Five Things to Ignore in the Early Season

Everybody take a deep breath

Opening Day
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.

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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.

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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.

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Andreas Fransson’s Lyngen Descents

Norwegian lines with the world's best under-the-radar ski mountaineer.

Andreas Fransson is arguably the world’s best, smartest steep skier. He’s not much of a self promoter; he’s been very quietly ticking off huge descents without trying to create much buzz. But that’s about to change. This year, Mike Douglas produced a documentary about him, which is already winning accolades. We’ve got a profile of Fransson coming out in our December issue, but for now you can watch him climb and ski big lines in the Lyngen Alps. And look like he’s having a hell of a time doing it.

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A Ski Locker Grows in Brooklyn

The ingenuity of the urban skier

Here’s the thing about being a skier in Brooklyn, New York. Your apartment is the size of a garage, and you don’t have a garage to keep your skis and other seasonal junk in. What most urban skiers have is a steel storage unit, typically in a seedy part of town. So when the snow flies and it’s time to drive or fly to the mountains, you first have to spend an afternoon battling traffic and dealing with the general malaise of storage facility life: weepy, recently single souls; angry ex-husbands; devastated widows, sons and daughters, and of course, the bizarrely well-dressed salesman who keeps thousands of boxes of god knows what in unit 3-E.

Last winter I took fate into my own hands, pulled my skis out of storage for the last time, and built a locker of my own outside my room. It cost $85 and fit everything I needed—even my favorite pair of flask-ski poles given to me by Matt Sterbenz over at 4FRNT. Behold…

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The Base Grind: October 7

Your skiing news of the week.

As some rise, so do others fall. According to the French website SkiPass.com (thanks Google translate!), Coreupt is officially liquidated as of September 24th. This August, there was news about some abrupt moves that were being made to make the brand profitable again, but it appears that their financial troubles were too much. This means that the remaining skiers under contract with Coreupt are officially released from their obligations to the brand. Look for announcements of new ski sponsorships for skiers like Kevin Rolland, Justin Dorey and JF Houle in the near future.

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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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