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[ June 11, 2010 - 5:41pm ]
Portable Hot Tub
Dek: 
Because no backcountry setup is complete without a spa, right?

Feel the need to take your hot tub with you everywhere you go, even far, far away from electrical outlets? Don’t worry, someone has already figured it out.

Floris Schoonderbeek, a Dutch artist and designer, MacGyvered the Dutch Tub, which he calls “the essence of outdoor bathing.” It’s an electricity-free, movable hot tub that looks like Andre the Giant’s coffee cup. The tub is heated by a wood-burning stove and can fit four people if you’re feeling cozy. Which we’ll assume you are.

[ June 10, 2010 - 6:09pm ]
SImon the Panda
Dek: 
Win free skis and your own line of t-shirts from the world’s first and only all-bamboo ski company… if you can beat Simon the Panda. Entries due July 1.

This is Simon the Panda. Simon the Panda likes bamboo. He likes to chew bamboo, he likes to smell bamboo, and he likes to scratch himself with bamboo. But most of all Simon the Panda likes to ski on bamboo.

Just imagine how stoked Simon the Panda got when he found out that the world’s first and only bamboo ski company was holding a contest and giving winners new skis and their own line of t-shirts!

[ May 26, 2010 - 4:42pm ]
Better Off Dead
Dek: 
On May 4, the Wall Street Journal's website reported that a man was arrested for attempting to sell cocaine on Craigslist. He used the word "ski" as a code word for the drug.

We found this gem on the Wall Street Journal's website.

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NEW YORK (Dow Jones)--A New York man was sentenced to 15 years in prison for attempting to sell cocaine through classified-listing website Craigslist.

[ May 26, 2010 - 1:35pm ]
Dek: 
Harvesting corn on Vermont's Mt. Mansfield and New Hampshire's Mt. Washington never looked so good. The crews from Ski the East have released their second episode of the video series, Electric Slides.

The crew at SkitheEast.net have released a second episode of their series, Electric Slides, which documents by video exploratory ski missions around the East Coast. Here's what they had to say about this episode. "The backside of Mt. Mansfield was unreal. No resort in site and completely caked in a copious amount of snow. With the deep snowpack being rare in this zone, it was a great first time for filmer Nate and I.

[ May 26, 2010 - 1:17pm ]
Winter on Winter: Go South
Dek: 
Typically, the best advice for finding uncharted ski terrain is to "go west." But as columnist Tom Winter describes, at this time of year, the best advice is to "go south." He offers tips on where to ski in Chile and Argentina.

When Horace Greeley said, “Go West, young man,” he was referring to the vast opportunities that a relatively unexplored region offered enterprising and energetic Americans. And while he wasn’t talking about skiing, he might as well have been, because back in the mid 1800s, there were ample opportunities for first descents on all the West’s classic lines. Well, today the West has been pretty much skied out when it comes to first descents and the pristine high alpine meadows have been turned into planned ski “villages” complete with Starbucks and sushi.

[ May 25, 2010 - 4:25pm ]

Folsom's edges are 2.1 mm thick and wrap around the entire ski.

Dek: 
If you've always dreamed up quitting that 9-to-5 accounting job and moving to the mountains, now just might be your chance. Ski Magazine has a list of the 10 best jobs in the ski industry—from ski photographer to boutique ski manufacturer—with tips on how to get into that job and even companies that are now hiring.

Jordan Grano, the owner of Folsom Custom Skis, a custom ski manufacturer in Colorado, perhaps put it best when he said, "When your passion is your job, you never work a day in your life. To have a chance to affect the industry you love in a positive way and help people enjoy their time skiing is what motivates me.”

[ May 19, 2010 - 11:46am ]
Dek: 
A month ago, I was in Iceland skiing on dormant volcanoes while the Eyjafjallajökull volcano was erupting and blowing enough smoke and ash to shut down all of Europe's airports. The volcano is burping more ash now, and American filmmaker Sean Stiegemeier flew in to capture this incredible time lapse of the volcano. Check out the video here.

A month ago, I was in Iceland skiing on dormant volcanoes on the northern part of the island while the Eyjafjallajökull volcano on the southern tip of Iceland was erupting and blowing enough smoke and ash to shut down all of Europe's airports. The volcano is burping more ash now, and American filmmaker Sean Stiegemeier flew in to capture this incredible time lapse of the volcano. Check out the video here.

[ May 18, 2010 - 5:02pm ]
Dek: 
The Teton Gravity Research crew discusses the difficult line Ian McIntosh picked out and skied in eight feet of powder during a trip to Haines, Alaska, shot for the film Re:Session.

The Teton Gravity Research crew discusses the difficult line Ian McIntosh picked out and skied in eight feet of powder during a trip to Haines, Alaska, shot for the film Re:Session.

[ May 10, 2010 - 2:20pm ]
Dek: 
If you're missing winter, this will cheer you up: A European film crew heads out to get footage. Here's their edit.

If you're missing winter, this will cheer you up: A European film crew heads out to get footage. Here's their edit.

[ May 3, 2010 - 3:53pm ]
Loveland Pass, April 30
Dek: 
The season doesn’t want to die in Colorado. It’s the first week of May, and it’s dumping. Columnist Tom Winter recalls some highlights of the winter and tells you where you can still ski this spring.

The season doesn’t want to die here in Colorado. It’s the first week of May, and it’s dumping. Avalanches are pouring off the mountains and the folks who skied on Loveland’s closing weekend enjoyed powdery mid-winter conditions.

After a particularly hair-raising drive over Loveland Pass, I started thinking about weather. What skier doesn’t? I was wondering how many powder days I could squeeze out of the year, a year that was a rough one for skiers nationwide. A low tide year.