This ski is sitting by the door, waiting for the mountains to open.
Now that the snow is sticking in the mountains we’re waiting with bated breath to see which resort is going to open first, and starting to think about those first few icy, crowded turns. Even if the snow is man-made, and you end up sharing half a run with the entire population of metro Denver, skiing is skiing. Our pick for skis on the first day out is the Blizzard M-Power FS IQ Max, a high-performance carver that’s still easy to ski.
Know what always looks good? Sharks. And, if you so desire, you can ski with a shark’s mouth across your face all season thanks to Canadian company, Airhole.
I’ve had an aversion to face masks since my childhood days of snot-crusted Turtle Fur, but lately, especially on super windy days, I’ve been starting to think they aren’t such a bad idea. But I’m picky, and I only want one that isn’t made of moisture-holding fleece, or a bro-ed out bandana.
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.
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.
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.
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. .
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.