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Ambassador Profil: Becca Gerber

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I had a goal and I went for it. I’m a better skier and person because of it.

We caught up with Jackson Hole Orage ambassador Rebecca Gerber to chat about birds, the best après ski in Jackson and sewing.

Orage: Hey Becca, nice to finally catch up. Where are you from? 

Becca: A small farm town in Southern Maine. 

Orage: Where do you live today?

Becca: Jackson Hole, WY. 

Orage: Favorite run at Jackson hole?

Becca: Sorry, can’t tell you that one….

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This one maybe?

Orage: No one ever does! Argh. What pushed you to move to Jackson Hole

Becca: I actually moved to Jackson for a job as an avian research technician (studying birds) that I was offered after graduating college. It was a seasonal summer position and when it ended I had fallen in love with Jackson and there was no chance I was leaving before I spent at least a winter here. I worked at a ski shop that winter. I told my mom it would just be one season… five years later and I’m still here. At this point, I can’t imagine living somewhere that doesn’t have the possibility to ski (even if it’s a 20ft strip of slush) 12 months of the year. 

Orage: What is the best book you’ve read in the past year?

Becca: Shadow Mountain: A Memoir of Wolves, a Woman, and the Wild. It’s written by Renee Askins 

Orage: What music do you listen to for music when skiing?

Becca: Depends what I’m skiing. Backcountry I’ll go without. If I’m boot packing in a stable location I’ll put on A Tribe Called Quest or something crazy like Tiesto to get the blood flowing. If I’m in bounds fooling around, probably A Tribe Called Quest, Odesza, or some 90s dance hits. For the in-bounds on a powder day… all the same stuff, many times nothing, but sometimes I’ll imagine my skiing in slow motion and I’ll throw on Tom Jones. You should try it.  

Orage: Where is the best après ski in Jackson?

Becca: Well it was always the VC, but that is no longer. So now….Bodega. They have the best slushies ever…but I would not recommend having more than one. 

Orage: You participated in a few events on the world freeride tour. How did that go?

Becca: It was an amazing experience. I didn’t place as well as I had hoped. In fact, I felt as though I skied terribly. It was a huge wake up call and reminder of the mental challenges of skiing. I earned so much respect for the mountains and for all of my fellow competitors. I had the opportunity to meet amazing people and was able to challenge myself in more ways than I thought possible. Big mountain ski comps are the real deal and I have so much admiration and respect for all the athletes that go back year after year. As if the comps weren’t enough of a challenge, training was non-stop, 4 days a week, and left me in tears some days. Even with that, and some humiliating comp runs, I had a goal and I went for it. I’m a better skier and person because of it. 

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Orage: What was your best day of skiing this season?

Becca: It was about a month ago in the Jackson Hole side country. We had 17″ reported overnight and my friend had gotten us on the early tram. After a couple laps we dropped into Corbets, where I had one of the better tomohawks I’ve had in a long time. No equipment was lost and my body was intact. I was stoked and my adrenaline was at an all time high. We continued on and went out to ski some of the deepest snow I’ve ever skied in my 27 years of skiing. Not much to say about that. We all know what the white room feels like. So, yeah, that was a pretty good day. 

Orage: What gear are you riding on?

Becca: Blizzard. I’ve tried so many other skis and Blizzard continues to be the best. They carry you through anything and charge on any day, in any condition. I ski the Cochise on most days and the Bodacious on deep days. 

Orage: What’s your favorite drink?

Becca: Coffee….. Or Budweiser.

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Orage: I read that your mom plays the mandolin. Do you play any instruments?

Becca: I played piano for 8 years, but it’s better for everyone if we leave the musical talent to my mother. 

Orage: What are your go to off-the-hill hobbies?

Becca: Depends on the season, but to name a couple: backpacking, kayaking, playing pool, and sewing. Yeah, I know… I sound like an old woman when I tell people I sew. I make a lot of my own clothing – dresses and button down shirts mostly but I’m always experimenting with new designs. It’s important for my sanity to have an indoor hobby during the winter for the times I can’t ski.  It’s also very necessary for me to be able to get creative and it feels good to make something that is entirely unique. 

Orage: I spotted a few pictures of birds on your Instagram. What’s up with that?

Becca: I spent numerous seasons researching birds; in Maine and out west. I’ve held, collected data, and released over 2000 birds. Some of my friends call me a crazy bird lady. 

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Orage: You sign your emails with skier, naturalist and life enthusiast. Please describe what a naturalist is.

Becca: To me, being a naturalist is simply loving nature and being fascinated with even the smallest things that exist. It means asking questions and wanting answers about the behaviors, shapes, and relationships that you observe.  Did you know that the direction and speed in which a bee arrives to the hive tells the rest of the bees the exact location of a food source? Being curious is the best way to get somewhere worth going. 

Orage: What is your main occupation outside of skiing (job or school)?

Becca: I work at Teton Science Schools. I help manage the ecotourism branch and work in registrations for all Science School programs. 

