Monday, February 27, 2012

Welcome to Haines

The last frontier.

Nice day for a boat ride to Haines from Juneau with the MSP crew.

If it wasn't for the chilling wind and the sub-zero temperatures I would have hung out on the deck of the ferry the whole way to Haines.

Our home sweet home in Haines.

A couple of eagles hanging out by the river.

On February 18th, I left the dry mountains of Lake Tahoe bound for Alaska. Four years ago, I spent a couple of months in Haines for guide school with Alaska Heli Skiing and, finally, I was coming back. I felt like I was coming home in a way, visiting old friends, and reliving those long lost memories from guide school.

It's been nearly ten days since I got here. The mountains are just as I remembered everywhere and endless, tall and sharp, striking and daunting. With a few down days under our belt, the crew was ready to fly. We've spent a fair amount of days in the heli now, enough for me to get more familiar with picking lines in this tricky terrain. Everything I've looked at is way bigger than I thought it would be, typical Alaska. The rollovers at the top of my line still give me butterflies, but I don't know if I'll ever be comfortable with those. It's always a learning experience up here and so far it's been more a successful trip as far as that goes. I have a week left in Haines and then it's off to Silverton, Colorado for the Redbull Coldrush!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Super Secret Smith Spot

I recently was fortunate enough to head up to Idaho to the super secret Smith spot. I arrived in Sun Valley with Mark Abma, Sage Cattabriga Alosa, and Tim Durtschi and we headed straight up to the cabin. We were greeted by a slew of the Smith crew and planned out our following day.

In the morning we fueled up, loaded our gear onto the sleds, and headed into the mountains. The sled ride up was frigid, but a fire was readily awaiting our arrival in the yurt. After unloading our gear in our new home for the night, we went straight out to the Cirque for some freshies. As Tahoe has had an incredibly slow winter, I was especially excited to make some turns in fresh pow.

The snow couldn't have been much better. After a long day of hiking and skiing we retired to the yurt for a tasty dinner. I continuously sunk deeper into my seat relaxing after the long day. Thoughts of going to bed were crossing my mind, when someone suggested a moon lit hike. We quickly rallied despite being exhausted and headed out for what would be one of the best runs of my life.

Hiking up in the dark to the top of our run was even enjoyable. I saw a few shooting stars before we dropped in. The run down was nothing short of epic. You could open it up and ride as fast as you would during daylight. As we chased each other down the mountain, we couldn't help, but to hoot and was one of those runs.

The following days we hit a couple of jumps perfectly sculpted and pre built for our arrival that the Smith guys provided us with. We hiked some more and on the last night we went for another moon lit hike. It was an all time trip. Smith does it right...thanks Gabe!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

In Search of Snow

Despite the serious lack of snow in Tahoe, we've been making the best of it. I can't complain too much seeing as we had such an amazing winter last year, but we need a bit more of that fluffy white stuff. The week before I left for Idaho, my boyfriend Danny, my roommate Ben, and myself went out on a couple of missions in search of good snow. We hiked around Mt. Rose and headed to Emerald Bay with high hopes of finding decent conditions. I would have settled for just about anything. Although it wasn't waist deep pow, we found some great turns and had a blast. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that we might get some action this weekend from those nimbus clouds!

Believe in Sarah

As the fundraising for Sarah through these stickers quickly took off, we enlisted the help of many close friends. The work was simply too much for us to handle, but luckily friends were happy to be a part of such a beautiful effort to raise money for Sarah Burke and her family. Shreddy Times put together this edit to show the efforts of everyone involved.

I would like to mention, that this wouldn't be possible without Sticker Pack's generous donation of thousands of stickers. As of this morning we have sold 2,965 stickers and have raised $14,925 for Sarah. Huge thank your to Sticker Pack, Shreddy Times, and all of our friends who have helped along the way.