Early All Time: Powder Mountain, Utah
Forty-two Inch Storm Hits Pow Mow
It all seemed a bit surreal. Pinning it toward Powder Mountain, the Wasatch was blanketed in a heavy winter coat. In one day, thoughts of skiing, looking over weather forecasts, and watching ski movies culminated into the real thing.
Ambush Academy Changes how Amplid Sponsors Skiers
Use the interwebz to go pro
On October 15, ski brand Amplid and GoPro announced the Amplid Ambush Academy, a social media-powered program designed to change athlete sponsorship. In early November, the Academy will select 20 skiers and 20 riders to compete in five monthly challenges by skiing, filming, editing, and posting their video responses to the web. Based off of these responses and the number of viewers, Amplid will name two winners, a skier and boarder, to their pro team.
“With social media, you can control yourself as an athlete,” says Amplid co-founder Peter Bauer. “It’s the star-check for getting into the hall of fame. Look at a case like Tom Wallisch. He made himself famous through channels he could administer… and at some point other media picked up on it.”
The Meltdown South
Mike Hornbeck, Ben Moxham, and Brady Perron go to Chile to make a movie
After five years of summer on the Mount Hood Glacier, Mike Hornbeck, Ben Moxham, and Brady Perron were looking for a shift in gears for their summer skiing fix. Chile turned out to be the perfect answer. They coached at Evolve Chile ski camps and shot their second short film together, The Meltdown South. Following in the footsteps of their first short movie, The Meltdown, they made a candid, no bells and whistles documentary, with all athletes involved shooting on their DSLR cameras. Check out EvolveChile.com to be a part of the adventure next summer. —Corey Stanton
AK Our Way
Utah’s Dubsatch Collective launches new website with Alaska movie teaser
Even though Sam Cohen grew up at the base of Little Cottonwood Canyon, Utah, he’d never seen snow fall from the sky quite like he did in Girdwood, Alaska, in January 2012.
“It just snowed so much,” says Cohen. “We got there and there was a huge storm over 48 hours, and then it was just six inches, eight inches, every night. And then it rained for a bit after a week of constant snow. Right after that, though, it got super cold and starting nuking snow again. You could just see the snow build up in piles or on pillows and see all the layers. It didn’t stop.”
After electing to leave the thin snowpack of Utah in early January, Cohen and Dubsatch skier Leo Aherns and filmer/editor Nate Cahoon flew to Alaska for an indefinite period of time to shoot for their new film, which became “AK The Hard Way.”
“There was no work to be done around here,” says Cohen, “and Alaska had the deepest snowpack in the country.” They met up with fellow Dubsatcher and Alaska native Zach Halverson and skied and skinned around Girdwood—specifically, Alyeska and the backcountry off Turnagain Arm. Eventually, they linked up with POWDER Editor-at-Large Derek Taylor for a feature story on Alyeska that appeared in the October 2012 issue.
Their original goal was to camp out at the Arm, but after building an igloo and enduring the deluge of heavy snow, they decided to stick with the amenities in Girdwood. “We didn’t get to ski as many lines off the Arm as planned,” says Cohen, “because it kept storming.”
Regardless, after spending six weeks in Girdwood and a few more weeks in Haines with Dubsatchers Colter Hinchliffe and Aherns, the Dubsatch scored enough footage for their new film, which will be release soon on their new website. Check out the teaser and experience the record-breaking Alaskan winter through the Dubsatch.
Athletes: Leo Ahrens, Colter Hinchliffe, Lexi Dupont
Guide: Reggie Crist
Photographer: Will Wissman
Producer / Editing / Motion Graphics: Leo Ahrens
Soundtrack: Black Keys // Work Me – Tweak Bird // Shivers”
Junk In The Truck: Oakley Frogskin
Because you’re an American. And a skier
In the mid 1950s, the baddest American mothereffers all wore Ray-Ban Wayfarers. Roy Orbison, Bob Dylan, James Dean, John F. Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe, and Audrey Hepburn donned the simple sunglasses. At the time, the hard plastic shades were a departure from their rounder, metallic predecessors.
Turns for Benny Brackett
Remembering a fallen friend through film
Nick Baron, longtime Line Skis MC and Tahoe transplant by way of New York, edited this short season edit as a way to remember friend and fallen skier Benjamin Brackett. Brackett, 29, was killed in an avalanche on March 1, 2012.
Dane Tudor Signs With Scott
SCOTT Sports signs Dane Tudor on Outerwear and Skis
SCOTT Sports is proud to announce that Dane Tudor has signed on to represent SCOTT Outerwear and Skis. Dane, already on the team for Goggles and Poles, will now also be representing SCOTT for Skis, Outerwear including Gloves, Helmets, and Back Protection.
Five Things to Ignore in the Early Season
Everybody take a deep breath
It used to be that Loveland and A-Basin would waste a bunch of money blowing snow in September so their season pass holders could enjoy two extra months of awful skiing on a landing strip of death and whoever opened a day ahead of the other was featured on the Today Show. Now every Minnesotan hill with a 100-foot beginner slope in the shade is trying to claim opening day. Don’t believe the hype. The season doesn’t begin until you can ski uninterrupted until the spring. There will be plenty of time to bitch and moan that it isn’t a pow day even if you don’t start skiing until Thanksgiving.
Stand By Nimbus
A newly released remix of a Japanese adventure
In 1986, the film Stand By Me was released in theaters, capturing the angst of growing up in an economically diverse town and the importance of having friends you can count on. Also, it single-handedly made walking on train tracks an emotional experience.
In 2007, Nimbus Independent was created and they too made films about friends on an adventure. Also, they single-handedly made skiing backward in powder possible and cool.
So here we are in 2012, and Nimbus is releasing a remix of their Hokkaido segment cut to the song “Stand By Me.” What do these two separate entities have in common? Nothing, really, but that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying the edit.
Mid-Winter Skiing at Baldface Lodge
Whatever, opening day
Sure, it’s opening day season and we should all be salivating over centimeters of snow in the Rockies and Whites and nervously watching webcams. But right now cat-skiing in Canada sounds a little bit better than gaper dodging on the white ribbon of death. Which is why this video of Izzy Lynch and Dan Treadway skiing at Baldface Lodge is making me antsy for the heart of ski season.