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The SnowBrains Podcasts interviews the most intelligent people in the snowsports industry and passes their fascinating knowledge onto you, our listeners. With our listeners, we explore skiing, snowboarding, snowsports, avalanches, technology, climate, COVID, snow science, medicine, nutrition, fitness, technique, and cutting edge adventure.  
The SnowBrains Podcast is hosted by professional freeskier, professional mountain guide, UC Berkeley Molecular Cell Biology graduate, and founder and CEO of SnowBrains, Miles Clark. 
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Daron Rahlves - 4 Time Olympian, King of Kitzbühel, and World Jet Ski Champion Brought to you by Ikon Pass  "To me, downhill is number one. It is the most thrilling, most dangerous, highest speeds, and biggest air. My top speed recorded was 91mph. The fastest ever recorded was 100.6mph by a French guy." - Daron Rahlves on The SnowBrains Podcast My guest today is four times Olympic skier Daron Rahlves. Daron was on the US Ski Team from 1993 to the year 2010. He has twelve World Cup victories, 28 World Cup podiums, three World Championship wins, seven US National titles, and in 2008 he was an X-Games gold medalist for skier cross. He's the only American in the World Cup era to win the Super Bowl of skiing; the Hahnenkamm downhill in Kitzbühel, Austria. Daron is also the only American to win the Super-G in Kitzbühel. Daron saw seven podiums in only five years in Kitzbühel which is unmatched in American history - Kitzbühel is just such a big deal. He has been to three Olympics as a ski racer, then one as a skier cross athlete. He was also the world jet ski champion in 1993. His Dad had the world waterski jump record at 158-feet back in 1964, which is insane! Daron has done the Baja 1000 motorcross race on a motorcycle in 2006, and took a terrible crash which he tells us about. In 2010, Powder elected him for 'Line of the Year' in their video awards, which is nuts. He's also been an athlete for TGR, MSP, Warren Miller, and Rage Films. Most of these he's just crushing big lines in Alaska and all over the world. Daron has been a Red Bull athlete since 2003. Daron grew up in the San Francisco Bay area, and now calls Truckee, CA home. "I had a run of hip dislocations. Six. It was brutal; it is a pain you do not want to experience. I ended up having surgery after my last one because I figured there was something wrong. I had these two that to me felt like something was wrong." - Daron Rahlves on The SnowBrains Podcast Please enjoy! *** This episode is brought to you by Ikon Pass: A brand-new season unlocked the promise of adventures ahead, and endless stoke on the horizon. Now on sale, own it all with Ikon Pass.  With pass options starting at only $399, adult – and exclusive spring savings – there’s an adventure for every type of rider, both new to the mountain and longtime shredder. Lock in the 21/22 season with: • up to $200 savings on child passes • up to $100 in renewal discounts • and a new payment plan from as low as 0 dollars down and 0 percent APR   From the second you score your pass, you’ve got an entire season of sweet stuff to look forward to. Explore pass options at IkonPass.com. *** If you enjoyed this podcast, please share with friends & family, and please subscribe. Follow SnowBrains: SnowBrains.com Facebook: facebook.com/snowbrains Instagram: instagram.com/snowbrains Twitter: twitter.com/snowbrains *** The SnowBrains Podcast Episode #20 - Daron Rahlves - | Brought to you by Ikon Pass Recorded on April 20, 2020, in Valdez, AK (Miles Clark) and Truckee, CA (Daron Rahlves). This episode was edited by Robert Wilkinson.  Music by Chad Crouch Host, producer, and creator = Miles Clark.
Angela Hawse - President of the American Mountain Guide Association | Brought to you by Ikon Pass  Episode #19 of The SnowBrains Podcast “I was one of the rescuers first on the scene to a guy who had fallen over 1000 feet. Off of Fitzroy. And he survived to tell the tale which is remarkable. But it took us three days with an international rescue effort, and it took us three days to get this kid down from where he landed. He was unconscious the entire time. It was certainly a harrowing experience where there was considerable risk to the rescuers." - Angela Hawse on The SnowBrains Podcast My guest today is Angela Hawse - the president of the American Mountain Guide Association or AMGA. Angela has over 30-years of mountain guiding experience and is a fully certified IFMGA mountain guide. Angela is the 6th of only 11 women to have ever been fully certified in the USA. In 2011, Angela was awarded the "AMGA Guide of the Year". Angela is a senior instructor team member for the AMGA and was the first woman to join their elite group of instructors in 2006. She's been on the AMGA board of directors for over 10 years. She's been the lead guide for Ice Axe Expeditions Antarctica ski trip for the past four years. Angela also guides heli-skiing for Telluride Helitrax and she guides all over the world. As a minority in a male-dominated profession, Angela does her best to mentor and encourage other women getting into the outdoors and guiding. She was a former co-owner of Chicks Climbing and Skiing and has been a key player in their work teaching women self-reliance in technical mountain sports since 2000. Angela is engaged in inclusion and diversity work with the AMGA and several of her sponsors that are making positive change in the outdoor industry. In this episode, Angela & Miles discuss what it's like to be the president of the American Mountain Guide Association (AMGA), being selected as the AMGA Guide of the Year, inclution in the mountains, guiding all over the world, heli ski guiding for Telluride Helitrax, getting fully IFMGA guide certified, climbing Mt. Everest, Avalanches, climate change, and more. Angela Hawse answers these potent questions: There are only 138 fully certified guides in the USA and only 13 of those are women. Why does the USA have so few fully certified guides as opposed to Europe and other parts of the world? What has it been like being president of the AMGA and what has it been like being president during a major crisis like COVID? What can we all do to help be more inclusive in the mountains? Have you ever been in an avalanche? What happened? What evidence of climate change have you seen in your life? What's your biggest accomplishment in life? What challenges you most intellectually on a daily basis? What's your favorite book or books? More... Please enjoy! *** This episode is brought to you by Ikon Pass:  A brand-new season unlocked, the promise of adventures ahead, and endless stoke on the horizon. Now on sale, own it all with Ikon Pass. With pass options starting at only $399, adult – and exclusive spring savings – there’s an adventure for every type of rider, both new to the mountain and longtime shredder. Lock in the 21/22 season with:• up to $200 savings on child passes • up to $100 in renewal discounts • and a new payment plan from as low as 0 dollars down and 0 percent APR From the second you score your pass, you’ve got an entire season of sweet stuff to look forward to. Explore pass options at IkonPass.com. *** If you enjoyed this podcast, please share with friends & family, and please subscribe. Follow SnowBrains: SnowBrains.com Facebook: facebook.com/snowbrains Instagram: instagram.com/snowbrains Twitter: twitter.com/snowbrains The SnowBrains Podcast Episode #19 - Angela Hawse - President of the American Mountain Guide Association | Brought to you by Ikon Pass  Recorded on February 18, 2020, in Park City, UT (Miles Clark) and Ridgeway, CO (Angela Hawse). This episode was edited by Robert Wilkinson.  Music by Chad Crouch   Host, producer, and creator = Miles Clark.
