What a ride it’s been.
So grateful to have a patient touring crew for Tuesday, -10 degrees and not a single complaint all day from anyone. We checked out an old zone that I haven’t ventured into this season and it paid off pretty well. Bolton was reporting like 10″ since the weekend started but it seems as though this East aspect we were skiing (Bolton being West) had atleast another 4-5″. Our crew consisted of John Howland, Sam Chalek, Ryan Kinner and a wonderful new addition – Morgan Marzo. Enjoy!
January 23, 2014 | Categories: Bolton, Snow Related | Tags: alpine live media, alpine-live, alpinelive, backcountry, bolton, Bolton Valley, east coast, january 21 2014, Powder, powder skiing, Ski Touring, Skiing, Snowboarding, vermont, VT | Leave a comment
Sunrise session with minimal crowds, game on.
October 21, 2013 | Categories: Uncategorized | Tags: alpine live, alpine-live, Alpine-live.com, alpinelive, east coast, new england, new england surf, new hampshire, new hampshire surf, new hampshire surfing, surf photos, weather | Leave a comment
Finally! What a release.
After a long, flat, ordinary summer and a dismal hurricane season (so far?), we’ve received a welcomed autumn swell. The small Easterly swell direction and funky tide made for wobbly and sometimes walled out conditions in many of our favorite spots. Alternatively, it lit up some not-so-frequented spots along the coast that accept the E swell exclusively. Regardless, I spent most of the morning Tuesday doing the run around bullshit. The ‘is it better over there?’ complex.
I face this conflict all the time when we go skiing. I ski at Bolton enough to know what spots will be poached first and which spots don’t see much traffic. The conflict often arises on powder days, evaluating the risk/reward for going to spot A on first chair vs. spot B or C? The classic maneuver is leaving your super secret stash for later in the day because you’re confident no one’s going to poach it. It’s more practical to ski out the more popular and usually better/steeper/deeper terrain until it’s tracked out.
Short but semi-relative tangent – My brother used to tell me that when he arrived in Bozeman, MT in 2007 and got his first season pass to Bridger, The Ridge terrain was preserved until the afternoon. Skiers wouldn’t hike The Ridge from first chair, primarily because everyone was under the ‘code’ that inbounds terrain was first to get tracked out and when it’s done, then everyone can pillage the ridge. This was well before the Slushman’s backcountry access lift was put in.
You’d think that a new lift put in place to turn previously out of bounds terrain into new resort sidecountry might help to spread skiers out but instead it seemed to just add more chaos, and with the chaos came the cave-in and relinquishment of the ‘code’. It’s difficult to draw a parallel here and I guess there’s really no way to compare the two sports in this manner.
…..BUT if there ever was a similar code in surfing, the last bit of the foundation caved in when the first stand up paddled into a wave.
Crowds aside, most of the time these small one day swell windows make for crunch time decisions on the high tide. My solution is simple, and probably common:
Follow the speed limit and scope every friggin spot in question.
At the least get some recon from a friend. As annoying and unnecessary as it may sound, I can relax knowing I made the best possible decision. Additionally, for as long as I can remember I haven’t had to endure any ‘Oh man, you should have been there’.
I’m sure everyone scored on this last swell. It looked like there were good waves at every spot I passed but for me, in the end it’s about the adventure and maximizing the potential of the day, the lighting, the subject or the equipment and it’s also about producing an image I’m happy and confident showing to other people. Unfortunately for me, these photos just don’t come from simply driving down to Rye and clicking the shutter.
The photographer has the ability to reference the images and prove that the team has made the best decision, in the case that they did make the best decision. Unfortunately Matt and I didn’t win on any images Tuesday, we didn’t even come close – but it’s good to work the rust out, remind the surfer of his weaknesses (just kidding, not his flailing arms) and explore new spots that we’ve never seen break.
DAMNNN it feels good to be shooting at the ocean again.
A little all over the place on today’s blog – it’s been a while since I posted anything and I may be in a state of seasonal confusion.
October 3, 2013 | Categories: Bolton, Surf Photos, Surf Related | Tags: alpine live, Alpine-live.com, alpinelive, bolton, Bolton Valley, Bozeman, bozeman montana, Bridger Bowl, bridget bowl, east coast, hurricane forecasting, hurricane swell, new england surf, new hampshire surf, ryan denning photography, Skiing, slushman's, slushman's lift, surf photography, surf photos | Leave a comment
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.
