Powder goes boom
These snowboard and ski DVDs will get your adrenaline going
If you think ripping down the slopes of Alyeska is the epitome of extreme skiing and snowboarding, it’s time to get out your credit card, order one of these 2013 release DVDs and think again.
There are skiers and snowboarders out there who are doing things most of us can only dream of, and what’s even more impressive is that there are people who are out there capturing it all on video for us to enjoy. The following is just a small sample of what’s available. Check online or in local video stores for the releases; some production companies offer online downloads, as well.
$34.95 (Released Sept. 15, 2013) Produced by Déjà vu
This is a snowboard movie project in the making featuring the authenticity of a crew of friends who grew up sharing a dream. Featuring riders Will Lavigne, Louif Paradis, Frank April, Lnp, Alex Cantin, Nic Sauve, Phil Jacques and Ben Bilocq.
$19.95 (Released Sept. 15, 2013) Produced by Bald E-Gal
Features snowboarders Clay Hatzenbuhler, Krister Ralles, Drew Poganski, Matthew Boudreaux, Randy Vannurden, Nate Lavik, Ryan Barker and Shane Ruprecht and: Dan Brisse, Brent Mohs, Brandon Larson, TJ Antisdel, Dan Vinzant, Joe Mertes, Jordan Michilot, Austin Young, Mike Casanova, Justin Henigen, Mike Liddle, Charlie Fenton, Peter Limberg and Corey Wissink, among others.Bottom of Form
Jake Blauvelt Naturally
$14.95 (Release date: Oct. 15, 2013) Produced by Jake Blauvelt
Jake Blauvelt and company hunt for new lines across the world in “Naturally,” a snowboarding DVD two years in the making sponsored by Oakley and Adidas.
$34.95 (Released Sept. 24, 2013) Produced by Transworld Snowboarding
Nation DVD is a 10-inch x 10-inch limited-edition photo book with DVD. Nation brings together a crew of mountain men, rookies, legends, contest kids, and street shredders from around the world. The goal is to showcase all aspects of snowboarding and put a time stamp on the current state of the nation.
$26.99 (Released this Fall) by Keep the Change
Watch as the best lineup of up-and-coming riders put their blood, sweat and fears aside to get the shot. Features: Dylan Dragotta, Johnny O’Connor, Mark Wilson, Cody Beirsdorf, Spencer Schubert, Sam Taxwood, Brandon Hobush, Austin Young, Derrek Lever, Blake Paul, Toni Kerkelä and Mike Ravelson.
$21.95 (Released Fall 2013) Produced by Powderwhore
Features Jake Sakson, Noah Howell, Andrew Mclean, Dylan Freed, Chris Davenport. Seth Wescott, Matt Reardon, Darrell Finlayson, Bob Athey, PY Leblanc, Drew Sroecklein, Ian Provo, Neil Provo, Chuck Mumford, Jason Thompson, Forrest Coots and Todd Stuart. Some locations shot in Alaska, at Mount Foraker.
$29.95 (Released September 2013) Produced by Sherpas Cinema
Blur the lines between dream state and reality, as you perceive the world through the minds of many. “Into the Mind” contemplates the experiences passed between mentors and peers to paint a philosophical portrait of human kind. What drives us to overcome challenge? How do we justify risk? What forces are at the core of a mountain addiction? Unique athlete segments over a multitude of mountain sport genres, depict the connectivity of Earth and window into never seen before moments.
Legend of Ahhh’s
$16.95 (Released Sept. 3, 2013) by Greg Stump
Blizzard of Aahhh’s is credited with putting extreme skiing on the map back in ’88, and with changing lives. Now, 25 years after the release of his ground-breaking film, Greg Stump and his raconteur filmmaking techniques return to the ski-film genre with Legend of Aahhh’s. Features never-before-seen interviews with legendary ski-film greats Warren Miller, Dick Barrymore, Otto Lang, John Jay and more.
$29.95 (Release date Oct. 8, 2013) by Matchstick Productions
Red Bull Media and Matchstick Productions present “McConkey,” a 90-minute ski documentary chronicling the life of the legendary Shane McConkey. The movie features interviews with his friends and family as it paints an inspirational portrait of one of the world’s most innovative and gifted freeskiing icons.
$29.95 (Release date Oct. 15, 2013) by Poor Boyz Productions
Five of the top pros and their closest pals embark on their own interpretations of a “trip of a lifetime,” taking them deep into new and uncharted territory. Sean Pettit ventures further in his home turf of British Columbia. Watch as he trades the comfy cat lodge for a glacier camp, finding unexpected sources of fun in the backcountry. Pep Fujas pinpoints a remote Alaska lighthouse to use as a home base, where he launches a heli-expedition and finds fresh terrain to attack. And that’s just the beginning. ◆
Professional opinions as to what
weather will come
Even though we can’t see into the future and can only guess as to what this winter’s weather will be — it’s always fun to try.