Orage: Thank you so much for your time Becca! Where can people learn more about you? 

Becca: Instagram : @becster88 

Facebook: https://facebook.com/energize.the.world1

I’m open to everyone: I love visitors so if you’re ever JH give me a shout!! 

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Becca wears

The Sue Shell Jacket. Shop in the US or in Canada

The Chica Pant. Shop in the US or in Canada

The Olivia Vest. Shop in the US or in Canada

Adventure Rig’s crazy adventure and rig

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No matter where you are, there’s an opportunity to explore.

We met Adventure Rig partnering up for the online review of a few Orage products. As we exchanged e-mails, we realized the the people and concept behind Adventurerig were way too awesome and we decided that we had to learn more. We thought it would be nice if we shared our findings with you guys, so here you go :)

Orage: Who are you and what are your backgrounds?

Adventurerig: We’re just two normal people who have a strong love of the outdoors and a fascination with travel. I (Tyson) grew up in an unconventional but enthusiastic outdoor industry in the Midwest, working in gear shops, climbing gyms, and joining cycling clubs that would cruise country back roads. Cally was lucky enough to grow up in the Rocky Mountains and her love of being outside was branded into her mind at a young age.

With her educational background in Communication, Cally is the brains behind the words and graphics of our website, www.AdventureRig.com. My educational background is in Flight Technology and it’s because of my flying career and the business we run in the summer that we are able to take the winters off and travel and ski. Every May, we move out to Minnesota for the summer where we work non-stop in agriculture. I’m Aerial Applicator and Cally runs the ground operations. We then spend our off-season based in Colorado and traveling.

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Orage: What are your main outdoor hobbies?

Tyson: There is so much we love to do outside, but unfortunately we only have about 6 months of the year to squeeze in all of our activities. We do a lot of summer hobbies in the spring and fall months including dirt biking, dual sport motorcycling, hiking, climbing, and mountain biking. Our favorite thing to do before moving out to Minnesota is to take a long trip out to the desert of Utah near Moab. It’s a refreshing and fun thing to do before our work grind begins!

In the winter, skiing definitely consumes our minds and time! When we’re not skiing the best powder we can find in the state, we are enjoying the terrain parks at Copper Mountain and Winter Park. If we’re not at a resort enjoying the pow, we’re typically somewhere in the backcountry.

Orage: Do you guys live in an RV all year round?

Tyson: Up until this year, we lived in the rig year round. In November, we finally decided that we needed a base camp so we bought a house with a nice two car garage (for our toys of course) in Colorado. We use to live out of our 41ft toy hauler and two enclosed storage trailers. The most frustrating thing about living out of trailers like we were doing is that we had no idea where anything was! If we wanted to go for a mountain bike ride in the middle of winter, we spent an entire morning digging out the bikes and our gear. While life in a camper is simple, spontaneous, and fun, there are definitely downfalls to any lifestyle.

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Waist deep

Orage: What pushed you guys to start Adventure Rig?

Tyson: We thought there would be some people out there that would be interested in following our unconventional lifestyle and we wanted to be able to be approachable for people to get informed about products we use both for our outdoor hobbies and RVing. Along with wanting to be approachable about gear and Rv’ing, our hopes were to inspire people to get out and enjoy the great outdoors. It doesn’t have to be in the most extreme form, even simple explorations can change someone’s mindset.

Orage: Let’s talk about the rig. How long did it take you to set up that beast?

Tyson: This question makes us giggle. We have not yet shared with our readers that we have made a bit of a transition with our Adventure Rig. The Rig is an ever evolving and growing concept. We will be doing a reveal on our website soon of our new Rig. At least one thing is for sure, we have input on many different types of rigs!

To get back to the question, the 41’ ATC Toy Hauler was a project. We were constantly upgrading it in one-way or another. After owning it for two years, we had made some significant additions to it, including the wrap, solar power, and a diesel-fired heater (more on that later!). Now on to the next project!

The RigCheck out all the details of the rig at http://www.adventurerig.com/the-rig-2/

Orage: What are the best two places you’ve visited in the past year?

Tyson: This question is kind of unfair to all of our years past because in November, we took the trip of a lifetime that was hands down one of the most amazing adventures we have ever been on.

We rode motorcycles from San Francisco, California into the Baja Peninsula of Mexico. Not only was it amazing to experience the views and cultures of Baja, but also supporting ourselves off of motorcycles was an exhilarating and rewarding feat! I rode my KTM 990 and Cally was on her KTM 640. On the second or third day of the trip, we were already daydreaming about where our next moto trip would be.

Orage: You guys spend a bunch of time on the road. Do you listen to any podcasts or audio books?

Tyson: We are definitely music people on the road. Last year, we started listening to Dirt Bag Diaries [Editor’s note, also an Orage favorite] and that was amazing! I’m not sure why we don’t do more of that. I have a friend that listens to murder mystery podcasts so that may have to be in the line up for our next trip.

Orage: What would you consider the most challenging part of living on the road?

