91 Octane- Episode 1: Burning Petrol in the Central Sierras

91 Octane- Episode 1: Burning Petrol in the Central Sierras

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91 Octane- Episode 1: Burning Petrol in the Central Sierras

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FLASHBACK _91 Octane – A necessary component to a day filled with steep lines, trenchtown turns and big smiles.

Photos: Jason Abraham,
Words: George Hjelte
Video: Greg Lindsey.

Lets be honest, Hiking Sucks! As much as you might lie to yourself, and say the exercise and the feeling of earning your turns is part of the fun, its not. Skiing down hill is what we live for. Our philosophy is why take two runs in a day of backcountry skiing, when you can take twenty. We are the tech generation, and we are going to use any and all technology we can to make our lives easier and more fun! And more turns equals more fun. Snowmobile skiing is like having a personal chairlift in the backcountry. The speed and efficiency with which you can access vast areas of terrain makes snowmobile skiing much more “user friendly” for those of us who want to ski as much as possible. Fun is our ultimate goal, and sled skiing is sinfully fun. When Squaw is tracked out and the tourists are thick, you can find us in the woods, getting trenched.

Lets be honest, Hiking Sucks! As much as you might lie to yourself, and say the exercise and the feeling of earning your turns is part of the fun, its not. Skiing down hill is what we live for. Our philosophy is why take two runs in a day of backcountry skiing, when you can take twenty. We are the tech generation, and we are going to use any and all technology we can to make our lives easier and more fun! And more turns equals more fun. Snowmobile skiing is like having a personal chairlift in the backcountry. The speed and efficiency with which you can access vast areas of terrain makes snowmobile skiing much more “user friendly” for those of us who want to ski as much as possible. Fun is our ultimate goal, and sled skiing is sinfully fun. When Squaw is tracked out and the tourists are thick, you can find us in the woods, getting trenched.

A few days ago Jason Abraham, Greg Lindsey, Cody Townsend and myself headed out to a zone just south of Lake Tahoe with almost endless ski-able terrain. After parking around 5500 feet and sledding fifteen or twenty miles on a closed road, the zone emerges. The main ski zones are around 9000 feet and these are some shots from the most easily accessible terrain. Everything we skied was doubled to the top and boot packing was minimal, no skinning necessary. We filmed this with Go Pro cameras and a point and shoot, while Jason (Abro) shot stills. Smiles were plentiful and the snow was deep. Look for more episodes from 91 Octane as the winter progresses.

Photos: Jason Abraham
Words: George Hjelte
Video: Greg Lindsey

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