Check out the ESPN exclusive video of the Dubsatch boys in AK. If you read Zach’s update on the 8th he explains a bit of this trip. Looks like an amazing time!
This summer I ventured far down south to the land of the Andes. My friend Leo Ahrens and I boarded a plane to Santiago, Chile on July 10. After three days of canceled flights and sleeping on airport floors we were greeted with lack of luggage. Luckily Leo was randomly sitting next to his highschool janitor who offered for us to stay at her nieces apartment for the night. She fed and watered us and in the morning our bags made it and we hopped on a bus headed to Pichilemu to catch some surf for a few weeks. By the time we made it, it was dark and we realized that we had forgotten to make any reservations for a hostel. With no idea where we were walking we started down the road with a full ski bag and duffel bag each. Looking like two lost gringos a lady took pity on us and invited us into her house and offered for us to stay the night. With her lived her brother and his boy, her two daughters and one of her daughter’s daughter. ’twas a full house but it felt like a good home. Leo and I stayed up late with the younger crowed and had a conversation via broken spanish and google translate.
Three weeks later it was time to hit the road and we headed to La Parva to meet up with fellow Dubsatch crew members Carston Oliver and Eliel Hindert to partake in the Eye of the Condor film and photo contest. The Eye of the Condor is a contest that is five-day long and you have to make a five-minute edit and produce five photos. Amazingly we swept the thing winning the photo and the video aspect. Next on the trek was the Redbull Powder Disorder in Las Lenas, Argentina. The Redbull Powder Disorder is a Big Mountain competition that has man-made features involved in it. Conditions were extremely tough from high winds but the comp was pulled off. Props to Jim Jack for another great time. The road continued back to Chile for the Chilean Freeskiing Nationals at Ski Arpa. I had a near miss with a boulder on my second run but i managed to pull off 12th place. Making our way back to Santiago we parted ways after our month and a half log trip and I flew back state side to switch gear and pick up my hiking boots and backpack. After five days at home I got on a plane again and flew to Cuiaba, Brazil and started a three and a half month-long trek thru the Amazon Basin. Using canoe and foot power and battling bugs, fungus, infection and disease our twelve man group made home in the jungle. Two weeks in I got bit by a spider and the bite got infected with staph infection. Luckily I caught it in time and healed up in a month with two little scars.
December rolled around and the snow was dumping in Alaska so I called up my friends Leo Ahrens, Sam Cohen and Nate Cahoon and we set off on a camping trip in the woods of Turnagain Pass. I was all going as planned with the food and equipment packing but the morning we were planning on setting out the winds and snows picked up and it was blowing 100+ mph. We decided to press on anyways. The temps were cold, -20 Fahrenheit. It was a tough trudge in with 50+lbs sleds but after a few hours of switching off breaking trail we made it to a sheltered area and put up tents and made a snow cave. It was home for a few days. We battled the avalanche conditions for a while but ended up calling the trip off due to horrible avalanche conditions and lack of stove fuel. Back in my home town, Girdwood we thawed out and arranged a bush plane flight. The next clear and sunny day we took to the air. It’s amazing to look at the mountains from the air. The snowpack settled and became bomb proof and we got to ski all the peaks I’d dreamed about for a few years. It was a great weeks. Leo and Nate took off back to the lower forty-eight but Sammo stayed for a while to enjoy the great snow with me.
The road started to call us though so we packed up the truck and went to Mt Baker, WA to shred some epic side country. We then rolled up to Nelson, BC to stay with a few homies (PJS founder) and shred Whitewater; but then we caught wind of a comp going on at Kickinghorse so we continued north to Redbull Wrangle the Chute. I ended up taking second and Sammo took third. Stoked! We then drove back to Nelson and then continued to Montana. In Montana i caught a flight to Seattle and met up with the Tecnica/Blizzard team for a fun week of shooting powder shots. Now I am still in Seattle working on building a purse seiner fishing boat that I am working on this summer. We plan to finish in a few weeks and head of the port on the 4th of May. Its going to be a two-week motor to get to port in Whittier Alaska. Its been a great season!
