Week In Review—Welcome Back, Powder 8s!

Panda pow day! Teenage tripler! Danny DeVito dishes skiing!

Jackson Hole brings back Powder 8s, and a fat purse
To celebrate its 50th trip around the sun, Jackson Hole is bringing back the competition that made Pepi Stiegler a Teton icon and put the Wyoming powder paradise on the map. The iconic Powder 8s competition returns to Cody Bowl after a 15-year absence this February (a local qualifier was held last week), featuring some of the top hip-wigglers in the game, and offering a ridiculously fat purse of $10,000 in cash and prizes. That’s a whole lot of DOG breakfast burritos.

Cody LaPlante becomes youngest ever to land triple cork
Thirteen—the age some of us finished second in the 7th grade geography bee, and the age others of us land their first triple cork 1080. This week, barely-teen Cody LaPlante proved that not only can a young gun land a triple, but a young gun can land a triple with some serious style. Sorry, geography bee kids, Cody wins this round.

It’s pretty deep at Revelstoke these days…
Revelstoke is having one of the best years in recent memories, and the boys from Strafe Outerwear decided to see what the hype was all about. The results? A couple of one-way tickets to Trenchtown.

January 2016 is deadliest avalanche month in 25 years
It’s a record that no one wants to remember, but this past month has been the deadliest in terms of avalanches in the past 25 years, according to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center. Fourteen people have died in slides already this season, with 10 of those coming in the last 11 days. Tragedy can never be fully represented by a number, but sometimes a statistic is jarring enough to shake even the most calloused observer. This is one of those times. Be safe out there folks, and live to ski another day.

 

Celebrity Quote of the Week:
“I don’t ski because I am too dangerous. I want to go fast, but I can’t keep from falling. It’s a subject of ridicule, my skiing.”
—Danny DeVito

 

Panda loves pow like the rest of us
This guy gets it. After record storms in D.C., one panda got his pow on and pretty much channeled every feeling I’ve ever had on a powder day.

Video overlay shows identical Hahnenkamm crashes
For all the ski racing nerds out there, here is a pretty interesting video from last week’s carnage at the vaunted Hahnenkamm showing the Hausbergkante jump, which took out three of the top downhill racers on the mens’ side and ultimately shortened the event. Aksel Lund Svindal, Hannes Reichelt, and Georg Streitberger crashed in nearly identical fashion, with Svindal and Streitberger tearing their ACLs. The short clip overlays all three runs to show exactly what went wrong, and interestingly, the footage is nearly identical. Svindal was in the points lead for the World Cup overall at the time of the crash. Read more on the carnage, revelers, and politics at the world’s biggest ski race.

The best steep skiing movie ever?
In honor of his second place finish at last week’s Andorra stop on the Freeride World Tour, here is a look at Swiss madman Jérémie Heitz and his upcoming steep ski project, La Liste. Heitz aims for 15 of the steepest peaks he can find in Europe with one goal in mind: speed. It’s an ambitious goal, but if the trailer is any indicator, this looks like one hell of a ride.