Gun Control: How Ski Areas Are Tackling Snowmaking in 2013
New management practices are boosting efficiency and sustainability
In a small conference room at this week’s NSAA Eastern Tradeshow, every seat and parts of the walls filled up with ski area operations staff from across the East Coast curious about how Stratton reduced their snowmaking costs by 12 percent over the course of one year while still bumping output.
Swatch Skiers Cup – Day One – Baby Crushing
Stay tuned to Powder.com for daily updates from Zermatt, Switzerland
The venue is great, the teams are stacked, and a baby hangs in the balance at the 2013 Swatch Skiers Cup.
Behind the Scenes at Powder Awards: Best Male Performance
Candide Thovex wins the night
Always humble, Candide talks about why it’s kind of embarrassing to have a documentary made about you, his plans for the winter (Candide Kamera, maybe) and taking skiing one day at a time.
Live-Stream Concert to Benefit Chris Rudolph
Watch Nonprofits and The Head and The Heart team up to celebrate the life of Rudolph
Last winter, I received a late-night text message from Stevens Pass Director of Marketing Chris Rudolph. There was no actual text in the message, just a photo of an acoustic ensemble of musicians. The six-piece band that played that wintry night at Stevens was Seattle’s own The Head and The Heart, a favorite of Rudolph’s and mine, hence the envy-inducing text. Of course, I thought to myself, why wouldn’t Rudolph somehow convince one of the Pacific Northwest’s most precocious musical groups to perform at a ski area? He was that savvy and restless and always in pursuit of doing something rad, especially for the benefit of others.
Champocalypse: Dispatch From The Alps
Snow reports from the international desk
The world capital of alpinism is more known for black ice and crevasses than for deep snow, but the last couple of weeks in Chamonix were an early season tourist-free snorklely powder armageddon for the local storm crows. What POV-enthusiast Nathan Wallace blearily called a “Fifty-Year Event” when I spoke with him a couple of days ago has left the region absurdly stacked, and the storm track has extended all the way across the Mediterranean. The Atlantic.com ran a gallery of people playing in the snow in Jerusalem and Damascus, and someone sent me a pov video from a ski descent on the Island of Crete. I repeat, Crete.
Ligety Wins World Champs Super-G; Mancuso Earns Bronze
Americans Ted Ligety and Julia Mancuso land on World Championships podium
American Ted Ligety picked a marquee event to win his first-ever super-G at any level. The Park City resident won gold at the F.I.S. Alpine World Championships in Schladming, Austria, on Wednesday, finishing ahead of France’s Gautier De Tessieres and pre-race favorite Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway. The giant slalom specialist, who leads in World […]
Backstage at the PVAs: The Sarah Burke Foundation
Sarah's agent, Michael Spencer, acceped her reader poll award on her behalf
Proving that she still has a huge impact on skiers everywhere, Sarah Burke won second place in the Reader Poll at the Powder Awards. Her agent and good friend, Michael Spencer, accepted the award on her behalf and told the crowd about the goals of the Sarah Burke Foundation.
Lindsey Vonn Sustains Knee Injury in Schladming
The racer was airlifted off the Austrian Super-G course Tuesday morning
Lindsey Vonn was heli-evaced off the World Championship Super-G course in Schladming, Austria, with a knee injury Tuesday morning.
After four hours of course delay due to fog and inclement weather Vonn landed a jump badly on her right knee, lost her skis, and slid down the course before hitting a gate. She was attended on course for 12 minutes before being airlifted out.
The Base Grind: February 3
The drunkest town in Canada
The infamous Village Center in the Jackson Hole base village—the dumpy building that dispenses PBR tallboys from a walk-up window and houses Teton Gravity Research’s offices—is inching toward demolition.
Backstage at the PVAs: Movie of the Year
Josh Berman accepts for Level 1's Sunny
Josh Berman accepts for Level 1′s Sunny