Bush Whacked Skiing Video

| December 31, 2008

Unfortunately mankind cannot live on steep chutes alone and low angle powder skiing through the trees is a fact of life during periods of high avalanche danger.  One way to spice it up is to chase after someone while filming with a handheld camera.  Eighteen seconds into the little video below, I blow my line while following Dylan and end up getting a  scrub Oak facial whipping that split the inside of my lip.*   Then, at 1:04 , I hit a submerged log hard enough to release my heelpiece, but as I was on Dynafits, the ski stayed attached at the toe and I was able to stand up, step back down into the heel and keep going.  Gotta love those little bindings!

*As a side-note, after skiing on Dynafits exclusively for last eight years, I finally broke my first one last weekend by cross-blocking a small tree (just like in the video) which caught the toe latch and ripped it off.  It was hardly a disaster as the binding was stuck in ski mode, so we kept going for the rest of the day and it is a simple fix.

Happy turns and safe skiing in 2009!

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Andrew McLean lives in Park City, Utah and is a gear designer, writer, photographer, ski mountaineer, climber, Mountain Unicycle rider and father of two very loud little girls.

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  1. Polly says:

    Nice. Got to watch for those scrub oak!

  2. He Andrew! happy new year! how come your video is said to be unaivailable in switzerland… shame… Enjoy the LAB!

  3. Andrew says:

    Hi G – sorry about the vid not being available. I’ve been using unlicensed music on my YouTube videos (tsk tsk, bad boy I know…) and they have recently started to crack down on that (rightfully so) by either sticking ads in there, or blocking the video in part or whole. I’ll find legal music for the future.

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