Jeremy Jones - Legendary Big Mountain Snowboarder, Climate Change Activist, CEO/Founder of Jones Snowboards | Brought to you by Ikon Pass  Episode #18 of The SnowBrains Podcast “I've got a lot going on, I'm running a business, I cant spend my time trying to win over haters. And so I do not look at comments on Instagram. Apologies to any thoughtful discussion that I miss out on. And that is due to the excessive, aggressive, trolling. Some of it professional trolls. You know the downside of that is that meaningful person and I do feel bad about that… My intentions are pure, they are backed by science. I'm fighting for clean air, clean water, and a healthy planet for future generations. How that makes me the worst person in the world in some people's eyes? I don't know. It is what it is and I refuse to let them alter my views or get to me... I feel deep down in my soul that we are on the wrong path, and this is what I really care about. I'm going to put that on Social Media. To not do that because I'm worried about a bad comment? I couldn't look myself in the mirror and I sure as shit couldn't look at my kids in the eye if I did that.” - Jeremy Jones on The SnowBrains Podcast Jeremy Jones is widely regarded as one of the best big mountain snowboarders on Earth. He was voted “Best Big Mountain Rider of the Year” by Snowboarder Magazine 10 times and he's starred in over fifty snowboard movies worldwide, including his own award-winning movie series that started in 2010 "Deeper, Further, Higher." Jeremy was nominated for National Geographic's "Adventurer of the Year" in 2013. ESPN ranked him #12 in their "50 Most Influential People in Action Sports". Jeremy is the founder and CEO of Jones Snowboards and also founded Protect Our Winters - a non-profit formed to unite the winter sports community against climate change. Jeremy was recognized as a Champion of Change by President Barack Obama. Jeremy has appeared frequently in worldwide media including CNN, Outside Magazine and TV, Men's Journal, ESPN, Fox News, NBC, MTV and National Geographic, and now, SnowBrains, he he. In this episode, Jeremy & Miles discuss big mountain snowboarding, switching from helicopters to human-powered snowboarding, Alaska, Founding Jones Snowboards, Founding Protect Our Winters, "Deeper, Higher, Further" movie project, that insane Himalayan spine he rode, surfing, getting caught in avalanches, and more. Jeremy Jones answers these potent questions: Why did you start Protect Our Winters? Why did you start Jones Snowboards? How has Alaska developed you? What does your snowboarding look like now that you've made this change to human-powered snowboarding? How did you find that burly Himalayan spine you rode in "Further"? Have you ever been in an avalanche? What happened? What's your biggest accomplishment in life? What challenges you most intellectually on a daily basis? What's your favorite book or books? More... Please enjoy! *** This episode is brought to you by Ikon Pass:  A brand-new season unlocked, the promise of adventures ahead, and endless stoke on the horizon. Now on sale, own it all with Ikon Pass. With pass options starting at only $399, adult – and exclusive spring savings – there’s an adventure for every type of rider, both new to the mountain and longtime shredder.  Lock in the 21/22 season with:• up to $200 savings on child passes • up to $100 in renewal discounts • and a new payment plan from as low as 0 dollars down and 0 percent APR From the second you score your pass, you’ve got an entire season of sweet stuff to look forward to. Explore pass options at IkonPass.com.    *** If you enjoyed this podcast, please share with friends & family, and please subscribe. Follow SnowBrains: SnowBrains.com Facebook: facebook.com/snowbrains Instagram: instagram.com/snowbrains Twitter: twitter.com/snowbrains The SnowBrains Podcast Episode #18 - Jeremy Jones - Legendary Big Mountain Snowboarder, Climate Change Activist, CEO/Founder of Jones Snowboards | Brought to you by Ikon Pass  Recorded on January 20, 2020, in Park City, UT (Miles Clark) and Truckee, CA (Jeremy Jones). This episode was edited by Robert Wilkinson.  Music by Chad Crouch Host, producer, and creator = Miles Clark.
Dr. Michael Fischman M.D. - COVID Vaccine: When Will Ski Resorts Go Back To Normal? | Brought to you by Alta Ski Area Episode #17 of The SnowBrains Podcast Dr. Michael Fischman M.D., M.P.H., FACOEM is an occupational & environmental medicine physician and toxicologist. He serves as a consultant in these fields to large organizations such as Intel & Pixar. Dr. Fischman is a Clinical Professor in and Assistant Chief of the Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Department of Medicine, at the University of California San Francisco. Dr. Fischman received his medical degree at the University of Michigan and his master’s degree in public health, in environmental health sciences, from the University of California, Berkeley (Go Bears!). He did his residency training in internal medicine and in occupational medicine at the University of California, San Francisco and is board-certified in both fields. Dr. Fischman is also my dad. Dr. Fischman guides us through where we're all headed with the COVID vaccines, how the vaccines work, what we can do to protect ourselves with and without the vaccine, and when ski resorts will return to normal. “Since the recording of this podcast on February 12, 2021, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine has been approved for US use, and is a single shot with 72% efficacy” Dr. Fischman answers these critical COVID questions: How do the COVID-19 vaccines work? How many vaccines are out there? Why do they require different numbers of doses? How effective is the vaccine against Coronavirus after only one dose? What percentage of the US population needs to be vaccinated to achieve herd immunity? Both the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines claim around 90% efficacy, do you think that is holding true in the population of people who have been vaccinated? What about the new virus variants, such as the U.K. strain? How are our current vaccines doing against those? Do you recommend a particular vaccine? When are the vaccines going to be available to everyone and what can I do now to help protect myself from getting COVID-19 until I am able to get a vaccine? If I have already had COVID-19 and recovered, do I still need to get vaccinated? Do I still need to wear a mask and socially distance? Can I get COVID-19 from the vaccine? Are there any side effects? How is it possible that the vaccines have been created so quickly? Do you think any steps were missed? My understanding is that the fastest vaccine ever created was for the mumps and it took 4-years back in the 1960s. Why are we being told to continue to wear face masks and practice social distancing once we have received a vaccine? Will Coronavirus be eliminated by this vaccine or might it stay around and linger and become something akin to the flu or common cold? When do you think we'll be able to stop using masks at ski resorts? More Please enjoy! *** This episode is brought to you by Alta Ski Area, celebrating 83 years of "The Greatest Snow on Earth." *** If you enjoyed this podcast, please share with friends & family and please subscribe. Follow SnowBrains: SnowBrains.com Facebook: facebook.com/snowbrains Instagram: instagram.com/snowbrains Twitter: twitter.com/snowbrains The SnowBrains Podcast Episode #17 - Dr. Michael Fischman M.D. Occupation & Environmental Medicine Doctor to Intel & Pixar & more. Recorded on February 12, 2020 in Jackson Hole, WY (Miles Clark) and San Francisco Bay Area, CA (Dr. Michael Fischman M.D). This episode was edited by Robert Wilkinson. Music by Chad Crouch. Host, producer, and creator = Miles Clark.
Mark Staples - Director of the Utah Avalanche Center "27 Avalanche Deaths in Only 29-Days in the USA... Why Did the US Just See Its Deadliest Avalanche Cycle of All-Time?" Episode #16 of The SnowBrains Podcast  *** This is another podcast that's gonna a little different. The USA just went through its deadliest avalanche cycle in history with 27 avalanche fatalities in only 29-days from January 30th, 2021 to February 27th, 2021. This terrible streak of avalanche deaths is very much affecting our mountain communities. My guest today is Mark Staples, the director of the Utah Avalanche Center who is here to talk us through what's happening in the Utah snowpack right now and why we are seeing so many avalanche fatalities & multi-victim avalanches in such a short time period in the USA. This podcast was recorded on February 22, 2021. Within an hour of recording this podcast, Mark had texted me an article about an avalanche fatality that occurred that very day in Wyoming. Since recording this podcast one other person passed away in an avalanche on February 27th, 2021 in Idaho.   The USA has now seen 33 avalanche fatalities this season. We are now only 3 avalanche deaths away from the worst avalanche season on record. If the US continues seeing avalanche deaths at the current rate, the final total would be over 40 avalanche deaths this season. In this episode, Mark Staples tells us the Mill Creek avalanche story where 4 people perished in a deadly avalanche in Utah in February 2021. MILL CREEK AVALANCHE STORY “There were two groups one came from Big Cottonwood, and one came from Little Creek. They had actually done three laps down, so they’d put a total of 14 tracks on the slope, that's the slope that avalanched. So that gives you some sense of the nature of these avalanches. They were on their way back up, and they were going to head out. Near the top of the slope. Meanwhile, Another group of three had approached from the bottom… So this group of three was down below, and this other group was a group of five, but one of them opted out… Of that group at the top, that group of four, three of them are carried down and buried. The fourth person lunges for a tree, Grabs onto it, hits it so hard it knocks the wind out of him. He musta been on the uphill side. He somehow managed to hang on. Because this never happens. No one ever hangs on. He hangs on, is totally engulfed in the Avalanche, total blackness. Meanwhile, the avalanche goes on, and catches and buries the three people below.  So now you have six people buried in the avalanche when it comes to rest…  Steve and Chris head down to try to find everyone involved. The thing was, they didnt know there was another group below them. So they go down, they get their first beacon signal. They probe, they strike someone, they start digging, they uncover the first person, his name was Nate. As soon as they see who he is their first thought is “Who the heck are you?” They don't waste time. They get him out, they turn off his beacon… They start giving him instructions. “Get your shovel out, turn your beacon off, lets get to work” … Immediately they pick up Ethan, who was buried about two feet away from him. Chris and Steve, now with the help of Nate, who was unconscious just a few minutes ago, Dig out Ethan, unconscious but breathing… They get another signal, and this time, and this time its Chris’s partner and Long time girlfriend, Sara. They dig her out, but she's unconscious and not breathing… Chris continues CPR on her while Nate and Steve go to look for the next person. They find the next person, start digging, and at that point, Chris joins them. Having to walk away from his partner, realizing that at this point CPR wasnt going to do any good, and there were other people still buried... They dug out six people who were all buried anywhere from two to six feet deep” Mark Staples told The SnowBrains Podcast" on February 22, 2021 Follow SnowBrains: SnowBrains.com Facebook: facebook.com/snowbrains Instagram: instagram.com/snowbrains Twitter: twitter.com/snowbrains Epidosde #16 | Mark Staples | Director of the Utah Avalanche Center "27 Avalanche Deaths in Only 29-Days in the USA... Why Did the US Just See Its Deadliest Avalanche Cycle of All-Time?" Episode #16 of The SnowBrains Podcast  Recorded on February 22, 2020, in Jackson Hole, WY (Miles Clark) and Salt Lake City, UT (Mark Staples). This episode was edited by Robert Wilkinson.  Host, producer, and creator = Miles Clark.
