Man & Woman Downhill Skiing

Man & Woman Downhill Skiing

We all know the names: Vail, Breck­en­ridge, Park City, and Big Sky. While these ski resorts are indeed epic, some­times you just want a more per­son­al, tucked-away, local expe­ri­ence with­out sac­ri­fic­ing excep­tion­al ter­rain. If this sounds like your MO this ski sea­son, or in ski sea­sons to come, read on!

Eldo­ra Moun­tain Resort, Colorado 
Locat­ed near the funky town of Ned­er­land, Col­orado just 20 min­utes west of Boul­der, Eldo­ra Moun­tain Resort is a local favorite and is under­go­ing some seri­ous upgrades and rebrand­ing. From its new high-speed lift, Alpen­glow, to its effer­ves­cent pres­ence on social media (#closer­toy­ou), this fam­i­ly-friend­ly resort is cer­tain­ly attempt­ing to attract some big atten­tion. With excel­lent begin­ner and inter­me­di­ate ter­rain for kids, or adults who are brave enough to learn, and more advanced ter­rain that includes tight tree ski­ing and steeps that are sure to please, Eldo­ra is per­fect for any­one who desires a no-frills, all thrills, sol­id moun­tain experience.

Monarch Moun­tain Resort, Colorado
Locat­ed between Sal­i­da and Gun­ni­son, Col­orado at the apex of wind­ing and scenic Monarch Pass, Monarch Moun­tain is a tru­ly unique expe­ri­ence. Two ter­rain parks and over 50 trails ensure that there’s plen­ty of space to shred. How­ev­er, this mountain’s crown jew­el is Mirk­wood: 130 acres of extreme dou­ble black dia­mond ter­rain with trees for days. If you’re look­ing for a place to hang your hat after a long day on the slopes, the Monarch Moun­tain Lodge is locat­ed just 3 miles from the resort and boasts a free shut­tle to the mountain.

Grand Targhee Moun­tain Resort, Wyoming
The beau­ti­ful and under­rat­ed Grand Targhee Moun­tain Resort near Alta, Wyoming doesn’t just offer ski­ing. Snow­shoe­ing, Nordic Tour­ing, and dog sled rides are also pop­u­lar on the hill. Per­haps the most notable fea­ture of the hill is Grand Targhee’s tree ski­ing which allows skiers to dip into stash­es of untracked pow­der. There are also 1,000 ski­able acres reserved for cat ski­ing which means you’ll be able to ditch the peo­ple and get into the back­coun­try with ease.

Teton Range viewed from Grand Targhee

White­fish Ski Resort, Montana
Sit­u­at­ed near Glac­i­er Nation­al Park, White­fish Ski Resort used to boast a ski-bum vibe. Now it’s now shift­ing into a more ele­gant, yet still local ski hill with new eater­ies and brew­eries pop­ping up to enter­tain town­ies and tourists alike. Well-known for being fam­i­ly friend­ly, this resort boasts over 3,000 ski­able acres which are plen­ty for the kids and rip­ping adults who want to go explore. Afford­able lodg­ing and min­i­mal crowds make this an excel­lent place for a fam­i­ly getaway

Soli­tude Moun­tain, Utah
True to its name, this qui­et and afford­able moun­tain offers a no-frills expe­ri­ence for peo­ple whose pri­or­i­ty is to ski excel­lent ter­rain. Peri­od. The bowl ski­ing is par­tic­u­lar­ly excep­tion­al with Hon­ey­comb Canyon offer­ing some of the best turns and panoram­ic bowl ski­ing in Utah. For those who do want a lit­tle “frill” in their life, Soli­tude Vil­lage offers excep­tion­al din­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties and is a great place to retire for an apres-ski bev­er­age after a day of hit­ting it hard. The Soli­tude com­mu­ni­ty is invit­ing, laid back, and there’s no doubt that the locals will out ski you all the live­long day. Locat­ed just 30 miles from Salt Lake City, this is an acces­si­ble moun­tain for vis­i­tors who pre­fer to be close to a city and airport.

If the thought of fresh snow falling on the moun­tain doesn’t excite you, then this win­ter could be a long one.

