Not bad for the first week of November.
Not bad for the first week of November.
There was a lot of fanfare to go along with Solitude’s season opener. It didn’t really seem to matter that Brighton had stolen the show the day before. I sat and watched the fanfare unfold through social media as I was stuck at work until 2pm. On a normal day I would never consider leaving work at 2pm and driving to Solitude to catch the last hour of skiing. But today was no ordinary day, it was Opening Day and I had a free pass waiting for me at the ticket office.
Back in August, a day before my wedding, I received a Facebook message saying that I had won the “Solitude Clam My Run” contest. The Grand Prize was a free season’s pass. A few months back I had submitted a video of myself skiing an untouched powder run in Honeycomb Canyons. I had the highest rated video on ClamMyRun.com and I was awarded a full season’s pass for my “hard work”.
Note: this was the winning video. Not a video of conditions on Opening Day.
I figured Opening Day would be a great time to pick up my pass, ski a few runs, and thank the people in charge of the promotion that I had won. I did all of that in under an hour. Another weak “ski day” I guess. But who’s counting?…. ok I’m counting. Who else is counting that matters? Nobody. …. why am I even writing this?
November 8th. Opening Day at Solitude. Ski Day #5. Count it!
I missed out on the first ski days of the season while Liz and I were in Costa Rica for our honeymoon. I’m not complaining. And based on the pictures and video from that first day, I didn’t miss much. Just a slow mo turn or two set to some Americana music.
My first day was a lot better. The #PowderPosse made their way to Alta following a foot or so of new snow. We skinned to the top of Collins Lift at Alta. I was out of shape, but managed to keep up on the skin track.
We ran into Jim Harris, a photographer from PerpetualWeekend.com, at the top of my first run of the season. As we de-skinned and geared up for some powder turns, I noticed I had forgotten my goggles in the car. I had no choice but to ski in sunglasses. Then, as Jim took some photos, I dropped in for my first turns of the season. I snagged a rock on that first turn, lost a ski and rolled. Hell of a start to the season. Luckily, Jim got the shot, actually a whole tumbling sequence. Here are the first and last posts of that sequence:
Pretty funny. And Alta re-posted the photo of me covered in snow on their Facebook Page and Instagram account. Who else can say that about their first turn of the season? That’s how big of a deal I, Adam Fehr of AdamFehr.com, am.
I found my ski and enjoyed a powder-filled run. I even hit a jump. We skinned back up and skied another lap, but not before noticing I had lost my helmet. I would normally be skiing with it, but decided to forego the helmet in order to avoid the whole helmet-and-sunglass look for obvious reasons.
I lost some vert on my second run as I searched for the helmet. I eventually found it near the landing on the first run’s jump. We called it a day and started making our way down Collins towards the car, stopping of course to take some photos and video on the way..
The photos and videos turned out pretty good. Matt made a video. I didn’t have time to make a video. Hell, it’s two and a half weeks later and I finally wrote about my first ski day of the season. I usually have this first-post-of-the-season thing written in the car on the way home from Day #1. Here’s Matt’s video, because I know you were dying to see it (notice me killing it in the super slow mo shot at 1:30).
It will be hard to beat last year’s first day at Powder Mountain as the media coverage was significantly less this season, but the skiing was actually a lot better. Great first day of the season.
This short edit features some of the best powder skiing I have ever seen. It doesn’t hurt that it was filmed by a bunch of local guys at Alta. The kids from Dubsatch are so much fun to watch ski and jump off things. This video has me more fired up for ski season than any video I’ve seen this ski movie season. Nice work guys.
Hard to believe it’s been a full year since Matt and I skied the first powder day of the season at Powder Mountain. Our pictures and videos from that day made the rounds on the local news stations and across the various social media outlets. It was a lot of fun to watch.
I haven’t had a chance to ski yet this season. A bunch of kids have been skiing Guardsman’s Pass for a few weeks. My ski buddy, Matt, skied Alta last week while I was out of town on my honeymoon.
