Week In Review — Helicopter Gondola Rescue!

Sammy C joins Armada! North Korea likes snowboarding! PNW tree hunters!

Not your average gondola rescue at Kicking Horse

When Kicking Horse’s gondola ground to a halt last week, I’m sure none of the affected parties thought their day would end quite like this. Forced to evacuate the lift, ski patrol opted to airlift stuck passengers to safety, essentially throwing them out of gondola cabins attached to a harness swinging from a helicopter. Check out this POV footage, and tell me this isn’t one hell of a ride. Thankfully these guys found a silver lining here, but this is not my idea of a good time.

It’s tree hunting season in the PNW

Don’t understand the Pacific Northwest’s obsession with tree skiing? Here’s a video that sheds a night light on the situation. It’s been mmm…mmm…good out West.

While you were Festivus-ing: Canada sells China canned air

In a scene that only President Skroob could truly appreciate, a pair of unlikely Canadian entrepreneurs is cashing in on China’s air pollution woes, exporting the country’s second largest commodity (behind the Biebs, of course): air. What originally started as a joke between co-founders Moses Lam and Troy Paquette, Vitality Air began bottling air outside Banff National Park for novelty purposes, but quickly found that people in smog-ridden China were willing to pay a premium for a breath (or three?) of clean mountain air. Their most recent shipment, 4,000 bottles priced at $15 a pop, has already sold out. Man, why didn’t I think of this!?

Euro Style invades Breck

Antti Ollila proves that some styles are simply beyond replication. Oh, and welcome to the show Giulia Tanno—this girl rips.

Korea shatters snowlerblade world record!

Thank you, South Korea, for progressing winter sports into 2016. Combining two of the hottest things in skiing right now, snow skates and ski apps, one man (and his one foot) changed history this week, recording the longest ever single-footed snow skate on record. If that doesn’t get the blood pumping, the thumping techno track surely will. Bravo sir, you are the hero we all needed this week.

P.S. Snowlerblading is called “skiating” in Korea. Who knew?

P.P.S. What do you think this guy’s single leg squat game is like? #gymgoals

Stirring it up with The Soup Episode 2

If this doesn’t make you want to go and ski the home hill with your friends then I’m sorry…it’s too late for you. Another heater coming from my favorite crew in skiing this year—The Soup!

Snow News: North Korea invites three snowboarders to try ski resort

Apparently in between tinkering on H-Bombs, Kim Jong-un is a major snow surfing fan. To kick off the New Year, the North Korean leader invited three of the world’s best snowboarders to sample the goods at the country’s Masikryong ski area. Legends Terje Haakonsen, Dan Liedhal, and Mike Ravelson are scheduled to visit the resort starting this Saturday, though recent current events may have shaken up the itinerary a bit. C’mon Kim, drop cliffs not bombs. Everybody knows that!

Sammy C joins Armada family

It’s about as close to The Decision as it gets in skiing. Sammy Carlson, aka King Sampson, is taking his talents to Armada, a move made official this week via the company’s Vimeo channel. Good skis for a good skier—I’ll support that.