For five days last week the top men and women ski racers in the world descended on Aspen for the 2017 FIS World Cup Finals. It was the first time in twenty years that the event was held in the U.S. and while Aspen has a long history of hosting World Cup races through the regular season, the last time the World Cup Finals were held here was way back...
We love Bryce Canyon National Park. We just returned from four days of trail running and backpacking there and we were blown away by the beauty. Utah has no shortage of incredible desert scenery, the state has five National Parks to showcase it all. But through the years we had always set our sights on the other members of Utah’s “Big 5” (Arches, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, and Zion are the...
The weather was ideal, sunny and mild, and the avalanche danger rating had gone down to “low” on all aspects and elevations. The Power of Four ski mountaineering race was the day before, so I was looking for something to do that got me out on my skis, but that also might be a good fit for tired legs. So when the text from Chris Davenport came in asking about...
Sean, in the Zion Narrows. The Zion Narrows-- where the Virgin River cuts deep into the sandstone as it makes it way into Zion National Park. (more…)
Buckskin Gulch has the proud distinction of being the longest slot canyon in the world. All slot canyons by definition have sections of tight narrows, but the depth and length of these narrows can vary. Some are actually quite short, often measured in yards. Others can go for longer, even as long as a mile, before it opens up and higher ground can be reaches. The narrows section of Buckskin...
It was time for a fall desert trip, so a group of us headed down to Page, Arizona, with a list of canyons and slots to check out. We started with Antelope Canyon. (more…)
As a Colorado backcountry skier, the mere prospect of spring brings excitement. But I found myself particularly psyched for the upcoming season after poring over a copy of the new guidebook, Climbing and Skiing Colorado’s Mountains - 50 Select Ski Descents. This book is long overdue. It’s co-authored by Ben Conners and Brian Miller, two Colorado ski mountaineers who have compiled years of first-hand experience into this new addition to...
The Backcountry Skiing and Ski Mountaineering in Rocky Mountain National Park guidebook is on the shelves, and gracing the cover is a photo of mine-- that of Dirk Bockelmann skiing the North Face of Longs Peak. (more…)
The massive West Fork Complex wildfire that burned out of control for several weeks this summer has been contained, but not before consuming 110,000 acres of forest. It was never a threat to us here in Aspen thankfully, but for those living in the burn area (Creede/Pagosa Springs/South Fork) it was an extremely serious situation. (more…)
For the superstitious skier, it's usually a bad idea to talk about a snow storm before it arrives. But this ski season so far has been lacking in terms of snow, so whatever steps we've taken to keep from jinxing the snowfall hasn't been effective, and there's a storm on the way. So I'm going to take the opposite approach and share some powder pics from earlier in the season...
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Ted on Cotton Lake It was nice out there.
Kathleen Smyth on Cotton Lake Wonderful July 4th weekend. Love the pictures!! Love Kak
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Christy Mahon on Rito Alto Lake We didn't even talk about ski lines while we were…
Ted on Rito Alto Lake Feels kind of natural not to.