Week In Review June 30: Shaun White and Bear Creek
Fire rings, Jesus remains in Whitefish, and it's dumping in South America
Week in review for June 30: Shaun White, Bear Creek, Fire rings, Jesus remains in Whitefish, and it’s dumping in South America.
Skiing Is Gay
A Q&A with Chris French, the founder and president of Ski Bums, the largest LGBT ski club in the world
Ski clubs are scattered throughout the country, a way to bring shredders together in cities and towns and transport them to the mountains. And they’re a great excuse for people to get together and drink beer. Here’s an interview with Chris French, 39, the founder of Ski Bums, the self-proclaimed largest LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) ski club in the world.
Junk in the Truck: REI Double Shot Press Mug
For your caffeine-deprived brain
My favorite bonus feature is the REI Double Shot Press Mug is the airtight canister that screws into the base. This canister can be used to keep extra grounds (or a bit of Bailey’s), because one cup is rarely enough.
DEEP: The Future of Snow
POW nudges, Obama announces climate change plan
Protect Our Winters (POW) celebrated a monumental milestone Tuesday as President Obama announced a long-awaited, three-pronged plan to fight global warming. The initiative includes cutting carbon at power plants, funding renewable energy technology, and fortifying America against extreme weather events.
Behind The Lens With Christian Pondella
A short video on the POWDER senior photographer and general badass
In 1994, POWDER Director of Photography David Reddick was lapping Mammoth’s Chair 22 on a storm day. On the lift, he met Christian Pondella, a young photographer himself, who also happened to be skiing the chair solo. Reddick gave him a business card. Twenty years later, Pondella is a senior photographer for POWDER and his images are some of the most recognized in skiing. An expert climber, Pondella is known for being able to put himself in places most photographers simply can’t get to. This video is produced by F-Stop, who has Pondella on their pro team, and makes bags for adventure photographers.
Junk in the Truck: Dakine Concourse Double Ski Bag
An essential for the traveling ski bum
WORDS: Julie Brown
Dakine Concourse Double Ski Bag
As a skier, it’s hard to travel light. Not only do I need to pack the gear essentials. But I’m a girl and I need clothing options for when I go out to the discotheques in Verbier. So that’s why I use the Dakine Concourse Double Ski Bag. This thing is so big it fits everything I need for any trip: my skis, backcountry setup, curling iron, helmet, jackets, little black dress—you know, the things you can’t leave home without.
Dakine offers this ski bag in two sizes, at 185 and 200 centimeters in length. It definitely fits two pairs of skis. The polyester fabric is thick and durable, and I trust it to carry a weighted load. Unzip the bag and you’ll find three insulated pockets and dividers so you can keep your skis and poles organized with your outerwear and clothes. With urethane wheels and handles on each end, plus two straps that fit perfectly over a shoulder, there are a lot of options for carrying it. And that flexibility is nice, especially if you’re navigating a tight aisle on a European train or lugging it to the international terminal on the other side of the airport.
The only thing is that it’s easy to put too much in this bag and go over airplane weight limits. I usually carry my ski boots on, not only to save weight, but if your bag gets lost in transit, ski boots are the thing you’ll miss most.
Here’s the bottom line: The Dakine Concourse Double is like Mary Poppins’ bottomless carpetbag. Seriously, you can fit an intern inside it.
VIDEO: Artsy Black & White Pow
Mateusz Kielpinski's view of the (black and) white room
Mateusz Kielpinski’s view of the (black and) white room.
Stept Productions’ New Ski Film, Mutiny
Q&A with Nick Martini about this behind-the-scenes ski film
Stept Productions has just announced their latest ski film, Mutiny, which drops July 30. This urban ski flick was shot over 270 days across the U.S. I talked to Nick Martini, skier and co-founder of Stept Productions, to find out more about this raw movie that’s been four years in the making.
Best Day Ever: Sierra Sleeper
Josh Daiek comes home to Kirkwood
Kirkwood-based Josh Daiek, who won the 2012 Freesking World Tour, spent most of this winter on the road. He was in France and Italy for the Freeride World Tour, and in B.C. filming with Salomon Freeski TV. He never unpacked his ski bag, and he was only back in Tahoe for a few days at a time. This is his best day of the year.
Small Brand Shout-Out: Praxis Skis
Building quality freeride skis, one world champion at a time
Last year’s Freeride World Tour was a good one for Praxis skis. The tour featured six stops and on half of them the winner rode a pair of the company’s sticks.