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  • A Welcome Farewell to Winter A Welcome Farewell to Winter

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      In surf-starved regions of the country like New England, winter brings with it great irony. The same storms that (very occasionally) blanket the region in deep snow are also the ones that produce some of best waves of the year, leaving local adventurers with the difficult decision of whether to turn on the 4x4 and blast through the newly-fallen foot of snow up to the mountains, or turn around, mount up in thick suit of inflexible rubber, and march through that same foot of snow to the beach to go surfing. 

      Winter surfing in the Northeast takes a little bit of insanity to get used to. I mean, it's cold enough to justify building a towable sauna just to warm up in between sessions. Duck diving under an approaching wave means subjecting your face and forehead to freezing sea water that dips below forty degrees in January and February, incuding a near-catatonic ice cream headache that left weaklings like me feeling like their right brain had detached from their left brain for more than a few minutes. So while winter's end is no welcome sign to the area's skiers, come March when the ocean temps start to climb and the sun is warm, local surfers rejoice. This video from Joe Carter of the infamous Get In The Van crew is filmed along the coast of both New Hampshire and Maine and should leave you with no doubt about why these guys arent' crying over the arrival of spring.

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  • Last Call: Climate Change, Hel Last Call: Climate Change, Heli-Ski Uzbekistan, Blacking Out, Surfing Saunas!

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      Jeremy Jones on Climate Change

      During a springtime trip to Wrangell St. Elias National Park, Jeremy talks about why climate change has become such a concern for him, from melting glaciers to increasingly erratic weather. Of course, this has implications far beyond less pow on the slopes - I think the collapse of modern industrial civilization was mentioned recently - but, man! Your Instagram account is going to be was less popular when the opportunity to gloat-post pow day shots declines by 50%.

      Surf Shauna for Winter Water Enthusiasts!

      With air temps stabbing at zero degrees and water temps barely above forty, wintertime surfing in New England is a violent affair that only the hardiest (or most desperate for waves) have the will power to undertake. In mid-February with ice fog curling off the surface of the water and two feet of snow on the beach, it's a challenge to stay in the water for more than an hour. But two creative souls from near my hometown in New Hampshire have put together a wild-looking "Surf Sauna" mounted on a trailer that they can tow right to the spot and heat up in time to give frozen surfers a break in some delciious heat with the aroma of cedar filering through their iced-over wetsuits. Sound nice? The first Surf Sauna model will be available for a cool $16,400, trailer hitch not included.

      Doing Cool Shit On A Bike At High Speed

      Damn, dude; Bas van Steenbergen is not messing around! The Kelowna, B.C. native must have learned how to ride a bike from an XBox, because this is some video game-level riding on a 6-inch travel bike. 

      Calling All Norwegian Engineers to Teton Pass...

      Those damn Scandinavians are always making us Americans look like a bunch of fat, self-indulgent and scatterbrained fools. This time, they tease us with their utopian "CycloCable," a sort of conveyor belt that pushes cyclists up a 426-foot hill in Trondheim, Norway after they step on what looks like a track and field start block. Could you imagine how empty the parking lot would be at the top of Teton Pass if you could simple plop a foot down and have taxpayer money ferry you to the top for your ski run or bike lap down Fuzzy Bunny? Plus, it's way cheaper than the monorail I keep advocating for...

      Smugg Hucks

      Ski The East's talented group of freeride groms put some time in last March with their young knees and copious snowfall around Smuggler's Notch, Vermont in order to see just how big they could go off the frozen waterfall drops and cliff hucks in the area's tight woods. If Dylan Dipentima, Noah Ranallo, Dominic Castine, and Carter Snow are out there listening, we highly recommend you enter our Grom Contest... we want you!

