Big Sky, Montana January 3-8, 2015

So I went on this ski trip to Big Sky, Montana. Aside from endless stupidness at all airports, including only 1 agent checking people in at the Montreal airport, members of the group not getting their ski gear at Bozeman, fighting with a stupid woman who took my seat at Minneapolis, and weather delays throughout. Other than that it was a fabulous trip. Great people, great food, great booze, and of course, great snow! Check out my GoPro edit.

Oh ya. I almost died too…

The end

Adventure Ahead

For the last 10 years or so, I’ve felt that I wouldn’t have the opportunity to shred at a large resort/mountain again, while I can still ski the way I want.  What I mean is, my knee degeneration is going to force me to stop skiing so aggresively.  It’s a done deal.  Currently, there aint no going back.  Before long I’ll be stuck cruising down groomed beginner runs, and aventually, nothing at all with the plastic joints.  It’s coming.  Also, I don’t really have any friends so if I was going to take a trip, it would be by myself.  I can’t afford that.  It would be great to go with my wife and kids, but they are not strong enough skiers to go where I want. So I would be skiing alone…  Also, if I can’t afford to go by myself, I definately can’t afford to take 4 people.

I was lucky this past season to join up with some guys around here that are in to big production trips.  Not necessarily my thing, but they like to go to places that have fabulous skiing.  It seems that they are impressed with my skiing ability, so it looks like I will be invited on future trips.  It’s only May and we’re already planning the next trip.  lol.  I guess we must be addicted.  I must admit, it’s all I think about.  I’m like a junkie.  I get all warm and tingly inside when the planned trip comes to fruition.  And when I’m coming down, ie summer, I feel like shit.  So far it looks like we’ve locked up Big Sky for early January.  Also, Chile or Argentina is looking to be a go for summer 2015.  Oh man!  I’m excited!  lol

Ski Industry Eyes Climate Change Concerns

Shots from the Freeride World Tour stop  Julien Lopez PHOTO: D.CARLIER/FWT
Shots from the Freeride World Tour stop
Julien Lopez

“It’s hard to understand how the weather changes the way it does and why things can look so different from year to year,” Katz wrote. “Count me in the category of someone who is very worried about climate change, but also someone who tries not to look at every weather pattern as “proof” of something. But, maybe more than anything, you can count me out of the group that says we need to address climate change to save skiing. … So, let’s keep the focus where it belongs and encourage everyone to do their part to reduce greenhouse emissions: not to save their favorite ski run, but to save the planet for our children and grandchildren.”