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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.”

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Alta Magic

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.

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