      Yawgoons 12 

      We’ll be honest—you probably won’t like this edit.  It’s full of handrails and jibs rather than powder, pillows, and helicopters. But once you get past the fact that this edit is better suited for Yobeat than TGR, there’s much to appreciate.  In addition to impressive riding, the edit showcases the importance of creativity.  Although Yawgoo Valley—the only ski resort in Rhode Island—doesn’t have an abundance of terrain, the Yawgoon crew continues to make it look fun as hell.  But then again, Scotty Stevens always makes snowboarding look so fun.

      NYC Socialite Taken Out During Local Pond Skim

      Last week the town hill here in Jackson Hole, Snow King, held their annual pond skim contest. But shriveled private parts weren't the only victim of the challenge of fording nearly-frozen waters on skis or snowboards. Julia Kirby, a young NYC socialite who starred on the reality show "High Society" before moving to Jackson to become landscape photographer Tom Mangleson's assistant, got taken out by an out-of-control skimmer as she was texting away behind the runout of the pond skim.  

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  • Last Call: Massive Avalanche, Last Call: Massive Avalanche, New Hampshire Road Gap, Powder and Pillows, Surfing in Maine

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      Huge Avalanche At Steven's Pass

      After what has been supposedly the 2nd snowiest February in 50 years, this enormous controlled avalanche, set off by explosive high on the ridge, released and as you can see, brought down a TON of trees with it. Those coastal snowpacks tend to settle and stabilize relatively quickly, but certainly not quickly enough to handle the 342“ season total so far, as most of that has fallen in recent weeks.

      Does Maine Hold The Key To Surfing's Soul?

      “Winter in Maine” and “surf culture” aren't two concepts that are obviously connected. With fickle waves, grey skies, and water temps dipping below 40 degrees, it's not the spitting image of a sought-after surf locale. But this loose edit about the McDermott brothers, who shape boards for the boys at Ski The East and a small following of New England lip smashers, makes it almost look like casual fun. Trying to keep it core? You may just want a winter rental in York, Maine and a 10'6“ longboard.

      New Hampshire Road Gap

      Speaking of the East, Conway, New Hampshire may not be of TGR's hit-list of go-to backcountry jumping spots, but that doesn't mean the locals can't take advantage of a wild winter and jump over the local roads. The Mt. Baker road gap it ain't, but throwing a laid-out backflip over two lanes of pavement is no joke.

      Bryan Fox: Powder and Pillows

      Bryan Fox surely found a good thing.  And needless to say, the resulting edit is definitely worth a watch.  Whether you appreciate Powder and Pillows for its namesake elements, Bryan Fox’s riding, or the cinematography, it will make you smile—and perhaps pack your bags and buy a sled.

      QUIK LA

      Quiksilver has a knack for showcasing sick talent and premium cinematography—and this is no exception.  On some levels, it serves as a backcountry counterpart to the brand’s collaboration with The Berrics, QUIK—which features Austyn Gillette skating the streets of L.A.  Beautiful, haunting, inspiring—whatever you call it, it’s worth embracing.

      Restless

      Leo Zuckerman shot this beautiful video for to win the Intersection video competition up at Whistler/Blackcomb's World Ski & Snowboard Festival. There's a few cameos by Co-Lab stars Nick McNutt, Jordan Clarke, and Essox Prescott,  a pretty wild sledding scene, and a host of great cinematography and creative editing going on to get you looking at the mountain differently this weekend.

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  • Local's Guide to Sugarloaf Local's Guide to Sugarloaf

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      By Marty Basch

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      Remote, cold, and wild, Sugarloaf is Maine. Rabid Sugarloafers know they're near the Carrabassett Valley promised land when they start seeing moose and beefy logging trucks—or at least when they round Oh My Gosh corner on Route 27 and catch a glimpse of the glorious and frosty pyramid-shaped teat that is Sugarloaf.

      The Loaf's on a backcountry tear thanks to its recent Brackett Basin expansion, which contains a playground of tight trees, gnarly chutes and other sick lines into Burnt Mountain next door. The rollout began in 2011 with 270 insane sidecountry acres. This was followed by the addition of another 135 acres of terrain. By 2020, the Brackett Basin expansion will encompass 655 acres, enabling the Loaf to double in size and emerge as the East's largest resort.

