This is my third winter covering the World Cup for the New York Times. From Bode Miller’s comeback to Vonn’s re-injury, here’s a recap of the season so far:
From Telluride, Colorado to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, here, your favorite Olympians give you the inside scoop on what to do and where to ski at their home resorts.
About a year ago, I visited the 12th century village of La Grave, France. It’s a charming, 500-person alpine hamlet stashed in the south east corner of France devoted entirely to skiing. There’s a bakery, two bars, a handful of hotels and a farmer’s market on Thursday mornings, and one ski lift accessing over 7,000 vertical feet of wild, ungroomed, unpatrolled terrain. I was sold. In January I moved to La Grave. Here’s why
KVNF Radio Interview on Outside Magazine profile of Tom Chapman
Outside and I shared some of my reporting materials with Jason Blevins from the Denver Post. He wrote a companion piece (link there tohttp://www.denverpost.com/business/ci_19471244 0 which landed on the front page of Monday, December 5th Denver Post.
Lou Dawson also posted about the article on wildsnow.com, which is stirring up quite a debate going on that site. Click here (link to: to see what people are saying about Tom Chapman and Backcountry Monopoly (link to : http://www.wildsnow.com/6330/chapman-thomas-tomas/
The story was also mentioned in Monday’s GJ Daily Sentinel.
Here’s an interview I did with KOTO radio on my Outside Magazine profile on Tom Chapman. Starts at 2:50.
Robin Pope Safaris has been offering safaris in Zambia for over 25 years. Recently, they’ve branched out into neighboring Malawi. In July, RP opened Mkulumdazi, the only lodge in the Majete Reserve. No safari jeep traffic jams, or battling for camera angles–you’ll have over 173,000 acres of African wilderness all to yourself.
Here’s a story I wrote for Fathom, a new (read amazing) travel website and guide. From tracking black rhinos in the bush to swimming in Victoria Falls, it was the adventure of a lifetime. If you like adrenaline, as I do, put Zambia on your bucket list. Go.
Read Zambiana Jones here…
For details on how to do Zambia, click here.…
Here’s some behind-the-curtains info on why I travel from Fathom’s Questionnaire.
June 1st, almost summer, but I’m still dreaming of big lines and big snow–something like the one Chris Erickson slayed in Alaska’s Takinsha Mountains last spring.
I recently did a segment with Peter Greenberg for his webisode series on Peter Greenberg Worldwide. Greenberg is THE travel guru, ie CBS’s travel editor, and I was honored to be featured as an adventure travel expert on his show. I especially loved the moniker “Indiana Jane.” I do love me some adventure.
Watch the video here….
Deep in the Namibian desert, lies a lush oasis: &Beyond’s Sussuvlei Lodge, which boasts some of the clearest skies and brightest stars in the world.
Read more from my article in Robb Report….
Kastle poster boy Chris Davenport skied Everest’s Lhotse face in mid-May with fellow Aspenite Neal Biedleman, and followed that up with a successful summit bid with Beidleman, Telluride’s Bill Allen from Ophir, Colorado-based Mountain Trip, and a client, Ephi. Congrats, Dav and the rest of your crew!
To read more about his expedition, click here…
Here’s a little story about flesh eating fish. Last September, I went on assignment to Zambia to catch the elusive Tiger Fish, a 10-30 lb river monster with a mouth full of blade-like teeth.
Read more from my article in the Robb Report….
Bottom line: Julian Carr rips and Adam Barker wields a camera better than just about anyone in the biz. The shot is from an unusual rocky formation in Utah. Get it, boys!
Telluride is the a skier’s mountain and a skier’s town, so said Rasta Stevie in 1988’s ski porn classic, The Blizzard of Aahhhs. He got that right. Here’s an insider’s guide to Telluride.
Now, go get some. Read here for the skinny…
Everybody loves a little ski porn. And powder. Check out this photo by Garrett Grove of Jeff Campbell slaying Mt. Shuksan. Woohoo, get it, boys!
Unless you’re Zach Crist, a First Ascents skier who is quite accustomed to hucking 25-foot waterfalls. Check it out…
Over the course of one calendar year, Greg Hill skinned, skied, and climbed two-million-vertical feet. That’s the equivalent of climbing Everest 69 times. Crazy! On December 31, 2010, in the backcountry outside of Revelstoke, BC, Hill summitted the two-million-foot-tall mountain. Then, he cracked a bottle of champagne and he skied some untracked powder.
Read about Hill’s adventure here….
If you’re not headed to Jackson Hole this winter, you should be. Why? 25 feet of snow and counting–the most white stuff the mountain’s tallied by Feb 1 in recent history. With some of the steepest inbounds terrain in the country and arguably the burliest lift-accessed backountry in the lower 48, Jackson is an expert skier’s dream. Plus, with a Wild West vibe, get ready to get down–on the hill and off. Don’t forget to check out the “Roots” button on the article–a little inside info on how JH came to be.
