Archive for December, 2011

Surf | 12-28-11 – Continued



Stay tuned, tons more photos and some impressive video clips to be released shortly!

Altaholic | Dec. 27, 2011

I may be an Altaholic. Even though the conditions weren’t the best today, I can already tell I will be back to experience the Alta peaks again and again. The clouds started rolling in early & the wind picked up, but seeing that it was our last day riding in Utah – we charged it anyway. The snowpack or lack there of restricted our access to the gnar, but we did our best to find some worthy snow. Figures that the day we head back east, the forecast for Utah is looking up..

Snowbasin | Dec. 26, 2011

The search for snow continued today at Snowbasin, but one member short. My sister caught a flight to Costa Rica this morning to make the most of her vacation, while ma dukes and I hit up Snowbasin to poach some powder & catch some core shots from the rocky backcountry. While on the gondola I spoke with a Vermont native, who is working as a ski patrolman at the resort, he told me that this has been the slowest winter for snowfall in the last twenty years; insert sad face. One thing that did make me smile, was this hyperactive dog constantly running circles in the truck ahead of us. The short 40 minute ride to the mountain (compared to the usual 3hr hike to VT) was a welcome change & full of surreal mountain scenery. Today was sick, but I’m stoking for Alta tomorrow!

Christmas Day | Canyons

Spent big baby Jesus’ birthday over at Canyons with the fam enjoying the day, some fun five star corn, and the occasional roped-off powder field. I even got ma dukes behind the camera for a few shots today which turned out pretty well. After a full day we headed back to the spot for a laid back night, with some awesome Christmas pizza & tasty brews. Merry Christmas everyone & pray for snow!

Day Two

Day two started early, especially after hitting the High West Distillery for some primo whiskey & grub the night before. Spent most of the day over at Deer Valley where the sun was out in full force (not helpful for my hangover) & so were the crowds for some pre-Christmas laps. That didn’t stop us from poaching some nice boot-deep powder off piste. The snow was pure Wasatch fluff, where you could find it. But as the day wore on; the crowds diminished, and so did the stamina in my legs. Before hitting the hot tub for a much needed soak, I got a hold of santa for some apres ski action. Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays to all of you, from all of us at Alpine Live!


Flew into Salt Lake City last night, just in time for one of SLC’s fabled sunsets was a pretty damn good start to my Utah trip. Today we hit Park City Resort – but with the lack of snow Utah’s seeing this season, and no storms in sight, we stuck to the groomers and ducked a few ropes to find some real snow. Either way I was just stoked to see some snow, get to ride, and of course some Apres. My sister and mom both have a twinge of altitude sickness; needless to say I went out solo and have a ton of footage from the first day alone, so an edit will be a little farther out – but here’s some shots & shenanigans from my first couple days in Ootah.


Waiting for snow sucks…butttt it looks like there may be some white flakes in the forecast. It’s currently snowing up north intermittently and Jay Peak is reporting 5″ overnight – 10″ in the last 48 hours. While we wait for the first big storm of the season to roll through, check out some of our best shots from last season.

Rye Airfield | December 13, 2011

Rye Airfield | 12-13-11

Took another trip to Rye last night, still discouraged with my production quality but we’ll get it.

Rye Airfield | 12-6-11

Last week was a test run for video at Rye, the lighting there is really hard to work with and I think I should have it dialed for this Tuesday evening.

Also, a little clip from last season’s dreadful attempt at “The Dutchess”. Lucas is yearning to get another whack at it this season.

Rye Airfield | 12-5-11

I went to Rye tonight to shoot with J-5, Skip, Paul and some young guns but ended up focusing solely on the vert. Most of the evening was spent on video but I snapped a few photos here and there to see how it handled the flash. Here is what I came up with, video on the way..

The Autumn Sun | Part Four

Looking Back | Winter 2010/2011

We had an all-time winter last year, I only wish I was in the same shape that I was last April. We’ve got our eyes on a little system that could bring some white stuff to the Northern Kingdom towards the beginning of next week. Check out some photos taken by our own Andy Madea.

This photo is from a trip Andy and I took up towards Cannon last season, we had our eyes on some terrain right off of the highway and just couldn’t find a good route up to the summit. Lookers right of this photo is a place called “Eagle Cliff” – a Peak just to the North of Lafayette I believe. That one is still on the hit list for this season.

Left hand side of this photo is the dreaded “Dutchess” – just ask Lucas about this one.

She looks much more tame than she really is, again, just ask Lucas.

A beautiful Nightscape from Andy at Mt. Bachelor in Oregon.

Just before detonation. This grey pro-shell he has on now has a 5″ burn hole in the back.

Photography by Andy Madea