Deer Valley Celebrity Skifest 2014

celebs skiiing

It was fun AND competitive

This afternoon on your local CBS station, the CBS Sports Spectacular: Deer Valley Celebrity Skifest is showing. We attended the event as guests of Deer Valley to ride, hang out with the celebs, watch a Lady Antebellum concert, and take some photos. Like these….

DV Celeb Skifest: Alysia Reiner Amy Ackker

DV Celeb Skifest: Alysia Reiner and Amy Ackker of Orange is the New Black and Person of Interest

Giancarlo Esposito and the Crab Wizard from Breaking Bad and the Deadliest Catch

The annual Celebrity Skifest pairs former Olympic ski legends with television and film celebrities for an exciting weekend of skiing, live music and fundraising for Waterkeeper Alliance, the fastest-growing grassroots environmental movement in the world. Waterkeeper defends communities against anyone who threatens their right to clean water—from law-breaking polluters to unresponsive government agencies. So it was celebs in Park City and a couple of cyclists (us), having fun and protecting water. A pleasure to attend, and as I posted this week, the snow conditions weren’t great for skiing, but were for snow biking!

slopes good

Conditions good for snow biking

Our host hotel was Goldener Hirsch where we enjoyed apres ski with yodelers and before that, a tasting with High West Distillery, and dinner at Mariposa.

Lady Antebellum

Lady Antebellum performed

More photos are posted on G+ and Flickr, including celebs, and the bikes we rode.

High West Distillery

The best of High West

Snowy Singletrack

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While the switch back to road starts tomorrow and before we ride in Maui next week, still thinking about single track in the snow on fatbikes. The rest of that story is being saved for an issue of our magazine.

Huggacast Shorts: Fatbike Slopestyle


We rode fatbikes on the slopes in Park City and it was SUPER FUN.

Velo Gingerbread Haus


We attended the annual Westin Seattle Gingerbread event, made our Velo Haus, and then … wait for it…Santa showed up. In this crazy, mixed up, f’d up world, it was good to have some fun with children like Izzy that believe in what the holiday season is about.

Fizik Volta R1 Saddle Reviewed

Fizik Volta R1 Saddle

The Volta saddle is perhaps the most striking saddle in Fizik’s lineup, at once familiar and stunningly different. It’s deep flanks harken back to the days of the Selle San Marco Supercorsa or Selle Italia Turbo, yet the Volta’s visual lines are brutishly simple and sharp, as if Fizik had extracted and purified the essence of cycling in the 1980s.

Fizik is a brand that appeared less than two decades ago under parent company Relle Royal; the new flagship brand fuzed the latest technology and materials with innovative style, and promptly joined companies like Selle Italia and Selle San Marco as a marquee name in the high-end of the market. Fizik models such as the Alliante became trendsetters, while the Arione is destined to be a Fizik signature for decades to come. Fizik rode to success with modern designs that all fully embraced the aesthetic of lightweight and low-profile shell as displayed by the Selle Italia’s slightly earlier saddle Flite, a smash success in its own right. But not every rider has found a happy perch atop these low profile, ultra-modern seats like a Doritos chip dusted with foam padding. Is there something about the ergonomics of those older designs? Or have the 1980s finally become a stylistic touchstone for cycling, a Golden Age of Cycling for the millennials? Yet while Selle San Marco and Selle Italia are restarting production on the revered favourites from the past, newcomer Fizik had to invent their own retro “classic”. And thus became the Volta.

Fizik Volta R1 Saddle

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