Backcountry Skiing California’s Eastern Sierra 2nd Edition is pretty much the bible of backcountry skiing books for the Sierra Nevada and will keep you glued to the mountains for years. From the back of the book: Blessed with a deep snowpack, sunny skies, and high-elevation peaks, the Eastern Sierra has some of the world’s best backcountry skiing and snowboarding. This expanded and improved second edition covers every major peak and canyon in the range, and describes more than 200 descents, from the moderate bowls of The Sherwins, to the high-alpine exposure of Mt. Whitney, to some of the most extreme skiing challenges in America. Loaded with inspiring color photography, this book is your ticket to a lifetime of adventure
About the authors:
Co-Author – Nate Greenberg
Nate Greenberg has lived in Mammoth Lakes since 2000, and spends as much time as possible skiing and climbing in the endless playground of the Eastern Sierra. Nate is one of the founding members of the Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center, the head judge for Tough Guy Productions’ Telemark Freeskiing competitions, and is supported by Moment Skis and Clif Bar.
Co-Author – Dan Mingori
Dan Mingori is a California based photographer and snowboarder, with a love for all things related to the Eastern Sierra. With a toddler at home, Dan has temporarily forgone the high peaks for the friendlier foothills, as he slowly prepares the next generation to take over his legacy.
Tahoe Mountain Sports, in partnership with Diamond Peak Ski Resort, Dynafit and Tahoe Mountain School are proud to announce the 2015 Backcountry Experience. This guided backcountry tour will explore terrain in Diamond Peak’s Golden Eagle Bowl. Open to intermediate and advanced skiers and riders, the Backcountry Experience Series is designed to provide a safe and welcoming introduction to backcountry skiing and boarding.
Never used backcountry equipment before? This is your opportunity to try out Dynafit touring gear before purchasing. Want to learn about avalanche hazards and techniques for avoiding them? All tours will be lead by experienced guides from the Tahoe Mountain School, (the best resource for professional education for backcountry enthusiasts in the Tahoe Truckee region).
Interested in learning the most efficient uphill skinning methods? Or, perhaps you simply want to meet new people and enjoy un-skied terrain in a fun, controlled environment. A Backcountry Experience tour in Diamond Peak’s secluded Eagle Bowl is a great way to earn your turns and experience Diamond Peak in a whole new way.
Feb 7, Feb 21 and March 14, 2015
*$150 tour package includes a partial-day lift ticket, full Dynafit backcountry ski equipment rental and professional guiding services. *$135 (for Diamond Peak season pass holders) *$100 (for those that own alpine touring equipment)
Any changes made due to winter weather will be announced within 24 hours of tour departure.
Your Tahoe Mountain School guide has many years of experience and the best certifications and will ensure you have a safe and enjoyable day in the Diamond Peak backcountry.
Diamond Peak Ski Resort is located in Incline Village, Nevada on the scenic north shore of Lake Tahoe with amazing views of world famous Lake Tahoe. Diamond Peak offers skiers and boarders 30 runs and a 1,840-foot vertical drop with beginner to advanced terrain. Connect with Diamond Peak on Facebook , Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube, visit www.diamondpeak.com or call (775) 832-1177.
This post comes from Shaun Nauman, a blogger (snowboardmountaineer.com) and Boulder, CO resident. When Shaun isn’t studying snow hydrology and forecasting avalanches, the AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Instructor is finding new adventures in the backcountry on his splitboard. Watch for more gear reviews and fun reading from Shaun and other Ambassadors of Tahoe Mountain Sports.
*What: Hydro Flask, 40oz & 18oz *Where: San Juan Mountains, Silverton, CO. Summit of Red Mountain #3 and McMillan Peak. An epic few days of training and the Hydro Flask made it all the better! I used the smaller 16oz Hydro Flask for a hot drink, and the 40oz with a hydration hose for water. From past experience, bladders and Nalgene bottles will often freeze while digging snow profiles at high elevations.
