This is a piece I  wrote for a Patagonia Catalog Field Report a couple years back .  Since its spring skiing time, thought I’d pull it out and share some thoughts from the field. ——- Blindfold circus elephants navigating through crevasse-laden terrain, we piece together our route. Rescue gear dangling as decoration,clanks to the beat […]

Still on a high from the weekend, paradoxically my hands are glued to the steering wheel as I drive over Red Mountain Pass. The Astro Sista( the babes astro van) draws s’es on the rocky pavement as I drive the windy road 15-20 mph. No shoulder for errors. Like tree skiing, keep your eyes looking where you want to go and not where you don’t want to go. In this case it would be more detrimental than an interlude with a tree. The drop off is hundreds of feet. Woo, My heart beats. I use my yogic breath to calm the nerves.

Spring is a time of renewal. Come spend and inspirational and energizing weekend in the Mountains. Energize, Renew and Rejuvinate Women’s Spring Equinox Full Moon Retreat March 18-20, 2011 Brought to you by Meta Yoga Studios and Babes in the Backcountry $175 for the weekend Drop in classes $20/class Drop in Dinner/Wine Tasting $35 Workshop includes: 5 yoga classes, Morning Meditation, Organic Group Dinner, Wine tasting, Snow Shoeing/Cross Country Tour, Discounted Massages. Join us for a weekend of renewal. The Spring Equinox is a time of rebirth when the sun and the moon are in balance. The weekend will be chock full with yoga classes, body work and time for playing in the snow or relaxing in town. Classes include: Anusara, Yin Restorative Yoga, Rock’n Vinyasa, Kundalini and Hatha Vinyasa. Visit www.metayogastudios for more details. Friday Night: 5:30-7:30 pm Rock’n Vinyasa with Kellie Frischett Saturday: 8:30-9 am Tap Into Your Breath – Mindful Meditation at Fuqua with Leslie Ross. 9 am – 10:30 Sunrise Hatha Vinyasa with Leslie, Spring Detox. 2 pm-4 pm Kundalini Yoga- Boost your Immune System/Balance your emotions. 6:30 pm-8:30 pm Group Dinner and Wine Tasting. Sunday: 8 am-10 am Open Your Heart with Aly Morrison. Anusasa Practice 2pm-4pm Equinox- Chakra Yoga with Singing Bowls- Inanna Hall

“I am no expert” said the avalanche professional to his class.  That is what my mentors have been saying to me and what I have been conveying to my students over the years.  Avalanche education is a lifelong journey that progresses one step at a time. We all are avalanche apprentices.  This was one of […]

Just wrapped up our Babe AVI I course in Breck. Photos to come. Time for the Tele Tune Up this Saturday. Anyone interested. We still have spaces available.

She stepped into her Rubies for the first time. She was a backcountry virgin. Skinning up on the Acent Elle’s she kept up with the group. Christy, had from Amarillo,Texas traveled through a storm cycle to Breckenridge for a weekend geta a way… the Babes in the Backcountry Introduction to the Backcountry Workshop. A confident resort skier and mother of 5, driving an F250, she was excited for the challenge. “They don’t get much snow in Amarillo.”

Recently, Babes sponsored an introduction to the backcountry at the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center. A group of five women spent the first day indoors, reviewing what would happen over the weekend, including information about weather, terrain and avalanche awareness. In the afternoon, they went outside to practice. On day two, after a morning of more planning and prep, they headed out to Loveland Pass.

Redemption. All those dry winters. Well, relatively dry. This winter Breckenridge is getting its fair do. I guess cloud seeding works.

Happy New Year! This week, many of you will be transitioning back into “normal” routines and the reflections that come up naturally during the holiday season may be discarded with routines taking over your lives once again. To create more of an internal easy flow as you go back to your respective occupations, you may want to the following approach to 2011.

Wow, A Full Moon, Lunar Eclipse and the Winter Solstice all in 2 days…with Christmas and New Years on their way, winter is in full swing. Breckenridge has a ton of snow and the Backcountry is shaping up nicely.