Deer Valley Buys Solitude

What that means for ONE Wasatch and Utah skiers

Speculation in the media, both social and otherwise, is that this deal is another step closer to One Wasatch, the seven-resort interconnect idea Ski Utah re-announced last spring. Deer Valley, however, is not a link in that concept.

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VIDEO: Salomon Freeski TV, Iceland

Dedicated to the memory of Andreas Fransson and J.P. Auclair

Salomon Freeski TV released their first episode of the season today from a trip to Iceland with Andreas Fransson, Mark Abma, and Chris Rubens. From a first descent of Skidadalur on Burffelshyrna in the pouring rain to swimming in the Arctic Ocean, Salomon Freeski TV producer, Jeff Thomas, fondly remembers Andreas being, “keen on anything and everything.”

Leslie Anthony, who was along on the trip, remembers his time with Andreas:

“‘I was lucky to experience the positive energy that Andreas Fransson brought to everything he did. He was a doer, a philosopher and an adventurer of a different kind. On one of our last day’s in Iceland last year he dragged me out to a hot dog stand on the streets of Reykjavik. He didn’t eat meat and I hate hot dogs, but he insisted we go because “It’s in the guidebook for Reykjavik. Everyone goes there. It’s been there 70 years. We have to.” So we go and get so lost in the harbour area that a woman who runs whale tours takes pity on us and drives us to the hot-dog stand. We wait in the requisite line and eat these disgusting wieners slathered in mystery condiments and the whole time I’m waiting to see if Andreas will even be able to choke it down. But… three bites and it’s gone and he declares “That was AWESOME!” See you my friend.”

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Trailer: Dynafit’s From The Road

Team Dynafit embarks on a human-powered quest to Alaska's Chugach

Dynafit’s upcoming short film revolves around the idea of human-powered exploration and its unlimited potential, but it’s about a lot more, too. From the Road goes back to the site in Alaska’s Chugach Range where Dynafit’s Eric Henderson, a former professional ski guide, fell and broke his neck. Any skier who has recovered from any major injury knows the uncertain feeling of standing on skis after a recovery and skiing down a challenging line again. In From the Road, Henderson faces the darkest moment of his past and goes back to ski the very line that nearly killed him. Here’s the trailer for From the Road.

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Week in Review: Locals To the Rescue

Lost Valley Ski Area saved, Maine goes solar, and Sherpas profile the old man on the mountain

All the news fit for skiing the week ending October 3, 2014.

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Ski Town Throwdown III: Coming Soon

A complete guide, schedule, and bracket for the most popular tournament in the world

Where’s the best place to ski in North America? Last year it was Crested Butte. The year before, Rossland/Nelson shared the title. It’s time for Ski Town Throwdown III. It’s time for you to decide a new champion.

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In Loving Memory of Liz Daley

A tribute written by her fiance, Davide De Masi

Editor’s Note: Liz Daley, 29, an AMGA-certified mountain guide and snowboarder from Tacoma, Washington, died in an avalanche on Monday, September 29, in the Fitz Roy Massif region outside El Chalten, Argentina. She was with a group of skiers, including Drew Tabke and POWDER Contributing Photographer Chris Figenshau, on an Eddie Bauer trip. As a member of our snow community, Daley is memorialized below by her fiancé, Davide De Masi, who sent this to us early this morning.

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VIDEO: Shared Solitude

Hit refresh with this video by Arc'teryx at the Great Cairn Hut in Canada

Arc’teryx athlete Christina Lusti shares her thoughts on collaboration, inspiration, and motivation on a backcountry skiing trip to the Great Cairn Hut in Canada’s Northern Selkirks. The video is a nice reminder of the solitude and reflection we gain from the mountains.

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A Tribute in Videos to J.P. Auclair and Andreas Fransson

May they rest in peace

Videos of J.P. Auclair and Andreas Fransson

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Deep in the Andes

Four Chilean skiers explore the steeper aspects in their homeland

While Chile contains many modern ski resorts, these mainly lie to the western edge of the mountains. Meanwhile, the biggest mountains in the vast interior of the range near the border with Argentina remain very difficult to access. In order to expose these remote valleys and their enormous ski potential, a small team including local North Face athletes Sebastián Rojas, Vicente “Vicho” Sutil, and siblings Soledad and Cristóbal “Chopo” Diaz boarded two helicopters and flew 40 minutes east from Santiago into the mountains.

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VIDEO: Dane Tudor’s Comeback

Tudor's season edit for your Monday morning

Dane Tudor is back at it, dropping his 2014 season edit a week after placing second in the ESPN Real Ski Backcountry competition. Tudor, who lives in Rossland, British Columbia, dislocated his hip last year and went through extensive rehab, but from the looks of this edit and his X Games silver, Tudor’s made a full recovery and is back in the mountains, skiing giant lines and deep snow.

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