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Getting the shot while Wissman Gets the shot

Argentina from a skier’s perspective is known for it’s Lomo(steak), Malbek(wine) and skiing that has the potential to be the best or worst you’ve ever experienced. Naturally then, I’ve been rolling the dice five out of the past six years in hopes of catching the legendary Santa Rosa Storm.

It’s a long way to travel, leaving the best part of a short summer for the opposite hemisphere in search of a storm that is famed to leave so much snow atop the Andes Range that people generally don’t even survive to count it all. (Or so goes the modern myth of the Santa Rosa). I’ve hit it right and I’ve hit it wrong but never regretted a few weeks of trading the flip flops for ski boots, especially this year.

The first Ascent ski and snowboard team showed up after three days of travel to a blue bird day and a tracked out mountain but our Guide Jose found us the goods none the less. My first turns of the summer were yummy and I felt lucky, but I had no idea they were only a predecessor to what would come to be some of the greatest skiing I’d ever known. Jose claimed a meter would fall in twenty four hours as the mountain shut down and the flakes began to fall. We didn’t think much of it but three days and almost two meters later we found ourselves first in line at the gnarliest chairlift in the world accessing over 3,000 feet of untracked, untouched perfectly stable POW!

It was one of those special moments even to a professional skier where you know this opportunity may never come again and in humble recognition, we put our camera equipment down and shredded the most famous line in Las Lenas, Edwardo’s, top to bottom.

We all agreed it was the best lift access run of our lives and it only got better from there. Six more days of hiking, skinning and exploring offered us unheard of descents in some of the most beautiful terrain I’ve ever known only to collapse into our rooms at the end mending our shin banged, wind hammered, frost bitten, and for one, food poisoned wounds all in the name of powder.

It will be a trip worth talking about for a long time and to paint the picture for you, I was inspired enough to sit down for three days straight to make a video about it. Enjoy.

FA Ski/Snowboard Team Gets Lucky in Las Lenas 2011 from Lynsey Ann Dyer on Vimeo.


June, what a great time to get up high! After waiting for weeks for an opening in the weather, we got our chance to summit one of the prominent peaks in the Tetons. Great snow, great weather, and great company made for a perfect tour.

This is only the beginning of spring ski season around here! The Wind River range is next!

Happy New Year to everyone a few hours early! 2009 has come and gone, and the years are flying by. But I have to say every year keeps getting better, and as winter moves forward I look forward to skiing with all my friends and the adventures that are to come. With the holidays mostly behind us, most of you will have time to ski a bit more and work out the cobwebs from the summer off. One issue that everyone seems to struggle with is ski boot fitting, and I am no exception!

It’s a myth that boots need to be painful to ski well, and that you need the bind your feet at a young age to fit into a proper boot. With boot fitting science being refined every year, there are plenty of options that will fit every skiers needs. I felt this blog would be a simple way for most people to be a little bit more informed before they go buy a new boot this winter.

First and foremost is where you buy your boot. Small ski shops may be a bit more expensive than a big box chain, but service and knowledge make up for any differences in price tenfold. Having a boot fitter who knows his product line, and has the various tools to customize a boot is paramount.

Top 5 things to consider when buying a boot:
1. Pick a boot that fits your needs, not the one that magazines or friends recommend. Your feet are your feet, pick a boot that is close to them to begin with.
2. Get a custom footbed, seriously it’s worth the money.
3. Keep in mind that boots can be stretched (punched) in places where there is slight discomfort.
4. Stance alignment. Not everyone needs this, but have a shop look at where your knees are relevant to your boot, and make adjustments accordingly, it does affect your skiing in a positive way.
5. A custom boot fit is a working relationship, you might have to go back to the shop to refine the boot.

Most top end boots these days have heat moldable liners that are more comfortable and warm than boots of yore, and keep in mind that boot heaters might be the easiest way to make skiing more fun for you, they aren’t dorky anymore. A example of a boot that is both high in performance and allows for a more custom fit is this Rossi Myth Sensor 90. So rather than suffering through another year in a boot that hurts, go treat yourself and enjoy your days on the hill.