Snow Related

Saddleback, ME | March 13, 2014

Rob Brown and I spent our Vulcan at Saddleback, Maine. It was a great day to explore Saddleback, this was my first time up there and we practically had the place to ourselves. The drive up on Wednesday night was a bit treacherous, we were almost sidelined by a logging truck (or two) and we saw a bit of carnage on Route 4, particularly on the hills. We saw one state plow sliding down a hill sideways, scary. Thanks to Rob’s buddy Eric, we had an outstanding lodge to stay at for the evening in Rangely. The morning came around and we checked the STE Weather page for snow totals – lots of snow across the board, Saddleback was reporting almost two feet. I think we got on the 4th or 5th double chair, when they let the first double on there were like 15 people lined up. We headed straight for Casablanca and it was deep, it’s not often I get to ski on my 195 Praxis Pow Boards but this was the day.

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Myself, my brother and Rob Brown went up to Camel’s Hump yesterday to see how VT fared with Vulcan. Right from the parking lot we realized the snow had gotten really wet and dense the night before and it was going to be a challenge. Although the new snow depth seemed to be much deeper than what we had seen in Maine – the quality had gone to sh*t. The wet snow and my old touring setup didn’t work well – after 4 years of hard touring, my tired Naxo bindings broke at the toe piece, just like everyone told me they would. Skiing back down on 1 ski was a challenge, but a good workout. I’ll chalk Camel’s up as a cardio mission. It sounds like another 8″ fell in places last night and the rest of the week is supposed to stay cold. Spring temps are here and skiing is as good as it’s been all season, eventually we’ll have some stabilization of snowpack on George and we can get our annual pilgrimage underway.

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Return of Winter (Part 3) | January 21, 2014

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!

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One Winter Day

A look back at a wonderful sunny day last season in Vermont.

One Winter Day from Ryan Denning on Vimeo.


Nemo | February 8-9, 2013

Well, it happened. Nemo is gone, having left over 2′ of snow across much of New England. I read about this storm all week and started to make a plan of attack for the weekend. Ryan Dunfee and I agreed somewhere in Central NH would be our best bet. As the storm drew nearer, we decided a night session at Crotched would be a good way to get things going. They ended up closing at 9pm instead of the normal 3am because of the high winds and deteriorating driving conditions. We ended up staying in a local B&B just off the mountain which was an amazing break from the 40 mph sustained winds outside. When the morning came around, the report was saying 26″ of new snow in the last 24 hours. We kept our options open so that if another resort in the region had gotten more snow, we could take off early in the AM but the decision was made to stick around. The drive to Ragged (reporting very similar snowfall) would take too long and we really had enjoyed ourselves the night before. We arrived to beautiful, low water content powder and a very empty ski hill.

After shooting all morning with Ryan while Max did some scenic photography, Ryan went in for a break. Max and I went out for a few turns before we headed back to the Seacoast and that’s when the trip turned a bit sour. Max landed pretty hard on a rock and blew out his knee. Ski Patrol was called (thanks to the party of skiers who went down to inform them) and we waited. Max seemed comfortable but it quickly became apparent that he would have to be taken down by sled. Turns out, it’s not his first ski patrol sled ride. Ski
Patrol arrived with the sled and helped Max down to the bottom. Thankfully, after four years of carrying these orange Voile ski straps around with me, I had a functional and semi-emergency use for them – I tied up his skis as well as both sets of poles and we headed down.

At the bottom we reorganized to headed back to the Seacoast, one man down. Special thanks to Jane, Geoff, Isaac and the other helpful Ski Patrol at Crotched, truly professionals. Also a thanks to John at the Crotched Mountain Inn, if you’re ever looking for a B&B in the area – this is the place to go. Hopefully Max’s MRI went well this morning and he can get back to shredding. Max is an extremely talented skier and photographer. Take a look at his work.

http://www.mdxphoto.org/

Mr. Dunfee has a wonderful piece up on powdermag.com that chronicles our adventures and includes some of my shots, have a look.
http://www.powdermag.com/stories/nightskiing-nemo/

The calm before the storm.

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Bolton Valley | Part Three

Conditions were all time & the goods…were great! Still reliving the powder filled weekend up north with the boys, cold IPA’s & close to 14 inches of fresh snow. I spent a while on this one, but stoked on how it turned out. In the words of the great Kenny Powers… “I’m going to Shaboom’s!”


Also, here are the rest of the photos from the best day of the season.

Thanks again to Bolton Patrol, Brett and Jenny Walker, Jason Plouffe, Luke Ingram, Nick Wilkins, Drew & Ryan Flynn.


VeeTee BC | 2.13.12

This past Sunday I headed up to Bolton Valley once again, this time with my longtime friend Ryan Flynn. We suited up in the balmy 0 degree weather, we packed up our now slushy PBR’s & started the trek upwards. We crushed the skin to the view in about 40 minutes thanks to Ryan’s pace. Our mission was mainly recon, to scope lines for the next storm, although we’re not holding our breath. The turns were great, but after being plagued by slipping skins and a looming 3 hour drive home – we made the most of our last decent and headed south.

I spent the last couple days up at Cannon Mountain helping teach some kids from Belfast, Ireland how to crush it like a local. The basics were covered: callouts, pole whacking, radness yells, etc.


