Travels

25 days in Alaska

The first day I fell in love with Valdez was when I walked around town and took in the breathtaking harbor in the middle of the peaks that surround the town. The next day I fell more in love when I was standing on the top of my first run at Thompson Pass by myself thinking about how I got there, how my entire riding experience has led to this moment and how it was up to me to make it down. I was in Alaska for 25 d...

24 Apr 11:18 AM 6 Read More...

WSSF Pro Photographer Showdown

There are many reasons to come to Whistler for the Telus Festival but one of the biggest reasons for me (besides the snowboarding) is the Pro Photographer Showdown. Photographers are able to capture so many amazing moments and at this event, they can compose their best images into a slideshow tuned perfectly with music that brings chills to the audience. It's sold out every year for good reason, it's the best photogr...

19 Apr 8:06 PM 0 Read More...

Checking In: Mountain Sky Hotel

A home away from home. For the past month, that was the Mountain Sky Hotel in Valdez, Alaska. It came with all the amenities you expect from a hotel; complimentary breakfast, coffee, comfy beds, swimming pool, hot tub and daily cleaning service. But it also came with a new watering hole called the 32° Lounge and Grill that became the hub for gathering each evening. Located right in the center of Valdez, the Mount...

18 Apr 12:52 PM 2 Read More...

Flow Tailgate BC Day 4: Eagle Pass Heliskiing!

To say I was excited to win a day of Eagle Pass Heliskiing was an understatement. It was a dream come true and I was so excited, so stoked and so ready for my first experience on a heli. Despite all the anticipation, I made sure to get a good night's sleep to prepare myself for today. I was nervous about it, but didn't let nerves take over. I wanted this experience to be amazing and it definitely delivered despite so...

12 Mar 10:38 AM 3 Read More...

Flow Tailgate BC Day 3

Sometimes there are much needed down days, that was day 4 at Tailgate BC. The weather was stormy at basecamp and a bit of writing was calling my name. Plus it gave me the chance to really meet, greet and hang out for the afternoon/evening. I'm still pretty sore from snowmobiling so a down day is a good choice so I can feel great for tomorrow's heli time with Eagle Pass Heliskiing. One of the most remarkable things...

11 Mar 11:20 PM 0 Read More...

Flow Tailgate BC Day 2

The Flow Tailgate BC is underway in Revelstoke, British Columbia and it's pretty fun to be part of the experience. Thursday was arrival, setting up, meeting new faces and riding Revelstoke Mountain Resort. Today was getting out into the backcountry, back on the sled and going over avalanche safety in the BC backcountry. It's a pretty free flowing event, there's no rules, no meetings, no set schedule. Just show up,...

10 Mar 3:30 PM 1 Read More...

Flow Tailgate BC Day 1

After weeks of anticipation, Tailgate BC has finally arrived in Revelstoke, British Columbia. The next five days offer up a party in the parking lot mixed with a range of snow sports from the backcountry to the resort. We arrived late last night into Revelstoke and woke up bright and early to get a feel for the surrounding mountains. It's pretty incredible to be part of the first Tailgate BC. It's a cool concept to ...

08 Mar 11:35 PM 4 Read More...

AAI Avalanche 1 Course - Day 3

The third day with the American Alpine Institute (and second day on snow) meant taking all the education, on-snow practices and really applying it to our experience in the backcountry. It was focused on us enjoying the snow while remaining safe and watching for terrain that could be avalanche prone. We had made a trip plan on Saturday to explore farther out in the backcountry but at our morning meeting, we discuss...

04 Mar 6:13 PM 1 Read More...

AAI Avalanche 1 Course - Day 2

As soon as I got confirmation that I would be heading up to BC and AK this year, I knew it was time to take the avalanche level I course. I checked out a couple options for course providers in the NW and eventually found the American Alpine Institute out of Bellingham and Mt Baker. I signed up and paid my fees so I could finally get a better understanding and more practice in the backcountry. The first day was Fri...

03 Mar 5:50 PM 0 Read More...

Checking In: Vail Cascade Resort & Spa

Rest. Relaxation. Luxury. That was my light at the end of the SIA tunnel. Six days of tradeshow is fun but exhausting. Instead of leaving Colorado tired, I opted for a relaxing vacation that was well worth the wait. The invite to experience Vail Cascade Resort & Spa in Vail, Colorado couldn't have come at a better time. Two nights and three days was the magical number for a quick vacation, enough time to put y...

03 Feb 7:15 AM 3 Read More...