Jared Rogers, aka Axe Murderer, at "base camp."
Ahhhh, spring time, almost my favorite time of year! Hiking for big lines in a t-shirt, bluebird days and buttery smooth corn turns. A favorite zone of mine is deep in the Gross Ventures Range, on the eastern side of JH. On May 6-10, 2012, cohort rider/snowshoer Jared Rogers and I set up “base camp” and prepared for what was to come. Whiskey and mints were involved in the preparation…
Probable 4th descent of King Couloir, Peak 10,408, on May 7, 2012. This is a northwest facing line. Probable 1st, 2nd, and 3rd descents by D.Miller in 2007, 2009, & 2011
The plan was to pick off a couple of gorgeous lines deep in the range: King Couloir and the yet-to-be-named Behemoth Face. We anticipated much suffering along the way. For reasons of accessibility, distance from “base camp”, pantshitting exposure, variable snow conditions, etc., these lines may or may not have been ridden/skied before, EVER. I’ve travelled & scoped these zones every season for 15 straight years, and have yet to see or hear of anyone attempting these lines in the GV. Here are some photos from the trip, hopefully these wets your whistle! See the whole show in Storm Show’s 2012 ski/ride/adrenaline film, stay tuned for details!
D.Miller en route to King Couloir. May 7, 2012. Named after cohort Jason King who accompanied D.MIller on the probable 1st descent in May 2007
Storm Show’s BMFWIC Darrell Miller received a 2nd place Silver Medal for “Best Filmmaker” in the “Best Of 2012 Awards”, brought to us by Jackson’s own JH Weekly. With absolutely no promotion, Miller bested a handful of million-dollar film companies such as Teton Gravity Research, which received the 3rd place Bronze Medal.
The 1st place Gold Medal went to Brain Farm Media, Travis Rice’s and Curt Morgan’s Brainchild which has produced multi-million dollar budget films in association with RedBull Media House.
Miller had this to say of the award: “It’s a huge honor to have received this award from the local JH community for ‘Best Filmmaker.’ Not knowing that I was even nominated gave the award that much more meaning. As always, competition is fierce in the ski film community, nationally and internationally. To have received this award above so many other super-qualified and big-budget filmmakers is a humbling experience. Thank you Jackson Hole! Keep pointing that shit!”
To show our thanks for the coveted Silver Medal, we’re offering 2 for 1 video purchases for short period of time! Use the code “BEST OF 2012″ at checkout.
March 7, 2012 dawned a beautiful day in the Teton Range. Moderate avalanche conditions and a minimal dusting of a couple inches left me with the feeling that the mountains would be relatively safe that day. The sun popped, JHMR backcountry was going off, with big lines going down in all directions. For me, it was the best day of the season!
The next day I received word of the tragedy that befell our brothers the day before. Chris Onufer and Steve Romeo were killed in an avalanche on a Southeast aspect on Ranger Peak in the Northern Tetons. After learning of this, I felt so reckless for the lines taken the day before. We got lucky that day, while our friends paid the ultimate sacrifice, doing what we all love to do, day in day out, for all our lives. This freedom felt is why we live in the mountains.
Stay safe brothers!!! Pay respect and homage to our fallen friends and the high peaks. Think twice or three times before dropping in or setting out for the next adventure. Think of our our friends, Onufer and Romeo. Keep them close to our hearts and feel their positive vibes in the hills. They now fly with the birds and see all summits from up high.
“Action Jackson” the Movie…
Storm Show’s 2011 ski/ride adrenaline film promises to be its most adventurous undertaking to date. The record books were shattered with over 700 inches of snowfall having blasted the Teton Range of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. As to be expected, big lines go down one after another, guys & girls alike… On display is the deepest of deep that will make your pants soggy, and massive cliff hucking that you can watch safely from your couch.
Highlights include Jeff Leger’s legendary 80 foot swan dives, and Adam Osgood’s 100 foot double-front flips… Also in the running is Derek Depiero’s first un-roped descent of Birdbrain Couloir in the Jackson Hole backcountry, and Travis McAlpine & Darrell Miller’s first descent of the disgustingly exposed Nomad Couloir. Yes, 2011 was one for the record books, and Action Jackson is the ski film that proves it…Epic!
Number 70 – “TRIAL & AIR”
Number 53 – “600 INCHES”
First question…what the hell does that mean? Top films? What is a top film? Does that mean the best films? Does that mean the most influential films? Is that on a relative basis or an absolute basis? Does that include snowboard films? Documentaries? Hollywood films? How about all those ski comedies? What about films that weren’t that great, but hit you at a certain time in life that made them special for you? There are a lot of variables and by changing one or two the list likely look completelydifferent. And who the hell are we to determine the top films anyway?
