Saturday, April 30, 2011

Mt. Tallac

I just returned home from one of the best spring skiing days I have ever had, I'm claiming it. My brother, Johnny, and I hiked up Mt. Tallac today and had impeccable timing on the way down with the snow softening up to perfection.

Like any other hike around Lake Tahoe, the views are nothing short of spectacular.

My brother and I at the top enjoying the views and stoked for the ski down. The snow couldn't have been better!!! I put three explanation points because it was that good.

The view from the top minus the family portrait. I love the different perspective of the lake.

Some lines in the distance were calling our names. Soon enough!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Peak 9,195

Spring is in full swing in Tahoe...finally. Yesterday Conor, my brother, and I hiked up peak 9,195 for some spectacular views and fun turns. The temperature was in the high 50's and the sky was bright blue all day. Shade was our friend.

This is one of the many reasons I live in Lake Tahoe!

Getting closer to the top, the terrain beyond the mountains immediately surrounding the lake come into view (not pictured above) and my imagination starts to go wild about future adventures.

We were a little late for the snow, but there were moments of smooth buttery spring conditions that are all time.

Conor and my brother, Johnny, about to make some figure eights on the way down in the sticky sun baked slush (still fun). So happy the sun is finally out!

Birthday Shred

A bit late, but nonetheless I had an awesome time on my birthday shredding Squaw with my family and friends. My dad was keeping up and casually whistled as he pulled up hot on my heels every time letting me know that he could still hang. Good work dad!! Haha.

Conor got pretty radical too, but was quick to tell my dad he wasn't exactly keeping up. Either way, my dad rips and my mom's got style for miles. Thanks for the fun times!!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Danny's Recovery... beyond what I could ever imagine. He let me know yesterday that he was going to hop on his slack line in his yard in New Hampshire. I was kind of nervous at first, but then he sent his brother and I this video. The first three times he attempted his slack line he made it across. After going to PT with him while he was visiting Tahoe, it was apparent that his balance was a little bit off, but after watching this video I think he's getting that back just fine. I couldn't stop smiling yesterday!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Warren Miller

This is just a preview of what's to come. Shot all year at Squaw with Tom Day, Timy Dutton, and J.T. Holmes. Can't wait to see the final product!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

SASS Checking in from Tahoe

Just a little something that gets me excited about this summer.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Lake Tahoe 4.1.11

While I was driving to Northstar the other day I couldn't keep my eyes off the lake. I felt like a tourist driving ten below the speed limit with the occasional swerve when there was a break in the trees and the lake came into full view. I kept thinking to myself that I should pull over and take some photos, but I always think that and I always have somewhere to be. This time I couldn't resist. I took a short walk to the edge of the water to snap some photos. As much as I love winter time, one of my favorite things to do is swim in Lake Tahoe. How inviting does this water look? I love where I live.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

It's a Blackwood Kind of a Day

After we got all of that snow the sun came out with vengeance. It went from one extreme to another. One day, I was skiing Squaw with four lifts open and free refills on every run and the next day I was sweating bullets while riding my sled up to Blackwood trying to get the last of the powder.

I was looking forward to a slow change of seasons, but mother nature had something else in mind. She heated up and traded us snow for sunlight. At first I needed a break from shoveling, but after a day of sun, I had had enough.

The change was too quick for me and I woke up one morning with a feeling of emptiness in my stomach. Where did all of our snow go? I'm not ready for full spring conditions. Luckily, we got the last of it in Blackwood.

I went up with Moss Halliday and Andrew Burns to get some fresh turns. It was a pretty mellow day, but so much fun. The snow was creamy and ripe for ripping fast lines. A day later and the spines in the first photo were all rock. See ya later winter. Hopefully you'll be back on Thursday like the weatherman says. Miss you.

Saturday, April 2, 2011


Last weekend I had the pleasure of competing in the Pain McShlonkey Classic . Things started out Saturday night with the best 80's cover band I have ever seen play, Tainted Love, rocking the Plaza bar like it was New Years Eve in 1999. Everyone dressed in their best 80's attire and prepped for Sunday's extreme small mountain competition.

I have never been on a pair of snowblades in my life and I will admit I was nervous dropping into the small mountain venue for my first run. I did a tandem run with Suz Graham and we crushed it!! Somehow I managed to stomp a cliff and a front flip on those small little things. I ended up taking 2nd in the small mountain comp right behind the legendary Wendy Fisher.

After the small mountain competition, the 30 of us decided to shred the fingers on our blades. I have never seen anything like 30 snowbladers dropping into the fingers on KT-22. It was one of the most fun runs of my life. Thank you Shane!

The Chinese Downhill took place in the afternoon starting at the top of KT-22. There were 60 snowbladers total dropping in a once in an all out battle for the golden saucer. With flat light and chopped powder conditions, plenty of rag-dolls ensued. The PMS was one of the most fun competitions I have ever been a part of. I couldn't help, but to think of Shane all day and smile because I know he would have been loving it.

Snow Globe

From March 14th to March 28 we got more than twelve feet of snow at 6200' in Lake Tahoe. I came straight home from Silverton to a winter wonderland. It felt like we were living in a snow globe. White flakes never stopped falling from the sky. Roofs were cracking from the weight of the snow. Sheriffs were knocking at peoples doors in Squaw Valley telling them to evacuate because of high avalanche danger. It was all time and in no way does this photo represent the amount of snow we got, I just happened to like it.