the 2016-2017 season in the Elk Mountains has been unique to say the least. It started off strong and warmed to an unseasonable degree. This has caused avalanche forecasters in Colorado to start from scratch when it comes to snowpack reports. Tess Weaver Strokes takes a deep dive.
To some, Chase De DeMeulenaere may be under the radar. But to others, this 22-year-old Aspen valley local has been shredding park, peaks and pow since nearly before he could walk. He’s expanded from riding park to making his way up 14ers in the Elks. When you can’t find him on snow, he might be on your television screen in the latest Jeep commercial…By Nicole Birkhold.
The art of the pocket snack has been passed down by generations of skiers to the next. Weather it’s not stopping to get lunch because the pow’s too deep or you’re just broke, the pocket snack is a tradition amongst core skiing community and integral to the health and daily nourishment of any ski bum. As prices of resort food continue to spiral out of control we have to ask, why…By Whit Boucher
There are 637 peaks higher than 13,000 feet in the state of Colorado. The tallest 54 of them exceed 14,000 feet and are collectively referred to as the 14ers. If you live in Colorado and have been into backcountry skiing for a while, at some point you’re going to want to ski one of these high summits. But, if you’re not too familiar with them you might not know where to start…By Ted Mahon
Strafe ambassadors are heading to Italy this week to compete in the 2017 Ski Mountaineering World Championships. John Gaston, Max Taam, Rory Kelly and Jessie Young will be representing the United States and competing with the world’s best from 24 other countries… By Nicole Birkhold
A few people have asked me, how I am still loving skiing as much as I do after all these years. I thought about it and it is definitely about great snow, big mountain adventures and really close friendships that have developed while pursuing many adventures in mountains. Some days are hard, some are just fun and some I just spend with my camera traveling with my eyes wide open…By Art Burrows
Winter is here and the backcountry continues to get buried in snow. It’s time to start thinking about one of my favorite activities— hut trips. Rarely is a hut trip anything less than an awesome outing, I try to organize or join a group to one of these remote cabins several times a season, if not more. But occasionally when I ask friends if they’d like to join, many opt out, instead falling back…By Ted Mahon
As I write this in my damp base layers, legs spent and right side of my face thawing from frostbite, my mind is still in Highland Bowl. It’s a Monday in late January, and I just skied two very, very deep, blissful bowl laps. It was a sleeper pow day and we didn’t start hiking until after noon. The wind was howling over the ridge, blowing snow and filling in the bootpack…By Tess Weaver Strokes.
Anyone who participates in an action or adventure sport knows fear is a daily part of existence. Anna and Nat Segal have set out to create a film that tackles the relationship people and athletes and themselves personally have with fear — how it effects decision making and how it can both push you and keep you safe in Finding The Line…By Nicole Birkhold
Chris Davenport’s continually evolving ski career has brought him success in everything from the World Extreme comps, to the 24 Hours of Aspen, X Games Ski Cross, and more recently as one of the more preeminent ski mountaineers of our time. And through it all he’s never missed a season to injury. He shared with me some thoughts on training and fitness and how to set yourself up for success…By Ted Mahon
Hanging while hung over is an essential skill for the ski photographer, or the athlete, or the lifty/ bartender/ valet driver/ nanny. It’s really something that everyone with a beating pulse in a ski town needs to learn or deal with at some point. It helps to remember you’re not alone. Nearly every person who has ever spent time in a ski town has felt the pain of over-imbibing before a big day…By Ian Fohrman
Not everyone is lucky enough to find one passion in life let alone more than one. Even luckier when those multiple passions complement each other as well as exploring the mountains and photography do. Devin Poole moved to the Roaring Fork Valley eight years ago from West Texas and hasn’t looked back. Devin has a unique schedule working nights in the snowmaking department on Aspen Mountain…By Nicole Birkhold
Think how much skis have changed in 40 years. From length to shape, rockered to tapered, the evolution of ski construction has drastically changed the way we slide down mountains. Up until the last handful of years, ski clothing hadn’t changed much since Bob Gore invented the waterproof jacket in the 70’s…..By Tess Weaver Strokes
For indie film buffs, Wes Anderson films hold special places in their hearts. The narration, the quirky cinematography and the light heartedness that often accompany his films create a distinct feel for the viewer. One might get glimpses of this feeling in the ski edit series Seeking Nirvana.
With four edits releases over the last ten months, Strafe ambassador Mike Henitiuk…By Nicole Birkhold
2016 marks the 100th anniversary of our National Park Service. For 100 years, we as citizens of the United States have had the opportunity to enjoy some of the most beautiful places in our nation unobstructed. Democrat and Republican law makers alike have ensured these spaces remain as pristine, natural and wild as they ever were…By Nicole Birkhold
If you haven’t heard of the Nolan’s 14 course, you’re not alone. It’s revered in mountain running communities in Colorado and got it’s start in 1998 when a group of runners asked Ken Nolan, a legendary peak bagger who has been a kind of godfather/ mentor to the Colorado mountain community, to set a course that would be challenging and aesthetic at the same time….By Nicole Birkhold
With our rivers flooded, our valleys green, our wildlife awake and snowline retreating, ski season in Aspen is finally coming to a close. Local Strafe athletes are settling into their summer routines. Some enjoy a vertical climb, whether on foot or rope; while others enjoy covering ground on two wheels. Strafe retail manager Zach Hayes and Strafe athlete Jordie Karlinski likes to slow things down….By Tess Weaver Strokes
Aspen native Jordie Karlinski spent a decade competing as a professional snowboarder. She made the U.S. Snowboarding Team in two disciplines—boardercross and slopestyle—and landed on major podiums all over the world. When Karlinski missed qualifying for the Sochi Olympics by a couple points, she decided to steer her snowboarding in a different direction….By Tess Weaver Strokes
Of the 111 AMGA/IFMGA Mountain Guides, 28-year-old Carbondale resident Mike Arnold is among the youngest. Arnold grew up in Northern Maine, where he ski raced across the border in Canada. That sparked a love for the mountains that convinced Arnold to quit Division 1 soccer and move to Colorado, where he pursued outdoor education classes at CMC and started guiding with ClimbingLife Guides and….By Tess Weaver Strokes