There’s nothing wrong with parachuting into an area, skiing a renowned peak, and then heading home, but that’s not why Kim Havell came to Wyoming. No, she moved to Jackson a year ago specifically to immerse herself in the steep wild playground that is the Tetons, and the list of her descents after just one [...]
Big mountain skier Chris Davenport, whose career has taken him to the summits of Everest and Denali and steep slopes on the Antarctic Peninsula, has launched a new project to keep the stoke in his backyard: climbing and skiing Colorado’s highest 100 peaks. Davenport brainstormed the Centennial Skiers project with friends Ted and Christy Mahon, [...]
Four snowboarders and a skier riding the backcountry at Loveland Pass, Colorado, were killed in an avalanche Saturday afternoon, according to the Clear Creek County Sheriff’s Office. One person survived. The crown face was about four feet high and 500 feet wide and ran in the Sheep Creek drainage. The avalanche hazard was rated as [...]
Forty-two years after the Grand Teton was skied for the first time, two mountain and ski guides put down a new line on the mountain’s North Face, a dodgy bit of tiptoeing that Brendan O’Neill, one of the two, called as “technical a ski descent as there probably is.” The Exum guide, along with Alaska [...]
Back in 2005, the U.S. Forest Service avoided making the tough decision about where snowmobiles should and shouldn’t go, passing the buck onto local forests to decide, effectively exempting snowmobiles from restriction. Not only was that a bad idea, said a federal court judge recently, it was against the law. “The court finds the OSV [...]
GREG LONG CROWNED BIG WAVE WORLD CHAMPION The fourth season of the Big Wave World Tour has come to a close, and Greg Long has been crowned world champion. Long didn’t smoke the field at each contest, but he was always at or near the top and that consistency saw him sitting nearly 1,000 points [...]
It’s easy to lose perspective. If I were to experience this moment just once, if I were to somehow find myself magically placed on skis in a field of cold, dry snow, and then blast through it like this, it would be the experience of a lifetime. I would never forget it — the sensation [...]
How long does the cold smoke linger in the air where you ski? Photo: Dave McReynolds, Wasatch backcountry, by Lee Cohen.
The east face of Wyoming’s Taylor Mountain has been the scene of avalanche tragedy and avalanche controversy. Folks have died on this face, and one of the more fractious debates in a community known for its fractious debates raged about a year ago when a Jackson local intentionally kicked off a slide that propagated into [...]
Love the quiet of this Berthoud Pass moment. Photo by Brett Wilhelm/Rich Clarkson and Associates.
Fails are just so much funnier than near-misses, but when something this sobering comes along you need to see it. Canale Holzer is one of the many steep couloirs plumbing the Dolomites, in this case down the north face of Sass Pordoi in the Sella Gruppo. I’m not familiar with the Holzer — I’ve skied [...]
When you’re launching a career as a professional photographer or writer, you’re often taught not to get too attached to your creations. You’re supposed to maintain objectivity, I guess in order to stay calm when the editors whose opinions you inevitably disregard start critiquing your work. And that’s all well and good, but if you [...]
TK pithy comment, clever caption, or soulful explanatory text here. Oh, hell, who am I kidding — what could you possibly add to a photo like this? Photo of Revelstoke, B.C., by Garrett Grove. See more at garrettgrove.com.
Oh, my. There are crashes and then there are crashes — from the perspective of the helmetcam, at least, this is one of the nastiest, ragdolling, stone-grinding dumpers you’ll ever see — a major tumble over a series of cliffy rock bands. According to Maxime Demouchy, who was there and uploaded the video, biting off [...]