Tyson: The most challenging part of living on the road is trying to fit everything that we own along with us on the road. Last year, we were in Idaho in March and we had snowmobiles and skis. The weather switched and it was perfect dirt biking weather, however we couldn’t fit the dirt bikes in the rig. This is a big reason for the switch of the rig so stay tuned to see how we can now fit it all if we need to. Cally also has challenges on the road with keeping her hair combed.

Orage: Talk to us about your dog.

Tyson: What we say about Hank is “better slow than never.” He’s such a lazy hound but we love him unconditionally. Life wouldn’t be the same without him. He provides us with so much entertainment and lots of cuddles! Cold nights in the camper are the best because Hank crawls under the covers with us. He’s 85 pounds but cuddles like he weighs about 10 pounds. He is definitely a fair weather dog and loves long naps in the sun. Skiing is not Hank’s favorite thing in the world, but he loves to watch from the car or camper. He’ll melt your heart with his sweet eyes, which is probably why he hardly ever gets in trouble. We adopted him from our local humane society and would encourage any one else to do the same! It is truly life changing.

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Those eyes…

Orage: If you could go back to only one of the places you’ve ever skied, where would it be?

Tyson: In 2012, we packed up and took an amazing ski trip driving from Colorado to Alaska. There were so many incredible places we explored, but a highlight was definitely Kicking Horse in Golden, British Columbia. That was hands down one of the most fun resorts we’ve ever skied. As far as the backcountry goes, skiing the Alaska backcountry is incomparable to anything we’ve ever skied. That trip as a whole is one that we would love to do again in the next few seasons.

Orage: What are the most RV Friendly places you’ve visited?

Tyson: The ski resorts in Canada are extremely RV friendly! Here in Colorado, some resorts are very strict about parking overnight. Our standards of being RV Friendly were heightened when we were driving a 41’ toy hauler. Including the truck, our rig was about 65’ long. We didn’t fit in the most secluded, backcountry spots and sometimes had a hard time finding a place large enough for us to pull off for the night. We definitely had to have a different mindset when driving the rig, and found some nice cozy places to sleep between the truckers at truck stops.

Orage: Other than the rig, what is the most useful tool for long-term road trips?

Tyson: An open mind is most definitely an important tool to have along with you on road trip adventures. One experience in particular that solidified this response was when we had worked for days to get the rig ready to go on an adventure. 10 miles down the road, the check engine light came on in the pickup. We had no idea why the light came on, and didn’t want to head out on the road somewhere and break down in the middle of nowhere. We turned around and went back to our base camp at the time where we had tools stored in trailers. When dealing with basically anything that has a motor, one has to be prepared for anything to go wrong at any time. If you have an open mind, low expectations, and a passion for the outdoors no matter where you are, you will have positive experiences.

There is one more very important tool that we found to be absolutely imperative for winter camping. We installed a diesel-fired heater made by Planar Heaters and it would keep us so warm we would find ourselves waking up in the middle of the night sweating. If you’re going to be Rv’ing in the winter, this should be the first upgrade you think about making!

Orage: Any tips for someone who might want to follow in your footsteps?

Tyson: It’s so cliché but…. Do it! Right now. It’s not always easy but it’s worth it and very rewarding at the very best times. We’re not necessarily trying to inspire everyone to drop what they are doing, sell their house, and move into an RV. We hope that we are motivating people to get out and explore, whether it turns into a full-time adventure, a weekend adventure with the kids, or a short hike with your dog. No matter where you are, there’s an opportunity to explore.

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Orage: Where can people learn more about you?

You can find us on Facebook by searching for Adventure Rig, or on Instagram and Twitter with the handle @adventurerig. Our website is adventurerig.com where we post gear reviews, trip reports, and how-to’s. Be sure to check us out on Instagram as we have a lot of amazing gear giveaways coming up!


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Ambassador Profile: Katie Hitchcock

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Katie Hitchcock is an all mountain and backcountry skier. She’s a passionate outdoorsy little women and her loves goes beyond skiing. In recent times, she’s also become the new intern for our friends over at Alpine Initiatives. We were lucky enough to sit down for coffee while at SIA and just catch up.

Orage: Katie, where are you from?

Katie: Originally I’m from Steamboat, Colorado but I currently reside in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Orage: You (somewhat) recently joined the team over at Alpine Initiatives. How did that happen?

Katie: Well, I originally saw the logo in the movie All.I.Can. by Sherpas Cinema. I became obsessed with the logo and had to find out more. I eventually discovered AI and learned they where also from Steamboat so I hit them up!

The AI logo is just an all around awesome logo and it somehow grabs a lot of people’s attention. I regularly get asked about it whenever it’s visible.

Orage: The AI logo is a work of art. What exactly does an intern do at AI?

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Katie: [Laughs] Everything an intern needs to do! I’ll spend some time sending out thank you notes. I’ll write blog post and I’ll participate in organizing fundraisers.

Orage: You’re recently graduated from University of Colorado in Boulder. What were you studying in school?

Katie: Italian, business and environmental studies.

