In case you missed us at the Blastathon 2012, Ralph put together a nice edit of a great day. We are making great progress towards achieving our goals and everyone had a lot of fun too!
The Arne Backstrom Memorial Fund especially wants to give huge kudos and our heartfelt thanks to Clem Smith for organizing and coordinating this wonderful event. We also want to thank our hosts at Village Ski Loft and our sponsors who are listed in the post below. More pictures are posted here and here.
2nd Annual Blastathon weekend. This year will even bigger and better than last!
PLEASE READ! LOTSA INFO!
DAY 1:On Saturday 9/29 we will have a massive group SUP paddle starting out of Willards Sport Shop in Tahoe City at 9 am. Registration will start at 8. There will be boards available for rent if need be. Great lunch and beers provided by Sierra Nevada afterwards! Call Willards Sport Shop with any questions or please post in comments.
DAY 2: Mountain Bike Mayhem! We will be shuttling groups of people from the Village Ski Loft to the Mt. Rose Meadows/Tahoe Rim Trail to the Chimney Beach Downhill section finishing on the east shore. Specialized Bicycles will be providing 2013 model demo bikes.
Registration is 8am-9am both mornings at either Willards or Village Ski Loft
Cost is $30 per day or $50 for both. Includes 1 raffle ticket each day, catered lunch, and refreshments, and a limited edition Patagonia event T-shirt.
The Aguille du Midi was one of Arne’s favorite things and Chamonix was one of his favorite places. “Going left” off the Aguille was probably one of Arne’s favorite runs – as shown in this photo taken by Christian Pondella May 16th 2010 after skiing.
Below is a an excerpt from a for Patagonia written by Arne:
“It should be encouraging to all that the smoothest, best skiers on the mountain are almost always the older guys and gals who have perfected the art of matching speed and turn shape with snow and terrain. With the right amount of power and control, skiing is low impact, a great workout, and can be practiced for a lifetime. I plan to do so, but my biggest concern is rising temperatures and unpredictable weather patterns. Most skiers have already noticed that things are getting weird, with feast-or-famine snow years and wild weather. Though it may make for a great season here and there, it’s disturbing and indicates that we need to change our ways so that our sport may continue in as many places as possible. Skiers have special incentive to do their part with responsible energy consumption and helping the environmental movement gain momentum.”
“Wilderness is not a luxury, but a necessity of the human spirit.” –Edward Abbey
We concur with Arne’s beliefs about our planet and are dedicated to providing opportunities for all children to engage in outdoor activities, environmental education and awareness.
This has been an unusual winter – Squaw Valley recorded it’s most snow ever. We had three climax avalanches at Crystal Mountain taking down mature trees. Here is a New York Times editorial discussing some of the hindrances to behavior change and scientific progress towards a better understanding of our planet.
Greetings from the Backstrom Family. And a special thanks to those individuals and families who have contributed to the fund. Our IRS application for 501c3 Exempt status was approved, effective October 14th , 2010. Donations on or after that date are deductible.