April 10, 2013 | Categories: Down Days, Lifestyle | Tags: alpine live media, Alpine-live.com, alpinelive, boston landscapes, boston MA, boston massachusetts, boston parks, chocolate lab, graffiti, graffiti photography, lab portraits, Labrador retriever, labs, light painting, lightpainting, spray paint, steel wool light painting | Leave a comment
Spring is here and there’s been some nice weather down on the Seacoast. The skatepark is dry, there’s been some trace of surf the last few days and the sunsets have been gorgeous. I think it actually hit 60 the other day but it’s still Winter up in Vermont. Stowe is reporting 7-12″ in the last 48 hours! It’s going to be an awesome spring up there for sure – the resorts close down pretty soon but it’ll be prime for spring touring. There are deals galore if you’re looking for a touring setup, this is the time of year to shop.
On another note, I started a new website for my own personal work – check it out at www.ryandenning.com
April 3, 2013 | Categories: Bolton, Skate, Surf Photos, Surf Related | Tags: alpine live, alpine-live, Alpine-live.com, alpinelive, Bolton Valley, forecast, landscape, landscapes, new hampshire, new hampshire surf, new hampshire surfing, Powder, powder skiing, rye harbor, rye harbor new hampshire, rye harbor nh, seacoast, Skateboarding, Skiing, Snowboarding, Stowe, stowe mountain, surf, surf forecast, surf photos, surfing, vermont, VT, weather, winter surfing | 4 Comments
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.
March 22, 2013 | Categories: Snow Photos, Storm Chasing | Tags: alpine live, Alpine-live.com, alpinelive, bolton, Bolton Valley, east coast, new england, Powder, powder skiing, ski, Skiing, Snowboarding, vermont, vermont powder, VT, vt skiing, weather | Leave a comment
Winter has finally returned in full force.
Well it’s been a roller coaster week, we did see some waves but it turned out to be disorganized and mushy at practically every spot in NH. MSW came through again with accurate models but the swell reaching the beach just wasn’t favorable, hopefully this upcoming swell (which is looking mighty fine for the north country) will fair a little bit better for the Northeast. In hope of getting some good surf I put together Part 4 of the Spring Verses series, mostly to clear out my folder so it’s nice an empty for some real surf footage.
I also made an attempt at using the new ND filter with a super wide angle lens – needless to say it doesn’t really work. Here is what I came up with, somewhere in Maine…
Side Note: Key phrase of the week is “petting the cat”….I would tell you what it was but I don’t even know – stay tuned cuz I’m gonna make Lockwood explain this shit to the camera.
April 16, 2011 | Categories: Surf Photos, Surf Related | Tags: alpine live media, Alpine-live.com, alpinelive, Maine, Maine surfing, nesurf, new england surfing, new england waves, new hampshire, new hampshire surfing, surfing | Leave a comment
UPDATED (3/20 | 8:15pm): Well today was interesting, got up there bright and early and slowly made our way up to the hut. Once at the hut we started to realize that snow wasn’t softening up as much as we had hoped and our options were limited. We decided to head back to a zone we hit last season, the Lower Snowfields. Above the snowfields is a large chute called The Duchess – center right in the photo below – Lucas decided he would hit it first. After a long trek up Hillman’s and over into The Duchess, he started to make his way down. He made it below the ice bulge in the center and clipped a small sapling mid-way through his third turn. I guess you can just watch the video to see what happens next.
Sherbie was in amazing condition on the way down, looks like Winter Storm Warning up there for tomorrow into Tuesday.
UPDATED (3/19 | 10:15pm): The moon is as big as it’s been in 18 years, this was a huge part in our decision to make an early morning assault tomorrow. Here are a few from the Beach this evening.
Firstly I’m testing out a new program that will allow us to put media up in a more live fashion, so this is the test post.
Secondly, we are planning a super dawn patrol on big ol George Washington on Sunday. Looks like tomorrow’s full moon will be awesome and if all goes as well – we’ll be skinning up into Hillman’s in the moonlight (no headlamps required).
It’s about to be a party up there on Sunday so make sure to get in touch with one of us.
March 18, 2011 | Categories: Snow Photos, Snow Related, Uncategorized | Tags: Alpine-live.com, alpinelive, backcountry skiing new hampshire, duchess, lower snowfields, mount washington, spring time skiing new hampshire, spring time washington, the duchess, tuckerman's, tuckerman's ravine | Leave a comment
Went up early to Bolton again this morning, this time accompanied by a new guy….Ryan. We’re always stoked to have new riders come along, especially if they rip. Today the plan was to do some backcountry touring outside of the ski area boundary. We combed the mountain for leftover pow and decided around 11am to throw the skins on and jump off piste. Last week we dropped a few hints on how to reach the line we skied, hopefully nobody heads up that way because it was scraped off and quite frankly, dangerous. Today it was just far to good to expose our route, Bolton continues to bring the sickness and today was no exception. I still have that perma-smile on from getting snow in the face so many times. Our new guy (and hopefully a regular from now on) mentioned that it was “the best east coast skiing he’s ever experienced”. This isn’t a rarity, I’ve said it at least 10 times myself and I’ve heard our previous guests saying the same thing.
