Blog posts in Skiing

NEVI SKI FESTIVAL 2014

Interested in blind skiing? A couple of weeks ago, my guide Jeff and I taught a clinic for guides of the blind at Sugarloaf, Maine. I always love being a guinea pig, so check out some of the guides testing their new skills guiding me! Meet my new friend Noah Carver!  It was fun getting to teach a clinic for some guides from Maine Adaptive Sports and we got to ski with a few of the blind participants.

No Barriers South Pole Allied Challenge Meets the Queen

It is utterly amazing to witness individuals who push themselves to show the world what determination, teamwork, and a common vision can accomplish. Imagine cross-country skiing nine miles a day with a total of 208 miles over the course of 16 days in temperatures as low as -50 degrees Fahrenheit and winds blasting against you at 50mph. To add icing on the cake, put yourself in the shoes of someone pulling 154 pounds on an arctic sledge with your eyes and hearts set on the vision of reaching the South Pole.

Jeremy McGhee -- A Man After My Own Heart

I've never met Jeremy McGhee but I already like him. He shares the No Barriers mindset that I advocate so tirelessly. Jeremy is paralyzed from the waist down and has set out the goal of skiing Bloody Couloir near Mammoth Lakes, California. This backcountry descent requires a 4.5-mile approach with 2,200 feet of elevation gain just to get to the bottom. Then you climb straight up up the 2,600-foot chute before you ski down it. Oh and by the way, a good portion of the the slope is 45° (most double black diamond ski runs are around 40°).

Spring Skiing

When you ask folks in Colorado about the skiing this season, there is a collective groan of disappointment. The year before, we were spoiled by one of the biggest and best snow years on record and now we are feeling a bit let down. Nonetheless, spring is the time to get out and enjoy ski mountaineering on the higher peaks! Warm, sunny days followed by cool nights help consolidate the snowpack, making it relatively safe from avalanches. This stability enables backcountry skiers to enjoy the steep bowls and chutes that are too dangerous earlier in the season.

Skiing with Arjun and Rob

Recently, I had a fantastic day of skiing with my nine-year old son, Arjun, and “Uncle Rob” at Copper Mountain. Rob is a longtime climbing, kayaking, and adventure partner and guide who has been with me on many trips over the years.

Backcountry Coalition interview, Part 2

This is the second half of the interview I did with Jeremy Dobish for the Backcountry Coalition. This time I talk about some of my gear issues, favorite ski destinations, and more. Happy Holidays! Erik  

Backcountry Coalition interview

Here is an interview I did recently with Jeremy Dobish for the Backcountry Coalition. This is a cool, grassroots community of backcountry skiers from around the United States who share information, trip reports, photos, and the general enthusiasm of getting off the beaten track. If you enjoy off-piste skiing, you should join them. Best of all, it's free! Erik

Spring Skiing Fever

This spring, I have been training for two big climbs that have been on my tick list for quite some time: the Moose’s Tooth in the Alaska Range (stay tuned for a trip report) and Alpamayo in the Peruvian Andes. Both ascents consist of long, sustained ice climbing and are a good test of physical and mental endurance. In addition to physical conditioning in the gym, I also try to spend a few long, hard days in the cold and wind to train my mind against the challenges of the mountain.

Blind Skier's Edge Ski Clinics - Breckenridge, Colorado

This week, December 10-11, Erik and his ski guide, Jeff Ulrich, will be showcasing their blind skiing and guiding clinics at the Hartford Ski Spectacular in Breckenridge, Colorado. The program they developed, called the Blind Skier's Edge, is an innovative technique which hopes to attract more blind skiers and guides to a sport that has seen marked decline in recent years.