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[ February 15, 2010 - 1:10am ]
Lorraine Huber FWT
Dek: 
The second stop for the women on this year's Freeride World Tour traveled to Fieberbrunn, Austria. Lorraine Huber, an Austrian who placed third, gives us an update on the big-mountain competition.

At the start of the winter, I was lucky enough to receive a wildcard for the second – of a total of four – Freeride World Tour women’s stop, the Scott Big Mountain Fieberbrunn in Austria. The contest, also a Freeride World Qualifier for the men, took place this weekend in generally good weather conditions. The quality of the snow on the Wildseeloder face was good, however due to the lack of a good snow base, options were limited to three to four main lines. As many competitors discovered, there was often only a thin layer of snow on relatively rocky terrain.

[ February 11, 2010 - 4:43pm ]
Julia Mancuso, Visa
Dek: 
Sure, the TV coverage of the Olympics is cheesed up by human interest stories. But it's the Olympics, for heck's sake. Pull our your mini American flags and plop yourself down on the couch to cheer for American skiers the way other countries get behind theirs. This is part two of a debate answering this question: Should we care about the Olympics?

The 2010 Winter Olympics start tomorrow night in Vancouver. We asked two writers—one who loves the spirit of the Games and another who thinks the Olympics are an overrated media blitz—to stage a debate about whether the Olympics even matter anymore. Read side one of this argument: The Olympics: I'm Just Not That Into It. Then read below for the counter argument. And now we'll pose the question to you: Do you care about the Winter Olympics?

[ February 11, 2010 - 4:00pm ]
Jean-Baptiste Grange
Dek: 
The 2010 Winter Olympics start tomorrow night in Vancouver. We asked two writers—one who loves the spirit of the Games and another who thinks the Olympics are an overrated media blitz—to stage a debate about whether the Olympics even matter anymore. Here's side one of the argument. And now we'll pose the question to you: Do you care about the Winter Olympics?

The 2010 Winter Olympics start tomorrow night in Vancouver. We asked two writers—one who loves the spirit of the Games and another who thinks the Olympics are an overrated media blitz—to stage a debate about whether the Olympics even matter anymore. Here's side one of the argument. And now we'll pose the question to you: Do you care about the Winter Olympics? Let us know in the comments section below.

[ February 11, 2010 - 1:39pm ]
Dek: 
Pro skier Julian Carr has been known to front flip off 200-foot cliffs in the Utah backcountry. Here's some helmet cam footage he shot doing just that—plus some bonus footage from Northern Escape Heli skiing.

Pro skier Julian Carr has been known to front flip off 200-foot cliffs in the Utah backcountry.

[ February 10, 2010 - 1:40pm ]
Dek: 
The opening ceremony of the Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver is Friday night and what better way to pay tribute to America's best hope for Olympic gold in women's ski racing—Lindsey Vonn—than showing off her video from the recent Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue.
[ January 25, 2010 - 11:01am ]
Nicolas Hale Woods
Dek: 
Due to heavy snow and high winds, the Freeride World Tour stop in Russia has been canceled and moved to Chamonix, France. Judge Tom Winter checks in from Krasnaya Polyana.

When a fast moving storm that dropped heavy snowfall and high winds, Nicolas Hale-Woods, head of the Nissan Freeride World Tour, was forced to cancel the Freeride World Tour stop here in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. The Chamonix stop of the FWT is scheduled for Saturday, January 30th, and they will reschedule and relocate the Russian stop to take place the next possible day in Chamonix using the start list established in Sochi. 

[ January 21, 2010 - 10:25am ]
Candide at Bib Draw
Dek: 
Freeride World Tour judge Tom Winter gives us a behind-the-scenes look at some of the top athletes competing at this week's Freeride World Tour in Russia.

To understand how the Freeride World Tour differs from similar, competing events, it’s best to start out with the athletes. While other freeride tours have good skiers—excellent skiers, in fact—the FWT has the best. The start list here at Krasnaya Polyana is awash with the hottest ski and snowboard talent of this generation. How good are these guys? Let’s take a look at a few of the competitors here:

[ January 20, 2010 - 3:49pm ]
The top of Krasnaya Polyana.
Dek: 
The first missive from Freeride World Tour judge Tom Winter as the world's top skiers prepare to throw down at Russia's Krasnaya Polyana.

The first thing you notice when Austrian Airlines flight 615 comes streaking in above the Black Sea toward the airport of Sochi, Russia, are the palm trees. Palm trees! Is this really Russia? But the palm trees are real. Sochi is known for its balmy weather, and while the beaches are empty in January, they fill up in the summer with vacationers who flock to this Black Sea resort, a place that rightfully has a reputation as one of the country’s hottest spots to see and be seen.

[ January 9, 2010 - 8:25pm ]
Revelstoke Comp Start
Dek: 
Today's scheduled finals of the Canadian Freeskiing Championships have been postponed until tomorrow due to high winds and poor visibility. Weather permitting tomorrow, the top-performing athletes will be taken by helicopter to the top of Revelstoke's Mount Mackenzie. Our blogger, Paul Sliker, checks in despite still being loopy from suffering from a concussion the day before the competition.

We woke up to a couple inches of snow this morning in downtown Revelstoke, the site of this week’s Canadian Freeskiing Championships, the second stop on this year’s Freeskiing World Tour. Though any snowfall is good news for a big-mountain comp, the significant fog covering the upper parts of the mountain is not.

[ January 8, 2010 - 6:23pm ]
Revelstoke Comp Venue
Dek: 
The Canadian Freeskiing Championships are happening right now at Revelstoke, BC. Our blogger (who's recovering from a concussion) checks in on the results from the first qualifying day and updates us on the venues for today and the finals tomorrow.

I get off the one-month old shuttle service that runs me from BC’s Kelowna Airport into downtown Revelstoke and gaze up at Mount Mackenzie.