Mittersill | January 22 & 24, 2012

Snow cover in NH isn’t quite as solid as Northern Vermont right now but it’s still skiable. We spent a few days skinning the Mittersill at Cannon this weekend in search of their reported 12″ of snow. Well, they didn’t get 12″ inches but what they did get was as dry as it gets and it skied extremely well.



Late Week Snowstorm

This my best rendition I could muster from my Utah Trip during the holidays. 5 Resorts in 5 Days; Park City, Canyons, Deer Valley, Snowbasin & of course the almighty Alta.

Looks like a moderate snowstorm is shaping up for the mountains later this week. It’s still a little sketchy as to whether or not it will fall as RA*N or the white stuff but seriously, what a winter we’ve had so far…..this one is long overdue.

Some forecasters are predicting 15″+ for VT and ME….right now the Loaf looks like the sweet spot but we’ve got our hopes up for some green mountain shredding. Famous Internet Skiers weather desk has this one dialed – Check their report on the link below. Hoping to head up to northern VT on Friday or Saturday!

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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!


Finally!

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.


Ruffin’ It – Rangeley, Maine

With winter rapidly approaching & all this crazy hurricane weather lately, got me thinking thinking back to last winter and the absurd amount of snow that fell in the North East. I was lucky enough to get invited up to my good friend Eric’s camp, in Rangeley, ME – that was absolutely amazing. Views of Rangeley Lake right off the back deck & thousands of miles of trail to ride just outside the front door. Definitely one of the highlights of the winter – can’t wait for round two this season!


Aggie | 8.6.11

While waiting for Hurricane Emily & with ski season rapidly approaching, I decided it was a good idea to actually get my ass in shape this year. Mainly due to the mild-strokes I experienced filming last year while hiking & climbing lines (not to mention falling down several). So lately, I’ve been rolling up to Mt. Agamenticus in Maine to put some vertical into my running – granted it is just shy of 1,000 vertical ft. but its a great spot on a nice day. I’ve brought my camera with me every time in a backpack to try and catch a series of sunsets, long exposures & other lifestyle shots that include the infamous White Mountains – our winter playground in less than 150 days. Stay tuned for some swells.


ND Filter | Sunrise – April 14, 2011

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After the sunrise I got some shots at the red carpet a.k.a. shit shacks.

I purchased a new photography tool called a Reverse Grad ND filter, it’s a pretty simple concept but I wouldn’t really be able to explain it very well. Basically the graduated tint in the filter allows me to place the filter along the horizon and block out some of the light from the sun, allowing the foreground to maintain a proper exposure. A lot of sunrise and direct sun photography will be blown out or over exposed in the foreground because of the sunlight. Here are my first attempts at using it:


Spring Reel 2011

It’s been pretty quiet around here lately, I have given up on my ski season (not voluntarily but because of shin bang) and started transitioning over to the summertime. Yesterday was 70 degrees in Hampton and I felt like it was time to put together a Spring Reel for myself, a lot of the edits I’ve posted in the past 6 months are from one particular day and there is a ton of footage that gets lost in the editing process. I’d like to thank a few of my friends for helping with these shots including Lucas, Andy and Haleburger as well as my best friend – Nala.
Here’s to 80+ days on the hill this winter and some sick spring surfing. Cheers.
-Ryan

Spring Reel 2011 | Ryan Denning from Ryan Denning on Vimeo.

….edit to add a few photos from today:


Surf | March 24, 2011


Onshore and snowy.


Mount Washington | Sunday – March 20, 2011


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.
Peace,
Ryan


March 3, 2011 | Bolton Valley, Vermont

Pretty stoked on today, bluebird skies with some old windblown powder. Scope it.


SNOW!

We’ve got about 3″ and still snowing here on the Seacoast, expecting it to turn to rain here soon. 8-15″ of snow will fall across the Northeast today, with higher concentrations falling along spine of the White Mountains — seeing up to 20″. The storm is quickly followed up by serious winds that will load the steeper slopes and make travel extremely dangerous up high.
We’re headed to Crotched tonight to do some filming until late, heading to Lyndon VT from there to stay at our buddy Nick’s place and rage it up then some BC stuff on Saturday and to Bolton for Sunday.
GET AMPED!


February 16, 2011 | Vermont Leftovers

Windblown Vermont woods skiing, a little crusty but I ain’t complaining.


Granite Gorge | Mountains of STEEZ day – February 12, 2011

Wonderful day up at Granite Gorge, killer atmosphere and a great setup – that is all thanks to Dave Morin and his crew over there at GG Terrain Parks. We are so stoked to be working with these guys, also looks like they have a few events in the near future that we’ll be involved with. More stoke and less talk…video and photos below. Bolton Valley tomorrow (Monday).

Photo: Barrett Cox


Bolton Valley | February 8, 2011

What a day, just another untracked powder day at Bolton. We arrived nice and early — skied the resort with less than 6 other people for the first two hours and then headed into the backcountry. Pretty stoked on what we could take away from today, a few good photos and a good video edit — strong day at work.
Above – Lucas behind the camera | Below – Lucas in front of the camera.


Tenney | February 2, 2011

Tenney was the choice today — moderately close to home and we found some good stuff there last week. Andy Elliot joined us today — Alpine-Live.com team rider.It was snowing heavily all morning and we measured around 8″ up top by noon. We got some solid footage and photos despite the terrible lighting and snowfall rate. It’s deep out there folks — take the day off tomorrow!
We’re headed to VT!


Storm to effect the Northeast

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!
GET STOKED!!