The Gladiators Of Tuckerman

Searching for the edge of sport on Mount Washington

A relatively small pocket chiseled from the southeastern side of New Hampshire’s 6,288-foot Mount Washington, Tuckerman Ravine is modest in size. Yet the ravine’s walls are home to some of the steepest established backcountry skiing in the country. It’s the coliseum of East Coast skiing. Ever since Toni Matt accidentally straight-lined the 55-degree Headwall during the third and final iteration of the American Inferno race in 1939, reaching almost 85 miles per hour on wooden skis, it is where the East Coast skier, usually resigned to mechanically groomed trails between dense hardwoods, proves their mettle.


Michelle Parker On Real Women Video

McConkey influenced the MSP-produced edit for inaugural ESPN competition

I also really wanted to keep it lighthearted and funny. Always looking up to Shane [McConkey] certainly has influenced this edit in that way. Plus, it was really fun shooting the silly parts of this edit. A leaf blower? Are you serious? It was hard to hold a duck face for long enough for a shot without laughing. Hopefully people can appreciate the humor and a little insight into who I am. I really wanted to make it different and to make people laugh.


Remembering Ian Lamphere, 1977-2013

"He was so genuine and loving and funny"

Leigh Lamphere remembers when he realized Ian Lamphere, his cousin, college roommate, and best friend, was headed on a different path. Leigh was hiking to one of the back bowls from Smugglers’ Notch and Ian had, serendipitously, walked to the same bowl from Stowe.

“It was a powder day,” says Leigh. “And I just skied a little off the main path, and I looked back and saw him launch a 25-foot drop and land in powder, just out of the blue, and I was like, yeah, he’s definitely a skier now.” Ian’s father started dropping the boys off at Smuggs for ski lessons when they were 3-year-olds. They continued skiing together through their time at the University of Vermont.

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Rogers Password

Doug Sproul releases "Uptracks, Bootpacks and Bushwhacks," a guidebook about Rogers Pass

Once described on a Canadian Pacific Railway advertising poster as ’50 Switzerlands in One’, Rogers Pass, just along the corridor of the Trans-Canada highway between Revelstoke and Golden, holds enough terrain for a lifetime of ski touring. For decades, skiers have explored this area known for deep powder, huge vertical relief, and some amazing ski mountaineering objectives. In the past five years, the number of skiers in the area has steadily increased, so local ski mountaineer Douglas Sproul saw a need for a comprehensive guidebook for visitors and locals alike.

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Getting Schooled

University of British Columbia students win Intersection video competition

Last week, the Intersection video competition attracted some of the biggest names in snow media to Whistler Blackcomb. With $15,000 up for grabs, teams came from all over the globe, and even out of retirement, to take part.

After all the videos played and the lights came on, it was a team of full time students working with local Whistler carpenters and laborers, all headed by Leo Zuckerman, that won both the overall award and People’s Choice Award.

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Week in Review: April 28

This week's news

Man, what a great season in the East. Now it’s time to look back on it… wait, is that Sugarloaf on Tuesday?? It ain’t over ‘til it’s over, and it ain’t over in the Northeast. Unofficial has the updated skinny on New England closing dates.


Ask The Jaded Local

Readers write in their most pressing questions to the surly vet

Q. Who is the best all-around skier right now?
Jimmy Ryan
Via Twitter

Jimmy, the best skier on the hill is the one having the most fun. Currently, that’s whomever is skiing with 1994 Olympic gold medalist Tommy Moe, because Moe—nicknamed the Labrador for his ceaseless stoke—is widely acknowledged to be the funnest person in the world to ski with. Next question


Junk In The Truck: Eastern Collective Cables

Vermont’s Eastern Collective strikes gold

Matt Benedetto quit his job. Last fall, while hanging with friends in Burlington, Vermont, he was looking at the generic white iPhone cord that comes standard with every Apple device. He thought he could make it better. A few weeks later, he had a multi-colored cable and promptly began selling them on his site as he’d done with countless products in the past. What happened next was unexpected.


Fischer in the Hole

An end-of-season edit from Jackson

“This winter in Jackson Hole was a bit up and down, but when it was good it was great. Although the mountain received 383 inches of snow, which is less than average, we were able to take advantage of it. Jeff Annetts and Tim Swartz , my Fischer teammates, are my main ski partners and are always down to do some filming or shooting. It allows us to collaborate and put out a few fun team style edits a year. This year the snow pack was fairly stable which allowed us to ski some of the bigger exposed lines, that, some years, are too dangerous to ski. Plus, we got plenty of over-the-head storm days.“ – Tyler Horne


All Time: From Blackout to the White Room

Because friends don’t let friends miss powder days

The best day of my season should have never happened. While a storm spilled her guts up at Mount Baker, the clock had struck St. Patrick’s Day in Seattle. I had been watching the weather with my friend Nick, and we decided to make a go of it the following day despite the holiday. He had found a condo to crash at in Glacier and would pick me up in Seatown after finishing his day at Crystal Mountain—I just needed to be ready and packed.

I was fully prepared to forgo celebrating my second favorite holiday, but at two in the afternoon I caved. The sun had come out and another friend urged me to join his group for a celebratory pint. With Nick coming at four, it didn’t seem like I could do much damage in two hours. I met up with the bar-hoppers and sipped a beer while they pounded Irish Car Bombs.


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