May 06

Photo of the Week: “Dadda…I Wanna Ski Weally Fast!”

White Mountains, NH, USA ©Emily Johnson/ EmberPhoto - All rights reserved

Since we started skiing with our daughter, Maiana Snow, when she was just ten days old, it was clear that she enjoyed being out in the mountains with us. During her first winter with us, after we mastered the backcountry diaper change, she started to “coo” a lot while skiing with us. In her second winter, around the time of her first birthday, she started to giggle when we’d ski through bumpy terrain, dips in the trail, or when we momentarily let go of gravity in powdery snow. And this past winter, with Maiana turning two, she began to vocalize an incredible repertoire of songs – often stringing together Twinkle Little Star, Old MacDonald, Bah-Bah Black Sheep, and The Farmer & the Dell in a single run down the mountain.

Yet, it wasn’t until last weekend, during a fairy tale afternoon/eve of backcountry skiing in NH’s White Mountains, that Maiana really articulated how she feels about skiing with us. While enjoying some play time on a favorite mountain top, Maiana, with a flake of shiny mica in her hand, looked up at me and said, “Dadda…I wanna ski weally fast. Can we ski?”

Apparently, it was time to ski – our last run of the day awaiting us in the warm mountain light. And with more than 3000 vertical feet of skiing below, Maiana and I slid into our first turns ever so carefully (photo above), as if to savor every kernel of delectable springtime snow…before it was all gone.

-Brian

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Apr 30

Photo of the Week: Off Piste on Mozodepowadso

Green Mountains, Vermont, USA ©Emily Johnson/ EmberPhoto - All rights reserved

For many generations before the arrival of white settlers, the Abenaki referred to Vermont’s highest mountain as “Mozodepowadso”, which translates to Moosehead Mountain. For reasons not entirely clear (as investigated by VT’s Seven Days in July 2013), Big Mozo came to be called Mt. Mansfield in the mid-18th century – and the name has remained popular.

Still, out of respect to Vermont’s original settlers, we’re going with Mozodepowadso again. For one thing, the name has the word “pow” in it, something this mountain receives lots of, and skiing The Big Mozo sounds a lot exciting than skiing “Mt. Mansfield” (no offense to whoever or whatever Mansfield was actually named after).

Over the last few days, during the cooler times of day, especially, The Big Mozo was offering some of the more delectable snow sliding conditions of the season. And while warming temperatures in the days ahead will takes its toll on The Big Mozo’s impressive snow pack, top to bottom turns, on snow, should be possible well into at least next week.

Ski you out there.
Brian

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Apr 22

Photo of the Week: Springtime on Agiocochook

White Mountains, NH, USA ©Brian Mohr/ EmberPhoto - All rights reserved

Making the most of a very sweet corn harvest across the Northeast last week, Sean Curry gets after on the flanks of Agiocochook…”Mother Goddess of the Storm” (aka Mt Washington, NH).

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Apr 02

Photo of the Week: Saying Farewell to Winter

Green Mountains, Vermont, USA ©Brian Mohr/ EmberPhoto - All rights reserved

Even with mountain snowfall in the forecast for Friday night into Saturday – and next week, too – there’s no doubt that Spring is finally here. With this past Monday night’s fresh snow, and then relatively cold, powder-preserving temps prevailing through mid week, Wednesday shaped up to be one last fantastic day to be out with Old Man Winter at the helm. (Photo was captured Tuesday at sunset). While we know he’ll be kicking around here and there for at least a few more weeks, it’s hard not to feel a bit sad to see him packing his bags for the warmer months ahead.

Meanwhile, sliding around on-piste will be sweet Friday, especially if it clears in the afternoon. And by sunrise Saturday, it should be snowing steadily again, which will set things up for another incredibly fun weekend in the mountains.

Ski you out there.
Brian

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Mar 26

Photo of the Week: “Time to Ski, Dadda”

Green Mountains, Vermont, USA ©Brian Mohr/ EmberPhoto - All rights reserved

Our two year old daughter, Maiana Snow, prepares for some top-of-the-mountain ski time after riding on her dadda’s back into a favorite powder stash along Vermont’s Green Mountain divide. After a skiing a few mellow pitches b/w our legs, or those of her good buddy Ian (see second photo), or whoever else is along that day, she swaps the skis for another ride on dadda’s back…”down, down, down….whooooooosh!”, as she likes say… before doing it all over again. Maiana often logs 2-3 runs in the backcountry in a day, sleeping through at least one run, so long as we time things well.
-Brian

Lil’ Maiana and her ski buddy, Ian Forgays, enjoy a little mountain top powder together.
Green Mountains, Vermont, USA ©Brian Mohr/ EmberPhoto - All rights reserved

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