BURTON HI-FIVE MITT

Its difficult to find gloves with a good balance of dexterity and warmth. This is especially evident when splitboarding in New England, trying to fix a broken tail clip in an arctic, wind whipped forest. The Burton Hi-Five Mitt strikes a dexterous balance when precision is required. Billed to ease filming and photography, which it also does, the quickly deployable finger zipper exposes your bare digits for playing with straps, clips, vents, or even checking your pins..

Quickly deployable finger zipper.

Quickly deployable finger zipper.

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POWDER PRESENTS

The mountains in northern Vermont were hammered with a very significant up-slope snow event last night. Snow fell at rates of up to 2″ per hour. The Jay Peak area got hit the hardest with almost two feet over night! The snow was super light and induced many White Chambers®. We will have a short GoPro edit coming soon, but until then, try to keep the saliva off you keyboard while you stare at this photo.

Jesse exiting the White Chamber® on his TJ Brand - straight from Japan.

Jesse exiting the White Chamber® on his TJ Brand – straight from Japan.

PRESIDENTIAL POWDER

Hour long lift lines? Logo riddled Starter jackets? Jeans and sunglasses? Step-ins and jester hats? Yup, its a holiday weekend. This Presidents Day weekend was preceded by a week long thaw that melted low elevation snow, but placed several feet of new snow along the spine of the Greens. Avoiding the crowds, we dipped into many high elevation nooks and crannies in search of a powder harvest fit for a president.

The valley was lost in the clouds.

The valley was lost in the clouds.

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GARUKA BARS: FIRST TAKE

This winter, we were given the opportunity to pair up with Garuka Bars, a Vermont based energy bar company that uses Vermont-Made Raw Honey to make their bars. We will be writing a full review of their bars in the near future, but for now, we thought we would tell you how much we like them so that you can go try them for yourself! You can even order a sample for a measly $0.99! You’d be a fool not to take them up on that offer.

They are packed with effective local energy, have a delicious honey peanut butter flavor, and most importantly, they don’t freeze!

With the abundance of snow we have received in Vermont at the end of December, we have been putting Garuka Bars to the test this past week while filming for DTK Episode 3.1!

Garuka

Kept us going for lots of earned laps!

HEADING NORTH PT. 2

The second installment of our trip to the Chic Chocs puts us a few days deep on a week of earning it in early March during the low-tide winter of 2012. 30km from the truck and 12 hours north of Vermont, we’re yurt-living and stacking vert deep in the wilds of Quebec’s Gaspe Peninsula with guides Francois and Bruno of Vertigo Adventures. However, even this far north; we still can’t shake that fickle east coast weather. Mother Nature may throw us a curveball, but we don’t strike out.

BLUEBIRD POW

Bluebird powder day? On the East Coast? In November? You betcha. A solid 8-10″ was dropped on Vermont’s high peaks Thursday evening. Friday morning came with crystal clear skies, light winds, bitter cold temps, and lots of new snow. We busted out a few lift serviced runs, then grabbed the split for a few laps off the beaten path.

DUSTING THE RUST

It was a long summer. We did our best to keep in shape with biking and hiking, but nothing can keep those skinning muscles free of rust. After some record breaking warmth, it looks like we are finally in a prolonged cold pattern – great for making snow. Before the resort opens to the masses, it was time to break through the rust, stretch out the lungs, and find the glide.

Beautiful dawn light silhouetting Mount Mansfield.

Making our way through the remnants of foliage season. Snow in the distance.

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HEADING NORTH PT. 1

DTK – Check Your Pins Season 2 Episode 2

Unless we get a late season dump, the storm of February 25th will be remembered as the best of a lackluster season in New England.  A few days after maximizing the snow in Vermont we headed north to the Chic Chocs on the Gaspe peninsula of Quebec, Canada.  We left early to complete the double-digit windshield hours and follow the shores of the St. Lawrence to the northeast.  A night in a cheap motel and a few Tim Hortons stops later we sorted our gear and set off to explore some terrain and ride with Vertigo Adventures, a guiding operation suppossedly light on frills but heavy on vert and powder at the northern end of the Appalachian range.


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GETTING THE NOD

Record breaking warmth decimated our shallow snowpack throughout the month of March. Most resorts melted out before April showers even had a chance to fall. Thankfully, Old Man Winter made an appearance and gave us the nod by dumping two feet of wet snow along the spine of the Greens this week. See the photos for more.

Minimal snow and slush in the parking lot.

No snow down low.

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CHASING IT DOWN

Check Your Pins Episode 2.1

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While some are calling this the “winter that never was,” for those willing to put in the work, there have been no shortage of good days. Ice, crust, and dust are the ingredients we’re left to work with here in New England, but when the recipe is right, it’s fun no matter what. Chasing the snow has been what this winter is all about, and we’ll be following it until the mountains run dry.