Strength and beauty go hand in hand. @ktmillerphoto and @Liz_daley are two of the strongest women I know. I'm constantly inspired by their mountain accomplishments and honored to be among the massive peaks of the Alps with this team! #chamonixoxo #bigmtndreams @lekiusa @jaybirdsport @nordicausa @snocru
Today was my first time ever skiing in Europe and this was my first line in Chamonix! We stumbled across this gem of a couloir on a tour from France to Switzerland and then back to France from Le Tour. Such a stellar day in the backcountry with @ktmillerphoto @liz_daley and @marqdiamond. #chamonixoxo #bigmtndreams
First day in Chamonix! We spent time getting acquainted with the town, eating delicious French pastries, looking at maps, purchasing a guidebook for steep skiing and studying the routes. It was a nice and relaxing way to get situated and prepare for bigger mountain objectives. Tonight, we met up with local fellow @Patagonia snow athlete @Liz_daley and had so much fun out for a night on the town with her friends. The weather has been rapidly warming, but I'm hoping we can ski some fun stuff tomorrow! #chamonixoxo #bigmtndreams photo: @ktmillerphoto @lekiusa @prethelmets @jaybirdsport @nordicausa @snocru
The journey begins! On the airplane headed to #chamonixoxo with @ktmillerphoto. Has me thinking back to our first ski outing together, earlier this winter, scrambling up Toledo to ski a chute in the Wasatch. I feel so privileged to go explore the Alps with such an accomplished lady! If you haven't heard of her, check out her photography, videographg and ski mountaineering badassery. @lekiusa @jaybirdsport @nordicausa @snocru #bigmtndreams
Days like today fuel me. They give me energy, excitement and inspiration. I love my home mountains so much, but it's time for me to pack and get ready for my departure to Cham tomorrow! So excited to check out a new mountain range and find new #bigmtndreams. #chamonixoxo Photo: @tmacphee breaking trail this am on the way to the Hallway.
"In the realm of skiing, chute skiing is an obscure and misunderstood discipline. While powder fields are always appetizing, there is something perversely appealing about a long, steep, rock lined couloir. It's like skiing down the barrel of a giant gun- some people just don't see the appeal. The only way to know if you are going to like it is to try it. And thus this book." -Andrew McLean's opening to The Chuting Gallery. Stoked to tick off another big line from the book! #find_away #bigmtndreams
Yesterday, our progress on the ridge was thwarted by these massive cornices. Backcountry travel tip of the day: give cornices a wide berth as they often break farther back than you expect. Scout them from a safe distance before approaching them. If you are going to intentionally kick them, make sure there is no one on the slope below you. Rope up if you're in high consequence terrain. Stay safe and have fun. Photo: @tmacphee
Often, a backcountry ski tour doesn't go exactly as you plan. When I'm planning a route, I consider the known risks and anticipate challenges that could arise. I think about ways to overcome them and communicate this info with my partners. And I have a bail option. Even though we didn't achieve our goal, we still took home a consolation prize as one of our bail options was this long, steep couloir, filled with soft snow. The important thing is to come home safe and live to ski another day! #bigmtndreams #find_away
Went for a little walk up White Pine today with @brodyleven. A few minutes into our ski tour, Little Pine Chute came into view on the South side of Little Cottonwood. We both commented how good it looked, and jointly decided to change our tour plan. We quickly crossed the creek and the road and started up the couloir. As we ascended, we stopped to assess snowpack by digging pits. We ended up taking it to the top and enjoying a 3000'+ ski descent with everything from soft pow to perfect corn! #find_away #bigmtndreams #exploremore
You can't control the weather or the snowpack, but you can control terrain. I had an awesome weekend instructing students for the @universityofutah Backcountry Ski Guide course. Avalanche danger limited our tour choices, but we found great skiing on low angle terrain in the Willows. I enjoyed sharing stories and knowledge I've accrued from working with guides and mentors throughout my professional skiing career. Students were stoked to get hands on experience with everything from tour planning to shelter construction.
Out today in the Wasatch doing recon for this weekend's backcountry ski guide course for the @universityofutah. I'm excited to co-instruct with @nate_smith_ and @camsquatch. Here, we encountered strong wind gusts and mixed precipitation on the ridge. Despite the challenging conditions, we found creamy turns on the descent. Stoked for a great course this weekend. #bigmtndreams #find_away #verticaltherapy
These are the moments I live for- those few seconds where your mind is quiet, everything is still except for the swoosh of your body moving effortlessly through fluffy snow. I feel so lucky to be able to achieve this mindfulness on a regular basis by climbing and skiing in the mountains. Can't wait for more pow tomorrow! Photo: @willwiss @stellar_media #rprt #find_away #bigmtndreams
"If I sense any negativity or anger from a mountain partner, I find a new one. There are seven billion people on this planet. Don't waste your time on someone who isn't positive." @conradclimber told me something to this effect in his clinic at the #ourayicefest. I'm grateful for my good friends and partners in the outdoors and in life. And always looking for new ones!