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Words and Photos: Erme Catino | Skiershop Blog Manager
For years I’ve been an avid reader of Powder Magazine and perused the buyer’s guide in the season’s first issue. Even as a reader, Powder Magazine’s ski taste (not test) seemed to operate on a looser schedule – how could it not, you are in Jackson Hole with some of the raddest people in the ski industry.
Sitting on the flight out of Jackson Friday morning it all started to set it, well at least after the hangover subsided from the Powder Week closing party. This was one of the most fun weeks I’ve ever had. It was my first time to Jackson Hole, and while I thought it would be like Alta/Snowbird I was greatly mistaken… it’s bigger, rowdier, and the sidecountry blew my mind.
Each day skiers were given a brand to ski with in the morning, then another for the afternoon. My brands were Head, Dynastar, Folsom, Scott, DPS, and Armada. Additionally one day was reserved for ASSFART – meaning “all ski something fast awesome rad together,” where skiers made as many laps as possible on the Tram, each with a different ski.
The snow kept falling all week as if it were ordered, and locals brought us to their secret gems in the sidecountry and the darkside (note no pics of that stuff, wink). It was a whirlwind week with minds hazed over from powder skiing and high fives. A big thanks goes to Powder Magazine, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Matt Hansen, Pat Sewell for winning the Captains Cup, and to all the rad people who made the week possible. Hopefully see you next year!
Skiershop is stoked to welcome Jeremy Walker to their Pro Team for 2011/2012. Jeremy is currently a coach for the Mad River Glen Freeride Team, and is an all around badass! Check out his bio. - Erme
Jeremy Walker comes from a long line of skiers. His father has been a professional ski instructor in Colorado for over 40 years, and his grandfather was the original ski instructor for the 10th Mountain Division. Jeremy has continued in their footsteps by coaching freeski teams around the United States. He coached the Jackson Hole Freeride Team for 4 years – this highly competitive team has been producing some of the country’s most talented skiers who are competing nationally in the Dew Tour, Rev Tour, and the Freeskiing World Tour.
Recently, Jeremy moved back to his home state of Vermont to ski and coach at his favorite ski area, Mad River Glen. He is one of the main coaches for the Mad River Glen FreerideTeam where he aims to produce the state’s best skiers and show the world that Green Mountain Skiers are a force to be reckoned with. Jeremy’s strong skiing background mixes elements from the East and West coast, park and pipe, big mountain, moguls, and even racing. Jeremy has been a go-to skier for many Jackson Hole photographers for years, and has been featured in videos by Storm Show Studios. He is a member of Green Mountain Freeride as well as a new member to the Skiershop Pro Team. In addition, Jeremy was just placed on Kastle’s Pro/Sponsorship Team. Jeremy is very excited to be skiing for Skiershop.com as he has been an avid supporter of Skiershop since its inception.
Last week Kastle Skis and Griffin Post stopped by Skiershop.com in Stowe, VT. Griffin was on the East Coast swing for TGR’s “One For The Road,” movie tour and I was lucky enough to sit down with him for a few minutes. For those of you who haven’t seen TGR’s newest flick, it’s awesome, and within one year Griffin has gone from crushing the FWT to slaying impressive lines for the big screen.
So how was the transition from competing to filming?
I was competing for about 5 years and it has always been my goal to film. I initially got a shot to film with TGR for some B-Roll in Jackson, and then had the opportunity to head to Alaska – it was a dream come true! The biggest different is the conditions, competitions aren’t always in soft snow and you only have one shot at your run. While I thought filming would give me more chances for a line, it ends up being the same – because often times things sluff, sun disappears, etc.
You are also a contributor for ESPN Freeskiing, and I read your blog that stated, “If in ten years all I’ve done is win some competitions and film some segments, I’ll be pretty disappointed in myself.” I think that’s great, care to elaborate?
I think that as a professional skiers, we are lucky and it is my obligation to affect the ski world and beyond in a positive way. I really like programs like Protect Our Winters, and I’d like to do more with organizations such as theirs.
You and Todd Ligare were both given ESPN Freeskiing’s Breakthrough Performance Award, how does that feel?
