Vote for the 2013 POWDER Awards Reader Poll

Who's the best skier? You make the call.

You’ve got opinions, right? The 2013 POWDER Awards are coming up, and you, the reader, have an important role in how the night turns out. As tradition dictates, readers are asked to vote for their favorite men and women athletes in the Reader Poll by voting online at, or by tweeting, or posting an Instagram photo and tagging it #PowderAwardsVote. So make your voice heard, and see who wins on the night of January 17, 2013. Will Tom Wallisch and Ingrid Backstrom keep their places at the top of your list, or will someone new knock them off the podium?


The Winner of the Second “Pick the Trick” Contest

Did you guess right?

Did you guess which trick David Wise threw in the second round of the “Pick the Trick” contest? Switch double 9, that’s what.


Ski Town Throwdown Matchup Preview: Whitefish v. Whistler & Fernie v. Mammoth

The line on the first round of battles

What’s going to happen in the first round of battles? Here are our previews.


Drink Beer and Ski for Your Local Avalanche Center

You can do that. You can totally do that.

The kind of people who want to support avie centers are pretty smart. Or at least smart enough that they’ve found ways to fundraise by getting backcountry skiers to do what they already do: ski and party.

This weekend, the Friends of the Colorado Avalanche Information Center are putting on their annual Benefit Bash, which is arguably Breckenridge’s best party of the year (i.e. you don’t have to go to Cecilia’s). Last year, they raised $72,000 through silent auctions and beer sales. This year they’re shooting for more than $90,000. You can still get tickets here.

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Pretty Faces

Not just another women’s ski movie

If you want to make a girl’s ski movie, you’re going to have to do it yourself. Or, at least put it together yourself.

Perpetually disappointed by the lack of women’s shots in ski films, Lynsey Dyer decided to put together her own movie. “I’ve seen for a long time what’s happened with my own footage,” she says. “I’ve had worthy lines that haven’t made the films, so I knew they existed, and I knew other girls had a similar experience.”

Dyer farmed the hard drives and cutting room floors of production companies like TGR, Warren Miller Entertainment, and Red Bull to pull together forgotten footage from the past few years. She wasn’t the only one frustrated by lack of exposure. A vast number of women skiers—from Angel Collinson to Kaylin Richardson—have jumped on board, contributing clips and helping with editing. The result is Pretty Faces, a feature-length movie slated for a fall 2013 release.

The trailer is out today, and it’s not giggles, tutus, and heavy-handed girl power like some women’s shred films. It’s doubles, laid-out backflips, and ladies saddling up to serious drops. It feels like a legitimate ski movie instead of a soft stoke film. “We could put out ski porn for years, but I want to tell more of a story,” says Dyer.

The project has been self-funded up to this point, but Dyer is in the process of finding a money-making plan to guarantee the film happens. “Probably Kickstarter and straight-up begging,” she says.


Sweettime at the Bunyan Room with Charlie Wheeler

Superhero brawls and Superbowl letdowns at a New Hampshire classic

What is the craziest thing you’ve seen?

Would’ve happened at this year’s Halloween party, just a few weeks ago. We had a packed house and everyone did a great job with their costumes. But two girls were on the dance floor and squared off in a mini dance contest, with one dressed up as Batwoman and one as Superwoman. Everything seemed to be going along great until things started to get chippy. Before I knew it, we had Batwoman and Superwoman in a full-fledged brawl in the middle of the dance floor. It took everyone a minute to realize they were not joking around.


Junk in the Truck: Dakine Drift Down

See you soon, super cold days

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


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.


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.


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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