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I will consider trying to find new photos to use in the old blogs, and will move toward producing more original content.  In the mean time, consider purchasing our jacket.   

  
One size fits most.

 Just venmo me the money.  

First Attempt Jacket


Features:

Built in Excuse:

This is the perfect jacket for your first foray into the backcountry.  Hiking is hard, and this jacket comes equipped with a perfectly reasonable excuse to turn around: just rapidly pull the main zipper up and down a few times and it will come off its track.  Uh-oh, better head back to civilization where it’s warm and there are no avalanches.

Permeable:

The nylon used for this jacket is highly permeable, better stay at home unless it’s nice out.

iPhone Pocket:

This Jacket only has one pocket.  Luckily, it’s the perfect size for an iPhone.  At least you can get a good pic out of this sweaty, dangerous experience and give your friends some fomo on Instagram.

$115

Venmo me the money with a size request and I’ll see what I can do.

Five Hot Mountain Artists

Art is hot and all, but it’s a lot hotter when it’s directly related to shredding.  Here are five artists whose subjects and homes are the mountains, ranked based on the sexiness of their work.

5.  Rachel Pohl

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Rachel’s trippy take on Mountain landscapes bring the playful feeling of skiing to the canvas.   These are not your grandfather’s stagnant landscapes, they are free-flowing celebrations of mind expansion in the high country, painted by an artist who just happens to shred backcountry lines on snow-blades.

http://www.rachelpohlart.com/

4.  Alex Inchbald

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Photo from Alex’s Facebook page

Alex carries large canvases and acrylic paints up mountains by foot and by chair, to the confusion of skiers in the Chamonix Valley.  He is more established than the other artists on this list, and while the prices of his originals reflect that, his prints are priced reasonably.  Own one of his paintings and you’ll have a piece of art that has stood atop a mountain ridge in the environment it depicts.

www.Alexinchbald.com

3.  John Springer

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Take one look at the “about the artist” page on this eccentric Teton Valley painter’s website and you will understand that he has an awesome sense of humor–one that keeps him from taking his passions too seriously.  “High school was an interesting time… While I still wore Polo shirts and Sperry’s on the outside, on the inside I was a revolutionary wearing tattered clothes and a feather in my hair, ready to denounce all and take no substitute for freedom.” His depictions of the Tetons are, in a word, “rad.”

www.springertheartist.com

2.  Ian Compton


<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/148230940″>Weakday Warrior.</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/iancompton”>ian compton</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

In the performance art category, Ian’s ongoing series “The Weak” is an awesome celebration of good music and the simple fun of skiing with friends.  The one and a half to two minute videos are mostly shot in the Vermont woods and terrain parks.  Even if it’s not your style of skiing, Ian captures simple, happy skiing that is great to see on a weekly basis.  It’s a quiet rebellion against being anything but yourself when you put on your skis, and it makes me stoked that this is “pro skiing.”

http://www.iancomptonsweak.com

1.Robin Gleason

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Another Teton Valley artist, Robin is a print-maker and paper cutter who has a knack for capturing iconic mountains from a skier’s perspective. The layered nature of her work lets shadows form naturally, and gives the pieces depth while allowing them to maintain simplicity in color and form.

www.RobinGleason.com

First Attempt Pant

 

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Features:

You’ll be fine:

Listen, these pants aren’t great.  But, you’ll be fine.  If you ski less than a week a year, or are just checking the sport out, these are for you.   The only thing dumber than wearing our ski pants on an all day tour in a blizzard would be paying $450 for leg coverage that you can’t wear to dinner with the Queen of England.

Snow-ball saver cuffs:

The inner bottom pant legs tear easily when your ski boots hit each other, this will create an entry point for snow which will be usable later for snowballs. It will also melt inside your pants when worn indoors and create puddles.

One size fits all:

This solves the age old question, “What style do I go with.”  If you’re tall you get the tight hipster skier look, if you’re short you get the ski-gangster look.

Water Resistant:

Kind of.

Pockets:

Our pants come with two pockets

Made in China:

Our pants are made right in China.  Unlike those other outerwear companies who pretend not to be complete crap, we pass on the savings to you.

$35  one size fits all

Ships slowly

Send Cash to:

Abbott Gilbane

70 Jonquilles

Rue des Grand Montets

Chamonix, Sud

France

I need to make it through this winter somehow

Skiers for Trump 2016

Skiers have a responsibility to exhibit Control and Respect, both on the slopes and at the polls.
    There is a major problem facing the ski world in 2016, a wave of unwanted, un-American change.  Donald Trump is the only one candidate brave enough to stand up to it.
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     Donald Trump will not stand for everyone and their grandmother switching over to tech bindings.
    The liberal marketing of uphill skiing has been ratcheted to an all time high–At  good American resorts skiers cartwheel through mogul fields on Techy setups-yardsaling their heart rate monitor and water bottles.  They pick up their odometers and rock climbing helmets and chat about plans to “go for a tour up a groomer later.”
Joggers who have never skied before are now calling themselves skiers because they “ski run” to the top of their local hills only to skid, wedge, and tomahawk back down.
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Trump at a recent rally:  “I mean you gotta see these guys”
      The liberal policy of open production tech toe bindings is destroying skiing as we know it.  If Hillary Clinton, or worse Bernie Sanders is elected to the Presidency this policy is sure to continue.  By 2020, few if any American skiers will remember how to rip downhill GS turns or zipperline through a mogul field.  We’ll be just like the euros, wearing spandex suits and leaning back on toothpick sized skis.  We’ll GoPro our transitions.  We need Trump’s leadership to Make Skiing Great Again.  At a recent rally he said, “Skiing is about going down hill fast, not this lame tech toe bullshit.  If I’m elected President I promise to renew Dynafit’s patent and subsidize the production of Look Pivot bindings through tax breaks.   I will also mandate that every skier have at least one downhill specific binding in their quiver.  I won’t sit back and watch the next generation of American skiers be raised as a bunch of back-seat, tip-wedgee needing randonée ski joggers.”

