrolia. Over the years I found I couldn't find the exact ski I wanted, even though Head brought me on board to help design their big mountain skis. I like a ridiculously stiff ski and you can't get that off the shelf. I realized the only way I was going to find it was to make it myself. Before I was a pro skier I was a cabinetmaker and fine woodworker, so I had the skills.
Where did the name of your signature ski, the Tyfoon, come from?
Ty is my son's name and Foon is my nickname.
What inspired the design of the skis?
Surfing was a big inspiration for the skis. My buddy Trevor [Peterson] was into surfing. When the ski season ended we'd go climbing and he'd go surfing. We thought he was nuts. But he saw the correlation. There's a lot of crossover with float and carving. I think some of how surfers buy their boards is going to rub off too. Anyone who is into surfing would never buy a factory board. They get them custom built for their ability, weight, style and the waves they surf. I believe that skiers will start to think the same way.
How long does it take to make a pair of Tyfoons?
The first pair took me a month to make. Now I can make two pairs in about a week, though I don't make them one at a time. I usually have three or four on the go.
How does the customization process work?
You'll tell me where you like to ride, what type of snow you like to ski, your weight and height: This is the melting pot to figuring out how much flex you need. The core of the ski is the important part when it comes to adjusting the flex. I take a blank core and start working it to create the specific flex I'm going for.
What materials do you use?
I use douglas fir for the core and western red cedar for the topsheet. There's also a sheet of carbon fiber to add strength. I used to get my wood from local sources, but now I'm salvaging it raw from the ski hill. I've partnered with Whistler-Blackcomb and they're letting me harvest blown downs or trees cut building the Peak-to-Peak lift line. The shape I use is normal camber underfoot, a soft rocker in the tail and a long smooth rocker in the tip.


poor man heli

It's not the first time i've seen this wall get heli-ed, just seems weird.  Last years shitty winter in AK had film crews sniffing around pretty hard with helicopters in pembys backcountry...   Jake Blauvelt seems to be crushing it these days.

Poor man heli-ing a couple years back...    Ian Millar photo


Winter Stoke

It finally feels like summer, but the shorter days and cool nights are a reminder that winter is on its way!



Northern Alberta is very dry and on fire.. I spent the last couple weeks getting humbled by this beast.


Weekend Warriors

Saturday... some sun, tons of cloud.. 100 percent chance of awesome!
Old spiney showed her face for a couple minutes
Looking in.  
Soucy and the boys scoping... It crapped out pretty hard, so we called it a early day.
The word on the street is Eric and
Dan had a good morning in this zone, today.

Day 2 - This cornitichiwa is having a fight with gravity... seems to be winning
Chris Ankeny shredding the dog
More dogging
and more
yes, still.
cant quite seem him, oh there he is.  
ankeny shreds the bubble spine world..
And then again with the merk bird
The snowstorm on the glacier, chased us away... Luckily it was sunny back at the trucks. 


round 3

Dave Basterrechea AKA flat light magnet.  Dave is ready for Blue.

Alot of times with Blue you get a northerly bitchslap

More Bitchslapping
DB punching a face in the face
DB post board breaking entrance
DB Perfect wave.  It felt like it wanted to let loose, but never did.
Delaney Zayac
I am assuming this was the best part of Delaney's day, because it turned gongy not long after this.
I am stoked you made it home, bud!
MSP was in the area
mellow camera man tow in
James Heim, getting ready to drop in... The MSP crew was super cool, and let us have some lines we had been scoping,  the first day.  They had a serious advantage over us, having a heli.  Day 2  we were looking at the same terrain again, it was their turn to go first.

James Heim shredded the crap out of this face, and came hammering out the debris field at the bottom, going mach and holding on.. Super impressive.  It will be cool to see on film.
DB and I shredded the spine
I am pretty sure dave had a good Bday
One of the nicest lines around.