For the rest of the cold-blood­ed pow­der hounds out there, the first signs of snow mean only one thing: that Open­ing Day isn’t far away. Whether you’re down­hill appetite con­sists of a full plate of Breck­en­ridge and Vail, or per­haps a heap­ing serv­ing of Park City or Mam­moth Moun­tain fur­ther West, wher­ev­er you like to ride, there’s no deny­ing the excite­ment that open­ing day brings to the table. To cap­i­tal­ize on the chang­ing weath­er and impend­ing snow­fall, here are the pro­ject­ed dates for some of the county’s biggest ski resorts—and some win­ter trail­ers to get you ready to shred.

Mam­moth Moun­tain Ski Area, Cal­i­for­nia: Novem­ber 9
Serv­ing as one of the best ski resorts in Cal­i­for­nia, Mam­moth Moun­tain Ski Area of the Sier­ra Neva­da moun­tain range boasts big ter­rain, beau­ti­ful views and a long ski­ing sea­son. The begin­ning of it all begins Novem­ber 9th, mak­ing it one of the ear­li­er open­ing dates in the coun­try. Check it out at the start, the mid­dle and the end, and Mam­moth Moun­tain will deliv­er the expe­ri­ence for which it’s named.



Breck­en­ridge Ski Resort, Col­orado: Novem­ber 10
Fea­tur­ing var­ied high-alpine ter­rain, Breck­en­ridge Ski Resort is anoth­er dia­mond of the Col­orado ski indus­try, and with the com­bi­na­tion of the adjoin­ing moun­tain town of Breck, this all-around moun­tain envi­ron­ment real­ly throws a par­ty on open­ing day. While the snow might not be its deep­est in Breck­en­ridge by Novem­ber 10, the com­mu­ni­ty is still full-spir­it­ed, and the groom­ing can guide you along like a racetrack.



Win­ter Park Resort, Col­orado: Novem­ber 15
In oper­a­tion 20 years shy of a cen­tu­ry, Win­ter Park Resort has long ago fig­ured out how to cap­ture the excite­ment of open­ing day. Spread out between Mary Jane Moun­tain and Win­ter Park Moun­tain, Win­ter Park Resort offers over 3,000 ski­able acres to explore and plen­ty of trails for all lev­els of skiers. To catch the first wave of a long ski sea­son at Win­ter Park, get your boards waxed and ready to go by Novem­ber 15.



Grand Targhee Resort, Wyoming: Novem­ber 16
Sit­u­at­ed near the bor­der of Wyoming and Mon­tana, Grand Targhee Resort is world-famous for its deep pow­der, laid-back atmos­phere and scenery that can’t be beat any­where else in the low­er 48. Com­prised of two moun­tains spread over 2,600 ski­able acres, the excite­ment of Grand Targhee Resort begins Novem­ber 16. If open­ing day is any­thing like it was the year pri­or, those pow­der hounds might be able to get their fix ear­ly this year.



Park City Moun­tain Resort, Utah: Novem­ber 17
Just on the out­skirts of Salt Lake City, Park City Moun­tain Resort serves up 347 named trails spread out over 7,000 ski­able acres, lend­ing towards sea­son after sea­son of new ter­rain to explore. Park City is aim­ing to open Novem­ber 17th with groomed trails and access to as many of their 41 lifts as pos­si­ble, plus a lit­tle cel­e­bra­tion to go along­side all the good ski­ing. Com­plete your stay with a night out on the moun­tain or at the near­by Park City, and your open­ing-day cel­e­bra­tions can con­tin­ue well into the night.



Vail Moun­tain Resort, Col­orado: Novem­ber 17
Serv­ing as one of the many Holy Grails of ski­ing in the Col­orado back­coun­try, with­out a doubt there will be a line to get the first ski-lift at Vail this year. With over 5,000 ski­able acres to explore, includ­ing sev­en leg­endary back bowls that skiers can lit­er­al­ly get lost in, Vail draws in big crowds through­out the win­ter, and has many peo­ple count­ing down until Novem­ber 17, when they’re pro­ject­ed to open the slopes.



Snow­bird, Utah: Novem­ber 22
Con­nect­ed and locat­ed near Alta Ski Area, to real­ly uti­lize these two pre­miere ski des­ti­na­tions in Utah, it’s rec­om­mend secur­ing the Alta-Snow­bird Ski Pass. To get your first taste of the ter­rain that either of these two ski moun­tains pro­vide, head on over to the base of Snow­bird on Novem­ber 22nd and take in the fes­tiv­i­ties. Fea­tur­ing fresh groom­ing, good music and only the tip of the win­ter ice­berg, Snow­bird and Alta set a high bar for down­hill ski­ing and the fun that go along­side it.