Dr. Ethan Greene - Director of the Colorado Avalanche Information Center "Why Did The USA Just Have Its Deadliest Avalanche Cycle in History?" Episode #15 of The SnowBrains Podcast  *** This podcast is gonna a little different. The USA just went through its deadliest avalanche cycle in history with 16 avalanche fatalities in only 10-days from January 30th, 2021 to February 8th, 2021. I think it's really affected all of us in our community. My guest today is Dr. Ethan Greene, the director of the Colorado Avalanche Information Center who is here to talk us through what's happening in the Colorado snowpack right now and why we are seeing so many multi-victim avalanches in the USA. Sadly, since Dr. Ethan Greene and I recorded this podcast on February 11th, 2021, 8 more people have died in avalanches in the USA bringing the total to 25 avalanche deaths in only 22-days in the USA - by far the deadliest avalanche cycle in US recreational history. 3 of these latest avalanche deaths occurred on Valentine's day, February 14th, 2021. Two of the Valentine's day avalanche fatalities were in Colorado. Then there was one avalanche death per day for 4 days right up until February 20th, when there were 2 avalanche deaths. There was one avalanche death on each of these days: February 16th, February 17th, February 18th, February 19th, and then 2 avalanche deaths on February 20th bringing the total to 25 avalanche deaths in only 22-days. We have now lost 31 lives to avalanches in the USA in the 2020/2021 winter season and it's only February 22nd. The USA averages 27 avalanche fatalities per season. If you enjoyed this podcast, please share with friends & family, and please subscribe. Follow SnowBrains: SnowBrains.com Facebook: facebook.com/snowbrains Instagram: instagram.com/snowbrains Twitter: twitter.com/snowbrains Episode #15 | Dr. Ethan Greene | Director of the Colorado Avalanche Information Center "Why Did The USA Just Have Its Deadliest Avalanche Cycle in History?" Episode #15 of The SnowBrains Podcast Recorded on February 11, 2020, in Jackson Hole, WY (Miles Clark) and Boulder, CO (Dr. Ethan Greene). This episode was edited by Robert Wilkinson.  Host, producer, and creator = Miles Clark.
Bode Miller - The Winningest American Male Ski Racer of All-Time | Brought to you by Sun Valley Resort  On Fear: “I don't think I have a lot of fear. I think I'm very respectful of the mountains and understand the danger that's inherently there. The unpredictable nature of being in the mountains and snow conditions and I think I have a healthy dose of awareness, but I wouldn't call it fear. It's more understanding that you're constantly putting yourself in environments that are unforgiving. Fear is more of a mindset. I don't consider myself afraid." - Bode Miller On Danger: “When I was eight, I was following two local ski bums who I guess I would call them my friends, but they were 20 years older than me probably. I don't know that they would have called me their friend at that time. But I just chased them around the mountain all the time. I watched a guy walk out of a pair of MRR bindings, old markers and go straight into a beach tree at like 50 miles an hour. No helmet. I was the first one there because I was just 200 yards behind him, and he was just exploded. His head was just apart, still bubbling breath. That was a pretty nasty eye-opener. He passed away while I was right there." - Bode Miller Bode Miller is the winningest American male ski racer of all time. Bode has won 6 Olympic Medals - 1 of them a gold medal. He's podiumed 79 times on the World Cup with 33 of those podiums being 1st place. He's won 2 World Cup Overall Titles. He's one of only 5 men in history to have won world cup events in all 5 alpine ski disciplines. And he's the only skier with five or more victories in each discipline. What I found out in this podcast is that Bode is a general all-around mountain badass who has been most everywhere and done most everything in the mountains including getting caught in gnarly avalanches, throwing misty 720s, and double front flips, and losing over 50 friends and acquaintances in the mountains. His stories are one of a kind and so is he. In this episode, Bode & Miles discuss skiing in the Olympics, skiing on the World Cup, losing friends in the mountains, throwing a 360º in competition, his "CBS 60-minutes" hung-over skiing controversy, the dangers of ski racing, and much more. Bode Miller answers these heavy questions: Which ski racing discipline is your favorite and why? How dangerous is ski racing? I've heard you say in the past: "I'm amazed more people don't die ski racing". What makes you say that? How do ski racers make money? Is a good system in place? I recently watched the movie "American Downhiller" and they really focused on the rivalry between Americans and Europeans in male world cup ski racing. What did you experience in your ski racing career in Europe? Are you the only ski racer in history to have thrown a 360º on the racecourse in World Cup competition? Are performance-enhancing drugs prevalent in ski racing? What was it like partying in the Olympic Village? Have you ever been in an avalanche? What happened? What's your biggest accomplishment in life? What challenges you most intellectually on a daily basis? What's your favorite book or books? More... Please enjoy! *** This episode is brought to you by Sun Valley Resort North America’s original destination ski resort and home to 380 acres of brand new inbounds terrain for the 2021 season. *** If you enjoyed this podcast, please share with friends & family, and please subscribe. Follow SnowBrains: SnowBrains.com Facebook: facebook.com/snowbrains Instagram: instagram.com/snowbrains Twitter: twitter.com/snowbrains The SnowBrains Podcast Episode #14 - Bode Miller - The Winningest American Male Ski Racer of All-Time Recorded on January 3, 2020, in Jackson Hole, WY (Miles Clark) and Big Sky, MT (Bode Miller). This episode was edited by Robert Wilkinson.  Music by Chad Crouch. Host, producer, and creator = Miles Clark.