(Photo: Shaun Nauman)
*Pros – The Hydro Flask certainly keeps liquids warm. Temperatures ranged from a low of 3 F to a high of 30 F, but the Hydro Flask kept liquids warm while doing snow profiles for many hours. Gear in this type of setting takes a beating, and the Hydro Flask is tough as nails and pulled through without a scratch. Hydro Flask proudly states it will keep liquids hot for 12 hours, and liquids cold for 24 hours. I can attest that the Hydro Flask kept liquids warm for the nine plus hours we were out digging snow profiles and skinning up to elevations above 12,000’ in January.
(Photos: Shaun Nauman)
*Hydro Flask Test: I was so amazed with the Hydro Flask I decided to set up a bench test of sorts on my return from the San Juan Mountains to see just how well it performed against a regular stainless steel drinking bottle. The first test was performed to measure heat loss from a hot drink. I started at a temperature of 140 F and graphed the heat loss of the Hydro Flask against a regular stainless steel bottle.
Next, I measured the cold loss from cold drink. I started with the liquid at a temperature of 35F and graphed the same result of the Hydro Flask against the stainless bottle.
(Photo: Shaun Nauman)
Yes, that is a snow profile thermometer – which worked marvelous for this test.
While the Hydro Flask stands up to it’s claim for keeping liquid hot, it really shines by keeping liquid cool. After 12 hours there was a net temperature loss of less than one degree! Many people also use the Hydro Flask as a beer growler, it will not only keep the brew cold, but will also keep the carbonation intact.
*Cons – None. The Hydro Flask outperformed in real world applications.
The secret to the Hydro Flask is the vacuum insulated double wall, which means there is an absence of matter between the two stainless steel walls. Since there is no matter, the outside temperature of the flask has a difficult time affecting the contents inside the flask. The durability is outstanding too. The finish on Hydro Flasks is a tough powder coat finish, constructed of 18/8 stainless steel. The nice thing about stainless is that it is resistant to absorbing taste, odor and bacteria. So that chai from last week won’t linger in the realms of today’s drink.
You can also get an optional sipping top on the wide mouth Hydro Flasks. Since the threads are the same as a Nalgene bottle, you can easily interchange a hydration hose system to the Hydro Flask.
The Hydro Flask is a year-round piece of gear that is absolutely amazing. In the winter months it will keep your drinks hot, and in the summer months you can enjoy cold liquids after many hours, or even a cold brew at the summit.
This post comes from Chris Cloyd, a TMS Ambassador and lover of endurance sports. When Chris isn’t training for his next big run in the mountains or out exploring the Eastern Sierra on bike, he’s managing the Performance Training Center by Julia Mancuso. Watch for more race reports, gear reviews and fun reading from Chris and other Ambassadors of Tahoe Mountain Sports.
Old Men Are Smarter Than You: Getting Put In Our Place by Old Man Mountain
Wisdom is a hell of a lot harder to come by than “smarts”, as I learned this past weekend. “Smarts” (as far as this writer is concerned) can be learned in a classroom or a library, and are observed fairly easily. Wisdom, in my opinion, needs to be learned the hard way – through experience and shortcomings and successes and failures. The burned hand learns best.
This relentless drought in the Tahoe has brought out some interesting coping mechanisms – some of my friends are taking up new sports, some are catching up on reading, some are going surfing on the coast. My friend Steven Benesi and I have resorted to drinking too much coffee, poring over maps, picking out peaks that look interesting, and figuring out ways to run/climb/scramble/posthole our way up to the summit. It’s a rewarding exercise, keeps us in shape, and (fortunately for us) there is no shortage of awesome mountain terrain around our neck of the woods. This past weekend the object of our desire was Old Man Mountain, down outside of Cisco Grove/Emigrant Gap. Many of you will recognize this peak from your drive up 80 from the Bay:
(Photo: Chris Cloyd)
We decided to start our run from the Lake Spaulding area (off of Highway 20) in an effort to add some good running miles to our approach. The most commonly used approach starts at Eagle Lakes Rd (off of I-80), but that would limit our trail time/running window to just a few miles on a jeep road. Who wants that? Being the extremely intrepid individuals that we are (read: overaggressive and reckless) we added about 7 miles of running to the front and back of our planned route to keep things interesting. For those of you scoring at home, this choice would come back to bite us.
