Monday, November 12, 2012


I've long heard about the ski resort in Dubai.  I've seen it featured in several films, briefly, and often thought how much fun it would be to try it for just one day.  Thanks to Arc'Teryx and Jordan Manley though, you can get a pretty good view of the place, the people, and the experience that it is.  Check out the video:

Then go check out the rest of Jordan Manley's videos over on Vimeo.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Outlook for 2012 Season

As fall fades away and winter is getting a start in much of the NorthEast of the US, most of the people I know have had their thoughts move to the idea of sliding down snow with some wood attached to their feet. I know I have.  I know a lot more have judging by the recent rash of swap meets, snow films, and emails going back and forth between friends.  The fact that ABasin and Loveland both opened already doesn't help.  I can honestly say I'm ready for the season.

NBC News had an article today that seemed to be a nice intro for the season.  The article ( talks about how the ski industry is looking to make a recovery this season after last season's dismal performance.

Lastly, having run into my TD (Technical Director) at one of the gear swaps, I've been informed that his goal for me this season is to finish my next level of certification.  This basically distills down to needing to pass the skiing skills section, as that is all that is left.  He promised to put in all the time I'd like with him to help make that happen.  Then I found out this week that he's stepped down as the TD, and possibly not coming back.  Not sure if that is a good or bad omen for the season.