The First Chair Festival is the Place to Kickoff the Ski Season
DENVER, CO – The first annual First Chair Festival presented by The Enthusiast Network hosted a nine hour event centered entirely around the ski community. From this season’s newest ski flicks to raffles, companies promoting the latest 2017/18 gear and so much more! With the doors opening at 1, I showed up and already the  [...]
Skiing with Trolls in Iceland
Compared to other European ski destinations, Iceland is a relative new arrival to the global ski scene. Geographically isolated from the rest of Europe, the local economy was based on fishing and whaling, which gathered little attention to the first traveling skiers of the early 20th century. However the economic boom experienced by Western Europe  [...]
American Avalanche Institute Level 3 Togwotee Pass Photos
JACKSON, WYO – I wanted to share some photos from the American Avalanche Institute Level 3 avalanche course field day that took place on Togwotee Pass. It was great getting to meet everyone and I wish you all the best in your guiding / patroling careers. If you find yourself back in the Tetons be  [...]
Hazel Birnbaum Gets Caught in Fieberbrunn Avalanche During FWT
Professional freeskier Hazel Birnbaum from Kirkwood, California was caught in a nasty avalanche while competing in the Freeride World Tour event at Fieberbrunn, Austria. Leading up to the days event the competition had been canceled due to heavy snowfall and recent winds creating slabs across the entire competition venue. The snow safety team had dropped  [...]
Tips on How to Use an Avalanche Shovel for Rescue
The following is “re-reading” for anyone that has ALREADY taken an avalanche course.  Before we get started on how to use an avalanche shovel, you need to make sure you know how to use your’s first. Hitting the backcountry with a group of buddies is what snowboarding is all about. Fresh powder, lines for days, and beautiful  [...]
USSA Club Development manager shares in the Celebration
I was recently in attendance at the final four days of the 2015 World Alpine Ski Championships in Beaver Creek, Colorado. This was the third time the Champs have been held in the Vail Valley but the first time since 1999. This was a big deal in the alpine ski racing world and the world’s  [...]
Vertfest Is The Nation’s Largest Backcountry Ski Festival
JACKSON, WYO – Vertfest is taking place this year at Snow King Mountain, February 20th and the 21st. DO NOT MISS IT. The nation’s largest backcountry ski festival is bringing the community together with a psyched up Rando Race along with ski and avalanche clinics hosted by Exum, Jackson Hole Mountain Guides and the American  [...]