I have a simple, but satisfying, tradition of skiing on my birthday with a good friend. Whether on steep terrain or mellow, with great snow or not, I do my best to make turns celebrating another successful lap around the sun. On this particular day the terrain was great and the snow was too (we found a few rocks regardless). Here are some shots from my birthday ski at Taos Ski Valley.
After decades of ownership by the Blake family, Taos Ski Valley (TSV) has been purchased by Louis Bacon. This change has left many intensely loyal Taos skiers wondering what is in store for their favorite mountain. While the Taos Ski Valley 2010 Development Plan details future plans there are still unanswered questions. I interviewed Gordon Briner, C.E.O. and Peter Talty, Director of Properties to find out more about the changes in store for Taos Ski Valley.
It's mid-winter (north of the equator) and a skier's thoughts will turn to the backcountry. If you've never hiked outside of a ski area, or you want a refresher, here are a few short videos to introduce you to skiing (and snowboarding) out of bounds. Thanks to Sarah Carpenter and Outdoor Research for posting these how-to videos.
While I check my pack and gear I hope the snowpack near you is deeper and more solid than what is in the mountains near me.
...We had to walk uphill, through the snow, both ways to get to school. While I usually laugh at talk like that apparently, You Kids actually don't know what it used to be like. And us older folks are forgetting how cold winter used to be.
The saying goes "There are no friends on a powder day." Don't sleep in, don't read the paper, just grab your gear and head out the door. Today was one of those days when a "little" storm left several inches of pure fluff on the local mountain. The old-timers knew and claimed the powder while the new kids learned a valuable lesson.
But that part about "no friends"? Good friends will trade first tracks and leave a clean line to ski.
Welcome to Winter! While my mind is firmly in the world of snow sports for the season, other people keep cycling through the colder months. Important Safety Tip: You can't have too many lights when night riding.
Most modern ski boots feature thermo-fit liners that provide a custom-fit boot for minimal hassle. But, if you buy your boots online or if you're pressed for time how do you get that custom fit without a trip to a ski shop? If you have an oven and properly fitting boot shells, it's easier than baking cookies. Thanks to Charlie for the simple how-to instructions for baking and custom fitting your own thermofit boot liners.
I'm always a bit rusty at the start of each ski season. Preparation starts in my closet as I swap cycling gear for ski equipment. Bags and bins are dumped to assess the condition of gloves, socks and shells. Skis, boots and poles are checked to see which will serve one more season, get sold at the local ski swap or recycled. I don't buy new gear often, but it's fun to add new boards to the quiver and replace battered boots.