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Winter’s Wind Premieres in Burlington

Ski film is a journey of self-discovery

Just in time to stoke that ski buzz, Winter’s Wind, a film about the rewards, hardship, and discovery of being a ski bum, makes its New England premiere Wednesday night, in Burlington, Vermont. For the film’s producer, writer and cinematographer Matt Herriger, it is a homecoming of sorts. Herriger grew up in New England before embarking on a lifelong quest to find his soul through skiing—a journey that has taken him around the world, including several seasons in Chamonix. Additionally, at least half the film was shot in Vermont, using local characters.

“The roots of skiing in this country started back here,” says Herriger. “I’ve seen a lot of winters in the mountains, but these people seem to love skiing more than anyone.”

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Red Bull Cancels Cold Rush for 2013

Event’s future uncertain

After six incarnations, the Red Bull Cold Rush, which crowned champions Dane Tudor and Rachael Burks last year, will not return for the 2013 season.

Information from Red Bull about the event’s future revealed only nebulous hints, typical of the brand’s tight PR ship. Exhaustion of the Silverton venue was only a “minor consideration” among a host of others according to a Red Bull event spokesperson. They plan on using a Cold Rush-free 2013 to “potentially” find a new venue for the event in 2014 or later. Suspending big events is nothing unusual for Red Bull, who has hosted the Red Bull Rampage mountain bike contest intermittently over the past ten years. The brand also suggested that if an alternative venue warrants a new course design or contest format altogether, they’ll consider it.

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MSP’s “Counting up to 20″ Episode 14

Classic Pollard style in 2006's Push

One of MSP’s seven Movies of the Year, Push was full of all-stars and memorable moments. One of the segments that put this film over the top was this piece starring Eric Pollard. With incredible switch skills and the smoothest style in the business, Pollard had—and still has—a way of making it look like he’s having more fun on skis than anyone else. Check it out, and come back every Thursday as we count up to 20.

Episode 1 Soul Sessions and Epic Impressions
Episode 2 The Hedonist
Episode 3 The Tribe
Episode 4 Fetish
Episode 5 Pura Vida
Episode 6 Sick Sense
Episode 7 Global Storming
Episode 8 Ski Movie
Episode 9 Ski Movie II
Episode 10 Ski Movie III
Episode 11 Focused
Episode 12 Yearbook
Episode 13 The Hit List

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Junk in the Truck: Skullcandy Aviators

Something for your earholes

Jay-Z had a hand in designing the Skullcandy Aviators. We heard he listens to

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Welcome to BrewTAH

Alta makes beer for Utah skiers

Once upon a time in Little Cottonwood Canyon, a group of skiers decided to build a resort. Through unique vision, hard work and ingenuity, the Alta Ski Area rose from the remnants of an old mining town. The 2012-2013 ski season is Alta’s 75th and the management has come up with the best way to commemorate the occasion: Beer.

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MSP’s “Counting up to 20″ Episode 13

Hoji moves out of the park in 2005's The Hit List

From huge lines in Terrace to massive booters at Whistler, Eric Hjorleifson puts on a show that exemplifies his progression from self-proclaimed “park rat” to one of the most well-rounded skiers of this generation. Long before the beard, Hoji was demonstrating skills that had veterans taking note. Check it out, and come back every Thursday as we count up to 20.

Episode 1 Soul Sessions and Epic Impressions
Episode 2 The Hedonist
Episode 3 The Tribe
Episode 4 Fetish
Episode 5 Pura Vida
Episode 6 Sick Sense
Episode 7 Global Storming
Episode 8 Ski Movie
Episode 9 Ski Movie II
Episode 10 Ski Movie III
Episode 11 Focused
Episode 12 Yearbook

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A Skier’s Journey: Dubai

Every night in Dubai it snows

Dubai is the unlikeliest of ski destinations, but it has a local ski hill. Its 200 vertical feet of air conditioning and desalinated frozen ocean rising up out of a shopping mall. And the “mountain” has its locals: Emirati dreaming of winter, ex-pats from the Alps, who carve GS turns down the manmade slopes. You can ski every day, for 12 hours a day. And, as Jordan Manley and Chad Sayers found out, a turn feels the same just about anywhere.

See the first episode of “A Skier’s Journey: Japan” here.

[Update] When we posted this story it stirred up some blowback about the environmental responsibility of manmade skiing, and whether we should be promoting skiing in the heart of the desert. Jordan Manley and his co-director David Irvine chimed in. Here’s what they had to say about Dubai:

Why did we go to Dubai?

The A Skier’s Journey series hasn’t necessarily been about promoting each location, though we’ve fallen in love with more than one place along the way. The series has been a survey of the global landscape of skiing as it exists, in its many forms.

The not-so-great ecological story of Dubai is well known and documented. At the same time, and in spite of this, in the midst of this, there seemed to be a real skiing community here. This contradiction, the fact that both of these things might be true, made us uncomfortable. Can something be real and good, even if it is predicated on so much that is not?

It was fascinating to meet someone who had never skied outdoors, whose entire ski experience was produced by an impressively engineered and incredibly energy intensive facility. And that, at the end of the day, it harnessed just enough gravity, made just enough snow, to maybe just look like, and maybe just feel like skiing. As someone whose idea of skiing is so closely related to the idea of being outside in the mountains, I found it fascinating to meet someone that shared a passion for skiing, yet had so many of the elements that I cherish stripped away from it. In some ways, what we found was modest, raw skiing.

Ultimately, this episode was made to explore a different kind of skiing, and hopefully it would lead to the internal question, “What is skiing?” Why do we love it? What are the elements (community? the physical motion of it? your environment?) that make it special and real to each of us?

Dubai sits at the extreme edge of what might be considered a ski location/culture. Probing at the margins of skiing, where the most romanticized elements of modern downhill skiing become stripped away, we felt was the best place to ask these questions.

—Jordan Manley and Daniel Irvine (directors)

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Vote for the 2013 POWDER Awards Reader Poll

Who's the best skier? You make the call.

You’ve got opinions, right? The 2013 POWDER Awards are coming up, and you, the reader, have an important role in how the night turns out. As tradition dictates, readers are asked to vote for their favorite men and women athletes in the Reader Poll by voting online at www.PowderAwards.com, or by tweeting, or posting an Instagram photo and tagging it #PowderAwardsVote. So make your voice heard, and see who wins on the night of January 17, 2013. Will Tom Wallisch and Ingrid Backstrom keep their places at the top of your list, or will someone new knock them off the podium?

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The Winner of the Second “Pick the Trick” Contest

Did you guess right?

Did you guess which trick David Wise threw in the second round of the “Pick the Trick” contest? Switch double 9, that’s what.

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