Quite an active December so far, unfortunately it’s looking like there could be an ice storm coming this weekend for the mountains.
With the slow travel on Sunday I decided to try and stay close to home and find somewhere to skin, I suppose in an effort to save cash and stay away from the kooks. Weekends obviously suck and I’ve had zero inclination to wait in lines or get elbowed by the crusty old powder hound in the line for first chair. That sounds pretentious I guess but I’ve given into the notion that I may be turning into a Hermit. Call it pretentious, call it snobby – the rat race is unappetizing.
Here’s how the first turns of the season went.
I love skiing groomers just as much as the Jersey plate passing me at 75mph with 8″ of snow on 95 who I will eventually have to speak to about stepping on my skis in the madness that is Sunday River’s lift line but at some point, astonishingly quickly actually, it just becomes stale and mundane. Maybe a few nights sleeping in the parking lot at Bolton will help. Nothing like forgetting what day it is up at the 1500′ village. That 300″ average annual snowfall adds up somehow – in the form of a surprise 3 inches, twice weekly. Let hope this incoming system is kind to them because Northern Vermont is almost in, almost.
I’m real stoked to be skiing with a new crew from Burlington. I met John and Dane last season and they’ve got a great group of skiers and riders – Tuesday morning we took a trip up to the NEK for some exploration. The snow was significantly dryer than what I had seen in the Whites on Sunday and much dryer than what I had at home on the coast. Great skiing for sure, not bottomless but just enough blower for the tunnel effect. There is some potential up there this winter, see for yourself below. I’ll be back for sure and now that Andy’s living up in the area, game on!
Hoping to get at it again on Saturday morning here in NH, before the ‘R’ word rolls in.
Away from the ski lift obviously. Carbon footprint bro.
Season of the hermit.
Erica and Nathan’s beautiful York, ME wedding is our first feature wedding film. It was one of the funnest weekends of the summer and an incredible experience for the team.
Contact us for next season’s availability. Thanks for checking out Alpine Live – enjoy!
Sunrise session with minimal crowds, game on.
I recently had the pleasure of shooting a gorgeous wedding on the Riveria Maya – just north of Cancun on the gulf coast of Mexico. I can’t say enough about the quality of Iberostar resorts and the amenities. If you are looking for a beautiful destination wedding, look no further – Iberostar has a dozen resorts around the world. We had an amazing time and it couldn’t have been a better week. Congrats to Meaghan and Anthony, thanks for the memories!
Check out the Mexico gallery on my new website.
Summer is officially here, and there’s nothing like a 90° heatwave to bring back frosty memories of months past. With boards being waxed and single tracks being prepared all over, it’s time to party. So here’s to continuing swells & as little tourist interaction as possible.
A little seasonal piece that has been in the works for a while. We’re continuing our transition from winter, as summer vibes are just around the corner. (I accidentally uploaded 720p last time, so please enjoy 1080p this time around)
A record 80 degrees in Bridgeport, CT yesterday! It was beautiful up on the Seacoast as well – I’ve been getting into the bad habit of coming home after a shoot and putting my camera bag down without importing to the computer. I guess the weather is just too nice to stay inside.
Here’s this weeks take. Sorry, no sports this time. Spring skiing is in full effect and it looks like the next few weeks could be incredible up on Mount Washington. Remember, if you decide to travel up to Tuckerman’s and surrounding terrain, check the Avalanche Advisory and stay safe. After all – summer, bikinis and 80 degree weather are right around the corner.
Disclaimer: We do not condone illegal artwork, in the second to last image the subject is lighting the wall with a candle – we do not condone the defacing of state property nor are we graffiti artists. All light painting photos were made with all of the safety precautions necessary. Fire extinguishers were on hand, at the ready.
Wednesday was amazing, lowest water content I’ve skied all season. Last year we had an epic 30″ dump of pure blower powder and Wed. was almost as good. I headed up early and met up with John Howland and Dane Weister, Wilderness and Timberline were both closed for the day so we had plenty of prime terrain for shooting. Four hikes later and a full memory card I found myself cruising home with some serious wind burn and a perma-grin. Enjoy the photos and get your butts up to the mountains this weekend.
Another storm headed our way for midweek. Forecasters are calling for some serious accumulation up North, keep updated on the weather at famousinternetskiers.com
The surf has been solid lately, I’m still without a long zoom from my switch-over last year so I’m stuck finding creative ways to use wider primes.
