Friend of the devil woods at the Canyons. February 15, 2010

Got the chance to fire off a couple photos on a run today with the new bite switch. Cool perspective when you slow it down and get the blurry effect. Stoked to try out this rig in better conditions...

Finding little bits of pow on presidents day inbounds ...would have been a nice day to hike!

Wall hits all the way down this natural halfpipe, one of the finest in PC.

Thumbs up!

Wonderful week in the Wasatch. Feb 6th-11th 2010

The last week has been a great one. Got out on some steep slopes, although probably not the best idea, we rode em' and got off safely. The avy danger has been nuts this year. The snowpack is rotten to the ground. No good. Here's a few photos from the last week. Hasn't snowed in a couple weeks, yet we find blower pow on every run!!! Gotta love utah for that. Gotta hate utah for that same reason though as it preserves those weak layers for months... SKETCH!

After hiking for about 2 hours, we approached a choice mountain in the clouds, littered with chutes filled with POW! Neil going UP!

Neil going DOWWWWN! One of my best runs in Utah to date!

The next few days were spent behind brighton, getting used to riding steeps again!

Forest Shearer, a master on the steeps, working his way down a deep and steep line...

Forest showing me up to the goods! Here we are looking down into Wolverine Cirque. This was my first time seeing this place and first time riding it. SO fun

Forest Shearer punching it through the crux on this GNARLY line! And a closer look at all the ROCKS! mad exposure, big ups Forrest! CLICK photos to see BIG

My virgin wolverine cirque line... Closer look on the right. Steep and deep. I was tripping that this line would avalanche at the top, but she stayed in place ;) CLICK photos to see BIG

Big thanks to Ian Provo for taking all these killer photos....

Uinta pillow lines. January 30th-Feb 2nd 2010

When Ian and i got home from BC, Utah's snowpack was sketchier than i had ever seen it. Needless to say we took it real easy for about a week just riding safe zones. On high avy danger days, one of my favorite places to go is low angle pillow fields. No danger-Only FUN!

Piillllllooowwwwwwssssssss. Our little playground for a few days. Not a soul in sight.

One of my favorite photos. Thanks Ian! absolute last minute of light for the whole day... One of those photos when things just fall into place! The right place at the right time!

We had an epic couple of days... Good to be back in UTAH!!!
Where the snow stays fresh for DAYS!

...Neil was here :)

Pow Mow day. January 29th 2010

Went up to Powder Mountain with ian and CR Johnson for some fun in the sun. Avy danger has been at an all time high here in utah so we have been trying to stick it in bounds as much as possible... It had been about a week since the last storm and Pow Mow still had fresh tracks to offer- Place is sweet, but boy it is low tide out there...
Scoping from the top...

Drrrop in! Lost in Pow

Chuck Rusty getting some at Pow mow

My tool of choice for days like today... The Rossi Experience!

My first taste of British Columbia. January 16th-23, 2010

British columbia has been on my list for quite some time. Finally got the chance to make it happen. Ian had been up in Nelson skiing with armada for about a week while i was back in utah, riding hardpack due to the lack of fresh pow! The Doc gave me the go ahead on the ankle at 6 weeks. I had had about 2 weeks on snow and the leg was feeling pretty good, so i thought!
Ian's trip was coiming to an end when he called me up and told me about the terrain and conditions. Utah was hurting at the moment so i decided to make the journey north to meet up with him to shred the Koots! The next day i was on a new delta flight which only takes 2 hours from salt lake, straight into the heart of the Kootanay range!
Thanks Lisa and Jay!!
We ripped lonnng deep runs filled with thousands of pillows for a whole week. It was a dream! BC is one of my favorite places to be! Here's a bunch of photos to give an idea of the great times we had!

Day 1. Kicked things off with a day at White Water ski resort outside of nelson to get the legs warmed up. Click photos to see BIG

It should be called "White out" resort, because we couldn't see anything the whole day!

Day 2. On to a new zone we both had never been to. Ice-capped mountains! Crazy how many logging roads there are in bc, most of which lead to incredible terrain.

We dug some pits to check the snowpack. Southern BC had been dealing with a mega surface hoar issue for a while. It was buried about 3-4ft deep. Slabs were popping out clean below tree line, so we kept a watchful eye.

Ian is stoked.

At the top of our first run after discovering the sickest zone i have ever been to. A solid 1800ft run of tree's and massive pillows!

We had a great day. We were so happy to have found a good zone to tour. Plan was to come back the next day to dig a snow cave and stay for 2 days to explore the area.
Nothing like a full day in the mountains...

Day 3. Park the sled at the boundary and hit the skin trail! There was plenty of snow up there as you can see! 1500ft up we came upon a steep cliff zone that we saw the day before. Good lines to be had.

Oh here's a nice little pillow line to start the day...maaaash!

Ian dropping off a massive chalk stone.

Boosting into the whiteness...

Why make a snow cave when you stumble upon a public cabin in the woods? We chose the cabin, Duh! It was a choice starry night, perfect for a cup of tea and a smoke! Tomorrow was to be my first bluebird day in BC.

Day 4. Sure enough the sun was shining and the pow was deep. These mountains hadn't seen the sun in a while so they were fresh! You can see our destination for the day at the end of my ski pole, righteous steeps!

Killer views all around...

Here we are! This looks like a good place to ride for the day...

Have a look at these lines. Pondering the massive slide paths across the way while standing on a bus sized pillow!

Ahh the sunlight, only lasted for an hour unfortunately. Still have to get up there too!

Stick that in you're pipe and smoke it, a high grade bc run!

Ian's view from the top of his line, and my view from the bottom! Killer pillow line...

A looong run down filled with soft fluffy pillows. What a day!

Day 5. RETALLAK cat skiing! Thanks SO much to all the staff there, priceless. No photos cause we were having way to much fun ripping non stop top to bottoms... Had the helmet cameras rolling the whole day so we will have some cool footage up soon. I got lost in the moment and forgot that i had broke my ankle just months before and ended up tweaking my knee due to lack of strength from couch warming. It wasn't to bad so we took day 6 off to relax before heading into the back country again.

Day 7. Back to the zone we had discovered earlier on. A fresh line to start the day off right!

The views are great when you get up high, lots of possibilities in these parts

Ian was on point this trip and decided to step to the Ice spine wall...GNARLY LINE!

That was a nice one bud!

Hoping into the last bit of sunlight for the day on this slope.

Plenty of pillows on the way down.

Our trip came to an end the next day as we were driving up the logging road and almost slammed some trees. It was sketchy close call. Money was getting low, my body was beat as was ians so we decided to had back to utah. Fortunately utah was just getting done with a fat storm which dumped a ton of snow.
So stoked to come back to british columbia... It is now my new favorite place on earth. Next time im bringing my full backpacking kit, my sled and some studded tires for sure!!! Till next time, Thanks for having us Eh!!

Check in for a few BC video's coming up soon!