I’ve known Todd since I was 12 years old, and he was already established with TGR; it was great to ski and film with him, we feed off each other, have similar style, and the trust is there. Getting the award – it’s great to have the recognition, my first year with TGR went far better than I could have ever imagined.
The Kastle big mountain team is pretty stacked – If you were to play a big mountain version of H.O.R.S.E, who would win: Hugo Harrison, Chris Davenport, or you?
Laughs… Well I think it would go down like this – Chris and I would think we’re pretty good, then Hugo would come and mop the floor with us, more laughs…
Thanks for the chat Griffin!
In case you missed it, last week Ski The East posted an edit of our boys at Green Mountain Freeride and the late Ryan Hawks hitting a huge kicker in Targhee’s BC! Here’s the edit, shout out to Send It Studios for the video. – Erme
We all know ski resorts out west have been dodging spring and summer, though it seems that Andrew Whiteford has been happily mixing the two. Here’s Whiteford’s latest bike edit… enjoy and have a great weekend! – Erme
Banger photos keep coming in from Green Mountain Freeride. Here is the latest recap from Louis Erickson, their endless powder season continues… – Erme
Words: Louis Erickson
Photo: Derek DiLuzio
I wake to the sound of my alarm and look over, 3:30a.m…The house is cold. I fire up the stove and throw on some bacon as I grab ZOI Greek yogurt from the nearly empty fridge.
Walking back up the stairs I hear Holly fumbling for her things. Shae is still sleeping; I flip on her lights, “wake up kid!” I hear a grown and I go back to tending bacon. Within minutes we are cruising towards Victor, Idaho. Brady Johnston is leading the way in his white Chevy pickup. We are on time and waiting for the photographers, 5:02 a.m. The stars are still shining brightly as we put on our boots and strap our skis to our packs.
We are on the boot pack shortly with photographers in tow. The sky slowly turns beautiful hues of purple and pink. Two ravens fly above as the sun begins to shoot rays of orange light over Jackson peak. The rising sun slowly filling Jackson Valley, illuminating the sleepy town, waking its residents for another work day 4,000 feet below. As the sun began to rise it illuminated the limestone rock we wanted to jump over, “it’s time,” Derek says.
I line up my drop and jump into the abyss…
Editors Note: While the East has been baking under the April sun, skiers in the West have been plundering pow in full on winter conditions. Here is the latest update from Green Mountain Freeride. – Erme
Words and Photos By Ben Blakely
It’s the morning of April 27, cowboy coffee in the pot and bacon in the pan. Dreaming my way through surfline.com while the lovely bacon aroma is filling the house, moving up the stairs and into Louie’s room…Louie wakes up. The weather is beautifully sunny, but not too warm and we want to make turns…TO THE PASS!
This time of year the mountains have been closed for weeks, there are no more avalanche reports and the majority of skis in the Tetons hibernate, not to be taken out again until October. This is a great and wondrous thing! The skiing is still so awesome from spring corn to mid-winter pow conditions, and every skier has taken off to the desert.
In the truck on the pass road, a last minute decision parks us in the Taylor lot. In short order the four of us are on our way up the skinner. Sussing out the conditions, loving the sunshine and talking about our tribulations, I follow Louie’s straight up skinner he put in two days ago. Thoughts of our best friend Ryan Hawks lay heavy on my mind, I remember that last time I skied Taylor with him, it was last season.
Hitting the South East ridge of Taylor Mt. Louie and I utilize the Backcountry Bomb, if you don’t have one get one. The Bomb makes quick work of one thirty foot section of a North East facing cornice. We see a 12-18 inch deep by 70 feet wide break moving slow but running at least 1,500 feet, finding out later it had propagated below a line of small trees running at least another 70 feet to the right, consistent with the 24-30 inch crown in the East bowl. Making our way up the ridge Louis and I eye up a cornice North of the peak, and we cut one more on the East ridge with no result. “Brady and I got this one to go two days ago,” Louie informs. At the peak we abandon our intensions to cut the other cornice; the west face has blown in strangely.
