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posted by in soul brothers, soul sisters on Nov 26, 2015 .

El Niño :: Southern Oscillation refers to the cycle of warm and cold temperatures, as measured by sea surface temperature, SST, of the tropical central and eastern Atlantic Ocean. El Niño is accompanied by high air pressure in the western Pacific and low air pressure in the eastern Pacific.

There's a lot of hype going into the 2015-2016 Winter. The Pacific Ocean temps are shockingly warm, significant storms are brewing, and the Western United States are due for a drought-buster after 3 lack luster snow years. However, there's only one way to find out if El Nino is truly going to bring us the powder days we're looking for...wait...

posted by in reviews, soul brothers on Oct 19, 2015 .

Soul Poles athlete Martin Lentz had a killer winter last season, and here is the proof! Keep an eye out for Martin this season as he competes on the Freeride World Tour and shreds our favorite Little Cottonwood Canyon ski area, Alta Ski Resort.


Martin Lentz 2015 Season Edit from Martin Lentz on Vimeo.

Soul Poles, Pret Helmets, Discrete Clothing, Fischer Skis

posted by in reviews, soul brothers on Oct 07, 2015 .

Soul Poles, and the Soul Shop, have a vibe and culture that truly need to be experienced hands-on. From the moment you walk in our door and smell the bamboo to building your own poles in our manufacturing space, we want to share our home with you. Take a brief tour with our founder, Bryon Friedman, to learn more about who we are, where we came from, and why we build the best custom bamboo ski poles in the world.


We hope this peak into the Soul Shop inspires you to stop by when you are in Park City, UT. Whether to just say hello or build your own custom bamboo ski poles, we’d love to share our Soul with you.

After 5 down days with some aggressive standby and one false alarm, the weather seemed to be turning from dark and stormy to blue bird and calm. The dawn patrol film crew from Stellar Media, led by veteran photographer Will Wissman, were first in the field with the likes of Tanner Hall and Todd Ligare. Tanner and Todd chose a zone called Caffeine Ridge as their mission that morning, little did we know we would be following them in after a run or two of filming. 

The excitement was palpable and our group was geared up and ready to be first in the field post film crew. We drove from town up the two lane highway that parallels the...

Even when all the forces align and the conditions appaer to be perfect, the conditions really aren't perfect. Especially in big mountain terrain. There are too many variables, too many terrain features, too many temperature changes, and too many layers to the equation. The inconvenient truth is that it's a science of educated guessing, and as the weather becomes more unpredictable so does the snow. On our first day in the field above the Chilkat River the conditions were far from perfect. Debris piles were stacked up everywhere the eye could see, the mountains were alive and active, and we had no choice but to take it very easy on low...

posted by in soul brothers, soul sisters on Jun 28, 2015 .

Outside of Juneau, Alaska lies a sleepy town where the Chilkat River enters the Pacific. Life moves slowly there, the inhabitants are tuned into their day to day lives and exude a friendliness that is simple and honest. It's not overbearing, it's just there. They seem happy. They open their bars, their restaurants, their yoga studios, and even their homes to us vagabonds that show up for only a few weeks a year in a quest to find that one special moment where time slows down to a near stand still, and everything makes sense. Many of us plan a year or two in advance hoping that the week we choose brings conditions we've seen in all the...

posted by in reviews, soul brothers on Jun 28, 2015 .

Oddly, heli skiing feels a lot like downhill racing. Long days of waiting for weather to clear, the good 'ole hurry up and wait firedrill that keeps us alert. All the while trying to conserve energy while combatting an overwhelming feeling of excitement and anticitpation for the risk and reward that lies ahead. Inevitably if you schedule a downhill weather will present itself, and the same rule applies for heli skiing.

After waiting it out for 6 days of rain, snow, sleet, and late nights at the Fort Seward Lodge, a group of retired downhill skiers, including the likes Olympic downhiller Reggie Crist and 2-time National...

posted by in soul brothers on May 26, 2015 .

When Andrew Rumph first stepped foot in Soul Poles' headquarters in Park City, Utah he didn't seem like the normal freeskier type. Andrew is soft spoken, humble, respectfull, and has an obvious souful vibe about him. We liked him right away but what really impressed us was his positive outlook on just missing qualifying for the Freeride World Tour. Heading into the last event of the Freeride World Qualifier series Andrew seemed to have his spot locked down after a win in Crested Butte. All Andrew needed was a top 10 finish at the final stop at Kicking Horse where his fellow Soul Poles teammate Martin Lentz took the win. Unfortunatley...