Rising Tide: Scot Schmidt
Exclusive POWDER interviews tease "The Rise," a 13-episode story about the history of freeskiing by TNF
In this exclusive interview series, POWDER Editor John Stifter sits down with the stars of “The Rise,” The North Face’s new 13-episode story about the history of freeskiing, told through the lenses of Teton Gravity Research, Sherpas Cinema, Stept Productions, and Mountain Sports International. In this first installment of “Rising Tide,” Stifter talks with Scot Schmidt about the early days and the mislabeling of extreme skiing to where we are today. Check back in the coming weeks to see interviews with Tom Wallisch, Maddie Bowman, and Nick Martini.
The first episode of “The Rise,” will air tomorrow, here on PowderTV.
Remembering Magnus Kastengren
Andreas Fransson on the death of his climbing partner
On Sunday, November 3, experienced Swedish ski mountaineer Magnus Kastengren fell to his death while descending New Zealand’s Mount Cook. He and Andreas Fransson, also an accomplished skier and mountaineer, had spent the last few weeks exploring New Zealand’s Southern Alps, one of a multitude of trips they had taken together. Fransson explained the circumstances surrounding Kastengren’s passing on his personal website, in an honest and raw post. His words provide compelling insight into the loss of his close friend as well as the life he and other mountain athletes lead.
The Waiting Is the Hardest Part
The Odds Are Good: How To Survive November
It’s November that’s a real son-of-a-bitch. Each snowfall adds up, but it will still be a while before the getting is good.
The 100th Episode of Salomon Freeski TV
Dedicated to the memory of Magnus Kastengren
Salomon Freeski TV dropped their 100th episode today and dedicated it to the memory of their fallen friend, Magnus Kastengren.
Tom Warnick: 1991-2013
Street skier Tom Warnick dies unexpectedly in Boulder, Colorado
POWDER is sad to report that skier Tom Warnick passed away from unknown circumstances. Warnick, who turned 22 in October, was a member of Stept Productions and filmed annually with the Boulder-based production house.
The Latest From Nimbus: Trading Hits
Chris Benchetler and a sled trip to B.C.
Nimbus released their latest edit today, Trading Hits, filmed up in B.C. with Chris Benchetler and his friend Bryan Fox. The two go hit for hit in the backcountry and show the parallels between Benchetler’s style of skiing and Fox’s snowboarding.
Junk in the Trunk: Atomic Apparel
Iconic ski brand launches outerwear
Down the street from the birthplace of Mozart, and the eponymous square dedicated to him, Wolgang Mayrhofer, the dapper CEO of Atomic Skis, mingled with media and members of his international sales team at the trendy Café Republic in Salzburg, Austria. A well-dressed wait-staff served hors d’oeuvres and pilsners. On the outside of the four-story building, a projector displayed three enormous words: Built For Skiers.
The phrase is the motto for Atomic Ski’s new apparel line, which is what brought invitees to the Republic that night. The company, which started out by making 40 pairs of skis in 1955, is now the world’s largest ski manufacturer, producing around 600,000 pair each year. Earlier in the day, in the Atomic factory in rural Altenmarkt, workers placed the sidewalls, cut out the graphics, and buffed out the edges of skis Atomic will release to the public in fall 2014.
Week In Review Halloween Edition: Tanner Hall meets Justin Bieber & U.S. Freeskiing Unveils Olympic Uniforms
Chris Davenport joins Kastle ownership team, Alta pow edit, & stoners busted in Colorado
Week In Review Halloween Edition: Tanner Hall meets Justin Bieber, U.S. Freeskiing unveils Olympic uniforms, Chris Davenport joins Kastle ownership team, Alta pow edit, and stoners busted in Colorado.
Junk in the Trunk: Selk’bag Patagon
The sleeping bag that screams freedom
With easy double front entry and separated arms and legs, the Patagon may look like the real-life Michelin Man, but it allows mobility in any sleeping situation.
VIDEO: Happy Winter
A happy little video by Bjarne Salén and Andreas Fransson
Bjarne Salén and Andreas Fransson love being in the elements and the mountains. Me too. But my version of “out there” is just a little bit different than theirs. Case in point: skip to 3:50 in the video where the sheer size and scope of their descent with Samuel Anthamatten down the Pain du Sucre in Chamonix comes into focus. (And for more of that, pick up our November issue and flip to the Shooting Gallery.) Still, even if our mountain equilibriums are different, we can all share that optimism. So Happy (almost) Winter!