Avalanche Training

Avalanche Training

Posted by: on Jan 15, 2017 | No Comments

With all the snow in the Sierras, some friends and I decided to take an avalanche level one course to learn how to be safe in the backcountry.

Revelstoke

Revelstoke

Posted by: on Mar 7, 2016 | No Comments

Another ski weekend and road trip, this time to British Columbia.

Alta and Sundance

Alta and Sundance

Posted by: on Jan 24, 2016 | No Comments

Took a ski weekend to Utah, visiting Salt Lake City, Alta/Snowbird, Park City and Sundance.

Niseko

Posted by: on Jan 6, 2013 | No Comments
Niseko

Niseko

The last day of our rail pass, we aimed to make the most of it. We booked a couchette on the overnight luxury train to Sapporo and settled in for a long ride. Saw Mt Fuji at sunset, and the slept through the ride past Fukushima and through the world’s longest undersea tunnel (23km!). Woke in southern Hokkaido, stopped in snowy tracks. We waited for a few hours for a new locomotive, arrived in Sapporo a little late, and eventually made it to Niseko after 25 hours of consecutive travel.

Frozen beard

Frozen beard

As we got close to the resort, accents and tourists changed, and we felt like we were entering Australia, as apparently a lot of their folks come up here for the winter holidays. Can’t blame them, as the snow is fantastic. Only spending one day at the mountain, but what a day it was. Thigh high light powder, -15C temperatures, and winds gusting hard enough that my beard froze with ice and I had to buy a new pair of goggles. I loved it, but Ruth was less thrilled. Got in 5 or 6 of the best powder runs of my life by following friendly locals into the trees (apparently most Japanese skiers stick to the piste, so the woods were relatively untouched). Will have to come back with my new Megawatts, or at least put them to good use back at home.

North Carolina Christmas

Posted by: on Dec 27, 2011 | No Comments

Had a super family christmas in the mountains of North Carolina. Got to take Ruth’s dad skiing for the first time on the man-made snow at Appalachian; always fun to ski in jeans.

Miller Family Skiing

Miller Family Skiing