Week In Review: Sochi Slopestyle Gets Rowdy and Sun Valley Lift Burns

NWS announces avalanche warnings, Sean Pettit edit, and Vail lift lines visible from outer space

All the news that’s fit for skiing from the week of February 3 to 7, 2014.

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Rockslide Blocks Access To Silverton

Silverton Mountain guides sacrifice skiing to help open Red Mountain Pass

No one was hurt, but the rockslide was the biggest natural event in recent history on Highway 550’s Red Mountain Pass. Immediately following the rockslide, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) cleared the rock on the highway and fixed the holes in the road that night. But their work was far from finished.


Junk In the Trunk: PrimaLoft Down-Synthetic Blends

How warmth works in a dark, cold, snowy place like Revelstoke

How warmth works with the new PrimaLoft down-synthetic blends in a cold, snowy, place like Revelstoke.


Salomon Freeski TV: Wendy Fisher is Supermom

This one goes out to all the skier moms

If there’s anyone who shows that you can do it all, it’s Wendy Fisher. A ski-racer-turned-big-mountain-pro, Fisher has won nearly every big mountain skiing award there is. Her priorities changed since having two boys, but she’s proving that moms can ski huge lines, too. In this episode of Salomon Freeski TV, which won Best Short at the 14th Annual POWDER Awards, Fisher discloses her honest emotions about going from rock star skier to busy mom.


VIDEO: Tiny House Tour, Winter’s People

An ode to the long lives of skiers

When we’re born, we’re all destined to become something. Some of us are lucky enough to become skiers.

Throughout our lives our interests in skiing evolve, from following our parents around the hill to racing, park, and backcountry exploration and ski mountaineering. Skiing then becomes a piece of our life that we inevitably share with our children, grandchildren, and friends. Skiing becomes who we are; It becomes our culture.

As a young child, there is so much promise in the future. We look up to our ski idols, race our older siblings, and we dream of the skiers we will someday become. Entering adulthood, we lose a bit of our youthful anticipation. Skiing isn’t about what kind of skier we will become, it is about the skier we are that day. Our fulfillment goes only as far as imagining what we are accomplishing in that phase of our lives. We don’t see our future in skiing beyond today’s big line.

But one thing overlooked is skiing as a life path. We don’t realize the enjoyment we find when our buddies throw us a high five after a first descent or landing a new trick might be topped by moments that are yet to come. When we’re in our twenties and thirties, we might not realize we still have so much of this ski life left to live.

We can look around at the skiers who used to push it in the mountains, but now have families and see they’re happy. Sharing skiing with their kids is the equivalent of making turns for yourself on a powder day. As life goes on, those skiers retire from their jobs and turn into men and women that make it up to the mountains every day, all winter long with new and old friends, enjoying après beers. They become people charging downhill at eighty, even ninety-years old. They have enjoyed skiing throughout their lifetime, every step, every phase, and through every age. They are winter’s people.

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The Storm Troopers at OpenSnow.com

A group of armchair forecasters are predicting powder across more terrain than ever

The six guys who study the sky for mountain communities across the country aren’t concerned with a 10-day-party-cloudy kind of forecast. They care about one thing—big winter storms.


Week In Review January 30: Mariachi Ski Racers and Comp Round Up

Vice premieres freeskiing doc, panty park session, Palmer Lift remains open all January for the first time,

Vice premieres freeskiing, movie, panty park session, Palmer Lift remains open all January for the first time,

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The Low Angle Cure for Sadness

The Odds Are Good: When 25-degree meadow skipping fights back the sad and the scary

There has been a lot of talk lately about blame and shame, and how to process the consequences after an avalanche. You can be theoretical and analytical about snowpack and slope angle and group dynamic, but it’s harder to quantify sadness.


Behind The Cover With Chris Tatsuno

February cover boy Chris Tatsuno puts the fun in skiing, one spraffy at a time

Since making the cover of the POWDER February issue, Chris Tatsuno has become a sex god, pioneer of fun, expert beer chugger, and legendary ski bum. Or actually, he has always been all of those things. But now he can add cover boy to the list.

Pick up a copy of our February issue, on newsstands now, or click here for the digital version.


Junk In The Trunk: The Rebirth of Wool

Wool is warm, doesn't smell (as much), and is a great mid-layer

Nowadays dozens of outdoor brands are back to relying on this natural fiber, and below are five of my favorite pieces I’ve been using this winter to stay warm.


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