What I’ve learned on the FWT: Sean Collin
On line choice, getting psyched out, and trying to odl down his day job as an accountant
Twenty-five-year-old Sean Collin is one of only ten Americans competing in the 2013 Freeride World Tour. The Truckee, CA, native grew up skiing at Squaw Valley. A former freestyle skier, Collin used to compete in halfpipe competitions including the U.S. Open and the Dew Tour, but he also qualified for the 2013 FWT by taking 2nd place in the 2012 tour stop at Kirkwood.
Last year was his first in big mountain competitions, this year he’s been mixing it up in freeskiing’s main event with the up-and-comers and legends of the sport. Prior to the Kirkwood event this year, Collin’s best performance was in Chamonix where he placed 14th. He took 6th place on the Cirque at Kirkwood, and moved himself up to 15th place in the overall standings. On March 9th, Collin will compete in Fieberbrunn, Austria with the hopes of earning himself a spot in the FWT’s grand finale in Verbier, Switzerland.
DEEP: The Future of Snow. Day 5: Stevens Pass to Bozeman
Driving through the storm
Day 5: Stevens Pass to Bozeman
Snow showers. High near 35. West wind 8 to 16 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Total daytime snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.
The ridges around Leavenworth are hidden behind fog in the morning. We have 600 miles between us and Bozeman and a day to cover it in. The sun is shining further down Route 2 as we make our way over the eastern plains of Washington to I-90. There are orchards here and a few vineyards, a steady stream of traffic moving southwest.
Week in Review: February 24
puppies, pow, and hydroponics
A Vermont senator has introduced legislation that would make it illegal to use the “facilities of a ski area to access terrain outside the ski area’s open and designated ski trails (if) as a result, (the skier) must be rescued by a rescue organization.” Which means that should you ski out of bounds, get lost, and need a rescue, the state’s gonna slap you on the wrist to the tune of $500. Get ready to pay up, idiots.
Backstage at the PVAs: Best Jib
Clayton Vila talks about hitting the rainbow rail and how the Superbowl helped him do it
Clayton Vila talks about hitting the rainbow rail and how the Superbowl helped him do it.
DEEP: The Future of Snow. Days 3-4: Mt. Hood to Stevens Pass
Looking at climate change in Washington and Oregon
We hit the road after breakfast and coast down Highway 35. The roads are wet with two inches of sand covering the double yellow line. The Prius charges its batteries as we arc around corners and glide over glacial moraines. The snow thins the further we descend, hundreds, then thousands, of feet to the Hood River Valley. There, the skeletal apple and pear trees of the valley’s myriad orchards edge the road in perfect rows. The leaves and fruit are gone but the grass around them is green, as is most of the landscape.
An adorable Q&A with Kelly Sildaru
For Powder’s February feature listing the top 20 skiers 18 and under, we quizzed each of the Young Bloods. The most adorable answers? That’d go to No. 20, 10 year old Estonia native Kelly Sildaru.
Backstage at the PVAs: Best P.O.V.
Topher Plimpton (a dude with a desk job) and Corey Felton win
Might want to rethink the day job.
Scott LCG Goggle Demo
Scott's Team Manager demos the new interchangeable lens system
I’m a month in and I couldn’t be happier. That’s the general consensus of those using the new Scott LCG interchangeable goggle. To better highlight the simplicity and design of the new gogs, Scott Team Manager and Best P.O.V. winner at the 2013 POWDER Awards Topher Plimpton demonstrates how it all works.
Steve Lloyd Wins Ski Salt Lake Shootout… Again
Lloyd beat out seven other photographers for the title
For the second year in a row, Salt Lake City native Steve Lloyd is the Ski Salt Lake Shootout overall champion. Lloyd beat out a diverse field comprised half of local photographers, and half of professionals from all across the globe, including Alaska, Australia, Cleveland and Chamonix.
“In my estimation, every single team produced at least three to five great photos. The winner would need to produce eight,” says Powder’s Director of Photography David Reddick, the head judge for the event. “That winner was unanimously the team of Steve Lloyd. Steve and company absolutely crushed it, producing a series of stunning shots.”
DEEP: The Future of Snow
A road trip to document our disappearing snowpack. First stop: Oregon
We started in Portland on Wednesday in a Prius v. The car is long enough to hold a pair of skis and efficient enough to chase powder for 1,500 miles without feeling too guilty about polluting the atmosphere. (Which we are, just not as bad as if we were in a F-150.) Toyota says the car averages 40 mpg, but we’re seeing more like 35.5 mpg, probably because of all the hills in the Cascades. They are, in a word, steep.
The Mt. Hood Highway wends through a rainforest before arriving in a brilliant white alpine wonderland. All it takes is a few degrees on the thermometer to change the rain that soaks western Oregon to snow in the mountains. Which is why climatologists are worried that the snowpack in the Pacific Northwest may not fare well in a warming world.