Bert doesn’t pay for expensive outerwear. He pays for bad decisions.
Bert doesn’t pay for expensive outerwear. He pays for bad decisions.
… Without stepping into your kitchen.
Stop by Le Fournil Chamoniard-or any bakery off of the main street-for breakfast, and to pick up lunch. A Quiche ($3) Cafe au lait ($1.15) and Ham and cheese baguette ($4.80) will get you to dinner for $8.95.
For dinner grab a Cheese Burger from Maison du Burger on the main street for $6.50
Get to the Spar Grocery store in Cham Sud before 8pm for a 10 pack of Belle Brasserie beers: $4.90
That’s about $20 with no dishes, and a solid buzz included.
Jeff Quande takes a sunset lap at Flegere. Maison du Burger, here we come
I Apologize for the lack of pictures of our gear, and in our articles. Aparently, copying and pasting pictures from other internet websites doesn’t work.
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.
Just venmo me the money.
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.
The nylon used for this jacket is highly permeable, better stay at home unless it’s nice out.
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.
Venmo me the money with a size request and I’ll see what I can do.
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
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.
4. Alex Inchbald
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.
3. John Springer
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.”
2. Ian Compton
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.”
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.
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.
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
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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
“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
2 handfuls of Brussel sprouts
2 handfuls small red potatoes
2 cloves Garlic
1 Red onion
1 package Ego Waffles
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.
People Magazine, Vanity Fair, and all those other mainstream outlets have carefully listed the sexiest men of 2015, but for skiers you can only be so hot without the ability to shred. So, I’ve taken it upon myself to name this year’s hottest (in terms of overall sexiness) male freeskiers. Feast your eyes, ladies:
5: Banks Gilberti
Photo from Banks Gilberti’s personal facebook page
Does it get any hotter than long blond curly hair, clear blue eyes, and tight pants? Maybe it’s just the dude in me talking, but I don’t think so. Banks rides a Harley Davidson, has a pierced nose, and will probably out-dress you. Plus, he can totally destroy moguls in a 70s throwback hot way. Perfect for the older ladies, or just anyone interested in versatility:
Skip to 4:45 to catch Banks pulling a super hot transfer gap 180, then slide into a sexy-fun throwback outfit to shred moguls.
4: Sammy Carlson
Sammy is like a cute black lab puppy dog. He’s adorable, polite, nice, always smiling and squinting like he’s just having a great time. But, what makes him even cuter is that this puppy dog also has a little bit of pit-bull in him. Get ‘em Sammy, sick ‘em!
3. Sean Pettit
Photo from Sean Pettit’s Facebook page
Sean’s jaw line is amazing. And, he oozes confidence. Plus, this year he is starting all of his movie parts in bed with two chicks, so he must be hot, right?
2. Nick Martini:
Photo from Nick Martini’s Facebook page
Nick is a babe. And, he’s so much more than just a pro skier. He runs his own film production studio, and lives in L.A. His video profile of 93-year-old skiing legend Joe Lahout, and of Angel Collinson and Hadley Hammer learning to ski park at mount Hood show that there’s a sharp, sexy mind behind that good looking face. Plus, he’s in a mysterious new ski movie about skiing the Trans-Siberian railroad with Callum Pettit and Ingrid Backstroke. It’s under the radar and real hot.
1: Eric Hjorleifson:
Photo from Eric’s Facebook page
This Canadian smokebro has one thing that puts him far above the rest of the hotties on this list: The sexiest turns on earth. When you take away all the fluff and B.S. that cloud freeskiing, the clothes, the sponsorship, the massive cliff hucks, the backcountry park tricks, the make-up, what are you left with? Just Eric Hjorliefson on a bluebird day in British Colombia in field of champagne powder, naked, making the sexy, sexy turns.