Storm Chasing

Spring Verses | Part 5 – April 17, 2011

I haven’t seen the ocean churning like it was this morning in a long time, we’ve had a massive snow year without having any significant winter swells. It has been a pretty busy spring as far as surfing goes, a swell each week for the last month or two. The buoys were reading 15ft+ this morning and it showed at the beach, a massive washing machine all over. Finally a few guys decided to give it a go at the Rocks and across the way at Linkys. Broken boards, barrels and beach weather make for an awesome day.  I’m not going to touch on the crowded roads or the insane parking jobs that I saw today because I know it’s going to get worse as the summer goes on. I will mention that it’s important to be safe, if you have any doubts about going into big surf on any particular day…think twice and choose another day, there will always be waves NEXT spring!

Below slideshow photos (except for two landscape photos that I cannot seem to be able to remove) by:  Lucas Van Oss (alpine live media)


Sneaky Spring Swell | April 7, 2011

Yes…an annoying alliteration, HA! Ok I’m done…today was another sneaky day — woke up and the tide was really drawn out – waist high at best. As the tide came in I was shooting at the wall with Ryan Schnell and Michael Sander, some larger sets started to come in and I witnessed the high tide push…it’s amazing how it jumps up 1-2ft just with a tide change.
I left the wall ’cause they got out and it was pretty bad, went home and grabbed a bite to eat — when I got back down to the beach Fox Hill was firing, only a few guys out. Toby and Casey both got some great waves as well as some other unknowns. If you unknowns are out there – nice surfing, contact me and we can work something out for your clips….not you Andy.


Spring Verses | Part 1 – April 6, 2011

Today was certainly nothing special, woke up this morning to thigh high mush. The report said it would be building throughout the morning but I saw nothing of the sort. I went into work for a while and drove back down around 3pm, winds were straight out of the west and the swell had jumped up a foot or two – and sure enough it built all afternoon. I put a smaller clip together because I’m planning on gettin at ‘er real early tomorrow.


March Madness | March 7-8, 2011

The Alpine-Live.com team constructed new mount for the Gopro this week and just as we came up with the idea a blurb on the weather showed up. At first it was a mild rain event, then a huge rain event, then a huge snow event. Places like Sugarbush were reporting 32″ before dark on Monday evening. I got up there Monday morning and stayed the night at the Bolton Hotel – super awesome experience and I will be staying there again in the near future.A few of the boys joined me today (tues.) to get some leftovers at Bolton, Vista Quad had shut down around 1pm the day before and it was still snowing extremely hard so the hopes were up that Vista terrain would be real sick this morning, one because nobody had skied it all afternoon yesterday but also because the winds were wild and would refill the tracks from the morning. We got up around 8:00am to bluebird skies and zero wind, pretty much went all out from there until 1pm – pretty stoked on the whole trip, I’m always telling myself this but it may have been the best storm of the season. Below is Part 1 and Part 2 from March Madness at Bolton this week and a Bonus edit from our friend Ryan Dunfee over at SASS Global Travel from his latest trip to Powder Week at J-Hole.
Part 1 on Vimeo


Part 2 on Vimeo

Ryan’s Jackson Edit on Vimeo


Paradise | February 25-27, 2011

What a weekend, so much to write with so little energy. Firstly, I’d like to introduce our new rider Nick Goinos, a.k.a. ‘Mick Jager’, a.k.a. ‘THE Cuban Missle Crisis’. Nick was introduced to us through a mutual friend a few years back and we’ve been trying to schedule some riding time since. Finally this weekend we put it together, starting with a 9pm-3am night session at Crotched on Friday. It was super fun, they had gotten 12″ of snow during the day and wind was minimal on the lower mountain. We met up with Adam and his cousin Christian around 10:00pm and took a few laps down the park. Lucas and I were really impressed with the terrain park they have, some pretty serious hits towards the end of the big section. We all had a great time but theres limited terrain at Crotched and we needed to get up North.
Saturday | 2:00am – we left Crotched and the journey began, another 2 hours up to Lyndonville, VT to Nick’s cabin in the woods. The cabin is located half a mile from the main road and wasn’t plowed. Our hike in at 4:30am was pretty difficult but it kept the blood flowing — the cabin is off the power grid and is heated by a wood stove so that added to the adventure. ‘Mick’ had told us he had a sled at the house but that it had broken down the last trip up there, after getting the fire started and putting our packs down we went straight into the garage and took a peek. First pull this thing started up and it was on. After we got wood together and had a little nap we took the machine for a few runs around the field and initiated the festivities. We started in on the Jagermeister, Brandy and Bud Light and stopped operating the sled all together – not riding on the 36 acre field of deep blower powder what-so-ever, no over the head powder whilst screaming at the top of my lungs going 75 mph, nada, zero. After a sweet gas powered bonfire and some deer blood we passed out — waking bright and early at 6:00am to another 3″ of new snow on the field. We packed up the gear and lapped it back to the car with the sled, onto Bolton. Below is the sunrise in Lyndonville at Nick’s pad.Nick’s first rodeo at Bolton and it was a blast, a little bit dust on crust but they were reporting an 18″ storm total since Friday morning. The whole weekend is still a blur, we already have the next trip in the makings so stay tuned.


Side Note | Andy called today – he’s back in Jackson, WY from his 13 day adventure living in a snow cave out beyond the gates at Grand Targhee. They received over 30″ of snow in one 24 hour period, but he’s making a big trip report and I’ll let him chronicle the expedition.


February 16, 2011 | Vermont Leftovers

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


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!!