The Spiel on El Niño

We know winter is a ways out, but we couldn’t resist

There’s a particular tree, a big Cottonwood, that grows on the side of the main road in my hometown. We call it the Snow Tree and it’s said that the first snowfall won’t come until it loses all of its leaves. I trust that tree more than I trust rumors of El Niño, especially in summers like this one when predictions of El Niño are rampant. I realize I might be a little jaded—as a skier in California, I’ve learned to be skeptical until there’s fresh snow in the driveway. So I called a forecaster I could trust, Joel Gratz, of, a skier’s kind of weatherman. Here’s what Gratz had to say about the winter ahead. (Although I still have more faith in that tree.):


Dynafit Borax Jacket – Junk in the Trunk

Lightweight, insulated, and great for storm day missions

Say Dynafit, and chances are, you’ll think tech bindings. However, skiers packing for mountain missions should keep the German ski company on their radar for outerwear, too. One piece worth eyeing is version 2.0 of Dynafit’s Borax insulated jacket.


The Making of the Buyer’s Guide

Behind the scenes at Powder Week

Here’s a snapshot of the research that goes in to finding the best skis for our Buyer’s Guide. For reviews of this year’s top skis, boots, and bindings, pick up a copy of the September issue or check out the digital version of our 2015 Buyer’s Guide.


Week In Review: Brighton Buys Solitude—Psyche!

Rugby skiing, Olympic medal wedding rings, where's my ski mask facekini?

All the news fit for skiers the week ending August 15, 2014.


VIDEO: Bonus Footage from 4FRNT

A preview of what's to come when the 4FRNT flick drops this fall

Teasing the teaser to their upcoming flick, Elements, 4FRNT dropped this edit this week. Featuring Niklas Karlstrom, Mack Jones, Yan Bussieres, and Timmy Gage, these are the clips that didn’t make the cut (this lil’ edit will be included in the “bonus features.” You know, with the crash reels at the end of the DVD). So what’s that say about the big picture? If the skiing is this good in the clips collected from the cutting room floor, then good things are ahead.

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Junk In The Trunk: Mountain Hardwear Stretchstone Jeans

The pair of jeans you'll wear every day this winter

The Stretchstone jeans do well when H2O is falling because they have a DWR finish that keeps most of the water out.


VIDEO: Tim McChesney Goes To France

How you say... zis edit is awesome?

Superunknown VII finalist Tim McChesney taps into the Frenchie ski magic at La Balme, Candide’s stomping grounds in La Clusaz, France.


Chilean Freeskiing Championships Cancelled

Low snow conditions forced cancellation of event at El Colorado, Chile, later this month

“Unfortunately we had to make the decision to cancel the championship,” stated Jorge Jaqueih, marketing manager for The North Face Chile. “This winter was not what we expected and with the current conditions it`s not possible to produce an event with the quality we look for. As a brand, we have always aimed to make the best events in the Southern Hemisphere, but we have no indication that assures us we will have the conditions to do it. The decision to cancel the event is based on the lack of snow and a forecast that is not favorable for future days. We deeply regret what this means for athletes and all who love the snow and big mountain freeriding.”

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Week In Review: Aspen Gets Physical

Gay Ski Week in trouble! Who skied it better?! Call me Katy Perry!

All the news fit for skiers the week ending August 8, 2014.


Video: Sierra Quitiquit Is a Ray of Sunshine

In classic Sierra fashion, the lovely lady heads to New Zealand for a dreamy summer vacation.

THE SMILES! THE GIGGLES! PINK! SUNSHINE! It’s all too much. Seriously, how is there so much sunshine? I’m knee-deep in a So Cal summer, and I’ve never seen that much sunshine. But what do I know? The sun always shines down on Sierra. Nothing is more right than this all-around sparkly good time in which Sierra kills it in the beautiful kiwi mountains then attempts to hug some sheep, who seem cute but turn out to be kinda rude. Either that, or intimidated by Sierra’s inexhaustible good vibes. Sheep, why won’t you hug her? I’ll hug her.


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