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Lots happening

Well summer has flown by; as it does. Winter is in full bloom here in Revelstoke.  Plenty of powder for anyone willing to hike. I have been super busy so I have not restarted my blog. Soon though I will be full time skiing again, but for the moment I am working and getting out two days a week. Weird but responsible.

Lots of news. I have said goodbye to a few sponsors and started something with Dynafit. Their binding has been responsible for so many of my accomplishments and lately their boots and skis have really progressed. I am working closely with Dynafit on their ski line and you should expect interesting things out of our work. Very exciting actually but I cannot talk about it. Yet...

As for everything else it is as it should be. My kids are getting older and we went and skied RMR today. Charley is four and I can see that this year will be great for her. Aiden is almost three and we will have fun but real progression happens at four and five. Still great to have both kids slidding on snow.

And now about the skiing. I have had a varied start, somewhere around 8 days.  Some have been epic deep and others not so much. Earlier in Nov I was in Breckenridge, Colorado and I managed my first 14 thousander, Quandary.  It was fun to stand on top of a 14 er, since you hear so much about them.

Yesterday I left the house a 4am and went for my first solo of the year. It felt great. I was standing on top of Video peak at 8am, with an untracked powderfield below me. I  played with some time lapses and skied two lines off the peak. At the bottom of my second; which was an epic run, I flew off a roller and landed softly in the snow and then carried my speed and flew off the second roll... midway through this air I realized that the landing was uphill. Huge crash, midway through my ski hit me in the head, hard.  Liying in the snow I watched as small blood drops dripped into the snow. Dazed but okay I hiked back up to my camera and skied home. Careening out of Connaught drainage, everyone would stare and wonder what was up with the madman skiing out at 9am and why was his face covered in blood.


One of the coolest video comps of the year is this one being hosted by Canadian Mountain Holidays. One thing that is soo cool about it is that you get to ski with me for a week. And not your typical start from valley bottom experience. But first class all the way. Heli assisted ski touring out of the Adamant Lodge. One week of excellent food and accomodation, heli assisted every day, head to toe Arcteryx gear for the winner and their friend. Damn its easily over a 12 000$ prize. And all you have to do is.........

Reader Comments (10)

time for a helmet?
November 29, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterpaul
You know I briefly thought, hey I could have been wearing a helmet. But I have been skiing for a long time now and I cannot recall any other time that I have hit my head. Perhaps when I was a young kid but nothing recent. I have always loved the freedom of hats.
November 29, 2009 | Unregistered Commentergreg
I come from a ski racing background where helmets are only natural.. However, now that I spend the majority of my time in the back country I find myself often leaving the helmet at home. The primary reason is hearing. I find helmets tend to muffle the sounds around you, including your friends, or the more subtle things such as a settling snow pack.
November 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRyan Loiselle
Good to see an update to the website. Are you going to sell a DVD of last year's videos again this year? I really enjoyed the previous disc.
November 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTom Gos
I should let ryan write my blog for me, because what he said is true. Being safe in the mountains is about vigilance and not being able to hear well can cause you to miss out on crucial information.
November 30, 2009 | Unregistered Commentergreg
I read the entry rules to submit a video and noticed that residents of Montana are ineligible to enter. Why?

You can never have to many hats, they are a great expression of ones self instead of a generic helmet plastered with stickers. Plus, it's my head anyways and yes I'm not the sharpest tack on this planet.

Cheers, Cerik.
December 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCerik
To me it's kind of weird to have a contest asking about motivation of going ski touring....to eventually gain a heli ski trip....but maybe it's only me. What I enjoy the most about your videos Greg, if the fact that it's all about the mountains and human powered effort!

Anyway, I am looking forward to the new skis with Dynafit, as I think a LOT can be done with skis and boots ski touring wise.


Another Greg from Switzerland
December 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGreg
Well, I will chime in since I have been a helmet user for several years. Mine does not impair my hearing any more than a touque, and since 1/3 of avalanche fatalities are attributed to trauma (http://www.sfu.ca/sfunews/news/story_03050910.shtml) I consider my helmet to be almost as important as my beacon. I should add that I tele and crash almost every run. Good to see your season is under weigh!


December 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWes
Hello Greg,
I left a response for you on Andrew's blog regarding the contest. (I didn't want to copy the same thing here as I posted it there sooner.)
And thanks for responding :)
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