The National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center is speculating that in the coming few months almost all of Alaska has an equal chance of having “colder than normal, or warmer than normal,” winter weather. The only area the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration feels certain about is in the far, far north, past the Arctic Circle. Their computers have crunched the data and they’re pretty sure that temperatures will be warmer than “usual.”
As for precipitation, NOAA feels (don’t hold your breath) that the entire state may get more or may get less than normal precipitation. To delve further into NOAA’s very scientific findings, start by visiting http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov.
As always, The Old Farmer’s Almanac knows what people want. We want to hear specifics, something we can cling to, whether or not there’s any shred of scientific reason for it.
And so, OFA is calling for seasonable weather in mid-October. They say there will be a mixture of rain and snow on or about Oct. 23-28. Then in November things get interesting. OFA says that temperatures will be a couple of degrees above normal in the north, and a degree colder elsewhere. Then they go on to report, “Snowfall will be above normal in most of the state, with the snowiest periods occurring in mid-December and early May in the north; early November, mid- to late December, mid- to late February, and mid-March in central regions; and late November, late December, late February, and early March in southern regions.”
Did everyone comprehend that? They’re saying we’ll get more snow than normal. And, in central areas of the state, which assumes includes Southcentral Alaska, we’ll get our bulk of snow specifically in early November, the second half of December, more in the second half of February, and round things out with some nice snowfall in mid-March.
Looking back a couple of years ago, Southcentral had a bit of a rainy spell toward the end of summer, much like we’ve experienced this year. That prompted several experts to predict that that would amount to a lot of snow in the 2012-13 winter.
Could The Old Farmer’s Almanac be onto something? Could we, in fact, be in store for above average snowfall just like two winters ago?
We can only hope.
– Justin Matley
White Mountains 100 opens lottery
Come run, bike or ski 100 miles across Interior Alaska, in the Fifth annual White Mountains 100 Race, set for March 30, 2014. The lottery and registration for the highly coveted race opens at 11:59 p.m. Oct. 15, and 65 entrants will be selected. There also will be a waitlist – both will be announced on Oct. 16. Visit the White Mountains 100 website at http://wm100.endurancenorth.org/ for details about registration, the lottery procedure, race dates, maps and photos.
Parks and Rec’s Little Nordic Ski Club kicks off
Children ages 4 and 5 who want to learn how to cross-country ski can choose from one of two Anchorage Parks and Recreation Little Nordic Ski Club lessons this fall. Session I meets 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays Nov. 12-Dec. 17 or 1-2 p.m. Saturdays Nov. 16-Jan. 4. Choose from two times for Session II as well: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays Jan. 14-March 4 or 1-2 p.m. Saturdays Jan. 18-March 8. The cost is $50 per session, and no skiing experience is necessary. Skiers must provide their own equipment. Contact Margaret Timmerman, 343-4217
Beginning yoga series offered
Anchorage Parks and Recreation offers a beginning yoga series to get you limbered up for a season of winter activity. This Hatha yoga class, taught by Lisa McGuire, is for beginners and will include basic postures (asana), breathing techniques, introduction to meditation, and relaxation to open the heart, increase flexibility and strength to align the body, mind and spirit in a healthy, active way. Classes are held 6-7 p.m. Thursdays Oct. 17-Nov. 7 at the Selkregg Chalet. The cost is $24. Bring a yoga mat and wear loose, comfortable clothing. For more details, contact Margaret Timmerman, 343-4217; or Selkregg Chalet, 343-6992.
cross-country ski lessons begin
Adults who want to get fit, meet new ski partners and work on their skate skiing technique are invited to take part in early season training 7-8:30 p.m. Mondays Nov. 18 through Dec. 9. The cost is $45. Regular season intermediate training is $160, and meets 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays Jan. 7-Feb. 27. Beginner’s level classes are $80, and those classes meet 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays Jan. 8-Feb. 26. All classes are held at Kincaid Park. For details, contact Kincaid Outdoor Center at 343-6397 or Margaret Timmerman at 343-4217.
Snow Science conference explores winter safety issues
A workshop geared toward snow professionals is set for 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at Alaska Pacific University. The all-day conference will explore the dynamics of snow – and how temperature, depth and other conditions affect avalanche dangers. There will be presentations, discussion and networking. The cost is $20. Visit akavalancheworkshop.org for more details, and check November’s issue of Coast magazine for more on avalanche safety and awareness.