Rory Bushfield and The Family Circus

Nitro Circus welcomes Rory Bushfield

Two summers ago, my roommate and I drove through the Nevada desert to Las Vegas for the first Nitro Circus Live show in the States. At the invitation of Nitro member and professional skier Erik Roner, we toured the backstage area , met the cast and crew, and watched the mayhem ensue. From afar the Nitro Circus looks like a mainstream media “adrenaline junkie” cast of misfits, but in reality, they’re a friendly, welcoming crew whose actions should be the model for every professional athlete, extreme or no. Behind the scenes, there is virtually no ego, a lot of positivity, and encouragement.

Joining the crew this last summer was skier Rory Bushfield. At the behest of Travis Pastrana, Bushy ran away to the Circus on their highly-acclaimed Australian Tour. The Nitro family released this video highlighting a few of Bushy’s antics from this past summer. Way to represent, Rory, and nice double back, bud.

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Sochi Announces Slogan for the 2014 Olympics

And it is terrible

Yesterday, to highlight the fact that there are 500 short days until skiers will be doing flippy spinny things in the Olympic Halfpipe, the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee announced their Olympic Slogan.

It’s bad. Real bad.

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Keystone Sessions

The Orage team goes to Colorado, and drops a grip of edits.

The Orage team is putting out 14 edits this winter, compiled from their travels last season. They dropped the first few, from a park shoot at Keystone, in a chunk, so you can press play, sit back, and watch Banks Gilberti, Chris Logan, McRae Williams and Phil Casabon ski.

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September Skiing in Chamonix

Fall turns in France

Nate Wallace sent over this edit of Thor Husted skiing in Chamonix last Thursday. It’s nothing mind-blowing, just some cruise-y early-season turns on a run that seems like it’s miles long, but it looks fun. Really fun. Like, all I want to do right now is walk away from my computer, put my boots on, and make sunny swish turns fun. Sure, pictures of snow in the mountains are nice for firing the pre-season stoke, but videos like this make it feel like it’s really on.

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Notes from the Road

The MSP Films tour makes the rounds.

The Matchstick road crew is taking the Superheroes of Stoke on tour. Here’s what they’ve seen at their first few stops.

Vancouver, Canada

Roadies Jeff Berman and Rob Greener sailed through the border to America junior with ease, no rubber gloves needed for the MSP road crew. A true Indian summer is upon us and its hard to think skiing is around the corner t-minus 60 days and counting.

In North Van fashion, we had an explosive rowdy crowd stoked to see something in the terms of the winter season. On hand we had the backbone of MSP: Hoji, Heimer, and Townsend. The autograph line was slammed from doors open till the start of the movie. Movie goers were treated with complimentary Red Bull and plenty of beer to get the party started before Superheroes of Stoke.

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Glen Plake appears on CNN

CNN's Anderson Cooper interviews Glen Plake about the Manaslu avalanche.

CNN’s Anderson Cooper interviews Glen Plake about the Manaslu avalanche.

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Greg Hill’s Account of the Manaslu Avalanche

The Canadian mountaineer on the slide and the conditions leading up to it

“In all mountain travel there is an assumed risk, one that we take since we are searching for adventure.”

That’s how Greg Hill starts his account of last weekend’s fatal avalanche on Manaslu, and it underscores how important it is to weigh risk in the mountains. Hill is most likely still alive because he chose an untraditional campsite and was away from the main camp when the slide kicked off.

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Ted “Grampa Grunt” Quintin, 1939-2012

The owner and operator of Grampa Grunt's Lodge in Vermont passed away on Friday the 21st

On Friday, September 21, 2012, Ted “Grampa Grunt” Quintin passed away at his home in Montgomery Center, Vermont. He was 73. Born September 5, 1939 in Houlton, Maine, Quintin was the first paid ski instructor at Jay Peak, an engineer, lobster diver, and former U.S.-Canada border patrol officer. However, he will be best remembered as the owner and operator of the iconic ski lodge, Grampa Grunts Lodge, also located in Montgomery Center, only a few miles from Jay Peak. Known for his love of playing cards (he won the lodge in a card game in 1969) and hospitality, Quintin played host to thousands of ski bums searching for deep powder in the Jay trees, a cheap place to stay, and a greasy-spoons breakfast.

When reached by phone, Quintin’s son, Brad Quintin, said he plans to continue to operate the lodge in his father’s memory.

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Henrik Harlaut wins Freestyle.ch

Zurich, Switzerland, hosts the first city big air of the season

Freestyle.ch officially kicked off the city big air events in Zurich, Switzerland, this past weekend and it didn’t disappoint. Henrik Harlaut took the win with his patented nose-butter double 12, which is a trick some would’ve deemed impossible only a few years ago. Actually, if you took a time machine back to the switch 10 days of big air events and told the competitors, “Hey guys! Just a heads up, in a few years there’s going to be a kid nicknamed E’Dollo throwing nose-butter dub 12s at a city big air,” they promptly would’ve clicked out of their bindings, thrown their poles to the side, and muttered, “F*ck this. I quit.” In other words, nice job Henrik.

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Heli Ski Pioneer Dies in Fall

Theo Meiners, owner of Alaska Rendezvous Heli-Guides, fatally falls in accident

Legendary Alaska heli-ski pioneer Theo Meiners fell to his death last night at the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage, Alaska. The owner of Alaska Rendezvous Heli-Guides, Meiners was there for the International Snow Science Workshop (ISSW), a convention of leading snow scientists and avalanche experts held every two years. According to reports from Alaska news agencies, the 59-year-old Meiners fell from a second-floor escalator. Police say he was pronounced dead at the scene.

One of the first to dedicate his life to heli skiing in Alaska, Meiners worked for Valdez Heli-Ski Guides from 1996 to 2000 alongside Doug Coombs and other luminaries. A certified ski instructor for over 30 years, he coached and guided skiing around the world at such places as Aspen, Jackson, Chile, and Alaska.

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