We started out from the trailhead around 9 AM, freshly caffeinated and fueled up. The running was wonderful here, and the singletrack navigated the forest microclimate in style. It’s always so much fun running in the foothills(ish) for a bunch of reasons, but the stark contrast to the granite and alpine terrain up here in the Tahoe Basin is my favorite. We made it to Fordyce Falls with no difficulty – the water is moving down there right now!
Fordyce Falls (Photo: Chris Cloyd)
From here, things got a little sideways. Due in part to a spur trail that was pseudo-marked and then covered in snow (combined with some amateur navigating/map skills on my part) we found ourselves fjording (Oregon Trail shoutout!) Granite Creek and scaling waterfalls in an attempt to get ourselves back on the correct trail. This consumed some time, but it was well worth our detour to find some pretty awesome waterfalls that aren’t on any of our maps:
Flexing at the Falls (Photo: Chris Cloyd)
Upon rediscovering the trail, we had to backtrack a bit to rejoin the trail to Eagle Lakes. Some highly pleasurable running followed, and we arrived at Eagle Lakes just an hour or so behind schedule. Of course, this was where we could have started our day, but we chose to be more awesome and add some more to our adventure. After all, it’s all about time spent in the mountains with friends, isn’t it? We filtered some water at one the Eagle Lakes (never leave home without one – I love my Katadyn MyBottle Water Purifier Water Bottle) and got back to work. The next leg of our approach was all on the Fordyce Jeep Trail, which is technically an OHV route. That being said, I can’t believe people drive this thing. It’s a mangled sliver of boulders and pools and ice floes that’s barely navigable on foot. Steven and I actually caught and passed a guy on a dirt bike (yes, with a motor) – that’s how slow the going is on this route. To our surprise, we came across a few guys out with their trucks (and obligatory guns and beer) about 3 miles into this leg of the trail. We kindly asked them to shoot in the other direction until we returned from the mountain. About 3.5 miles in we hit the Fordyce Creek (read: river) crossing, and were stunned to discover about 75 feet of knee-to-hip deep water running across our route. Undeterred, we scrambled up the southern bank and bushwhacked/postholed our way upriver (not pleasant) for an interminable amount of time before coming across a felled tree that served as a natural bridge across the river. We successfully crossed, but this detour really killed our time. We were about 2 hours behind schedule now, and light was going to prove to be an issue. Consider the going was so easy to this point, we were hesitant to commit to headlamp running for any notable amount of time on the back end of our run. Nevertheless, we pressed on.
We reached our designated cross-country departure point, about a quarter mile to the southwest of the foot of Old Man and started on a direct route through the swaths of forest and manzanita. For the uninitiated, manzanita is the horrible plant that basically reaches up, grabs your entire body, slows your pace to a crawl, and is entirely unavoidable in certain patches of the Sierra. It’s probably responsible for the drought, and is probably cancerous, too. Weirdly enough, this experience with manzanita was no different, and we got to within throwing distance of the start of the real ascent to Old Man Mountain’s summit before we decided to call off our bid. It was almost 3 pm by this time, and we were sure to lose daylight on the way down if we pushed on to the top. Having made the decision that we weren’t comfortable with our return route in the dark, we did the only prudent thing we could: we stopped on a nice rock outcropping and made some coffee. Rule #1: Never attempt mountain adventure without a Jetboil, French press, and hand-ground coffee. Any time you can stop in the middle of nowhere (not one sign of human development/civilization was visible from our perch) and enjoy a cup of coffee with friends, you’ve got to do it.
