Backcountry Skiing in the Golden State: Desolation Wilderness

The higher you get, the higher you get

From the summit, we could see that the deeper and higher peaks in the distance—a place called Desolation Wilderness—were completely plastered with Sierra cement, like cream cheese frosting spread on the side of a layer cake. While the lower elevations had seen mostly rain, the mountains in Desolation were as fat with snow as either of us had seen in recent years. Without hesitation, we hatched a plan to head out for one of the classic Desolation tours the following day.

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POWDER is Hiring a Graphic Designer

Graphic Design your thing? Dream about InDesign? Love skiing? Apply for this job.

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POWDER Magazine is looking for a full-time graphic designer to work on a contract basis from June 2 to October 1, 2014. You will report directly to Art Director Mike Taylor and help him with projects that are directly related to Volume 43 of POWDER Magazine and POWDER’s various digital mediums, including, Facebook, and other social channels. Qualified applicants should send their resume and a cover letter directly to Taylor at


Video: Pep Fujas Night Skiing Pow

From Nimbus Independent, Raw 1.6

The latest glimpse behind what Nimbus Independent is up to.


Rules of the Road

Thoughts from behind the wheel

Around this time every year, I find myself writing about the road. It happens to coincide with the same moment that people begin looking around their local mountains and ski hills and comparing how much of the white stuff has fallen there with everywhere else in the country.



Eight skiers with long-ish hair will get perms if they can raise $10,000 for High Fives

It all started with former POWDER Editor Derek Taylor, who successfully raised nearly $2,500 for High Fives by getting a perm two years. Taylor did the fundraiser in memory of C.R. Johnson, who could rock a solid fro. Inspired, Taylor went into the salon and asked the stylist to give him the tightest curls possible.


FWT Finals at Verbier

Ducroz, Anthamatten, and de le Rue highlight wild card additions

Only the highest ranked 12 male skiers, five male snowboarders, five female skiers and four female snowboarders on the 2014 FWT overall rankings have qualified for the finals on the dauntingly steep and frighteningly jagged 500-metre rock face of the Bec des Rosses. Tension is rising over who will take home the four Freeride World Champion titles. The titles will be awarded using the four best results of the 2014 FWT season, including Verbier, for male skiers and snowboarders, and the best three results, including Verbier, for female skiers and snowboarders.


Week In Review March 14: Drug-Packed Skis Busted and Destructive Slide at Crystal

Kicking Horse pow day POV, Mount Ashland still waiting for opening day, I Ski NY, Intrawest launches new collective pass

Kicking Horse pow day POV, Mount Ashland still waiting for opening day, I Ski NY, Intrawest launches new collective pass


Video: Canadian Pride

Rob Heule and Mack rented an RV and hit the road for 40 days to film Meanwhile In Canada

The idea was simple enough: Travel over 5,524 miles to cover the length of Canada from the Pacific to the Atlantic, fueled by Tim Hortons coffee and doughnuts, and hit as much metal and concrete as possible along the way.


Junk in the Trunk: Warm Digits in the Backcountry

OR’s new heated gloves are made for cold days out of bounds

Outdoor Research recently announced that it’s launching a pair of heated backcountry gloves (Fall ’14), the Stormtracker Heated Gloves, that should help most of us keep our fingers warm.

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Video: Working for the Weekend, Episode 3

The White Mountain Chutes

Sometimes you get out there and you’re rewarded with untracked, blower snow and prime conditions. Other times you get out there and you’re rewarded with rain crust mank. But skiing is still fun either way. For all those weekend warriors, let Ben Leoni inspire you to just get out there. In the third episode of Working for the Weekend, Leoni heads to the White Mountain Chutes.

Read more about what’s new with Meathead Films’ and their new direction to stick to the world wide web.


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