Adrian Ballinger - Climbing Mt. Everest & K2 Without Supplemental Oxygen | Brought to you by Alta Ski Area "I was heli-ski guiding in Alaska, and through a series of communications breakdowns between me my co-guide and my pilot, we ended up getting out of a helicopter my 6 clients me and a co-guide, and it turned out we were on top of a cornice. The cornice broke 18 feet back as the helicopter lifted off. Me and 2 clients were on the wrong side of that break and took an 1800- foot fall. The first 200 feet over cliffs, and then through a huge avalanche runout zone, two people buried, a bunch of broken bones between all of us, and really bad injuries. Took a long time to get comfortable around cornices again." - Adrian Ballinger "Made it really close. I was probably 400 vertical feet from the summit, at well over 28,500 feet. I got to the point where I couldn’t feel my hands to behind my wrists, So I could no longer clip devices onto the fixed rope. So then I had to solo because I couldn’t use the rope. I was still going up, and Im soloing, and I cant feel my hands, started to think about the consequences of frostbite when I have a girlfriend who is a professional rock climber. It still took a long time, but I did ultimately decide to turn around… Im sure thats what saved my toes and fingers." - Adrian Ballinger Adrian Ballinger's list of accomplishments is over-the-top. It's too much. Here are some of his career highlights. First person to ski Manaslu from the summit (6th tallest peak in world) Only American with 3 complete 8000m ski descents 4th American to summit Everest and K2 without supplemental oxygen (first in 25 years) 8 summits of Mt Everest, 13 seasons on the mountain, over 100 clients on top 17 total 8000-meter peak summits  6 total 8000-meter peak ski attempts Summited Mt. Everest twice within 3- weeks on 2 separate occasions Guided/led more than 150 international expeditions Founder of Alpenglow Expeditions, in 2004 Guided on Kilimanjaro (14 times by 4 different routes), Denali (by the West Rib), Alpamayo (14 times by 3 different routes), Cotopaxi (more than 30 times), and many other expeditions on many other high peaks all over the world. Ballinger has also led successful expeditions to more than 25 Himalayan summits over 6000 meters, including twelve ascents of Ama Dablam, which is a highly technical 6800m peak next to Everest. In this episode, Adrian & Miles discuss extreme skiing at extreme altitude, the best stories from Adrian's insane high mountain guiding and climbing career, summiting Everest without Oxygen, summiting K2 without Oxygen, avalanches, getting the IFMGA full certification in only 3 years, Alpenglow Expeditions, and much more. Adrian Ballinger answers these mountain-y questions: You were the very first person to ski 26,781' Manaslu from the summit - this is the 6th tallest peak in the world. What was that experience like and why had no one ever skied before you? In 2016 you decided it was time to try Everest without supplemental oxygen. You failed and you said you almost got yourself killed only hours from the summit. What happened there? How are you able to climb above 26K feet without supplemental oxygen? Is there something genetic or biologic about you that helps at altitude? You've spent so much time on Everest - I'd love to hear your perspective on the overcrowding of Everest and the effects that it's having. Please tell us a bit about the Sherpa people. What are they like and please explain exactly what they do. It sounds like without the Sherpa, climbing Everest would nearly be impossible. Why did you decide to climb K2 without supplemental oxygen? What are the Pakistani people like? What's the craziest or funniest thing you've seen on Everest? What's the scariest accident you've had in the mountains? Where's your favorite place to ski? Favorite place to climb? Favorite mountain ranges? What evidence of climate change have you seen in your lifetime? What challenges you most intellectually on a daily basis? What's your favorite book? More   Please enjoy! *** This episode is brought to you by Alta Ski Area - home of the deepest average annual snowfall in the Rocky Mountains. *** If you enjoyed this podcast, please share with friends & family, and please subscribe. Follow SnowBrains: SnowBrains.com Facebook: facebook.com/snowbrains Instagram: instagram.com/snowbrains Twitter: twitter.com/snowbrains The SnowBrains Podcast Episode #13 - Adrian Ballinger - Climbing Mt. Everest & K2 Without Supplemental Oxygen Recorded on January 3, 2020, in Jackson Hole, WY (Miles Clark) and Moab, UT (Adrian Ballinger). This episode was edited by Robert Wilkinson.  Music by Chad Crouch. Host, producer, and creator = Miles Clark.
Randall Osterhuber - Winter Survival Instructor, Search & Rescue Badass, Snow Scientist, Avalanche Forecaster, Mountain Guide - | Brought to you by Alta Ski Area “He was almost naked…He had very little clothes on… Frozen to the snow surface… Right when we skied up I thought for sure this guy was dead, but he had a pulse, he had slight respiration… So we assemble the sled, this is all up in this raging wind and snowstorm. Got a couple of sleeping bags inside each other inside a bevy sack, and we grabbed this guy, peeled him off the snow.. and went high speed back towards I-80 where a Truckee fire ambulance was waiting… The ER physician invited us into the trauma room to help with the rewarming. He had a core temperature of 79 faranheit when he was admitted to the hospital, and he was slowly warmed up, he went kinda backward through the whole hypothermia thing. His temperature hit the low 90s he started shivering…spent one night in the hospital, was discharged the next day, no frostbite, no organ damage. He walked away! Amazing.” - Randall Osterhuber Randall Osterhuber is ridiculously well certified and qualified to do just about anything in the mountains and his accolades are too extensive to list them all here so I'm just gonna go with the highlights. Randall has been a search & rescue leader for Tahoe Nordic Search & Rescue for 39 years. He has a degree in Physics and Mathematics from the University of Nevada, Reno, and a masters in Hydrology & Fluvial Geomorphology from UC Berkeley. He's been an avalanche forecaster for Washoe County, Nevada for the past 22 years. He was the lead scientist at the UC Berkeley Central Sierra Snow Lab for 24 years. He's been the owner and lead guide of Donner Summit Avalanche Seminars for the past 24 years. He's a Snow Safety Consultant to CalTrans, Liberty Utilities, Vail Resorts, & the North Tahoe Fire Protection District for the past 16 years. He's been a Technical Advisor to Sierra Avalanche Center for the past 15 years. He's been ski mountaineering all over the world for the past 40 years. He's even a winter survival instructor. Randall is the author of more than 50 technical papers on snow, snow hydrology, snow-zone climatology, and snow avalanche dynamics. Basically, no one has seen more in the mountains than Randall and his stories from search and rescue in the depths of winter are simply astonishing. In this episode, Randall & Miles discuss the best stories from Randall's illustrious search & rescue career, avalanche airbag backpacks, the best ways to stay out of avalanches, what's actually happening with climate change, what he's seen as a snow scientists the past 25-years, how we could improve avalanche beacons, and much much more. Randall Osterhuber answers these nerdy questions: Can you share a story from your experience as a search and rescue leader? A story that stands out from the rest? What was your most challenging rescue? Is it OK to backcountry ski solo? What's the best way to stay out of avalanches? What's the #1 tool available to backcountry skiers & riders in avalanche terrain? What's your opinion on the effectiveness of avalanche airbag backpacks? Should we all be wearing one? Is Donner Summit, CA one of the snowiest places on Earth that we know of? What did you learn working at the Snow Lab on Donner Summit for 24 years? What evidence of climate change have you seen in your lifetime? Personally and on a data level? What climate trends are you seeing? What's your prediction for the future of our climate? What do you think has to happen to see real progress in the fight against climate change? If you could work on any scientific study about snow, what would you work on? What would be your fantasy study? Could ground-penetrating radar could both find a buried human and potentially be used to analyze the snowpack using spatial variability? Many more... Please enjoy! *** This episode is brought to you by Alta Ski Area - home of the deepest average annual snowfall in the Rocky Mountains. *** If you enjoyed this podcast, please share with friends & family, and please subscribe. Follow SnowBrains: SnowBrains.com Facebook: facebook.com/snowbrains Instagram: instagram.com/snowbrains Twitter: twitter.com/snowbrains The SnowBrains Podcast Episode #12 - Randall Osterhuber - Winter Survival Instructor, Search & Rescue Badass, Snow Scientist, Avalanche Forecaster, Mountain Guide Recorded on December 10, 2020, in Jackson Hole, WY (Miles Clark) and Truckee, CA (Randall Osterhuber). This episode was edited by Robert Wilkinson.  Music by Chad Crouch. Host, producer, and creator = Miles Clark.