Ahh, what a great view to be enjoyed with a great cup of coffee! (Photo: Chris Cloyd)
This brings me to Rule #2: Never attempt mountain adventure without a support team – in this case, our loving girlfriends. We contacted them using my Spot Gen3 GPS tracker (an awesome tool that allows you to send pre-drafted messages to a list of contacts at the push of a button even when you don’t have cell service) and kindly asked (begged) them to meet us at the Eagle Lakes interstate exit at 6 PM. This was our contingency plan, and we were thrilled to have had the forethought to develop a retreat plan and organize logistics for exactly this kind of scenario. We finished our coffee, tipped our hats to Old Man, and retreated back down the Fordyce Jeep Trail all the way back to Eagle Lakes and our predetermined extraction point. Fortunately for Steven and I, our girlfriends are the best in the whole world. Not only were able to pick us up, they brought hot tea and cold beer.
Rule #3: Always have contingency plans in place for your mountain adventures, and prepare: the separation is in the preparation.
Rule #4: ALWAYS take your significant other out to dinner and be liberal with massages after he/she saves you from your own belligerent overestimation of your own ability in the mountains.
All in all, we bit off more than we could chew on this day, but we enjoyed a great day in the mountains, nobody was hurt, and we learned a ton.
We’ll be back for you, Old Man, and we’ll be wiser.
This post comes from TMS Ambassador – Coral Taylor, an avid mountain biker, yogi, snowboarder and outdoor enthusiast living in Truckee, CA. Follow@c_ros on Instagram for rad photos of her adventures around Lake Tahoe and beyond. In addition to getting after it on the snow, Coral is also a Team LUNAChix Tahoe Mountain Bike Team Ambassador!
Winter is here! And even though the snow is not, per se, “epic”, it’s still fun to get out there and enjoy it! Whether your sport is snowboarding, skiing, XC skiing, snowshoeing, or backcountry exploring, your body and mind will appreciate some post-effort recovery.
After a day (or even a couple hours) of playing in the snow, I like to incorporate a little bit of yoga to help my muscles relax and to release any tension I might have (from dodging tourists on mountain run, making backcountry decisions, and driving to and fro).
I have found the following yoga poses to be beneficial in stretching the key muscles engaged, as well as improving strength, coordination and proprioception.
Dancer aka Lord of the Dance, Natarajasana
(Photo: Coral Taylor)
A modified version of this pose will allow you to stretch the quadriceps, the psoas, and work on your balance, without putting too much strain on your back. This is fun to try in the parking lot, once you have your snow boots on (ski boots NOT recommended due to their low coefficient of friction).
The name Berghaus is a literal translation of the German for ‘mountain centre’. In 1966, outdoor wear as we know it didn’t really exist. Then Berghaus came along. It all began when climbers and mountaineers Peter Lockey and Gordon Davison from the North East of England, frustrated by what they saw as a lack of decent outdoor gear, decided to import and sell their own. The world of outdoor wear was changing and Berghaus was leading the way. More than 40 years at the forefront of outdoor performance wear and Berghaus is still innovating. Exploring new territories and developing a clothing range that helps climbers do the same, Berghaus continues to lead where others follow.
Pioneered by Berghaus, Hydrodown™ is a revolutionary new take on nature’s greatest insulator.
Whether you’re bedding down on damp ground or climbing in less than perfect conditions, this breakthrough technology from Berghaus keeps you and your kit dry, warm, comfortable and light.
By treating goose down with a durable water repellent (DWR), Berghaus has created a material that resists rain longer, dries quicker, and retains its insulation even when it’s damp. And just like untreated down, it has amazing warmth-to weight ratio which no synthetic alternative has come close to matching.
Developed with extensive input from their athletes, Hydrodown™ technology has been tested in some of the most extreme temperatures all over the globe.
