On the @girosnow Instagram account, we share a lot of gorgeous imagery of jaw-dropping mountains, perfectly styled tricks, and of course next season’s Giro helmet and goggle releases with fancy new technologies and colorways … But there’s so much more that goes into these shots that you would never know about with a milli-second view, quick double thumb tap, and a swipe. That’s why we teamed up with Ethan Stone Fortier (a.k.a E-Stone, a.k.a. Stone), to get a deeper sense of what actually happened at the time he captured his rich photos last season. And although it’s true that a picture can tell a thousand words, it’s also true that a thousand words can let your imagination take you to places you’ve never ridden, make you feel like you were right there making conversation with the pro athletes who are progressing the sport as we know it today, and give you a sense that the camera is right on you, too, waiting for you to drop in. So, drop in …
Words: Ethan Stone
Photos: Ethan Stone
Every year for the past 20 years right around spring we make our way up the mellow hike across from Alta. This zone is called Valley of the Cornices due to the fact that from (almost) the top all the way to the bottom, there is a valley where amazing cornices build up without fail every season.
This has been going on since I was a young shredder looking to get photos of myself in the magazines all the way ‘til now, and I’m sure plenty of people have enjoyed the area dating as far back to when the resorts opened or when the canyon roads were made.
Depending on how the snow year was, the area would always blow indifferent. But no matter what happened, there was always cool stuff to do up there. From building Q.P.’s and hips to jumps off the cornices, all the way to riders jumping over the whole valley of the cornices and landing on the tops of the cornices and riding down the backside.
The Valley of the Cornices is a historic place for skiers and snowboarders, and I cannot even begin to count all the amazing days I have had up there over the years.