Echo Mountain to Become The Front Range Ski Club

Denver mom buys ski hill, plans to turn it into a race training facility

Echo Mountain, formerly Denver’s neighborhood jib hill, was sold this week and will now become The Front Range Ski Club. According to Sheldon Good & Company, who conducted the sale, the hill will operate on a membership basis and “have a heavy emphasis on after-school programs for young alpine racers looking for advanced training.”

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Sweetgrass Productions “On the Road” Episode XI: “Termas”

Fighting Murphy's law at Termas de Chillan

After weeks of waiting, getting foiled by the government, and eating through their cheese supply, the Sweetgrass crew gets into basecamp near Termas de Chillan.

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Life of Symms – This column is brought to you by…

From the September 2011 (40.1) issue of POWDER, John Symms sounds off on the problem with energy drink sponsorship

Allow me to let you in on a little secret. Those energy drink cans your heroes are drinking from at thebottom of their televised contest runs? They’re not full of energy drink; they’re full of water. That’s what athletes drink when they want to function at the highest level. Anybody who tells you otherwise is full of, shall we say, energy drink.

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New Nimbus Trailer and Webisode Schedule

Check the Trailer

This fall, Pollard, Pep, Benchetler, Mahre and friends are dropping three full-length En Route webisodes and three short Point and Shoot episodes. Here’s the schedule for En Route, the accompanying Point and Shoots will follow:
- En Route Hokkaido October 1
- En Route Arlberg November 5
- En Route Sled BC December 3

Click “Read More” below to watch the 2012-13 Nimbus Independent trailer.

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Skier X and Two Other Disciplines Out for Winter X Games 2013

Skier X, SBX, and Mono Ski X get axed at X

In a relatively unexpected move, ESPN pulled the plug on three Winter X Games sports, pushing Skier X, Snowboarder X, and Mono Skier X off the docket for 2013 and leaving many in the ski world scratching their heads.

“[The athletes] are all bummed. [The] X Games brought a ton of exposure and good prize money into the sport[s],” says Daron Rahlves the 2008 Winter X Games Skier X Gold medalist. “With it gone now it’s going to really hurt…the athletes. X was the proving ground.”

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Talking to JF Houle

What's in the cards for the Canadian slopestyle athlete?

JF talks about injuries, overcoming shyness, and having JF Cusson as a coach.

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Salomon Freeski TV Season 6 Teaser

Twelve episodes starting October 9th

When we talked to Mike Douglas last spring about this season of Salomon Freeski TV, he said it was far and away the best work they’ve ever done, that they’d gone to cooler places, profiled more interesting people, and found better stories. It’s his job to say that, but Douglas isn’t much of a bullshitter. The Freeski TV trailer dropped today and it’s got the balance of cripsy shots, good storytelling, and interesting locations (Douglas said Russia was a highlight) that I’ve come to expect from the Switchback crew. The Godfather was apparently speaking the truth. I’m excited to watch all of them. Except maybe the GoPro edit.

Bonus points: If you look closely right around the minute mark you can see the shot that made our September cover.

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The Skier’s Edge

The Big Mountain Series machine is the new trainer for skiers. No, really.

As soon as our intern Kade set up the machine, presumptions deflated. You’ve heard of Skier’s Edge and probably seen one in action. Picture an older, fit guy sporting a Russell Athletic headband sliding from side to side in the corner of the gym, visions of virgin groomers at Deer Valley in his sights. That’s what we had in mind. But since testing out the T5 Big Mountain Series edition, our Skier’s Edge stereotypes have changed.

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High Five The Wave

High Fives Non-Profit takes a ride down to San Clemente, California, for an adaptive surf camp

For the last few years, High Fives Non-Profit Organization has been the official charity of the Powder Video Awards for a variety of reasons. From helping athletes get back on their feet, supporting their families during the healing process, or simply providing a positive experience, High Fives is something we believe in at The Skier’s Magazine.

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Junk in the Truck: The North Face Gonzo Jacket

Going, Going Gonzo

The North Face’s Gonzo may be the jacket-of-choice for King of Afterbang Tom Wallisch, but it’s a good fit for cord rippers, park rats, and powder hounds, too. The Gonzo doesn’t discriminate—whatever your steeze, this jacket has you covered like jam on toast.

I was worried that when TNF moved into freeskiing they’d abandon their hard-nosed mountaineering mentality for flashy graphics and secret stash pockets. But my fears were kiboshed after demoing the Gonzo. TNF sticks to what it knows: Creating outerwear geared to battle Old Man Winter. The Gonzo features waterproof HyVent technology, which will keep you dry in showers at Shawnee Peak as well as champagne at Chamonix. In addition, an adjustable hem system along the waist and fixed hood lock in heat when weather turns for the worse.

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