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Up at CMH right now shooting a segment for Warren Miller. Been snowy so been skiing a lot of pow in the trees. This is a shot of Andy Mahre in front of the heli and the fire that our pilot Roger builds for us everyday during lunch. Yes, this place is awesome. Be here til Sunday then headed straight to Vancouver for the Olympics to commentate on Freestyle for NBC. Bummed that Daron Rahlves got hurt at X games. Have not heard the final prognosis.
I missed you guys last week but I was slammed. We were filming in Tahoe for Warren Miller. Conditions were great. I had mentioned last week that we did some shooting in Squaw with Daron and Jamie but we got clouded over. The following days we hit Alpine meadows and did some early-ups on all parts of the mountain for a three days. We did some out of bounds stuff in Munchkins which was very cool. I had never been out there and was impresssed with terrain. A little sketchy but fun. When the snow socked in again we did a bunch of tight powder shots in the trees. It is really the only option when it socks in but some of the shots turned out great. Three or four pow turns here and there. When the weather cleared up we got Alpine really good. Cold powder out in Estelle bowl and we were able to ski some actual lines. After that we drove straight to Kirkwood to film in The Cirque, a rowdy part of the mountain that is permanently closed. The weather was clear and it was untracked but it was pretty boney. Lots of rocks just under the surface. I was pretty sketched out about but Daron Rahlves and Jamie sacked up and charged some big lines. As the day went on we skied more stuff around the cirque but Daron’s first line was definitely the highlight. He charged it through some sketchy sections and stuck it. I was really impressed. On the second day at the very end of the day we hike out to a place called emigrant aka California chutes. Emigrant is al arge face with probably about 1500 vertical and some good nasty features. We ran out there fast and Daron laid down another blaster. The only bummer was that about two minutes before Daron dropped in some other dude had hiked up from the other side and hit Daron’s line to a tee which sucked for filming purposes. He still diced it however and pretty much made one turn for every five of the other guy’s. D straightlined this chute that the other guy made ten turns in. I think it will still show well on camera. I skied another line but kind of slow and conservatively. The snow was money though. We did a ton of hiking over those five days and I was beat for three days. Every day I woke up fatigued. Slept well though. Rahlves has killer photos of the session on his site.
I took some days off and went back down to Marin. My son and I took our skiff out every morning and cruised around the bay. He is 18 months and he loves it. He goes into the closet in the morning and brings out the life jacket and starts thrusting it towards me as he says “boat, boat”. He likes to ride up on top of the center counsel like a dog. We stop and check out all the seals and birds. Usually there are a lot of seagulls and pelicans but right now there are also some Canadian geese. I did not know they hung out here by the water. The seals look cool right now as well. They are kind of white with spots. The bay is really calm this time of year even though it is a bit damp. Jack does not seem to care if it rains or not he is still game.
I hit up Aspen for a day. I Stayed at the St Regis which is always nice. I was there skiing with the top sales people from company called Galderma. They make Cetaphil etcetera, I guess they I have a great sunblock that I am going to try. We tore up Ajax mountain even though the weather was not great. It was sleeting and foggy and miserable but the skiers put in a strong performance, skiing until the buzzer even though we soaking wet.
I also hit Stratton, Vermont last weekend. When I got there it was raining and starting to freeze. The parking lot at the restaurant was a double black diamond. The to car I was in got stuck on the flat a couple times. Walking was dangerous. The following day I skied with some guys who bought a day of skiing with me through a company I work with called Sentient Jet. The guys were cool and great skiers. The mountain was a lot better than I though it would be however I experienced two firsts: I had never seen a mogul run closed down because it was too dangerous due to the ice. Secondly I have never ducked a roped to get first tracks on corduroy while the cat was still grooming. I had a really good time skiing very fast. We hit some bumps and the park a bit which I was very impressed with. I was sure the park landing would break my heels but the groomers have it down to a science out there. I though it was my first time to Stratton but it turns out that I had been there before when the weather was foggy and clearly I was too back in 1998 right after the Olympics.
It took me 14 hours to get home from Stratton to Tiburon and everything went smoothly. I could have gone Paris in less time. On both flights I sat in front of women that never shut up. The first flight I had t move, this woman was crazy. Even when the jet engine revved up she raised her voice to talk to the person across the aisle. I wanted to strangle her. She was in her fifties but she talked like a sixteen year old. In the second flight I had these two chicks behind me that chatted the whole time about he nothing but one of their friend’s husband and purple eyeliner. One kept giving the other one heat about how small her eyes were. I turned around to look at them and figured out that her eyes were small because her cheeks were like greatfruits due to the fact that she was carrying an extra 100 around. Travelling is a nightmare.
