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Heard of Soul Poles? The company has been around for over a year, but not yet two. In that short amount of time they have made TONS of progress spreading the word

No snow. No ski. That’s the simple fact of global warming and the grim predictions of disappearing alpine snow. And it inspired Soul’s singular focus: Innovate the greenest equipment in the snow sports industry by merging sustainable design with uncompromising performance and truly original style. Read more…

I knew they were in PC, and although I heard the company name mentioned by friends, and saw some stuff online, I only just recently had a closer look. It took hearing Park City resident Bryon Friedman (Soul Poles founder) on KPCW (our local radio station) talking about their bamboo trekking poles for me to think to myself: Hmmm, I need to email Bryon and see if I can check these out. So I did. Bryon responded immediately, had me in to the shop for a tour and set-up me up with some “Original Soul” poles for this winter. To say I am “Psyched” is an understatement.

"Soul Original" Poles

As soon as I held them in my hands, my first thought was that everyone is going to be asking me about these on the lift. I know I would be intrigued if someone sat down next to me with Soul Poles. REALLY slick and unique looking product! Of course the best part to me is that they are sustainably manufactured BY HAND here in Park City, not to mention their durability.

Some Soul Poles highlights include:

  • Sustainable Design: Unlike traditional ski poles, Soul Pole’s 100% biodegradable bamboo shafts create a minimal environmental footprint. Other green design ingredients?
    • Water-based, low VOC paints.
    • Grips and baskets made of recycled plastics.
    • Recycled aluminum tips.
    • Straps made of a blend of hemp and recycled poly.
  • Optimum Performance: Don’t let the retro look fool you. These are solid poles designed by former U.S. Ski Team racers competing at the World Cup and Olympic level. They give you balance and stability, and help you push into the fall line whether you choose to ride a first descent in the backcountry or to an apres ski party at the base of the lodge.
  • True Originality: Soul Poles are functional art, designed and hand-painted by acclaimed artist R. Nelson Parrish. On a mountain of mass-produced sameness, distinctively unique Soul Poles makes your individuality stand out. They can even be personalized with your name or logo.
  • Eco Activism: Every pair of Soul Poles helps save our snow—they pledge 1% of gross revenue to environmental initiatives that support: 1% For The Planet, POW – Protect Our Winters, and World Cup Dreams Foundation.

    I am committed to telling more of the Soul Poles story here at SBP, so stay tuned.

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Labor Day Ski Sales 2012

Every year around this time online ski stores need to clear space for new winter (and next year’s) gear. So there are more than just back-to-school deals to be had out there, especially if you’re active outside during winter months skiing or whatever. If you’re in the “gearing up for winter” mode, check out several recent posts tagged “Ski clearance” at our Ski Deals Website. D does a great job featuring the deals…more regularly during ski season. Check it out!

Here is the summary of our favorites so far. Look more great opportunities to save in the coming weeks and months, as we ramp up for the 2012-2013 powder season. Each store/offer featured is vetted by someone in the know, so subscribe and never pay full sticker for your ski gear.

Get the goods. You owe it to yourself to have quality gear. Hope this helps save some $$.

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Alta in April

As the Powder House Ski @Facebook person would say.. “If you’re not here for Alta in April, well, you’re blowing it. Check out the full event line up!” (for example) Click the image below. Nice work on that Alta Chamber & Visitors Bureau…tons of info on this page:

Alta in April

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Safely Ski from A to Z -Childrens Book

Safely Ski from A to ZEarly this ski season I was contact by Mary Palmer who also lives here in Park City. She found this blog, noted we had two young kids, and offered to send us a copy of her children’s ski book: Safely Ski from A to Z

I have to say a big THANK YOU to Mary…it was perfect timing this year for us to have your book!

So far this has been Ellie’s epic skier year. She went from stomping her feet skiing between my legs last winter, to Level 3 in three lessons at Alta Ski School this winter. By the last of her four lesson package in February she was riding the lifts with the class. Her instructors were really impressed with her balance at 4 years old. She was pedaling her bike @Trailside pump track when she was still 3, so maybe that has something to do with it ;)

Alta Ski School Tags

I believe having this book for bedtime stories while she was learning to ski safely in real life was an incredible opportunity, not to mention the learning value of relating the safety message to letters of the alphabet. Not only does Ellie ask to read Safely Ski From A to Z regularly now, but her 2 year old little brother loves it as well.

Get Safely Ski from A to Z at Amazon or Dolly’s Book Store in Park City.

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Avalanche Footage Favorites

Today at work we swapped around YouTube avi footage that’s been getting around social media as of late…at least in my neck of the Interwebs. I decided to post three. They are all impressive to say the least. The lift carnage in two of them is #badass (St Francois-Longchamp & Chimbulak respectively), but my favorite is the Telluride Monster off Ajax Peak…top one listed below. LOVE the boulders mingling in the snow slide and whole town of Telluride cheering @ around the one minute mark :) The second one listed is also in CO by the town of Ophir -Check these out and comment to let me know which one you like best!

For more information on Telluride visit Telluride.net.

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Collage Forthcoming…

Adah Dog

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Vapor Light Winter Style

There are some memorable summer sunsets tucked away in my head. I have surely been touched the same way in winter months, but since I moved to Utah in ’98 the June/July sunsets stand out to me. If you’re a fan of day turning to night, then you have it made here.

On Friday, December 30th 2011 we headed up to Timberlakes to change over our Utah mountain cabin rental for some guests bringing in 2012 up there. In that subdivision when you drive up the hill @Lake Pines you’re heading northeast. The entrance is also in a tight canyon, so there is no west view regardless.

As we crested the hill near our house, and pulled into the driveway, I could see there was something special in the sky that night. I was drawn to it. I walked up on the front porch and stood there mesmerized. It did not last long, but I was able to snap a picture with my phone while the colors were peaking.

The photo directly below is from our porch, an unobstructed view of a surreal winter sunset. The other photo is compliments of the Powderhouse Ski Shop via their “LCC Sunsets” Album on their Facebook page…taken from Alta’s Wildcat base in Little Cottonwood Canyon. Looks like it was taken about the same time.

Now it’s safe to say that a memorable winter sunset stands out to me as well :) Happy New Year 2012!

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Generation Alta

Here is a good one from Salomon Freeski TV. It’s about five minutes long, featuring some LCC local shredders who have been Alta pass holders since they were very small children. Fluid, natural, powder skiing…worth a watch.

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Early Season Ski Deals -2011

Ski Gear Deals

From time to time I have been known to share killer ski deals from ski shops. This is one of those times. With the Thanksgiving weekend underway, outdoor stores from around the web are offering plenty of opps to save. I am not going to put the ads in your face here, but if you want to check out the offers click the banner above.

Updated to include Cyber Monday Ski Deals for 2011.

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Jamie Pierre

I did not know Jamie, but I felt compelled to post about him. Our LCC paths crossed here and there but now, based on some of the things I have read over the last few days, I wish I had the opportunity to know him better.

A down to earth guy who valued what was best for his family. Someone who wanted a quiet place with less distractions, less people and more skiing.

The quote above is from the write-up on an interview/farewell with Bomb Snow Magazine I just watched, on his recent new chapter in Montana. Of course the loss of any ski industry icon is devastating, and it seems to be happening way too much lately.

Powder Mag and Brent Benson also put together a great tribute featuring over a decade of photo slides from the Wasatch and beyond. Click the image below to read the story and view the slideshow.

Powder Magazine - Jamie Pierre Tribute
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