I had the pleasure to work with Nick Checo again, this time we were shooting stills for his new album. Super nice spring afternoon in P-town, this was my first adventure with flash photography. Check out his music and like his facebook page here : NICK CHECO MUSIC
Winter has finally returned in full force.
AMPED to have our work up on the TGR site!! (link below) Thanks to Mr. Dunfee for inviting us along in his adventures again. It looks like most of the weather stations have come into agreement regarding 6″+ snowfall across most of New England on Friday into Saturday, bringing with it some serious surf as well. The center of the low pressure will be out to sea, which in this case means the heaviest hit portion will probably Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine coastlines. We’re looking at blizzard conditions with high winds, blowing snow and the possibility of up to two feet of fluffy white stuff. As of now, a lot of the Southern and Central NH mountains are looking to be in the hot spot.
Assuming we do get significant snowfall, the roads will be bad. If at all possible, for maximum powder turns – get your plans firmed up and get outta town by tomorrow evening. The roads on Saturday morning are going to be flat out awful and 93 is going to be Mad Max gridlock nonsense with all the powder crazies trying to get their fix.
—–Below piece written and posted on the TetonGravity.com website by Ryan Dunfee:
“Fog, rain, and deep freezes have bled the East coast dry of the deep base and gut-slapping powder that filled its woods during the Christmas holiday. Despite the lull in the epic, let’s acknowledge a brighter time in the season when the snow was deep and ”faceshot“ was in the weekly lexicon. During that time, Ryan Denning, Lucas Van Oss, Tavis Moonan, and Ryan Dunfee set out to capture some of the best New England skiing in a dog’s age on film. “
Filmed by Lucas Van Oss and Ryan Denning at Sugarloaf, Maine, and Bolton Valley, Vermont.
Edited by Lucas Van Oss.
What the *&$#!!! I got a picture message early this morning from a friend at Bolton, basically the snow has been completely depleted on some trails and there is open water running down the mountain. As terrible as this is, we are looking at dropping temperatures starting this morning with snow showers already being reported at MRG and Stowe. Also, a few small bursts of snow this coming weekend and the chance of some more next week.
On Tuesday Ragged Mountain recieved 4″ of beautiful dry fluff, just like most of the Northeast. Andrew and I headed up early and met up with their Communications Manager Jamie and his buddy Dave from CO. They kindly showed us around the hill for a few hours on Ragged’s 6 person lift. It doesn’t get much better than an empty hill, 6 pack lift and pow on groomer.
Well, I guess it does. And it did, at Bridger Bowl. Have a look at the video below….the same day we went to Ragged. Happy Birthday to brother Casey, it looks like he scored in Montana this week!
We need Feburary to be dark and stormy, pray for the return of winter. PLEASE!
Today is the memorial of Danny Miller’s passing, wishing the best to his family and his son, Landon. Would like to thank Sean Miller for an awesome memorial bonfire on Saturday! Today was also Danny’s Birthday so Happy Birthday Miller.
Just a few photos from recent weeks, we have a new ski edit coming out soon so stay tuned!
Check us out in this recent Powder Magazine photo gallery:
And the article Mr. Dunfee wrote up on our trip to Sugarloaf last month:
We’re happy to finally release The Yakovleff Project, a video we’ve been working on with our college buddy Sasha Yakovleff for almost a year now. Sasha is everywhere, he’s a ski coach in Vermont, he’s a ski rep., he’s the Rye Airfield Bike Park Manager and he’s a professional mountain biker. Take a look at what we’ve created with him. Shot entirely in the state of New Hampshire, we film Sasha shredding his hand-built trails, the Rye Airfield Bike Park and the legendary Highland Mountain Bike Park. Enjoy, share and thank you for checking out Alpine Live.
On another note, last week we ventured into the VT Backcountry and were rewarded with some of the best skiing we’ve ever had! It looks like it’s been snowing basically non-stop since we left on Thursday afternoon so we’re amped to get the skins dried out and get back up there. It’s finally winter in Vermont!!!
Well, the snow is piling up. Some areas are expected to see upwards of 20″ by Friday AM. There will be some scary driving conditions today for sure so be careful on that commute and if you’re headed for the hills make sure you plan accordingly and drive slow. Let those plows do they’re work, with another storm right behind it arriving on Saturday evening, they will surely have their hands full.
THE LOAF! Such a great trip, looks like fun times ahead folks! Enjoy and drive safe!
Look for the rest of the gallery on Powdermag.com next week, accompanying Mr. Dunfee’s article!
We’re heading up to Sugarloaf in the morning to chase this storm, stay up to date for photos on our Facebook page.
Just a few shots from past seasons. Get out there!