So here’s the dileo? Over the last couple of years, we have enlisted some of the smartest people in the ski and snowboard industry and asked them to rank their top ski and snowboard films. Our directions were just that…there really weren’t any. We didn’t say “best” or “most influential” or anything else…just “top.” Just pick your top films and rank them. We then took their results, blended them together and tallied the results. All in all over 50 people’s input was factored into the calculation. Thanks to some of those smarty panters who helped over the last couple years:
Shane McConkey, Ingrid Backstrom, Sara Mancuso, Daron Rahlves, Nick Waggoner, Rick Moulton, Matt Berkowitz, Rob Bondurant, Julian Carr, Derek Taylor, JT Holmes, Mike Douglas, Chris Anthony, Jon Rucker ,Silas Wright ,Mike Steen, Ralph Backstrom, Porters Tahoe, Barb Sanders ,Johnny Lazzareschi, Peter Kray, Mike Jacquet, Scott Gaffney, Kristi Leskinen, Mike Hattrupt, Kasey Wiese, Brad Farmer, Anna Biggs, Darrell Miller, Jon Spiris
The Jackson Hole world premiere of “Miller’s Thriller” raised \$3000 for the Brent Newton Memorial Foundation! The /$ raised helps local kids pay for the astronomical costs associated with skiing & snowboarding, which includes (but not limited to) gear, JH ski/snowboard club fees, and travel/contest entrance fees.
Miles Finlay & TJ Tucker each win \$1000 scholarships to aid in their quest of lifelong skiing, and possibly making a profession of it!
Everyone who entered an essay for the Newt Foundation Scholarship received \$100, with two talented writers/rippers taking home \$1000 each!!! Congratulations to the recipients of the 2011 Brent Newton Memorial Foundation Scholarship Awards!!!
In the photo… (l to r) Carrie Boynton/JH Ski Club Director, TJ Tucker, Miles Finlay, Sheryl Newton/Newt Foundation Founder
Darrell got his drink on with Robert Cocuzzo with the good folks at The Mountain Pulse.
“…He takes a swig of his beer and continues, “We are all just focused on big mountains, powder, and natural features; we are not building kickers. We are not doing things that the mountain doesn’t already provide…”
CHECK OUT THE FULL INTERVIEW HERE
Check out the photos from the Miller’s Thriller premiere party at Snow King Resort.
Thanks to our sponsors…Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, TREW Gear, Never Summer Snowboards, Faded Orange, Snake River Brewing Co., JH Wine Co., DOG, JH Cycle & Saw, Pearl St. Bagels, The Liquor Store, Ignight, Thai Me Up, JH Snowboarder Magazine, Smith Optics, JH Massage Therapy, Nezzdog Designs, Exposure Signs, Gliffen Designs, Teton Village Sports, Snake River Orthopedics
The Storm Show crew is in full swing as early as we have ever been due to the epic early season snow fall. For the first time in the history of JHMR, we opened with the mountain “wall-to-wall & top-to-bottom”… two weeks into the season we are sitting on a 63in base and 172in of total snowfall! This week the forecast reads SNOW with more than a foot by thursday. We’ll be out all week working on the new film which will be a two year project, last seasons footage and the 2011 stuff all compiled into one pow-fiesta to be completed by fall 2011. If have not checked out the 2010 film “Miller’s Thriller” you can buy it here now and/or come the re-premiere on Deepcember 29th at the Pink Garter Theater.
have a sic week in the snow folks!
What is gelande quaffing do you ask?
In 1986, the skis were skinny and the snow was fat, and during a 14 foot storm, the infamous underground crew of the Jackson Hole Air Force was going stir crazy in the Bear Claw Café, waiting for the mountain to open. In those days the bar tender would send a freshly filled beer mug sliding down the bar to the patron who ordered it. One fateful night a beer mug slid off the end of the bar, took air, was caught seconds before a glass shattering catastrophe, and promptly pounded. Gelande Quaffing was born. Apres’ ski competitions followed, testing the unique skills of all who entered, and provided exciting entertainment for all spectators. But somewhere along the way gelande quaffing was lost and the après ski spirit forgotten.
20 years later, the site of the original Bear Claw Café won’t let its voice be forgotten. On February 24th, the Village Cafe will host the 3nd Annual Gelande Quaffing World Championships, and the spirit of the past will live on again at the base of the mountain. This unprecedented event will host entrees from throughout the snowsports industry and remind the world of ski culture’s colorful past.
CHECK OUT SKI JOURNAL’S WRITE UP HERE