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[ April 1, 2010 - 6:13pm ]
Dek: 
Candide Thovex, winner of the overall Freeride World Tour 2010 title, with Enjoy Studios released their much anticipated second edit of Candide Kamera 2. See it here.
[ March 31, 2010 - 11:07pm ]
Jake Sakson
Photo by: Megan Michelson
Dek: 
Another late-winter storm is blasting the West right now and our storm forecaster is on a quest to ski powder from the same storm in Washington, Utah, and Colorado. Can he do it?

The pattern continues to evolve into a major winter storm for the Rockies as everything is now coming together for an epic dump for Wednesday-Friday. I set out to achieve the powder trifecta: a three-state powder chase during the same storm. First, I flew to Seattle on Monday night and was blessed with up to 26 inches of dry face shots at Crystal Mountain on Tuesday. Crystal is reminiscent of a smaller scale Snowbird with fewer crowds and a good array of long steeps giving lots of continuous laps of freshies. The snow quality can be excellent as long as snow levels are below 2,500 feet.

[ March 31, 2010 - 5:56pm ]
by Mark Lesh
Glop on Skins
Photo by: Mark Lesh
Dek: 
Snow stuck to the bottom of your skins is one of the quickest ways to take the fun out of a day in the backcountry. Here's how to stop the glop and keep it fun.

Glop Stopper Skin WaxThere is no more soul-crushing experience while skiing in the backcountry than lugging ten pounds of snow stuck to the bottom of your skins while you’re trying to ascend that couloir you’ve had your eyes on all season. When the snow heats up in the springtime your skins get wet. Cross some cold snow in the shade and bam, you’ve got snow glopping to the bottom of your frozen skins.

[ March 29, 2010 - 4:08pm ]
by Mark Lesh
Scarpa Maestrale
Photo by: Mark Lesh
Dek: 
Scarpa ups the ante with the lightest four-buckle touring boot on the market. We took them out for a ride.

The Scarpa Maestrale, weighing in at three pounds, six ounces (size 27) is an extremely simple, lightweight four-buckle touring boot that’s capable of driving a beefier ski and accommodates a more aggressive, big-mountain style. The most unique element of the Maestrale’s design is an asymmetrical tongue system that is riveted to the side of the instep, allowing the tongue to roll away from the boot for easier entry and exit. The riveted tongue also helps the boots’ overall stiffness and its smooth power transmission.

[ March 29, 2010 - 1:34pm ]
Loveland March
Dek: 
Our weather forecaster is calling for more big storms this spring, everywhere from the Pacific Northwest to the Wasatch to the Rockies. It's not too late to ski powder—get to Mount Baker or Crested Butte or Snowbird this week.

Spring has sprung where temps are expected to reach the high 70s by Tuesday in Denver however don't put the boards away yet as a powerful storm is going to pound the Northwest Monday and Tuesday with lowering snow levels and 9-15 inches in many spots (Mount Baker could be deep by Tuesday morning). The Sierra will see 8-14 inches by mid-week primarily up north. The low pressure tracks over Wyoming on Tuesday morning with very high winds from the Southwest favoring areas such as Grand Targhee and Jackson Hole with moderate snow likely during the day (3-6) and evening (4-8).

[ March 26, 2010 - 3:13pm ]
Dek: 
It's Friday. We know you're probably wasting the afternoon surfing the web at work. Carry on and watch this stop motion video by Karim Rejeb to properly waste your boss's time.

[ March 25, 2010 - 12:47pm ]
Ski The East2
Dek: 
We love watching good ski footage from the East Coast, which is why we're excited that Ski The East has teamed up with Rossignol and Trew Gear to present a series of online webisodes called "Electric Slides with Erme Catino." Erme and friends spent their winter driving around the East Coast looking for good lines (including power lines!) they could access via a bootpack or skin. Here's the first episode.

We love watching good ski footage from the East Coast, which is why we're excited that Ski The East has teamed up with Rossignol and Trew Gear to present a series of online webisodes called "Electric Slides with Erme Catino." Erme and friends spent their winter driving around the East Coast looking for good lines (including power lines!) they could access via a bootpack or skin. Here's the first episode.

[ March 24, 2010 - 1:44pm ]
Dek: 
This past weekend, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, hosted the Ski Mountaineering National Championships, where 82 randonee racers clad in tight suits and super lightweight skis climbed and descended 7,850 feet in less than three hours. Check out this video to see how it all goes down (including their climb up Corbet's Couloir!).

This past weekend, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, hosted the Ski Mountaineering National Championships, where 82 randonee racers clad in tight suits and super lightweight skis climbed and descended 7,850 feet. Breckenridge's Pete Swenson won for the men with a time of 2:26:26. Dynafit-sponsored Monique Merrel won for the women with a time of 3:12:32. Check out this video to see how it all goes down (including their climb up Corbet's Couloir!).

[ March 22, 2010 - 2:03pm ]
Powder at Snowmass
Dek: 
Our snow forecaster is calling for up to 10 more inches of powder to fall this week in the Northwest and Rockies. Plus, he makes predictions on which resorts will be the ones to hit this weekend.

Precipitation is on tap for the next seve days in the Northwest and Rockies. Most of the best snow will be seen in northern Colorado and areas of Wyoming as a series of cold fronts sets off snow showers Tuesday, Wednesday, and again this weekend. A third and perhaps stronger system is expected early next week.

[ March 21, 2010 - 10:59am ]
by Tom Winter
Verbier XTreme
Photo by: Tom Winter
Dek: 
On Saturday, the women skiers and snowboarders tackled Verbier, Switzerland's Bec de Rosses to compete in the final stop of the Freeride World Tour. Norway's Ane Enderud repeated her victory from last year, Jackson Hole's Jess McMillan took second, and wild card entry Julia Mancuso, fresh off her two Olympic silver medals, took an impressive third place. Judge Tom Winter reports.

It’s hard to describe in words how intense the face of the Bec de Rosses, and the riders who challenge it, are. Saturday started rather unpromisingly, with rain in the village and low clouds cloaking the top of the venue. But the weather blew out, allowing both the women skiers and snowboarders to get their runs in. Notable was the presence of Julia Mancuso, the U.S. Olympian. But it was Ane Enderud’s day as the Norwegian skied flawlessly to repeat her heroics from last year here, and win the women’s ski division again.