Week In Review — Drake Goes Internet Skiing!

New Olympic events! Alta hosts Dew Tour...sorta! Skiing? Whine about it!

Alta hosts Dew Tour
Did you realize that Alta hosted an impromptu Dew Tour stop last year? Yeah neither did I, but apparently Giray Dadali (ahem…Ahmet’s brother), Stephen Pille, Mitchell Brower, Kevin Brower, and Ryan Vitale went toe-to-toe box on one of the worst groomed courses in competition history. It’s unclear who took the top spot in last year’s self-anointed exhibition, but with all of those face shots I’d argue they’re all winners. Keep the #progression alive, boys.

World Cup season opens with new event
Ted Ligety took home his 25th career World Cup win in the season’s inaugural giant slalom event in Soelden, Austria, but it was Aspen Mountain that really stole the show this week. While it may seem like the Colorado mountain was simply laying down snow ahead of its November World Cup event, the resort is actually training for an as-of-yet unannounced event ahead of 2022: Snowblowing. According to satellite camera phone images, China has been mastering its white ribbons of death for the past couple of seasons with full intentions of sweeping the podium, but Aspen’s latest move suggests they may be in for a rude awakening. Amerikuh!

Kidding aside…
Alpine racing is badass. Don’t believe me? Check this trailer for Streif. Still don’t believe me? Careful that intimidating Austrian accent from the end can hear you. Shh…

Drake is skiing us into the weekend
The Internet blew up with spoofs of Drake’s newest video, “Hotline Bling”, and Internet skiers kicked it up a notch. Move over Kanye, there’s a new ski rapper in town.

‘Whine about it’ tackles skiing
The popular drink-and-complain web series finally took a swing at skiing and the man brings up some interesting, albeit totally weird, issues with skiing. Tony Hawk would be proud.

ABM goes H-A-M
Alert the authorities, because Alex Beaulieu Marchand’s skiing is criminal. The Quebecois skied on metal and concrete and stuff for his feature edit, Wild Indians, and it’s the most impressive thing I’ve seen all week. While we wait for powder, respect the folk out there getting it in them streets.

Jiminy Peak goes solar
Massachusetts staple Jiminy Peak has already introduced wind turbines to reduce its footprint, but the ski area announced this week that it’s taking things a step greener, installing 7,500 solar panels across 12 acres to offset 90-percent of its energy needs. With the move Jiminy joins statesman Berkshire East and Maine’s Mt. Abram as leaders in solar and wind-powered ski areas.

Respect the John John Florence game
It may not be skiing, but I’d challenge any of you to shred anything as hard as John John. This flick is going to be absolute fire.

REI closing on Black Friday
In what is ending up being a brilliant marketing scheme, REI has decided to close its doors on the hell that is Black Friday, urging its employees and community to get outside instead. Using the hashtag #OptOutside to power the charge, REI announced that its 143 storefronts will remain locked on Thanksgiving and Black Friday, its online orders won’t be processed until Saturday, and its employees will receive paid days off. Not bad REI, now if we could just convince the other guys…