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Dads are Rad


Dads are the best! Besides telling him you love him and giving him a new pair of skis this Father’s Day, post a photo and hashtag #DadsSkiK2. Here’s what a few of our athletes had to say about their Dads…


McKenna Peterson:
My dad taught me how to stand on skis at age 2 and how to rip the Sun Valley bowls at age 5. He drove me to ski races and educated me on how to travel through the backcountry. He allowed me to skip inspection runs for powder runs and play hooky on those ultra deep days. He taught me the value of hard work and that the only way to improve is to practice. Today, I am still on his tails, and learning from him every step of the way.

Reggie Crist:
My dad and I in South America last year. The highlight was having him return to Portillo where he skied 55 years ago. According to him, ‘the place looks the same,’ except you didn’t have to take the train which was only way to get there in 1959.

Sam Schwartz:
As a kid my father and I used to ski every weekend at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Every time he would ski down the cat track my father would ski right on the edge and act as if he was about to fall off. I always worried he would fall off, but now I’m the one who worries him.

Corey Seemann:
My father Bob is the reason I love skiing today. He was Jean Claude Killy’s coach and manager of the Rossignol Pro Team back in the day. My dad has continued to support my dream of being an extreme skier and is always pushing me to the next level.


Jacob Beebe:

I always wanted to hike the cone at Mt. Bachelor when I was a kid and you helped me accomplish it! Thanks for all the good times growing up. Love you dad.

Birk Irving:
I don’t exactly remember this day but I’m sure that my dad was teaching me 360’s before I could speak. I appreciate all he’s done for me to help pursue my career of becoming a pro skier.

Cayden Wood:
My dad skis with me a lot and I think it’s pretty cool that he does. Not many dads do that. He’s as passionate as I am about the sport…well…almost.

 

 

 

 

MissFits Chronicles: Travel Like a Pro

Words by: K2 Alliance Member McKenna Peterson 

As soon as the snow starts to accumulate, it is inherent ski bum nature to begin obsessively checking the weather in every corner of the winter world, develop instagram envy, weigh the consequences of dropping everything to chase a storm, and then…. end up staying home to ski the thin local snowpack on the weekends and continue to peruse the gram from the comfort of the couch. We all do it. But… What if? What if you used up the vacation time that you have been hoarding and hit the road with a couple buddies?

Here is a secret; 90% of the skiers that you follow on Instagram, you know the ones traveling the world and always skiing the deepest of the deep?… well, they are just like you; incessantly checking social media and weather predictions, throwing together last minute trips, and, yes, weighing the consequences of draining the bank account. The only difference is, they pull the trigger and deal with the aftermath in the afterthought.

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So next time you see that Japan is having a record season or that the snowpack in BC is unusually stable and absolutely blower… just send it. Seriously, what’s the worst that could happen?

Here are a few tips to help you throw together that last minute dream trip (think faceshots and après)

Location: Last minute storm chasing can prove to be the best decision you ever made, although it can have some hurdles. www.opensnow.com is a great one stop shop for snow predictions across the US and Canada. Learn to interpret a basic Doppler radar and keep an eye on what is happening, as forecasts can be moody and change on you. If you need more than a day notice for your ski getaway, look at the month-by-month snowfall history for your desired location and dates. Figure out where it has snowed the most and when over the past five years or so. Google is a big help with this one. For example, March is the best (and most unassuming) time to visit the Wasatch.

Travel: Driving seems easy but is time consuming, usually requires snow tires and 4-wheel drive, and it can be costly. If the drive to powder paradise is longer than 5 hours, look into flights. Tuesday is the best day to book a plane ticket (I don’t know why, but it’s cheaper). In order to avoid baggage fees; pack as much as you can into your ski bag until it weighs exactly 50 lbs and fill a carry-on and your backpack with the rest (anything that doesn’t fit, you don’t need). Always carry-on your ski boots. If traveling outside of the US, bus and train systems are easy to navigate and will bring you into the mountains for fairly cheap.

Lodging: Most resort towns have a city or a ‘non-resort’ town close by. Be willing to spend a few extra minutes on the bus in order to avoid resort inflation on the cost of a room. Online trip reviews and blog posts can be helpful in finding the right place to stay. Read up a bit on what has worked for the ski bums that have been there before. Package deals that include lodging, food and lift tickets are worth looking into.

Food and après: A long day on the hill is almost always followed by a bout of après. Try not to get too carried away; you don’t want to end up with empty pockets and a ski-hindering hangover. But definitely partake, meet people, have fun and reminisce on how rad you got that day. If in a foreign country, learn a little bit of the language. Think of the phrases you will use the most,  ‘thank you’ ‘excuse me’ ‘beer’ and ‘coffee’ are key. The costs of food can add up, make sure to keep all of your leftovers (and friends’ leftovers) for lunch the next day. If it is possible, try and cook your own breakfast, it will save you time in the mornings and ensure that you get first chair.