Natural down – without the downsides
Just like untreated down, Hydrodown™ is compressible for easy packing, breathable, and has that amazing warmth-to-weight ratio that no synthetic alternative has come close to matching. But it also boasts three amazing attributes that you won’t find in natural goose down:
Every cluster of Hydrophobic Down undergoes innovative water-repellent treatment, so it absorbs significantly less water, keeping you dry and your kit light.
Hydrophobic Down’s specially treated clusters of high fill-power goose down won’t collapse in wet conditions – so it retains its ‘loft’ and keeps you warm.
Unlike regular down, which becomes matted and loses insulation when it rains, Hydrodown™ dries out quickly. Tests show that it recovers 80 per cent of its loft, even after three minutes fully immersed in water. So with Hydrodown™ in your kit, you can keep on going – even after a storm.
Developed in the lab and tested in the field by leading athletes, Hydrodown™ has you covered –whatever kind of adventure you live for.
TMS is proud to carry Berghaus clothing for extreme outdoor sports. Check out our selection of Berghaus jackets and Berghaus fleece layers that perform for the best, better than the rest.
Taking it to New Heights in the Berghaus Ramche Hyper Down Jacket (Photo: Copyright – Berghaus Comunity Blog)
Designed for high altitude conditions, the Ramche Hyper Down Jacket uses a three zone body mapping to best insulate and protect within a wind and water-resistant lightweight shell.
For those that live and play in the Lake Tahoe area, you know all too well that this winter is now the fourth in a row in which the month of January has seen little to no snow! Hence, the locals have dubbed this month “Junuary”. With no snow in the upcoming week(s)’ forecast the local sentiment in the Lake Tahoe area has turned sour once again.
Here is a video from last year at a lecture Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory (SNARL):
OpenSnow.com is often a good resource to find out what is coming our way in terms of weather in Tahoe. However, much like the past few seasons, Tahoe Snow Forecaster Bryan Allegretto has become frustrated with how the weather refuses to change in January (hardly any snow and huge amounts of dry, warm air). B.A. said, “It has become common the last 9 seasons that January is drier than the other months. It has also become common that the storms come again in February or March. Here is a graph I made for the average snowfall by month that I like to show.”
Below, you’ll find five ways to get out there and enjoy all that this beautiful has to offer:
1. Go Rock Climbing or Bouldering
There are a multitude of climbing spots in the area that have southern facing aspects that have a great deal of sun on them for many hours, allowing for fairly warm routes and happy adventures. For information on the rad climbing in the High Sierra region, check out SuperTopo.com.
Although the trails around Lake Tahoe, may have a decent amount of snow left on them, the biking is superb just “down the hill” in areas like Grass Valley, Nevada City, Colfax and Auburn. For information on the trails in Northern California check out Trails.com.
TMS Ambassador Aaron Finley on Jackass Ridge in Truckee on Nov. 24, 2014
Whether its Lake Tahoe or Donner Lake, there are many great ways (such as on a Paddle Board) to get out and get some quality exercise in. Be sure to dress warm and bring some snacks for a fun day spent SUP’ing (Stand-Up-Paddle-Boarding).
Tahoe Mountain Sports is proud to partner with Tahoe Mountain School which offers professional education for backcountry users including: avalanche education, backcountry skiing and wilderness medicine.
Learn more about the great opportunities to further your knowledge and skill-set here.
Sign up TODAY for an Avalanche Course with Tahoe Mountain School!
5. Play with your Dog
Get out on the trails, on the lake or even in your backyard and make old Fido happy because he is not stuck at home while you are at the mountain. GoPro offers a great tool to see the world through a dog’s point of view with the Fetch Dog Mount Harness. Tails will be wagging even if the snow is lagging!
“Beacon – check. Training, um, yeah, I know I should …”
Join us for the Arva Backyard Beacon training session, sponsored by Arva Snow Safety Equipment. See how your old beacon measures up to current technology, try a new beacon, and most importantly, practice proper search techniques for a solo, and/or multi burial scenarios.