Orage: I’ve met so many people from Colorado in the last few days that are taking environmental studies! That’s pretty cool.

Katie: Yeah! Boulder has a pretty recognized program for that.

Orage: How are you occupying your time now that school is over?

Katie: Skiing! I’m currently an Alta ski instructor. I’m also participating in some Freeride World Qualifier events. This is my first winter free of school so I’ve been working, skiing and traveling as much as I can with an awesome crew of friends! 

"I've been dubbed the scorpion queen for this Backflip. Tips dug in hard but at least I went further than everybody else!" - Katie

“I’ve been dubbed the scorpion queen for this backflip. Tips dug in hard but at least I went further than everybody else!”
– Katie

Orage: What’s your favorite type of food?

Katie: Waffles. I love waffles. They’re surprisingly versatile.

Orage: ??

Katie: Yeah! You can eat them with so many types of food.

[Editor’s note, turns out they are versatile]

Orage: What gear are you riding this winter?

Katie: The Orage Deal Jacket, the Orage Marlène and the Orage Clara Shell Pant. I’m riding on a pair of Rossignol S7s and protecting my head with a Giro Helmet.

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Orage: What are you hobbies outside of skiing?

Katie: A ton. There’s so much to do in Utah. Rock climbing, mountain biking, fly fishing and playing bass.

Orage: What inspired you to start playing bass?

Katie: My dad always played guitar and in middle school I saw this girl absolutely shredding a base and I though it was so awesome. I had to learn.

Orage: What does a bassist listen to?

Katie: Hmmm. I like blues a lot. If I had to name bands that I’ve been listening to recently I would say Xavier Rudd, Box Tops, Talking Heads and Jimmy Buffet.

Orage: What’s the last book you read?

Katie: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

Orage: Anything else we should know about you?

Katie: I love hats. Especially weird funky ones!

You can follow Katie on Instagram @katiedhitchcock

Katie wears:

  • The Orage Deal Jacket –> Can and US
  • The Orage Marlène –> Can and US
  • The Orage Clara Shell Pant –> Can and US

Ambassador Profile: Brooke Potter

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We caught up with Brooke Potter at SIA to learn a little more about this girl who likes to spend her days after the storm in the streets instead of on the slopes.

Orage: Hey Brooke, thanks for taking the time to sit down and have coffee with us. First off, how old are you?

Brooke: I’m 20 years old.

Orage: And where are you from?

Brooke: I’m from Maryland.

Orage: But not living there currently, right?

Brooke: Nope, I live in Breckenridge, Colorado.

Orage: How do you spend your time in Breck?

Brooke: I’m a ski coach at Copper Mountain and I work at the Slope Style ski shop in the village.

Orage: How long have you been in Breck?

Brooke: I’ve been living here for 4 years with my roommate.

 

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“I’ll stop wearing black when they invent a darker color.”

 

Orage: What’s your favourite food?

Brooke: Ummm, that’s a tough one. I really just love everything Italian.

Orage: Can we narrow it down? Pizza or spaghetti?

Brooke: Both.

Orage: You’re the girl who gets the pizzaghetti?

Brooke: [Laughs] Yes! I would absolutely get the pizzaghetti.

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Orage: Have you read the Harry Potter series?

Brooke: No. I know. How wrong is this?

Orage: I think it’s wrong. You’re really missing out on this generation’s best saga.

Brooke: Well I’ve watched most of the movies, I think.

Orage: [Frowning]. You should really read the books. You won’t be the same Potter afterwards. Moving on, what would you like to do later apart from skiing?

Brooke: I would like to be able to work in the ski industry. I am currently at school but I decided to take a little break and get some skiing done. I’ve been studying sustainability.

Orage: I’ve met some many people in the last few days that have been or are studying sustainbility. Is this something that’s prevalent around Denver?

Brooke: Oh yeah, the University here has an awesome sustainability program.

Orage: What is the last book you read?

Brooke: Wild by Cheryl Strayed.

Orage: What album are you listening to right now?

Brooke: Lana Del Rey’s Honeymoon.

Orage: Coffee or tea?

Brooke: Coffee!

 

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A hint for the boys out there : a good coffee and some italian food just might be the key to Brooke’s heart.

 

Orage: What other activities do you like to do?

Brooke: Oh man, I do a lot of mountain biking during summer months.

Orage: How many days do you ski per year?

Brooke: Around 150, including summer skiing at Woodward.

Orage: That’s so rad. You probably ski in a year more the average people ski in a decade. Thanks for your time Brooke. Where can people learn more about you?

Brooke: Check out my video Ultraviolence and you can follow me on Instagram at @brooke_potter.

The Canadian Ski Road Trip

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It’s really important to get out and explore new areas with your friends.

Text and photos by Elena Pressprich

In one of the last weeks of 2015, Jared, Dillon and I set our hearts out for Canada. We had previously purchased our Mountain Collective passes, so this road trip was going to consist of two days at Whistler, one day at Lake Louise and one at Sunshine Village. From Bend, Oregon, there was a lot of driving ahead of us.

