Join us every Thursday night for stories of adventure and grit, skill clinics, athlete appearances, film screenings, and more. Scroll down to see our calendar of events.
December 8th at 7pm
Jeff Blumenfeld: An Amusing Look at Skiing History—It’s All Downhill
Remember AstralTunes? Bota bags? How about the day Lucille Ball broke her leg skiing, the Flintstones on skis, and when Wile E. Coyote failed to catch the Road Runner on snow? What’s up with sand skiing,Ski Wings, Jon-E handwarmers, ski poles that held liquor, and other crazy ski gizmos?
For 30 years the International Skiing History Association and its Skiing History magazine has chronicled the ups and downs of the sport. Join us as we take an affectionate look at the sport and take a run back in time to the sport’s early days when Walt Disney’s Goofy taught us the “Art of Skiing,” Dick Van Dyke hurt himself, and the agony of defeat – the most famous fall in skiing history.
Jeff Blumenfeld, a lifelong skier and resident of Boulder, began his ski career in New York State’s legendary Borscht Belt, where he remembers yo-yoing its white gauze-bandage runs, some slopes dyed red for the holidays.
At age 16 he drove a team of sled dogs down New York’s Central Park South as a promotional stunt for his local ski hill—Holiday Mountain in Monticello, N.Y.
Today he’s vice president of the nonprofit International Skiing History Association and has written for Skiing History magazine about various unusual aspects of the sport, including bota bags, AstralTunes, crazy ski products, sand skiing, the Bonnie Bell Ski Team, and how the sport has been depicted in sitcoms and cartoons (hint: not very well).
He’s also written for Ski, Skiing, Travel Boulder, Boulder magazine, and is a frequent contributor to Elevation Outdoors. He’s the author of two books, one on expedition sponsorship, the other on voluntourism, and is chapter chair of international Explorers Club. Jeff is also recipient of the Iceland Exploration Museum Leif Erikson Award for Exploration History.
He’s logged every day he’s spent on the slopes since 1972 – over 1,200 days – but that’s another story.
Saturday, December 10th at 9am-4pm
Beacon Bash @ Winter Park
It's back babyyyyy!
We are excited to announce and to support the 5th Annual Beacon Bash Colorado on December 10th, 2022 at Winter Park Ski Resort. Please mark your calendars now, select going, and help us spread the word!
This annual event is the premier avalanche education and backcountry community gathering in Colorado! Join us to brush up on avalanche rescue skills, practice beacon training, find new backcountry partners, demo new gear, and raise funds for great non-profit organizations like the Friends of the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, Friends of Berthoud Pass, Grand County Search and Rescue, Colorado Rapid Avalanche Deployment, and more!
Sunday, December 11th Noon-4pm
Climb With Santa at Neptune Mountaineering!
Santa will be back at Neptune but he's up on his ledge so the kiddos will have to climb up to meet with him. Join us for our 5th Annual Climb With Santa celebration as we roll into the holiday season!
December 15th at 7PM
Tom Livingstone: Push & Pull—A Decade of Alpinism.
Tom's talk explores the theme of balance in climbing and life, and focusses on the ‘why.’ For example, why spend weeks traveling to remote mountainous regions of the planet, then spend days questing up unclimbed walls? What do we find up there? Tom’s ascents have received awards in the climbing world, but he explains why these aren’t motivating for him, and what he’s gained instead. Climbing ‘pushes’ him higher, and has steered his life. But it’s also pulled him to alien places and dark faces.
Tom Livingstone enjoys climbing in every form, but it’s the biggest and baddest alpine routes that have drawn him into the mountains for over a decade. He’s established first ascents around the world, from Alaskan granite to Rockies choss to Pakistan’s Karakorams. Although he grew up trad climbing in the UK, he now lives in Chamonix, France, where he tries - and fails - not to eat croissants every day.
December 22nd at 7pm
Ben Markhart: Ski Touring Thompson Pass in Alaska's Chugach Mountains
Thompson pass is only 45 minutes outside of Valdez, Alaska and provides some of the easiest access to big mountain skiing anywhere in the world. Right off the ocean with lots of sticky maritime snow, the pass is known for its coated steep faces and huge ski descents. If done well, trips here can be the best skiing you might ever encounter.
There are not many places where a short drive can get you easy access to big mountain Alaskan skiing. We will talk about how to get the most of a trip to this ski-touring and heli-skiing paradise in the middle of the Chugach Mountains. We will get to know the terrain around the pass, talk about the snow environment and avalanche considerations as well as about logistics to set you up for success planning your own trip to this skiing paradise.