The East face of Taylor is just gorgeous and demands respect. With a total lack of vegetation, minus the exception of the few rock bands down the face, it runs with a sustained pitch for over 3,000 feet and possesses proven potential to slide HUGE! Untracked, it calls to you, “just ski the SHIT out of me, NOW!” Not feeling good about the stability, the East face was looking scary…and incredibly temping. We decide to ski the left of the South East ridge.
Lou is the first to ski laying down some phat turns! Holly pushes onto her heel edge throwing up a wall. Jess turned it up like water. I like watching my friends shred, it’s almost as good as shredding yourself. Doing our best Warren Miller skiing we drain the second half of the ridge to Cold Creek and take a minute looking over our run. Tracing our tracks, picking our own from the others, each one is a signature.
GMF Freeride member Louis Erickson and Ben Blakely have been getting it good in Jackson, WY. Here is their latest update and perspective on late season pow sniping. – Erme
Words and Photos by Ben Blakely
This time of season, the word ‘jaded’ is thrown around. Definition: Jade – (1) noun, a worn-out, broken-down, worthless or vicious horse (2) a disreputable or ill-tempered woman. Jaded – verb, dulled or satiated by overindulgence, worn out or wearied as by overuse.
I do not work with horses, and aside from that one liftie that continues religiously checking tickets, I believe the later usage pertains most to the late season tendency for days off, late nights and late mornings, or scoffing at the 12 inches last night when there was so much hope for 28.
Is it bad when the dog isn’t even getting off the couch? What’s wrong with getting my pants on at 12 noon and my jacket at 2 o’clock in the afternoon? Or pre-gaming before Glory lap number two? There is nothing wrong with these things; it has been a great season of early mornings filled with blower face-shots from bell-to-bell. There is no shame in taking some time to recover and restock your reserves with plenty of bacon. As long as you get it good, stay happy, and keep that 5pm powder stash hush-hush.
Bell-to-bell days are satisfying and anyone can get it early, but the real pride is in the waiting game. It’s still snowing and blowing and only getting deeper…so you wait…get well rested and over-fed. You check the Facebook once more and zap the coffee in the microwave. When you are ready, you know it and you go. Grab your buddy, hop on the lift, stick your skins or get to the boot pack…you know where to go and you are sure it will be good. When you’re a jaded local, you can afford it.
You say ‘jaded…’I hear ‘smarter, wiser’ and say, “Thanks!”
Below: Louis taking his time and getting it good.
Andrew Whiteford , East Coast OG has been killing it this year! Here is his latest edit which basically blew up in a couple of days, 20K views and counting – Those are Tom Wallish type of numbers! – E.
We’ve been profiling Green Mountain Freeride’s adventures this winter as well as the tragic accident to their member and friend Ryan Hawks. Green Mountain Freeride is a collection of VT born and raised rippers who are traveling the globe shredding. Here is an update we received earlier this season from member Louis Erickson and his rare descent of the East Ridge of the Grand Teton. – Erme
Words and Photos: Louis Erickson
The February high pressure period was full of sunny days and sub-zero temperatures, so with our sights set on some big lines, we decided to head up to Teton National Park.
By 6:30 am, I was bumping down the road in Brady’s white pick-up to get our third climbing partner. With our crew assembled, we switched cars and drove from Teton Valley to the park. Upon arrival, we decided to climb and ski the East Ridge of the Grand Teton.
After skinning for two hours up Garnet Canyon and into Surprise Lake we stopped to take a food break and look at the objective ahead. Half an hour later we were under the East Ridge of the Grand putting on crampons and fueling up with the last of the home-made cookies. Our ascent was carefully planned as we began up a small choke which led us onto the Eastern ridge, and once we were on the face we began to pick our way through the rock bans. As we began to get higher on the route snow conditions quickly deteriorated and we encountered rotten snow along with a four inch wind slab.
After some debate we decided to head down from roughly two thirds of the way up the face. While skiing we triggered pockets of wind slab on the steepest pitches of the run…the line definitely had my full and undivided attention.
This ski mountaineering route is a classic and was first pioneered by Rick Hunt and Hans Johnstone in 2006 on their second attempt. Since then only a handful of skiers have attempted this route. It is probably the longest run off the Grand Teton, and is a very technical climbing route never the less a ski descent. I cannot wait to get back on this again!