The trip started out a little rough, in the way that the car we had planned on taking was not in an operable or safe condition. We opted to borrow my dad’s mini van. It’s an epic road trip car. But really. SO MUCH ROOM.

Day 1 of the Canadian Ski Road Trip

After nearly 600 miles of driving, we arrived in the Whistler area but noticed that things seemed quite off. We even noticed that as we rolled through Pemberton (around 7PM), that the gas station lights were out and everything was dark everywhere. I was getting concerned that I hadn’t let the hotel know that we were maybe going to need a later check in time. The hotel was not answering their phone. Dang it. This wasn’t looking good. As we sat outside the hotel in Mount Currie and debated about if the hotel was even in operation (only 2 snow covered cars were parked out front… the place looked deserted), we eventually saw a tiny sign on the upper story that said ”office” so we thought we’d give it a shot. Sure enough, an elderly gentleman answered the door with a lantern in hand explaining that he was expecting us and the power had gone out. We loaded all our gear into our room, cooked our dinner in the dark and went to bed immediately after. It was dumping snow and we knew we were in for a treat the next day. Whoop!

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Shortly after our arrival across the Canada-US border, the sun had set. That meant we hadn’t seen what we were driving through. By studying the map and topography, we had a pretty good idea that we were in some big mountains. We were super excited to wake up and check it out. Not to our surprise, it was gorgeous! At least from what we could tell because it was just absolutely dumping fat flakes. Overnight, there was reported 18 cm of fresh waiting for us at Whistler.

After the 30 minute drive, walking to the base and getting our tickets, we were finally off on a lift. We had no idea where to go, but we knew down would likely be good, not matter the direction. A few runs later, we met a fellow in the lift line named Guy. After a brief talk and a ride up on the chair, he decided that he didn’t mind giving us a little tour around the mountain to all the “local” spots and secret stashes. Guy was amazing for taking us to all these little gems! He ended up skiing with us the whole entire day! Canadians are so friendly! Turns out Guy is a mechanic in Whistler, so if you’re ever in need and in the area, pay him a visit and tell him I sent ya!

Day 2 of the Canadian Ski Roadtrip

Day two at Whistler reported yet another dumping of snow, this time around 24 cm! Dang, we were getting lucky! Two days in a row of deep powder!? Having just been shown around the day before to some of the best spots to go, this day couldn’t have been any better. BUT IT GOT BETTER. We ran into Guy again! And AGAIN he showed us around and took us to even more new areas where the secret pow stashes were hidden! These two days were making me so insanely happy and made for some of the top days of skiing in my life. Lucky lucky us!

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Day 3 of the Canadian Ski Road Trip

The 3rd day was traveling day from Whistler to Banff. The road went through big canyon spaces riddled with steep snowy peaks. Eye candy all day long. We even made it a priority to stop at a few spots once we reached Yoho National Park, although dark, I was able to snag a few of my favorite shots from the trip that evening.

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Day 4 of the Canadian ski Road trip

On day 4 we were pretty tired upon waking up at the Rundle Ridge Chalets just outside of Banff. It was about a whopping 0 degrees (F) and I wanted nothing more than to just cozy up to the heater and sit inside the cabin and sleep. It was a gorgeous day though and, sigh, I guess I had to go skiing. On day 4 we had decided to head over to Sunshine Village to ski for the day. Sunny sunny sunny but very chilly! I had about every layer I owned on and was still having a hard time staying warm. Sunshine village was backed by the beautiful mountains of the Canadian rockies and those classic Banff mountains. So happy to have a clear day to see it in all its glory.

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Day 5 of the Canadian Ski Roadtrip

We were set out to ski at Lake Louise before heading back home. Really too short of a trip! Lake Louise was like the previous day at Sunshine… super sunny, super cold. Another beautiful resort and place to ski, we really needed more time to explore! The backcountry at Lake Louise looks SO good and there is so much to choose from without ever getting too far from the resort, which is really cool! Only a few hours here and we were packing ourselves up and heading out. We knew we could make it to Coeur d’Alene for dinner and sleep. Still a long drive ahead of us though.

Oh! And I forgot to mention. The brakes. The rear right brake had been making a pretty severe grinding noise for a few days at this point and we were unsure what exactly was wrong. But we knew it wasn’t good. Gosh it was loud. We decided that while we were in the in Coeur d’Alene, we should have it looked at and to know if it was either something that needed to get replaced or if we could make it back to Bend and get it fixed there. Sure enough, the rear right caliper had become locked closed (likely on our day from Whistler to Banff) and completely blew through the pad and into the rotor. We ended up spending 4 hours on Christmas Eve morning at Les Schwab while they replaced the pads, both calipers and the rotors. Fun! But hey, the van was like new, and much safer to drive back in.

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Another long drive later and we were home! So much driving on this trip but we also lucked out and got powder, some sunshine and tons of smiles! I highly recommend treating yourself to getting the Mountain Collective pass for at least one season and allow yourself these mini vacations. It’s really important to get out and explore new areas with your friends. Even if there are troubles along the way. In the end, you’ll get it all figured out and it makes for an extra memorable moment along the journey!

