Binge of the white and fluffy

Post by blogger | January 7, 2011      

As always, Christmas break in Colorado was full of good times and great powder days. I skied all but two days of the three week break, and didn’t touch anything but powder and skintrack. Now I’m back to the grind, with the memory of faceshots, mountain cabins, and sunshine. Photos courtesy of Michael Kennedy

I think this is what's called the white room. Photo Michael Kennedy

Hayden Kennedy playing with the shadows. Photo Michael Kennedy

Hayden Kennedy playing with the shadows. Photo Michael Kennedy

Mhmmm, that was a good turn. Photos Michael Kennedy

Hayden gets deep. Photo Michael Kennedy

Last run of the break, end on a high note!

Forecast calls for 20 cm of snow at Whistler, what will the weekend bring?



18 Responses to “Binge of the white and fluffy”

  1. GregG January 7th, 2011 1:03 pm

    Hey Louie,

    Great shots. That last one is really amazing.

    I have a glove question for you. Now that you’re doing most of your skiing on the “wet” coast, has your hand-wear system changed?

    I am looking to get a new pair of gloves and would like the opinion of someone that spends time in snow with a little more water content than the Rockie states.


  2. John January 7th, 2011 1:19 pm

    I went through this last year, my CO gloves got soaked on the “Wet” Coast in the spring. So, I tried the Arcteryx Alpha SV on Rainier in October (2 days of rain) and my hands stayed dry the whole trip. I do carry a light weight liner for warmer conditions. I was able to use this same pair in Argentiana and Antartica for several weeks, again using a thin liner most of the time. Here we were actually doing approaches from the water, then the first few hundred feet of the accents were wet slush. Kip Garre was using the new Mountain Hardwear Bazuka which stayed dry as well. The exterior gloves were wet before we got our skins or crampons on. But our hands were dry!

  3. Louie January 7th, 2011 1:22 pm

    I still don’t have a system that works super well, and my gloves get wet alot. Some days I simply carry a few pairs. Over the years I’ve found some good gloves, but I wear them out pretty quick. Currently I use a OR Omni glove as a liner and hiking-up glove, a few different mid weight Black Diamond ski gloves as my main glove, and OR north wall mitten shells for emergency insulation. I really like what I’ve got for the liners and mittens, but it’s hard to find a ski glove that works well. Most are either not durable enough, don’t have big enough gauntlets, or don’t have good waterproofing. The BDs I have are really durable, which is nice, but they have a relatively small gauntlet.

    The new Outdry stuff is pretty cool, I tried some Mountain Hardware gloves that had it, but they got some holes in them really quick (I’m pretty hard on my gloves). My dad uses the same ones though, and love them. I hope some more manufactures start using it.

  4. Louie January 7th, 2011 1:23 pm

    I’ve learned to simply live with wet hands, which is fine as long as you have some good insulation.

  5. John January 7th, 2011 1:26 pm

    Kip was also speaking highly of the MH Pistelero.

  6. GregG January 7th, 2011 3:24 pm

    Thanks for the replies guys. The Arcteryx line does seem well thought out and well made, but pretty expensive.

  7. Andrew January 7th, 2011 4:28 pm

    I have struggled with the glove question for years often gloves would stay dry for the first week or two of a season but then wholes etc would leave me with we hands. (most of my skiing was in Europe). Since moving back to NZ I have found these:

    and as long as you keep them waxed I have not had any problems with them, only downside is they are a little heavier than a lot of companies gloves.

    Have fun in the white stuff, it is all sunny and summery down here at the moment.

  8. Le Pistoir January 8th, 2011 12:13 am

    That white room at the top is totally sick. Even better, don’t need a model release because no one can recognize the skier!

  9. Lou January 8th, 2011 1:34 am

    Kennedy, master photographer, combined with two wild kids, look what happens.

  10. mike January 8th, 2011 12:00 pm

    hello all, i live in vegas with all the recent snow it has opened up lots of backcountry access i was wondering if anybody has either skioed from the bristlecone to bonanza trail to cold creek or even further to sterling peak and if so was it done as a overnite trip, thanks 4 the help and info…mike

  11. ScottN January 8th, 2011 2:31 pm

    Awesome photos!

  12. b January 8th, 2011 6:26 pm

    last photo great…

  13. Jason January 8th, 2011 9:00 pm

    Kill photos! Jonesing for some BC right now… I guess I could take a hike in the dark, why not?!

  14. Ryan J January 8th, 2011 8:37 pm

    Excellent photos Michael. They inspire me to get out there! Can’t wait to take my son on days like that.

  15. Lisa January 9th, 2011 9:37 am

    Nice post, Louie. Sure was great to have you home!
    Love, Mom

  16. brian p. harder January 9th, 2011 1:50 pm

    Crazy good powder shots. I agree, that last one has some great light.

    Off topic here…

    Anyone interested in the US Ski Mountaineering Championships held yesterday can read my take from the middle of the pack. Awesome event this year!

  17. Mark W January 10th, 2011 12:07 pm

    I’m told the snow depicted in these oh-so-enticing photos only exists in Utah. Honestly, I’ve always doubted that. Nice skiing and thanks for the inspiration.

  18. Skyler Mavor January 10th, 2011 5:05 pm

    I’ve found a pair of gloves that serve fairly well in the wet snow. They’re Kinco Frost Breaker work gloves, available at your local hardware store for 6 to 10 dollars. I bought them initially as a skinning glove but I found that they’re warm enough to work for the whole day. Here’s a link to the model I use:

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