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Italian Dolomites Backcountry Ski Shoot

Ongoing winter weather in California forced us to cancel a commercial ski shoot in the Sierra Nevada and move it to the Italian Dolomites. Here, the weather was with us and we had quite possibly one of our best overall two day shoots. For Janine and I, it was our favorite style of producing photos. The client knows us and …

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Backcountry Skiing Alone

My friend John Dittli just posted his thoughts on this same subject over at his Blog – it got me thinking, while I was out backcountry skiing alone today… Why would you ski without a partner? I too am challenged with the same questions as John as I often venture out on my own program – isn’t it just so …

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Dynafit Eruption and Aurora Down Jacket Review

Isn’t it mandatory these days for Product Reviews to reveal whether or not the reviewer was given products for free? If so, I hereby admit that yes, Dynafit recently sent me a huge box of goods – for a photo shoot. But “free” gear does not always make for “good” gear, so when something is good I like to let …

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Mountain Hut Culture

Mountain Huts and the European Mountain Culture Undoubtedly, one of the greatest pleasures of living in the European mountains is the huts. Anyone that follows this site, or our Twitter feed, has seen a trend; the use of huts and all the amazing experiences that they allow. I am still not so sure Americans understand the concept. From people seeking …

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Marmolada Avalanche

It is a difficult decision to share what I have to share. But, I truly believe it is important, critical even, that this sort of story is told. It is something that every backcountry skier hopes never happens. The great war photographer, James Nachtwey once said that the reason he makes the very difficult photos that he makes is because …

Dolomite Couloirs: The Holzer Couloir

When I first started coming to the Dolomites I kept hearing about all the couloirs. Today I really found out what they are about. Together with Janine, Andreas Irsara, Susie Sutphin and Arnt (last name unknown…) we headed out for what Susie would later describe as, “The best day of my life!!!”. First up was the more serious business, the …

Holzer Couloir

Skiing Couloirs of the Italian Dolomites When I first started coming to the Dolomites I kept hearing about all the couloirs. Today I really found out what they are about. Together with Janine, Andreas Irsara, Susie Sutphin and Arnt (last name unknown…) we headed out for what Susie would later describe as, “The best day of my life!!!”. First up …

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Lou Dawson Interview

Lou Dawson is a legend in the American ski culture. Primarily known as the first person to ski all 54 of Colorado’s 14,000 foot peaks, he is also a pioneer of backcountry skiing, a leader who brought about awareness of ski touring ideas to the US and the daily manager and writer for the tremendously popular WildSnow.com. We were lucky …

Austria’s Silvretta Ski Tour

The Silvretta Tour Home. As good as Euro huts are, we still love to be home, and especially home eating a huge, fresh salad. Tomorrow morning’s breakfast will not include dry bread and jam. Those that have been on Euro ski tours will fully understand dry bread and jam. Janine and I fell sick on the last day, spent a …

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The Silvretta Tour, part 1

Home. As good as Euro huts are, we still love to be home, and especially home eating a huge, fresh salad. Tomorrow morning’s breakfast will not include dry bread and jam. Those that have been on Euro ski tours will fully understand dry bread and jam. Janine and I fell sick on the last day, spent a feverish night in …

Dolomite Skiing Video

The much feared Internet Video Blackhole sucked Matthias, Janine and I in the other night as we sat working on some website ideas. Before we knew it we had wasted several hours of precious time. But when one is this good, you really ought to share the beauty of what humans can ski in a place like the Dolomites. This …

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Head Case

Can’t wait to get off this piste, so many skiers, all of them staring at me as I am going up while they are all going down. Hurry up before you get creamed. Why is he going up? Who skis uphill at a resort? I do. My right knee hurts and why do my boots feel big today? my heels …

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Tour de Sas: A Delightful Spanking

If you enjoy backcountry skiing where you feel as if your being chased, and you are never allowed to stop and rest, I have just the sport for you. Euro ski rando racing. I have been talking about the Tour de Sas for the last week because I was excited to try this sport and much of my recent training …

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Tour de Sas | Ski Rando Racing

A Delightful Spanking If you enjoy backcountry skiing where you feel as if your being chased, and you are never allowed to stop and rest, I have just the sport for you. Euro ski rando racing. I have been talking about the Tour de Sas for the last week because I was excited to try this sport and much of …

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Skiing in the Dolomites | Tour de Sas

Tour de Sas prep As the Tour de Sas fast approaches Saturday 21 February – I have been on the course twice to have a little look at the terrain and conditions. For those skiing in the Dolomites, one thing is obvious – there is a ton of snow up high but given the conditions, not a lot of tracks …

Spanked | Welcome to the Dolomites

Welcome to the Dolomites I left the house in the dark, 6:45 a.m., the street stone silent and glazed with a layer of ice. Rain drops came down confused about whether or not they should be snowflakes. Our third story house was getting snow, at street level, rain. We were snowline. “Buon Giorno”, I looked up from my feet to …

Work & Play

I unlock and swing the door open just in time. My backpack, skis, poles, boots, groceries, mail and travel bag all crash to the floor in one pile.Home!The better part of one month has been spent living in mountain huts in Italy, Austria and Switzerland with little privacy, earplugs in, smelly blankets and dealing with certain nationalities more prone to …