Snowman – A Life in the Mountains

Excellent story of how childhood friends Kevin Fogolin (avalanche consultant) and Mike Douglas (pro skier) followed their passion to live in the mountains and how they balance the risks and rewards that come with. Check out the full movie on iTunes, it was the best $10 I’ve spent in a long time.

Skiers Who Code


Training season is upon us.

As many of you know, I recently began my journey into web development at the Turing School of Software & Design. It feels like every day has been a yard sale after yard sale. A pain similar to doing squats after a long hiatus. Where each step reminds you how out of shape you are. Yet, I find myself craving this pain. Even waking up in the middle of the night thinking about code.

Turing School of Software and Design Denver Colorado RubySoftware development provides a creative outlet similar to that found in the mountains. Where only nature dictates how you might act, where you can go, or who you can explore with. It’s as exhilarating as ripping untouched powder turns in the Mt. Baker backcountry. I’ve found that pushing myself past the safety of what is known has often led to the most rewarding experiences.

It fuels my search for freedom, similar to being in the mountains. Even though this journey has just begun, I find comfort in relating my evolution in backcountry skills to the current pain of wrong number of arguments (see below) and NoMethodError after hours spent refactoring.

Check back in the following weeks for technical related posts. The hope with Skiers Who Code is to start a series around software development practices as related to experiences we’ve shared in the mountains. Some topics I’m considering are “TDD: the Pizza Wedge of Junior Developers”, “Pair Programming & How to Not Spend a Night in the Cold”, and “Boot-Packing Software, Setting the Trail for Success”. Until then, feel free to connect on Twitter and Github, and please let me know if you have any thoughts on the journey.

PS – I’m not a huge fan of the word code as a descriptor for software developers. As Jeff has mentioned, it implies code-monkeys or someone whose skills are easily replaceable. Learning best practices at Turing, true developers are far from such a role. But Skiers Who Code sounded better than Skiers Who Develop Web Applications.

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TGR Almost Ablaze Soundtrack

TGR’s latest film “Almost Ablaze” is by far the best ski movie of 2014. One big takeaway: keep an eye on Angel Collinson, she killed the opening segment, and Nick McNutt, who rides switch out of everything. From Jackson Hole blower pow to numerous jaw-dropping lines in BC, the Tetons, Bosnia, AK… the movie does not disappoint.

With many resorts across the Rockies and Northeast already open, and areas in the Northwest set to roll this week (word on the street is Thursday Mt. Baker opening), below you’ll find an awesome soundtrack to get you psyched on your drive to the slopes. Caught a Ghost “No Sugar in My Coffee“, ODESZA “Say My Name“, “Faded Remix“, “Memories that You Call“, Lust for Youth “Armida“, Breton “S4“, Wise Blood “Alarm“, Hozier “Take Me to Church“… sooooo many good songs!

TGR’s Cold Smoke Winning Segment – Way of Life

Fieberbrunn is a placed with gauranteed snow,” said the elder Fieberbrunn local Sepp Pletzenauer when interviewed for the Austria segment of Way Of Life“It has the open terrain, nobody around, beautiful powder snow, and I just go and make my path.”

Sepp’s sagacious outlook on his home terrain proved to be more than accurate. The powder that Sage Cattabriga-Alosa, Dylan Hood, and Colter Hinchcliffe found there after a seven-hour detour due to “overgadgeting” proved to be not only deep enough to blind them (literally), but enough to win the nod for the year’s Best Powder segment from both the Powder Magazine Video Awards and, this past weekend, the Cold Smoke Awards. Tim Durtschi also nailed Best Male Performance for his Way Of Life segment.

Powder Snow

I hope everyone is having a great season!

The snow seems to keep getting better and better. Last couple weeks at Baker have been quite impressive — definitely a great (what might be) last season up here. Here is a photo of Nick and myself on a recent bluebird pow day. If you are looking for a fully customizable unique ski jacket, I highly recommend checking out NWT3K.


Mt. Baker – Powder Skiing

Wowwww! The snow has been insane lately. Mt. Baker holds the highest base in North America and is getting slammed with light, fluffy powder (78+ inches in the past week). Checkout this edit I made — a couple runs skiing with my good friends Nick Marvik, Justin Duclos, and Wiley Chubb.

Shout out to NWT3K, supplying the best jackets on the hill.

Mt. Baker – (1/16/12) from Aaron Careaga on Vimeo.

Music: Cypress Hill – Another Body Drops