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.

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Tween Dreams

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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Athlete’s Individual Film Projects

TGR’s Co-Lab and X Games video events make it the winter of going it alone

The day Teton Gravity Research announced its Co-Lab contest, a ski-edit contest with a $100,000 prize, Sage Cattabriga-Alosa sent photographer and videographer Adam Clark a text: “You, me, trippy creative ski seg. What do you think?”

“He was down,” says Cattabriga-Alosa, who, like many of his peers, says he’s excited to work on a project where he has total creative control, instead of as part of a big production.

Between new X Games video events, Real Ski Backcountry and Real Women, and TGR’s Co-Lab, there’s plenty of creative opportunity for athletes, tied to a lot of money, up for grabs this winter. Each video contest will celebrate and handsomely reward a new trend in action sports: the independently produced segment.

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Single?

A Valentine's Day fail at Skibowl

I’ve always assumed I’d meet my future wife on an old, slow double chairlift.

So when I heard about the speed-dating event Mount Hood Ski Bowl was hosting on Valentine’s Day, I figured I’d speed up the process. All my friends were being cute with their girlfriends that night anyway, so why not go fall in love myself.

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Ski Salt Lake Shootout

Award ceremony Saturday at Brewvies

If there’s one thing you should know about the Ski Salt Lake Shootout, it’s that it’s hard effing work. It’s because it’s a contest. Eight teams of skiers and photographers shoot constantly over four days at each of the four Salt Lake City resorts, regardless of conditions. At night, they tromp through the streets of Salt Lake City in full ski gear, looking for the coveted Urban Meets Mountain shot. If they slack, it shows, because at the end of the week, they’re work is judged against that of their peers.

They’re competing for prize money, for sure. But more than that, they’re competing. “Competition keeps you sharp,” is how Australian photographer Tony Harrington puts it.

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Bars We Love: The Snake River Saloon

Where everybody knows your name

You probably don’t need to be drinking in Keystone, especially if you didn’t ski there, but after the bar at A-Basin closes at six, when the gravel-voiced bartender needs to go home, you should probably go somewhere, right? And from there you have to head down the mountain, along Route 6, through the unnatural village of Keystone.

There are two real bars in Keystone, the Snake and the Goat. From the road, the Goat looks like it should be the place. It advertises soup and whiskey, and makes unbased claims the most PRB in the universe. It’s promising on the surface, but the Goat is a bar for tourons and first year lifties from Wisconsin. Do you like recently formed jam bands and getting your shoes puked on in the ladies room? OK, then maybe you should stay.

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