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.
Red Mountain Going Grey
New chairlift to access 997 acres
Red Mountain in Rossland, B.C., broke ground for a new fixed-grip quad chairlift, which will start spinning next winter and will access 997 more acres of terrain—about the size of Mount Baker—making the resort one of the largest in North America.
Sugar Bowl Expands Terrain
New chairlift opens up options for deep trees and backcountry access
Sugar Bowl Resort in Truckee, California broke ground this week on a new chairlift that will give skiers lift-served access to 1,000 feet of direct fall-line terrain through sheltered pow, cliffs, and deep trees. Sugar Bowl expects to open the Crow’s Peak chairlift as soon as next season.
Great Moments in Skiing: Candide’s Superpark Cork 5
Great Moments in Skiing is a semi-regular blog based on the endlessly rich well of YouTube content.
At Superpark 3 in the spring of 2001, Candide Thovex was 18 years old. He showed up to Mammoth in a stacked field of athletes, but when he started sending the entire hip, everybody else stopped to watch. That’s when he threw the 110-foot cork 5 tail grab heard ’round the world.
Junk in the Truck: Patagonia Down Sweater
If you live in a ski town, you probably own this already
On the coldest of storm days, the Patagonia Down Sweater is an ideal layer underneath my shell. It’s quilted with 800-fill-power European goose down, which is why this jacket is so dang warm.
When Buddha Sat On Tioga Pass
Late-season Sierra touring goes off, threatening to cause world peace
Out of sight, out of mind so they say. But absence also makes the heart grow fonder and though the snow was melting fast, Tioga Pass had entered a corn cycle.
Watch Eric Pollard Go Huge
Line Skis releases POV from a film trip with Nimbus
Nothing like a little slow mo’ air time with Eric Pollard to get your day started on the right foot.
Discrete Headwear: Computer Science-Inspired Steeze Wear
The backstory of Julian Carr’s headwear brand
Knowing that being a pro skier has a shelf life, Julian Carr started Discrete Headwear in 2008.
Week In Review June 16: Massive Hot Tubs and Log Slides
Scando domination continues, Alta progression, and new Whistler lifts
Week In Review June 16: Massive Hot Tubs, Log Slides, Scando domination continues, Alta progression, and new Whistler lifts.