Friday, November 20, 2009

Books: Three of my favorites

Seeing as the season is well under way in places like Whistler and Colorado, I figured I would share a few of my favorite books. I travel with these books all year long and constantly go back to them throughout the season and off season. It's important to stay on top of it!! Here are my suggestions...

This book is a great reference for classes like the wilderness advanced first aid course. If you ever have to rescue someone from an avalanche, they are most likely going to need some first aid. This knowledge is super helpful in many different situations. It's a good feeling when you know what to do when someone gets hurt. Beyond this book, if you're going to be out in the backcountry you should take a class and practice scenarios.

A guide to evaluating snow avalanche hazard. Even if you're just riding at a ski resort, it's important to have the ability to recognize avalanche prone terrain.

A bit of a thicker book, but very informative. More ski and snowboard oriented.

Get out there and enjoy the snow!!! Practice beacon searches!!! Here's a great way to practice: tie a beer to the hidden beacon. If you need another beer you have to go find it. Beacon party. Enjoy the books!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Sunday, November 15, 2009


The wind is brisk and the clouds are low. The sun is escaping the cold weather, hiding behind the mountains. It’s only a matter of time before the snow starts to fall. As I sit and enjoy the last of the grass-covered ground, I hear a far off squawk coming from a bird. The sound of their wings is soft, but noticeable. I squint my eyes and peer into the sky above, when thirty or more Canadian geese fly, in a nearly perfect V formation, towards Tahoe City. The snow is coming and they’re supposed to be migrating south for the chilly winter season. They’re heading north. They must be confused. I wonder if they will make it to their winter home. I hope they make it. They are called Canadian geese however...maybe they’re used to the cold. Perhaps this flock of geese is making a pit stop on the golf course. Or maybe they’re warning people below that it’s about to snow and we should pack our bags and head to Mexico. Either way, they will soon be in another world, far away from Tahoe, far away from the cold.

Friday, November 6, 2009


It's still fall in Tahoe. We've had a bit of snow, but for the most part it's been amazing weather. I'm itching to get out on my bike. I just passed the four month mark since surgery on my knee. Things are starting to feel good. I've got a routine now with school and physical therapy. Morning cardio, school work, afternoon weights, lot's of stretching and eating in between.

Life is good.

Jamie Anderson has been on the routine as well. Seems like this time of the year, ski and snowboarders are getting ready for the season ahead. My new favorite addition to my morning smoothies is bee pollen. I was just researching it for it's nutritional benefits...apparently it's a miracle worker and aids with physical performance, helps fight cancer, and many other things!