Wow this is getting ridiculous. The snow has been falling for a week. We have been out shooting storm footy for the Warren miller film. Squaw has been great. Sessioned mainline pocket with Daron Rahlves and Jamie Burge early. They were really killing it, stomping everything. A couple of local kids pulled up on us and one of them boosted off the skiers right cornice airing over all the rock. I decided to take the same line. Since he showed me the straight air I threw the 70’s continental back flip. It was large. Much larger than I thought. I got to my feet but I was over rotated and slapped it to my back. I was pissed so I went back up and did it again. This time I set a lot less rotation and put it on my feet perfectly but I just sunk in deep, my skis grabbed and it pulled me over. Pissed me off. The back flip is a no brainer for me. I figured out that my skis were center mounted. Lame. The mark is too far forward. I would have done it again but the public was hacking the pocket and we had to move onto Silverado. More on that after of this Fabolous here:
We hit Silverado and teed up a cliff with a sharky takeoff. Daron hit it first. He super g’d into it and pre jumped the takeoff about ten feet back. It was classic. When he landed he slapped back but skied away in a cloud. He had so much forward motion when he hit it because of the speed he took I figured if I backed off a bit I might have better shot of sticking it. I skied up to the take off and cowboyed the rocks in a forward position, knees up. When I landed the opposite happened. I dug in and fell forward again. Pissed me off. Then the clouds came in and we were hosed. We did some tight shots against some rocks. It was a fun day. I really enjoyed skiing with Daron and Jamie. Daron is a sick skier, Super G world champ, Downhill champ, won the Hannenkahm, also won the X games in Ski Cross. Daron has been doing a bunch a filming since he stopped racing and he works his ass off on it with enthusiasm. I think he is determined to go down as the best skier ever. He may take a medal in the skicross in Vancouver then I will no longer be able to say I am the only skier to have medals in the X games and the Olympics. Damn it. Jamie has been killing it for years. Jumping over trains etc. Here is a little Bush:
Daron took off the last few days to race in his signature race the Silver Belt Banzai at Sugar Bowl . We have been filming in the meantime around Alpine Meadows. We got out to a cool area called Munchkins 2 the other day. It was a little scary with the new snow and avy danger etc. but after I made five turns and it was stable I felt a lot better. We had a guy with us who was local and dug a pit to assess the snow but still it is always stressful. You know when you are having a discussion over the radio that sounds like this it is a bit freaky:
Siig: so what’s your exit strategy?
Me: I am thinking if the slope starts to go I am going to cut right out into those rocks. Over
Siig: I don’t that is a good idea because to could get drag down across the rocks and into the chute below. Over
Me: 10-4. Jesse what do think?
Jesse: I think if it goes you should head for the left side spine and try to grab a tree.
Me: Ok, that sounds good. Siig, I am going to try to go left and grab a tree if I get in trouble. (Over)
Siig: 10-4, just know that after the chute it opens up considerably if you have to straightline out of there.
Siig: cameras ready: 3-2-1
It turned out to be stable and we stayed out there for three hours getting shots. We skied out to the road and got picked up by Mike Vale in his pick up full of snow and cold beers. We had been on the hill since 6am and that beer tasted great.
G love and special sauce:
We hit alpine again with blower powder and a skier named Errol Kerr. A Squaw Valley native, Errol’s dad was from Jamaica and Errol has decided to ski for Jamaica in the Olympics in Ski cross in 2010. He is one of the three top American skiercross racers but the US team decided to only fund Casey Puckett and Daron Rahlves so Errol went on his own. He is an awesome skier on and off the course and I expect to him medal as well. We got into Estelle bowl which is a rad area skiers left of the summit skier’s chair at Alpine. Of course we were shooting tight shots in the trees but I could tell the skiing there is rowdy. The public were barreling down on us all day. Sometimes filming is not glamorous, but the movies are rad.
I saw those guys in montego bay once. Late night, like three in the morning. Some guy accused us of stealing his weed and pulled a knife out. Scary. That was when we were with the Real World/ road Rules crew.
Here is some Rage against machine:
Where do I begin. This guy just steps in more s$@# that anyone I know. This time he actually pissed me off which is hard to do especially since I love Bode. This time he tried to say that his competitors skied like wussies when he lost to them at the World championships in France last week. Totally unacceptable. I understand that he thought the courses where built so tough that you had to ski defensively, but to talk smack about the guys who beat you is only acceptable in a judged sport like moguls if your name is Jonny Moseley.
Here is some rage against the machine.
Did you guys see that Red Bull Skyscrapers: They gave 100k to a guy who did a 20 foot air. They should have consulted us on how to build an urban jump. It is a lot harder than it looks and the Icer guys paid their dues. I think red bull did not sponsor the Icer because they thought it was weak.
Up here in Squaw Valley. Dumped overnight. 16-20 inches of nice snow. Over the weekend we shot, I skied with some friends and my brother Rick. My brother Rick is my favorite person in the world but he is a real character. He taught me everything I know and chaperoned me around the world competing in freestyle. He was a better skier for sure. He won all the alpine races as a kid and was the top moguls skier as well. We did Nor-ams and World cup together in freestyle. On Nor-ams we were 1-2 all the time. Rick did one year of world cup and then quit because his back was always jacked up and could not sleep well on the road. He went back to school to be a Mechanical engineer. Anyway, he has never cared about ski equipment was always been sponsored his whole life including a run with Nishizawa, anyone remember those guys. Now Rick gets his skis from me and recently I gave him a brand new pair of Head Mojos with new binders. So when I saw him this weekend I asked where his skis were and he said he can’t find them. This is the problem with getting free stuff. This is true in life. Easily earned=easily forgotten.
This past weekend in Squaw was Olympic Heritage weekend in Squaw. It was the kick-off to a slew of celebrations upcoming next year here in the Squaw and around around the North side of the Lake to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1960 Olympics in Squaw Valley. In addition it will be 60 years since the founding of Squaw Valley. I did the microphone duties for the gala to raise money for an Olympic museum and for the celebration next year. We had a room full of Olympians including a woman who carried the torch in 1960 and skied the downhill in the 1964 Olympics in Innsbruck. We had Tamara McKinney there who until recently was the most successful American female ski racer ever. Only recently Lyndsey Vonn has tied her.
Sunday morning we hit Silverado at Squaw for some Warren Miller shooting. Got a couple shots off and then the storm came in. Snow was good and I was happy to get something. Last time I went up we froze behind a rock for and hour and went home because the light was no good. We are headed back up there tomorrow, should be really good after the recent dumpage. Saw a bald eagle this morning.