In the early 70s, a new movement rocked the ski scene: hotdogging. It was a dynamic combo of stunt skiing, ballet, gymnastics, and figure skating–all on snow. To music. Usually in glittery stretch pants. Since every “complete” skier needs some old school steeze in their bag of tricks, here’s an instructional piece on how to execute some of the era’s hottest tricks. Bust out the CB jacket and Vaurnet shades, turn up the Barry White–it’s time to get your hotdog on.
Read more here….
His name is Rasta Stevie and he had a vision for a ski-town Shangri La: “a funky unique place where dirt bags like myself can live in I-nity with Jah I-ration.” That line from Greg Stump’s ski film classic, The Blizzard of Aahhhs immortalized Stevie as the ultimate ski bum and Telluride as the ultimate ski bum town. His vision for a mountain paradise was transformed into reality when he landed a seat on Telluride’s Town Council in 1987.
To read about about Rasta Stevie, click here….
Fresh off her stellar Olympic performance, Julia Mancuso is coming in hot to the 2010-11 World Cup season. She spoke with me about her lingerie line, Kiss My Tiara, her Verbier Extreme comp podium finish, and more.
Read the full article HERE…
He was a heart breaker, a gentleman and a helluva a guy. His name was Spider Sabich and he was a champion slalom racer whose life was cut tragically short when his girlfriend, Claudine Longet, shot him on a spring day in 1976. According to ski legend Bob Beattie, he was one in a million.
Respect, Spider. RIP.
1968, the first World Cup race ever held in Canada. It was a wicked slalom set down Red Mountain’s double diamond face. Fans lined the course and the event was sponsored by Maurier cigarettes. Jean Claude Killy flew in on a private chopper, ran the race, won it, and flew out. It was all rock and roll back then. And I like it.
Photograph courtesy of Dave Heath.
Check out his photos. They rule.
Or check out the original item in Skiing Interactive here….
Danke, Austria, for these are a few of my favorite things.
Yep, winter is just around the corner. Snow is starting to dust the Colorado high country, evenings are chilly, and my first ski story of the 2010-11 season just came out in Ski Racing Magazine. I’ll be covering the World Cup for Ski Racing all season. In January and February, I’ll be posted in Europe. Kitzbuhel, Wengen….here I come!
But first, a story on the rise of Head skis and the inside scoop on their star-studded roster of racers.
Read it here….
Nothing puts a smile on my face like someone’s unabashed thrash across a dance floor. Whether it’s yodeling and Polka in Austria, two steppin’ in a backwoods country bar, or breezy reggae skankin’, nothing speaks more about a person, or a culture, than their moves. Something about dancing brings out the best in folks.
Just watch Footloose.
With no further ado, here’s Goodtimes Gordy from Norco, CA. You might learn something. I did. Pop and lock. Watch it.
I’m working on a piece right now about cowgirls. For the sake of my story, I thought I’d give bullriding a twirl. His name was 50-50 and I rode him to the buzzer. It was the ride of a lifetime!
Confession: I have a girl crush on Julia Mancuso. She rips on a surfboard and skis, has a lingerie line, a Lange girl poster, and 3 Olympic medals. She snagged 3rd place at last year’s Verbier Extreme comp. And, she’s in next year’s Warren Miller flick. Um yeah, she’s friggin’ wicked.
Here’s a little clip that I wrote on how she spent her summer vacation.
Check out my TV spot on the Weather Channel from the 2010 Games in Vancouver. I was featured as a ski racing expert for their Olympic coverage.
With his gold medal win in Sunday’s super combined at the winter Olympics in Whistler, Bode Miller is smashing the record for the most medals earned by an American ski racer. Ever. I sat down with his dad to get the inside scoop on the man who is quickly becoming the greatest skier–turned superstar– of our generation.
It was a big day Wednesday for the US Ski Team when Lindsey Vonn and Julia Mancuso took the gold and silver in the Olympic downhill. It was an occasion to celebrate and celebrate we did with an Olympic-style throw down. Here’s the PG version.
If charging a super-G course doesn’t scare you, it should. After a rash of early season injuries, race officials reexamined how racecourses are designed, making Olympic courses safer. Well, maybe. Check out my latest piece on CNN.com.
When it comes to Meccas of mountain equipment, there’s Boulder, Park City, and the granddaddy of them all, Vancouver. Home to Arc’teryx, Westcomb, and Prior, Vancouver is leading the charge in mountain gear innovation. Check out my latest piece for CNN.
Whether you’re recovering from a late night of revelry or gearing up for a big day on the hill, here’s a guide to Whistler’s best breakfast spots. Be sure to check them out if you’re heading to Whistler this month.
So, you’re heading to the Olympics in Whistler. Be prepared for sick snow, world class terrain, sporting and revelry. Whether you’re celebrating an American victory or kicking up your boots after a day on the hill, Whistler’s watering holes elevate apres to an Olympic level.