A roller coaster is a good thing to ride once in a while. The wind whips through your hair, your heart beats in your throat and you gasp, letting out either an exuberant cheer or a terrified scream. Love it or hate it, the ride definitely makes you feel alive.
A carnival of thrills arrives near WildSnow.com HQ next weekend that is guaranteed to pick up your pulse. The 5Point Film Festival runs Thursday, April 24th thru Sunday, April 27th here in Carbondale, Colorado. As you grip your seat, 5Point takes you to all parts of the world, introduces you to incredible folks, and shares memorable tales of journeys far and near. Most importantly, the festival brings the outdoor community together to celebrate our common spirit.
Tickets sell out so buy yours well before showtime. Early bird pricing ends April 21st; get tickets here.
5Point’s specialty is the way they put together the program. Each evening is choreographed to offer a selection of crisply stunning films and intriguing special guests that light up the screen and every imagination. Breathtaking, poignant, humorous — the films take you up, down and sideways (yes, you will see backcountry skiing — of rather broad variety). At the end of the evening you’ll say, “Yeah! That was a good ride.”
This is 5Point’s seventh year. I’ve attended each festival and have always come away more inspired to live life fully, embrace the ones I love, make good times happen and cherish them. But enough of my gushing. Here are a few movie previews to coax you to come see the stunners on a big screen with gut busting sound system and all sorts of interesting people — for an experience quite unlike simply viewing the films at home or in a regular theater venue.: Read more backcountry skiing
Regarding eliminating edges at tip and tail to reduce ski weight, a ski engineer sent over specs for how much ski edges weigh. This especially applies to the new Black Diamond Carbon offerings such as Convert and Aspect, which delete many centimeters of tip and tail edges. (See our weight charts.)
According to my source: “…range of edge profiles and stampings out there with significantly different weights. A typical full size alpine ski or snowboard edge (2.0mm high x 2.2mm wide) weighs 53g/m. Thinner edges on some skis in the market (1.3mm high x 1.6mm wide) weigh as little as 27g/m.” Read more backcountry skiing
The Chiwaukum Range is a relatively hidden gem amongst the peaks of the Central Cascades, and often considered to be the cousin to the peaks of the famous Enchantment Lakes Basin in the state of Washington.
With a series of canceled trips due to conditions and logistics, I was eager to get out on something longer and more committing in the mountains. When my friend Eric, who operates the semi-backcountry cabins of Scottish Lakes High Camp, mentioned the Chiwaukum Range traverse just outside his backdoor, I was immediately sold. The notion of ending our trip at High Camp, and utilizing amenities such as a wood-burning sauna and hot tub had me motivated over other ideas floating around. So after we checked the weather and found mostly high pressure thanks to the crest effect (aka rain shadow), Casey, Eric, and I were on our way to spend the next few days in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. Read more backcountry skiing
In the ski touring world, as far as I’m concerned white is the new black and carbon is king.
Anyone who has followed WildSnow over the past number of years knows I have been a disciple of carbon construction since it’s inception. My latest carbon footprint is Black Diamond’s new entry into the fray: the Carbon Convert. Read more backcountry skiing