Rising Tide: The Future of Competition
In episode 11 previewing The Rise by Mountain Sports International, Maddie Bowman talks about competition
In episode 11 of Rising Tide, we preview The Rise: The Future of Competition by Mountain Sports International. The North Face athlete Maddie Bowman talks about sit down with POWDER Editor John Stifter to talk about her thoughts on slopestyle and halfpipe contests in the future…
Junk In The Trunk: Scott Komati Jacket
A puffy layer that's worth a second look
Scott Komati Jacket
MSRP: $170 (women’s)
Former POWDER intern Abbie Barronian gives you the rundown on this lightweight and versatile puffy from Scott.
The Meatheads’ New Plan
Changing the menu, Meathead Films abandon full-length ski movies for webisodes
This past fall, for the first time in over a decade, Meathead Films did not release a feature-length film. Instead, Geoff McDonald and Chris “Rooster” James have moved exclusively to the digital age with web-based projects that they are releasing on Ski The East.
VIDEO: Wyoming Shrednecks From KGB Productions
KGB goes primal in the Wyoming wilderness
You gotta hand it to the KGB boys. While everyone else in the ski media world gang-tackles the Wasatch, Tetons, Silverton, Mount Baker, and Whistler, this Jackson-based film crew sets out to discover new zones that have long been overlooked by other skiers. In the past several years, they have explored areas of Wyoming that are more likely to see slednecks, hunters and wolves than skiers. Their goal and message is simple: There are snow-covered mountains all over the world, and half the fun is exploring them to see what is possible, even if it’s right in your own backyard.
In their latest segment, “Mountain Monkeys,” they head to the remote Box Y Ranch deep in the Wyoming Range, where they use snowmobiles to access numerous virgin lines. They also have brotherly sing-alongs and howl like monkeys, which is all right and fine deep in the Wyoming wilderness. Because, really, who’s going to hear you?
Cool Your Jets: Dealing With Bob Costas
And the side effects of being on the biggest stage
A quick note to all the skiers and snowboarders up in arms about Bob Costas’ comments comparing ski and snowboard slopestyle to the Jackass TV series: Relax.
Week In Review January 10: Old People Ski More Than You
Team America wins, friends don't let friends ski in jeans, another webisode for your viewing pleasure
The guy who usually writes these, Kade Krichko, took a break this week. Apparently he was too “busy” taking a road trip with 4BI9 and got “stuck” in the airport and couldn’t “handle” writing this week. If you miss Kade, don’t worry. He’ll be back next week with all the news that’s fit for skiing’s WIR.
Backcountry Skiing in the Golden State: The Waiting Game
What do you do when you’re writing a backcountry skiing guidebook and there’s no snow? Go to Canada
What do you do when you’re on assignment to write a guidebook about skiing in the golden state and there’s no snow? Go to Canada.
FWT Courmayeur Teaser Video
The Freeride World Tour heads to Italy next week for its first stop of the season
The Freeride World Tour kicks off on Saturday, January 18 at Courmayeur Mont Blanc, Italy. Situated in the Aosta Valley at the foot of the south face of Mont Blanc, Courmayeur presents skiers with a dramatic arena in the Alps. In past years, the tour has kicked off in the United States, France, Russia, and Canada, but this year, the honors goes to Italy. This is the third consecutive year that the tour has stopped at Courmayeur. Tune in to Powder.com for consistent coverage on the FWT all season long.
Junk In The Trunk: Flylow Compound Pants
The pants you want to be wearing (and take off) when you find yourself lying next to a fire on a fur rug
Flylow Compound Pant
I’ve been skiing in the same Flylow pants for about five or six seasons. I keep trying to replace them, but each season I’ve ended up back in the same pair of pants. There are a few features that have kept me. For one, they’re durable. They’re constructed of a heavy Cordura and have held up remarkably considering I have more than 300 days in these pants. I also like the back pocket for my wallet. This has its drawbacks—namely that you’re sitting on your wallet on the chairlift. But for me, the back pocket is the natural place for a wallet. Too much stuff in my front pockets restricts movement, and putting the wallet in a jacket pocket increases chances it will get left behind if I have to run into the store on my way to the hill, or if I ditch my coat before heading to dinner or après. I also like that the zippers close down, making it less likely that they’ll work themselves open. And I like that the waist fastens with a button instead of a snap, so they don’t come undone if I unzip my fly.
This year, I found a replacement. It’s the Flylow Compound Pant. The Compound has all the features I liked about my old pants, plus a few upgrades. Instead of closing with a down-zip, the zippers are horizontal, which has all the same benefits, but without needing two hands to open them. They also added a cargo pocket. Anything heavy here will clunk against your knee, but it’s a good spot for cash, credit cards or a room key, allowing me to put my phone in my front pocket (again, where it usually goes) without having to worry about dropping my cash or card if I pull it out on the lift, or erasing my hotel key. It also works for an RFID lift pass.
The biggest upgrade, however, is in the materials. The compound uses a Polartec NeoShell, making them much lighter, more waterproof, and more breathable than my old pants. The NeoShell is waterproof to 10,000+ mm (meaning it will hold a 10,000 mm water column without leaking, the textile industry threshold for waterproof). This is useless, of course, without fully taped seams and waterproof zippers, which the compound also has. NeoShell also features proprietary membrane construction that Polartec claims to be the most breathable—allowing two cubic feet of air per minute to pass through. Because it’s so air-permeable, NeoShell breathes through convection—meaning you don’t have to get hot and steamy before it starts working. And it does this in a soft shell. The remainder of the construction, meanwhile, remains the same as my trusty old pants, with reinforced articulated knees, and Cordura-reinforced ankle cuffs.
MSP’s Days of My Youth: Black Panther
Michelle Parker's new nickname
A highlight reel of Michelle Parker from MSP’s upcoming film, Days of My Youth. Where the nickname Black Panther comes from, we have no idea. Cat-like reflexes? Cat-calls? Stealth objectives?