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Mountain Culture

Back in the Day

Back in the Day
Matt Wood Illustration
Yeah, yeah, I skied a few times back home in high school. I’ll be fine.

What was to be the birth of my ski career began with a bold-faced lie at the base of Arapahoe Basin. Growing up in the suburbs of Chicago, I spent my winters making snow forts, playing pond hockey, rooting for the Blackhawks, and thinking that my home “mountain,” with its 230 vertical feet, was the epitome of extreme snow sports.

Bode Miller to Sue HEAD USA

Bode Miller to Sue HEAD USA
Bode Miller Withdraws
Bode would like to make a comeback sans HEAD skis.

Bode Miller is sueing HEAD skis after making the decision to return to ski racing.

Miller left HEAD in 2015 after deciding to no longer ski race. Having signed a termination agreement that prevents him from racing on a competitors skis for two years, he is now trying to overturn the agreement to return to World Cup competition.

Ambulances on Their Backs

Hunter Mortensen and avie dog Tali in the Patrol HQ on Breckenridge Mountain.
Hunter Mortensen and avie dog Tali in the Patrol HQ on Breckenridge Mountain.
A fast toboggan ride down is no longer patrol's first response.

BRECKENRIDGE SKI PATROLLER HUNTER Mortensen says it never fails. The instant patrol responds to someone seriously sick or injured on the hill, a doctor skis by.

The Life of a Big-Mountain Competitor

Join freeride skier and adventure traveler Nick Steers as he competes in the Freeride World Qualifiers at some of the world's best ski resorts.

Meathead Films Shreds the East Coast

East Coast ski film crew, Meathead Films, set out to ski every inch of their homeland as possible. See?

Working for the Weekend: Season 2, Episode 2

Living Legend: Klaus Obermeyer

Humble. Energetic. Wise. Three words that describe the 96-year-old pioneer.

When Klaus Obermeyer started skiing 93 years ago, he skied on thin pieces of chestnut wood. The wood was from an old crate used to carry oranges. He nailed a pair of his buckle shoes to them with a couple of inches of nail sticking through the bottom, and tied one end of a string around the tips, and the other around his knees to create ski tips.

“When you’re three, you’re not a very good carpenter,” Obermeyer says.

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