Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
Monday, November 8, 2010
That sound you hear is the sound of all the new schoolers of the skiing world rejoicing.
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Monday, October 25, 2010
Colorado ski season officially opened yesterday at Loveland Ski Area, followed quickly by today's opening at Arapahoe Basin.
Most Colorado ski areas will open sometime in November.
Since my last day of skiing was Memorial Day, I'm eager to get my skis on and take a few turns at A-Basin.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
But I really like those Chilean miners' t-shirts. Might even try to get me one...
Have you seen the words on the back of their shirts?
Spanish: "Porque en su mano estan los profundidades de la tierra, Y las alturas de los montes son suyas."
English: "In his hand are the depths of the earth;
the heights of the mountains are his also."
These are the words of Psalm 95, verse 4.
And so, while people around the world wait for the last man to be hauled up out of that deep hole in the earth, the Obsessive Skier offers up this prayer:
Thank you, Father in Heaven, for the faith being proclaimed by so many of the Chilean miners being rescued today. Thank you for the enduring hope of their families and rescuers that helped them to persevere. And thank you for ruling providentially over all of our lives. We rejoice together with people around the world today as each man is released from the Fenix 1 capsule. We pray for each of the 33 miners and their families to recover fully and remember your purposes for their lives. At the same time, we realize that there are still so many suffering in this world. We pray that you would rescue them too. And in those moments to come when we're trapped in our own sufferings and you are our only hope of rescue, help us to keep trusting in You. In Jesus' name, Amen.
Thank you cnn.com for the photos.
Friday, October 1, 2010
Saturday, September 25, 2010
This is a post by a proud papa.
My very cool 12-year-old daughter brought her guns to the first bouldering competition of the season today at The Spot Bouldering Gym in our beloved Boulder. Anna placed 5th among the girls of the Youth B division with a combined total of 16,900 points! WAY TO GO, ANNA!!!
Youth teams from across Colorado assembled at The Spot today to participate in USA Climbing's American Bouldering Series (ABS) of competitions. This was Anna's first competition as a member of USA Climbing and ABS, and her 5th place finish was awesome!
Congratulations to everyone on Anna's team, team sik byrd out of Movement Climbing + Fitness in Boulder, and thanks to Anna's great team of coaches at Movement: Chelsea, Andrew, Jimmy, Angie & Taylor.
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Anybody want to see Warren Miller's Wintervention with me on opening night, Tuesday, November 9th at the Boulder Theater?
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Maier is the man whose 1998 crash at the Nagano Olympics is the stuff of legend.
Maier will head to Cape Town, South Africa on Dec. 8, his 38th birthday. From there, crews will travel to the Russian Antarctic base of Novo to begin their trek to the pole.
Maier's teammates include triathlete and ORF broadcaster Tom Walek, while the German team is highlighted by triathlete Joey Kelly and television commentator Markus Lanz. Each team's remaining two members will be determined by a series of contests that wrap up this month.
Teams will travel on touring skis, pulling a sled with a tent and supplies. A 25-member support crew will travel alongside. The 248-mile trip, which is expected to last 16 days, will head out of Novo on Christmas morning.
Monday, August 30, 2010
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Cuchara is nestled among the Spanish Peaks (pictured here in the summer), a beautiful spot on the eastern side of the Sangre De Cristo Mountains that is easily accessible from I-25 about 60 miles south of Pueblo.
The Obsessive Skier and his family pass by Cuchara at least a couple of times each year, on our way to and from visits with grandparents in Northern New Mexico.
Best wishes to Bruce Cantrell and the new Huerfano County Recreation District! Their non-profit approach just might be the key to Cuchara's long-term viability as a skiing-oriented recreation destination.
One suggestion: Put in the mountain coaster and summer tubing ASAP!!! The Obsessive Skier and his family would definitely stop for a ride with or without snow on the ground...
Thanks to @oscskiing for the tweet that made the Obsessive Skier aware of this good news.
Friday, August 20, 2010
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Perhaps it's because of the debt crisis facing that poor country. I saw this article on the interwebs today and now everything is making sense.
Dubai, I feel your pain.
Monday, July 26, 2010
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Jon Shields, writing in the Wall Street Journal, gives us a respectful and encouraging summary of this unique man's life. Please click here to read the article.
PS: I will buy a cookie for anyone who can tell me the name of the man pictured next to Bol in this photo.
Monday, June 21, 2010
I was shocked by how quickly the snow had melted since my last skiing day there just a few weeks ago on Memorial Day.
This article explains why the snow is melting so fast and the spring runoff is so rapid.
Monday, May 24, 2010
Wenzel Peikert's Slot Couloir wins Chris Davenport's award for the 'Line of the Year' - love this photo because it give a strong sense of anticipation- skiing a steep and narrow couloir in tough weather conditions.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
I am so glad that God brought Adam into our lives.
He now teaches guitar to our Anna.
And he leads the team of musicians at Christchurch.
Did I mention that I'm so glad that God brought Adam into our lives?
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
It wasn't that long ago that Chris Davenport became the first person to make a ski descent of all of Colorado's 14,000 foot peaks in one year.
This week, Christy Mahon added her name to the list of ski mountaineering giants when she became the first woman to record a ski descent of all of Colorado's 14-ers.
And as usual, Jason Blevins of the Denver Post lets us all in on the story in the Outdoor Extremes section.
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Good runs are still out there.
I plan to keep skiing in Colorado through the summer of 2010. I will post again when I do.
In the meantime, I'm getting inspired by those who are finding good runs in some unexpected places. Such as this dude...
Ouch. I've never seen a face plant on a concrete floor before...
Here's a longer escalator run with a better finish.
But it looks like there might have been some trouble on one of his test runs...
