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[ April 30, 2010 - 1:26pm ]
Dek: 
The Tahoe area recently got another 14 inches of new spring powder. Here's a point-of-view video of Tahoe skier Jon Rockwood on an early morning backcountry mission on Tahoe's West Shore.

The Tahoe area recently got another 14 inches of new spring powder. Here's a point-of-view video from Unofficialsquaw.com of Tahoe skier Jon Rockwood on an early morning backcountry mission on Tahoe's West Shore.

 

[ April 29, 2010 - 1:16pm ]
Dek: 
The East Coast is getting hammered with snow again. And Sugarloaf, Maine—one of the last remaining open ski areas in the East—put together this powder day video from yesterday, when they picked up 8 to 10 new inches.

The East Coast is getting hammered with snow again. Sugarloaf, Maine—one of the last remaining open ski areas in the East—created this powder day video from yesterday, April 28, when they picked up 8 to 10 new inches.

[ April 28, 2010 - 5:16pm ]
Dek: 
We have no idea why, but for some reason, a German TV show and soundtrack album called Après Ski Hits has become hugely popular. Maybe it's the live performers or pop-like musical hits. Or maybe it's the tall, blond, German women dancing around on the stage. Either way, here's a glimpse into what the Germans think of as "après ski."

We have no idea why, but for some reason, a German TV show and soundtrack album called Après Ski Hits has become hugely popular. Maybe it's the live performers or pop-like musical hits. Or maybe it's the tall, blond, German women dancing around on the stage. Either way, here's a glimpse into what the Germans think of as "après ski."

 

[ April 27, 2010 - 11:39am ]
Maine Surf
Dek: 
For a posse of hardcore Maine winter-storm surfers, the answer is easy.

"I personally stay warmer in the water than I do on a chairlift."  —Chris Cary, Maine winter-storm surfer

Chris Cary says it all at the beginning of this video we found on No Umbrella. For Maine coast surfers, the surf is often better in the middle of winter, and if you live on the southern Maine coast, the surf is closer than the ski hill.

[ April 27, 2010 - 11:35am ]
Snowbird Late-Season Powder
Dek: 
Just when you thought winter was coming to an end, the entire country is getting pummeled again. Utah's Wasatch is expecting 18 to 20 inches of new snow, Maine is getting nailed with nine inches, Colorado's Front Range is getting another dusting, and California's Sierra is calling for 14 to 20 inches. Head to Snowbird, Squaw Valley, A-Basin, or Sugarloaf—which are all still open—to get the goods.

Over a dozen resorts remain open, as an epic April continues to extend the season in many areas. The next winter storm has characteristics of something we might see in mid March and yet somehow it's almost May and we are going to see low snow levels and 14-20 inches at many resorts especially the northern Sierra and Wasatch.

[ April 26, 2010 - 5:03pm ]
Panty Tree
Dek: 
Lift improvements at Vail, Colorado, mean an end to the resort’s famous panty tree.

This off-season, Vail will replace Chair 5—its three-person lift out of the Back Bowls— with a new, faster quad. This seems like good news. But about 100 to 200 trees will be cleared to make room for the new lift, and sadly Vail’s iconic panty tree is one of them.

The aspen tree, which is covered with bikini briefs, bras, and Mardi Gras beads, has been a landmark in the Back Bowls since the ’90s. Several years ago, Grand Marnier even ran a print advertisement that read, “You just recognized a pair of panties in the Sun Down Bowl tree… The conversation is waiting.”

[ April 26, 2010 - 12:12pm ]
Dek: 
We'll never grow tired of watching big crashes on skis—as long as nobody gets hurt, they're always entertaining. To make matters even more entertaining, here's a video of a naked guy on skis throwing a massive front flip to a huge slam.

We'll never grow tired of watching big crashes on skis—as long as nobody gets hurt, they're always entertaining. To make matters even more entertaining, here's a video of a naked guy on skis throwing a massive front flip and slamming into the ground.

[ April 22, 2010 - 7:38pm ]
Dek: 
A video blog of skiing Vermont's Mt. Mansfield this spring and other adventures.

A video blog of skiing Vermont's Mt. Mansfield this spring and other adventures.

[ April 22, 2010 - 4:34pm ]
Leyti Seck
Dek: 
Our sport's appeal extends beyond countries with wintry climates. Here's a compilation of Olympic athletes from nations that barely—or never—see a snowflake.

We found this old blog post on mentalfloss.com. It's always exciting to see skiers from warm places really givin' 'er. But not all these guys are actually from warm places—maybe they have some parental connection to another country that doesn't normally host Winter Olympic athlete contingents and therefore a chance to compete at the highest level. Whatever, excuses can be made about anything. Just nice to see these guys sharing the passion.

[ April 21, 2010 - 6:43pm ]
DOMA Coffee Roasting Company
Dek: 
The coffee machine in the office is broken today and I'm jonesing for a cup. So let's talk coffee.

Based just east of Spokane, Washington in Post Falls, Idaho, DOMA Coffee Roasting Company does it right, offering the finest fair trade, certified organic, direct relationship coffees. They buy their beans directly from farmers that they have a personal relationship with. The result is that they pay higher than fair trade prices for their crops actually treating their farmers well to insure a continued relationship and support. DOMA roasts their coffee using an eco-friendly roaster that uses 80% less natural gas helping to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions by 39,000 pounds per year.