#HelmetsAreCool

High Fives Foundation and POC premiere helmet awareness campaign

#Helmetsarecool is the third installment of High Fives’ B.A.S.I.C.S. Program Service. The acronym stands for Being Aware Safe In Critical Situations. Through these videos, the nonprofit hopes to bring safety awareness to young athletes so that they can avoid the life-altering injuries that so many have suffered.

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Week in Review Oct. 18: Candide Thovex (almost) Hit by Cow & A-Basin Opens

Euro Freeski Open on for 2014, Ski Patrol Documentary Film Released, Team Armada hits South Korea & "Prancercising" Sweeps Pre-Season Training Routines

POWDER Magazine Week in Review Oct. 18: Candide Thovex (almost) Hit by Cow, A-Basin Opens, Euro Freeski Open on for 2014, Ski Patrol Documentary Film Released, “Prancercising” Sweeps Pre-Season Training Routines, and Josh Daiek

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VIDEO: ABM on Filming Mutiny

Go behind the scenes of Stept's Mutiny with Alex Beaulieu-Marchand

Alex Beaulieu-Marchand has been filming urban since he was 12, and even back then, he was probably better than you. In this video from Stept productions, ABM talks about getting connected with Stept, gives us a bit of his career history, and hints at where he hopes to take things this winter (Olympics, anyone?). You’ll also get to check out some awesome behind-the-scenes footage from filming Mutiny last season. Can’t get enough? Click-in to SteptProductions.com. —Abbie Barronian

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Skiing and the Shutdown

How Washington's stalemate is cutting into your ski time

Losing the Panda Cam is one thing, but if the shutdown continues for much longer, it’s going to cut into your ski time. And that’s crossing the line. A-Basin is open, and at this rate, most of the ski resorts in the West will have their act together before the government does. So what does that mean for your ski season?

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Week in Review Oct. 11: Jason Levinthal Announces New Ski Brand and Expensive Groin Shots

Backcountry huts close due to gov't shutdown, North Korea's ski area "opens," & Au Revoir Euro X

Week in Review Oct. 11: North Korea Ready for Skiing, Expensive Groin Shots, and Au Revoir Euro X.

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Ski Town Throwdown Bracketology: Editor’s Picks

POWDER Editor John Stifter fills out his bracket

POWDER Editor John Stifter fills out his Ski Town Throwdown presented by Liftopia bracket with managing editor John Clary Davies. Fill out your own bracket here before voting for match-ups starts on Oct. 14. The person with the bracket that is most similar to the actual results will win a dream ski trip for two to the winning Ski Town Throwdown ski area. For info on all round one action, check out our match-up previews.

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ICONS: Scot Schmidt on Shane McConkey

A new weekly series featuring renowned athletes from a variety of sports talking about the influence of Shane McConkey

In episode four of ICONS – an exclusive series featuring renowned athletes from a variety of sports talking about the influence of Shane McConkey – we feature the extreme skiing master himself, Scot Schmidt. Produced by Red Bull Media House, ICONS features outtakes from the feature biopic “McConkey,” which premiered this past Saturday in Squaw Valley, California.

Read Julie Brown’s on-the-ground report from the McConkey Movie Squaw Valley, CA, premiere last Saturday.

The ICONS series will appear on Powder.com every Wednesday for two months. Come back next week to hear Travis Pastrana’s thoughts. Check out the tour dates and ticket purchase links list below. Read Ingrid Backstrom’s review of the movie’s premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival. For additional information go to McConkeyMovie.com.

McConkey Tour Dates + Buy Ticket Links:

AMERICA:

PARK CITY, UT
Jim Santy Auditorium, October 11th, 2013. 
TICKETS

LOS ANGELES, CA
The Regent Theatre, October 11th – 16th, 2013. 
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NEW YORK, NY
Village East Cinema, October 11th – 17th, 2013.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, October 14th, 2013. 
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JACKSON, WY
Center for the Arts, October 16th, 2013. 
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CRESTED BUTTE, CO
Center for the Arts, October 18th, 2013. 
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BOULDER, CO
Boulder Theater, October 20th, 2013.
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DENVER, CO
Ellie Caulkins Opera House, October 21st, 2013.

BOISE, ID
Egyptian Theatre, October 24th, 2013.

MISSOULA, MT
Wilma Theatre, October 26th, 2013.
TICKETS

VANCOUVER, BC
Centennial Theatre, October 29th, 2013. 
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WHISTLER, BC
Millennium Place, October 30th, 2013. 
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SALT LAKE CITY, UT
The Cliff Lodge, Snowbird, November 2nd, 2013. 
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MINNEAPOLIS, MN
Pantages Theatre, November 8th, 2013. 
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BOSTON, MA
John Hancock Hall, November 12th, 2013. 
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BURLINGTON, VT
Higher Ground, November 14th 2013. 
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PORTSMOUTH, NH
The Music Hall, November 15th, 2013.

ASHEVILLE, NC
Diana Wortham Theatre, November 19th, 2013. 
TICKETS

INTERNATIONAL:

SAN SEBASTIAN, SPAIN (EUROPEAN PREMIERE)
San Sebastian Film Festival, September 26th, 2013.

ANNECY, FRANCE
iF3 Festival, Cinema Decavision, September 29th, 2013.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
TBA, September 30th, 2013.

MOSCOW, RUSSIA
TBA, October 1, 2013.

HEROES BY NATURE EUROPE
45+ screenings in six countries, October 3rd, 2013

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The Store Is Everywhere—Even On the Chairlift

Forecasting skiing's e-commerce future

While the 3D real-time comparison-shopping scenario might strike some as hopelessly Jetsonian, much of the technology is already in place, and it’s not hard to see it progressing rapidly further. In the ski market, the balancing act will always be weighing the benefits of everywhere computing against a ski experience valued for its ability to separate us from modern-day distractions.

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Video: Telewackers in the Tetons

Paul Kimbrough and Jake Sakson present Beans and Rice

Beans plus rice, with a dash of Kombu seaweed for some minerals, are delicious staples in pro telemark skiers Jake Sakson and Paul Kimbrough’s diet. They’re also the name of Sakson and Kimbrough’s first webisode series, named so because the meal is all about “simplicity over consumerism and adventure over comfort,” says Sakson, 23, originally from Carbondale, Colorado. It also helps that beans and rice are cheap and fit in a tight film budget.

Episode one of Beans and Rice was shot on the Driggs, Idaho-side of the Tetons in “top secret backcountry locations,” says Sakson. Kimbrough, who is 26 and from Salt Lake City, Utah, and Sakson both film with Powderwhore and they have been wanting to put a webisode together for a few years. “We saw a lot of benefit to skiing together for a whole winter just in terms of our development as telemark skiers,” says Sakson. “We probably put more days on our pins than pretty much anyone out there. [Last winter] we finally committed to it, moved in together, and bought a camera.” —Julie Brown

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Salomon Freeski TV: Return to Mica

In the first episode of season 7, the crew goes to Mica Heliskiing

In the first episode of Salomon Freeski TV’s seventh season, Mike Douglas, Mark Abma, and Chris Rubens return to Mica Heliskiing in British Columbia, Canada. Why, you ask? In the words of Douglas, “It’s Mica–one of the best and most consistent places to ski powder in the world.” Now that you have an idea what you’re in for, sit back, relax, and prepare to get deep with “Return to Mica.”

Read an interview with Mike Douglas about the creative process behind Salomon Freeski TV.

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