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[ March 19, 2010 - 12:28pm ]
Bec De Rosses, Verbier
Dek: 
The final stop on the Freeride World Tour takes place Saturday on Verbier, Switzerland's ominous Bec de Rosses. Judge Tom Winter tells us what the venue looks like in person and how the athletes are feeling before tomorrow's event.

It’s spring here in Verbier, Switzerland. The sun pounding down out of a topaz sky. After three events on the Freeride World Tour, this is what we know: Anyone can take control of the overall championship here, it is just that tight at the top of the standings. I have been discussing this and other permutations with the judges. Nicholas Hale-Woods has just announced that the final stop of the Freeride World Tour will go off as scheduled, tomorrow.

[ March 18, 2010 - 2:23pm ]
The Klymit Vest
Dek: 
Keep warm with gas.

Although it’s only 15 millimeters thick when fully blown up, Klymit’s new inflatable vest is equivalent in warmth to puffy, 300-fill synthetic insulation yet it’s as thin as a fleece jacket. Scuba divers have used argon, a dense noble gas, for years to insulate drysuits. Nate Adler, who founded Klymit in Ogden, Utah, saw argon’s potential for winter clothing after a diving trip. Klymit’s vests are inflated via an argon canister. If you get too warm, twist the release valve on the chest and let out some gas.  [$225; klymit.com]

[ March 18, 2010 - 1:09pm ]
Dek: 
It's early for ski-movie trailers, but Poor Boyz Productions has a sneak peek of their September 2010 release, called Revolver. Check it out here.

It's early for ski-movie trailers, but Poor Boyz Productions has a sneak peek of their September 2010 release, called Revolver. Check it out here.

[ March 18, 2010 - 12:17pm ]
Eben Mond at Loveland, Colorado
Dek: 
Don't be fooled by the warm weather: A big storm is heading toward Colorado, where it'll slam four to nine inches of snow into the Front Range. Our snow forecaster is predicting powder days at Winter Park, Loveland, Vail, Steamboat, and Aspen.

A fast moving cold front still on track to sweep through the Rockies late on Thursday and last well into Friday night especially over areas near the Continental Divide in Colorado. The front is a bit east of the Wasatch so accumulations there will only be in the 4-9 inch range by Friday. The Tetons will also see light snow on Thursday evening and Friday. The brunt of the storm is going to slam the Front Range of Colorado on Friday night and early on Saturday when the winds shift to the Northeast (Saturday might be deep at Winter Park, Eldora, or perhaps Loveland).

[ March 11, 2010 - 2:29pm ]
Powder Turns at Crystal Mountain
Dek: 
We've waited all winter for these storms, and finally, in March, they have arrived. Washington, Oregon, BC, Utah, Colorado, and California are all getting snow this weekend. Check out powder-day forecasts here.

A sigh of relief for the Northwest after an extensive dry spell comes to an end: A powerful storm will stall over western Washington, Oregon, and BC today through Friday evening bringing snow totals to 12-24 inches by Saturday morning. Mount Baker at 7:30 AM today had picked up five inches in the past four hours and it just started to snow at Crystal Mountain. Snow levels will be very low making for mid winter conditions. I would pick Friday for storm ski pick of the week.
 

[ March 9, 2010 - 2:00pm ]
Dek: 
So you may never huck cliffs like pro skier Julian Carr, but that doesn't mean you can't see what it feels like to ski fast and furious in Wolverine Cirque, a notorious zone in Utah's backcountry. Check out this helmet cam footage Julian sent us.

So you may never huck cliffs like pro skier Julian Carr, but that doesn't mean you can't see what it feels like to ski fast and furious in Wolverine Cirque, a notorious zone in Utah's backcountry. Check out this helmet cam footage Julian sent us.

[ March 8, 2010 - 2:03pm ]
Winter on Winter: Locals
Dek: 
Our online columnist, Tom Winter, talks about the local ski bums he's met around the world who have shown him their secret stashes. And one, in particular, who didn't.

The other day I was on a chairlift with a “hardcore” local. This individual had all the trappings of “coreness”: The duct tape on the pants, the avalanche gear strapped to the pack, the fattest skis, and the chip on the shoulder. This “local” of course, moved to the ski town in question and the chairlift that we were riding less than 10 years ago. But, man, was he core and cool and wasn’t shy about letting me know how core and cool he was.

[ March 8, 2010 - 1:47pm ]
Snowbird Powder
Dek: 
It may be almost spring, but that doesn't mean winter is over. The Stormchaser is predicting several inches of snow around Colorado and Utah this week.

Our pattern of splitting southern storms continues as 4-6 inches fell today in the southern San Juans, 3 inches at Telluride (as of 3 pm), and 2-3 inches in the northern Utah mountains. The bulk of the moisture is just now approaching the four corners and should see enhanced snowfall tonight into Monday afternoon however limited to areas favored by southerly flow (Durango, Silverton, Wolf Creek, Taos). These areas should see between 8-11 inches by late Monday. Telluride should only see 4-7 inches additional dumpage.

[ March 7, 2010 - 10:14am ]
Sierra Designs Prima Fusion
Dek: 
If you're a fan of the warmth of a puffy down jacket but don't want all the bulk or the risk of overheating, we've found your solution: a brand new hardshell with insulated patches on the inside of the jacket only where you most need the warmth.

I like wearing a down jacket when I'm skiing on really cold days. But I usually overheat after a few runs and wish I had a hardshell on instead. Plus, have you tried skiing in a down jacket on a really wet, stormy day? You end up looking like you're wearing a soggy sleeping bag. The good news: I think I might have discovered the solution to this predicament. I had a chance to test out Sierra Designs' new Prima Fusion Jacket. This jacket is new for fall 2010—so it's not even on shelves yet.

[ March 4, 2010 - 6:44pm ]
Scott Powd-air
Dek: 
Scott USA’s new backcountry freeride ski, the Powd’air, will hit shops next fall—but we got a chance to ski it today at Snowbird, Utah. Here’s what we thought.
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