Shredfest 2010 – A Photo Essay

Post by blogger | January 13, 2010      

Nothing beats having a bunch of old college buddies come visit for a long weekend of skiing. Day after day of huge plates of eggs and bacon, pitchers of beer and old stories, getting out in the mountains we love, snow caked grins, and bottomless powder makes for another all-time weekend. What follows are a few photos of Shredfest 2010.

Zach attacks the money shot stash.

Zach attacks the money shot stash.

Man's best friend... Or his worst enemy when he steps on his ski tails.

Man's best friend... Or his worst enemy when he steps on his ski tails.

Dropping In

Dropping In

Zora takes her turn.

Zora takes her turn to ski. er swim.

Ben is psyched for another lap.

Ben is psyched for another lap.

Graybird scenery.

Graybird scenery.


Glorious faceshots!

Chris' radioactive skis annihilate the pow.

Chris' radioactive skis annihilate the pow.

The gang. "Will you stop taking photos so we can ski?"

The gang. Will you stop taking photos so we can ski?

Ben finds the deep spots in the glades.

Ben finds the deep spots in the glades.

Skinning up the sastrugi streaked ridge to the summit of Marble.

Skinning up the sastrugi streaked ridge to the summit.

Do you see what happens when you kick a cornice over a thin, rotted snowpack with no bridge? Do you see what happens Lebowski?

Snowpack wasn't so deep everywhere, here we kicked a cornice over a very thin and rotted SE aspect.

Having fun with a borrowed fisheye lens.

Fun with a borrowed fisheye lens.

Rachel and Ben were all smiles when the sun came out. A day of bluebird powder skiing is on tap!

Rachel and Ben were all smiles when the sun came out. A day of bluebird powder skiing is on tap!

Rachel hits the steep and deep

Rachel hits the steep and deep

Ben opens it up on a quick descent into Mud.

Ben opens it up on a quick descent into Mud.

Last run of the day with views of Yule pass

Last run of the day with great views.


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33 Responses to “Shredfest 2010 – A Photo Essay”

  1. Chase Harrison January 13th, 2010 9:49 am

    Wow, this must be the only place with decent snow. Great pics. I just might
    have to make a trip down valley to releive this powder depression. MAN, I REALLY NEED A FIX.

  2. Mark W January 13th, 2010 10:21 am

    Super nice powder photofest. I skied Copper on Sunday, and the snow is a far cry from this.

  3. skier x January 13th, 2010 9:32 am

    Feel like I just watched an x girl friend in a bad porno with a bunch of clowns. Shredfest is more suited for one of the resorts up in aspen. Don’t ski lifts exist so that skiers like you guys can ski under them and say “look at me?” Not all press is good press.
    What happened to keeping special places on the “down low?” Maybe you guys can call it MOGULFEST-brought to you by our sponsors dyna-fit, redbull, forerunner….

  4. Nick January 13th, 2010 10:40 am

    Just to clarify, these were taken the weekend over New Years, so it’s a little different up there now. I hear it’s pretty tracked out at the moment. C’mon snow!

  5. El Jefe January 13th, 2010 10:42 am

    gonna have to start selling passes for that place…….

  6. First Rule of Colorado...Spray Whenever Possible January 13th, 2010 10:57 am

    Why does this place get so much play on the internet? I’d be pissed if it was my local area…thank god it’s not. Seems like it’s on the tipping point to get ruined with respect to the parking clusters I’ve heard…oh well, at least it’s in Colorado!

  7. sherryb January 13th, 2010 10:58 am

    Those are some of the best photos of friends having a great day in the backcountry I’ve seen in awhile. Nice shots. I enjoyed your trip vicariously. :biggrin:

  8. Nick January 13th, 2010 11:07 am

    After some reflection I realized it would be prudent to take the location down. This place has become increasingly popular and I’m sure some of it has to do with this site. No need to add to it right now when everywhere is hurting for snow!

  9. First Rule of Colorado...Spray Whenever Possible January 13th, 2010 11:43 am

    Thus just occured to you now Nick? Please, don’t move anywhere near me….Good call on taking the name of the place down though.

  10. Nick January 13th, 2010 11:58 am

    Nice pictures.

  11. Nick January 13th, 2010 1:02 pm

    It had a occurred to me when I first typed it up. What hadn’t occurred to me was how enticing it would look given the present conditions.

    Sherry- thanks, that was a great time. Nothing like having a great time with good friends.

  12. Tavis January 13th, 2010 1:32 pm

    What lens are you using? Great shots.

