Ski guide and legend arrested for removing deer stands
Legendary skier, mountain guide, and author Andrew McLean and his wife, Polly, are facing felony charges after they were allegedly caught stealing two hunters' deer stands and a trail camera in Utah's Wasatch Mountains. There has been animosity between skiers and backpackers toward hunters over the years, but it appears that, according to reports, McLean decided to finally take matters into his own hands. Not to condone criminal activity, but the Chuting Gallery author may have just written himself deeper into backcountry ski lore with this one. Somewhere a crusty local tips his glass.
VIDEO: Adaptive skier crushes FWQ on one ski
Patrick Daniel Halgren made us all feel a bit more human this week after absolutely annihilating the Freeride World Qualifier in New Zealand--on one ski. The adaptive athlete from the U.S. currently resides in Kiwiland, and decided to remind us just how hard adaptive athletes are charging these days, sending cliffs and linking up high speed slarves through sketchy terrain. While, Halgren didn't win the event, he did take home People's Choice honors, and is currently working towards a bid to the Paralympics in 2022.
Chamonix cable car goes up in flames
Tragic news out of France's steep skiing Mecca this week, as Chamonix's Grant Montets cable car caught fire during routine maintenance. Not only did the flames destroy the lift's Mognan Station, they also the lift's high-tension wires, sending at least one cabin crashing to the ground. No one was inside the cabins and no injuries are reported, but repairs could take "many months" according to CEO Mathier Dechavanne.
This fire comes one season after the area's legendary tram discovered faulty cables and was forced to close for emergency repairs. Scary stuff.
ALERT: Travel and ski the world. Who wants in?
Looks like ski dreams could become sweet powder reality for one lucky shredmeister this season. Ski.com and Epic Pass have announced that they will team up in 2018-2019, offering what they are calling the Epic Dream Job, a 2018-2019 season position that basically requires you to ski 18 pre-selected destinations in seven countries with a $10,000 salary on top of it (all lodging, travel, and food expenses are also covered). The program is accepting video submissions until October 15 and will stoke out some fortunate sap on October 26.