Considering the purchase of an avalanche transceiver? Good step. Now, take another step forward & join us for a free training session!
When: January 18th, 2015 | 3:00pm to 5:00pm Where: Tahoe Mountain Sports (11200 Donner Pass Rd. Truckee, CA 96161 – Cost:FREE, yes free, because we want you to have the opportunity to properly train with your beacon. Bring in your beacon, try a new beacon, compare beacons, and most importantly, practice! The Arva mobile training park will give you a guided opportunity to practice solo and multi-burial scenarios.
New this year to the fleet of incredible backcountry gear at Tahoe Mountain Sports is a line-up of alpine touring skis, the all-new Ion tech binding as well as climbing skins, trim tools and splitboard climbing skin connector kits. G3 = Genuine Gear Guide. Based in Vancouver, B.C., G3 Genuine Guide Gear is manufacturer of industry-leading gear for backcountry skiing and snowboarding. It has been making avalanche safety equipment since 1995.
“Weighing in at a brisk 9lbs 15oz this set up felt like I was somehow cheating the up hill. Definitely built for speed and fast pursuits but burly enough to ski most any line. I have been looking for a spring/ summer ski for the east side Sierra and volcano corn harvest. This could easily be my go to…
The G3 Synapse Carbon 92 Skis and G3 Ion Alpine Touring Bindings at Castle Peak
Starting with the brand new G3 Ion Alpine Touring Bindings which did not disappoint. The toe piece is easier to engage than any other tech binding on the market and literally snaps into place giving you confidence that there is a good connection from the binding to the boot. G3 also designed large snow clearing channels on each side of the toe piece to clear out any ice/ snow that could cause a pre-release. The locking mechanism for the toe piece is also much more stout than the other tech bindings. As far as I see it, the ion toe piece is one of the best (if not the best) in the market.
The G3 Ion Alpine Touring Bindings incorporate game changing forward pressure, wide mount and refined toe jaw dynamics plus unique step-in and brake features yield superior freeride performance in the lightest set up you can ask for
G3 also beat the rest of the tech binding market in designing a binding with forward pressure. The forward pressure assures constant contract with the ski boot heal to maintain consistent release values in landings and absorbs energy/ vibration at high speed. One issue I have with the heal piece is that the design does not allow for turning the heal piece to ski mode with your ski pole. This can be nice to make quicker transitions and avoiding going hip deep in snow on the transition. Overall I was very impressed with the binding and can’t wait to put more mileage on them.
This set up brings all types of snow conditions together with your skis and bindings like “butter on toast”
The G3 Synapse Carbon 92 Skis as I mentioned above is a very light ski but doesn’t sacrifice performance. With an early rise tip and tail the ski turns on a dime and can rip with the best of the all mountain skis. I see this ski being phenomenal in tight couloirs and during technical descents, but also super fun and easy to negotiate on wide open slopes. The only problem I had with the demo is i was wanting a little bit more length in the ski. The 180cm would be ideal for my height and weight (6′ tall 180 lbs.)
In conclusion, I am stoked on the new technology G3 has brought to the table to progress the tech binding world and also provide a very light high performance ski. Come in and demo or purchase a pair of these skis and bindings at Tahoe Mountain Sports.”
The world of avalanche safety has become that much cooler in the past few years with the introduction of avalanche airbag backpacks. Tahoe Mountain Sports carries a great selection of these incredible backpacks. In high demand have been the Jetforce Avalanche Airbag Backpacks from POC and Black Diamond. We currently have a VERY LIMITED supply remaining of these packs so take a minute to learn more below and grab yours before they’re GONE!
Both the POC and Black Diamond Avalanche Airbag Backpacks are similar but have their own nuances and touches to make them unique and suitable to different needs, tastes and sizes.
