Showing posts with label backcountry skiing. Show all posts
Showing posts with label backcountry skiing. Show all posts

Friday, September 18, 2015

I'm on a boat: Lofoten to Kalymnos

Heading towards Grunnfjorden on the Skydancer.
Growing up in Seattle, I became accustomed to the mountains and water surrounding me at all times. Having proximity to both allowed me to explore and fall in love with some of our Earth's great elements, sometimes both in a single day. The mountains provided inspiration and motivation, while the water always gave me a calming emotion that I came to require.

Over the past few months, I have been lucky enough to visit other places around the globe that provide a similar, and even closer distance from the mountains to the sea.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

A Smart Pack: Skiing off the Aiguille du Midi

The Aiguille du Midi in Chamonix, France is one of the most famous lifts in the world. It holds the record as the highest vertical ascent cable car in the world, as it brings you up to 3842m (12,605ft). After passing through the famous ice tunnel, and making it down the arĂȘte, you can ski a variety of big mountain descents through heavily crevassed and unmarked terrain. Unless you are 100 percent confident in your glacier and ski mountaineering skills, it is wise to hire a local guide. When you ski down to Chamonix, it is a 2807m (9,200ft) descent. The access gives you the ability to explore high mountain terrain with incredible ease that is hard to replicate anywhere else in the world. However, the access needs to be respected because in Chamonix you can go from drinking an espresso to almost killing yourself in less than 5 minutes. Be sure you are prepared. Here is a look at what I carry with me down a ski run off the Aiguille du Midi.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Yeah Winter!

I love Winter and spending time in the mountains!  Whether it is early morning laps at the resort or backcountry touring with friends.  It is great to be outside. 

Enjoy these images from Jon Mancuso shot in the early part of the season and be sure to follow all my ski adventures this season at

All the best-
Danny Walton-
Mammut Athlete Team

Friday, November 14, 2014

Monashee Powder: The Cure to Fall Depression

Holly Walker shreds down the fluffy cold smoke.
Photo by Hans Christian Gulsvik 
It was deep, too deep. The fluffiness was up to my waist and after five minutes I didn't have the energy to go on. Mike Ship laughed at me while he pushed ahead, moving at a slow pace but breaking the trail. We skinned across the deep open flats with over 60cm of fresh snow and continued up 'Merlot' hill through the trees. The avalanche risk was high due to the ongoing storms and as we continued to ascend in the dense old growth spruce trees, we witnessed a size 2 slab avalanche on the open slope of the mountain across named 'Shiraz'.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

East Coast Lovin'

Me laying some turns down on a day of filming, Stowe backcountry, Photographer: Dana Allen

What does it mean to ski backcountry on the east coast?

Monday, August 12, 2013

Mammut's ski mountaineering, climber, trail running athlete is playing on her BIKE this week!

From the sea and snow this past spring...

Mammut Athlete, Brandyn Roark prepping for ski hut trip
in the Arctic circle
with Athlete/friend  Rachael Burks
Special thanks to Mammut, Scott, Grivel, and
Hammer for all their awesome help!  

Writer Brigid Mander, and skiers Rachael Burks and Brandyn Roark
taking a SERIOUS look at their Arctic surroundings! 

Monday, March 11, 2013

Backcountry Building

February has been a month full of backcountry and jumps.  Mitchell Brower and myself have been working to put out the next webisode of #browers.  The last video we made was pretty much all urban (see here).  For the next edit we have been skiing in the backcountry most days working to get both stills and video.  This has proven to be a much more involved and difficult process, when we are each  trying to be the athlete and filmer.  The days do not seem long enough to get done what we want and the jumps always seem to take longer than they should to build.  That being said there is nothing better than a day in the backcountry with good friends.  This is the genre of skiing that I most enjoy. Here are a few screen shots of the things we have been up to:

Cork 7 on a fun and very lippy jump.

We are trying to get up and over this tree, we will see how it goes!

Loving the new RAS packs!

Mitchell getting some deep snow at Alta.