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This season has been strange and rather confusing… To start it off, we’ve had one of the worst winters on record for the Eastern Sierras. I personally don’t remember seeing it this bare, ever, and we are right around the corner from March. Fortunately there are positive rumors of a miracle March. Fingers crossed.

After hardly having any early season skiing I headed over to Japan, where there was more snow than we could handle. It was lining up to be a great trip, but after five short days of skiing epic pow, I unfortunately broke my clavicle skiing to the chairlift. Gnarly right? In the wake of being lost in translation and some long travel days I made it home to see my orthopedic. The break required surgery. I received a plate with 12 screws and was on the road to recovery. I’ve continued rehabbing 3 times a week and am expected to be back filming mid March. With the mandatory down time, I decided to learn more about my ski graphics by teaching myself to use some new computer programs. Realistically the self schooling needed to happen sooner, I just couldn’t manage to sit myself down in the past to accomplish it.

Then, during my start to recovery the unexpected happened. My small situation was quickly put in perspective when the ski industry lost a very sweet and inspirational soul, Sarah Burke. She died from “irreversible damage to her brain due to lack of oxygen and blood after cardiac arrest.” – ESPN. I had the pleasure of knowing Sarah since I was about 14 or 15 years old. She spent many seasons coming to Mammoth through out my teenage years, and even helped coach me and the freeride team from time to time. Sarah was no doubt one of the most beautiful people I knew. She will always be truly missed and never forgotten. My thoughts and condolences will continue to be with her husband Rory and the rest of her family.

Lastly, a few days ago, more terrible news came across the pipeline. There was a fatal avalanche at Stevens Pass where three more amazing souls were taken. Thankfully, a couple close friends of mine, Elyse Saugstad and Megan Michelson survived the accident. Needless to say, it hasn’t been an easy season to grasp or understand. I’m honestly still trying to make sense of it all… The only realization I’ve come to is to just continue doing what we all love… Skiing is with out a doubt a passion, and always will be. However, I just wanted to take the time to remember the people we lost, and pray for their family and friends. And to any of you reading this, stay safe out there and have an amazing finish to your season.

Here are a couple of my instagram pics that go along with the last few weeks. Enjoy the ride.

Remembering those we lost. A few rays of light shining down…

Getting back on the horse.

Some much needed pow to help keep the cali season alive. Although my uncle was hogging most of it in his beard.

This season has been strange and rather confusing… To start it off, we’ve had one of the worst winters on record for the Eastern Sierras. I personally don’t remember seeing it this bare, ever, and we are right around the corner from March. Fortunately there are positive rumors of a miracle March. Fingers crossed.

After hardly having any early season skiing I headed over to Japan, where there was more snow than we could handle. It was lining up to be a great trip, but after five short days of skiing epic pow, I unfortunately broke my clavicle skiing to the chairlift. Gnarly right? In the wake of being lost in translation and some long travel days I made it home to see my orthopedic. The break required surgery. I received a plate with 12 screws and was on the road to recovery. I’ve continued rehabbing 3 times a week and am expected to be back filming mid March. With the mandatory down time, I decided to learn more about my ski graphics by teaching myself to use some new computer programs. Realistically the self schooling needed to happen sooner, I just couldn’t manage to sit myself down in the past to accomplish it.

Then, during my start to recovery the unexpected happened. My small situation was quickly put in perspective when the ski industry lost a very sweet and inspirational soul, Sarah Burke. She died from “irreversible damage to her brain due to lack of oxygen and blood after cardiac arrest.” – ESPN. I had the pleasure of knowing Sarah since I was about 14 or 15 years old. She spent many seasons coming to Mammoth through out my teenage years, and even helped coach me and the freeride team from time to time. Sarah was no doubt one of the most beautiful people I knew. She will always be truly missed and never forgotten. My thoughts and condolences will continue to be with her husband Rory and the rest of her family.

Lastly, a few days ago, more terrible news came across the pipeline. There was a fatal avalanche at Stevens Pass where three more amazing souls were taken. Thankfully, a couple close friends of mine, Elyse Saugstad and Megan Michelson survived the accident. Needless to say, it hasn’t been an easy season to grasp or understand. I’m honestly still trying to make sense of it all… The only realization I’ve come to is to just continue doing what we all love… Skiing is with out a doubt a passion, and always will be. However, I just wanted to take the time to remember the people we lost, and pray for their family and friends. And to any of you reading this, stay safe out there and have an amazing finish to your season.

Here are a couple of my instagram pics that go along with the last few weeks. Enjoy the ride.

Remembering those we lost. A few rays of light shining down…

Getting back on the horse.

Some much needed pow to help keep the cali season alive. Although my uncle was hogging most of it in his beard.

Japan 2.0 is coming to an internet near you… Sadly, not until this fall when our first webisode of the 2012 season is released. Nevertheless, we went back to Japan, which was unfortunately cut short for me due to a broken collarbone. However, the snow was epic, I at least had a few good days, and the boys killed it for the remainder of the trip. Until the fall, here is a blast from the not so distant past. This was the sunny segment from En Route Japan – 2009. Enjoy!
 
Japan 2.0 is coming to an internet near you… Sadly, not until this fall when our first webisode of the 2012 season is released. Nevertheless, we went back to Japan, which was unfortunately cut short for me due to a broken collarbone. However, the snow was epic, I at least had a few good days, and the boys killed it for the remainder of the trip. Until the fall, here is a blast from the not so distant past. This was the sunny segment from En Route Japan – 2009. Enjoy!
 
 
Aether-
; the upper regions of air beyond the clouds

Aether is a bit of a mash-up of footage of all four En Route webisodes from season four 2011. Eric likes to take footage from edits we have already made, and re-edit it into a different format. Just like “Thank You”, Aether is a more artistic perspective of skiing.

Nimbus Independent was started in 2007 by Eric Pollard in collaboration with Pep Fujas, Andy Mahre, and Chris Benchetler. The four like minded skiers began Nimbus to bring a different perspective to skiing.
 

 
Aether-
; the upper regions of air beyond the clouds

Aether is a bit of a mash-up of footage of all four En Route webisodes from season four 2011. Eric likes to take footage from edits we have already made, and re-edit it into a different format. Just like “Thank You”, Aether is a more artistic perspective of skiing.

Nimbus Independent was started in 2007 by Eric Pollard in collaboration with Pep Fujas, Andy Mahre, and Chris Benchetler. The four like minded skiers began Nimbus to bring a different perspective to skiing.