To learn more about Elena, visit the links below.

www.elenapressprich.com – InstagramFacebook


Elena and Orage are currently part of an exciting contest with a 10 000$ dollar prize purse. Check here for your chance to win: https://www.theoutbound.com/contests/backyard-to-backcountry

Artist Interview: Mélodie Perrault

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Mélodie Perreault is a Montreal artist with grit. Her artwork ranges from simple to complicated but it’s always full of character. The people in the office at Orage liked her worked so we called her up to help us design some of the visuals for our look book. The work she did helped us portray the personality of Nelson and Retallack in a way the pictures couldn’t. Curious, we reached out to learn a little more about her.

Orage: How would you describe your style to somebody who doesn’t know you?

Mélodie: I like fine lines and working with black.

Orage : Where does your artistic side come from? Was there a big influence coming from your entourage?

Mélodie: My grandmother is a painter and my mother always encouraged me to push my artistic side.

Orage: Where do you find inspiration for your work?

Mélodie: Everything that surrounds and amuses me. I am an eternal child so I like to have fun with my illustrations.

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Orage: Which artist inspires you the most?

Mélodie: I don’t have a favorite artist. I like everything! I particularly find inspiration in old illustration books.

Orage: What usually happens during your creative process?

Mélodie: I always write my ideas in my note pad and on my phone. Sometimes it’s only words. Then I settle down to work and inspiration comes naturally.

Orage : Your bike helmets are unique and pretty interesting. Why did you choose these objects as a canvas?

Mélodie: My boyfriend is an avid motorcycle rider and he made me fall in love with that world. I’ll have my own motorcycle next summer!

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Orage: Which artwork are you most proud of and why?

Mélodie: It’s too hard to choose one! If my creation amuses someone I feel a sense of accomplishment.

Orage: Describe your latest tattoo.

Mélodie: I got my palm tattooed a few days ago and it hurt so much. I also tattooed somebody a rose with the faces of two women hidden in it.

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Orage: If our readers want to learn some more about you, where can they find info? (web site, Instagram, etc.)

Mélodie: It’s easy @melodieperrault @tattooloungemtl www.melodieperrault.ca

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Elena Pressprich and how to stay outside

Elena Pressprich mountain top

I am a firm believer that no day should ever be wasted doing something that you are not passionately in love with.

*All pictures from Elena Pressprich

Elena Pressprich is one of Orage’s dreamiest ambassador. She’s passionate, driven and she’s willing to put the necessary work to live a life that most only dream of. As our interest of her lifestyle grew, we reach out to learn more. Hopefully, you guys enjoy this conversation as much as we did.

Orage: Hello. First things first. Where is home?

Elena: Bend, Oregon

Orage: Am I finding you at home right now?

Elena: Yep! I really enjoy traveling, but often times, I find home to be so sweet and I really love where I live.

Orage: What is your dog’s name?

Elena: Rio! He is a chocolate lab that I rescued from the pound as a puppy 5 years ago! He’s the best!

Elena's dog

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Orage: What is your main occupation in life right now? Based on your Instagram feed you’re winning when it comes to living.

Elena: Currently, I am a radiology technologist student with only three more months until I graduate! It’s a very heavy schedule, so I pack my weekends in full and get as much me-time in which always includes activities outside. I first majored in photography, so while I’m out, I love getting great shots along the way.

Orage: What was your favorite ski trip ever?

Elena: I think I am about to have it! This season, I have two big trips planned. It includes road tripping to about a dozen resorts or so around the inter-mountain west and Canada.

Orage: What ski gear are you riding this year (skis, clothing and accessories)

Elena: Skis: Surface Skis. Facemasks: Blackstrap. Outerwear: Orage.

Elena Orage

Orage: You seem to be pretty good at taking pictures. What gear are you currently using?

Elena: I have just switched over to a Sony system. I’m really excited about it and I’m looking forward to learning a  lot more. This camera is amazing and it can do so much more than my last. I also rely on my GoPro Hero 4 when skiing for its size, waterproof ability and photographic qualities.

Orage: What other sports do you practice?

Elena: I enjoy lots of other sports and activities when I’m not skiing, and I’m game to try anything new. Biking (road and mountain),  running, paddleboarding, hiking are among some of my more common and favorite things to do in the summer months.

Orage: Do you have any non-sport related hobbies?

Elena: Photography would be my number one “hobby”! I just started exploring the world of night shooting and I’m looking forward to getting more practice with that.

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Orage: What’s your favorite song this past month?

Elena: Honestly, that Adele song, Hello, is killer. Yep. I love it.

Orage: Is there anyone that inspires you or that has had a significant impact on your life?

Sarah Burke. She was my biggest inspiration while growing up and still is to this day. She paved the way for so many women in the sport and changed the game. I will forever be grateful for the things she has done.

Orage: If you could return to only one of the destinations you’ve gone to in your life, where would it be?