Big Sky Resort, Mon­tana: Novem­ber 23
Not far out from the col­le­giate city of Boze­man, Big Sky Resort beck­ons stu­dents, com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers and trav­el­ers from across the world to some first-class Mon­tana moun­tain rid­ing. Com­pris­ing of over 5,750 acres of ski­able ter­rain, split between over 30 lifts, Big Sky Resort pro­vides enough space to explore on your own even dur­ing peak sea­son. Big Sky’s open­ing day is aim­ing to be Novem­ber 23, 2017, and will serve as a sweet way to start of the win­ter season.



Aspen Snow­mass, Col­orado: Novem­ber 23
With over 5,000 acres of ski­able ter­rain between four dif­fer­ent moun­tains, the Aspen Snow­mass expe­ri­ence is mas­sive. Aspen Moun­tain and Snow­mass are aim­ing to open the slopes come Novem­ber 3rd, while But­ter­milk and Aspen High­lands will gain access lat­er in the year. Sure to be big a par­ty and prob­a­bly a decent lift line, Aspen Snow­mass will con­tin­ue to the excite­ment through­out the win­ter sea­son and halfway into autumn.



Jack­son Hole Moun­tain Resort, Wyoming: Novem­ber 25
While any time of year is a great time to vis­it Jack­son Hole and the sur­round­ing Grand Tetons, come win­ter time, and specif­i­cal­ly Novem­ber 25 this year, there’s only one thing on everyone’s mind. It’s the stun­ning atmos­phere that attracts peo­ple to Jack­son Hole, and it’s the world-class ski­ing that makes them nev­er want to leave. Fea­tur­ing two moun­tains to explore and a ver­ti­cal drop of more than 4,000 feet, Jack­son Hole is home to some extreme ter­rain and great lodg­ing, mak­ing for a great time when­ev­er you visit.

Lindsey Jacobellis

Ver­mont-native Lind­sey Jaco­bel­lis is a slope mas­ter. She won gold at the X Games ten times and has been crowned World Champ Snow­board Cross five times. She’s also 2018 Win­ter Olympics bound.

Jaco­bel­lis has been snow­board­ing since she was a teenag­er and says snow has always been a part of who she is. We talked to Jaco­bel­lis to find out more about her start and what’s in store for the future.

THE CLYMB: Were you always active as a kid?

Lind­sey Jaco­bel­lis: Yes, my par­ents always put me into sports and I was always play­ing out­side with my broth­er. Every sea­son my broth­er and I would be involved in a sport that ranged from swim­ming, softball/baseball, lacrosse, field hock­ey, ski­ing, snow­board­ing, and skate­board­ing. There was nev­er a dull moment for my mom, she was our num­ber one fan, and was there with her cowbell.

THE CLYMB: Did you enjoy win­ter sports back then too or did you pre­fer some­thing else?

Lind­sey Jaco­bel­lis: Grow­ing up on the East Coast, win­ter was a part of the nor­mal cycle and my broth­er and I looked for­ward to win­ter activ­i­ties, such as sled­ding, ski­ing, mak­ing snow­men and hope­ful­ly hav­ing school called off for the day.

THE CLYMB: When did you start focus­ing on snow­board­ing as a pro­fes­sion­al pursuit?

Lind­sey Jaco­bel­lis: I first start­ed with local events, and those qual­i­fied me for nation­als, where I con­tin­ued par­tic­i­pat­ing in big­ger and big­ger events more con­sis­tent­ly. After being nation­al­ly ranked I want­ed the next step and start­ed my world cup career as well as the Grand Prix cir­cuit. The moment I real­ized my sport was going to be in the next Olympics was in 2002, the year I grad­u­at­ed high school. I now had a goal in mind and a sol­id sup­port sys­tem of friends and fam­i­ly to help guide me in my next few years lead­ing into 2006.

Lindsey Jacobellis

THE CLYMB: Was it some­thing that felt nat­ur­al or did you go into it after try­ing some­thing else?

Lind­sey Jaco­bel­lis: This was a nat­ur­al tran­si­tion for me. I did not take the nor­mal path after high school and pro­ceed direct­ly to col­lege, but I want­ed to explore this option since it was so unique. I was curi­ous to see how far it could take me…and 15 years lat­er, I am still at it!