About the POC Thorax Jetforce Avalanche Airbag Backpack – 11L: Add another tool to your safety gear, especially useful when exploring the backcountry, with this POC Sports Thorax Jetforce Avalanche Airbag Backpack, which adds an 11 liter capacity. The POC Thorax 11L is an avalanche airbag safety backpack which uses JetForce technology. The airbag is activated by pulling an activation cord on the shoulder strap, this then fills the 200L airbag in up to 4 seconds. This should help the skier stay above the snow, after 3 minutes the fan will reverse its motion and deflate the bag giving the skier a potential air pocket when in a buried situation. This will also allow an easier victim extraction when it comes to rescue, if need be. The airbag is made of a durable, puncture resistant Cordura fabric allowing it to maintain volume.
Black Diamond Halo 28 Jetforce Avalanche Airbag Backpack
About the Black Diamond Halo 28 Jeftforce Avalanche Airbag Backpack: Add another layer of safety to your avalanche tools with the Black Diamond Halo 28 Jetforce Avalanche Airbag Backpack with jet-fan inflation and the ability to be repacked and recharged. The avalanche airbag for day-long tours, featuring backpanel access, a dedicated avy-tools pocket and Black Diamond’s Jetforce Technology. A revolution in airbag technology, Jetforce provides an added margin of safety to your avalanche tool kit. From one-lap dawn patrols to all-day tours and couloir missions, the Black Diamond Halo 28 Jetforce Pack is built to store your essential gear for day-long outings and provides a truly innovative addition to your avalanche tool kit. Jetforce Technology, the result of a multi-year collaboration between Black Diamond and PIEPS, is the first avalanche airbag system to use jet-fan inflation. JetForce’s repackable airbag and fully rechargeable electronics system provide zero-cost user practice and travel-friendly performance. The Halo also features a dedicated avy tools pocket, HiLo helmet holder and single ice-axe attachment for securing your gear. JetForce Technology airbag system built-in; rechargeable, travel-friendly and extremely durable. reACTIV suspension with SwingArm shoulder straps and zippered backpanel access. Dedicated avy-tools pocket and single ice-axe attachment. Tuck-away diagonal ski carry allows airbag to deploy while skis are attached. HiLo helmet holder, hipbelt stash pocket and internal accessory pockets.
Black Diamond Saga 40 Jetforce Avalanche Airbag Backpack
About the Black Diamond Saga 40 Jetforce Avalanche Airbag Backpack: Designed for ski professionals, the Black Diamond Saga 40 Jetforce Avalanche Airbag Backpack is a high capacity pack with jet fan inflation and on-board avalanche tools. The ideal avalanche airbag for ski patrollers, snow professionals and hut-to-hut trips, the Saga is Black Diamond’s large-capacity backcountry ski pack featuring Jetforce Technology. A revolution in airbag technology, Jetforce provides an added margin of safety to your avalanche tool kit. Whether working in avalanche terrain or covering miles a backcountry hut tour, the Black Diamond Saga 40 Jetforce Pack is designed to accommodate big loads while providing a truly innovative addition to your avalanche tool kit. Jetforce Technology, the result of a multi-year collaboration between Black Diamond and PIEPS, is the first avalanche airbag system to use jet-fan inflation. Jetforce’s repackable airbag and fully rechargeable electronics system provide zero-cost user practice and travel-friendly performance. The Saga accommodates features both ski and snowboard carrying systems, and a dedicated avy tools pocket, ice tool PickPockets and a HiLo helmet holder secure your additional gear. JetForce Technology airbag system built-in; rechargeable, travel-friendly and extremely durable. reACTIV suspension with SwingArm shoulder straps and zippered backpanel access. Dedicated avy-tools pocket and ice-tool PickPockets. Tuck-away diagonal ski carry allows airbag to deploy while skis are attached. HiLo helmet holder, hipbelt stash pocket and zippered top accessory pocket.