Cody Townsend - Star & Producer of The Fifty Project - | Brought to you by Alta Ski Area “I shit my pants in a Helicopter Once… Just like trying to press a fart out way too hard and maybe had a little something bad to eat the night before We were forced to land the helicopter because the pilot got so pissed off.” - Cody Townsend “We almost got killed by Vladimir Putin, like truly…we got ran off the road while we were driving down this like two-lane highway, all of a sudden a cavalcade of like limos and army cars come racing around the corner in the middle of the road going like 70 miles per hour. We had to slam off into this cliff wall, on the other side was like 400 feet of cliffs. Nearly got ran off the road and killed by Vladimir Putin himself.” - Cody Townsend Cody Townsend, a California beach kid from Santa Cruz who was the high school quarterback dating the head cheerleader while simultaneously winning the Junior Olympics Downhill ski race at 16 years old, and ended up becoming a legendary freeskier out of Lake Tahoe, California. He's done Hollywood stunts for Vin Diesel, he skied "The Most Insane Line Ever" in Alaska, he's in approximately 1 zillion amazing ski movies, and he now is the star and producer of The Fifty Project where he's attempting to climb & ski the 50 Classic Ski Descents of North America. In this episode, Cody & Miles discuss the best stories from The Fifty Project, poohing in helicopters, growing up on the beach in Santa Cruz, climate change, "The Most Insane Line Ever", Noah Howell, Cody's favorite mountain ranges to ski, Shane McConkey, Cody's company Arcade Belts, being a stunt double for Vin Deisel, surfing, avalanches, Cody's favorite books, and much more. Cody Townsend answers these questionable questions: What's the funniest accident you've had in the mountains? What's challenges you most intellectually on a daily basis? What's your favorite book? How Long are you giving yourself to finish The Fifty Project? What are your 3 favorite lines from The Fifty thus far? Which was the hardest, most grueling from The Fifty? Please tell us about the Joffre Peak rescue where you saved a life. What is "The Crack" (most insane line ever) and how did you find this thing? How did Arcade Belts come about? What's next? Many more... Please enjoy! *** This episode is brought to you by Alta Ski Area - home of the deepest average annual snowfall in the Rocky Mountains. *** If you enjoyed this podcast, please share with friends & family and please subscribe. Follow SnowBrains: SnowBrains.com Facebook: facebook.com/snowbrains Instagram: instagram.com/snowbrains Twitter: twitter.com/snowbrains The SnowBrains Podcast Episode #11 - Cody Townsend, Star & Producer of The Fifty Project Recorded on December 1, 2020 in Park City, UT (Miles Clark) and Tahoe City, CA (Cody Townsend). This episode was edited by Robert Wilkinson. Music by Chad Crouch. Host, producer, and creator = Miles Clark.
Chris Davenport - Legendary Freeskier, Ski Mountaineer, Mountain Guide - | Brought to you by Alta Ski Area “We decided we would go rally this [borrowed] Nissan Pathfinder around in the deep snow and just see what it was capable of, and we ended up upside down on the roof, we flipped it, crashed it, hit a telephone pole, everyone was ok, but we had to drive that thing to the dealership the next day and… I didn’t film for Warren Miller for a couple of years after that. Big Trouble.” - Chris Davenport Chris Davenport was the world extreme skiing champion in both 1996 and 2000. He's been in over 30 Warren Miller ski movies and a multitude of other ski movies doing things like huck 100' cliffs in Alaska. Chris' ski mountaineering achievements are unparalleled. He was the first to ski all 54 of Colorado's 14,000' peaks in a single year. The guy even skied the Lhotse face at 27,000' in the shadow of Mt. Everest. Oh, and then he summited Everest while guiding. No biggie. Chris is also an author, a TV commentator, a professional speaker, a professional mountain guide, a first descent aficionado, and an all-around good guy. In this episode, Chris & Miles discuss skiing the Lhotse face, climbing Mt. Everest, Chris' favorite mountain ranges to ski, skiing all 54 of Colorado's 14,000' peaks within 1-year, climate change, ski guiding, Chris' favorite books, Chris' funniest accidents, the glory days of extreme skiing contests, and much more. Chris Davenport answers these insightful questions: Best part/worst part of summiting Mt. Everest? What was it like skiing the Lhotse Face at 27,000'? The 14er project was a genius idea, Chris. How did you come up with this concept? What was it like skiing in the glory days of the extreme contests against Shane McConkey and crew? Have you ever been in an avalanche? What happened? What evidence of climate change have you seen in your lifetime? Tell us about writing the legendary book " 50 Classic Ski Descents of North America". How has your body changed over your career and what are you doing differently now to stay in great shape? Why did you stop starring in the big ski movies? Where do is your favorite place to ski? “I love to go wherever it's good…I'm just gonna list out my favorite places: The Chugach mountains of Alaska, The Coast Range of British Columbia, The island of Hokkaido in Japan, Aspen Snowmass where I live in the elk mountains right here, The San Juan Mountains of Southwest Colorado, the Tetons of Wyoming and Idaho, the Swiss Alps, and to a degree the French Alps as well, and the Dolomites of Italy, I skied my first trip in Morocco, in the Atlas Mountains last spring… That place is Stunning, and then Portillo Chile… the Antarctic Peninsula, one of the greatest destinations for ski touring in the world.” - Chris Davenport Many more... Please enjoy! *** This episode is brought to you by Alta Ski Area. Come for the skiing, stay for the skiing. *** If you enjoyed this podcast, please share with friends & family and please subscribe. Follow SnowBrains: SnowBrains.com Facebook: facebook.com/snowbrains Instagram: instagram.com/snowbrains Twitter: twitter.com/snowbrains The SnowBrains Podcast Episode #10 - Chris Davenport, Recorded on November 17, 2020 in Park City, UT (Miles Clark) and Aspen, CO (Chris Davenport). This episode was edited by Robert Wilkinson. Music by Chad Crouch. Host, producer, and creator = Miles Clark.
Marc Riddell, Director of Communications at Whistler Blackcomb | Whistler Blackcomb - Climate Change, The Future of Summer Skiing, COVID | Brought to you by Alta Ski Area "Climate change is real. Whistler Blackcomb has been proactive for decades to prepare for it. The Horstman T-bar, yeah, it's an iconic lift. We hadn't used it for 3-years. But it's [closing of the Horstman T-bar for summer skiing] certainly had to do with changes in the profile of the glacier. What we do know is that glaciers in British Columbia and around the world are receding. We're not immune and we shouldn't expect to be immune." - Marc Riddell, Director of Communications at Whistler Blackcomb Marc Riddel is the director of communications at Whistler Blackcomb, the largest ski resort in North America. In this episode, Marc & Miles talk about climate change, summer skiing & riding, the melting of the Horstman Glacier, the closing of the Horstman T-Bar, the future of Whistler Blackcomb, COVID restrictions, Australians, going 100% cashless, the biggest challenges for Whistler this season. Marc Riddell answers these in-depth questions: Is this going to be THE season to be at Whistler Blackcomb because of less people? Will Whistler's terrain parks and half pipes be affected by Coronavirus restrictions? Does Whistler Blackcomb attribute this to climate change? What is Whistler Blackcomb doing to address climate change? Will summer skiing & riding on the Horstman Glacier continue in the summer as it has each year since 1987? What is the future of summer skiing and riding at Blackcomb? What will be the silver linings of this Coronavirus ski season? Please enjoy! *** This episode is brought to you by Alta Ski Area, home of the deepest average annual snowfall in the Rocky Mountains. *** If you enjoyed this podcast, please share with friends & family and please subscribe. Follow SnowBrains: SnowBrains.com Facebook: facebook.com/snowbrains Instagram: instagram.com/snowbrains Twitter: twitter.com/snowbrains The SnowBrains Podcast Episode #9 - Marc Riddell, Director of Communications at Whistler Blackcomb Recorded on October 27th, 2020 in Santa Cruz, CA (Miles Clark) and Pemberton, B.C., Canada (Marc Riddell). This episode was edited by Robert Wilkinson. Music by Chad Crouch. Host, producer, and creator = Miles Clark.
