Week in Review: April 21

Vermont edits, and the right kind of skiing problems

This busy, snowy April has cajoled more than a few ski areas to extend their seasons an extra week or two. Alta, above, is spinning lifts for one more weekend after a 20-inch dump, while Copper, Aspen Highlands, and Breckenridge all announced they’re extending their seasons as well. Back East, temperatures have only recently become spring-like, prompting many to back up their closing dates, too.

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Junk In The Trunk: The North Face Ballard Boots

For staying warm and dry. Or just looking good at the bar.

When I needed a pair of boots to travel with this winter, I chose The North Face Ballard. Their Hydro Seal waterproof membrane meant my feet stayed dry while walking through slushy Pacific Northwest ski area parking lots, while 200 grams of Primaloft insulation kept me warm in throes of a cold Montana storm. The light-brown leather makes them look like they aren’t a burly hiking boot, so they look casual at the bar. And the thick Icepick rubber sole make the icy walk home from the bar cas, too.

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Turns & Curves Episode 2

Going to La Grave with Giulia Monego

In the second episode of “Turns & Curves” ski mountaineer Giulia Monego realizes why people get addicted to La Grave, France.

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Celebrate Good Times, C’mon

The annual ritual of closing day at Sun Valley

It’s mid-April and you have a good goggle tan. Thanks to the armor of skin provided by those dark days in January, your face doesn’t get cold anymore. Your legs go top-to-bottom no problem. You know exactly where the rocks are, what speeds you need for certain jumps, and which runs get clogged by the tourists. Your ski posse is firmly established, and you know which friends have certain obligations—spouse, kid, busted transmission—that make up the rest of their lives.

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Breaking Down “This Friday”

Hip-hop, guns, and selling outerwear, thoughts on FD Wear's latest edit

A trust funder, a wangsta, and a joke. One could call David Lesh all of these things, correct or not. About the only thing you can’t call David Lesh is stupid. He is a marketing wiz looking to sell outerwear.

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Roner Vision: Snowbird, Utah, Extreme & Little Oskar’s First Ski Base Jump

The fine art of couch surfing with Erik Roner

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Candide Back In The Park

Mr. Thovex takes a ride through Boreal in California

There’s something to be said about watching the most decorated and celebrated skier of the last generation ski park.

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Calling The Level 1 Superunknown Horse Race

Front runners in the video contest

Level 1 just announced the 10 finalists (and one wild card) for the 2013 iteration of their Superunknown contest, which the film company has been running for ten years now as a way to feed deserving but undiscovered talent into their films through an extensive online video contest. Past winners have included such stand-outs as Corey Vanular, Jon Brogan, and American hero Tom Wallisch. This year’s crop of international finalists, which includes Jakob Lundberg, Anton Jansson, Alex Dorszynski, Dom Laporte, Hudson Knoll, Emile Bergeron, Magnus Graner, Jacob Hyllengren, Hugo Pelletier, Shay Lee, and wildcard Sandy Boville, are all currently in Sun Valley for a week-long film shoot with Level 1. The one voted the shoot’s most dominant skier will walk away with the Superunknown title, $5,000 cash, a Monster sponsorship, and an official invite to join Level 1 for the rest of the filming season… which we presume is just about over.

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Week in Review: April 14th

Dub Tales, Scando skiing, and doing something good.

Woah, woah, woah. So Jeremy Jones got honored as a “Champion of Change” for founding Protect Our Winters and promoting climate change policy action? You’re telling me someone in snowsports stood up for something important? Take it easy, bro, don’t you know skiing and snowboarding are all about avoiding real world concerns? Come on, dude! Join the rest of us in the sand…

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Friday Dreaminess

Eyes open, brain far away

Dreaming is a film about the contrast of beauty and danger inherent in backcountry skiing. These far away mountains untouched by humans, left pristine from the last snowfall. Once accessed hold limitless potential and call on only the creativity of the riders to select what mark they will leave on the mountain side.”- Jamie Tanner

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