Red Bull Media House, in association with MSP Films, presents “DAYS OF MY YOUTH”, a new film that examines every skier’s lifelong affinity for the sport. Filmed over two years using state of the art techniques and technologies, this movie offers a unique glimpse into the journey of self-discovery that every skier experiences – exploring the globe and escaping to the playground of the mountains. Traveling worldwide, MSP’s team has looked through the lens in a new way to capture moments that redefine what is possible on skis.
The film exposes the joys and struggles associated with a lifetime built around skiing, all while narrated to the prolific readings of Alan Watts alongside profound insights from an intimate cast of skiing’s modern day superstars. “DAYS OF MY YOUTH” reminds every viewer of their first time on skis, and reinforces that the experience will continue to keep you young for a lifetime.
Starring: Richard Permin, Michelle Parker, Mark Abma, Bobby Brown, James Heim, Cody Townsend, Markus Eder, Banks Gilberti, Sam Anthamatten, and Sander Hadley. Featuring the legendary Bobbie Burns.
Awarded “Film Of The Year” at the 2014 International Freeski Film Festival, TGR’s Almost Ablaze is a global odyssey combining state-of-the-art cinematography and the most progressive riding on The Planet. Experience a new level of sensory overload as each athlete is wired for sound, immersing the audience completely in the moment. Watch as athletes push the edge to realize a heightened state.
Almost Ablaze highlights stunning locations, next-level riding, and the globetrotting lifestyle of these thrill-seeking athletes. The crew sets up camp deep in the Teton Range hitting 5,000-foot dream lines all on foot. Check out urban riding in the war-torn Winter Olympic venues of Sarajevo. Explore the massive untapped terrain of Sella Nevea, Italy during a record winter where they struggle to keep lifts and chalets from completely disappearing into the snow. Finally, feel the madness as TGR’s full cast of athletes meets in Revelstoke for a mind-blowing session producing some of the most diverse riding in the world. Almost Ablaze takes you beyond the boundaries. Experience a rarely seen state of being and level of excitement where one missed step will result in total chaos.
“The Edge…There is no honest way to explain it because the only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over. The others-the living-are those who pushed their control as far as they felt they could handle it, and then pulled back, or slowed down, or did whatever they had to when it came time to choose between Now and Later. But the edge is still Out there.”
For their tenth film Powderwhore wanted to do something special. So all they did was capture their deepest powder ever, expeditions to the most remote mountain ranges, and the steepest spines on the planet. Combined with the most interesting characters on snow, and their usual low brow humor, and they have a ski movie worthy of their ten years filming the backcountry experience.
Ten-time Big Mountain Rider of the Year winner Jeremy Jones revolutionized backcountry snowboarding with Deeper, his 2010 ode to splitboarding and human-powered adventure. His 2012 sequel, Further, took him to the planet’s most remote mountain ranges and earned him a nod as a 2013 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, and his environmental advocacy work with Protect Our Winters won him recognition as one of President Barack Obama’s 2013 Champions of Change.
Now Jones and TGR elevating their game and taking their quest to the next level for the third and final installment of the Deeper, Further, Higher trilogy from the award-winning producers at Teton Gravity Research. Presented by Subaru, Higher traces Jones’ snowboarding journey from hiking Cape Cod’s Jailhouse Hill as a child to accumulating several generations’ worth of wisdom and expertise about thriving and surviving in the winter wilderness.
Jones has gathered friends old and new to pass the torch to the next generation of big mountain rippers. His crew for the film includes Bryan Iguchi, Luca Pandolfi, Ryland Bell, and others. With these friends, Jeremy leaves tracks on signature lines in the close-to-home playgrounds he’s made his own around Jackson Hole. He also makes history with far-flung first descents in the Eastern Alaska Range and the Himalayas of Nepal, where the stakes are as high as the peaks themselves.
Higher is in the midst of a worldwid film tour with over 200 stops, is an official selection of the 62nd San Sebastian Film Festival, and is currently a Finalist for Best Film at the 2014 Banff International Mountain Film Festival.