Week in Review: American Skier Turns Mexican

Euro skiers love Pharrell! Grass Skiing Galore! Where is Sammy Carlson?! Why am I yelling?!

Pharrell has Euro skiers feeling “Happy”

Pharrell Williams and his big hat have officially taken over the universe. After sweeping over Antarctica, Tatooine, and everywhere in between, Mr. Williams and that obnoxiously catchy song, “Happy,” have even found their way onto the ski slopes. European website PlanetSki.com hosted a “Happy” video challenge this week, featuring a new video each day. Don’t believe me? Check out this video from Slovakia (and the girl at :35) and see what all the kids are talking about.

American ski racer now a Mexican ski racer?

Sarah Schleper, a four-time Olympic alpine skier for the United States, will return to World Cup competition this year as a representative of the Mexican Ski Team, according to the Washington Post. Uh, wait, that’s allowed? Well, according to reports, the Colorado native actually became a citizen of Mexico after marrying her husband, a native of Mexico, and the International Ski Federation granted her a release from the U.S. Team—making her a legitimate Mexican competitor. She joins the flamboyant Hubertus von Hohenlohe, the German prince that has skied for Mexico in six Olympic Games, as the only two members of the Mexican Ski Team. Don’t call it a comeback, but expect to see the spiciest dame on skis rocking the red, white, and green on the World Cup circuit as early as next season.

ON3P team drops in for a visit

Here’s 13 minutes of why the ON3P team is one of the best park crews around. Small dogs Karl Fostvedt, John Kutcher, Jake Doan, and friends doing some big dog things.

Vermont ski resorts boast biggest numbers in the East

For the umpteenth year in a row, Vermont recorded the highest skier visits in the East and the third highest in the U.S. Early season snow and good end-of-season weather contributed to one of the longer East Coast seasons in recent memory, letting places like Killington and Jay Peak enjoy nearly 6-month seasons. According to initial numbers from the National Ski Areas Association, Vermont tallied 4.5 million visits in 2013-2014. Numbers can often be deceiving however, as 1.3 million of those are still waiting in lift lines at Okemo. Take the singles line folks.

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For all of those pursuing passion in the mountains

Here’s a little wanderlust fuel for your weekend. This documentary on The North Face athlete and National Geographic photographer Cory Richards shares some mountain wisdom on embracing discomfort and pushing beyond it in some of the most unbelievable places on Earth. Nice dose of rad!

Who skied it better? Grass skiing edition

Welcome to another thrilling installment of “Who Skied it Better?”—the segment that pits the best in the world against relative mediocrity. Sound fair? It isn’t! As you’re well aware, it’s just a few short weeks until the FIS Grass Skiing World Cup, so in honor of the start of the season, we’ll take a look at two classic grass skiing videos. Who skied it better? You decide:

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Unofficial Grasski Grand Championship

Sammy Carlson unveils two-year film project

Wonder where Sammy C was during all the Olympic hoopla this year? Well, it looks like the Hood River native was busy grinding on a two-year movie project with big production specialists TGR, deviating from the comp scene to pursue his silver screen calling. We don’t have much to go on in the way of project details, but if the last few years serve any indication, expect Carlson to spend more of his time lighting up the backcountry and less time pursuing a professional trampoline career.

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