Utah gives Kobe Bryant a ski sendoff
To celebrate the Black Mamba’s final NBA stop in Utah, the Jazz gifted Kobe Bryant with a brand new pair of Salomon skis and a Snowbird ski pass. The best part? Apparently the act of kindness all stems from Kobe telling former teammate Rick Fox how bummed he was that he had never been skiing. Thanks to one of the Lakers’ worst seasons on record, the Future Hall of Famer might even realize that wish a little earlier, as Snowbird is set to ski well into late spring. Tips up, Kobe!
— Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) March 28, 2016
Charges against Picabo Street dropped
Nearly four months after being charged with assault and domestic violence in the presence of a child, Olympic gold medalist Picabo Street was exonerated this week when a Utah judge dismissed the charges. According to the police report, she “had got in a fight” with her father in Park City last December before calling the cops, an account that was later contested. Good to see Peek out of trouble, here’s to hoping for smoother turns ahead.
Don’t do it! OSCAR!
Oldie, but goodie. OSCAR!
Uber onesies for Gaper Day—a thing
Kittens, shmittens. Popular rideshare app Uber upped their game this week, offering the lucky locals of Breckenridge a chance to have Gaper Day onesies driven to their doorstep. The idea was a collaboration with Colorado-based gear rental company GetOutfitted, and was timed around the popular April Fool’s ski shenanigans. From 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday afternoon, Summit County could slide over to the “UberOnesie” toggle to score a free (and stylish) outerwear wedgie. For the first time (maybe ever?), I can honestly say I’m jealous of Summit County. Well done, dudes and dudettes.
— Uber Colorado (@Uber_CO) March 31, 2016
Léo Taillefer and crew hit Les Arcs
As we wait for the backcountry to settle out and corn season to take off, let’s take a trip to Les Arcs where GoPro Line of the Winter winner Léo Taillefer and crew spent January boosting flavorful lines over old school hip hop tracks. Quel style!
Adventure Ski: Red Rocks Amphitheater
Okay, so it’s not the most extreme ski destination, but hey, it’s friggin’ Red Rocks! After the Colorado Front Range received a late-season snow surge, an intrepid couple decided to lay on edge on one of the most well known amphitheaters in North America. Honestly how many people can say they’ve skied down a Dave Matthews Band venue? Well, now at least one man can. Bless his soul (patch).
Avalanche Canada issues public alert
Due to rapidly increasing avalanche danger across Western Canada, Avalanche Canada released a public statement this week warning against travel in the backcountry. The statement, which has been picked up by local news organizations like the Revelstoke Review and the Calgary Herald, says the year’s first major warming event could kick off a very active avalanche cycle including “full depth avalanches with catastrophic results” through the weekend. Maybe that weekend of pond-skimming doesn’t sound too bad after all.