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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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Fall on the Seacoast | October 1, 2013

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.

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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.

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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.

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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’.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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June

Summer is officially here, and there’s nothing like a 90° heatwave to bring back frosty memories of months past. With boards being waxed and single tracks being prepared all over, it’s time to party. So here’s to continuing swells & as little tourist interaction as possible.

Wagon Hill
9* (1 of 1)

Hillman’s Highway
1 (1 of 1)-3

Dodge’s Drop
1 (1 of 1)-2

Rangeley, ME
8* (1 of 1)

May Powder
1 (1 of 1)

Portsmouth, NH
5* (1 of 1)


Spring

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

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Bolton Valley | March 30, 2013

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.

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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:


Pre-Season Part II

Well the weather didn’t quite do what I forecasted it to, but Stowe got 4″ and Cannon got about 5″, still more to come so keep your eye on resort conditions.

Here is the second and final video from the Pre-Season, enjoy!

Weather Update | December 5, 8:00pm
Totals are still pretty weak after the weekend but Saddleback, Maine is reporting 9″ in the last 48 hours and 2″ in the last 24 with deeper snow in pockets, 2-4″ at SR and Sugarloaf with another 6″ expected. Here is the 48 hour rain/snow forecast:


Mantana | Bridger Bowl 11/18

Team Rider Casey Denning hiked up to Bridger Bowl yesterday and took a few photos, at least 2 more feet of snow is expected to fall between now and Monday night.


Pre-Season | AK to Keystone

Alaska – November 16, 2010

Nick Martini Edit

The Return of PK Hunter


Australis | An Antarctic Ski Odyssey

Chris Davenport and friends head into the Antarctic.


Ski or Surf?

The weather has been nice and the amount of lift served skiing in the Northeast right now is pretty minimal, so it was easy to revert back to taking surf shots. The waves are gone though and it’s time to get back to winter stoke. Hopefully we’ll see some snow on Wednesday into Wednesday night up in the mountains — the big resorts all have approaching opening dates. Here’s a few videos to get back in the mood.


New Provo Edit | Superior

Wowzer.

Storm Chasing page updated as of: 11pm.


Warm Weather

Looks like some warm weather this week, very little chance of snowfall in the hills until Thursday so enjoy the Fall while it lasts. Few videos from around the web.

Surface Team Edit

Eric Pollard Self Edit

Chris Turpin Self Edits


Attitash and the ‘Cat

It looks as though Peak Resorts (the company that owns Attitash) has purchased Wildcat Mountain. They mention that passholders will be allowed to ski at either mountain but it wasn’t made clear whether each mountains pass works at the other mountain. It should be interesting to see how this plays out, the ‘cat is over 4,000′ and has 2,100’ vert. They regularly get pummeled by the same storms that crush Mt. Washington. Heres a few news links for the buy-out.

http://www.skiwildcat.com/news.html

http://www.sunjournal.com/oxford-hills/story/929724

Wildcat Vid


Red Bull Illume

I’ve been keeping an eye on this competition for a few months now. Red Bull seems to have their hand in every action sport niche in existence.


Weather Update

The Storm Chasing page has been updated for this weekend’s upcoming Nor’ Easter, check it out on the menu above.
In lieu of the upcoming storm I found an old Bolton Valley POV video (not HD sry). These guys are rad though.
The Alpine-Live team was up at Bolton a ton last year and we pretty much thought we had the place on lockdown. Well aparently not, but these guys do….check out Devil’s Playground.


Photo Portfolio

All of the current photo portfolios are now available under the Photo Series button up top. Please check out our work, Andy’s just got finished this week and it’s amazing. As the flakes start to drop expect a few more photo series’ and more from all of the photographers.


Dana Flahr Self-Edit


Dane Tudor

Even though he was awkward at the Powder Awards last year, Dane Tudor is one of the most progressive athletes in the sport. Here’s a recent edit…

Check out some more from him by clicking the Vimeo button on the bottom right of the player, we’ll be posting a lot of his edits this season.


Skipopow

Saw this last season but it’s still a classic, some amazing angles.

Here is a little bonus deep shot straight from Cody Townsend’s live feed last season at Jackson Hole.

http://live.tetongravity.com/_Jackson-Hole-POWDER/video/904507/75233.html


Chorum de la Parza

This is a sweet video, cave skiing — take a look…hopefully we’ll have a little video clip from the weekend up by tonight.

Also, an interesting article on the best colleges for skiing in the US.
http://backcountrybeacon.com/2010/09/top-5-ski-colleges-public/


One Hit Wonder Event Videos

Check out Bobby Brown and others during the One Hit Wonder Event. Click on the other videos on the right hand side to see the other riders.


La Grave – A Skier’s Journey

This is just one of those hidden internet gems, part 2 of a 3 part series from Jordan Manley Photography. This episode is 10 minutes long and features some serious touring, the video shows Chad Sayers and Tobin Seigel shredding some of the gnarliest lines in the French Alps.