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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Seeking: Chill Bro For PBP Screening

Because no one should watch a ski movie alone

The message in Poor Boyz Productions’ new ski flick, “We: A Collection Of Individuals,” is that skiing is fun, but skiing with good friends is the s*#t.

So when I had an opportunity to watch the new PBP movie at Red Bull’s Santa Monica offices last Friday, I knew I needed to embrace my inner Poor Boy and bring a buddy. A rad ski movie at Red Bull’s North American headquarters? This was a ski bro rite of passage, no way I wasn’t sharing the love.

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Inverts at the End of the World

Keri Herman reflects on Latin America’s first international freestyle event

The End of the World Challenge—the FIS-sanctioned slopestyle event held at Cerro Castor in Ushuaia, Argentina earlier this month—might not strike you as anything more than another off-season competition that slope skiers used in their mission to gain points heading into Olympic qualifiers for Sochi. But on the ground in Argentina, it was a big deal. Compared to New Zealand, the other summertime ski hotspot, park skiing has a thin history in Argentina. Even though its western border runs along over 2,000 miles of the Andes Mountains, there are only nine ski resorts, a few modest parks, and not a single halfpipe to be found.

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The Circus Is Back In Town

And Andy Parry is back on snow

‪It’s weird for a 26-year-old man to cheer while watching a web video in an airport, but that’s what I did this morning upon seeing that the chicken-wing eating, hippy-killing monster Andy Parry is back on snow after a knee injury ended his season last year. With 2012-13 winter predictions and movie reviews cramming the web, it’s good to see our friends at The Traveling Circus back in action for season five. That’s right, this show has been on the web for five years. If it was a toddler, it’d be potty trained and headed off to kindergarten. They’ve come a long way in five seasons and it’s nice that the fun is still present. Grab a juice box and enjoy. Try not to holler too loudly. ‬

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Coming Soon: Valhalla

Getting weird with Sweetgrass Productions

It’s still a year away, but, like the film Solitaire, it will undoubtedly leave audiences feeling something they don’t normally walk away with from a ski movie. In this episode, called “Two Years, Five Winters,” we see the crew prepare for the world premiere of Solitaire, (with audiences “watching your soul unfold onscreen,”) as they take the film on tour in the Sweetgrass short-bus. As Waggoner says, “the weary highway of the weird knows no boundaries.”

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It’s always Sunny in Denver

What went down at the Level 1 Premiere

On Saturday, September 8th, friends, families, and athletes stood shoulder to shoulder at the City Hall Amphitheatre in Denver, Colorado, to celebrate the release of Level 1’s 13th film, Sunny. om Wallisch, Tim McChesney, Parker White, Tanner Rainville, Mike Hornbeck, Pat Goodnough, Will Wesson, Wiley Miller, and Chris Logan signed posters for 2 hours + while the theatre filled up. DJ Largechild blasted music on the wheels of steel (read MacBook Pro), drinks flowed from three bars, and raffle tickets were dispensed like candy at a rural New Hampshire street parade.

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Watch the “Tempting Fear” Trailer

Salomon Freeski TV's upcoming documentary about ski mountaineer Andreas Fransson

Following up their success with Josh Dueck’s story “The Freedom Chair,” last year, Switchback Entertainment and Salomon Freeski TV are putting out a documentary about Sweden-born, Chamonix-based ski mountaineer Andreas Fransson. The film, which pulls directly from Fransson’s journal and blog, addresses Fransson’s internal need to push his limits, even after a broken back and the death of his best friend.

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