Monday, February 20, 2012

Jim Jack the King/Mayor of Freeskiing!!!

My first win!!!

Jim Jack is the Freeskiing World Tour!

Today we lost the king of freeskiing. The man with 3 first names Jim Norm Jack, it always brought a smile to my face when he was introduced. I have competed in 33 big mountain competitions and Jim Jack has been at every single one of them. He has never not been in the judging pit once in my 6 year career. After my first competition he was my inspiration to continue competing. He was so passsionate about this sport that I had to see what is was all about. He became a coach to me and I always looked to him for approval on my line and my skiing. When I won my first competition in Red Mountain he was there and could not have been more excited for me and it made the win that much better. Over the last 6 years he has become an inspiration to my competing,and skiing.

Jim Jack keeping us positive during a memorial service for John Nicoletta.

We did have our disagreements about judging throughout the years but he always inspired me to challenge myself more versus place blame on the scores. During this past competition in Revelstoke we both realized our shared passion for the sport of freeskiing is what made us see diferently at times. The Freeskiing World Tour would never be where it is today if it was not for him. He worked so hard for the athletes and cared so much about each and everyone of us individually. No matter what the conditions were or how long the judging day was for him, he always had the biggest smile on his face at the end of the day! He never missed an after party and was always stoked about life! I never knew how he did it day in and day out but he continued to have the energy!

Thanks coach!

Over the last few years we have lost some amazing people in the freeskiing industry and Jim Jack was the glue that always kept us together throught the hard times. Who is going to help us get through this now? The one thing I will always remember is that he always helped us celebrate life and now I want to help and continue to celebrate his life. Jim Jack thank you for everything you have done for the freeskiing community your smile, enthusiasm and energy will never be forgotten. RIP love to you always.

Bryan Barlow and him in Revelstoke, two peas in a pod!

The life of the party always!!!

Friday, February 10, 2012

West Hourglass!

Top of couloir, amazing views, exposed and slick ski boots!!!

looking down top of couloir

This last Monday I set out with 3 snowboarders, one being my boyfriend to go ski the West Hourglass of Nez Perce. I have always wanted to ski the couloir, but had never had an opportunity. We skinned easily up Garnet canyon and into the meadows, not seeing a single person. It was a cold day, but it was sunny and there was not a breath of air, such a beautiful day. A few people had skied the couloir before us on a previous day, so it was nice to be able to follow their boot pack. With the avalanche conditions being a little unstable, I was a little nervous about booting up a long steep couloir. At around 11,000 feet we dug a pit to see what the snow looked like. We dug all the way to the ground, which was about 6 feet to see all the different layers. The snowpack looked surprisingly good in the couloir and it helped set our minds a little at ease. We topped out at the top of the couloir around 1 pm and just the top was in the sunshine, the skiing was amazing down the entire couloir. Another one off the tick list, another beautiful couloir I have way to many favorites to count now!!

Matt Floyd getting some!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Pow skiing in Jackson!!

Early Morning on Glory!

Very Cold Glory!

The last couple weeks in Jackson have been unbelievable, we finally got the snow we needed to make the skiing awesome! We are back in a high pressure system, but hopefully we will have some more snow on the way! The only problem with all of the new snow is it made the avalanche danger extremely high. There were some very big slides reported around JHMR, the Snake River Range and Teton Pass. It has definitely made me reevaluate skiing even low angle aspects in the backcountry. The good thing is that the resort has been skiing well! Due to lack of snow in Crested Butte, CO and Kirkwood, CA the two Freeskiing World Tour competitions have been moved back until March and April respectively. I hope these places start to get some snow sooner than later, I am sitting second on the Freeskiing World Tour, only a few points back, so I need those competitions to happen! Training and skiing in Jackson for the month of February!

Photo credit: Tyler Horne