Andrew McLean, The Big Mountain Scientist - Part 2 | Brought to you by Alta Ski Area Disclaimer: So, right off the bat, I wanna let our listeners know that Andrew and I are friends and that we've spent weeks together confined in small sailboats in Svalbard, Norway and well-spaced from each other in big boats in Antarctica so this conversation is gonna be fun, it's gonna be frank, and I'm excited to have this venue to really dig in and ask tougher questions than normal - so watch out... “The style of the writing came about because I never expected it to be a real book [The Chuting Gallery]. It was gonna be like 'here Miles, here's this book you can read on the toilet and get a laugh out of.'” - Andrew McLean in Part 2 Andrew McLean is a legendary ski mountaineer, author, inventor, and Big Mountain Scientist. In 2017, Powder Magazine voted Andrew as one of the "48 Most Influential Skiers of All Time". Andrew is one of the best ski mountaineers on the planet having skied first descents on every continent and has been featured in a myriad of ski movies including the Big Mountain Skiing documentary: "Steep." Andrew is the inventor of the "Whippet Self Arrest Ski Pole" among many other groundbreaking inventions in the mountaineering universe. Andrew has skied over 100 first descents all over the world. Andrew graduated from the very prestigious Rhode Island School of Design and went on to become a product designer for Black Diamond in Salt Lake City, UT for 14-years. Andrew was even an avalanche forecaster for the Utah Avalanche Center for a year. Andrew wrote the most legendary, hilarious guide book ever created called "The Chuting Gallery - A Guide To Steep Skiing in the Wasatch" that is simultaneously considered The Bible & Holy Grail of steep skiing in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah. Andrew is a gifted writer and has written articles for Powder Magazine, Backcountry Magazine, Skiing Magazine and many other publications. Andrew is most likely the very first professional ski mountaineer on Earth. Andrew McLean lives in Park City, Utah with his wife Polly, their 2 daughters, and 2 poorly behaved canines. 2 PART PODCAST: Andrew McLean is so goddamn interesting, he has so much to teach us, and has so many hilarious stories that we had to break this interview into 2 Parts. This is Part 2 of Andrew McLean, the Big Mountain Scientist - we pick up where we left off with phase 6 of Andrew McLean's exotic life. In this episode, Andrew & Miles talk about how "The Chuting Gallery - A Guide to Steep Skiing in the Wasatch" came to be, accidents in the mountains, the explosion of backcountry skiing & riding, winning many ski mountaineering races, favorite ski mountaineering expeditions, Andrew's unique avalanche philosophy, Andrew's favorite places to ski guide, conservation efforts in the Wasatch Mountains, being a professional avalanche forecaster, and how Andrew became one of the first-ever professional ski mountaineers. Andrew McLean answers these meddlesome questions in Part 2: What drove you to write "The Chuting Gallery - A Guide to Steep Skiing in the Wasatch"? How did winning many ski mountaineering races change your life's direction and how did it feel to win? What was being a professional avalanche forecaster like and why didn't you continue in that career direction? How did you become one of the first-ever professional ski mountaineers? You have a unique avalanche philosophy, don't you? What is it? What is it about expedition skiing that calls to you? What is it about steep skiing that makes you crazy? Where's your favorite place to ski guide? Please tell us about the types of accidents you've seen out there and which ones have affected you the most. Backcountry skiing and riding has exploded in the past few years - what have you seen out there and how do you feel about the growth? Please tell us about your conservation efforts in Utah, what you're fighting against, what you're fighting for, and what your level of involvement is. When did family happen for you and how has it affected your decision-making in the mountains. Many more... Please enjoy! *** This episode is brought to you by Alta Ski Area. Alta averages 40 snow events each winter with 18 of those storms dropping at least a foot of snow on Alta. *** If you enjoyed this podcast, please share with friends & family and please subscribe. Follow SnowBrains: SnowBrains.com Facebook: facebook.com/snowbrains Instagram: instagram.com/snowbrains Twitter: twitter.com/snowbrains The SnowBrains Podcast Episode #7 - Andrew McLean, The Big Mountain Scientist Recorded on October 29th, 2020 in Santa Cruz, CA (Miles Clark) and Park City, UT (Andrew McLean). This episode was edited by Robert Wilkinson. Music by Chad Crouch. Host, producer, and creator = Miles Clark.
Andrew McLean, The Big Mountain Scientist - Part 1 | Brought to you by Alta Ski Area Disclaimer: So, right off the bat, I wanna let our listeners know that Andrew and I are friends and that we've spent weeks together confined in small sailboats in Svalbard, Norway and well-spaced from each other in big boats in Antarctica so this conversation is gonna be fun, it's gonna be frank, and I'm excited to have this venue to really dig in and ask tougher questions than normal - so watch out... “We had a lot of snow and I went to dig out the outhouse, and the whole thing collapsed and I fell into it [& human poop]…. I had to use a pancake scraper to basically scrape my pants off. It was totally disgusting” - Andrew McLean in Part 1 Andrew McLean is a legendary ski mountaineer, author, inventor, and Big Mountain Scientist. In 2017, Powder Magazine voted Andrew as one of the "48 Most Influential Skiers of All Time". Andrew is one of the best ski mountaineers on the planet having skied first descents on every continent and has been featured in a myriad of ski movies including the Big Mountain Skiing documentary: "Steep." Andrew is the inventor of the "Whippet Self Arrest Ski Pole" among many other groundbreaking inventions in the mountaineering universe. Andrew has skied over 100 first descents all over the world. Andrew graduated from the very prestigious Rhode Island School of Design and went on to become a product designer for Black Diamond in Salt Lake City, UT for 14-years. Andrew was even an avalanche forecaster for the Utah Avalanche Center for a year. Andrew wrote the most legendary, hilarious guide book ever created called "The Chuting Gallery - A Guide To Steep Skiing in the Wasatch" that is simultaneously considered The Bible & Holy Grail of steep skiing in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah. Andrew is a gifted writer and has written articles for Powder Magazine, Backcountry Magazine, Skiing Magazine and many other publications. Andrew is most likely the very first professional ski mountaineer on Earth. Andrew McLean lives in Park City, Utah with his wife Polly, their 2 daughters, and 2 poorly behaved canines. 2 PART PODCAST: Andrew McLean is so goddamn interesting, he has so much to teach us, and has so many hilarious stories that we had to break this interview into 2 Parts.   This is Part 1 of Andrew McLean, the Big Mountain Scientist. In this episode, Andrew & Miles talk about surviving a 500-foot fall, being covered in human poop on a glacier, being on the Colbert Report TV show, being the first professional ski mountaineer, mountain unicycling, getting arrested, getting caught in avalanches, losing friends in the mountains, and Andrew's favorite mountain ranges to ski. Andrew McLean answers these invasive questions in Part 1: How the hell did you become the first professional ski mountaineer ever? You and your friends coined the very popular term "Dawn Patrol," how did that happen? Why did you get arrested twice while attending the Rhode Island School of Design? What was your experience being on the Colbert Report TV show? How did you invent the wire-gate carabiner and the "Whippet Self Arrest Ski Pole? What's the funniest accident you've had in the mountains? The New Yorker called you a "Mountain Scientist," do you think that's an accurate portrayal - Mountain Scientist? Many more... Please enjoy! *** Join us next week for Part 2 of Andrew McLean, The Big Mountain Scientist where we discuss the explosive growth of backcountry skiing and riding, Accidents in the mountains, losing friends in the mountains, & Andrew's battle-hardened sense of humor. "The style of the writing came about because I never really expected it [The Chuting Gallery] to be a real book. It's just gonna be like 'here Miles, here's this book you can read on the toilet and get a laugh out of.'" - Andrew McLean in Part 2 Join us, won't you? This episode is brought to you by Alta Ski Area. 8.5%? Nope, we aint talkin' 'bout beer... We're talking about the average density of Alta's snow. The density that provides perfect powder flotation.  *** If you enjoyed this podcast, please share with friends & family and please subscribe. Follow SnowBrains: SnowBrains.com Facebook: facebook.com/snowbrains Instagram: instagram.com/snowbrains Twitter: twitter.com/snowbrains The SnowBrains Podcast Episode #7 - Andrew McLean, The Big Mountain Scientist Recorded on October 29th, 2020 in Santa Cruz, CA (Miles Clark) and Park City, UT (Andrew McLean). This episode was edited by Robert Wilkinson. Music by Chad Crouch. Host, producer, and creator = Miles Clark.
