New Athletes Qualify for 2014 FWT
Top 14 skiers from the Freeride World Qualifiers advance to the big leagues
A new group of skiers moved up in the ranks and secured spots on the Freeride World Tour next year. There are 14 men and women—seven from each of the two regions, Europe/Oceania and the Americas—who earned enough points in the Freeride World Qualifiers to compete on the elite and global 2014 FWT.
POWDER’s Co-Lab Votes
The Hair, The Hammer, and plenty of other shout-outs
There’s $100,000 on the line over at Teton Gravity Research. On Monday, a public voting period started for anybody who submitted a 5-minute edit. Voting closes July 15. Then, from July 22 to August 9, athletes will vote on the clips that finished in the top 21 from the public voting period. On September 20, somebody is going to the bank with the biggest deposit of their lives.
Unless you’re unemployed or a vampire, you probably won’t have time to watch all 40-something edits. We didn’t either, but here’s what we liked.
Legs of Steel Trailer
The metal band of ski movies drops the preview for their latest film
Legs of Steel, the fist-pumping, metal-crushing Euros who are the rock band of skiing, just dropped the trailer for their latest film, “The LOSt.” These are the guys who sent 13 skiers off three jumps at the same time for a shot that looked like orchestrated chaos and subsequently won the 2012 POWDER Award for Best Manmade Air. This time around, there’s fire involved. For “The LOSt,” Legs of Steel toured the streets of Ukraine, the Swiss backcountry in Davos, and the steep spines of British Columbia. They filmed with their original crew, including Bene Mayr, Thomas Hlawiscthka, Paddy Graham, Tobi Reindl, and Sven Kueenle, and brought in some special guests like Max Hill, Frej Jönsson, Antii Ollila, and Lolo Favre. They say this is the self-titled E.P. of their films, and it’s dark with “fire, energy, and black-magic ski action.” Rock on.— Julie Brown
Nipwitz’s Last Stand
Behind the brains of "Brain Massage"
Nipwitz, a Finnish-based group of skiers, has dropped countless mind-blowing edits over the years. They highlight ski trickery that forces viewers to pause, rewind, and mouth, “What the f*ck?” on a regular basis.
It's more than deep powder that makes me happy to be a skier
T.M. and I hit it off and I ended up crashing on his floor for the next four days. It was my first time to Telluride, and he and his roommate, John, were kind enough to not just lend me shelter, but to show me around Bear Creek and vouch for me at the Lizard Lounge, the Telluride Ski Patrol’s speak-easy.
Week In Review June 9: Female Firsts and Video Trailers
Dont pet park city dogs, The Yoke Collection, and Aspen gets dusted
POWDER Magazine’s Week In Review June 9: Female Firsts, Video Trailers, dont pet park city dogs, The Yoke Collection, and Aspen gets dusted.
This Is The Best Lego Skiing We’ve Ever Seen
Somebody sponsor this guy!
This video is making the Internet rounds right now. Hand drags, backies, mute grabs—it’s the best Lego skiing we’ve ever seen. Sign this guy, Red Bull!
Great Moments In Skiing
Suzy Chaffee Saves the World
Suzy Chaffee was a politician, activist, Olympian, freestyler, pioneer, icon, and model. But she is probably best known for breaking the hearts of men throughout the world (or at least mine), and becoming Suzy “Chapstick.” Here, she goes mainstream in a montage of commercials, shreds some pow, slays ski ballet, and flirts with Catfish Hunter.
Watch Stept Productions’ Edit of Torin-Yater Wallace
Who said TYW is just a pipe jock?
Stept Productions followed pipe star Torin-Yater Wallace around Aspen’s Buttermilk Mountain during the Winter X Games. Click on “Read More” to watch the 1:30 edit of mini-park footage and his X Games pipe run.
So They’re Skiing Powder In Chamonix…Still
Nate Wallace and the season that won't end
Nate Wallace started sending me videos of him and his friends skiing powder in Chamonix in September. It’s early June now, and they’re still coming. From skiing’s North Shore, it’s the season that won’t end.