      Self-satisfying Sugarloafers are an enduring lot. They enlist puffies, facemasks, and an abundance of layers to battle the bone-chilling cold. For early birds and those seeking first tracks, chairlifts on wind hold can be a common threat. For those who sleep in and roll to the mountain at eleven, however, the wind is less of an issue.

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      Even jean skiers love the Loaf

      The Loaf's loaded with diverse pockets of terrain—each suited for specific weather or whims. King Pine Bowl, with its mostly expert terrain, tends to hold more snow than other parts of the mountain due to the prevailing westerly winds. Since it's on the eastern side of the mountain, the sun hits it first thing in the morning, making it a primo choice for first tracks. Head for the forested fantasyland of Cant Dog Glade, broad Haul Back and the slender and playful Misery Whip.

      But on those bluebird days with no new snow, the Superquad chair is perfect for lapping King's Landing, Hayburner, and the benign Tote Road. Narrow Gauge and Skidder are also solid picks.

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      Get lost in the woods

      Or, continue higher on the Skyline chair to rip Sluice and Gondola Line. The gondola endeared many an old-timers heart, once transporting them from base to summit. The lift was a child of the 1960s (same as the Loaf's iconic triangle logo) and was taken down in 1997. The cars—which were auctioned off—can now be seen around the valley.

      When a good old-fashioned nor'easter rolls round, the ropes start dropping for the inbound Snowfields area and sidecountry terrain in Brackett Basin and Burnt Mountain. There are some sweet and tight turns to make in the outer reaches of Brackett in Birler, Edger and Sweeper glades. The Burnt Mountain summit has some jagged new lines destined to produce shit-eating grins.

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      Above it all in the Snowfields

      The salivating continues at the exposed Snowfields, the only lift-served above-treeline skiing in the East. A small taste of the West, the steeps, rock bands, and small cliffs rely on natural snow (except for White Nitro). A fluctuating snowpack can also reveal unmarked obstacles. Be prepared for that stomach-in-throat experience on Bubblecuffer and beyond.

      Then there are the backside snowfields with their brand of rowdy terrain. Your best bet on this is to score some face time with the ski patrol, found at the top of the Timberline chairlift. Patrollers will have the freshest info on routes to take…or not. Think about those options while taking a few scenic and frisky runs off the Timberline chair on Cinder Hoe, Binder and Buckskin.

      Three terrain parks at the Loaf keep freeskiers and riders smiling, including the beginner-based Skybound, Stomping Grounds for intermediate riders, and the signature Haywire Park, which offers the biggest and most challenging features. A 400-foot-long, 18-foot high Zaugg cut superpipe, mini-pipe and 'cross course round out the menu. That snowboardcross/skiercross course under the Superquad is the Seth Wescott-designed Sidewinder. Look for him on it, and also during the retro Sugarloaf Banked Slalom in March.

      Wescott and New Hampshire bad boy Bode Miller are linked to the Loaf. They're Carrabassett Valley Academy grads, as are aerialist Emily Cook, alpine skier Kristen Clark, and 2014 X Games silver medalist Alex Tuttle (mentored by Wescott). CVA's a Maine medal machine, with its skiers and riders winning a bounty of Olympic medals since the school opened in 1982 at the mountain’s base. Hell…Miller, Cook, U.S. Ski Team coach Forest Carey, halfpipe skier Annalisa Drew, and Canadian Alpine Snowboard Team coach Mark Fawcett all went to Sochi. Wescott sometimes does autograph sessions during vacation weeks and is often found at his access road restaurant a mile from the slopes, The Rack.

