Saturday, January 31, 2009

Photos.

These are all from Mustang Powder. After unloading my camera again, I realized I had some better shots that I thought I would share.













Killer Cat!

I'm often amazed at a child's imagination. Here are a few signs that were hanging around Mustang Powder's office. They made me smile, laugh, and wish that I still had the imagination of a child.









Monday, January 26, 2009

Las Vegas



It's night time and this is what it looks like outside my window. Here's a funny fact about Las Vegas.

In recent years, Las Vegas has been a popular destinations for Hawaiians. In 2002, almost 80,000 former residents of Hawaii lived in Las Vegas, and nearly 3,000 Hawaiians visited Las Vegas every week. Las Vegas is sometimes referred to as Hawaii's Ninth Island.

Mustang Powder

I've just made it to Vegas from Aspen. It was a long day of driving with Angeli and Kev, but we finally made it to this strange place. A bit of a change from life in the woods of Canada. Below are some photos from Mustang Powder. I was there with the MSP crew (Pettit, Bushy, & Abma). Bushy was skiing strong after a long recovery from a knee injury and Pettit was absolutely slaying it.

Before I get to the photos I also wanted to mention a little something...

As many of you may know a good friend recently had a spinal injury. Riley Poor is an amazing human being and has many supportive friends within the ski community. After T.J. Schiller won the X Games Slopestyle gold medal he decided to donate his entire winnings to Riley saying "We're going to make Riley Poor, Riley Rich." It's an extremely costly injury and Riley has teamed up with Stand Strong Again to assist him throughout his recovery process. Below is a recent blog entry at Riley's website where you can follow along with how he is doing....

Throughout the year we will be partnering with Stand Strong Again in order to raise money for Riley to offset the cost incurred from the hospital stay, rehab, etc. Currently I have built a mini store

http://www.rileypoor.bigcartel.com/

where you can purchase Riley’s favorite hats and good mantra stickers items will start ship Feb. 1. Soon we will be doing auctions of a random assortment of goods donated from all his lovely friends. Including skis from Simon Dumont, skate decks from Tony Hawk and other random items so check back often in regards.

If you are old school feel free to send the love via snail mail to:

Riley Poor

PO BOX 4105

boulder, co 80306

P.s.If anyone has any fundraising ideas please email me at bobknits@gmail.com

thanks for all the support we can feel the love and consequently Riley is doing amazing! Still lip reading and rejoicing after every slight wiggle of his toe or tingle on his arm, but, he is on his way.


And here are a few photos from Mustang Powder. I love you Riley, best of wishes to you and your family. Get well soon!!!



Sean Pettit stomps like he's a cat. This little guy is killing it!!!



Sean P again, finally grew into his skiing ability.



Mark Abma.



MSP is pretty serious right now. 3 camera angles...hope they don't miss the shot.



Boris the doggy in his beautiful home up an hour and half cat ride to an amazing home built without any nails. The lodge was a piece of work. Great Chefs and comfy accomodations. I think I had some culture shock going from the woods straight to X Games. I'll probably get that feeling again when I step outside of my hotel room in Vegas.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Retallica photos.



Leaving Retallack became a mission. Roads under 75 feet of snow = 3 hr. drive turning into 10 hr. drive.



Cat tracks in the shop. 2 tons per track.



The Orage cat.



100 year storm rolled in and left us with this. Everybody was loving it and making the best of being stuck in Retallack...could be worse.



Typical B.C. tree skiing.



I'll let Sean write his own caption: "Umm...me trying to be cool. Yup, why not?"



Andy running into the damn trees!



A.O.B. is awkward in front of the camera.



Leaving Retallack super stoked for our 10 hour drive to Mustang Powder.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Cat Skiing 2009.

Being out in the woods in Canada has it's perks; no phone, slow internet, good friends, hot soup, and lot's of powder. I left Retallack on the 9th. The road trip to Mustang Powder was only supposed to last about 3 hours, but due to a massive avy that they set off from a heli droppin' some bombs...the road was buried under 75 feet of snow. So our 3 hour drive turned into a 10 hour drive. Sean Petitt and I were lucky to have the two graphic designers at K2 so kindly give us a lift. I think we both slept pretty much the whole way.

We arrived at the Esso gas station in Revelstoke and departed with Erfle and Schmies as they had another 15 hours back to Seattle. A guy pulled up in a white pick up truck, we loaded all our gear in the back, and drove about 25 minutes up the snowy drive way to the sleds. Rory Bushfield drove his sled down the half hour long groomed trail to pick us up and we hoped on a few more machines and transfered our gear to sleighs in tow and started our accent to the lodge. With a few hicups along the way, we finally made it to the glimmering Mustang Powder Lodge sitting atop 1,750 meters and my home for the next 10 days along with Sean, Rory, Abma, and the MSP crew.

Our first day of shredding here was amazing. Super light snow and plenty of shots within and easy sled lap of the lodge. I got some fun action of the guys, but can't seem to upload them due to the slow internet, hence the lot of typing. Abma's got a nice new 600 that he's been letting me rip around on and we've gotten into some roaming candle wars while skiing. Fireworks seem to be a plenty in these parts. It's been nothing, but good times. Retallack was epic and the few days that I've spent here have been sweet!

I'll post photos up soon....ish.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Retallica!!!!



I'm heading up to Canadia right now, Retallack bound. Above is a shot from last time I was there, about 3 years ago. I'm looking forward to the hot soup after skiing and the warm lodge to relax in. I have fond memories of Retallack. With snow flurries in the forecast and a fresh pair of Pontoons...I'm ready for some pillow action!




Thursday, January 1, 2009

More Trina Steelers.

Here's some Trina Steele impressions...


Tony's version...Quarters playin' Trina Steele


Spencer's version...Twisted Tea Writting e-mails Trina Steele

2009!!

I didn't make it to 12 o'clock last night, but I did have a couple of Twisted Teas and played quarters with some friends. We watched fireworks, made pasta, looked for Uno Attack (which was our New Years plan, but someone took it to Aspen), and played jenga. It was really mellow and now I'm going skiing.

Here are some shots of the Twisted Tea bottle...