Having a blast ski touring in November! Colorado.
Hey friends, I am extraordinarily psyched to announce that I am now the proud owner of http://www.skiingfiddler.com (previously I just had .net and a wordpress!) I am going to be updating this blog far more frequently, including a lot more music (non-skiing) posts, so follow along! To get back into it however, here are 2 skiing videos with original music that didn’t yet make it to this blog yet! One from the winter skiing in Rocky Mountain National Park, and another skiing Quandary Peak (14,265′ elevation!) on June 1st. It’s November, 2015, and I have skied 27 months in a row. Think snow and let’s have a blast this winter!!!
I met up with my friend Mark for another Rocky Mountain National Park mission! We got an alpine start hiking in total darkness up the Long’s Peak trail towards Chasm Lake and the Long’s diamond where we would find the Lamb’s Slide Couloir. It was a long day filled with obscenely beautiful vistas and adventurous and unexpected happenings. The first car in the parking lot, we knew it would be a great day. We stopped to listen to a stream bubble and check out the stars. We didn’t want to disturb the delicate alpine tundra, but following a trail over snow when footprints go many directions was difficult. Modern technology (gps topo map) brought us back to the trail over and over.
We noticed a light mist everywhere for the first several miles, which we later identified as being a cloud. Sunrise showed us a view of Twin Sisters poking through the clouds we had hiked through.
When we finally reached the bottom of Lamb’s Slide, it looked intimidating, but we quickly reached a solid rhythm with our crampons and ice axes. We spent about 40 minutes on top waiting for the snow to turn to corn from ice, but it never did. We skied down the crusty 45 degree couloir carefully. Corn snow appeared for the apron and the runout down the small glacier that leads back to Chasm Lake. 1 super long slog later, we were back in the parking lot with beer, psyched on our successful mission.
I have to say that I am loving life in Colorado. The snow just seems to keep on coming and its still just early December. I rallied early morning to hit the fresh snow at my local resort, Loveland, and I think just about everyone had an unbelievable day. As the temperatures dropped to the single digits, I will admit that I was thankful for their warming shacks. Loveland Pass (the road) was closed in the morning, and a quick check to the CDOT website showed it was open… more fresh powder awaiting! My gopro ceased to have battery power in the cold so I have no video evidence but great memories of perfect untracked trees and a big low angle bowl. Check out the video from the resort below, and note the music is my new tune “High Tea,” which features the Indian rhythmic device of tihai.
The move to Colorado brings rock skiing in September and October and apparently becomes powder in November. I’ve been having a blast skiing with my buddy Brad and today we spent a morning in a popular backcountry spot, Loveland Pass, and found powder everywhere! For before Thanksgiving especially, I couldn’t be more satisfied.
The music in this video is from The Earth Stringband and you can download this album for free at www.earthstringband.com! Enjoy and think snow!
As the time passes by slowly and I haven’t been skiing since July 10th, October in Colorado seems so far away. But, with more ski videos to reconnect with the great memories of the past season, it’s possible we appreciate the snow when it comes more than if we truly had it all the time. This year I was able to push my spring/summer skiing further than I ever have before, skiing this line in NH in May, June in Alaska, and a wee ski run in Rocky Mountain National Park in early July. With August out of the skiing picture due to a month long relocation east, I won’t be able to connect all 12 months with skiing. Maybe next year? Or maybe my music priorities are keeping my skiing in check.
The music in this video is from a short CD by Julie Metcalf. The album is called “Flowers of the Forest” and this tune is “Swedish Niel’s Polka.” We learned the tune from a great Danish fiddler named Andreas Tophøj when we were all studying at Berklee College of Music in Boston! Julie is playing fiddle and I am playing octave mandolin. I also engineered the recording and post production at my old Boston apartment! If you love how it sounds, you should email Julie at email@example.com to purchase this awesome CD!
My name is Andy Reiner and I am the skiing fiddler.
This video features me skiing top to bottom at Silverton Mountain in Colorado in April, 2013. This video represents the realization of a dream. Dreams mashed together. A life where anything is possible and ideas that seem far fetched are possible with some bold moves and friends.
The music is “There’s Music All Around,” which I wrote while driving on i-90 in Montana. I played this song at all my concerts and recorded this song while still on tour (and thousands of miles later) at the Birdhouse in NJ. On this recording, I’m singing and playing 5-string fiddle and octave mandolin. Lyrics are posted below and I’m really psyched because I care so much about the subject matter: there is music all around us, all the time; all we must do is listen.
Yes, that is my fiddle case flapping around behind me. Yes, I will be strapping it to my backpack with more straps next time. No, that is not my primary fiddle. Yes, I got tired of being asked “so your fiddling while skiing?!” and not being able to answer with a definitive “yes.”
Jacob Parchinski, the first person to ride every unguided day in a season at Silverton, shot video from 2 cameras while snowboarding, narrowly missing a tree (see video) so thank you for being totally onboard with the whole process and carrying my poles! Without him this evidence would not exist!
I have June Crosby in SLC to thank for the “beater” fiddle and I look forward to taking it to many more mountains and campsites! Thanks to Jess Wegert in Silverton for the hospitality and the shoulder rest leash, and the rest of the mountain crew for letting me do this! Also a big thanks to my parents Dave Reiner and Cynthia Eid for instilling a love for skiing and fiddling in me from an early age. As I was editing this video, I reflected back on when I was 11 years old and witnessed Mark O’Connor playing fiddle while skateboarding at his camp in Tennessee.
Silverton Mountain was truly the coolest and most fun place I could ever hope for to try fiddling and skiing together for the first time. Best ski “resort” vibe out there. I’m psyched to use my season pass there next year in 2014!
There’s Music All Around
by Andy Reiner
listen to the wind flow
all around you every day
in the distance, up above
a bird so far away
if you got an ear, see what you hear
tune into the sound
if you’re aware and if you care
there’s music all around
sound waves flying by
never quite the same
if you don’t hear them dancing by
you’ve got yourself to blame
pull your earbuds out and close your eyes
just give it a chance
when you hear the bear coming round the bend
you’ll keep more than your pants
trees rustle and crickets chirp
leaves crunch under your shoes
together, it’s a symphony
nature’s got the blues
all the people in the world sing
and dance to their own song
if we listened close enough
maybe we’d get along