Last February, the Bishop Team headed to Monarch Pass, Colorado to spend three days in waist deep fluff. The trip was planned around Monarch Mountain's "Tele-Festivus", a freeheel get-together brought to us by Mountain Chalet, an outdoor retailer in the Colorado Springs area.
We're not here to tell you a story about twelve of the best knee droppers coming together from all over the world, staying in beautiful log home at the base of the pass, hopping on a snowcat, touring the backcountry, building booters, overcoming our differences in what a "telemark turn" really is, and all becoming great friends... That did happen, but we'll let the photos share the story.
All photos credit to Bjorn Bauer Photography
Taylor Johnson getting pitted in an early morning pass lap.
Carl Heath eyeing down his line.
One of our favorite shots of the weekend. Perfect timing with Taylor, Carl, and Doug Mock.
Steven Eytel, with the view.
Marshell Thompson Lurking around in the woods.
Athlete Manager, Christopher Ewart showing his team how to get a good frame.
Andreas Sjobeck hitting the BC Booter
Douglas Mock dropping first off the Cat, and showing the team how it's done.
Andreas Sjobeck getting deep
Taylor Johnson taking the last turns of the day.
Peter VanDyke, and BMF engineer/design/Snowboarder got some goods too!
Here's how to tele in Whistler Blackcomb, plus where to eat, sleep, and après.
Between the recent Friends of CAIC Benefit Bash and this new snowfall finally kicking off the season, we are stoked to get back on our BMF/Rs and into the side- and backcountry. But... safety and education first!
Scott Schell first dabbled in backcountry skiing back in high school; now he's the program director of the Northwest Avalanche Center. He provided some insight into safe sidecountry skiing tactics.
Caffeinate thyself and check out our 5 best tips for getting a good start!