It’s now almost guaranteed that the entire Northeast will see atleast a foot by Thursday morning, get your gear packed and schedule your days off of work! The Alpine-Live.com crew will be shredding Vermont for the majority of the week so stay tuned!
Our new friend up at Bolton got some serious skiing in on the West coast this past week. He visited some friends out in the Wasatch and came back with this…
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.
Come down and check out the new film from Level 1 Productions “Eye Trip” tonight from 6-10 at The Redhook Ale Brewery located on the Pease Tradeport. There will be tons of free giveaways & plenty of beers on tap! The Alpine-Live crew will be there, so come down grab a pint with us & catch some fresh footage from Level 1.
January 28, 2011 | Categories: Lifestyle, Snow Photos, Snow Related, Uncategorized | Tags: alpine live, alpine-live, Alpine-live.com, films, level 1 productions, redhook, redhook brewery, ski | Leave a comment
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
Got back from Bozeman last night around 7pm, pretty wild ride into Denver and even scarier into Boston but I’m still here. We ventured up to Bolton at 4:30am yesterday morning, apparently they had been getting cranked the last few weeks while I was in Montana, one storm after another. The temp was forecasted to be a high of -4, we’re used to it being cold up at Bolton — last year we skied in -37 degree wind chill, each one of us got a little tinge of frostbite and mine is still there.
Yesterday was a perfect mix of clouds and sun, just enough to make some beautiful photos. We had planned to scope out the centerline chute down the middle mountain at Bolton – which isn’t lift served. Once we started skinning we realized there was definitely enough snow for this line to go. As we started to ascend the road from the Vista lift to the Wilderness lift we realized it was going to be pretty difficult to find this line, it was very clear from the bottom of the mountain but things are different from elevation. We reached the point where we thought it would be and headed into the wilderness in search of the chute. In the process I got myself stuck up to my neck in a treewell which was terrifying to say the least, and Lucas did as well. The problem up high in VT right now is that there is a ton of thick brush and trees covering the ground, when the snow falls on that it doesn’t exactly fall on the ground, it usually falls on top of the brush and continues to accumulate on top. When you step on some of these areas the brush holds up, but some areas fall clean through to the ground and some holes an be endless deep. It took me 20 minutes to get out of this hole and by the time I got out and started skinning back to where Andy and Lucas had been before, Andy had found the famed Centerline Chute. Well, it was completely scraped off, we were not surprised, pissed or agitated about this because the guy who found it before us was on foot, in 4′ deep snow. We somehow got down it, into the lower angle terrain that was actually pretty awesome. Just another reason why we love Bolton Valley so much. We’ll be back to the mountains this week/weekend — enjoy!
The weather reports called for 1-3” which actually ended up being around 3-6”. With the roads looking pretty burly Barrett & I decided to make the short drive to Mt. Agamenticus to earn some turns in the continuing storm. After gearing up, we took a quick glance at the trail map (maybe a little too quick) and boot packed up to the summit. The hike took about an hour with a few breaks & navigation meetings but after a short rest at the top we were ready to get into it. Just a few turns into the decent, an offshoot of the main trail led us into a few really nice pow stashes that I ended up lapping a few times for fun. By mid-afternoon the storm had subsided to the point where we were taking our last few laps in the sun, with some awesome untouched conditions. After getting some decent footage & photos we decided to head down, the only problem was that we were heading away from the car, in the opposite direction. After about an hour of discussion and retracing our steps, we got back on the trail and eventually back to the car by skiing down Mountain Road on top of the roadside snowbanks, right to the parking lot! I guess that its not a true adventure until something goes a little wrong. All in all, it turned out to be a great day to ski; good friends, great vibes, and killer conditions. Here are a couple photos that Barrett and I took from the excursion, and an edit I put together with some of the gopro footage from the trip.
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