  13. Nick January 13th, 2010 3:16 pm

    Thanks Tavis. I borrowed a friend’s Nikon Fish eye 10.5MM, which I’m now struggling to not buy as it’s so much fun. Other lenses are, if I can recall off the top of my head, an 18-135 Nikon and a 70-300 Sigma. Just got the 70-300 recently, and am still adjusting to needing higher shutter speeds and f-stops to avoid blurring or missing the subject in a super narrow depth of field. Though it is really cool what you can do with such a narrow DOF. What do you use?

  14. Nick January 13th, 2010 5:15 pm

    SkierX- Just approved your post, sorry it didn’t get up until now. And in response: Get a sense of humor.

  15. stu January 13th, 2010 5:55 pm

    Fish eye lenses are lame.

  16. Toby Whelan January 13th, 2010 6:21 pm

    Just a guy in the flat lands sitting behind a desk wishing he could ski as often as many of you do. Reading skier x I get the sentiment but holy cow man, lighten up. At some point someone told you about various places that you now frequent. I guess once you get there no one else can go? I loved the photo essay and reminds me of the freedom and joy represented in the mountains which is a nice thing to share with others. But I guess if you’re not super sweet skier guy who lives up in the mountains you should just buy your ticket, get on the lift, and never, ever head to the backcountry because god forbid you tread on super sweet skier guys home turf.

  17. Steve January 13th, 2010 6:40 pm

    Great pictures. I like the lack of storyline. It’s too bad people get so upset about posts like these. Perhaps something else is bothering them?

  18. Simon Isbister January 13th, 2010 8:56 pm

    Of all the tragic stories I have heard this week, my heart breaks the most for those poor individuals who were forced to read a story on a ski blog that they didn’t want to read.

    Wait, what did you say? No one was forced…? Huh, go figure…

  19. David January 13th, 2010 9:19 pm

    Nice pics. Looks like it was a good day. Thanks for sharing.

  20. Jimbo January 13th, 2010 9:49 pm

    Nick: great pics
    SkierX: switch to Decaf…

  21. BigD January 13th, 2010 10:52 pm


    Miss the deleted Lebowski reference on the kicked cornice photo – but it’s all good.

    You mix a helluva Caucasian, Jackie.

  22. SB January 14th, 2010 12:28 am

    I think I met skier-X the last time I was in Aspen.

  23. Glomstulen January 14th, 2010 6:28 am

    Nick: Is that a pair of Birdos on Ben? Did you and ben stay in Andermatt for some weeks in 2006? Remember two americans named Ben and Nick that stayed with some swedes and one norwegian…

  24. Toby January 14th, 2010 9:35 am

    “Jackie Treehorn treats objects like women, man.”

  25. Caleb Wray January 14th, 2010 9:45 am

    Wow Nick, for someone who is so laid back in person you sure know how to stir up the hornets on the internet. Haha! Great photography man. And or what it’s worth, if you don’t know about the stash that shall not be named, you probably aren’t reading Wildsnow anyway.

  26. Nick January 14th, 2010 9:46 am

    Glomstulen- Yep, that’s us, great memory. What’s your name? Guess I can email you to catch up if you want. That was the trip of a lifetime! And yes, those are Ben’s Birdos- I think a semi custom Ghetto Chicken. Great skis.

    Everyone- thanks for bringing the comments back on track to point of the post: a fun day with friends. Ya, I should have left the Lebowski reference, obviously skier x is not a golfer. 😉

  27. BigD January 14th, 2010 11:39 am

    Nick, Glomstulen –

    This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps. (-;

  28. Nick January 14th, 2010 11:53 am

    nice BigD!

  29. Njord January 14th, 2010 7:00 pm

    Nice photos….

  30. Njord January 14th, 2010 7:06 pm

    but yeah, Skier X is right…. this site is a one-man marketing machine for “that place”. needs more East Coast and Iowa backcountry coverage!


  31. Mac January 14th, 2010 10:45 pm

    I know who skier-x is and don’t mind him. He’s just a grumpy ‘ol ‘has been’ who gets jealous because folks are getting after it and enjoying the snow. Hey skier-x, I’m gonna come down to Ridgway, slay your stash, then put up a big old trip report here on! Don’t worry fellas, when he’s not yapping about how CO is overrun by east coasters or how there’s no longer any true locals/natives, he’s actually a pretty decent guy.

  32. Glomstulen January 15th, 2010 6:16 am

    Christian from Norway here (old salomon hat, snowboarder and sometimes skiing) lived in the pink building next to the church bells together with Mads.

    Just came back from Engelberg after some days with hip deep pow and loads of faceshots… Switzerland keeps on delivering Pulverschnee.

    Send me an email and we’ll catch up.

    Keep up the good work, looks like you are having a great time. Say Hi to Ben from me.

  33. Randonnee January 15th, 2010 1:20 pm

    Pure stoke! Young people skiing powder! :cheerful: Two things that I do not have- youth and deep powder. It did just start snowing again here in central WA today (hooray!)

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