Wow. You spent a lot of time reading stories about skiing on Powder.com this year. Even more than you did last year. Thank you. We hope you spent even more time skiing. Here were some of your favorite stories for 2018. —Ed.
Skiing In Jeans Rules
Skiing in denim states beautifully, radically, and unequivocally, "I don't give a shit."
Words by Les Anthony
IMAGINE, IF YOU WILL, an Orwellian outdoors industry where doublespeak rules. Where canned, cookie-cutter experiences are labeled “adventure”; where the inherent qualities of natural fabrics are marketed as “high tech”; and where “packed powder” is a frequent euphemism for machine-made glop. If you’re chuckling, you recognize we already live in this world. One where the phrase “alternative facts” is believed by millions to describe something real—though by definition it cannot exist. Only in such a world could the bold, life-affirming act of skiing in jeans be portrayed by the whims of hater populism as the rock-bottom of mountain style.
Let’s make one thing clear: Skiing in jeans rules. Read more here. You won’t regret it.
The Fastest Skier in Chamonix
Tof Henry straightlines the Alps' steepest slopes, yet a turbulent life off the hill might be exacerbating his extreme style.
Words by Scott Yorko
Photos by Daniel Rönnbäck
SWEDISH PHOTOGRAPHER Daniel Rönnbäck was standing in the tramline of Chamonix’s Aiguille du Midi with the late Andreas Fransson when he first saw Christophe “Tof” Henry. It was 2012 and Fransson nodded toward the third-generation Chamoniard, whose black mop of hair wisped across his tanned cheeks, and said to Rönnbäck, “That kid is the next generation of steep skiing. He’s the fastest skier in Chamonix.”
Shoot the Moon
An exclusive look at Hilaree Nelson and Jim Morrison's historic first descent of Lhotse
Photography by Nick Kalisz and Dutch Simpson
Words and Interviews by David Page
ON THE AFTERNOON of September 30, 2018, with the sun shining and the wind just beginning to rise, Hilaree Nelson, 45, and Jim Morrison, 43, dropped their packs and skis and sat down in the deep, sugary snow atop the 27,940-foot summit of Lhotse, the fourth highest mountain on the planet. It had been 12 hours and 4,140 vertical feet of climbing since they’d left Camp 3—12 hours of slow, cold, focused, hypoxic suffering; kicking and slipping in breakable crust; crawling on all fours; wallowing in waist-deep snow; and, finally, scrambling up a gnarly section of rocky cliff near the summit.
Crafted Episode 1: The Nordica Enforcer Project
In our new video series, we pull back the curtain on the creation of Nordica's Enforcer line from their factory in the Alps
WHEN NORDICA ELECTED to manufacture skis 20-plus years ago, it was a significant shift for the Italian ski boot manufacturer. Yet now, in the company's 80th year of existence, a line of skis, called the Enforcer project, changed the perception of this brand as not just a boot company but one of the best ski brands on the market. Watch our first episode and see the inside of a ski factory and learn why and how one of the most versatile lines of skis are made.
Passing Through: Crystal Mountain Resort
The latest from Powder Productions, watch this resort profile and you’ll want to put Crystal on your ski trip bucket list
CONSIDERED WASHINGTON’S MOST "resorty" resort, Crystal Mountain is actually one of the best ski areas in North America you need to include on your bucket list. Two and a half hours from Seattle, Crystal Mountain features 2,600 acres of terrain, a base at 4,400 feet, and 462 annual inches of snow that's drier than any other Washington ski areas. Plus, that view of 14,411-foot Mount Rainier is like no other. Watch this Passing Through episode here and find your way to Crystal Mountain Resort. You'll be happy you did. Trust.
Where Everything Makes Sense
Executive Editor Matt Hansen’s introduction to the September Issue of Volume 47
SOME DAYS, POWDER FINDS YOU by sheer stupid happenstance. You wake up and peek through the blinds. As if placed there like a gift from God, a foot of snow covers the porch where there was none before. Not a minute to lose, you slurp down coffee and raccoon around the back of the fridge for some dense carbohydrate and cheese. Skis, boots, poles; helmet, beacon, pack; thick mittens, extra layer, low-light lens, goggle wipe, double Buff—because there’s no way that one face shield is enough on a day like today. Read it in full here.
The 13 Best Skis of the Year
These skis received the highest marks across the board from skiers with a host of different backgrounds
WITH FRESH SNOW FALLING all week long over the 4,200 acres of intricate, steep terrain at Red Mountain, British Columbia, 30 ski companies gathered to showcase their top skis for 2019 before the 33 skiers who make up the Powder Union. With zero influence from attending brands, the Union spent a collective 1,500 hours determining the 13 best Skis of the Year found in the 2019 Buyer’s Guide.
How A Son Remembers the Man Who Taught Him to Ski
I built my life around skiing. Skiing is what makes me happy. Dad gave me that.
Words by Phil Tomlinson
GROWING UP, my parents were pretty frugal. Especially Dad. The deal was that if we wanted something new or fancy, we paid for it ourselves. I was one of the first among my friends to get a job (at a ski shop) and just about every penny I earned went into ski gear, including my first pair of new skis. Read more here. (Have your tissues ready.)