Elena: NEW ZEALAND! I had the opportunity to travel there for a really short period of time recently and got to see just a small area of it, but I know there is so much more out there to see than the little bit that I saw. I would love to go back there and spend a good, solid month exploring around. I’ve also traveled to Switzerland and would be very happy to return there for some travels. It was a beautiful country and I want to see it again!

Orage: Do you have tips for people who would like to live a similar lifestyle?

Elena: I get this question a lot actually. My response is always the same: Do you? There’s no point in trying to mimic someone else to get to where you think you want to be. Figure out what you really want in life and start to go after it. I am a dream chaser and will always be chasing a new dream or goal. You should never stop setting goals or dreams and going after them. When you start to do something you love, it shows in your work and good things will come to you. I am a firm believer that no day should ever be wasted doing something that you are not passionately in love with. Life is too short to not spend it in love with every moment. Just remember too, everyday is a new start and you can begin something completely new tomorrow, you have a clean slate every single day.

Orage: Thank you for your time. Where can people learn more about you?

Elena: www.elenapressprich.com. Instagram: @findmeoutside

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Elena’s wears:

Jasmine Jacket

Sue Shell Jacket

Clara Shell Pant

Marlene Vest

Women’s Link Jacket

Hallway Profiles : Elyse Saugstad

Elyse Saugstad

Skiing is more than a sport, it’s a way to connect with nature, friends, and seek out new adventures.

Elyse is one of the standout female rippers of the skiing world. Born in Alaska, Elyse has been in love with speed since just about forever. At 16, she was already one of the best downhill racers of her country. After graduation, Elyse once again turned to the mountains for adventure. She quickly became a professional freeride skier and in the past five years she’s earned more awards that most people win throughout their whole career. As if that wasn’t enough, Elyse, along with Jackie Paaso, Lel Tone, Michelle Parker, Ingrid Backstrom, and Sherry McConkey, also founded SAFE AS. SAFE AS is an avalanche safety program for women with hopes to “heighten the community snow safety and avalanche awareness.” We’re immensely lucky to have Elyse join the family at Orage.

While Elyse was at the office, I intercepted her in the hallway for a few questions.

Why did you decide to partner up with Orage?

I believe Orage has an unparalleled blend of being stylish and technical, so I truly look forward to wearing their clothing while being out in the harsh elements of the outdoors. I spend long hours skiing in the backcountry and I don’t feel like I should have to compromise looking good in my ski gear just because I need technical clothing. Hence why I couldn’t be more excited to become a team member of Orage.

I am very passionate about skiing and sharing my love for the sport with others, so to align with Orage makes perfect sense as they are a brand who is passionate about making the best outerwear for skiers. It’s a real treat as a female athlete to work with a brand that cares so much about being a positive influence for women in the male dominated ski world.

From product testing and development, to connecting with the ski community and beyond, being an athlete ambassador for Orage is more than getting rad shots in front of the camera. Skiing is more than a sport we do, it’s a way to connect with nature, friends, and seek out new adventures. With the help of Orage I look forward to continuing as a positive influence to women and men of all ages to get outside and play.

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Things I’m up to:

I will be kicking off the winter with the 4th annual SAFE AS women’s avalanche and snow safety clinics that I co-founded with other pro-female skiers with 2 stops at Squaw Valley, CA and Copper Mountain, CO.

I will be in search of powder throughout the winter with my sights set on spending time in BC, Alaska, and Tahoe.

Along with my ski partner in crime, Cody Townsend, we hope to capitalize on the success of the movie we made last winter, Conquering the Useless, and are in the initial stages of putting together a new project of some sort.

Best,

Elyse

Watch Elyse in the latest Episode of The Line. Skip to 13.34 if you want to see how tough Elyse is.

Watch Elyse Talk at Tedx

Designer Profil: Catherine Langelier

Cath Langelier

Cath has been a designer at Orage for the past seven years. She’s smart, sharp and particularly quiet but because we share a common office, I was able to get her to answer a few of my questions. The answers can be found below.

Orage: Hey Cath, thanks for doing this. First thing I want to know, how do you travel around the city?

Cath: I’m on my bike 10 months a year. Apart from that I walk, take the metro or run. I try to avoid taking the car, except when I’m heading to the mountain.

Orage: What’s your favourite magazine?

Cath: Lately I have been reading Alpine Modern and Monocle (which is a must while traveling). I’m also a little obsessed with architecture and interior design magazines like Milk Decoration.

Orage: In one line, describe the scope of your work at Orage.

Cath: My main task is searching for the best possible jacket without compromising the style Orage is known for.

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Sketches of the Orage Jasmine Jacket

Orage: What is your most recent choice of music while working?

Cath: I like to listen to instrumental music while I work. Stuff like Mogwai et Neu. I’ll usually make my way from Nina Simone to Grimes or Fugazi. The full list is long and eclectic.

Orage: How does the creative process work at Orage?