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
PS: In case you haven't heard, snus will cause your teeth to rot and fall out, and it will give you a terrible case of halitosis as your gums get diseased, and it will give you mouth cancer.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
While this season has been one of success for the U.S. Alpine Ski Team, it was also one of philanthropy as the athletes teamed up to help those affected by the earthquake in Haiti through donation and fundraising efforts.
The push began in January when members of the team, along with the global community of athletes on the World Cup, put their race bibs up for auction. Racers participating included U.S. all-stars Bode Miller (Franconia, NH), Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO), Julia Mancuso (Olympic Valley, CA), Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) and Andrew Weibrecht (Lake Placid, NY).
"I think we were all watching the incredible destruction going on in Haiti on TV and how poorly their infrastructure was able to handle it. It was clear that they needed help and raising money was the best way to do that," said Scott Macartney (Crystal Mountain, WA) who spearheaded the group's efforts. "I thought the auction was incredibly successful. It is the best bib of the season, autographed by the athlete and it was in high demand. I think every athlete was happy to help out!"
The men put up individually signed race bibs from the 70th running of the famed Hahnenkamm downhill in Kitzbuehel, Austria, and the women signed bibs from the World Cup super G Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy. All auction items were placed on eBay and in the end, the results were astounding.
Counts at the close of the auctions held that the race bibs earned $90,000 in online auctions for the earthquake relief effort in Haiti, with the highest earner being the bib of Didier Cuche of Switzerland, who was the Hahnenkamm winner and whose signed bib was purchased for $16,209. Of the U.S. men, Miller earned the most at $2,504. Vonn's bib went for $8,600 and Ligety earned $1,075.
"Thanks to everyone who bought a bib to help Haiti! Your help goes a long way," Vonn said.
But, Vonn wasn't ready to stop her philanthropic efforts there and enlisted the help of one of TV's most popular funny women to get people to keep thinking about Haiti.
Following her Olympic success, Vonn stopped by for a visit with Ellen DeGeneres and, after receiving a pair of Head skis and Leki poles featuring Ellen's face on them, the Olympic champ thought that the items would be better served in the aid of Haiti.
Vonn signed the poles, DeGeneres wrote an official letter to accompany them, and they were placed on eBay with the promise that proceeds would go to the American Red Cross Haiti Relief Fund. In the end, the items sold for $1,575.
While the athlete auctions are now closed, people can still get involved in the cause to help Haiti through the Red Cross here.
Monday, March 15, 2010
Friday, March 5, 2010
Monday, March 1, 2010
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Julia Mancuso has been medaling like a feminine banshee.
Andrew Weibrecht came up strong in the Men's Super-G with a bronze that the Obsessive Skier did not expect.
And to top it all off, Bode Miller is growing up and focusing on his racing this year. His gold medal performance in today's super combined has caused The Obsessive Skier to reflect and say: "This may be the best performing US Ski Team ever."
I'm definitely going to be cheering on Ted Ligety during Tuesday's Men's Giant Slalom. Let's go "Shred"! Beat Ben Reich!
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
to the place that you appointed for them."
Beautiful sunrise this morning. Couldn't help but take a detour to one of my favorite overlooks along Highway 128 as the sun broke over the eastern horizon. Fresh snow on the plains and up the Flatirons all the way to the Continental Divide. What a joy it is to be alive and to enjoy God's creation.
Monday, February 8, 2010
Who is Jimmie Huega? He was one of the first Americans to win an Olympic medal in alpine skiing. He died today at the Balfour Center in Louisville, Colorado. I had no idea that one of my heroes was living so close to where I live.
Father, I pray for Jimmie Huega's family and friends as they grieve. Thank you that because of Jesus none of us need to grieve without hope of eternal life in Him. Amen.
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
I told my kids that story last night, and encouraged them to hang up their own brown socks for The Great Groundhog. As you can see, HE CAME!
Happy Groundhog Day!
Saturday, January 30, 2010
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
2010 U.S. OLYMPIC ALPINE SKI TEAM
(name, hometown, age as of opening ceremonies, birthdate, (past Olympics))
Will Brandenburg, Spokane, Wash., 23, 1/1/87
Jimmy Cochran, Keene, NH., 28, 5/29/81 (2006)
Erik Fisher, Middleton, Idaho, 24, 3/21/1985
Tommy Ford, Bend, Ore., 20, 3/20/89
Tim Jitloff, Reno, Nev., 25, 1/11/1985
Nolan Kasper, Warren, Vt., 20, 3/27/89
Ted Ligety, Park City, Utah, 25, 8/31/84 (2006)
Bode Miller, Franconia, NH., 32, 10/12/77 (1998, 2002, 2006)
Steven Nyman, Sundance, Utah, 28, 2/12/82 (2006)
Marco Sullivan, Squaw Valley, Calif., 29, 4/27/80 (2002, 2006)
Andrew Weibrecht, Lake Placid, NY., 24, 2/10/86
Jake Zamansky, Aspen, Colo., 28, 6/26/81
Stacey Cook, Mammoth Mountain, Calif., 25, 7/3/84 (2006)
Hailey Duke, Boise, Idaho, 24, 9/17/85
Julia Mancuso, Olympic Valley, Calif., 25, 3/9/84 (2002, 2006)
Chelsea Marshall, Pittsfield, Vt., 27, 11/15/82
Megan McJames, Park City, Utah, 22, 9/24/87
Alice McKennis, Glenwood Springs, Colo., 20, 8/19/89
Kaylin Richardson, Edina, Minn., 25, 9/28/1984
Sarah Schleper, Vail, Colo., 30, 2/19/79 (1998, 2002, 2006)
Leanne Smith, Conway, NH., 22, 5/28/87
Lindsey Vonn, Vail, Colo. 25, 10/18/84 (2002, 2006)