Orage Masters heads to Retallack

Long live the Orage Masters. Everybody's favorite party…err…competition is back for another year, but it shifted venues from Idaho's Sun Valley to British Columbia's iconic backcountry haven, Retallack Lodge. Another huge change—the competition is letting us decide who will attend. Some athletes (Michelle Parker, Matt Margetts, and Chris Logan to name a few) already have secured spots, but five places will be left up to voters. While Orage is definitely keeping things fresh, it's a little disappointing to see one of the only crew-oriented comps essentially turn into a voter-powered popularity contest. How it all goes remains to be seen, but at least we can say the Orage Masters is sticking around for its ninth installement.

Alta being sued by snowboarders

Okay Altaholics, I have good news and bad news. Good news first, you say? Well, the Alta Ski Patrol has a new avy puppy, and it's friggin' adorable.


Bad news—you're getting sued by a bunch of snowboarders. While many of us probably thought snowboarders weren't capable of utilizing the legal process, a wily group of single plankers has actually filed a federal suit against Alta Ski Area and the United States Forest Service to end the area's snowboarding ban once and for all. Nonprofit Wasatch Equality and four individual boarders are leading the charge, alleging Alta's snowboarding prohibition violates the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution.

Snowboarders at Alta?! What's next, skiing in North Korea?

Matt Walker ski good

Sip on this minute of smooth Matt Walker laps to get the day started right.

China hosts pet ski Olympics

While everyone is getting their Sochi skivvies in a bunch, China was busy hosting its inaugural animal ski race last week. Forty competitors took to the slopes in Northwest China's Hanan province, including dogs, cats, ducks, rabbits, and turtles. Pet skiing's biggest stage saw a yellow duck in a necktie take top prize and a tortoise beat a hare (seriously). Do you, China.

Breck Grand Prix cancelled, slopestyle gets messy

The Olympic slopestyle picture got a little screwy for U.S. hopefuls last weekend after snow cancelled the finals of the U.S. Grand Prix at Breckenridge, Colorado. Instead of rescheduling the event, officials actually counted the preliminary round scores as a final, awarding Bobby Brown and Keri Herman controversial Grand Prix titles. The event is the third of five qualifiers and a pivotal piece of the uber competitive U.S. slopestyle picture, and was a makeup for the already cancelled Northstar at Tahoe Grand Prix. Competitors will get a shot at quick redemption this weekend in Park City Grand Prix.

In other Olympic news, U.S. Freeskiing figurehead Jen Hudak bowed out of the Olympic race this week, and Nick Goepper punched his ticket to Sochi while finding time to film this ridiculous switch dub 9 screamin' semen.

For more slopestyle and halfpipe Olympic coverage, including interviews with Tom Wallisch, Maddie Bowman, David Wise, plus a multimedia feature rounding up all of the competition across the globe, click-in to our 2014 Sochi Olympics site.

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