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The Outposts

The Outposts

Rutland- An overlooked Outpost,
Situated away from major highways,
Has been the setting for comic book superheroes,
And the backdrop for heroes of another kind, (like gold medalist Andrea Mead Lawrence)

Its railroad and high quality marble, attracted immigrant workers, that help to create this town, and to become one of the world’s leading producers of marble.

When factories closed Rutland saw its decline, but now it has its revival.

Just 9 miles east you will find Pico’s own Outpost,

Though rarely open,
Its enthusiastic patrons wait with anticipation,
For the conditions to be right.

Often overshadowed,
This little area has been preserved for over 50 years,
With its most coveted expert terrain.

We still enjoy much of what Pico has to offer,
With more terrain than most mountains in the Northeast, (almost 2000 vertical feet)
There is still plenty to enjoy.

When Pico’s oldest chair finally opens,
You know it will be a good day.

Sharing these times with friends,
Exploring the woods,
And being with family,
Few things can be better.

Skiing here is all natural,
Which makes this a special experience.

A place for die-hards
And those seeking a true adventure.
A day here will impress you.

Even though it has seen less use in recent years,
And is often forgotten
Those that have experienced it,
Would not change a thing.
This is the beauty of the.. Outpost.

“In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.” Aristotle

Thank you
@Boulder Gear and Xevo Optics for your support.

This year marks the 50th anniversary for the Outpost Double at Pico. Worth the visit!

  • Ray and Alicia Alba
  • Ray and Alicia Alba
  • Project Type:
    Short, Web / New Media
  • Genres:
    Outdoor, Adventure, Travel, Skiing, Winter
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 42 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 28, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    DSLR, Drone, Go Pro
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Distribution Information
  • YouTube
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: Internet
Director Biography - Ray and Alicia Alba

On Christmas Day 2010, our son Sandro, 6 at the time, got a freeboard from Santa. We were lucky that year, that we had a White Christmas. So he grabbed his freeboard and sled and we headed over to our local hill. There are not too many places to sled in our hood, but we had what locals called Dead Man’s Hill. A street closed off to traffic that lies parallel to a cemetery, in Washington Heights, NYC.

Our son got on his freeboard and rode down the hill like he had been doing it his whole life. Ray and Alicia had not skied in since 1997, and Ray's last trip skiing was February 1, 2001, but they could remember the feeling immediately. She looked at him and he looked at her, and he said “how about we start skiing again?” and so Alba Adventures began.

As a husband and wife team we have had no formal education in filmmaking though we have taken upon ourselves to learn this craft by trial and error, and by leveraging our photography skills to help to shoot stories. Needless to say, our work had vastly improved over the years, with many stories viewed thousands of times and us developing a small online following; knowing we still had and have so much still to learn about producing, editing and storytelling.

We now produce about a bit more than a dozen short videos a year and while we travel, particularly skiing, we often hear people yelling from the chairlift "The Alba Adventures".


To produce family ski and travel videos that will attract other families to be more active, to visit their local or distant mountains, to experience the great outdoors and to share time together skiing.

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Our stories are real, unscripted, and honest, providing you with an authentic experience.