Follow me on Instagram



Winter has returned briefly. Here is a little tease of something to come.

pfaceclip from Jeff Amantea on Vimeo.


Slush Cup

Today, Red resort filled up an icey, slippery hole for skier and snowboarders to skim across.  Some notable moments were: -Todd Larsen on a sit-ski with firecrackers attatched to it..

                        -Three pairs of bindings with people in them mounted on one pair of skis.

And I ended up winning... weird.



So, I ended up riding up to the hill in the rain anyways... the streak lives on!

Rainy Day.

Since it is raining outside today, I am lacking motivation to ride my roadbike up to the ski hill.  This brings an end to my 28 day streak of skiing everyday.  I am at 111 days in total - pretty good!

The RedBull Cold Rush has been going off in Retallack right now, click the link to see some craziness!


Deck Photos

This time of year brings sun, fun people, and deteriorating snow conditions to the ski hill.  On days when the skiing isn't stellar I often find myself sitting in the sun on the deck at the ski hill, possibly eating: nachos, oatmeal, ramen, poutine, or pizza.  Ali stole my camera and snapped some off some of these on such a day.


Sunny Powder!

Saturday was nice and sunny for the 45cms of light, fluffy snow we have recieved during the past week.  Here are some photos taken by Nathan.  I'll try to get my hands on some more soon.                                                                                              

I spent today rebuilding the bowl jump (BJ) with Ty and Jay, it will hopefully be ready for Thursday.  I think there will be a pretty fun session on it.


POW Skiing

Today was probably the best day of the year.
Here is a short clip from the trees to the skiers right of Link's Line.

POW Skiing! from Jeff Amantea on Vimeo.


Rail Edit and Funny Video

Skiing on Some Rails. from Jeff Amantea on Vimeo.

Fat-y-Pus Skis.

So there was a Fat-y-pus demo at the hill the other day and being my curious self, I was intrigued by their excessively fat skis. After getting Anna Hogarth to sign a waiver for me (thanks! - it's weird that I'm a legal adult, can vote, pay taxes, buy porn, but I can't sign my own waivers!!?) I hopped on a pair of their 194 "D-senders" - their longest, stiffest ski.
I have to say I had a slightly negative bias toward these skis just because of their corny name and marketing techniques, but these skis definitely blew my expectations away. They are super stable and damp, and surprisingly light for how damp they are - I could pop little 3s off the ground easily. They hold an edge really well and I didn't notice any tip flap (I don't really watch my skis while I'm skiing...). I think they would be just fine in the trees, they definitely felt shorter than my 190 Rubys which perform fabulously in the trees. I would definitely buy a pair of 194's, despite only skiing them in a few conditions, they seem like a very versatile, well rounded ski.

p.s. check back for a little rail sliding edit from the past couple days.


Spelunking on Red Mountain

A fun springtime activity for young Rossland locals is exploring the many old mines on Red Mountain.

It gets pretty dark inside.

Cool! – Tue Mar 2, 10:00 am ET
The massive 8.8 earthquake that struck Chile may have changed the entire Earth's rotation and shortened the length of days on our planet, a NASA scientist said Monday.

The quake, the seventh strongest earthquake in recorded history, hit Chile Saturday and should have shortened the length of an Earth day by 1.26 milliseconds, according to research scientist Richard Gross at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.

"Perhaps more impressive is how much the quake shifted Earth's axis," NASA officials said in a Monday update.

The computer model used by Gross and his colleagues to determine the effects of the Chile earthquake effect also found that it should have moved Earth's figure axis by about 3 inches (8 cm or 27 milliarcseconds).

The Earth's figure axis is not the same as its north-south axis, which it spins around once every day at a speed of about 1,000 mph (1,604 kph).

The figure axis is the axis around which the Earth's mass is balanced. It is offset from the Earth's north-south axis by about 33 feet (10 meters).

Strong earthquakes have altered Earth's days and its axis in the past. The 9.1 Sumatran earthquake in 2004, which set off a deadly tsunami, should have shortened Earth's days by 6.8 microseconds and shifted its axis by about 2.76 inches (7 cm, or 2.32 milliarcseconds).

One Earth day is about 24 hours long. Over the course of a year, the length of a day normally changes gradually by one millisecond. It increases in the winter, when the Earth rotates more slowly, and decreases in the summer, Gross has said in the past.

The Chile earthquake was much smaller than the Sumatran temblor, but its effects on the Earth are larger because of its location. Its epicenter was located in the Earth's mid-latitudes rather than near the equator like the Sumatran event.

The fault responsible for the 2010 Chile quake also slices through Earth at a steeper angle than the Sumatran quake's fault, NASA scientists said.

"This makes the Chile fault more effective in moving Earth's mass vertically and hence more effective in shifting Earth's figure axis," NASA officials said.

Gross said his findings are based on early data available on the Chile earthquake. As more information about its characteristics are revealed, his prediction of its effects will likely change.

The Chile earthquake has killed more than 700 people and caused widespread devastation in the South American country.

Several major telescopes in Chile's Atacama Desert have escaped damage, according to the European Southern Observatory managing them.

A salt-measuring NASA satellite instrument destined to be installed on an Argentinean satellite was also undamaged in the earthquake, JPL officials said.

The Aquarius instrument was in the city of Bariloche, Argentina, where it is being installed in the Satelite de Aplicaciones Cientificas (SAC-D) satellite. The satellite integration facility is about 365 miles (588 km) from the Chile quake's epicenter.

The Aquarius instrument is designed to provide monthly global maps of the ocean's salt concentration in order to track current circulation and its role in climate change.


Best Nachos in the World!

I'm serious, the large nachos in Rafters at Red Resort are completely worth the $16.

The minor towers next to the citizen.