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Tahoe Ski Photographer | Homewood Mountain

I have to give Homewood Mountain Ski Resort a rousing round of applause for accommodating my models and I for a last minute Tahoe Ski Photography session last week.

  Neither myself nor any of my friends had skied Homewood before and I must say, this is seriously negligent on my part!  In addition to having some of the best views of Lake Tahoe of any of the ski resorts in the Tahoe Basin, Homewood has a welcoming and charming staff, a legitimate and impressive park, and a family friendly vibe.  You can relax between runs with an exceptional view of Lake Tahoe at the Big Blue Bar all the while saving some dollars: a 3 pack of tickets to Homewood will only set you back $59/day.

For unrivaled views of the lake, superb service and some quality steeps and tree skiing, come visit Tahoe and check out Homewood Mountain Ski Resort.   While you’re there, don’t forget to eat breakfast at my favorite breakfast joint on the lake: The Fire Sign Cafe.

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Tahoe Ski Photographer | Published at Sierra at Tahoe

I had some really fabulous and gorgeous ski and snowboard models two weeks ago for a Ski Lake Tahoe photo shoot out at Sierra at Tahoe, which is a wonderful local resort in Tahoe South with a small-town vibe and a flirty fun personality.    They have great tree runs, fun pillow lines, and pride themselves on their parks.  It’s also a great place for families and kids love taking ski lessons at their Burton Star Wars Experience Center.

While there are a number of amazing shots I took that are reserved for my client, I always end up with a handful of shots that are different and won’t be used to keep in the photo bank for later uses and to share with the host mountain.

My happy smiling shreddy ladies not only made an appearance on their social media pages, but also in their e-newsletter.

I’m also stoked to see my photo on the front of their upcoming Women’s Snowboard Camp Poster.

Taught by X-Games Gold Medalist Joanie Anderson, sister to Olympic Gold Medalist Jamie Anderson, this camp would be a fantastic way to further your abilities as a snowboarder.

Date: 03/22/2014 – 8:00am – 03/23/2014 – 4:00pm
Location: Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort

Women’s Snowboard Camp Presented By Burton and Anon.

Come join our team of fun female pros for the weekend! Whether you want to keep up with (or catch up to!) your family and friends or learn new techniques, we’re here to help increase your confidence on all terrain. We want you to snowboard and explore the mountain with more control, power and finesse.

About

Sierra-at-Tahoe’s all-female learning environment is designed to improve on-hill skill and confidence for women ages 18 and over of any skiing or snowboarding ability. Camps are taught by ability level; we’ve found this to be the most conducive to learning. Or, you and your friends can form your own group if you are comfortable skiing and snowboarding together.

Our Women’s Performance Snowboard Camp is taught by National Champion and X Games Snowboarder X Gold, Silver & Bronze Medalist, Joanie Anderson. Joanie’s expert instruction and snowboarding know-how will help you step up your snowboarding skills and style.

On Saturday, camp starts with a welcome breakfast. At the end of the day, enjoy Après drinks and snacks on the top of the mountain, overlooking Lake Tahoe.

For more information, head over tSierra at Tahoe.

My Winter Wish List

It may not have snowed here yet, but we all have winter fever.  It’s always disheartening when you live in a ski town with no snow.  Folks who depend on snow for their winter jobs can’t go to work and everyone that wants to ski is anxious.  This leads an entire city of alcoholic extremists into a deep depression that certainly isn’t helped by darkness at 4:30 in the afternoon.

What it makes me do is think about all the things I wish I could buy right now for this winter season.

1.  See that green jacket I’m wearing up there?  I’ve had it for as long as I can remember.  It’s been with me for most of my ski seasons.  It’s still just as amazing as ever, except that I’m sick of it and it’s dirty.  What I’m lusting after is the exact same jacket in a sweet new blue.  The Arc’teryx Sidewinder is the ultimate shell for me and has proven itself worthy over the last six ski seasons: a watertight offset zipper, an integrated powder skirt, a helmet compatible hood that hides away when not in use, an incredibly durable flat nylon exterior that has taken more than one tumble, and most importantly, it regulates my insane temperature swings like nobody’s business with 3 Layer Gore-Tex fabric and little to no insulation.  Just look at that gorgeous shade of blue.  I want it so bad.

2.  The Midland GXT1000VP4 36 Mile 50-Channel Two Way Radio Set is going to make it significantly easier for me to talk to athletes I’m photographing on the mountain.  Cell phones require un-gloved hands and sometimes cell reception is spotty to non-existent here in Tahoe.  With a wide range and great reviews from skiers who have used them in wet heavy snowfall with no problems, these are number one on my Christmas-Wish-List-of-Things-that-People-Can-Actually-Afford-to-Buy.

3.  I have a lack of puffies in my life and Mountain Hardware‘s Ghost Whisperer Down Jacket is just the piece to fill that void.  It’s the lightest full-featured down jacket on the market, weighing in at 7 oz despite its features: 850-fill goose down, zip-pockets and a cinch hem.

4.  Nikon 70-200/2.8  – I can’t afford this yet so I have a feeling I’m going to be renting it an awful lot this winter to shoot adventure photography.

