The sun came out for the bluegrass powder hounds! I set out for Andrew’s Glacier with Alex Johnstone of Rapidgrass and we found huge bowls of magic snow with bluebird skies. I was also extra stoked to take my first tour on my new Icelandic Vanguards! They were hungry for good snow and so was I. The video edit below contains a track from Rapidgrass’ album “Crooked Road.” We are ready for our next storm now!
Sub-zero temperatures and a whole bunch of new fluffy cold snow made for a great run in the park! Plenty of avy danger today so just cruising. It’s been a while since my last skiing post … the Skiing Fiddler is back! (Music: Jighop – Andy Reiner – octave mandolin and vinyl)
Reposting Arapahoe Basin’s Al’s Blog from yesterday, featuring the skiing fiddler and the skiing piper! http://arapahoebasin.blogspot.com/2016/06/i-think-she-sang.html
“We enjoyed a beautiful closing day with fun summer skiing, High Five playing on the BML deck and lots of delicious BBQ.
I saw some things today I have never seen before. There was the snowboarder playing his saxophone while riding. There was the skiing fiddle player that skimmed across Lake Reveal while playing his fiddle. Not to be outdone, another skier cruised across the water while playing bagpipes. He didn’t quite make it (and got a little wet). Once the bagpiper crawled to shore, he joined the fiddler for a duet on the North Shore. With just the right amount of inappropriateness, everyone had a great time.”
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.
first view of Chasm Lake
Lamb’s Slide and the Long’s Peak Diamond!
Mark and the view down the fall line
looking back at our line
me with Mt. Meeker and Long’s Peak in the background. “The Loft” is in the middle, a ski mission for another day.
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.