Salomon Freeski TV: Poor Man’s Heli

Finding a way to fly

“Antoine Boisselier has stared across at the Belledonne Mountains his whole life. He’s always dreamed of laying ski tracks on their difficult-to-access slopes. Two years ago, he and a group of close friends launched their paragliders from across the valley and took a chance.”


Week in Review: March 10

Proof that racing is the most hard core of ski pursuits

Teen skier Nicholas Joy is safe and sound after spending two nights in the woods West of Sugarloaf after getting lost after claiming last run. Remember kids, never claim last run. Joy credited his survival prowess—which included building his own snow cave and walking towards the sound of snowmobiles—to survival-themed reality TV shows. So which was it, Bear Grylls or Dual Survival? I have a soft spot for Cody Lundin…


Todd Ligare’s John Hughes Moment

Pretty in Pink

Picking a song when making a video is always the toughest part. There are thousands to choose from and they all give the footage a different feel. We kept coming back to this Horrors track even though there were other strong (who knows, maybe stronger) candidates. When we went forward with this song it sort of dictated the look we ended up with. I think it’s got an ‘80s thing going on, sort of a John Hughes tribute.

In this case we also chose to leave in the original audio. I think the camera clicks, hoots, and wind and snow audio give it a little bit of a raw, home video feel.
I present to you a collection of previously unreleased footage from some deep days: “RAW POWdER.”-Todd Ligare


Tiny House Tour: Episode Three

Avalanche Awareness in Utah

Every moment in the mountains lends an opportunity to learn. A lifetime education awaits those willing to explore, watch, and listen. And sometimes we meet purveyors of the knowledge, people who have made it their intention to understand the intricacies of the snow, and share what they’ve learned about the many varieties of a snowflake. These snow aficionados are our greatest educators, devoted to dissecting the element that brings skiers life and death simultaneously.

The tiny house arrived in Utah at the beginning of a storm cycle that would invigorate the mountain community with pow turns, while burying a weak layer in the snowpack that would require trepidation in the backcountry. In the two weeks the tiny house lived in Utah, many slides were seen and experienced by skiers and snowboarders across the Wasatch. Instead of playing our usual roles in this act, we became the audience and learned from a friend of the Utah Avalanche Center, Trent Meisenheimer, a passionate snow safety ambassador who grew up at the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon.

Following Trent and his father Bruce (a man who should be put in the Ski-Loving Father Hall of Fame) into the special ski stashes of the Cottonwoods (yes, they still exist), we investigated our own capacity to learn and re-learn what we already thought we knew. You’re never too experienced in the backcountry. And there is always something new to digest. -The Tiny House Crew


Squaw CEO to go on Undercover Boss

Andy Wirth bumping chairs on CBS this Friday

Anyone who’s ever bumped a chair, flipped a mid-mountain burger, or stood in a ski school line-up has likely said at one point or another that the people running the resort are idiots who could never do their job. No chance in hell they could keep up on skis or a snowboard.

This Friday, March 8, 2013, ski-serfs everywhere will get to see this dream scenario put to the test. Andy Wirth, the president and CEO of Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows will don a fake mullet and make an appearance on CBS’s Emmy-Award-winning reality show, Undercover Boss.


Junk in the Truck: Big Truck Shane McConkey Hat

35 bones and 30 percent of the profits go to the Shane McConkey Foundation

Buy a hat, go to the Pain McShlonkey at the end of the month.


Watching Real Ski Backcountry Edits

Liveblogging the first round matchups

Okay, here we go. Real Backcountry Ski. For what it’s worth, The Jaded Local called this happening months ago when he said Dropping Edits and Backcountry Booter would be added to the Winter Olympics. With the X-Game-ifying of the Winter Games, let’s call this the test event for South Korea in 2018.


DEEP: The Future of Snow: Big Sky

Upside down snowpack, bankrupt resorts, and the future of farming in Montana

Days 6: Big Sky
Snow. High near 36. West wind 11 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent. Total daytime snow accumulation of around an inch possible.

It’s President’s Day weekend and all of the parking lots at Big Sky are full. We walk 10 minutes to the base area and meet Kipp Proctor, the media relations and community manager at Big Sky. He’s been skiing all morning and says it’s deep at the summit of 11,116-foot Lone Peak. Two long, slow lift rides leaves us at the tram, which zips us to the top of the largest ski area in America. Next door is Moonlight Basin and the posh, private Yellowstone Club. The snow has been stickier and wetter this year, Kipp says, helping to cover up the razor sharp rocks Big Sky is known for.


FWT Kirkwood Highlights

Jackie Paaso and Lars Chickering-Ayers won on the Cirque

“Choppy, variable, icy, everything you could want.”


Week In Review March 3rd

Backcountry legislation, horizontal rocker, and new hut systems

After only a week spent considering a proposed bill that would fine skiers and riders $500 if they get lost skiing out of bounds in Vermont ski areas and require rescue, the state senate decided to shelve the bill. The measure was proposed in response to the ridiculous number of backcountry rescues needed this winter, especially at Killington, where 40 people got lost in the woods over one Christmas weekend. “If we start criminalizing what we all think is dumb, we’d have an endless avalanche of legislation,” said one senator.


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