New guy Ryan about to dig a tunnelLucas sending it — what a surprise
**On another note there is an enormous blurb on the map for mid-week…it looks like the mountains could get slammed. GAME ON! Stay tuned into Alpine-Live.com for weather updates as they become available.
Got a late start today and decided on Tenney Mountain, a recently closed resort located off the Plymouth, NH exit. Andy heard this place had some good terrain and it’s moderately close to home compared to our regular adventures. The place was a ghost town but there was a lot of cat tracks running up and down the trails, almost like someone’s been doing snowcat laps. There is some awesome stuff over to the skier’s left but the majority of the main trails still had a ways to go until it could be considered full coverage. We had a great time anyways and prospected some stuff for future trips. Finally replaced the broken D5000 with a Nikon D3100, here are some photos…back to the grind tomorrow.Andy just bought a splitboard — much more accessibility.The up.Next time we know where to go.Shot from my backyard, these most recent storms have been all coastal, hopefully things turn around.
January 27, 2011 | Categories: Snow Photos, Snow Related, Storm Chasing | Tags: alpine live, Alpine-live.com, alpinelive, plymouth new hampshire, plymouth state, plymouth state college, tenney mountain | 1 Comment
Today is my last day in Montana, thankfully the weather came around and gave us some sun for once. I headed to the canyon down the street from the house and scoped a few different lines. Unfortunately I didn’t bring my touring rig on this trip and I have been beating myself up for it ever since. Hyalight had been getting a ton of snow recently and hiking really sucks in deep snow. I did a lap on my own in the morning and scoped some smaller pillowy lines in the afternoon with broseph. Morning was sunny, beautiful and warm and the afternoon was windy, overcast and chilly. Stoked overall about the whole trip but theres a ton of work and shredding to get done back home. Back at it early on Sunday morning in Northern VT. Cheers!
January 22, 2011 | Categories: Snow Photos, Snow Related, Storm Chasing | Tags: alpine live, Alpine-live.com, alpinelive, hyalight backcountry skiing, hyalight canyon, hyalight skiing | Leave a comment
I woke up about 25 times on Wednesday morning to check the snow accumulation up at Bridger, having gotten 5″ the day before it would be good no matter how much snow fell. Turned out to be about 10″ when we got up there on Wednesday morning, with 15″ total from the 48 hour mark. Out East most people don’t ski in storms and they would rather ski groomers than deep snow, out here it’s a bit different. There is a wild hustle in Bozeman and up to the mountain (20 min. drive) on powder days and I got to see first hand how it works out here. Bridger is also very unique as it closely watches the water content of the new snow, the lower the water content the drier and better the powder will be. Well Wednesday was showing 5% water content which is pretty much as dry as it gets. The line at the lift was crazy, lots sketchy locals sliding their way up the line as well as a anxious vibe that was a little uneasy. We probably got one of the first 25 chairs and got to watch some of the first turns being skied down below us and it was f’in awesome. Below you can watch how the day went through the lens of my camera.
In other news the Eddie Aikau memorial surf competition is supposed to be on today, check it out at:
Bridger needed some snow and 5″ falling overnight almost out of no where was just what the doctor ordered. There was some really awesome skiing over at the new “slackcountry” Slushman’s lift and it looks like the snow has continued. It’s been dumping up at the hill since about 5pm and they’re reporting another 5″ at mid-mountain. With another 5″ or so expected to fall, tomorrow could be the best day yet. Pretty frickin’ stoked, hope everyone is getting at it back home — Lucas was doing some nighttime backcounry tonight and I’m excited to hear back.
As I pack for my 18 day trip to Mantana I can’t help but be reminded that this time of year is awesome, pre-season is over and winter has set in – our legs are finally getting a break via Dopplemayr lift transport and we’re all around in better moods. Most ski areas are open East and West and theres snow at lower elevations all up and down the East Coast. All of the Alpine-Live team guys are traveling and it’s just an awesome time to be a skier.
Lucas just got back from his Christmas break in Vail, Colorado. I’ll add Part 1 of his video series and his .02 on the trip:
“My 2010 Christmas was spent in Vail, Colorado with family & shooting for alpine-live.com. And I couldn’t have asked for a better present. From the 24th-30th the back bowls accumulated a total of 12”-18” of fresh. I managed to hook up with a friend in town who knew the area better, and could show me all the secret stashes. ‘Getto’ didn’t disappoint, we hit the furthest point of the Vail backcountry range, Earl’s Bowl. Where we got some unreal first tracks in the morning, before retrieving our lunch & brews from the snow, and grilling out in the continuing snow showers. After eating and drinking a little too much, we decided on heading back to Earl’s for some glory turns in the fading sunlight before heading home.”