5.  The POW Photog Gloves are the second step to solving a serious problem I had all last winter: freezing hands (the first step, by the way, is becoming a skier).    With sticky rubber on the palms to help you grip your gear and foldable finger tips for full dexterity, I can wear these solo on warmer days or stuffed inside a heavier glove on super cold ones.

6.  The Induro Carbon Fiber Monopod – light enough to schlep up the hill, heavy enough to get tack sharp images.

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Mammoth Ski Weekend

Can you believe I’ve been in California for seven years years now and I’ve never been to Mammoth Lakes to ski?  The horror!

When PSIA asked me to donate photobooths to their annual spring convention at Mammoth, I was more than happy to do it!  A few days spring skiing in sunny Mammoth Lakes and photobooth fun: I’d be crazy to say no!

Bri and I met up with Meghan Kelly, her husband, and a few of our other Tahoe friends for a mini Mammoth Ski trip.  While I may have not reached my goal of sixty days on mountain this ski season, but I at least ended it with one of my more memorable ski weekends to date.  Mammoth Lakes is a gorgeous place to visit and even more unbelievable from the top of the gondola!

Looking for the PSIA Photobooth Photos?

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The PSIA Flashback Prom Photobooth was a riot, once everyone got liquored up!

If you were in my photobooth at the event, your galleries will always remain here on my page in the 2013 tab of the Photobooth Gallery under Portfolio.

If you want to travel to Mammoth Lakes, here are my recommendations. 

STAY:  The Cinnamon Bear Inn is located just of Main Street in Mammoth Lakes and is so adorable it hurts.  Literally.  There are four poster beds with patchwork quilts and doilies.  It’s run by Pam and her husband, who personally cook and serve you a hot breakfast every morning and offer afternoon apres ski drinks and appetizers in the “lobby” which feels more like your own living room.  If you’re used to the Westin, this is not the place for you: it has it’s quirks (like slow draining tubs), but in my world, that’s all the more reason to love it.

EAT:

  • Old New York Deli and Bakery has bagels to die for.  Bagels like I haven’t ever found out west: crisp shells and doughy centers in all the best flavors, including salt, sourdough and egg!  Substitute cream cheese on your fried egg sunrise bagel sando in the morning and you’ll get the best of both worlds: New York style bagel and schmear meets breakfast sandwich.
  • Toomey’s is famous in California for it’s gourmet meals, served without an ounce of pretentiousness, in odd, quirky and unbecoming locations.   If you think it would be wonderful to eat a loaded seafood jumbalaya amidst baseball jerseys and collector metal lunchboxes from days gone by, don’t skip a meal here.
  • Stellar Brew has killer coffee and loaded sandwhiches, perfect for grabbing on your way to or from the mountain.

DRINK:

  • Get a growler filled and enjoy a tasting sampler of either some or all of the brews that Mammoth Brewery has going in their tasting room.   At $4-$6 (regular/seasonal) for tasting rounds, it’s hard to argue against spending an hour in here.
  • It’s happy hour every day from 4:00-5:30 pm at Whiskey Creek in both Mammoth and Bishop – save a fortune on Mammoth Brewery drafts and get half off bar menu items.

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PLAY:

  • Mammoth Mountain routinely opens earlier and remains open later than other California resorts.  It’s well known for it’s summer skiing.  You might want to get there soon – it’s brewing in the rumor mill that Vail Resorts is about to purchase Mammoth and they will probably ruin every ounce of personality this wonderful place has.  In the summer you can purchase day tickets to mountain bike from top to bottom.
  • Take a day off from the slopes and visit June Lakes, an absolutely stunning series of lakes and rivers set under towering peaks and next to a quaint mountain town.
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Pat Kelly fishes in a stream near June Lake, CA.

  • Bishop, CA is one of the western US’s best epicenters for rock-climbing.  Make it a tri sport weekend: fish, bike and climb!

 

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Wounded Warriors

A few weeks ago, I was fortunate to have been able to take the time off to donate time to the Wounded Warrior Ability Camp at Disabled Sports USA Far West, an amazing non profit out of Alpine Meadows, Lake Tahoe that provides affordable inclusive physical and recreational activities that build health and confidence to the disabled.  The Ability Camp is a week long program that provides specialized instruction in adaptive alpine skiing and snowboarding for 25 soldiers and marines disabled in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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I took a ton of amazing photo in my four days with the participants, but you can view the rest of my favorites in the Projects: Wounded Warriors tab or by following this link.  There are plenty of memorable moments that I captured, but the most valuable to me were the handful of new friendships forged.

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In past years, I have spent quite a bit of time with Disabled Sports Far West and it’s an organization that I believe in.  I unfortunately wasn’t able to donate my time this year as a lesson assistant.  I think this, instead, is a pretty awesome way to give them an awesome service and still donate my time to a worthy cause.  I can’t wait to return next year to photograph the event again.