Cath: Orage defines itself by the desire to offer products that are different from what’s currently on the market. Observation and research is always key when beginning to design a new collection. Then we do sketches, we work on the development of the first prototypes and, finally, we create our showroom sample. The creation itself never stops. No matter where we are in the process, we’re always creating something, even if it’s for later use. It takes almost two years before a new product is put on sale.

Orage: Where do you find your inspiration?

Cath: Our starting point is always the mountain. We always keep our eyes open for the small details that could bring originality and additionnel style to our gear. Then, a good understanding of product construction, fabrics, athletes and consumer needs as well as our close relations with our factories allow us to enrich our creativity at the technical level. Understanding how to build a garment is very rewarding. The transition from the 2D to 3D is where the magic really happens.

Orage Jasmine Jacket

Orage Jasmine Jacket for Women

Orage: Orage has been offering the Prime 20 collection for a few seasons now. This year, the Prime 20 collection is bigger than ever. How would you explain this change?

Cath: Orage has certainly taken a more sophisticated turn. We’re returning to our roots and offering no compromises when it comes to our jackets. Our prime 20 collection provides undeniable quality, original style and loads of interesting features. In short, the Prime 20 collection is our Cadillac.

The market is also evolving. People are looking more and more for a garment that is increasingly technical while being comfortable and original.

Orage: What are the main characteristics of these jackets?

Cath: The focus is on comfort and look. The whole collection is made with linings that are made entirely of stretch materials with the exception of the down jackets. There are also multiple interesting features like the fog free placket, the isolated media pockets and the orange sleeves.

Orage: Orange Sleeves?

Cath: We thought it would be cool and functional if we could turn our coat inside out to be rescued. Orange is the color that will contrast the most with azure (snow). That way the jacket, once turned inside out, can be used as a rescue tool/signal and help you to be seen by rescuers from further away.

Orage: Thank you for your time Cath


Visit our store to learn more about the Prime 20 Collection.

Cath Langelier - Chalet Orage

Jackson Hole Mountain resort – 5 Tips with Andrew Whiteford

Jackson Hole

Growing up in Connecticut and Massachusetts, Andrew Whiteford has become a well rounded athlete. When he’s not ripping Corbert’s Couloir in Jackson Hole, you can probably find him mountain biking, traveling the world or guiding tourists around the Tetons in Wyoming.  Andrew has been a Jackson Hole local for close to a decade and he was kind enough to share with us five tips to insure you get the most out of your time in the Teton Village.

1. Use the webcams

It’s easy to be fooled by looking outside of your hotel window. You can regularly find temperature inversions at JHMR. It will be -20 degrees and overcast at the base of the mountain while the top is sunny and comfortable. After a clear night, cold air frequently pools in the low elevations of the valley. On those days you can get short lift lines and quick access to some of the best terrain. Stay ahead of the game and check the 11 webcams on the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort website.

2. Stay inbounds on powder days

When the snow hits, all the locals are running out into the backcountry and side country to ski some secret or epic spot they know of. You will not beat the locals at their own game. If you try to reach the famous out of bounds skiing, you will most likely find it already tracked. You will have better luck staying inbounds and getting in as many laps as possible. You’ll also find more stashes of powder inside the resorts borders. Jackson has a ton of great, accessible in bound terrain and with the new Teton Quad going up this year you’ll be able to get more runs than ever before.

Andrew White Ford Jackson Hole

3. Check out the other ski resorts in the Area

No one’s denying how legendary Jackson Hole is but there’s also a bunch of great ski resorts surrounding it. For a relaxed atmosphere,  visit Grand Tharghee. You can find really good terrain if you look for it over there. Then you have Snow King that’s right next door. Snow King packs a punch even if it’s not as high. It’s steep, it has technical tree lines and some impressive runs. Furthermore, on one of those competitive days after a huge snowfall, Jackson Hole’s higher terrain will probably not be accessible right away due to avalanche control work. You might be standing in the tram line until 11:00 while the people at Snow King are lapping powder runs.

4. If you want a full day, fuel yourself properly

Long days at Jackson can be exhausting. It’s important to eat and hydrate well and not just run on coffee fuel. Eat a good protein filled breakfast. Don’t be afraid to go to the bathroom before starting your day and just be prepared. Have extra bottles of water and maybe a thermos containing hot tea in your backpack. You can also bring energy bars such as the Tram Bar from the locally owned Kate’s Real Food. If you neglect your snack breaks, you’ll eventually hit a wall, especially on those stormy days when the snow keeps coming down.

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5. Opt for carpool or use the free buses

It’s easier to carpool and to use the free buses. On a powder day, everyone is flying to the mountain. The Tram Line is huge and the least expensive parking lot includes a long bus ride. Instead, park at the Stilson lot and take the bus. Quick note, there’s no lodge at the base of JHMR. Put your boots in the parking lot and you can store your shoes at the Nick Wilson restaurant (in the same building as the tram).

Jackson Hole is an incredible place. Hopefully you’ll make the most of your time.

Andrew Whiteford Jackson

*First picture provided by Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.