It was the sort of once-in-a-lifetime idea that only comes to you in the backcountry, when you're all hopped up on powder and running desperately low on effervescent malt beverages. Chapman Wilcox, a large-medium artist and the self-described "big thinker" of the group, had envisioned working on such an enormous canvas during a lengthy meditative episode ("I was pretty much high on post-powder endorphins," he says). But it took the combined efforts of the entire party to brainstorm such a succinct yet powerful message. Smoke 'em if you got 'em seemed too long, no one could remember how to spell Hefeweizen, and only Steve wanted to write Amy, take me back. Then the epiphany struck like a truckload of High Life.
Sure, luck plays a role in life. But 29-year-old pro skier Hadley Hammer has proven that if you want something, you better go effing get it.
I called up Doug Chabot, the director of the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center, to basically ask, “What the hell is happening?”
From California all the way to the French Alps, high avy danger has resulted in accidents all over the world this week.
Lone snowboarder killed on Pyramid Peak.
According to www.thelocal.fr, twelve people have died in avalanches in the French Alps in January.
Associate editor PaddyO went to Japan with SASS Global Travel and, well...it was good. It was so, so good. Here's the footy for the boys.
Xavier De Le Rue, Ralph Backstrom, and Sam Anthamatten drop onto alaskan lines via some sort of fan-powered flying machine. And it's amazing.
Japan's Rishiri Island is one giant mountain. The views would be great if you could, you know, actually see.
Tragic accidents happen. But sometimes staying alive is a commitment you make to the people who love you.