Week In Review: Africa Goes Ski Racing

Argentinian mountain babes! Tanner Hall for the people! Tornado Selfies!

All the news fit for skiers the week ending August, 29, 2014.

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Real Emails About Real Ski Backcountry

Two POWDER correspondents share their thoughts on ESPN’s Real Ski Backcountry competition

Have you watched these Real Ski Edits? Seven skiers (Sean Pettit presumably was number 8, but dropped out due to an injury). Seven edits. One winner.

It’s time to break them down, one by one, for Powder.com in a back-and-forth email chain reminiscent of Simmons v. Gladwell over on Grantland. Hope you’re wearing your Columbian soccer jersey, amigo. It’s about to get loco, son.

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Southern Dispatches

Super gringos Griffin Post and Drew Tabke do South America

We’ll hopefully be in the mountains in less than 24 hours, camping in a remote backcountry area that’s supposedly holding good snow: untouched August snow easily justifying any hassle that comes along with finding powder.

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GoPro All Day Battery by Brunton — Junk in the Trunk

It keeps going, and going, and going, and going

It’s a juice pack that clips onto the case of your GoPro HERO3+ and gives your camera up to four times the battery life.

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VIDEO: Colter Brehmer’s Fugue State

The new kid to the Bridger Brigade has his priorities straight

Things came together for Colter Brehmer last season. Originally a park kid from Sun Valley, Idaho, Brehmer spent last season hitting the road and chasing pow from Montana to Wyoming to Canada and back.

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The New Teton Lift

Jackson Hole’s new chairlift for 2015-16 will dramatically shift how people ski the mountain

It’s more than a year out, but a new lift is going up in Jackson Hole. Spanning 1,600 vertical feet, the Teton Lift, a high-speed quad, will be ready for the 2015-16 season, providing skiers access to what has so far been accessible only via hiking.

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VIDEO: What Drives Clayton Vila?

A short doc on Clayton Vila's devotion to street skiing and perfection

Clayton Vila is finally taking hold of the reins. Vila has filmed with production companies like Stept, TGR, and Poor Boyz but always felt like he had to cede a little too much creative control to larger forces. This fall, the 23-year old will drop his first solo film project, Five, fo’ free on the interwebs. This 11-minute documentary shines light on Vila’s past, how he views himself as a skier, and why he decided to self-direct and self-produce his own film. If Vila goes as hard on this film as he has on his face—and there’s little doubt the self-proclaimed perfectionist will—my fingers are poised and ready above my mouse to stream the shit out of this.

Here’s an interview about Vila’s idea of a good day—pounding the pavement sunup to sundown until he nails the trick, perfectly.

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The Trailer Park

Every single ski movie trailer of the season, parked right here for your viewing pleasure

May we present the 2014-15 Trailer Park, where every single ski movie trailer is parked in one spot. So you can kick back on this hot summer’s day, crack open a cold can, and start daydreaming about the first snowfall. Be sure to check back regularly because we’re scanning the Internet on the daily to find all the trailers as soon as they drop.

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The Spiel on El Niño

We know winter is a ways out, but we couldn’t resist

There’s a particular tree, a big Cottonwood, that grows on the side of the main road in my hometown. We call it the Snow Tree and it’s said that the first snowfall won’t come until it loses all of its leaves. I trust that tree more than I trust rumors of El Niño, especially in summers like this one when predictions of El Niño are rampant. I realize I might be a little jaded—as a skier in California, I’ve learned to be skeptical until there’s fresh snow in the driveway. So I called a forecaster I could trust, Joel Gratz, of OpenSnow.com, a skier’s kind of weatherman. Here’s what Gratz had to say about the winter ahead. (Although I still have more faith in that tree.):

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Dynafit Borax Jacket – Junk in the Trunk

Lightweight, insulated, and great for storm day missions

Say Dynafit, and chances are, you’ll think tech bindings. However, skiers packing for mountain missions should keep the German ski company on their radar for outerwear, too. One piece worth eyeing is version 2.0 of Dynafit’s Borax insulated jacket.

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