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…
We have been traveling so much from village to village I honestly forgot what day we are on. All I do know is that we finally got out on the hill and got some really good shots. We went up to one of the local ski hills and built a jump for a day, and was able to hit it a couple times. It was really fun to catch some air and get our legs back under us. Now we are back in the spot where the heli is, and after a down day it is looking like we will FOR SURE! fly tomorrow (thats a promise from the heli pilot). I am more then excited to finally get out on Mt. Olympus and shred some Greek God pow! I will let the photos do the talking and kind of explain the last couple of days.
the local scene
Bibby checking out the scene
Just crushing the lifestyle Photo- Mike Arzt
can’t really explain this one… Photo- Mike Arzt
our little cheese wedge
pretty good build.
in my element. Photo-Mike Arzt
Bibby- Switch cork 5
A bit stormy. Photo-MIke Arzt
Photo- Mike Arzt
Flat 3. Photo-Josh Bibby
Rodeo 5. Photo- Josh Bibby
Tail 3. Photo- Josh Bibby
Bibby pulling a perfect Cork tail 7
kids fascinated by the RED
best boat name ever
Woke up a little foggy this morning due to last nights festivities. After Our big mission with the horses and skin, we decided to celebrate a little bit. The owner of the little hotel we were staying at decided to join in and help us out too. He did so with donating his massive bottle of home made Tsipouro and passing it around. Ive come to learn that everyone here either makes or has an uncle that makes tsipouro. The minute I say the word or ask about it, they are offering me some of their home made blend. So once we collected ourselves this morning we loaded up and got on the road again. Our guide told us of some bridges in the area that dated back to 18th century and would shoot really well. I wasn’t expecting to do anything much today besides lifestyle/culture stuff, but things soon changed when I found a cliff to hit into a river. I have never seen water so clear and clean before anywhere, along with so cold. After doing a couple gainers off the cliff we moved along to a village at a different mountain. Its extremely cool to be up in the mountains in these small villages of maybe a 100 people, and getting the full culture experience. This weekend is a big holiday in Greece, with the celebration of the sun coming. Starting tomorrow they will burn massive fires everywhere and party until monday. For us, we can start to use the heli again Sunday. And it is looking like some snow is on its way here and lots of it. Fingers crossed!
and here we go… Photo- Mike Artz
Owner of the hotel loved my attire. photo-Mike Artz
Taipouro!! photo-Mike Artz
roaming the village. Photo-Mike Artz
yep… Photo-Mike Artz
Parkour action. Photo-Mike Artz
I eventually hit a wall… Photo-Mike Artz
scoping my cliff. Photo-Mike Artz
The things I do for the movie… Photo-Mike Artz
still standing strong
Standing the test of time
taipouro, taipouro, taipouro
all home made
After 3 days of waiting for weather to clear we finally got what we wanted, cold temps and clear skies. Unfortunately it was the first day of four that we couldn’t use the heli. For four days we aren’t allowed to fly because of a politician in Athens. Don’t really want to explain the details, but its pretty crazy we can’t fly even though we aren’t close to Athens… So to be productive we packed up the van and took off to what everyone said was the best ski area in Greece. After driving some of the craziest roads I have ever been on in the mountains, we reached our destination of Vassilitsa. We were able to get some shots in the bag and finally ski around on some snow. The locals were super nice, and we were able to chat with them at the local bar afterwards. A round of the best bourbon apple cider and moonshine I have ever had and funny people. Once done there, we set off to a new location much further north in Greece. The idea in mind (I won’t spoil the details now) but is to do something very unique and out of the ordinary. Its going to be interesting to say the least.
DISCLAIMER- I usually write this blog when I can’t sleep here, usually around 4 a.m. So sorry if there is any grammar errors or anything else.
You can look, but you can’t touch…
wish we could of flown
finally got on snow
The local bar
Bourbon apple cider and typiro (home made liquor from grapes)
Probably the craziest roads I have ever been on..
land of the gods
new digs for a couple days
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
Just got this in from Ian Coble. Looks like we got a full two page spread in the new photo annual of SBC skier magazine. Pretty stoked to get this since its one of my favorite angles we got last year. hopefully get a lot more of this stuff next year.
2013 SBC Skier Photo Annual. 2 pg spread.
Until next time,