Are you ready for this ski season, I can’t wait!
Super excited about the new Compulsion jacket and pants from Mountain Hardwear. This is kit myself and the rest of the team at Tinderbox ski school will me wearing this season. Its a fully featured top of the line free-ride jacket and pant that works perfectly for everything the mountain might throw at you.
I’ve been testing this pack for the last 4 months whilst skiing down in New Zealand. It’s a full featured pack that’s also ABS airbag compatible. I like the storage design internally as well as the various straps for compression and ski carrying! The rad looking puffy is the legendary mountain hardware ‘Ghost Whisperer’ down re-enforcement layer. The perfect extra layer to boost warmth and comfort, it’s super light and stowable too.
I found this recently and just love the message:
“Youth is not entirely a time of life it is a state of mind. It is not wholly a matter of ripe cheeks, red lips or supple knees. It is a temper of the will, a quality of the imagination, a vigor of the emotions, a freshness of the deep springs of life. It means a temperamental predominance of courage over timidity, of an appetite for adventure over love of ease. Nobody grows old by merely living a number of years. People grow old only by deserting their ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up interest wrinkles the soul. Worry, doubt, self-distrust, fear and despair — these are the long, long years that bow the head and turn the growing spirit back to dust. Whatever your years, there is in every being’s heart the love of wonder, the undaunted challenge of events, the unfailing childlike appetite for what next, and the joy and the game of life. You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt; as young as your self-confidence, as old as your fear; as young as your hope, as old as your despair. In the central place of every heart there is a recording chamber; so long as it receives messages of beauty, hope, cheer and courage, so long are you young”.
What an amazing days skiing up above the clouds with team buddy Olly. We stopped off at a few spots to do some filming, this image is from a short line near the top of the Grands Montets. Just a few turns long but worth every turn, as the wind blew powder snow up from my skis into the bright sunlight, it made it super atmospheric. It looks really cool with the Chamonix granite backdrop. Cold crisp winter days are just the best.
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Testing out my new K2-Dalbello kit again today with a couple of Kiwi’s Mark and Pete both K2, Line, marker pro freeskiers and Scotish. We had a good few laps around Brevent and Flegere hitting some of the old fav’s. Snow conditions are firm and windblown but we still managed to find some old powder that was pretty nice to ski. The Hardside-Tour12-Virus combo is working super well, a good choice for these firmish conditions.
My set-up of choice at the moment is the new 2011 K2 Hardside teamed up with the 2011 Marker Tour 12 binding. I thought this was going to be my new touring set-up, but after a good rip around today I’m thinking it’s going to get way more everyday use. The Hardside is stiff enough so you get heaps of edge grip and dare I say it carvability. Wide enough for the soft stuff, its wide rocker tip makes light work of powder, crud and chop. The Tour12 is the new lightweight touring version on the Duke. It’s really a dream to use and just as solid as its chunky brother the Duke. I’m also on the new Dalbello Virus Touring boot and to be honest I was thinking ‘touring binding + touring boot = wishy washy no feeling and no fun’ but I couldn’t have been more wrong. The whole set up is just super solid and the best alpine ski performance I’ve had to date with this sort of kit. Its great, the gap between touring performance and alpine performance is closing fast. The Dalbello boot fits well once you get the liners heat moulded, the three clip system works very well holding the foot in place. The forward flex is progressive and lateral flex is nice and stiff.
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