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Backyard BBQ

Two of my friends from Texas came to visit last weekend and I couldn’t have been more excited to see them. We had an amazing weekend together. I was able to take off work the whole time and we skied at both Heavenly and Kirkwood, had leisurely mornings that involved my favorite meal of the day at both the Getaway Cafe and Firesign Cafe, kicked it at the Divided Sky one evening with all of my friends, and ended up at the Backyard BBQ behind our house one afternoon.  Despite the fact that it was a holiday weekend, I knew how to skirt the crowds of tourists and we ended up with very little lift lines, great groomers to play on and I even put on skis one day!  Proof is in the photo!

Afternoon neighborhood BBQ.

High Roller Terrain Park

I have a lot of really amazing friends that also happen to be really amazing athletes.

They do things like throw themselves off jumps with 100 foot gaps and launch themselves out of giant halfpipes.

I took photos of them at Heavenly Mountain the other doing just this sort of thing and I’m really happy with the photos we got.  It was such a fun time and I can’t wait to go back and do it again!

Big thanks to JJ Shiller, Doug “Dougie Fresh” Carr, Tele Doug, Extreme, and Trout for going big.

SheJumps Get the Girls Out Day

Meghan Kelly is the Northern CA director for SheJumps, which I’ve spoken a bit about on here.  On the 2nd Sunday of every month, SheJumps hosts Get the Girls Out Day all around the country, a campaign aimed to bringing communities of outdoor loving females together on one day to celebrate sports and having fun.

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We had about 20 girls come out to play that afternoon and I brought my camera out to document the action.  We had a blast!  It’s so contagious to see a roving pack of girls shredding up the mountain – people can’t help but woop and holler for us!

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You can see all the photos from our afternoon of shredding here.  If you (are a girl) and would like to join in on the fun, the next dates for Get the Girls Out Day are February 10, March 10 and April 14, 2013.  We meet at 1:00 PM at the bottom of Chair 6 at Kirkwood Mountain Resort.

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Texasfest

Last summer, my friend Liana called me up and asked if I wanted to join them on a ski trip to Steamboat this winter.  She was turning 30 and there happened to be a Texas Music Fest in Colorado the week of her birthday.  I don’t get to see Liana very often anymore since she lives in Austin and, as she said, I’m always up for anything, so I of course said, “hell yes.”

The trip was for Musicfest or, as I was to find out later, the locals in Steamboat call it “Texasfest.”  Run by an Texas production company, it’s essentially a ski vacation for Texans, to Steamboat, with Texas music.  For me, it was a bargain: five nights of lodging and four days of lift tickets at Steamboat for $600.  The music was just a bonus.

It was hysterical.

But, as Pocket pointed out the other day, so is my life.

True story.

Imagine thousands of overgrown frat boys trying to ski.

Gapers.  Everywhere.

The ones who did try to ski, essentially had NO idea there was an upper mountain.   It felt as if I spent every day with most of the mountain completely and totally to myself.

On most nights, we would head out to check out some of the music.  Most of the acts were Texas Country, a sub-genre (and the only good genre in my opinion) of country.  It is, essentially, the music of  Waylon Jennings: traditional country roots combined with the out-law spirit.   We saw some AWESOME musicians throughout the week.  I totally loved The Dirty River Boys, who played quite a few times over the course of the week.

The best night was the evening we rode the gondola up and saw a small acoustic show that included Cody Morrow, Kyle Park, and Cody Johnson, the latter of which totally blew all of us away.

Cody Morrow, Texasfest, Musicfest, Steamboat Springs

Overall, I had such a great time.  If you weren’t from Texas, you would have never heard of this trip.  It really is such a good bargain and it was such a wonderful way to spend time with Liana and her husband Terry.  I also got to ride at a new mountain, hear some really amazing Texas Country.   Overall: trip success.  I would definitely consider going back, especially for the price and to be honest, it would be really nice to be in Steamboat when there was some sweet pow in those trees of theirs.

These are some of my favorite photos from the week, but you can check them all out here.

Special Christmas Delivery

Santa brought us a shit-ton of white stuff and I don’t mean the kind that the kids at Snowglobe are going to be snorting up their nose this weekend.

There is already so much snow in my yard that the pile is taller than me.  Pretty soon, you aren’t going to be able to see our front door.  I’m not even remotely exaggerating.

We received over five feet of snow in the span of four days and then another two feet or so on Wednesday.  It’s borderline out of control and I love it.  We spent most of the last week enjoying routine powder days like it was no big deal and then spent Christmas Day shredding at Kirkwood with all of our friends.  I couldn’t have asked for a more wonderful holiday.  That night we celebrated with a pot luck dinner over at Rose’s house with puppies underfoot and a gift exchange that ended with quite a bit of excitement.

We already have more snow this winter season than we received all year long last season.  WINTER IS BACK.  I am so in love with it all over again that I can hardly ascertain how I managed to make it through last year without this glorious freezing cold white stuff.  It’s SO FLUFFY!

In between all the shredding, Christmas parties, and the retailing of spandex I’ve been doing, we’ve been hanging out almost every night for a week with some amazing Airbnb house guests that I’ve now told are required to be my friends forever.  I haven’t taken many photos over the last week, but here are a few of my favorites.