Mike Maughan, Alta Ski Area's General Manager | Alta Ski Area - Skiing First, COVID, Canyon Traffic, & Silver Linings | Brought to you by Alta Ski Area "It's the vibe, it's the people, it's the character of this place. You put those 3 things together - it's a beautiful, majestic place with its own character and just world-class skiing." - Mike Maughan Mike Maughan is the General Manager of Alta Ski Area in Utah. Mike is only the 4th General Manager in Alta's 83-year history. Mike has been working at Alta since 1990 making this his 30th year at Alta. In this episode, Mike & Miles converse on Alta's unique skiing-centric culture, solutions to Little Cottonwood Canyon's (LCC) traffic situation, improving LCC's traction control law, Alta being less busy this season, Alta's COVID-19 policies, and more. Mike Maughan answers these critical questions: How has Alta preserved its authentic, skiing-first vibe and not gone the bigger, better, more route? What's the latest news on the approved Mt. Baldy Tram? Why doesn't Alta allow snowboarders? What will be Alta's COVID-19 operational strategy with regards to masks, lift tickets, season passes, chairlift riding, gondola capacity, lift lines, social distancing, & indoor dining? Will this be THE season to be at Alta due to less skiers being allowed on the mountain each day? Why did Alta lets skiers and riders hike up and ride down Alta after the COVID shut down last year and even groom runs for them? What will the apres-ski scene be at Alta and the surrounding lodges: The Peruvian, Alta Lodge, The Rustler, The Goldminer's Daughter? Many more... Please enjoy! *** This episode is brought to you by Alta Ski Area, the birthplace of avalanche research in North America. *** If you enjoyed this podcast, please share with friends & family and please subscribe. Follow SnowBrains: SnowBrains.com Facebook: facebook.com/snowbrains Instagram: instagram.com/snowbrains Twitter: twitter.com/snowbrains The SnowBrains Podcast Episode #6 - Mike Maughan, Alta Ski Area's General Mountain Recorded on October 22nd, 2020 in Santa Cruz, CA (Miles Clark) and Alta, UT (Mike Maughan). This episode was edited by Robert Wilkinson. Music by Chad Crouch. Host, producer, and creator = Miles Clark.
Ron Cohen, Squaw Alpine President & COO - Renaming Squaw Valley, CA & Squaw Alpine's 2020/21 COVID Strategy | Brought to you by Alta Ski Area "When you say 'well who's in charge of the [renaming] process?' - ultimately it's me, I'm accountable, that's what happens when you take the job." - Ron Cohen Ron Cohen is the President & Chief Operating Officer of Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows in Lake Tahoe, California. Ron has been the President and COO of Squaw Alpine since April 2018. Ron brings 17 years of outdoor industry experience to Squaw Alpine and has been an attorney for many years. Ron’s experience includes serving as Alterra Mountain Company’s Deputy General Counsel in 2017-18. Prior to Alterra, Ron held a number of positions during an eight-year tenure at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, where he ultimately served as Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel. Ron is a graduate of the University of California Santa Barbara and of Northwestern University School of Law. He started his career practicing law in Los Angeles and then Mammoth Lakes before purchasing Tioga Pass Resort, a backcountry ski and summer resort, with a group of other investors, and running it from 2002-2010.   ***Correction: In this podcast, Miles states that Ron and his wife Stacy Corless are on the Mono Country Board of Supervisors - only Stacy is on that board. In this episode, Ron & Miles discuss why Squaw Valley is changing its name, what the renaming process looks like, what the likely new name candidates are, as well as Squaw Alpine's COVID-19 operational procedures will be. Ron Cohen answers these critical questions: Why is Squaw Valley changing its name? When will the name be changed? When will the new name be announced? What does the renaming process look like? Why is Squaw changing its name now? Is Squaw considering naming the resort after the Washoe Native Americans who used to live there? What will be Squaw Alpine's COVID-19 operational strategy with regards to masks, lift tickets, season passes, chairlift riding, gondola capacity, lift lines, social distancing, & indoor dining? What is the plan for the new Base-To-Base Gondola between Squaw and Alpine? Please enjoy! *** This episode is brought to you by Alta Ski Area, come enjoy Alta mid-week magic this season. *** If you enjoyed this podcast, please share with friends & family and please subscribe. Follow SnowBrains: SnowBrains.com Facebook: facebook.com/snowbrains Instagram: instagram.com/snowbrains Twitter: twitter.com/snowbrains The SnowBrains Podcast Episode #5 - Ron Cohen, Squaw Alpine's President & COO Recorded on November 3rd 2020 in Cambria, CA (Miles Clark) and Olympic Valley, CA (Ron Cohen). This episode was edited by Robert Wilkinson. Music by Chad Crouch. Host, producer, and creator = Miles Clark.
Mark Staples - What's The #1 Tool Available To Skiers & Riders in Avalanche Terrain? | Brought to you by Alta Ski Area "Imagine as your diving home thru the neighborhood and you're going just 25mph, which seems kinda slow, right? Stick your head outside the car and nail a mailbox with your head and your neck. You can imagine how that would feel and that's what's gonna happen in an avalanche. 25mph is nothing, they'll be going 60mph." - Mark Staples Mark Staples is the director of the Utah Avalanche Center. Mark was a professional ski patroller at Big Sky Ski Area in Montana before earning a Master's degree in Engineering at Montana State University as part of their Snow Science Program. Mark wrote his thesis on the energy balance at the snow surface and weak layer formation. After grad school, Mark worked as a backcountry avalanche forecaster for the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center in Bozeman, Montana. Mark has an undergraduate degree in engineering from the University of Virginia. Mark is also a passionate skier, snowmobiler, and ice climber, as well as a father of 3. In this episode, we will be discussing all things avalanches. Mark & Miles truly connect on having lost loved ones in the mountains, being tolerant in the busy backcountry this Coronavirus season, and learning from mistakes in the mountains. Mark Staples answers these pivotal avalanche questions: What's the #1 tool available to backcountry skiers & riders in avalanche terrain? What's your opinion on the effectiveness of avalanche airbag backpacks? If you met someone who was planning on backcountry skiing or riding for the 1st time this season, what advice would you give that person? How fast do avalanches travel? Why is it important to report avalanche accidents and observation to your local avalanche center as soon as possible? Are big groups or small groups better in avalanche terrain? When is the most dangerous time to backcountry ski & snowboard in Utah? What percentage of avalanche accidents are caused by avalanches triggered by the victim or someone in the victim’s party? How long can you survive buried in an avalanche? Does early season snow cause dangerous weak layers in the Utah snowpack that can last all season like it does in Colorado? How does having over 1 million people so close to great backcountry skiing and riding in such consequential avalanche terrain affect the Wasatch backcountry? more... Please enjoy! *** This episode is brought to you by Alta Ski Area, home of the highest annual snowfall in the Rocky Mountains. *** If you enjoyed this podcast, please share with friends & family and please subscribe. Follow SnowBrains: SnowBrains.com Facebook: facebook.com/snowbrains Instagram: instagram.com/snowbrains Twitter: twitter.com/snowbrains The SnowBrains Podcast Episode #4 - Mark Staples, director of the Utah Avalanche Center Recorded on October 21st, 2020 in Santa Cruz, CA (Miles) and Salt Lake City, UT (Mark Staples). This episode was edited by Robert Wilkinson. Music by Chad Crouch. Host, producer, and creator = Miles Clark.