Another buddy Robby and his friend up and left on a last minute powder journey to the Wasatch, he hasn’t returned just yet but I got a few shots through e-mail that were astounding. Hope they’re killing it! Here is a little taste of what they’ve been getting into:
Andy, the other Alpine-Live partner is also headed west to CO, he will be leaving later this week and surely will bring back some documentation from the trip. Stay tuned right here to Alpine-Live.com because it’s about to get wild.
Lastly, we’re stoked to be bringing on a new friend to the AL family, Outdoor Technology. These guys produce some awesome gear. Check out their Facebook Fan site: Outdoor Technology
January 3, 2011 | Categories: Mantana, Snow Photos, Snow Related | Tags: Alpine-live.com, alpinelive, alta, beaver creek, big sky montana, big sky resort, breckenridge, Bridger Bowl, canyons, colorado, mantana, Montana, powder skiing, salt lake city, snowbird, vail, vail colorado, wasatch range | Leave a comment
Andy and myself got together yesterday and decided it was about time for some backcountry riding. I had skied at Cannon earlier in the week and knew that the snowpack was pretty deep and there would be good cover in the Notch. We got in the car at 6:00am and headed up to check the scene. We scoped a few different lines, most of which were wind scoured and icy or rocky, although one aspect facing Cannon looked pretty good and it was just a quick hike from the Tram lot. After some pretty solid bushwacking and the discovery of a snowshoe trail we made it up to the bottom of our intended line. Literally as we reached the bottom there was a ton of snow moving, mostly from being in the sun for too long. The snowshoe track ended at the base of the line (obviously right?) and we attempted to continue on upwards. After we had reached the halfway mark we decided it was certainly necessary to do a little bit of snow stability testing. Considering it was such a short trip and the line didn’t look large enough for danger from the road we opted not to bring gear. Improvising a little bit and pushing aside the technical snow testing methods we went for a little bit of an isolated column snow test, which resulted in serious instabilities towards the bottom of the snowpack. It seems as though there was a weak facet just above the rock floor that was triggering the release of our column after only 2 solid taps from the elbow (none from the wrist, starting with elbow & with a glove instead of a shovel). From here we decided there was way too much snow coming down around us and it was time to go down. We still managed to grab a few turns without anything releasing and headed back out through the wildery (yes, wildery) NH White Mountain woods.
Turned out to be a great day and we’re really excited to get back up there….endless opportunities in all directions. GET OUT THERE!!!
December 30, 2010 | Categories: Snow Photos, Snow Related | Tags: alpine-live, Alpine-live.com, alpinelive, franconia notch, new hampshire, white mountain national forest, white mountains | Leave a comment
It’s all there, no exaggeration on the resort’s behalf this time. I headed up to Cannon a little late this morning, I was up til 1am finishing the Sunapee edit from yesterday, check that out below. I met up with a college buddy who is super familiar with the area and he showed me around.
The Tour Guide
Had an unreal day, bluebird sky, 30″+ and much, much more in the woods. Seeing the sun was nice, it allowed me to see across the street to Mt. Lafayette, it’s serious terrain up there but I spotted a few excellent looking gullys. We’ll be getting at that in coming days/weeks, we haven’t quite posted an edit yet that had sun it in it so enjoy.
I knew that if I listened to Pandora Radio long enough on the ride home I would find a gem to put in today’s edit. Finally as I’m pulling into the driveway this song came on.
Closing Photo: Bryan Buried
While we were playing around at Sunapee yesterday, Cannon and the Notch were getting hammered. This was shot by Ryan Larson, check out his site below for more photos of yest. @ Cannon.
More Ryan Larson Photos
December 28, 2010 | Categories: Snow Photos, Snow Related | Tags: alpine-live, Alpine-live.com, alpinelive, cannon mountain, cannon mountain resort, cannon video, christmas 2010 storm, christmas storm, deep powder, franconia, holiday 2010 skiing, mittersill, mittersill video, Powder, white mountains | Leave a comment
I had heard rumors of 30″ snowfall, had seen videos of Sugarbush opening on Tuesday and needed to get a taste for myself. I also finally bought a GoPro, still need to learn how to use it but here is the first try.
Stoked to finally have a little bit of footage edited, we still have a lot to improve on both filming and editing but each video has gotten progressively better and we’re getting awesome feedback. Part 2 shall be out pretty soon, one more day of skiing.
Another entry for the King of Style 2010. Here is Lasse Nyhaugen