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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Review: The Education of Style

The latest from Hall, Harlaut and Casabon premieres in Newport Beach, California

The Inspired Media crew took over the Lido Theater in Newport Beach, California, for the world premiere of The Education of Style. One of the more unique ski films in recent years, Tanner Hall, Phil Casabon, and Henrik Harlaut put their own spin on the modern ski movie.

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Four Major Independent Ski Resorts Form The Mountain Collective

Unprecedented Collaboration Allows Skiers and Riders to Enjoy Alta, Aspen/Snowmass, Jackson Hole and Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows on One Pass

In an unprecedented move, four of the premier independent mountain destinations in the West have created an alliance to form the Mountain Collective™, offering a groundbreaking pass for the 2012-13 season: the Mountain Collective™ Pass.

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September 2012 Issue On Newsstands

Featuring a Sarah Burke tribute, Revelstoke, B.C., feature, and a 61-page Buyer’s Guide

Coming in hot, volume 41 of Powder magazine has arrived on newsstands and in mailboxes.

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Season in Review: Bobby Brown

Bobby Brown tells us about his season

What Mr. Brown got up to this year. Including, but not limited to, sorority formals.

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Robin O’Neill’s MSP Photos

Canadian eye candy

Whistler-based Robin O’Neill, who might just be the most underrated ski photographer out there, just posted a gallery of photos she shot during production of this year’s Matchstick Productions film. They’re beautiful. You should look at them right now. Or maybe you shouldn’t because you’re going to want to move to Pemberton, and spend all your money on heli drops.

Check them out here.

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