The Orage Masters Returneth
Mike Nick explains it all
The Orage Masters, branded as the “anti-comp,” was brought into the freeski event calendar in 2003 when the “contest” was becoming a dull exercise in who could land the best switch 1080 mute. With ski brands fielding costumed teams that would shotgun beers and session a fun course come springtime, the Masters was professional freeskiing’s annual chance to party like hell and keep that element of “free” alive.
The last Masters was held in Whistler in 2010, but the Olympics almost a year away and practically no non-traditional contests on the scene, Orage’s Mike Nick and company decided it was time to revive the legendary event. We sat down with him to get the full story.
Junk in the Truck: First Ascent Nail Driver Pants
These pants are good for a lot of things
Sometimes you do more than ski in your pants.
Tickets for POWDER Awards on Sale Now
Get a ticket to the 13th annual POWDER awards
A select number of tickets for the 13th annual Powder Awards are on sale now. Tickets can only be purchased online at PowderAwards.com and cost $10. All ticket proceeds benefit the Wasatch Backcountry Rescue (WBRescue.com). Tickets will be available for pick up at Will Call at the Park City Live venue the night of the show. Doors open to ticket holders at 7 o’clock before the live show starts at 8 p.m.
Hugo Harrisson’s FWT Judges Perspective
And now, a word from the judges
Hugo Harrisson has a pretty good sense of what it takes to win a big mountain comp. He held the Freesking World Tour title from 2000 to 2003. Now, he’s judging events for the newly-combined Freeride World Tour.
Watch “Todd Ligare — In Technicolor”
What Todd Ligare thinks about in his sleep
TGR’s mission for quite a few years has been to expand out, to find new terrain. My crew’s mission for this year’s movie was quite the opposite. We were supposed to go back to where it all started and document our spin on this “old” classic zone.
What we found were all the things that made Valdez famous in the first place: big, consistent ramps and faces. Personally, I love this stuff. It’s what I think about in my sleep.
From a film standpoint, there isn’t always time in a movie for many full-length 3,000-foot lines, no matter how fast you ski them. But we rode them anyway because that’s what we like to do and that’s what Valdez is about. I present to you, “Todd Ligare – In Technicolor.” —Todd Ligare
The Base Grind: January 6
Derailments of all sorts
Over the holiday weekend between Christmas and New Year’s, Killington ski patrol was working overtime, attending to over a dozen skiers who got lost skiing out of bounds in the woods in five separate incidents. Kudos are owed to the Connecticut man who had enough mountain sense to build a snow cave for himself and his 11-year old son. The two were eventually rescued, deep in the night, eight hours after becoming lost.
What to do in Revelstoke
Local Izzy Lynch tells you where to eat, drink, and ski
With the season opening Freeride World Tour competition in Revelstoke starting Jan. 7, we spoke with local Izzy Lynch about where to eat, drink, ski and be merry.
Coffee: The Modern Café. “I’m sitting here now,” said Lynch on the phone. “I’m addicted to their cinnamon buns. It’s the hub of Revelstoke. You walk in and you’re bound to see somebody you know.”
POWDER Senior Photographer Lee Cohen releases a book of essays and photos
Alta – if you’ve been there, you know how the place consumes you. From Wildcat to the Goldminer’s Daughter, Alta will always be a part of every skier that drives up Little Cottonwood Canyon. Few know this better than Powder Senior Photographer Lee Cohen. Cohen, who’s been playing with the idea of releasing a book for five to seven years, recently debuted Alta Magic, a collection of photos and essays from 30 years of exploring the area and making it his home.
Who’s Your Favorite Skier? Final Day to Vote in Powder Awards Reader Poll
Vote for your favorite skiers now!
Voting for the 13th annual Powder Awards presented by Icelandic Glacial concludes Jan. 2, 2013. The top skiers in the world, as voted by the fans, will be announced live from the opening night of the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, on January 17, 2013, with a live webcast at PowderAwards.com.
Junk in the Truck: Salomon Minim Down Hoody
Not a dude's down jacket
Salomon’s 650-fill down hoody packs up small and fits nice.