Dean Cummings heads East
Dean Cummings heads East
A few weeks back, steep-skiing pioneer Dean Cummings, owner of H20 Guides, stopped by the Skiing office to show off his new line of skis and talk about his film, which documents two of Cumming's recent first decents in Alaska's Chugach Range. He's been touring the west with his film and skis, and has just announced a couple of Vermont stops. Read the press release below for more info. —SB
Big Mountain Heli-skiing, Fat Skis Land at Stowe, Stratton
Steep skiing icon Dean Cummings introduces powder skis that carve too
Valdez, AK – The unexpected combination of big mountain heli-skiing and fat skis are coming to surprise the East this Christmas as steep skiing icon Dean Cummings presents his new skis and new movie at Stowe and Stratton Mountain ski resorts.
Cummings, former US Freestyle Ski Team Captain, World Extreme Skiing Champion and Alaska heli-skiing pioneer will be touring ski areas around New England this holiday season to showcase his signature line of skis and his newest ski film, “The Steep Life.”
“The Steep Life” chronicles how Cummings’ lifelong commitment to skiing leads to epic solo first descents this past spring of Meteorite Mountain and The Tusk in Alaska’s storied Chugach Range.
More proof of his commitment to skiing is H2o Outdoor Gear, the company Cummings founded last year to bring to the Lower 48 products developed and tested to perform and withstand the rigorous ski conditions of Alaska’s imposing Chugach Range.
H2o’s ski line includes three models of skis in three different lengths all designed to perform well in any snow condition. The hybrid powder and carving skis range in width from the Tazlina, at 108mm underfoot, to the Kodiaks at 120mm and the Karen’citos, 133mm. Until now, conventional thinking presumes fat skis designed for the endless powder fields of Alaska won’t perform on the hard snowpack commonly found at ski areas of the eastern US. Cummings assures skeptics that his skis’ unique Lay Down Technology has created "the most forgiving ski for the greatest variety of conditions on the market today” that will carve up the slopes in the East as efficiently as they shred the deep powder in Valdez.
The Tazlina, Kodiak and Karen’cito models are available in a choice of three lengths each with a unique and corresponding radius that works to optimize performance. The custom handmade wood core skis, made in the USA, are built for all environments: Big Mountain, All Mountain, Backcountry and Resort.
Cummings realizes skiing is believing which is why he’ll make his skis available to visitors on the slopes of Stowe and Stratton.
Dec. 20 Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum, 6 p.m. “The Steep Life” film and award-winning Be Snow Smart avalanche safety program. $5 cover benefits the museum.
Dec. 21 Stowe Mountain Resort. Ski with Dean; meet at 4 Runner Quad for laps from 10 – Noon and 1:30 – 3:30. Those wising to demo the skis themselves can do so by stopping by Today’s Edge on Mountain Road, Dec. 21 only. No charge.
Dec. 27. All day. Ski with Dean and demo the skis from 1 – 3:30 p.m. Meet at the ski school private lesson meeting area. Screening of the “Steep Life” film begins at 5 p.m. in the West Wing of the Base Lodge. Hosted by Stratton Activity Hub. No admission fee.
Participants at all events can collect a coupon with details on how to enter a drawing for a free trip for two to Cummings H2o Guides heli-skiing operation in Valdez, AK.
About Dean Cummings. New Mexico native Dean Cummings has been pushing the limits of big mountain skiing since 1991. Many of his most impressive ski achievements have been documented in nearly 50 films by such noted ski industry media as Warren Miller Entertainment, Teton Gravity Research and Matchstick Productions. In 1996, Dean founded H2o Guides and ever since, has been pioneering safety protocols and opening up uncharted terrain within the 2.6 million acres he has permitted within Alaska’s Chugach Range. In 2011, Dean founded H2o Outdoor Gear with a vision of bringing to the Lower 48, ski equipment developed in the demanding outdoor laboratory that is his backyard in Valdez, AK.