Junk in the Truck: Dakine Drift Down

See you soon, super cold days

Perfect for resort skiing, not too puffy.
Dakine.com , $349

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Émile Allais

Founder of the French ski school passes away at 100

Émile Allais, considered by many to be the first superstar French skier, died October 17 at the age of 100. Allais saw several generations of skiers come of age and helped found and develop skiing in the Alps. He established the French Ski School that still exists in most French resorts today and worked at Squaw Valley and Portillo, Chile later in his career, before settling back in Europe as technical director at Courchevel.

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Pick the Trick Contest

Win a David Wise head-to-toe O'Neill outerwear package.

Enter the Pick the Trick Contest. Guess the trick that David Wise throws and you’ll be entered to win a David Wise head-to-toe O’Neill outerwear package.

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An Adventure in Transition

Banks Gilberti tells the story of his season through film

“There are no words to describe how happy this video makes me every time I watch it, and I really hope it can do the same for you.” —Banks Gilberti

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Oakley’s Airwave Goggle

A sneak peek at Oakley's new goggle with heads-up display

Today, Oakley is launching the Airwave, a new goggle that has heads-up display, GPS and smartphone connectivity, and a whole grip of other features. Andy McSorley from Oakley told us all about it.

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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.

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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.”

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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

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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
Cinematography: Everyone
Producer / Editing / Motion Graphics: Leo Ahrens
Soundtrack: Black Keys // Work Me – Tweak Bird // Shivers”

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Junk In The Truck: Oakley Frogskins

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.

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