Kapp Singer is both lucky and talented. Having learned to telemark ski at a very young age from SCARPA athlete, Danny Walton, he took a liking to the sport and happens to be extremely good at it too. Last month, at 12 years old, he had the privilege to travel to Greenland on a ski trip. Needless to say, it was a “mindblowing” experience and Kapp was excited to share some of the trip highlights with us.
From the time I saw those telemarkers throwing down awesome turns I knew that I had to have that experience. My family and I were in Sun Valley, Idaho; I had been seeing lots of telemarkers on the local mountain, Baldy. The next week I rented a pair of telemark skis that were way too big (I was 7 at the time and there wasn’t a pair of skis small enough that I could rent). The first day I went out there I tried to pick up the style by myself with my dad along side (he wasn’t much help though, considering he wasn’t a very experienced tele skier). I had quite a bit of trouble and I asked my dad if there was some kind of instructor. The next day my dad had set up a lesson with Danny, who he had met through our friend. Once we started, I was hooked; we skied all day and the next day also.
Every year since then, I would ski around with Danny and he would teach me cool tricks like skiing the spine and we even made a couple of videos. He would tell me to ski with rhythm, like reggae was playing in my head. When I would ski with Danny, he would take me around and introduce me to world class skiers that he knows. Over the 5 years that I have been skiing with him I have had the privilege of meeting Reggie and Zach Crist and other awesome skiers. Danny changed me and the way I ski dramatically and I owe him a HUGE thanks!
I was lucky enough to go with Danny to Greenland this last April. Below I’ve picked five of my best ski days ever from our trip.
Thursday, April 19, 2012
This morning at 9:10 we left Copenhagen to go to Kangerlussaqq, from there we connected to Maniitsoq. In Maniitsoq we got on the boat and set off for one of the bays that are right off the arctic ocean. After the long day of travel we headed out at about 4:00 p.m. to start skiing. The terrain here is absolutely mind blowing; there are no trees and a giant granite formation coated in ice rises up from the sea. But the craziest thing I thought, was that we got to ski on these. Our first run was a west facing slope with shin deep, slightly heavy powder, that we thought was awesome. But we didn’t know what we were in for in our last run. A long treeless expanse of feather light snow. Every other turn I made in the powder sprayed me in the face, and as soon as I thought it was over, I would look down and there would be another shot just waiting to be skied. My TX Pro’s worked perfectly in my Dynafit bindings and the molded liner kept me comfortable (my feet at least; after 10 turns my legs were starting to burn like crazy but I had to keep going, it was so fun). I would just like to finish off today by saying that skiing in Greenland is like no other place I have ever skied.
Friday, April 20, 2012
This was the deepest snow I have ever skied in my twelve year life, and no one told me to keep my mouth closed, so deep snow, plus open mouth, equals lots of eaten snow. A 2,600 foot pitch of knee deep powder was our first run. I also brought the GoPro helmet camera out but with all of the snow flying in my face the lens got covered up, so I only have a couple of turns filmed. We took a couple more runs after that, some on west and south facing slopes and there was small sun crust that was tough on my quads to ski, but we took a run in the shade after that. Because Greenland is so far north, it gets dark really late here. We finished up skiing at 6:00 and it never really gets that dark. It only gets about as dark as it is at sunset so we can have long skiing days.
Saturday, April 21, 2012
The Big One is a 4,500 vertical foot run that seemed like it never would end. The heli landed about 1,000 vertical above a glacier, and we skied that as our first and second runs of the day, but the third run was one of the most unparalleled runs of the day. When we landed all I saw was a huge expanse of snow and I thought in my head, ‘too bad we can’t ski that.’ Well, it turned out I was wrong, we did get to ski that. The snow was not too deep but light enough so that I could make small turns. Yesterday we skied the deepest powder I have ever skied, and today I skied the longest run I have ever skied.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
The skies were too cloudy to fly again today so we went on another tour. Going up I was just looking down at the skin track in front of me. If I looked ahead I wouldn’t be able to see where I was going. The worst part was skiing down. I was skiing blindly and hoping I didn’t hit a rock, but there was lots of snow so all I had to do was ski in the general direction of the person in front of me and I could lay down a couple of tele turns. The light was so flat that when Mark Miner hit a rock it catapulted him forward, and he hit his face on the edge of his ski. He got some cuts on his face but after they were cleaned he was fine. When he got back to the boat some asked him,
“Did you catch an edge and hit a rock?”
He answered, “Nope. I caught a rock and hit an edge.”
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Today we repeated a lot of runs but that doesn’t really matter when it snowed a foot, and it was so much more fun on my tele gear. The NTN system gave me the power to drop my knee way down and it also gave me the stability to keep balanced on Super 8, the longest run we did today. Because today was our last day we tried to cram in as many runs as we could, we got 8. On our last run of the day we probably skied every type of snow there is. Corn, powder, ice, even slush! I skied down to the heli, got in the front seat and skiing in Greenland was over, but it was an awesome trip. I was sad to leave but I needed to get back home to school.
Thank you so much to SCARPA for letting me blog and to Pete Patterson and Kevin O’Rourke for being awesome guides on this trip!