Big shout out to Zach Halverson for making Powder Magazines top 20 skiers 18 years and younger! He came in a well deserved #10 and we are super stoked for the guy! Anyone who hasn’t gotten the issue should of course, and also keep an eye on this kid. Not only is he gonna be something big in the industry, but he’s always up to something awesome.
Check it out, read what there is to read if you know spanish, or just look at the pretty pictures of Zach and his friends.
Winter 2011 issue, for those who don’t know spanish the left button will let you view the magazine online, and the right one will let you download! click 7 times for a full-page picture of Zach and 8 for a half picture.
Team member Zach Halverson has found himself in south America right now on an adventure that, for some, would be the trip of a lifetime, but for him it’s looking like just the beginning. Zach and a group of friends were recently involved in an event called Eye of the Condor, which included several video and photography competitions, one of the events being a 5 minute video taken during the time in La Parva, Chile. Zach and the rest of Team Dubsatch won the video competition with some awesome footage of not only just the hill, but the roof of a parking garage as well. Check it out![vimeo http://vimeo.com/27350594]
One of the contests is still up for grabs, and you can vote here for who you think deserves the reader’s choice award.You can also view pictures and video entries from all of the teams, I may be a bit bias, but vote Team Dubsatch!
The last time we crossed paths I was heading out to North American Open in Kirkwood CA for stop number four. I ended up taking first in the comp, stoked! Also I hit the storm cycle there, they had over 200 inches in a week and I was there for the last five days of that week. BOOSH. Good times on good snow with good friends. That first place put me in first place overall for the season standing. I had about a two-week break from competition so I stopped in at home for a few days then flew out the Colorado for some soul shredding with Team Summit at A-Basin. After a week I drove over to Snowbird UT for stop number five, the final stop on the JFT. Again a storm cycle was moving in. Seems as though the snow is following me. I ended up falling on a front flip in finals but with my placing at the previous four stops it was enough to keep me in first for the overall! I also won the overall Freemountain Award! Had a very fun season and I can’t wait for next year!
I got to talk to Zach about a week and a half ago, and lucky me he had a little update for the blog! Then, unfortunately, I got super sick and did nothing but sleep and feel horrible for about a week and a half! however Zach is incredibly rad and I was stoked to find out where he’s been, so I’m still passing on the news. My apologies for the lateness. -Danko
The seasons been great so far! Had so much fun and it’s not done yet!
I started the year at Alyeska Resort shredding the home hill for December and most of January. Then it was off to Jackson hole WY to meet up with my sis and some homies while she competed in the FWT qualifier. After that I hitched a ride with my pops to Alta UT to claim some pow turns and face shots. After a week and a half of filming and shooting it was time to start the comp season. First stop of JFT was at Crested Butte CO. It was a fun weekend and I ended up taking forth and my buddy tanner claimed third, yeah man! I had two weeks after that to kick it at home and ski some AK lines. During that time I took part in the North Face Vertical Challenge, which is a comp to see who can ski the most vertical feet in one day. I skied 55,000 ft but then I pinched a nerve in my leg and had to quit. My leg had paralysis for a few days but with a weeks rest it was good to go.
Stop two was at Crystal Mt. WA. A storm cycle moved thru that weekend so the venue was in prime condition. I got ninth day one but got third day two, which put me in fifth overall. Stoked! Third stop on JFT was Grand Targhee WY. Again I lucked out and a storm moved in a few days before but cleared up for the comp. I finished in second this time and won the Freemountain award. Right after the awards ended I hitched a ride with some friends to Alta again for some shredding. A huge cycle moved in and we got 18in first day and 26in second day! After that it brings me to right now. Tomorrow I leave for stop four of JFT in Kirkwood CA. A storm is rumbling in the Tahoe area so who knows, maybe I’ll run into some snow?
– Zach Halverson