A storm is shaping up to hit us sometime next week. Maybe I’ll be posting some preseason skiing posts soon.
My video from last year:
For the second year in a row, I’m attempting to write a recap of a Level 1 movie I barely remember watching. Last year I pre-gamed a little too much on the way to the premiere and forgot a lot of the movie.
An excerpt from last year’s recap:
We found our way to the rooftop afterparty somewhere in downtown SLC. Then off to the Jackalope for a few drinks. Then we were asked to leave.
This year I made plan for the night and a sincere effort to delay serious cocktail consumption until the after-party. It worked… and it didn’t.
The Depot did a much better job handling the crowd at this year’s Level 1 premiere. Last year I remember waiting in line at will call, followed by a half hour wait to have my ID checked by the lone girl assigned to the task. It took forever and I attribute some of my memory loss of the night’s events to the wait, and subsequent rush to the bar after getting my Over-21 Wristband. To make matter worse, the venue only staffed a couple bartenders. So a trip to the bar for a beer turned into a trip to the bar for four beers and four shots of Fireball (before it was a trend). But that was last year.
This year’s event flowed a lot smoother. Lines were short and the whole scene was a lot more relaxed. I spent a lot of the movie talking to friends, ski buddies, the pros (some from the movie, others you might not expect to see at a Level 1 film), and other ski industry acquaintances I hadn’t seen since the lifts stopped spinning back in the spring.
The best skiing action took place on the main screen on the lower level of the venue. The top two screens at the Over-21 section were washed out, potentially contributing to my lack of focus on the film itself.
I missed the Wallisch Project completely. I caught the majority of the 4bi9 film and was impressed. The main feature, Level 1′s Partly Cloudy, started and my memory of the event is in line with the film’s title. My favorite segments had to be Chris Logan’s and Wiley Miller’s. I’m not sure what stood out about those, but I remember liking them. And by liking, I mean telling everyone within shouting distance how good those guys are at skiing.
Honestly, I don’t think I watched any other segments, but I remember having a great time talking with friends and getting stoked for the upcoming season. Isn’t that the point of premiere season anyway? I’m going to wind up downloading the movie on iTunes and playing it at the shop so many times that I’ll be able to watch the film with my eyes closed.
After a few more cocktails at The Depot we made our way to the impromptu after-party at The Jackalope. Beers were free if you mentioned “Budweiser” to the bartender. I tested it out and it worked. Then it worked again. And again. And again. And I think a few more times after that.
We grabbed a slice of pizza at the Pie Hole, then some Wendy’s and our DD took us home.
The Level 1 premiere is one of my favorite events of the year. It kicks off ski movie premiere season and gets everyone stoked for the upcoming season. This year’s premiere was even better than the last.
And I achieved my night’s goal to some extent.
Adam’s Level 1 Premiere Goals for 2013:
I feel it’s safe to say that the SLC premier of Level 1′s Partly Cloudy was a huge success.
Big Kahuna rapid on the Snake River near Alpine, Wyoming. Travis, Byron and I fall off the Fish Hunter. Soren runs into Travis… but he got the shot.
A chronological account of my 2012-2013 ski season, with music!!!
The season started October 23, 2012 with some preseason powder turns at Powder Mountain.
Then I skied some powder and jumping off things.
Then I tore my MCL at Alta.
Four weeks later I was back on skis.
I skied a lot of powder in the backcountry.
Got concussed in Squaw Valley, USA.
Skied some more pow.
Did some party skiing at Snowbird.
Oh and one last powder day in (almost) June.
The season lasted 7 months, and 6 days of powder skiing in Utah (and California).
I managed 61 days on the slopes.
Paid (actually I still owe) $3000 in medical bills.
And despite below average snowfall and a time missed due to injury, it was one of the best seasons I can remember.
Empire of the Sun – “Alive”
Snoop Lion – “Here Comes the King”
Yes, it’s still snowing at Alta and no we are not all sick of it. If it continues to snow the Powder Posse will continue to ski it. We live for this stuff.