A Skier’s Journey Episode Three: Iceland

In Iceland's rough and remote Westfjords region, Chad Sayers, Forrest Coots, and Chad Manley step back in time to revisit a way of life that lasted 1000 years.

With the guidance of local friends Siggi Jonsson and Runar Karlsson, they traverse the storied landscape via sailboat, kayak, and ski, exploring what it would have been like to survive there for so many generations. Each ski run begins and ends with seaweed underfoot, while waterfalls, lichen-clad couloirs, and stories of humans past make up the in-between.

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2013 POWDER AWARDS MOVES TO PARK CITY

Vote Via Twitter and Instagram Using #PowderPollVote or at PowderAwards.com

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. (December 3, 2012) – The Powder Awards presented by Icelandic Glacial has been hosted in Las Vegas and Aspen over the years, and this year is heading to Park City Live in Park City, Utah, on January 17, 2013. Home to three resorts—Canyons, Park City Mountain Resort, and Deer Valley—skiing is at the heart of the small mountain town’s allure and the ideal venue for the 13th annual Powder Awards.

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MSP’s “Counting up to 20″ Episode 15

The Whistler jump in 2007's Seven Sunny Days

This is one shoot that almost never happened. After a long season of filming and competing, MSP assembled a team of superstars in Whistler, B.C. Jon Olsson, Simon Dumont, T.J. Schiller, Colby West, Sammy Carlson, and others waited for days in the rain for one chance at this J.O.I.-style feature—one of the best jumps MSP has ever shot, and the inspiration for MSP’s 2012 Whistler jump in Superheroes of Stoke

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 14 Push

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Skiers Vote More Than Other People

With Election Day voter turnout above 80 percent in most places, ski towns rocked the vote

One doesn’t usually think of ski towns as hotbeds of political passion, but judging by data from the November 2012 election, the stereotype of the apathetic ski bum focused solely on powder turns and beer isn’t true.

Voters in ski towns turned out at a significantly higher rate than the national average of 58 percent, according to state and county election results. More than 90 percent of active voters turned out in several ski resort-centered counties in Colorado. In Oregon, Mount Hood’s Clackamas County boasted an 83 percent voter turnout rate, and more than 80 percent of eligible voters turned out in Deschutes County, which includes Mount Bachelor and other resorts. Voter turnout was also high in Mono County, California, home of Mammoth, Utah’s Summit County, and in Montana.

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Free Ski Movies! Fresh! Hot!

Two new ski films available online for absolutely nothin'

Grab the chips and dip and crack open a beer. It’s movie night in America and Canada.

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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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