Yesterday King 5 New Day NW had Ingrid Backstrom and I onto the show to talk about the new Warren Miller film “No Turning Back” It was really fun to hang see Ingrid again and be able to talk about our segments. You can watch our entire interview by following the link below.
Next stop is Wisconsin for the film.
This post is going to be very easy. I woke up, walked to heli, Flew to Mt. Olympus and skied big lines, it was awesome… The end.
Just hanging out on top of Olympus. Photo- Mike Arzt
This was breakfast. was really stoked on skiing this face. Photo- Mike Arzt
the view from the top
My lines on the Left, Bibbys on the right
I love breakfast. view from the bottom
Tom Day getting the shot
Road shotgun in heli today
Tomorrow is the last day of the trip, we are going to try and go out with a bang.
Today was the most exciting adventure of the trip, both good and bad. Morning started off great with us waking up to blue bird skies and Mt. Olympus in the background. It was finally go time for the helicopter skiing part of this trip. The lift up to Olympus is only about 10 minutes, so we were up in the mountains in no time. It was really refreshing to see what the terrain had to offer and what the conditions would be like. We immediately found some decent size lines we wanted to ski. But it turns out the winds had hit the mountain hard the couple days before. So it wasn’t going to be waste deep pow, but at least it was still soft and buttery smooth. Josh and I tee’d up two pretty sweet lines early and were pretty stoked on what we had. On our third lift back up is when shit kind of hit the fan for me… We were scoping out a line Josh had picked out from the top, when we decided we need to move down the ridge a bit further. I started a kick turn and when I was bringing my other ski around the, cornice gave way. It broke off directly under my feet, and at first I thought I was going to be able to keep my balance and stay on. But it broke down to rocks and I fell about 5 ft backwards off a cliff following the cornice. The SUV sized cornice then triggered a 2-3ft fracture that propageted the length of the ridge. I was lucky in that there was no snow following me, so I was able to spin myself around and set an edge before reaching the cliff ban below. Needless to say that got the blood pumping this morning. The slide went pretty large, but I will let the photos show that. But hey can’t let something like that slow you down, just need to learn and move on. We finished up the day getting some really cool ski shots. The plan is to get up early again tomorrow and get back after it!
Warren Miller Crew- Greece edition.
From Sea to mountain top.
Tom Day getting the shot, door open.
Off to Olympus we go
I took the lookers left, Josh took lookers right.
Little screen grab from my line. blind.
Josh getting it.
For once I was taller!!
OOO HELLO! (pre avi)
It would of been one hell of a ride… really glad I didn’t take it
She went big…
If you can look close you can see where it broke and I fell in
this is were I was able to stop myself.
it could of been a long ride down…
The adventures never end. Today I can say I did something I never thought I would. We ended up in this town way up in the mountains, staying at this extremely cool place. The village has been around for ever, 100 plus years! Only about 500 people live here and everything you see just has that ancient feel. The village is tucked very high up in-between some huge mountains. But to get to the snow we had to hike about an 2 hours up… thats when we brought the calvery in. We rode horses up to the zone today, I have never been on a horse and today was pretty bad ass. We loaded up all the horses with the gear and us and took off to the zone. I have never experienced anything like this. Being up in the middle of no where in a very small village and surrounded by mountains like this. Today was one to remember and I thank all the locals and everyone that helped make it happen.
our place for a couple nights
Josh checking out the place
this town is extremely old
nothing like a little coffee
started from the bottom now we here..
Mike hanging with his ride
we got extreme on the way down. nordic walking
Just found out Ian Coble and I got the cover of the new Ski Presse mag. Not only did we get the cover but they did a full write up on Ian and gave him gallery. I made the cut in the gallery along with other athletes.
Cover shot ^
Elyse, Me and Amie up at stevens pass ^
Upper left corner ^
Bottom left corner^
Bottom right corner^
So all and all came away with some sick shots in the mags. Now its off to SIA for a couple days, but just my luck the minute I booked my ticket it starts snowing here in WA. O well will get back after it shooting when I get home.
Finally had some down time to edit all my GoPro footage from my trip to CMH. Wish I would of busted out the camera more and shoot some more footage, but at least this gives you a little taste of what it was like up there. Thanks again to everyone at CMH and K2 for having such a sick lodge and operation. really hope to get back up there and do some real filming in the future. The place has some amazing terrain!
This past week I was invited to head up to the CMH K2 Rotor Lodge. K2 and CMH have done something really special, in where they have turned their entire lodge into a K2 museum. The whole place is done the K2 way, from the bar to the rooms. One of the special things about the lodge is that the guests get to ski any new k2 skis they want, with them getting a free pair of any K2 skis the following year! The Reason I was sent up to the lodge last week was to hang with a Steep Deeps and Pillow Drops group. This group is different from most heli groups, in they are out looking for pillows and cliffs to hit. It was fun to ski with a group of guys out looking for the same thing I would be looking for on a daily basis. I also was able to get out and take some runs with some regular groups that come to the lodge. One thing I did get to witness that was cool, was one guest reach 8 MILLION! vert skied at CMH in his life time. Along with another hitting 1 MILLION! Thats insane and a lot of heli skiing. All and all it was a great trip and I was really excited to get up to CMH and ski a lot of pow. here are some photos and I am working on a small edit.
pow turns ^
Little switch skiing action ^
Meet the steep deeps and pillow drops crew ^
Heli Landing ^
I love me some pillow drops ^
Getting sendy ^
Found me lots of pillows there ^
Being out here in the mountains makes you feel small. these are the days I live for ^
You could say it was deep.^
Drops+Blueskies+Pow= Happy me ^
Until next time CMH. It was fun^
Working on a small video edit from the trip, should be dropping soon