A-Basin Opens for the Season, Europe Gets Hammered

Colorado’s Araphoe Basin one-upped the Pacific Northwest this week, opening for the season Sunday and sending I-70’s PBR-saturated park rats into a frenzy. Not to be outdone, nearby Loveland opened up Thursday with three trails and Wolf Creek starts spinning lifts this weekend.

Across the pond, the Alps got slammed with over 40 cm’s of snow (about 16 inches to you uncultured ruffians) with Austria’s Tirol and Salzburgerland reporting close to 70 cm’s (27 inches). Several glaciers, including the Grande Motte, Pitztal, and Stubai, are now open for schussing.

European Freeski Open Is On And Poppin’ for 2014

European Freeskiing Open: Home of a view that doesn't suck. PHOTO: Courtesy of Dan Zelazo/Flickr

European Freeskiing Open: Home of a view that doesn’t suck. PHOTO: Courtesy of Dan Zelazo/Flickr

After learning that Winter X Games Europe was cancelled last week, the Old World can find some solace in the return of the European Freeski Open this season after a two-year hiatus. Announced this week, the event will be held at LAAX in Switzerland March 27-29 and feature both men’s and women’s slopestyle and $30,000 in prize money. To top off all that action, unofficial reports confirm that Jon Olsson and his posse of Swedish male models will be emceeing the event. Grattis Jon!

Ski Patrol Documentary Snow Guardians Released For Rental

While Snow Guardians may sound like the next tribe to be introduced in Game of Thrones, it’s actually a pretty neat little documentary about the ski patrollers that put it all on the line for us to enjoy a few powder turns. An F9 Films production, the film follows Montanan patrollers and the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center as they forecast, ski cut, and bomb some of the most advanced terrain in the country day in and day out. An interesting portrait on the profession many of us take for granted, the whole film is available to rent on Vimeo for $9.95 (with proceeds paying for production costs). Grab some popcorn, put your feet up, and watch why we’re glad these guys are on our side.

FWT’s Josh Daiek Drops New Edit

Freeride World Tour competitor Josh Daiek gives us a glimpse into Kirkwood’s mountain playground in his latest edit, released this week. He and Kirk have a decent relationship these days, seeing as he won the 2011 North American Freeski Championship and the 2012 Freeskiing World Tour stop in Kirkwood’s legendary Cirque zone, and now they seem more buddy-buddy than ever. Watch Daiek drop into burly chutes and sphincter-clenching spines in this edit, and read about the man behind the face mask in the October issue feature, “Free Birds.”

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Team Armada Goes to South Korea

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Skiing Meets Miley Cyrus

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Preseason Checklist: Cross-Training

While the rest of you guys are doing hill workouts and squat lunges to prep for the season, I’ll be stepping up my game with a little prancercising. Laugh now, but when I tiptoe by you on the bootpack and then bust into après like Baryshnikov, you’ll know who made the right choice. Jam on Lee!

Honorable Mention: Candide Thovex Nearly Hit By Cow

This is almost really big news because a cow almost hit Candide Thovex while he was skiing preseason with Sammy Carlson. Maybe next time, cow.