THE CLYMB: A lot of peo­ple think of snow­board­ing as a fun sport, but there’s a lot of train­ing that goes into it. What’s your train­ing rou­tine like and how many hours do you spend practicing?

Lind­sey Jaco­bel­lis: I train year round for my sport. Most peo­ple think that snow­board­ers are lazy and chill and don’t real­ly train that hard, but I assure you my train­ing reg­i­ments are very chal­leng­ing and can push me to reach goals that I have nev­er though pos­si­ble with­in myself. I usu­al­ly train about 2–3 hours a day, and that doesn’t even count the oth­er activ­i­ties I do for fun (and they also trans­late as a car­dio work­out). In the spring and sum­mer my work­outs focus more on aer­o­bic and mus­cle endurance, this helps me build a great foun­da­tion for what is to come in the months that fol­low. Lat­er in the sum­mer and fall, it is all about build­ing mus­cle mass and strength. I need to put on weight that my sport needs to help me go fast as well as pro­tect myself from injury (in case I crash or get tan­gled with anoth­er rid­er). Then, in the fall, all of the mass and strength I have acquired is made into POWER. That is learn­ing how to move the strength and mass I have gained in the fastest way that is spe­cif­ic to my sport.

THE CLYMB: You’ve won the snow­board cross title at the X Games ten times. Can you tell us about your expe­ri­ence at the games?

Lind­sey Jaco­bel­lis: X‑Games has always made it about the ath­letes, and that is not what we run into all the time when we are on tour, so it is a very spe­cial event. Ath­letes get to work and com­mu­ni­cate with course builders and have a say. They have been able to show­case our event over the years with wild fea­tures and huge jumps to keep the crowd enter­tained and want­i­ng more.

Lindsey Jacobellis

THE CLYMB: Have things changed for the sport in the last few years?

Lind­sey Jaco­bel­lis: I start­ed com­pet­ing at X when I was 15 years old. It seems like a life­time ago. I look back and see how the sport has devel­oped and that I had a chance to grow with the sport, and that is very spe­cial to me. The cours­es con­tin­ue to get big­ger and faster every year…. and I look for­ward to the next one.

THE CLYMB: Are injuries a com­mon issue with pro­fes­sion­al snow­board­ers? It seems we hear fre­quent­ly about injuries in skiers but not as much about injuries con­nect­ed to snowboarding.

Lind­sey Jaco­bel­lis: Injuries are in every sport, espe­cial­ly when you are at the top lev­el. Ath­letes will con­tin­ue to push the lim­its with­in the sport and them­selves and that is just the nature of a competitor.I have had my fill of injuries, some that have kept me out for a sea­son or more.

THE CLYMB: Any oth­er sports you enjoy besides snowboarding?

Lind­sey Jaco­bel­lis: I love to surf any chance I get. It is a great way to still get a work­out but have fun and be in the sun. The feel­ing is very sim­i­lar to snow­board­ing in pow­der and it trans­lates over very well from snowboarding.

THE CLYMB: You’re head­ing to the 2018 Win­ter Olympics to com­pete. How are you prepar­ing for it?

Lind­sey Jaco­bel­lis: Well, noth­ing is offi­cial yet. We will have qual­i­fiers start­ing in Sep­tem­ber down in Argenti­na. That ear­ly in the sea­son we have to go to the south­ern hemi­sphere to train and find snow and that will be the first step. My team will con­tin­ue to com­pete on the World Cup tour to get results that can qual­i­fy for the Olympics. It is a non-stop hunt and you have to give it your all every time.

2017 Toyota U.S. Grand Prix - Snowboardcross at Solitude Resort Photo: U.S. Snowboarding
2017 Toy­ota U.S. Grand Prix — Snow­board­cross at Soli­tude Resort
Pho­to: U.S. Snowboarding
avalanche tips

avalanche tipsAn esti­mat­ed 150 peo­ple per year die in avalanch­es in North Amer­i­ca, a sta­tis­tic that’s made even more hor­ri­fy­ing con­sid­er­ing the rel­a­tive­ly small num­bers of peo­ple who ven­ture into avalanche-prone ter­rain. As you gear up for your out­door adven­tures this win­ter, keep these tips in mind.

Learn To Read Terrain
As you start to ven­ture into the side­coun­try, keep in mind that no mat­ter how acces­si­ble an area might be from a ski resort, it can still hold all the dan­gers as the full-on back­coun­try. Treat unpa­trolled areas with respect, and learn to rec­og­nize ter­rain traps and slide paths. Do you know what slope angles are most like­ly to slide? If you were hit by an avalanche, what’s below you—trees? A cliff? A smooth runout?

