Saturday, July 30, 2011

SASS Global Travel Session 1

Sass Global Travel Ski and Snowboard camp has officially begun. Well, it actually started about a week ago, but I haven't had the time or energy to write much as we have been hiking and riding everyday. While I absolutely love summer and I especially love summers in Tahoe, every year when I arrive in Argentina I am reminded of how my love for winter is so much greater than that of the summer.

With one day of skiing under our belts, the SGT coaches awaited the highly anticipated arrival of the campers. After giving them the safety spiel and avy briefing, it was on. It's been snowing every day that I can remember and the campers have been fired up.

Hiking to the top of runs that look like this never gets old. A lot of the campers are from the east coast and have never ridden snow deeper than a foot or even less. To see their faces light up or to hear them say "that was the best 60 seconds of my life!" is what being a coach is all about.

While the view on one side is a blank white canvas ready for someone to splash with turns, the view on the other side is equally as tempting. Although skiing is something very personal for me, it's also something that is so incredible to share with other people.

Friday, July 29, 2011


Heading out for another day on the slopes, but I thought I would put up a couple of photos as the internet actually works before everybody wakes up. The snow has been amazing down here (as well as the food!). Can't get enough of it!! Hasta Luego!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

1st Day of Riding Argentina Pow

After traveling for over 60 hours, we finally made it to Argentina! While we were both exhausted and stiff from traveling, the site of fresh powder got us stoked.

There are ten coaches down here for the SGT ski and snowboard camp this year and we pretty much had this run to ourselves. In about ten minutes the campers should arrive and camp will officially begin. There are still spots open if you are interested! You definitely won't regret it...just take a look at that photo above.

Yosemite Day 3

On the third day, Danny and I woke up with sore feet from the previous days backpacking. We knew we had another 14 or so miles to go and as I was putting my shoes on I was getting excited thinking about completing our adventure. The third day was probably my favorite of all the days. The last portion of the North Rim Trail was absolutely beautiful and filled with color from all of the spring flowers.

Once we made it near the end, with four miles left to go, it felt amazing to take my shoes off and dip my feet in the river. They were hurting! The last four miles were a push. The scenery changed drastically as we hiked through a previously burnt portion of the forrest. There were dead toothpick looking trees with very little green, but the ground was full of new growth. The wild flowers were going off in this section of the hike. At times we were hiking through lupin taller than me. All you could hear was the buzzing of bees and chirping of crickets.

We finally made it to road and hitch-hiked back to the valley. Our 30 mile mission was complete and we were all smiles. Changing into flip flops felt amazing! Driving home to Tahoe, I was content as I knew this trip was a great way to end my summer. In two days I would be traveling to Argentina saying good bye to warm weather, the lake, iced tea, and sunny summer days. I miss you Tahoe, but so far, Argentina has been great. We skied powder yesterday and the campers arrive tonight. Looking forward to more snow, meat, vino, and bottomless pow turns!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Yosemite Day 2

On day two we started off our day at the top of North Dome. For the most part, hiking in the woods, we didn't see too many people, but as you get closer to the lookouts there are quite a few tourists hanging out.

Personally, I prefer cruising through the woods without people. Danny and I mapped out our destination point and started cruising.

We arrived at the top of Yosemite Falls were the quietness of the woods disappeared and people were all over the place. Although the views were spectacular, we quickly got back on the trail and eventually ended up at our new campsite.

Dinner tasted amazing after 15 miles of hiking. We made it to our campsite with plenty of time to hang out and watch the sunset. The little black canister you see in the photo above is our bear box. It's a pain to backpack with it, but it keeps bears and other creatures out of your food.

To my surprise we didn't end up seeing any bears on our trips. Lot's of deer, but no bears.

We hiked up to a higher ledge and tried to catch the sunset. The alpenglow was beautiful just after sunset. It lit up these purple and yellow patches of flowers that were scattered through the forest. It looked like a big purple carpet. Spring in the Sierras is colorful!


Before I packed my bags to head south chasing winter, I wanted to make a quick trip to Yosemite. Danny and I arrived in hopes of hiking Half Dome, but due to the new permits required to hike Half Dome we got shut down.

We decided on hiking the North Rim Trail, which we figured would have some pretty amazing views of Half Dome and would be a good second choice. We loaded up our packs and set out for our adventure late in the day.

The first part of the trail had a steep switch back section for a mile and a half. As we gained elevation the views continued to get better.

Half Dome quickly became out distance guide from the beginning of the hike. For the rest of our backpacking adventure watching Half Dome get smaller and smaller made us realize how far we had gone.

After the steep switchback section we arrived at our first camping spot. We unpacked and cooked up a warm meal while watching the sun set in the distance. With a full moon above and white noise from the river, our night's rest was perfect to prep us for our long 15 mile journey the next day.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Spring Hiking

While there is still quite a bit of snow on the ground in Tahoe, the spring flowers are starting to go off and Shirley Canyon's water falls are bigger than I have ever seen them (note: the picture above doesn't do the falls justice at all). I thought I would share a few shots from the other day of the flowers up top. Enjoy!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Cushing Crossing

While I've already posted the video for the Cushing Crossing below, I thought I would share some photos as well. Being a participant, I definitely didn't shoot these. So thanks to Danny and Dave for the shots!

Above is the junk-show that ensued when the Mario Party dropped in all together. All six of us cruised in at maximum speeds determined to make it to the other side, however that obviously didn't happen.

The aftermath of our Mario Party turned pool party. It was a refreshing dip on that hot summer day!

While I didn't ski on the 3rd of July, I did hike up and got a kick out of all the bathing suits and short shorts. It was pretty much a huge party.

I've heard that there were 10,000 people in the village that day and I'm stoked that Squaw put on a great show with skiing and the Cushing Crossing.

To finalize this post I had to add this shot of Conor and Nick looking sharp as always. Sweet get up Nick! Haha!!!!

Wood Scorpion?

When Danny and I returned from Northern California, we went on a full moon hike with his brother Conor. We came across this tiny little scorpion in the night and since then I've been stumped on what type of scorpion it is. I didn't even know we had scorpions in Lake Tahoe and when I google "scorpions in Lake Tahoe" all I could come up with was an answer from Yahoo Answers from Gene stating that " YES. There are wood scorpions, but it's rare to find them unless you'd know where to look and what you are looking for."

If Gene is correct then I feel pretty lucky to have seen a scorpion in Lake Tahoe. Don't worry, we let him be and continued on with our hike under the full moon.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Last Night In Fort Bragg

To top off our trip to Northern California and after no luck finding Big Foot, Danny and I headed south to Fort Bragg. We drove through in infamous 315 foot tall Chandelier Tree with a hole just barely big enough to fit my truck through. The lady at the gate confidently said that I would be fine, however I am convinced that she just wanted my $5 (I didn't know it was $5 until it would have been awkward to turn around making a few cars move while making an Austin Powers turn). We camped near the beach and soaked up the scenery under the full moon night before hitting the road the next day bound for Tahoe!