The Ski Season Begins!

The first significant snow-producing nor’easter of the 2010-11 season dumped 10-30+″ of heavy snow over our highest mountain areas of the Northeast this past weekend (VT’s Greens and NY’s Adirondacks, especially), and skiers have been out since Friday morning(10/15) embracing the return of our good friend Old Man Winter. Below are a couple of images we captured that illustrate the incredible contrast between the world at base elevation in Vermont (approx. 1800′) and the winter wonderland above (2000′ higher) along Vermont’s Green Mountain divide. For more images from the storm, head to our skiing website, AdventureSkier.com, where we posted two batches of photos from the storm and skiing this past week in Vermont: LINK 1 and LINK 2

Yes, the photo above is real – captured on Saturday, Oct 16 close to our home in Vermont!

Thank you Old Man Winter for a good dose of what’s to come in the months ahead.

-Brian and Emily

Pedal-Powered Skiing: Norway Bound


(In the shed: Prepping the skis and bikes)

We’re making preparations for a month-long adventure, starting April 22, through Norway’s Arctic Alps. We’ll be working on assignment for WEND Magazine, Adventure Cyclist and others, and partnering with a long list of folks in the skiing and cycling worlds to document and share this adventure with others – through the outdoor media and our own Wild People, Wild Places Slideshow Series. Please look for our posts about the adventure at our skiing website, AdventureSkier.com.

Stay tuned for more!

-Brian and Emily

Working with WEND Magazine

As we mentioned earlier this winter, we published a feature story in WEND Magazine about our skiing adventures in the remote Schweizerland Alps along the coast of East Greenland. We’ve had our eye on WEND for a few years now, and it’s exciting to be working more closely with a magazine that is dedicated to adventure for adventure’s sake, the outdoor lifestyle and the issues we care about most.

Starting this week, WEND will be featuring our skiing adventures on their community-oriented “iWEND” website. You can check out our first contribution HERE.

And later this month, on assignment for WEND (with other assignments for Adventure Cyclist and others), we will be setting off on a month-long, bike-supported skiing adventure through Norway’s Arctic Alps. We’ll be way, way, way up north, above the Arctic Circle, climbing and skiing wild, snow-covered mountains that tower 1500m over the sea, and with some luck, catching and eating fjord cod and fresh mackerel for dinner (or breakfast!).

Stay tuned for more soon, and be sure to check out WEND Magazine online or at your local newstands.

Exploring VT's Rime-coated Mountains

Thanks to a long stretch of snowy weather, the upper elevations across the northern reaches of the northeast are in a truly beautiful state right now. The hardwood forest above 2500′ is especially attractive with its ever-deepening snowpack, and the birches and beeches decorated with some of the most impressive rime buildup we’ve ever seen. The conifers higher up are almost entirely cloaked in snow. Now is a great time to enjoy the higher mountains in their winter state.

Our Slideshow Season Begins!

On Saturday, Nov 7 at The Mountain Goat in Hanover, NH, we will be kicking off our 5th Annual Wild People, Wild Places Slideshow Series with the latest incarnation of our ever-evolving show, Off Piste in the Northeast. Our shows feature our primarily human-powered (and often skiing focused) adventures through the Northeast US/Canada, Patagonia, Iceland, Greenland and beyond, and they conclude with a raffle of outdoor gear and prizes that helps to raise funds for our ongoing conservation work with organizations like the Green Mountain Club, the Vermont Natural Resources Council, Conservacion Patagonica and others…

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Foliage Skiing

Although our mountains close to home received a light coating of snow a couple of weeks back, it wasn’t until this past Tuesday’s snowfall that we were tempted to break out the skis and kick off the 09-10 ski season.  Up to 6″ of snow fell above 1500′ in northern Vermont, and with the snow still falling on Tuesday and fall colors still strong up to about 2500′, the skiing was beautiful.  For a few hours each day since Tuesday, we’ve been climbing the older, moss and grass-carpeted ski trails of our local ski areas, and then skiing down lower-angle trails that are relatively free of any rocks and roots.

Enjoy these!

-Brian and Emily

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Skiing – and Saving -Iceland

While back in Iceland this late April/early May, we spent one week backcountry skiing with a wonderful group of Vermonters that we organized, or better yet…”instigated”. Our Icelandic friend and mountain guide, Jokull Bergmann, handled the guiding (thanks to his assistant Stephane Poirier, too), which freed us up to photograph, scout for future adventures and keep things running smoothly… “Instigating” group adventures is a new endeavor for us, but if this first trip was any indication of what we might be getting ourselves into, it should be a fun ride…

We are already organizing at least one group of skiers for another trip to Iceland next spring, and we are also considering taking a group back to Chilean Patagonia’s Rio Baker Valley this October…and Quebec’s Gaspe next March/early April… Please email or call us if you are interested. We’ll soon have more info about these trips on our EmberPhoto.com and AdventureSkier.com websites, too.

In addition to the week we spent with our group of Vermonters, we had nearly ten days to explore a few mountain areas that are either proposed for long term protection, or currently threatened by poorly-planned, large-scale, hydro-power-hungry aluminum smeltering operations… Sadly, the threats to Iceland’s wild nature are growing by the week… but fortunately, our voices can make a difference, and if the organization Saving Iceland has anything to do with it, Iceland’s outstanding and unspoiled natural beauty (perhaps it’s greatest economic resource) will not be sold off to highest bidder…

We’d like to pass along a special thanks here to Jokull Bergmann and his asst. guide Stephane Poirier… Jokull’s mom Anna Dora and her partner Oidi…Tyler Merritt at Black Diamond…and the Icelandic Tourism Board…and of course our crew of Vermonters! for making this trip such a great success.

Here are a few images from our most recent trip to share. Stay tuned for more images and video, too. Check out the Adventures page of our website for updates…