Kim Jong-un Wants to Build a Ski Resort in North Korea
Supreme leader of communist nation wants to rival 2018 Winter Olympic host South Korea
Skiing has reached a new political height, as Kim Jong-un, the supreme leader of North Korea, announced plans for his military (yes, a military) to build a “world-class ski resort” in his nation by next winter to rival 2018 Winter Olympic host and longtime neighbor and enemy South Korea. The Korean Central News Agency quoted Kim as saying, “A skiing wave will seize the country,” once the resort is completed.
Great Moments in American Skiing
Tommy Moe, Daron Rahlves, Dan O'Callahan, and T.J. Burke
In honor of Memorial Day, enjoy these great American skiing triumphs.
Sammy Carlson Invitational Recap
Behind the scenes at Mount Bachelor
“I think I’ll hike up for a few more hits,” says Sammy Carlson. He has spent his whole afternoon launching to the top of his Invitational’s massive wall ride and was the event’s overall winner after a raucous session on the feature at Mount Bachelor, Oregon. But as usual, the indefatigable Sammy C. is just getting started.
Week In Review May 26: Beer lawsuits and Aspen bike shares
Nine resorts still open, VHS is back, and Dylan Siggers P.O.V.
This Memorial Day weekend, nine North American resort—Killington, A-Basin, Aspen/Snowmass, Snowbird, Mammoth, Timberline, Mount Bachelor, Crystal, and Whistler—are currently spinning the lifts for uber-late season turns. In other news, people may also be skiing a freshly fallen foot of snow at Jay Peak by the time you’re scrolling down this page.
Sammy Carlson Invitational
Talent and dollar bills at Mount Bachelor this weekend
In honor of his third Invitational, Sammy Carlson decided to up the ante and triple the size of the main feature—a wall that stretches 85 feet across and has a U-shaped bowl in the middle. The bowl is a skate-park inspired feature with several big airs that will launch skiers into the middle of it. A solid crew—Tanner Hall, Henrik Harlaut, Phil Casabon, Simon Ericson, McRae Williams, and the list goes on—is showing up to Mount Bachelor this weekend. Expect to see great things. Carlson will be handing out dolla’ dolla’ bills, on the spot, to skiers who go big and show creativity.
Torin Yater-Wallace All Grows Up
A short film on the 17-year-old phenom
This is 17-year-old Torin Yater-Wallace. The video is worth watching for the archive footage alone, and despite the overly-dramatic music (and all the Targets), this is a nice biography of POWDER’s 2013 top Young Blood (from issue 41.6), the list of the best skiers 18 and under.
Breaking Down: Avalanche Sharks
Just when you thought it was safe to...nevermind
If only Robert Shaw were still alive.
Who’s Robert Shaw?
I’m happy you asked. Robert Shaw, better known as the actor that played Quint in the original Jaws, died in 1978, a distant 35 years before he ever had the chance to reprise the roll in Avalanche Sharks.
What’s Avalanche Sharks?
Volkl Freeski Webisode 4: Live From Verbier and the Bec de Rosses
Featuring Charlie Lyons, Nadine Wallner, and Sam Smoothy
Featuring Charlie Lyon, Nadine Wallner and Sam Smoothy, webisode four tells the story of the athletes working towards the iconic Bec de Rosses venue of the Freeride World Tour final in Verbier. Freeride World Tour rookies, Austrian Nadine Wallner and Kiwi Charlie Lyons have dreamt about competing at the Verbier comp. Lyons went in to the contest with a lot of momentum, so watch to find out how he fares alongside Volkl teammate Wallner.
Movers and Pushers
Mount Hood's Timberline hosts a five-day camp that aims to make a better park
Last week, snowcat drivers from around the world landed at Mount Hood for Timberline’s annual Cutter’s Camp. Acting as a pseudo brain trust of snow movers that aim to make safer and greater terrain park features, the camp, now in its 11th year, is spread over five days. Drivers share ideas and learn new building techniques in the classroom and on-hill with different building exercises.
Smith Optics Donates $26,000 to Sarah Burke Foundation
Memorial goggle sales go to St. Jude's Children Hospital Donation
“We wanted to find a way to support Sarah and her legacy,” says Gabe Schroder, Smith’s ski promotions manager. “Sarah meant so much to this brand, we wanted to honor her by raising money to support the Sarah Burke Foundation and its mission. We know this donation will be put to good use and hope it continues to raise awareness for her foundation.”