Friday, January 23, 2009

Culo ars and coffe bars

Italy is the place to be this year. Finally the mountains of the Dolomites, with its lifts, coffee machines and couloirs randomly scattered around the uncrowded terrain, has got a good snow base this year.

Fripps Ericsson enjoys a little italian pow in a bit of bad and changing visibility. But no worries, all couloirs lead to coffee, and if there is any trubble in between, Frippulf allways has a rope in his backpack.

For the first time in years the Dolomites is in the very lead of the snow race. The base is excellent, and it seems every storm coming in is hammering theese mountains harder than everywhere else. Then, probably since there has'nt really been a lot of powder here for about 5 seasons, nobody is skiing it. They dont have the skis for it, they probably can't even ski anything else than piste, and actually it seems they are not very interresten in the pow stuff anyway. Perfecto.

Me ending a nice utracked run above the piste in Canazei. Seems nobody even thought about touching this snow. Photo: Mikael Pilbøg

Besides the skiing, Italy is a good place to be also because of the food and the drinks. The red wine is excellent, the pizza is value on the menu and the coffee afterwards is maybe most important. One before also. Ans then a dopio later. Viva la big ass espressomachine.

Bøgen explains his patented square pizza slizing tecniquen extreme and Frippe is stunned by this 11th wonder of the world from the north shore of Varberg.

At the top and bottom of every run you are shure to find a good Italian coffee.

Can you see the coffee bar down there?

Porky and the Pilbøg, straight outta Italy! Where do we go next? It is pjuking everywhere!

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Saturday, January 17, 2009

Winter 09 Getting Started

Took it easy starting off the 09 winter season with chill times in Hyggedal. Playing with Max Hygge, hanging with Maria and staying with Schou, Tuten, David and Landsbylegen was the perfect way to start the winter season.

Ripping ice with Maria is almost as good as pow with the boys.

Cruising pist and crap can be just as good for getting in pow shape as going straight for the actual good stuff. But it is not nescesarely that fun. After scarping ice and eating hard landings on small drops around Hemsedal I got soft and headed to Voss together with David. Weather forecast said it was turning from snow to sun, and the rumours said the top lifts were opening up after some down time. We got in the car, filled the coffeecups and did an early morning start.

Popping pill(ows) gets you up in the morning.

Finding Voss' deapest and steepest in the forrest. Maybe also the shortest, but there is a lot of good small stuff in the Voss Fjellandsby resort. Even if you don't like eating sheep heads and drinking home brew, you're probably going to like the skiing if you go there.

David Magnusson heading towards pøls and more coffee at the YX station down town Voss redneck outskirts.

Thanx to Sverre Cornerbay and his colleagues for excellent guiding, awalanche security and shootig the photos. Check out