Dr. William Montgomery M.D. - Why Do Skiers Tear Their ACL's So Frequently? | Brought to you by Alta Ski Area "Remember the old X-Screams? Remember those? Salomon X-Screams? Oh, baby! Remember those? I blew those puppies right out! They were destroyed..." - Dr. William Montgomery M.D. Dr. Montgomery is an orthopedic surgeon at Dignity Health Medical Foundation in San Francisco, California. Dr. Montgomery has performed over 1,000 ACL surgeries in his career and was the team physician for the San Francisco Giants Baseball Team for 3 years in the late 90s early 2000s. Dr. Montgomery is the current team physician for the University of San Francisco. Ok, his resume is just insane... I'll paraphrase and just say that he has over 35 years of surgical experience, he's been the team physician for lots of important teams, he's been on many important boards, he's already in the University of San Francisco Hall of Fame, he's won lots of awards, he's in lots of impressive societies, he has over 20 publications, has given no less than 144 presentations lectures and labs on orthopedic surgery. Dr. Montgomery also performed ACL reconstruction surgery on my left knee and microfracture surgery on my left femur in 2015 after I experience a vicious ski crash in Japan that winter. In this episode, we will be discussing ACL injury and reconstruction. The ACL is the Anterior Cruciate Ligament of the human knee. The ACL is crucial in many important processes of knee movement and tearing it is a very common injury in cutting & pivoting sports such as skiing, basketball, soccer, tennis, football, baseball, and more. According to the University of Wisconsin, Madison: "There are four main ligaments that stabilize the knee. The anterior cruciate ligament is responsible for stabilizing rotational movements at the knee that occur during cutting and pivoting activities." Dr. Montgomery talks us through everything you could want to know about ACL injury, reconstruction, and recovery for athletes as well as everyday people. Dr. Montgomery answers these critical ACL questions: How do you know if your ACL has been torn? What was it like being the team physician for the San Francisco Giants baseball team? What are the odds of someone fully tearing the same ACL twice? Who blows their ACLs more: skiers or snowboarders? Why? Why do skiers blow their ACL's so frequently? Why are women more susceptible to ACL tears than men? After ACL surgery when can one return to skiing and snowboarding? When will one be back to 100% after ACL surgery? How important is it to have a physical therapist during your ACL recovery and for how long? How important is it to use a brace after ACL surgery? What is your #1 piece of advice for people recovering from ACL surgery? What should one be eating to maximize recovery? Who doesn't need their ACL replaced? How many times can you repair the same ACL? What is the future of ACL surgery and recovery? What's more important after ACL surgery, full extension or full flexion of the leg? more... Please enjoy! *** This episode is brought to you by Alta Ski Area, home of the highest annual snowfall in the Rocky Mountains. *** If you enjoyed this podcast, please share with friends & family and please subscribe. Follow SnowBrains: SnowBrains.com Facebook: facebook.com/snowbrains Instagram: instagram.com/snowbrains Twitter: twitter.com/snowbrains The SnowBrains Podcast Episode #3 - Dr. William Montgomery M.D. Orthopedic Surgeon at Dignity Health Medical Foundation in San Francisco, California. Recorded on September 30th, 2020 in Santa Cruz, CA (Miles) and San Francisco Bay Area, CA (Dr. Montgomery). This episode was edited by Robert Wilkinson. Music by Chad Crouch. Host, producer, and creator = Miles Clark.
Dr. Michael Fischman M.D. - Are Ski Resorts Safe To Visit During COVID-19? | Brought to you by Alta Ski Area "I'm not sure that we're ever going to get back to the old normal..." - Dr. Michael Fischman M.D. Dr. Michael Fischman M.D., M.P.H., FACOEM is an occupational & environmental medicine physician and toxicologist. He serves as a consultant in these fields to large organizations such as Intel & Pixar. Dr. Fischman is a Clinical Professor in and Assistant Chief of the Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Department of Medicine, at the University of California San Francisco. Dr. Fischman received his medical degree at the University of Michigan and his master’s degree in public health, in environmental health sciences, from the University of California, Berkeley (Go Bears!). He did his residency training in internal medicine and in occupational medicine at the University of California, San Francisco and is board-certified in both fields. Dr. Fischman is also my dad. Dr. Fischman guides us through whether he thinks ski resorts are safe to visit this season via all the intricacies involved: chairlift riding, lift lines, masks, which masks are best, social distancing, ski lodges, and more. Dr. Fischman answers these critical COVID questions: How easily could Coronavirus spread at a ski resort? Do you think that's it's possible that the USA experiences another shutdown this winter due to the Coronavirus? How easy could Coronavirus spread on a chairlift? Is it safe to wait in line for a ski lift? Is it OK to enter a ski lodge? How important is mask-wearing? Which masks should we wear? Are neck-gaiters affective masks or not? Once a vaccine is here, how long will it take before we can "return to normal"? Should we get the flu vaccine this year? more Please enjoy! *** This episode is brought to you by Alta Ski Area, celebrating 83 years of "The Greatest Snow on Earth." *** If you enjoyed this podcast, please share with friends & family and please subscribe. Follow SnowBrains: SnowBrains.com Facebook: facebook.com/snowbrains Instagram: instagram.com/snowbrains Twitter: twitter.com/snowbrains The SnowBrains Podcast Episode #2 - Dr. Michael Fischman M.D. Occupation & Environmental Medicine Doctor to Intel & Pixar & more. Recorded on September 29th, 2020 in Santa Cruz, CA (Miles) and San Francisco Bay Area, CA (Dr. Fischman). This episode was edited by Robert Wilkinson. Music by Chad Crouch. Host, producer, and creator = Miles Clark.
Dr. Ethan Greene PhD - Why Is Colorado's Backcountry the Deadliest in the USA? | Brought to you by Alta Ski Area. "Avalanches kill more people in Colorado than any other natural hazard." - Dr. Ethan Greene Dr. Ethan Greene PhD is the director of the Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC) who has an undergraduate degree in meteorology, a master's degree in atmospheric science, and a PhD in geoscience. He's written 2 books on snow science and avalanches, he has over 45 publications in the snow science world and he is obviously an avid backcountry skier. Dr. Greene grew up in Boulder, Colorado and has been skiing the Colorado mountains nearly his entire life. Dr. Greene walks us through how his team covers 30,000 square-miles of avalanche terrain in their daily avalanche forecast with a team of only 10-16 humans. 96 people were caught in avalanches in Colorado in 2019/20 which is up 70% compared to average with a third of those avalanche accidents coming after the Coronavirus shut-down. Dr. Greene answers these poignant questions: • Why do more people die in avalanches in Colorado than in any other state? • Why is the Colorado snowpack so dangerous? • What advice would you give a first-time backcountry skier/rider for 2020/21? • When is the most dangerous time to backcountry ski & ride in Colorado? • When is the safest time to ski & ride the Colorado backcountry? • What happened in the Colorado backcountry after ski resorts closed on March 15th, 2020 due to Coronavirus? • What do you think will happen in the Colorado backcountry this Coronavirus 2020/21 season? • Why is Spring corn skiing better in maritime snowpacks (California, Oregon, Washington) than in continental snowpacks (Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Montana)? • Why is it important to report avalanche accidents and observation to your local avalanche center as soon as possible? • more Dr. Greene talks us through 10 striking avalanche numbers in Colorado in 2019/20 including 96 people caught in avalanches in 2019/20 which is up 70% compared to average. Finally, Dr. Greene gives our host Miles Clark expert feedback & advice via watching Miles' video of his terrifying avalanche off the summit of Mt. Superior in Utah in January 2019.  Please enjoy! *** This episode is brought to you by Alta Ski Area, an independent mountain with a laid-back vibe that averages 547'' of deepness every winter. *** If you enjoyed this podcast, please share with friends & family and please subscribe. Follow SnowBrains: SnowBrains.com Facebook: facebook.com/snowbrains Instagram: instagram.com/snowbrains Twitter: twitter.com/snowbrains The SnowBrains Podcast Episode #1 - Dr. Ethan Greene director of the Colorado Avalanche Information Center. Recorded on September 28th, 2020 in Santa Cruz, CA (Miles) and Boulder, CO (Ethan). This episode was edited by Robert Wilkinson. Music by Chad Crouch. Host, producer, and creator = Miles Clark.
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