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[ August 23, 2010 - 12:18pm ]
Kyler Cooley at Valle Nevado
Jonesing for a South American ski fix? Columnist Tom Winter explores four different Chilean resorts.

Pisco. A wonderful intoxicant or polluting toxin? The question poses itself almost immediately upon arrival to Chile. Pisco is, after all, the national drink here. The water of life and the stuff that hangovers are born from. Sublime or evil? It’s hard to say. So the best thing to do is say, “what the hell” and tip your glass back, feel the liquid fire burn your throat and realize that no, you’re not in Kansas anymore.

To be honest, we’re not in Chile for the pisco, but the powder.

[ August 13, 2010 - 11:57am ]
4. Alta, Utah
Spend the winter skiing Utah for free.

Want to spend this winter skiing every resort in Utah? All you have to do is prove that you can write about it better than anyone else in the state.

Ski Utah is running a contest to find the “Ultimate Powderhound,” a blogger, videographer, and skier who wants to spend the winter writing about shredding. The winner will become part of the Ski Utah blogging team, and, most importantly, score a Silver Pass, which gets you 30 days at each of the 13 resorts in the state.

[ August 9, 2010 - 2:41pm ]
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A new bicycle computing system measures cadence, exertion, wind speed, and incline. Should we care?

This weekend, I rode the Copper Triangle- a grueling 78 miles over three mountain passes. With almost 6,000 feet of elevation gain, this quad-busting ride tours the scenic high country in Colorado. Throughout the ride, I wondered about my performance— was I climbing hard enough? Was I pushing it on the flats? What about my friend just ahead— how much power was he exerting? At home, I wanted to share my experiences- where the route is steepest, what aid station to eat most at, etc. I also felt I earned serious bragging rights.

[ July 30, 2010 - 12:09pm ]
Shane McConkey laid out.
Is skiing worth the risk? Our columnist Tom Winter looks at the benefits of the sport and why pushing yourself just might be good for you.

One of the saddest things I’ve seen lately was an interview on a Seattle television station with Steve Backstrom, Arne Backstrom’s father, a day or two after Arne fell to his death on Pisco Mountain in South America. The tragedy of Arne’s well-publicized accident in Peru and his untimely death is one that has been repeated all too often over the past 12 months: Shane McConkey, C.R. Johnson, Mark “Big Wally” Wolling (a patroller at Jackson), and even actress Natasha Richardson, who hit her head in a freak fall at Mont Tremblant and died from the accident later.

[ July 27, 2010 - 12:33pm ]
Jackson Lowers Pass Prices
Jackson Hole announces changes for next season (lower pass prices!) that promise to keep the hard core happy.

Sadly, I think I took my last run of the season at Jackson Hole yesterday. As we headed up the tram, skis in hand, we got more than a few strange looks from the paragliders, hikers, and sightseers in the box. “What are you guys doing with those skis?” asked one curious onlooker. “Going skiing, of course,” I replied, pointing toward Cody Peak and some thin ribbons of snow. With a “you must be crazy,” look, that I’ve unfortunately become all too familiar with, the onlooker shrugged his shoulders and returned to gazing over the Tetons. .

[ July 8, 2010 - 2:54pm ]
The latest, much-anticipated trailer from Teton Gravity Research features Sammy Carlson, Rachel Burks, and more.

Teton Gravity Productions released the trailer for their 2010 film, Light the Wick. Using HD and 3D technology, this film is said to break boundaries and challenge the possibilities of ski film. Traveling across Alaska, Croatia and Italy, the crew straightlines, jibs, and hucks all types of terrain, in typical TGR fashion. “Our story is to show that there’s an untamed land out there. You feel that much more alive when you take the bigger risk and make it happen.” Tree jibs and pow lines complement slow-motion aerial shots.

[ June 22, 2010 - 6:41pm ]
Mike Douglas at Whistler
Intrawest said to be in talks with Russian billionaire.

Intrawest could be selling Whistler Blackcomb, its largest and most significant property.

The resort has been in financial trouble lately. It came close to being auctioned off during the Olympics last February because Fortress Investment Group, which owns Intrawest, was struggling to pay loans.

Now, according to the Wall Street Journal, Intrawest has been in talks with Russian billionaire, Vladimir Potanin, whose company, Interros Co., is building some of the 2014 Olympic facilities in Sochi, Russia.

[ June 14, 2010 - 4:03pm ]
Jay Peak Green Jacket
Dek: contributor Tim Fater dishes on late-April powder days at Jay Peak, Vermont.

We've long admired Meathead Films and its crew's efforts to showcase East-coast skiing. Easterners are some of the most passionate skiers anywhere. If you think powder days and sunny spring skiing are purely Western phenomena, think again.

Click the link below to read skier Tim Fater's report about the late-April dump that blanketed northern New England.

Fater's full story and pictures at