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.


Week In Review: East Coast Making Snow Up In Here

KFC ski Jumping, Wolf Creek in trouble, and Finland skis cool

All the news fit for skiing, the week ending Friday, September 26, 2014.


VIDEO: “Faces of Dav” Trailer

Red Bull Media House presents new webisode series that follows Chris Davenport

This morning, Red Bull Media House dropped the trailer for the upcoming eight-part webisode series, The Faces of Dav. Touted as one of the world’s most accomplished big-mountain skiers, Chris Davenport, 43, is also a two-time World Extreme Skiing Champion, ski mountaineer, product designer, and father of three boys. Where his bottomless well of energy comes from, we may never know. But this series, launching with the first episode on October 8, frames Davenport as a “legend in the making” and will give viewers more insight into Davenport’s private life.

Filming for this Red Bull Media House original series started last winter and took place in Aspen, Colorado; Spitsbergen, Norway; and Bella Coola, British Columbia. The show will air every two weeks from October to January.


Mammoth Mountain Buys Big Bear Ski Resorts

Mammoth, June, Bear, and Snow Summit unified under one season pass

The latest on the ski resort expansion beat, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, which owns Mammoth Mountain and June Mountain in California’s Eastern Sierra, announced this morning that they signed a deal to acquire Big Bear Mountain Resorts in Southern California.


Dynafit Crampons—Junk In The Trunk

A handy tool to avoid the slippery moonwalk move on steep skin tracks

Enter the Dynafit Crampon. Available in a variety of widths ranging from 80 to 130mm, the hardened aluminum crampon features serrated teeth and lateral ribs for stiffness so you can climb icy or hard snow slopes with ease.


From iF3, Ski Movie Highlight Reel

What's what in this year's ski movie lineup

For the 2014 edition, iF3 breaks down categories into web, am, and pro. I had the privilege of being a judge on the pro panel. Rather than recap the various parties* in great detail, let’s go through the films watched in the lead up to the festival. Of course these are my opinions and do not reflect the opinions of the kind people at POWDER, Grind Media, TEN, Source Interlink Worldwide Media Prestige Unlimited Corp LLC. In other words, don’t take these reviews too seriously.

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The Skier’s Climate March

Protect Our Winters, POWDER Magazine, and 400,000 others, take part in historic NYC protest

At 11 a.m on Sunday, more than 400,000 people crowded Central Park west and began a slow walk to 34th Street, by way of Times Square. Al Gore was in the crowd, as was Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Bill McKibben, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Jane Goodall. Signs ranged in tone from “Don’t Mess With Our Mama” to “There Is No Planet B” to “Our Planet Our Future.” The message was the same, though. Get your heads out of the sand. Get corporate hands out of the piggy bank. And stop killing our families, farms, economies, environment, and our mountains.

Skiers in the crowd voiced the last message the loudest.


VIDEO: LINE Traveling Circus 7.1

Everybody loves ramen (and raw fish), part 2

If skiing had anime, it would be the Traveling Circus. Andy Parry and Will Wesson kick off the seventh season of the Traveling Circus in a fish market in Japan. Don’t worry, there’s skiing, too.


TGR and McNutt Win Big at iF3

Cody Townsend and Elyse Saugstad win best male and female in freeride categories

Last night, kicking off the IF3 2014 edition in Montreal, awards went out in several sub categories within the larger Pro, Open, and Amateur categories. TGR’s 2014 release, Almost Ablaze, which premiered last weekend in Teton Village, Wyoming, took home Film of the Year, while TGR newcomer Nick McNutt won Rookie of the Year.


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