Week In Review: Big Sky is Where Dreams Become Reality
Plus: Crazy POV! Shots fired in PC! The FWT hates North America! Cute old guys! And alcohol-fueled-adrenaline!
Park City sandbox fight, Jesper Tjader has brass ones, Big Sky music videos, North America snubbed by FWT, Skibowl apparently likes to party and Obama knows his spins.
Finally! April Powder in the Sierras
Last week at Mammoth was that the best skiing of the season
Finally, after the second significant storm of the sorry 2013-14 Sierra season, Mammoth was skiing like we normally know it. Locals called it the best week of the season, conditions resembling mid-winter. The trees and mini-golf lines off the backside around Chair 14 held cold snow. The trees of the Avy Chutes off Chair 22 protected the fresh snow from the standard Sierra wind. It felt like winter, except it was the first week of April, with the Final Four, Masters, and Easter on the horizon.
“It’s Probably One of the Best Jumps Ever”
At Nine Knights, it's not a competition but Oscar Wester still took first place in the big air
Indeed, after four separate triple corks were thrown and landed among several unique features, Zacek’s vision became reality, highlighted by 17 year-old Swiss skier Luca Schuler tossing silky smooth double cork 720s. Who knew a double could be thrown with such style, the speed of his rotation looking so slow and effortless.
Meanwhile, Swede Oscar Wester won the big air, with Schuler in second and fellow Sweded Jesper Tjader in third. Not to be outdone, Tjader threw a massive double back flip, transferring from one jump to the next. That’s pretty ridiculous, as it looks like gravity doesn’t apply to the Swede.
Junk in the Trunk: F-stop Loka UL
A lightweight photo bag for the backcountry
The Loka UL is essentially a lighter version of their regular Loka, a large daypack that’s been a mainstay in the line for years. To minimize weight, f-stop did things like punch holes in the hip belt and take away straps and accessories. Without any cameras, the bag weighs just a kilo, or 2.2 pounds—more than a pound lighter than the original.
Pavillard-Cain, Jillson Win Subaru Freeride Series at Big Sky
Big Sky marked the last stop of the Freeride World Qualifier season
The hopes of aspiring 2015 Freeride World Tour athletes hung on the Headwaters venue on Saturday at Big Sky Resort, Montana. The event marked the final stop of the 2014 Subaru Freeride Series (SFS) and Freeride World Qualifier (FWQ) season with athletes eager to earn valuable points necessary to advance to the sport’s elite competition level, the Freeride World Tour (FWT).
Week In Review: The Grand Reverse
Coors Light gets tight with urban skiing, SEABA closes for the season, and Mount Bohemia
All the news that’s fit for skiing the week ending April 4
VIDEO: Vermont Backcountry
The latest Working for the Weekend episode follows the snow to the Green Mountains in Vermont
Ben Leoni is doing it right once again, taking advantage of his weekends to find the best snow on the East Coast. The latest from Meathead Films.
Junk In The Trunk: The Archive Collection
Smith Optics' Archive Collection sunglasses and goggles are a legit throwback to the golden years
To embrace their upcoming 50th anniversary, Smith Optics dug out old frames from 1988, 1991, and 1993 and put those models back into production.
VIDEO: Scot Schmidt
Everyone looks up to Scot Schmidt, even Mike Douglas.
As Mike Douglas says, Scot Schmidt, the original freeskier, influenced us all. So Douglas took a road trip to visit Schmidt at the Yellowstone Club to see whether Schmidt still has it at 52. The answer is obvious. If anything, he’s got it figured out more than ever, living slopeslide and skiing every single day.
VIDEO: Park Edit du Jour
Back from the Olympics and doing their thing
Who would guess that Joss Christensen and Torin Yater-Wallace were in the Olympic spotlight a month ago? Now that the hype has died down, they’re back to doing their thing in Park City with Peter Adam Crook.