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Everything and anything winter.

Tailgate Alaska 2011: Hurry up and Wait


I recently attended the 2011 installment of the World Freeride Festival. This annual festival takes place on Thompson Pass in Alaska, and draws riders from all over the world to tailgate and ride some of the sickest terrain on the planet; hence its name, Tailgate Alaska. A friend told me that the problem with going to Tailgate Alaska is that you end up being compelled to return every year. My response to him was: so what's the problem? As it turns out, he was exactly right.

Map: Show me the way to AK


Tailgate Alaska officially kicked off yesterday (7PM AKDT) at mile post 29.5 on Richardson Highway. The bad news for me is that I'm writing about it while sitting in the flat eastern timezone. However, my official departure for AK is not too far off — less than seven days away — so I'm not too bummed about it either. It will give me a bit more time for some last minute preparations before I leave; like securing a good map for example.

Fear of a Black Pant


The snowboarding season is finally on in the North East (North America for you global netizens). With it comes the beginning of the lesson programs offered by the ski school at my local resort; a winter source of employ for yours truly. However, this year is a bit different than in the past because the ski school — which manages both ski and snowboard programs — has a brand new director. With the new management in place, the big question before the season began, was whether or not this would trigger the usual war over uniforms (i.e. whether or not the famous "black pants only" rule would be enforced). The answer came the weekend of the instructor training: unfortunately yes.

The Forecast Calls for Weather


As I look outside my window, I'm starting to see red, orange, yellow, mixed in with all the green of the deciduous trees. This is a sure sign that fall is upon us and winter is not too far off. With my sights now fixed on the coming winter, I've started wondering what this snow season will bring.