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  • Having a beer at Tio Bob's, Portillo
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  • The name of this joint must refer to its geographical location as the food was very delicious.
  • Letting the spirits of the birds fly away, and watch over us forever.
  • Come early or get the shaft.
  • Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung - Sports Artikel by Michael Eder

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Chillin’ in Chile

Having a beer at Tio Bob’s, Portillo

Enjoying the views from the chairlift over the winding road that leads from Chile to Argentina. Hundreds of trucks are backed up trying to cross the border.

The beautiful valley of Portillo showing just the tip of Mt Aconcagua in the background.

Kyle Taylor hiking up to get some early morning glory.

Scoping out the lines.

Nice views of lago Portillo

Friends are what really makes life worth living.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Santiago metropolitans

Santiago metropolitans

Rushing through the subways to catch the bus into the mountains!

Snowbird Awards

The 2012 Salomon Freeride Competition goes off in Taos

After a very moving and healing weekend in Leavenworth and a wonderful day skiing with friends at Stevens Pass, we attacked our long drive to Taos, NM. Fortunate to have my good friend and freeskier Joey Smallwood on board to share the 1,400 miles/24 hour drive.

Leavenworth - Baker City - Salt Lake City - Taos

The name of this joint must refer to its geographical location as the food was very delicious.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It took us 2 1/2 days and on wednesday night I rolled into Taos just in time for the mandatory athlete meeting. It was so great to see many familiar faces again, and be together with the freeskiing family knowing we are about to have a wicked time.

The qualifier went off on thursday starting with the Juniors, followed by the Snowboard, Masters and Skier categories. Fortunate to be pre-qualified, we took advantage of the good visibility and hiked up to Kachina Peak to inspect for the final day.

Kachina Finals venue. Photo from 2011

Day 1 semi finals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On day 1 I inspected an area called ‘Heavy Timber’, which is a no-fall zone due to the exposure over cliffs and rocks. There was barely any snow in there to begin with. I decided the consequences were too high in case of a fall, and chose to play it safe and not ski this risky line. Now the clock was ticking and I had no time to inspect another line. Visually I inspected a different run from the bottom and just winged it. One decent size cliff right off the top and another small air with fluid skiing got me sitting in 5th place.

Kachina Peak was the venue I was excited to ski the most. Wide open, lots of cliffs with steep landings, tons of options! I had inspected exactly what I felt comfortable skiing as fast as I could. A fun run with a hit at the top, a double drop in the middle and another hit right before the finish line. I came blasting out of the double with a lot of heat, missed my bottom cliff and went straight into the finish. Meaning… that drastically effected my line score and the one point I was behind the leader was now impossible to make up. Everyone cheered for each other with the most stoke ever, and I was happy to receive many compliments and high fives for my run.

It was enough to land 6th place here in this extraordinary event. Mega stoke for all the amazing skiing this weekend, the strong field of women competing, and everyone who threw down and made the podium. Can’t wait to come back next year and share the experience with all the great people here. This place is awesome.

Check back for updates from the road. Heading towards Snowbird next, one of my favorite competitions!

Beauty drive returning from New Mexico heading to Crested Butte, Colorado.

JIM JACK – Celebration of a fallen warrior, mentor and dear friend.

After a healing powder session at Mt Baker with my good friend Eli Lee, we made our way to Leavenworth to say goodbye to the fallen legends that have touched our hearts and have given us constant inspiration over so many years.

The only remedy to help work through this deep pain in our hearts is being with the freeskiing family that Jim Jack created and brought together with all the love he had to give. My heart goes out to everyone that has known Jim Jack, Johnny and Chris. Our family will grow closer and stronger than ever, with the greatest spirits watching over us.

These beautiful living souls will keep inspiring our lives forever

The path to the peak of cowboy ridge is covered by a bed of roses.

A powerful hike on a beautiful day.

A shrine is being built on top of cowboy peak

Letting the spirits of the birds fly away, and watch over us forever.

Wake n’ Baker

On saturday I skied some of the deepest pow all year. Mount Baker got 25 inches in 24 hours. Deep, light, incredibly fun!

Come early or get the shaft.

 

Elijah Lee getting it deep

 

Droppin' in

 

In honor of Jim Jack... many spread eagles were thrown rather large!

FWT Roadtrip – The Route through America

6, 691 km through 10 States in 6 weeks. The 2012 competition season is about to continue. We are getting ready to leave my hometown of Whistler on Feb 25th, to chase the final events of the FWT in the US. While some on the competitions had to be postponed due to lack of snow, the new schedule really fits quite well. Five comps back to back in five different States. Sounds like a hell of time!

Check back for upcoming stories, photos and updates from the long road ahead !

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