Week In Review: May 5
Renewable resorts, bump skiing, and May Day pow
You may never have heard of it (although Ted Kennedy used to ski there), but Massachusett’s Berkshire East is now the first ski area in the world to get 100 percent of its electricity from on-site renewable energy. The ski area, which had installed a 900-kilowatt wind turbine on the mountain in 2011, much like neighbor Jiminy Peak did years before, added a 500-kilowatt solar farm with 90 panels that will rotate to track the sun. Why’d they do it? No, not for a slow clap from Al Gore, but rather as a hedge against future energy costs, which, after labor, are most ski areas’ biggest cost.
The Gladiators Of Tuckerman
Searching for the edge of sport on Mount Washington
A relatively small pocket chiseled from the southeastern side of New Hampshire’s 6,288-foot Mount Washington, Tuckerman Ravine is modest in size. Yet the ravine’s walls are home to some of the steepest established backcountry skiing in the country. It’s the coliseum of East Coast skiing. Ever since Toni Matt accidentally straight-lined the 55-degree Headwall during the third and final iteration of the American Inferno race in 1939, reaching almost 85 miles per hour on wooden skis, it is where the East Coast skier, usually resigned to mechanically groomed trails between dense hardwoods, proves their mettle.
Michelle Parker On Real Women Video
McConkey influenced the MSP-produced edit for inaugural ESPN competition
I also really wanted to keep it lighthearted and funny. Always looking up to Shane [McConkey] certainly has influenced this edit in that way. Plus, it was really fun shooting the silly parts of this edit. A leaf blower? Are you serious? It was hard to hold a duck face for long enough for a shot without laughing. Hopefully people can appreciate the humor and a little insight into who I am. I really wanted to make it different and to make people laugh.
Remembering Ian Lamphere, 1977-2013
"He was so genuine and loving and funny"
Leigh Lamphere remembers when he realized Ian Lamphere, his cousin, college roommate, and best friend, was headed on a different path. Leigh was hiking to one of the back bowls from Smugglers’ Notch and Ian had, serendipitously, walked to the same bowl from Stowe.
“It was a powder day,” says Leigh. “And I just skied a little off the main path, and I looked back and saw him launch a 25-foot drop and land in powder, just out of the blue, and I was like, yeah, he’s definitely a skier now.” Ian’s father started dropping the boys off at Smuggs for ski lessons when they were 3-year-olds. They continued skiing together through their time at the University of Vermont.
Doug Sproul releases "Uptracks, Bootpacks and Bushwhacks," a guidebook about Rogers Pass
Once described on a Canadian Pacific Railway advertising poster as ’50 Switzerlands in One’, Rogers Pass, just along the corridor of the Trans-Canada highway between Revelstoke and Golden, holds enough terrain for a lifetime of ski touring. For decades, skiers have explored this area known for deep powder, huge vertical relief, and some amazing ski mountaineering objectives. In the past five years, the number of skiers in the area has steadily increased, so local ski mountaineer Douglas Sproul saw a need for a comprehensive guidebook for visitors and locals alike.
University of British Columbia students win Intersection video competition
Last week, the Intersection video competition attracted some of the biggest names in snow media to Whistler Blackcomb. With $15,000 up for grabs, teams came from all over the globe, and even out of retirement, to take part.
After all the videos played and the lights came on, it was a team of full time students working with local Whistler carpenters and laborers, all headed by Leo Zuckerman, that won both the overall award and People’s Choice Award.
Week in Review: April 28
This week's news
Man, what a great season in the East. Now it’s time to look back on it… wait, is that Sugarloaf on Tuesday?? It ain’t over ‘til it’s over, and it ain’t over in the Northeast. Unofficial has the updated skinny on New England closing dates.
Ask The Jaded Local
Readers write in their most pressing questions to the surly vet
Q. Who is the best all-around skier right now?
Jimmy, the best skier on the hill is the one having the most fun. Currently, that’s whomever is skiing with 1994 Olympic gold medalist Tommy Moe, because Moe—nicknamed the Labrador for his ceaseless stoke—is widely acknowledged to be the funnest person in the world to ski with. Next question
Junk In The Truck: Eastern Collective Cables
Vermont’s Eastern Collective strikes gold
Matt Benedetto quit his job. Last fall, while hanging with friends in Burlington, Vermont, he was looking at the generic white iPhone cord that comes standard with every Apple device. He thought he could make it better. A few weeks later, he had a multi-colored cable and promptly began selling them on his site as he’d done with countless products in the past. What happened next was unexpected.
Fischer in the Hole
An end-of-season edit from Jackson
“This winter in Jackson Hole was a bit up and down, but when it was good it was great. Although the mountain received 383 inches of snow, which is less than average, we were able to take advantage of it. Jeff Annetts and Tim Swartz , my Fischer teammates, are my main ski partners and are always down to do some filming or shooting. It allows us to collaborate and put out a few fun team style edits a year. This year the snow pack was fairly stable which allowed us to ski some of the bigger exposed lines, that, some years, are too dangerous to ski. Plus, we got plenty of over-the-head storm days.“ – Tyler Horne