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[ March 3, 2010 - 9:53pm ]
Dek: 
Squaw local Tim Dutton placed sixth at Monday's Freeride World Tour competition at Squaw Valley. Here's a helmet cam shot of his run.

Squaw local Tim Dutton placed sixth at Monday's Freeride World Tour competition at Squaw Valley. Here's a helmet cam shot of his run.

[ March 3, 2010 - 11:22am ]
Dek: 
Last season, skiers Will Wesson and Andy Parry, with the help of Line Skis, set out to document their winter in a way no ski movie had done before: no helicopters, no trips to Alaska, just two guys and a camera driving around the U.S. Here's the latest webisode, where Will and Andy return to the West Coast and plan an 1,800-mile trip that will take them from Utah to Colorado to New Mexico.

Last season, skiers Will Wesson and Andy Parry, with the help of Line Skis, set out to document their winter in a way no ski movie had done before: no helicopters, no trips to Alaska, just two guys and a camera driving around the U.S. The webisodes they've created have received over 200,000 views. Here's the latest one, where Will and Andy return to the West Coast and plan an 1,800-mile trip that'll take them from Utah to Colorado to New Mexico. For the rest of the episodes, check out www.LineTravelingCircus.com.

[ March 1, 2010 - 11:08am ]
by Tom Winter
The future looks bright for the Nissan Freeride World Tour.
Photo by: Tom Winter
Dek: 
After an aborted attempt to run the Freeride World Tour big-mountain competition on Squaw Valley's Tram Face on Sunday, blue skies and untouched snow mean the competitors are heading to Silverado today. Judge Tom Winter predicts we'll see the future of the sport emerge: park tricks mixed with big-mountain terrain from skiers like Candide Thovex.

After yesterday’s very correct decision to hold off on the Tram Face venue here at the third stop of the Nissan Freeride World Tour at Squaw Valley, everyone is pumped to see the athletes do their thing. Given that today is dawning with clear skies and no wind, it looks as though we’re going to see the volume cranked up and the event shift out of standby mode.

[ February 28, 2010 - 6:48pm ]
by Tom Winter
Tram Face Slide
Dek: 
As of this morning, the plan for the Squaw Valley stop of the Freeride World Tour was to let competitors tackle the infamous Tram Face. But then poor snow conditions led to a change of plans and today's run was can canceled. Instead, the event will move to Silverado tomorrow. Judge Tom Winter gives us the details.

As any kid will tell you, there’s nothing worse than getting a gift on Christmas, only to have it taken away. While today wasn’t quite Christmas, it did seem that those of us at Squaw Valley got the gift of a lifetime when the resort’s notorious Tram Face was given the green light from ski patrol as “good to go” for today’s Freeride World Tour competition. But then, in a cruel twist of fate, that very same gift was stolen from us.

[ February 28, 2010 - 1:18am ]
by Tom Winter
Tram Face
Dek: 
Freeride World Tour Judge Tom Winter checks in from Squaw Valley, where it's currently dumping. The competition is slated to occur on Sunday with the number one ranked male skier, Candid Thovex, skiing first.

Editor's Note: Early Sunday morning, the organizers of the Freeride World Tour made the decision to hold today's competition on the Tram Face.

[ February 27, 2010 - 9:07pm ]
Powder Day at Crested Butte Comp
Photo by: Eben Wight/MSI
Dek: 
Our storm forecaster has good news: It's snowing in the Sierra and more snow is heading toward the Rockies. Here's a full report for this week.

The chase for powder is on. I just pulled into the Sierra where it's dumping at upper elevations and raining at lake level. The central and southern Sierra should pick up an additional 7-11 inches by Saturday as snow levels drop. The word on the street is that Squaw never opened the upper mountain on Friday so things should be buff under some freshies from tonight.
 

[ February 26, 2010 - 5:26pm ]
Dek: 
It's not too often that I find myself saying, "Man, I wish I was there" about the east coast. But after seeing this POV footage by Nathan Steinbauer from this weeks’ storm at Smugglers' Notch, Vermont, I said exactly that. Nice to see some good old-fashioned high-speed tree skiing on a Friday afternoon.

[ February 23, 2010 - 9:47pm ]
Here's today's snow report from Silverton Mountain, Colorado: Mid Mountain Base: 125” New Snow 24 Hour: 20” New Snow 48 Hour: 20” New Snow 72 Hour: 24” Unguided skiing at Silverton starts April 2, so head there for spring powder.
Dek: 
Our storm forecaster is calling for up to a foot or snow in southern Colorado, the Sierra, and the Wasatch. Here are details of this week's weather.

Active week ahead will bring moderate snow to the Northern Rockies on Wednesday and Thursday and perhaps heavier snow this weekend favoring south where over three feet accumulated last weekend. Aspen, Wolf Creek, Silverton, Crested Butte all saw the best freshies of the year with over 40 inches of deep over a three-day period. Face shots were plentiful. My chase took me to Aspen Highlands where they saw three powder days in a row and storm totals in the 30 inch range.

[ February 23, 2010 - 3:00pm ]
by Scott Gornall
Transcend Goggle
Dek: 
New eyewear from a Vancouver company offers an electronic heads-up display while you're skiing.

As we move further into the 21st century, skiing and technology have become inextricably linked. Jackets have designated iPod pockets. Helmets have Bluetooth-capable headphones. GPS and altimeter watches keep track of your location. But this…this is just ridiculous. I’m talking about Recon Instruments’ new Transcend goggle—the only piece of skiing-specific protective eyewear to have a digital heads-up display.

[ February 22, 2010 - 9:47pm ]
by Tom Winter
The Tipping Point
Dek: 
Every season has a tipping point. The moment when, suddenly, the mountain is filled in, the snow is deep, and the rocks and stumps vanish under a cold white blanket. This moment happened for me last Friday, the first day of an epic three-day binge of low visibility, constant snowfall, soft turns, and backcountry hikes.

Every season has a tipping point. The moment when, suddenly, the mountain is filled in, the snow is deep, and the rocks and stumps vanish under a cold white blanket. This moment happened for me last Friday, the first day of an epic three-day binge of low visibility, constant snowfall, soft turns, and backcountry hikes.