Writer Fitz Cahall recently tracked us down for his latest episode of The Dirtbag Diaries, an ongoing chronicle of outdoor adventure supported in large part by Patagonia, Inc. Fitz has weaved our images into his own story about our approach to life and outdoor adventure. Watch and listen to the show here. Enjoy!
Winter is an endless source of photographic inspiration and natural beauty.
Recently, while in line for first chair at Alta, on a especially deep and fluffy powder day… we were lucky enough to connect with our friend Dylan Crossman – who grew up skiing in Vermont’s Mad River Valley. We enjoyed most of the day at Alta together, and then set off ski touring with just a few hours of remaining daylight into the surrounding mountains. The sun was playing hide and seek with us all day long, but it emerged for just a few fleeting moments as we dropped in for one of our last runs of the day.
The snowy image image reinforces my belief that powder skiing and ocean wave surfing are deeply intertwined. The billowing snow behind Dylan could easily be the crest of a breaking a wave getting peeled back by an offshore breeze. What a beautiful world this is!
Weeks of surfing beautiful ocean waves on the coast and running/biking through the brilliant colors of fall in the mountains were capped this week by our first ski day of the season. By sunrise on Wednesday 10/22, 2-3″ of October snow had blanketed our local mountains – just enough to make our favorite low-angle, moss-laden, rock-free ski runs skiable. We climbed and skied for about five hours…caught up with some great friends…and probably logged a casual 5000′ vertical.
It was a real treat be back on the skis again… Emily is “quite pleased”. If the big brown stripes on the woolly catepillars are any indication, we are in for another snowy winter.