The Next Phase of the FWT

Freeride World Tour, IFSA partner to bring more competitions to North American skiers

As the FWT’s partner for Region 2—encompassing North and South America—the IFSA can now grant its athletes points that will help them qualify for the Freeride World Tour. That means that athletes—adults and juniors combined—will now have more than two dozen opportunities to earn qualifying points for the FWT on North American soil.

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Ski Town Throwdown III Preview Video – John & John Show

The Johns weigh in with new changes for the third annual Ski Town/Area/Resort Throwdown

The Johns are back! The hosts of the Ski Town Throwdown preview Ski Town Throwdown III, which starts Monday, October 13, while offering insider analysis on the play-in round that is live right now. In fact, voting for the play-in ski areas/town ends today at 5 p.m. PST. To vote for one of those ski areas/towns in the four regions—Great White North, Big East, Far West, and Rocky Mountain West—the Ski Throwdown III page has all your answers.

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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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