Thursday, December 31, 2009

Welcome to 2010!!

A glance at 2009

I can't believe it, but 2009 is over. The last year has been great. I picked out some photos from the year. Most are probably repeats, but I like them. This year is going out with a bang...

What's the plan for 2010? First and far most important, finishing my engineering degree. I need to get that off my back... I should be done in May. If the benz doesn't give out on me, I plan on chasing some snow this winter. I'd like to make it back to Utah and Tahoe and maybe up to Montana and where ever else the snow takes me. Hopefully a road trip and heli skiing home in AK in April. Last and definitely not least, I'd like to win the lottery.

Bring on 2010!

[ Starting off 2009 right. ]

[ This is how we do it in Alaska. ]

 [ Snow. Lots of snow. ]

 [ Posing on $28,000 geese statues. ]

 [ Jackson Hole backcountry. Can't wait for it to fill in this season... ]

[ Phil ripping Pinedale Canyon. ]

[ Sunrise ski on Glory. ]

[ Julie in Granite Canyon. ]

[ Break neck. ]

[ This is how we bought our RV. We do it for America. ] 

 [ Jake posing with the Benz... and the Tatsvan. ]

[ Touring Coal Creek with Jacki in the Spring. ]

[ Purser during a spring booter-sesh in Teton Pass. ]

 [ Late-night skate sesh. ]

[ Tahoe. ]

[ San Francisco... probably my favorite city. ]

[ Wine Country. ]

[ Country music and muddin'. ]

[ My summer life. ]

[ This is where I live. ] 

 [ Summertime and the livin's easy. ]

[ Gros Ventre fires. ]

 [ First ski of the 09/10 season. ]

 [ View from my road in Alaska. ]

Tats lives a rough life.

Check out the article from the Idaho Mountain Express.

Free skier Chris Tatsuno won a dream-come-true pass to some of the best ski resorts in the Canadian Rockies this winter.

His 90-second Youtube video was chosen from 100 entries in the Kootenay Rockies Ultimate Ski Bum contest.

As the winner, he will receive eight season passes at eight resorts on Canada's "Powder Highway," including Revelstoke, Red Mountain and Fernie Alpine Resort.

Known as the "TatsMan in the TatsVan," the 26 year-old Sun Valley native will trade in his old ski-bum mobile for the use of a complimentary Dodge Nitro this season. He will be spending nights at his choice of 22 hotels along the way.

"The real kicker is the 16 helicopter and cat-track skiing operations up there. I get a free day of skiing with each of them," he said.

Tatsuno rides for, Poc, Trew Gear, Discrete and Blizzard-Tecnica skis and boots. His winning video can be seen at

"I'm a professional ski bum now," Tatsuno said.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Photos from Christmas

Christmas dinner was amazing. Jake charchol grilled the turkey and made the gravy. Billy carved the meat. Chris brought the ham. I cooked up some mashed potatoes. With a few other sides and plenty of wine, the feast was a success!


Monday, December 28, 2009

Where's the snow?

I think it's been close to a solid month now with no significant snowfall in Jackson. We've had several storm warnings that didn't pull through. Aside from AV where snow was made early season, it's hard to ski the upper mountain without hitting rocks. We've been getting dozens of skis everyday in the shop needing repair work. There's snow on the forecast for the end of the week... hopefully things flip around soon.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

by the looks of the house this morning, i think we had a very merry christmas...

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!

Just another day in paradise. It's almost time for some breakfast and gifts. Alex and I are going skiing this morning in the Village followed by work in the shop this afternoon. Tonight will be good food, good drinks, and good friends- a potluck dinner at our place. Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Tram Opening

Thanks to Julie, there is some documentation of yesterday's fun. I went to the mountain with the girls and hopped on the first box of the season. We got some good shredding in. Definitely need some more coverage though- we hit a lot of rocks.


Saturday, December 19, 2009

Getting on the first tram of the 2009/2010 season this morning... SEND IT!!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Tree Cutting

I went out to Fall Creek Road with Annie and Alex to find a Christmas tree the other day. We found a little guy about 6 feet tall. It was a good adventure. To finish off the day we cooked a great dinner with some wine and finished off the night with some drinks. Solid.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Discrete Headwear

Julian Carr of Discrete headwear hooked me up with some Doyonators. Discrete has a unique style that stands out in a crowd. These beanies can be rocked on the slopes or around town- you can't go wrong either way. Check out!


Despite the coolant leak in the Benz, my quick trip to Utah was a success. I was able to meet up and ride with some good buddies from college.

I drove down Sunday night, rode Brighton Monday and Tuesday, and drove back to Jackson Tuesday night. I got slammed and double-ejected on Monday and am still aching from it today. We got pounded with snow Monday night and were able to ride knee to thigh deep on Tuesday. First real powder turns of the season so I was able to take my Atomic Blogs out for a test ride!

Here are a few photos from the trip. I didn't feel like lugging the SLR around on the slopes, but hopefully I can grab some photos from Sean to post soon.