Ben Markhart is an IFMGA Guide based in Boulder, Colo. In addition to teaching avalanche safety courses he guides ski touring and mountaineering year round. He regularly travels to Alaska in the spring for climbing and skiing expeditions. He has skied extensively around North American has skied over 50 days on Thompson Pass alone. You can see more at his website: benmarkhart.com.
December 29th at 7pm
Risk Management in Avalanche Terrain and Tour Planning Clinic
This hands-on clinic by Colorado Adventure Guides uses the SAM3D model from Ortovox, an interactive learning tool to graphically demonstrate risk management and tour planning.
The SAM3D helps to clearly illustrate and better explain avalanche risk factors and their complex causality to beginners and advanced ski tourers alike. This clever mountain model fills the gap between theory and reality in the mountains and simulates the complexity of risk management and tour planning. The SAM3D educational tool can be used to playfully learn the basics of tour planning, focusing on risk identification and avalanche assessment.
Groups of participants can practice a variety of scenarios. Information from an avalanche bulletin can be weighed against factors such as slope steepness, slope aspect, and relevant danger areas plotted by participants on the 3D mountain model. Through a variety of exercises, users playfully learn how to choose a tour that fits the conditions.
The session is limited to 20 participants but we will allow more to register as possible stand-by participants to fill any no-show gaps. Otherwise, stand-by attendees may just be observers in the exercise.
January 12th at 7pm
Anna Pfaff: Life's Newest Crux
After losing six toes to frostbite while climbing in the Alaska Range this past Spring, Anna isn't sure what the journey ahead looks like.
Anna will share select stories from alpine adventures around the world and how the lessons learned from the mountains have helped her overcome a new crux in life. She lost six toes due to frostbite sustained while climbing in the Alaska Range this past Spring and she's not sure what her journey forward looks like to make it back into the mountains but that's her goal and this even will be her story of how she is working hard to return.
Anna Pfaff is a world-premiere alpinist, expedition climber and nurse who has climbed some of the most extreme and remote alpine terrain in the world. Born and raised in rural Ohio, Anna moved to Colorado to finish her nursing degree at the University of Colorado Denver. There, she joined her classmates for a trip to Indian Creek, Utah where she instantly was hooked on climbing. After graduating in 2003, Pfaff relocated to Boulder where she honed her skills on multi-pitch routes in Eldorado Canyon and the cracks of Indian Creek. The following year, she made the pilgrimage to Yosemite and within a year had climbed El Capitan. When she headed south one winter and first climbed in the Fitz Roy range, she was hooked on alpine climbing. Anna is now based in Ouray, Colorado.
January 19th at 7pm
Dan Hobbs: Climb Quick—Setting The Self Supported Colorado 14er Record
Dan Hobbs set a new self supported Colorado 14er record in 2022: 58 14ers in 14 days. Come hear how he did it.
Come hear a tale as tall as the summits with wild weather, car crashes, and pushing the human body to its limits while successfully summiting 58 14ers in 14 days. Racing mountains has brought Dan valuable experiences in finding inner calmness while overcoming countless obstacles.
He’ll briefly share on learnings from trying to create the perfect logistics plan for highly unpredictable mountains and we’ll explore the training and gear needed on multi day Colorado mountain pursuits.
Dan Hobbs started climbing mountains later in life, but once he started, he never looked back. Accumulating hundreds of summits and finding a knack for multi day endurance challenges, he recently set the self-supported 14er record in 2022. Coming from a flat midwestern state he finds creative ways to train to race the highest peaks in North America.
January 26th at 7pm
Max Lurie: Climbing Myths and Misinformation Busted
Join us for an engaging evening of discussions from specific technical topics to the origins of climbing as a sport.
How we first learn climbing can have major impacts down the road. This talk will take a deep dive into the unconscious biases and paradigms deeply embedded in climbing culture. Come join Max Lurie of Alpine to the Max and Neptune Mountaineering for an engaging evening of discussions. From specific technical topics to the origins of climbing as a sport. We’ll change how you think about why you do what you do and discover how to do it better.
Max Lurie is an AMGA certified Rock and Alpine Guide, as well as an accomplished alpinist. Climbing in the alpine on rock, snow, and ice has always been Max’s biggest passion. Sharing the mountains with people has been his career. By curating mountain experiences and teaching people mountain craft so they can be self-sufficient, Max makes stewards of everyone he climbs with. So that they can safely and respectfully appreciate the wild and hard to reach places that Max loves. Max owns and operates Alpine to the Max, a Boulder based climbing guide service.
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