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Climate Rally with Caroline Gleich in Denver

Caroline Gleich is a professional ski mountaineer and adventurer based in Salt Lake City, Utah.  You may have seen her on the cover of Powder, Backcountry or Ski Magazine or in a ski films.

A nature lover since birth, Caroline uses her voice as an athlete to advocate for social and environmental causes, working on issues such as climate change, clean air, gender equality and cyber harassment with non-profits such as Protect Our Winters, HEAL Utah, Winter Wildlands Alliance, Wilderness Society, and the American Alpine Club.

The Outdoor Retailer (OR) trade show is the biggest winter sports trade show in North America.  Every company you can imagine is there along with all the major publications, resorts and athletes. 

This year on the last day of the show, she is combining her high profile with the cause she cares about the most, the climate,  and organizing a climate march and rally with @katieboue to stand with youth activists and advance the cause of climate action!

As a professional ski mountaineer, she knows first hand about changing temperatures, melting glaciers and the economic impact this is having on regions around the globe. Gleich feels a responsibility do everything she can to protect the environment, expand outdoor access and create a community with more representation and inclusion.

She believes it’s time for the outdoor industry to step up and lead on climate. Clean air, clean water and access to the outdoors is a human right — it shouldn’t be an activity limited to a privileged few. Climate change disproportionately affects communities of color and low-income families, who are likelier to live near polluting power plants, congested highways, toxic waste sites, and landfills. And the high asthma rates in their children reflect this reality.

“Climate change is the biggest social justice issue of our time,” Gleich says. “And the urgency calls on us to act now”.

You can RSVP here to our Facebook event

Caroline’s goal is to inspire people to get outside, live a healthy, active lifestyle and protect the places we love to play. Follow her on social media @carolinegleich!

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Mayor of Cannon

Having been a long time skier who has worked every job you can imagine at ski resorts, I really appreciate lift operators. I talk to them at the bottom and wave to the all at the top.

But of all the places I have skied and lift operators I have waved to, my favorite is Allan Girard at Cannon Mountain who works the top shack at the Zoomer lift. I’ve been skiing Cannon since I was an ankle biter and moved to the area in the early 1990s. Girard was a fixture on that lift as long as I can remember. His enthusiasm is contagious and he shares that with every skier and snowboarder that comes near his shack.

From Bode Miller to the youngest skier on the Franconia Notch Ski Team, his smile and wave welcomes you to the Cannon Mountain and makes you feel part of the community.

Recently there was a great article written by my good friend Marty Basch in the North Conway Daily Sun.  Here it is for your reading pleasure.

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Winter Forecast for New England

The winter forecast is on everyones mind these days. From the coffee shop to the gas station all I hear is people commenting on the warm weather and roller coaster of a winter we are having.

True to form many of the predictions made in the fall have been correct. Here is what Boston.com had to say in October: 

“Winter, with its snow and cold temps, is just around the corner. But New England can expect a milder season than normal, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Warmer-than-average temperatures are predicted for much of the U.S, the federal agency reports in its 2019-2020 Winter Outlook released Thursday by the Climate Prediction Center.

Overall, no part of the country is forecast to have a high likelihood of below-average temperatures between December and February.

And just because New England is predicted to see warmer-than-average temperatures doesn’t mean we won’t see the white stuff or potentially frigid temperatures.

“This doesn’t mean you needn’t pull out your winter gear,” forecasters with the National Weather Service in Boston wrote. “We’ll have plenty of cold and snow, but may be warmer than normal on [average], Dec-Feb.”

And February doesn’t look that much better with lack of snow and unstable temperatures. Take a look at this forecast from Accu Weather.

As always I see an opportunity here. The temps will be nice, the snow will be soft and the skiing and riding will be great. The ski areas will be running specials and have plenty of great events to take in, so pack up the family make time to schedule with friends and hit the mountains in the coming weeks. You’ll be glad you did and you won’t be freezing while you are doing it!!

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How is your Radius?

It’s time for a radius check.

If you are looking for speed and edge control from green to double black diamond slopes then start to focus on the radius of your turns.

Radius can be a forgotten element of our skiing and unless round turns are practiced they can’t be found when we need them the most.

Most of us feel like a skiing hero on groomed slopes making arcs and imagining winning world cup races but this falls apart as soon when we become intimidated by change in terrain, glades or inconsistent snow conditions. When skiers reach the outer edge of their comfort zone the arc and roundness of their turn’s will fall apart and with it goes performance.

There are five (5) key elements to linking turns that have the same radius:

1) Dynamic body motion that creates compression and extension in the legs.

2) Consistent pole plants.

3) No breaking, skidding in the last third of the turn.

4) Short transitions between turns.

5) Confidence in your ability.

Maintaining a round arcing turn will provide five (5) main benefits.

1) A carving ski is a stable ski.

2) A round smooth turn allows the ski to flex and perform.

3) The arc of the ski keeps our body moving down the fall line.

4) Linked turns with consistent radius will create more control.

5) Round turns allow you to ski more of the mountain.

Five (5) ways to improve the radius of your turns.

1) Find a trail that has short pitch that you are comfortable carving turns on.

2) Ski the pitch linking short to medium radius turns from the top to the bottom (10-15 turns max).

3) Repeat 5 times on the same pitch.

4) Analyze each run where the radius of the turn is breaking down and what is causing the break down. Is it acceleration, lack of balance, lack of confidence, poor pole plants?

5) Count your turns and as you approach the trouble area, say turns 8-15, focus on your body position, pole plants and transition between turns.

If you spend a portion of your day training in this manner, you are bound to improve the radius of your turns and over time your confidence will grow in proportion to your control.

Read all my ski tips at skiclinics.com/ski-tips

Extreme skiing pioneer Dan Egan has appeared in 12 Warren Miller Ski films and countless others. Today he teaches clinics and guides trips at locations around the world including Big Sky, where he’ll be teaching, February 20 to 22, February 27 to 29 and March 5 to 7, 2020. For camp dates, online coaching tips, photos and information go to www.skiclinics.com

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About Fresh Tracks with Dan Egan

Join Extreme Skiing Pioneer Dan Egan each week on indie617 for Fresh Tracks, a weekly hour long show packed with interviews with top Olympic and Extreme Sports personalities, US Ski and Snowboard Team updates, as well as event and condition updates from New England and around the world all mixed in with the live, local and independent sound of indie617.

Each week Egan jumps into his vast winter sports knowledge combined with his insight into top results on the FIS World Cup Circuit, World Pro Ski Tour, Freeride World Tour, X-Games and so much more with analysis by his Co- Host Olympian Pam Fletcher. Together Egan and Fletcher bring humor, and first hand knowledge into the people, places and personalities that make up the ski and snowboard industry in North America.

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