Put a Bird On It

How Crow's Feet Commons became Bend's backcountry hub

But Marchi did more than just fill a backcountry void, he’s given us crusty enthusiasts a place where we can gather for coffee before heading out on a mission to Little Alaska, a backcountry zone outside town. Afterward, we can reconvene at Crow’s Feet for beers.

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Buy a Photo of the Year

We're auctioning off the prints that are in the running at POWDER Awards

We’re going to announce the winner of the Photo of the year tonight at the POWDER Award. There are five photos in the running, and we’re auctioning off a print of each of them.

Check ‘em out and bid here. All of the money goes to the High Fives Foundation.

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The Grass is Sweeter

Talking to Nick Waggoner, Sweetgrass Productions director

In our February issue, Associate Editor John Clary Davies profiled Sweetgrass Productions Director Nick Waggoner. He spent two weeks with him in Nelson, B.C., where Sweetgrass is shooting their next film, skiing, sleeping on floors, and getting Valhalla-ed. And he got this video of Waggoner, talking about where he gets his inspiration, why the grass is sweeter in Canada, and skiing for the bing! moment.

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AK the Dubsatch Way

A film about the great white north

The Dubsatch crew gets into some tiny planes and some big mountains in the last frontier.

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Morpheme: A Hero With Moobs

Remembering Glen Doherty, skier and Navy SEAL killed in Benghazi

I learned of Glen’s death through our friend Elf. He called and said that Glen was shot and killed on September 11, 2012, in Benghazi, Libya. We sat without speaking. I can’t call it a comfortable silence, but it is understood. We weren’t searching for the right thing to say, because it doesn’t exist. I don’t know how long we stayed like that, but Elf finally said, “Dawn, I’m getting hungry.”

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Nominees Announced For 2013 Powder Awards

Awards to be presented January 17 from Park City, Utah, and webcast live

With just two weeks remaining until the 13th annual Powder Awards presented by Icelandic Glacial natural spring water, POWDER magazine is pleased to announce the nominees for the 2013 show. The prestigious event will take place for the first time ever on opening night of the Sundance Film Festival at Park City Live in Park City, Utah. The event is open to the public this year with select tickets going on sale this Friday, Jan. 4 at PowderAwards.com.

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Roots: Austria

Salomon Freeski TV goes back to the birthplace of skiing

Austria is the cradle of modern skiing. Chris Rubens and Mike Henitiuk explore the country’s obsession with sliding on snow from the Hahnenkamm to the Arlberg.

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Beacon Search Practice

Rescue Training Centers provide real life burial simulations

When Dean Cardinale uncovered yet another pair of dead backcountry skiers—these two buried just a few feet beneath the snow, the skiers’ friends all around—he decided he had seen too many fatalities. Something needed to change.

Cardinale, the Snowbird ski patrol director, president of Wasatch Backcountry Rescue, owner of World Wide Trekking, and the U.S. representative for the International Commission of Alpine Rescue, took to education. But in the avalanche courses he started teaching he was surprised at how incapable his students were using their transceivers.

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USSA Grand Prix Live Webcast

Watch all the action go down from Copper Mountain

WATCH HERE: See all the action go down from Copper Mountain on Powder.com.

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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.

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