Get Edu­cat­ed
The gold stan­dard for edu­ca­tion in snow safe­ty is the Amer­i­can Insti­tute for Avalanche Research and Edu­ca­tion (AIARE), who offer cours­es at Lev­els 1, 2, and 3. The first lev­el, “Deci­sion Mak­ing in Avalanche Ter­rain,” is a 3‑day, 24-hour course that was specif­i­cal­ly designed for recre­ation­al back­coun­try users like skiers, snow­board­ers, and hik­ers on snow­shoes. Stu­dents learn how to pre­pare for and exe­cute trips, under­stand basic deci­sion-mak­ing in the field, and res­cue tech­niques required to find and dig out a buried per­son if an avalanche occurs.

Pay Atten­tion To What’s Hap­pen­ing Locally 
Check­ing local avalanche forecasts—which you can find through the Amer­i­can Avalanche Asso­ci­a­tion—is a great way to get a gen­er­al sense of what’s hap­pen­ing in your region. Pay atten­tion to recent weath­er, and avoid avalanche ter­rain with­in 24 hours of a storm that brings a foot (30 cen­time­ters) or more of fresh snow, which is when slides are most com­mon. Check local trip reports. Ask ques­tions. Stay engaged with the moun­tains as much as possible.

Wear a Helmet
Every year brings new gear tech­nol­o­gy and inno­va­tion: inflat­able back­packs, fan­cy probes, light­weight shov­els. Effi­ca­cy rates vary (and they always increase with prop­er train­ing), but experts agree that there’s one piece of gear they nev­er trav­el with­out: the brain buck­et. Buy a hel­met. Wear it. Every sin­gle time.

Under­stand the Risks
Even the best back­coun­try trav­el­ers know that there’s always some risk. “You can do every­thing right and still get caught in an avalanche,” says Jeff Lane, a Snow Ranger at the Mount Wash­ing­ton Avalanche Cen­ter in New Hamp­shire. “Edu­cate your­self and make good decisions—but if you’re going to ski or climb or trav­el in avalanche ter­rain, you’ll have to accept that you can’t be right 100% of the time.” Be pre­pared, stay safe, and always make con­ser­v­a­tive deci­sions. And remind your­self: that sick line will be there anoth­er day.

For more infor­ma­tion, check out Stay­ing Alive in Avalanche Ter­rain, Sec­ond Edi­tion (by Bruce Trem­per), Allen & Mike’s Avalanche Book (by Mike Clel­land and Allen O’Bannon) and Avalanche Essen­tials (by Bruce Tremper.) 

DAKINE Reveals What Girls Really Want

Since 1979, DAKINE has held their fin­ger on the pulse of the action sports and out­door lifestyle scene. They spon­sor some awe­some girls who kick some seri­ous ass in their respec­tive sports.

What Girls Want is a video series put togeth­er by DAKINE Europe, and they ask that exact ques­tion: what do girls want?

Curi­ous? Peep this video, the answers will inspire you to get out and do the things you are pas­sion­ate about.

The Yaw­goons, Dylan Gamache and Mar­cus Rand spent their win­ter shred­ding apart the streets of the North­east, find­ing lines where most wouldn’t even think to look.

The Rhode Island natives put togeth­er some of the most impres­sive street rid­ing we’ve seen all year in this col­lec­tion of footage. In case their rid­ing doesn’t impress you enough, keep in mind they filmed this all on their free time while work­ing full time jobs.

Now that’s snow­board­ing for the love of it.

 

When snow begins to fall, many peo­ple view this as an annoy­ance. Pret­ty to look at, yes, but some­thing that will cause elon­gat­ed com­mut­ing times and headaches all around. For snow­board­ers, how­ev­er, snow turns our world into a play­ground. It makes it so that every­thing becomes an option to ride, a blank can­vas if you will.

This is how the Japan Jour­nals crew describes the land­scape they found through­out their 2013 road trip across Japan. The gang trav­eled through­out the coun­try, end­ing the series with episode four here, in the north­ern­most tip of Japan.

High­lights of episode four include dou­ble corks, plen­ty of pow slash­es, and even a polar plunge!

Sit back, relax, and enjoy the last episode of the Japan Jour­nals brought to you by Can­dy Grind and Rhythm Snowboards.