The Line of the Week
Photo’s by Ryan Salm
Words by Joshua Plack & Ryan Salm
Skier – Joshua Plack
Location – Squaw Valley USA
Everyday of the storm cycle I bumped into Joshua and he kept mentioning that “Adrenaline” had not been sent this season and he was down. After a drop of “Ice Goddess” and a deep burial afterwards he decided to hold off saying he needed diggers. So we waited and on Saturday when Headwall went, towards “Adrenaline” we went. It was perfect. I was taking the day off skiing to quell my aching bones. It was a splendid day to shoot photos.
Joshua grabbed a couple buddies, sent “Ice Goddess” again for good measure and we got in line at Headwall. In line we ran into Jeff Dostie who quickly said yes to dropping as well. We picked up two diggers in case Joshua and Jeff got buried. The peanut gallery formed and grew below “Adrenaline”. The diggers were in position and Joshua dropped first. Quickly the diggers were on the scene and Joshua popped up smiling and crooked. Jeff went next and was a little in the back seat just after take off. As he floated the 50 some odd feet, his skis moved up as his back dropped. He landed feet up and was buried. One thing for sure, I hope those diggers enjoyed the beers that Jeff and Joshua bought them afterwards.
“Skiing Squaw offers an amazing opportunity to ski big, fun lines. The combination of heavy snowfall, exposed terrain, and being surrounded by skiers better than you is the formula. Eight years ago, Senior taught me how to land these big suckas safely. Since getting them dialed, I’ve been enjoying Squaw’s fat-to-flats as often as possible. This year, November storms offered up two Ice Goddess hot tubs the day before Thanksgiving. I looked at Adrenaline Rock that day but waited until February’s eight feet in three days to hit it. With our boy Frumpkin in position to dig, Jeff Dostie and I installed two classic Squaw hot tubs.” Joshua Plack
The Line of the Week will be a weekly photo piece by Ryan Salm featuring some of Tahoe’s finest athletes doing whatever we deem rad. We will be using the term “Line” loosely to describe anything resembling chutes, big airs, pointers or any general madness. All images are the property and copyright of Ryan Salm Photography. For more of Ryan’s work, check out http://ryansalmphotography.photoshelter.com