Thursday, November 18, 2010

Come Heli-Skiing With Me In Alaska!

Typical terrain accessed in Girdwood, Alaska.

This coming April Chugach Powder Guides is hosting an Epic Athlete Experience with me! I am very excited to have this opportunity. I get to go heli-skiing with clients, not as a guide but as an athlete so it will be much more relaxed and all about having a great time. We will be based in Girdwood and there is a 5 day or 7 day package available. I think Girdwood is one of the best possible locations for heli-skiing in the World for so many reasons. First off, Girdwood is one of the coolest towns in Alaska, with lots of good restaurants (Double Musky here I come!) and interesting people to mingle with. Secondly, if we can't fly we get to go snowcat skiing. CPG recently opened 500 more acres for cat skiing in addition to upgrading to a new, super posh cat, which I have experienced and it's sensational. Thirdly, there is Alyeska Resort, one of the best ski resorts in the world, at your disposal for down days as well. I know the resort by the back of my hand so there will be no dilly-dallying about where to find the goods. But down days in Girdwood with CPG are fairly rare, only once has a group been unable to get in a helicopter in their 14 year history. No other heli-operation in Alaska has it this good! If this is something that interests you CLICK HERE to view more info on the package. Hopefully I'll being seeing you there!!!


For Elyse Saugstad, the opportunity to share the big mountains of the Chugach Range from the epic ski hub of Girdwood is more than she could ask for. It's a return to her old stomping grounds. Elyse has been taking the competition and film world by storm over the last 5 years, but there's nothing like returning to the Chugach.

Join this unique unique Co-ed week hosted by Elyse with an easy going focus on squeezing as much fun as possible out of these mountains. Come for either 5 or 7 days and grab your backstage pass and have a blast spending the week with these this consummate pro in the mountains and on the town.

This experience isn't about classes or clinics, it's about having a good time with an amazing athlete and ski personality on her home turf, experiencing the best of the Chugach Range and the most fun you can have with the Girdwood experience.

Elyse Saugstad is originally from Girdwood, Alaska. She grew up skiing at Alyeska Resort, racing on the Alyeska Ski Team while finding a passion for skiing the big mountains of Alaska. In the past few years Elyse has competed on the Freeride World Tour, claiming the championship in 2008 and the female "Line of the Year" in 2009. In the past two years Elyse has won 5 out of the 9 international events she's entered. Elyse has been captured on film in movies by Rage Films, Garchois Productions and The Levitation Project and will hopes to continue to film in the future.

Elyse Saugstad: "I'm blessed to be a professional skier and through my job I want to help inspire other female skiers and push the limits of what women can do."

We've set this package up to fit multiple budgets and schedules and to include the best social experience possible to top off your ultimate ski or snowboard experience. So, we've included all dinners out on the town with Elyse. Shred the mountains, eat and drink well, and catch a good band!

5 Days, 6 nights

April 3 - April 9

Single Occupancy - $7470
Double Occupancy - $6870

- 50,000 - 60,000 vertical feet of skiing / boarding
- Snowcat backup for no-fly days
- 6 nights lodging at the Hotel Alyeska
- Round trip transport to and from Anchorage International Airport
- All Dinners
- Lunch on Heli / Snowcat days
- Use of Mammut PULSE Barryvox transceiver

- Arrive Sun., April 3
- Heli / Snowcat ski Mon., April 4 - Friday, April 8
- Depart Sat., April 9

7 Days, 8 Nights
April 2 - April 10, 2011

Single Occupancy - $9969
Double Occupancy - $8869

- 80,000 - 1000,000 vertical feet of skiing / boarding
- Snowcat backup for no-fly days
- 6 nights lodging at the Hotel Alyeska
- Round trip transport to and from Anchorage International Airport
- All Dinners
- Lunch on Heli / Snowcat days
- Use of Mammut PULSE Barryvox transceiver

- Arrive Sat., April 2
- Heli / Snowcat ski Sun., April 3 - Sat., April 9
- Depart Sun., April 10

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

City Time in SF, NYC & Philly

GO Giants!

This fall has been packed with lots fun of activities and travels. So much I've been terrible about updating my website. Back in September Cody took me to a Giants-Dodgers game for my birthday. The game was a blast- the Dodgers are the Giants' biggest nemesis and their rivalry is one of the best in the league. Needless to say SF smoked LA. A month later I found myself back in SF for a NLCS playoff game against the Phillies, which they won in the 9th inning- thrilling to say the least! If I had a list of top ten things you have to do in life going to a playoff game would be one of them. The electricity and excitement in the stadium is more than palpable! It feels like you are at one with the 40,000+ other fans surrounding you who are absolutely going nuts. The next day I got on a flight and headed to the East Coast.


I headed back East to visit some friends and meet up with Cody while he was doing MSP's 'The Way I See It' east coast movie tour. He nor I have ever spent any time in any of the major east coast cities, and having 5 days in New York City was something I had been anticipating for awhile. NYC didn't let us down at all. In fact, 5 days didn't seem long enough to take it all in, however, my bank account would disagree. There is so much to see and do in NYC our heads were spinning. We definitely knocked off the touristy things like the Empire State building, the financial district, Central Park, shopping, eating at fantastic restaurants and indulging in New York pizza (Oh my goodness there is nothing like it, and whynot?! It's SO DAMN GOOD!), hitting up the nightlife at bars that aren't even marked, hitting up clubs in the Meatpacking District, and endless hours of walking around the city... At the end of our NYC jaunt we headed back to Philadelphia to spend time with our good Tahoe friends Samantha and Max and run some "Rocky" stairs.

The views from atop the Empire State building are amazing!

There is no shortage of taxis in NYC.

You can't help but be cheesy when being a complete touron!

fall in Central Park = a barrage of stunning colors

No matter what your age F.A.O. Schwartz is a playland for all. Unfortunately we didn't get any time on the "Big" piano due to a handful of children going bonkers playing on it, we were bummed to say the least.

NYC MSP movie premiere night: hanging with my Alaskan buddy Josh, Bobby Brown, Michael Clarke, myself, and Cody.

The enthusiasm by Asian tourists is unmatched, especially when it comes to taking photos. This has always been Cody and mine's inspiration for our tourist photos. When Cody and I were back in Philly we decided to bike around town and go run up the infamous "Rocky" stairs. While I was holding our bikes while Cody did some sprint laps the Asian tourists bombarded me wanting to take photos with me- it was amazing! For some reason I must have fit the bill for a great photo op and they lined right up. Priceless.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

ESPN Say My Name Photo Gallery

Last year, during the 2009-2010 ski season, I spent a few days shooting with the Say My Name crew. ESPN has put together a photo gallery of the female skiers who participated. CLICK HERE to check out photos by Austin Holt, Stan Evans, and Erik Seo.