by smuggs
Nov 12th 2010 - 2 comments

A long hiatus from IGT probably brought on by the lack of snow has concluded with our beautiful tour of AltA 11/11/10. I had the crazy idea to head to the Devils Castle in my pursuit of untouched snow. The fact that there was a 30 inch base probably kept Devils Castle (one of the [...]

TR: 3 Months 1 Patch

by smuggs
Oct 10th 2010 - 0 comments

In the undying quest to ski year round, if once a month counts as year round, I found my self skiing the same 3 ‘lines’ August, September, October. It usually snows in October in LCC and there it was October 8th and we had a dusting maybe. When you are heading to Vermont October 16th, [...]

TR: August Skiing

by smuggs
Aug 2nd 2010 - 0 comments

Sometimes you can see life getting busy, and you have some stuff that needs to get accomplished. Skiing in August is one of those things. The snow is dwindling, and another silly goal to ski a different patch of snow for every month meant I couldn’t ski Timpanogos in August because that’s what I did [...]

07-08 Line Prophet 90 / Dynafit FT12

by smuggs
Jul 21st 2010 - 0 comments

Strong skier, 165 lbs
Home Mountain: AltA, UT
Last summer I scored a pair of 179cm Line Prophet 90s to replace my 186 Prophet 100s.  This ski and most of the prophet line has been unchanged for years, and its obvious to me why. I figured I could go a little skinnier and shorter since it was [...]


by smuggs
Jul 11th 2010 - 0 comments

For those of you just joining, I got the opportunity to test out a few pieces of new ski gear for the 09-10 ski season. Back in the archives of the site I have old tests and observations. Since you could ski park in a trash bag, we kept the testing to real cliffs, on [...]

TR: Mount Superior SE FACE 6/17/10

by smuggs
Jun 17th 2010 - 1 comments

Waiting till the latest possible day to ski a mountain really paid off today. With a few inches of new snow at higher elevation meant the snow froze last night. This meant the skiing went from blah to YEA, or so it would seem.
I wanted to take a new route up the mountain, so I [...]

Great Basin NP June 6th, 2010 (into the unknown)

by smuggs
Jun 11th 2010 - 0 comments

We headed west from Utah Lake Sunday around 11. Our  destination, Great Basin NP.  Home of stunning Mount Wheeler. I knew nothing of this area, and my Buddie Brett had been there once. The drive was about 4 Hours through multiple basins, past the Little Sahara Sand Dunes that are south west of Salt Lake [...]


by smuggs
May 18th 2010 - 0 comments

Words by Rowen, Photos and captions by me
After posting the first recipe, I got a few people wondering if they could post up a recipe. Well Rowen from stepped up to the plate with a nicely written piece that I tweaked a tad, so I didn’t have left over meat sitting raw, open in [...]

Mt. Nebo 5/13/10

by smuggs
May 14th 2010 - 0 comments

Mt. Nebo stands at 11.928, the highest peak in the Wasatch Range. Accessable from Mona, UT, majestic Mt. Nebo is a true gem. You approach via 4×4 road which you drive to the snow line. The climb is big 5-6,000 feet, so what better time to start hiking than 10am. The weather called for cloudy [...]

Ski Bum Recipe #1 Pulled Pork

by smuggs
May 12th 2010 - 0 comments

Going to be adding some new content here.  Spending about half of my life working in restaurants from the dish pit, to the bar, to being chef of a restaurant, now private chef/maintenance for a lodge. I am constantly discovering new foods and new ways to cook them. I for a while have wanted to [...]

2009-2010 Year in Review PART 1 September-December

by smuggs
May 8th 2010 - 0 comments

Though my ski season seems to go on for most of the summer, I thought I would share some sweet photos that my friends and I captured from this season. We all noticed we didn’t have as many pictures as past seasons, but still had a crop worthy of sharing amongst the ski world. In [...]


by smuggs
May 7th 2010 - 0 comments

Though i rarely wear this camera because of how dorky it looks on my helmet, now that i have captured and edited my footage I am really pleased with it. The film quality is way better than my really expensive VIO POV. I had a few problems on random days with capturing footage, but can’t [...]

Garmont Radium Ski Boot

by smuggs
Apr 23rd 2010 - 0 comments

Purple! The Garmont Radium is a ski boot that I have skied in for 2 seasons. I got them to switch over to a new Dynafit setup. Last season I was decently impressed with the boots. They weren’t my favorite boots of all time, they didn’t seem responsive enough and had an awkward fit for [...]


by smuggs
Apr 20th 2010 - 0 comments

The Alta High Boy party is a sacred tradition amongst most Alta skiers and visitors.  The party takes place the day before the mountain is closed. The idea of it is to hang out in Alta as long as possible to bid the mountain and friends a farewell. This is considered an advanced party for [...]

Devils Face Crusher (incodent report-ish)

by smuggs
Apr 12th 2010 - 0 comments

Thursday the 8th of April a good pal Orange Hat Dan and I were up enjoying turns in Devils Castle in Alta. We met up at the bottom a (well not so random since we both want first turns)  I had skied the wall of the castle he had skied an apron already. I wanted [...]

Pfiferhorn Area Tour 3/28/10

by smuggs
Mar 29th 2010 - 0 comments

I get a call at 6am. I hustle out of bed thinking its my alarm clock which was set for 5 am. Its Dan. “Jon where you at? i’m at the mouth of big !” I am in bed. After some deliberation we decide to meet at white pine a bit later and take the [...]

The times they AREN?T a changing?..

by smuggs
Mar 28th 2010 - 0 comments

In 5 years a lot of things have changed in skiing. Videos have crazy new things that are new and cool every year. Well all but one part of them, the feeling of deep powder skiing. The photo from 2005 is why i fell in love with doing the same thing alot. Skiing powder. The [...]


by smuggs
Mar 27th 2010 - 0 comments

Here is a shot of Nick Greener taking off on his way to stomping this air and claiming the coveted sickbird award at the FWT stop at Snowbird Utah 2010. We saw another guy attempt this air and land on the second cliff, luckily he survived.