It was nearly ten years ago when we first ran into our good friend Brennan Severance (aka “The Leather Booted Ripper”) while sniffing out a nice powder stash somewhere along Vermont’s Long Trail. Since then, we’ve enjoyed countless ski adventures with Brennan across the northeast U.S., on Quebec’s Gaspe Peninsula, Alaska’s Kenai and in East Greenland’s Schweizerland Alps. Born and raised skiing in the northeast, Brennan recently wrapped up a 5+ year stint on the Mad River Glen ski patrol, and he’s now chasing his skiing and climbing dreams in the northern Rockies, British Columbia and Alaska for a little while.
This January, we were lucky enough to catch up with Brennan while hut-skiing with him deep in the heart of Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountains… He is an incredibly safe and talented skier with great instincts and a climber’s tolerance for exposure (i.e he’s a great steep skiing partner), and we’ve always cherished the time we’ve spent exploring the mountains with him. In the above image, Brennan is sliding into a beautiful Sawtooth gully that we skied to the valley below, before climbing and skiing a hidden couloir on the mountain at left in the background. And the images below feature Brennan loving life in East Greenland. We miss him back here in Vermont, but we know it won’t be long before we’re skiing with him again. (Click on photos to enlarge)