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Terrain: Make friends! Drop the shyness and get to know the locals. Starting up a conversation with someone at the coffee shop, on the hill or in the bar can be beneficial. Don’t be pushy about asking for beta. Usually, if you get someone talking about something they have a passion for (skiing, touring, etc) the info will eventually slip out and then you can start asking questions. If you are venturing off of the resort, definitely check the local avalanche forecast and avalanche history for that season. It is OK to ask questions, even in foreign countries where there is a language barrier; the ski community is friendly and wants to help you find the goods.

Social Media: Make sure to continuously post photos to your social media feed of you getting faceshots, standing at the top of cool lines, and drinking beer. Make your friends jealous. I bet they join you next year for another ski bum getaway.

K2 Ski Alliance in the Swiss Alps

Upon the arrival of spring in the Alps, a trifecta of K2 Ski Alliance ladies descended on the small mountain village of Mürren, Switzerland with big smiles, endless dance moves and mad shred skills. Good contacts and word of a hefty snowpack led us to the Schilthorn mountain, which juts directly out of the town of Mürren, to film ski segments for K2’s team movie as well as Lynsey Dyer’s all female ski film, Pretty Faces. After a lengthy day of travel, Pip Hunt, Amie Engerbretson and myself settled comfortably into the Hotel Jungfrau and gawked at the glorious views of the Jungfrau, Mönch, and Eiger for the rest of the evening. We were primed and ready for the next weeks of great skiing and serious fun.

Our amazingly talented videographer (and Amie’s father), Jeff Engerbretson, cracked over the radio “camera ready whenever you are, the light is great right now.” Across the way, on-top of a rocky peak; Amie giggles and pulls the radio out of her pocket, “Jeeze dad, just hang on a second OK? We are gopro-ing heel click shots up here.” This set the tone for our trip. All fun and play with a little seriousness mixed in. Filming ski segments can be tough; the snow, avalanche conditions, weather, and light all need to align in order to get a worthy shot. Of course, assuming the athlete is perfectly on her mark, which we always were. Our group dynamic proved ideal, from prepping to drop into an intimidating steep chute or working through our Spice Girl-inspired dance routines, there was 100-percent support, 100-percent of the time.

We pushed ourselves to ski at our best ability, helping each other to overcome the fear and intimidation that goes along with pushing your personal skill. The words “yeah girl, you’ve got this,” had never meant so much. When your guide begins the first day by saying, “there is no showing off here, if you fall, you die,” moral support and camaraderie becomes very important. We all had our humbling experiences while on the Schilthorn, from being rung through a washing machine of sluff to literally skiing into snow-bridged, endlessly deep holes. Support from the other girls, along with a little stubbornness, had us hiking back up to try it again and again. The constantly changing snow conditions really kept us on our toes. We would ski knee-deep powder, corn, frozen avalanche debris, wind buff and rock hard ice all in the same day or even the same run!  K2’s new 13/14 Remedy 102 skis were ideal for these conditions as they were fat enough to float through the deep pow, but versatile enough to hold an edge on the steep, icy faces. For the few deeper days, we threw on the Remedy 117’s for a little extra float. This ski’s stability and 117 mm waist had us ripping fast turns and stomping all of our landings.

Throughout the two weeks, we spent about half of our time in the backcountry searching for untouched lines. Luckily, we had mountain guide and local legend, Hannes Stahli, to show us the ropes. Hannes became known for making THE perfect turn and was always the most excited person in the group. We struggled to keep up with him, well… all expect for Pip, who’s super lightweight K2 TalkBack skis had her leading the charge uphill. This ski floated beautifully through wind buff and a few cm’s of fresh, putting her out front on the descent as well. At the end of each day we would race each other through the on-slope villages, throwing in as many spread eagles as possible, eventually ending at Hotel Jungfrau’s Gondel Bar. The Goldel Bar proved to be the ideal place for après with its plethora of booze, in-house game of stump and custom made couch sled.

We became known around town as the Schilthorn girls, or the K2 girls… or the three blonde girls. I believe we made quite the impression on the quiet mountain village, if not for our skiing, then definitely for our crazy dancing antics. Amie brought forth some serious skills from her ex-all-girl hip hop crew days and I was blown away when Pip busted out an impromptu Salt-n-Pepa rap segment through the streets of Mürren. We choreographed synchronized moves while walking through the village and sang on top of peaks. We were even lucky enough to haphazardly partake in the Schilthorn Tram’s first ever Harlem Shake.

It was the K2 Ski Alliance who brought us together and made a simple ski film trip into such as crazy fun adventure. Of course we were going to have the time of our lives, the Alliance harbors camaraderie and all out fun. It wouldn’t have happened any other way. Anyone can become a part of the Alliance; it is simply a huge grouping of wonderful women in all parts of the ski industry from professional athletes to product developer to sales representatives and any woman that skis on K2. Check it out and maybe find a little inspiration to do a ski trip of your own.  You can keep updated through the K2 Ski Alliance Facebook page as well as on Instagram @k2_ski_alliance.

 

Photos by Jeff Engerbretson

Words by McKenna Peterson