The 5 Best Pieces of Ski Coaching

The five best pieces of ski Coaching I’ve been Given

 

A list compiled by a highly amateur skier who hasn’t been formally coached since ski school in the first two years of the 2000’s.

 

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This piece of coaching has been worded in many different ways, “keep your shoulders facing downhill,” “ski the fall-line,” “Stay square,” “Don’t traverse,” “Don’t roll those damn shoulder across the trail.” But, “Tits toward town” is really the best because, if you’re like me, your mind will take juvenile, subconscious delight in the repetition of this phrase. Before you know it, it will be a mantra keeping you in a childish happy place where you repeat “Tits toward town” over and over again while staying in the fall line and resisting the urge to let your shoulders stray toward the sides of the trail.

 

  1. Sideslip, stop sideslip.

Find a steep spot on a groomed, or hard-pack run, and come to a stop. Turn your body perpendicular to the fall line and just stand there.   The simple fact that you are motionless, and not sliding down the hill, shows that you know how to use your edges—like a world cup racer. Now, roll your ankles and flatten the bases of your skis against the slope to release your edges. As your edges disengage you will slide downhill. Remain calm and roll your ankle back into the slope. Within seconds you will be motionless again. There’s that World Cup racer control. Repeat a couple times on each side, and feel the power of edge control. You can side slip anything, and that’s half the battle. Repeating this drill every once and a while, while waiting for friends or taking a break reminds me that I can feel confident and comfortable on any snowy slope—I’m a big boy, and I’m ready for that double black diamond.

 

  1. Spoon the tracks of a better skier

 

 

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Graceful skiers have a metronome built into their hips that tells them when to turn. On a powder day it is visible in the symmetry of their tracks.   Find a set of well laid tracks, or let the local friend who you’re chasing anyways ski first. Then trace the contours of their turns. It takes the guesswork out of it, and forces good timing.

 

  1. Flash the crux

I read this in an old Powder Magazine interview with Doug Combs, and boy will I be happy if I can ever do it.   I often find myself sidestepping back up to get speed for a cliff, or trying to fit in one more turn before things get too narrow. Despite my precaution—or more likely, because of it—I generally end up exiting these situations on my stomach, like a penguin, not like a calm and collected skier. The truth is that what defines a great skier is that they don’t default to slowing down when the going gets tough. Instead, they point their tits toward town and ski right through to the wide-open turns on the other side.   Next time things get tricky, don’t hit the breaks; tell yourself it’s time to go for it.   (Provided that you know there is safety on the other side.)

 

  1. “Come in below the group.”

A guide at Silverton Mountain in Colorado once angrily yelled this at me after I excitedly crashed into him and my little brother.  It’s great advise, and you don’t want to be the type of asshole who doesn’t learn this immediately.  When you are skiing with other people come to a stop below them, not above them.

 

Tips 3 and 5 are from Mike and Allen’s Really Cool Telemark Tips It’s a must own if you are a tele-skier. If not Mike and Allen’s Really Cool Backcountry Ski Book is a great read for all sorts of backcountry users.

 

Tip 4 is courtesy of Sugarloaf Mountain’s ski instructors, and Tip 1, Jackson Hole’s Monday night Phish show DJ, Neil Albert.

The Cure-All Skier’s Breakfast

As a skier, it’s important to have a go to breakfast for a couple of reasons.  First, a great breakfast pretty much guarantees riding a high calorie energy buzz through the beginning of your ski day.  Second, and most importantly, at some point during the next powder cycle cleanliness and domestic responsibility are likely to take a back seat.  Breakfast is the most reliable way back into your roommates’ good graces.

 

Brussell-Sprout Hash with Eggs and Bacon

 

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“Let those who have trespassed against us cook us a dank breakfast and be forgiven.”

(For a home with 4 roommates)

Prep time: 30 minutes

1 lb bacon from the deli

8 eggs

2 handfuls of Brussel sprouts

2 handfuls small red potatoes

2 cloves Garlic

1 Carrot

1 Red onion

1 package Ego Waffles

Maple Syrup

Coffee

Orange Juice

 

While you cook the bacon thinly slice the Brussel sprouts, potatoes, onion, and carrot; potatoes must be thin or they’ll take forever to cook.

When the bacon is cooked drain a little bit of the grease and keep it nearby in case you drained too much.

Now, add the veggies to the bacon grease to make a Brussel sprout hash. After about ten minutes, when the veggies start to soften, begin cooking the Ego waffles in the toaster. And, in a separate pan make sunny side up eggs.

Everyone should get a plate with Brussel Sprout Hash topped with sunny-side-up eggs with Ego waffles and bacon on the side. Don’t forget the O.J. and coffee. Do not bring up any of your bad behavior, or apologize. Wash all of the dishes, and repeat as necessary.