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      Seth Wescott ripping corduroy

      For being in the middle of nowhere, Sugarloaf keeps things hopping on the weekends and holidays. Sure, you can go moose-watching with buds on the back roads, but you can also stick by the slopeside village and access road for burgers and beer at the English-styled Bag and Kettle. Brag over the basic Bag Burger and quenching potato ale or just party upstairs at the Widowmaker Lounge in the Sugarloaf Base Lodge which sports live music and pub grub. You can also hoist a pint at the casual Shipyard Brew Haus in the Sugarloaf Inn. The entertainment and barbecue at the Rack are both smoking. When April rolls around, Sugarloaf becomes the king of spring with its reggae festival at the beach, which is located outside the base lodge. Yet no matter when you head to Sugarloaf, you’re in for a treat.

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      Sugarloaf's reggae festivalbring your own dreadlocks

      All Photos Courtesy of Sugarloaf
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  • What's the Actual "Freeskiing" What's the Actual "Freeskiing" Like In Sochi?

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      We've been hearing a lot about the huge slopestyle course and the dogged halfpipe at Sochi the past two weeks, and about victories and losses on hardpack snow, and even solid ice (on purpose!). But that's not to say that skiing and snowboarding's contest jokes to sneak in some laps on what is quickly being recognized as some of the best lift-accessed terrain in the world at newly-developed ski areas like Rhosa Khutor, where the slope and pipe venues were hosted, to Krasnaya Polyana.

      We've been dying to see how those crazy peaks we can see behind the venues are riding, and as Olympic worker and ski legend Steele Spence's POV edit above and the athlete photo gallery below shows, there's plenty of serious "freeskiing" (the real kind) to go around in Russia with lift access curtailed only to the chosen few competing in Putin's Olympics:

      American slope skier Keri Herman gives us a good perspective of the kind of terrain that lays beyond pipe jock territory at Rhosa Khutor.

      Nate Holland fires one loose to shake off the jetlag upon arrival. Guaranteed to do more for you than the Sochi Delta Lounge.

      Up high at Rhosa Khutor before the slope contest got underway, Gus Kenworthy check in from some wild life-accessed terrain. "The mountain is the sickest!"

      Chas Guldemond, no stranger to soft snow despite his New Hampshire roots and terrain park leanings, goes HAM off a Russian catrack to loosen up his hip flexors before slope practice.

      It ain't all slope training and deadlifts at the Olympics. Gus Kenworthy trades the weight room for a double off the cat track. Teammate Bobby Brown captures the action in between bicep curls.

      Finnish skier Anti Ollila: "Goddamn this place is insane! Got some great powder turns down today with@aleksipatja #sochi #pow #funnestshitever#holymoly"

      Teammate Aleksi Patja out for some "real skiing" in the midst of the Costas madness.

      Fellow Norwegian Torgeir Bergrem, at a loss for how to get to the slope course.

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      Austrian ski slope competitor Luca Tribondeau lettin' one hang out before practice back on February 4th on some mind-blowing terrain at Rhosa Khutor.

      Pre-Olympic gold medalist Jamie Anderson just out for an afternoon stroll in Sochi pow before the real madness begins.

      Not a slouch himself despite making a living watching other people ski all day, US halfpipe coach Ben Verge lays one into one of Rhosa Khutor's Olympic-level spine runs for the lens of Angeli Vanlaanen.

      Snowboard cross bronze medalist Alex Deibold made sure to bring his backcountry kit so he could check in from high above the slope venue after teammate Sage Kotsenburg took gold in slopestyle. "The Olympics are an event like no other," he said. "They have the power to inspire and unite people like I have never seen, and the pressures can also make even the strongest crumble. Sage Kotsenberg's win today stoked the fire inside me in a way I can't describe. I was also able to get away from it all and ride in one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. In this moment, there wasn't a thing on my mind other how lucky I am and how much I truly love snowboarding."

      Olympians doing real skiing (and riding) on real mountains?? Now that's something that would truly tickle Tanner Hall's fancy.

      Want more Sochi Olympic coverage? Check out:
      -Sochi backcountry conditions advisory
      -Women's ski halfpipe finals recap
      -Men's ski halfpipe finals recap
      -Men's ski slopestyle finals recap
      -Men's snowboard slopestyle finals recap
      -Women's snowboard slopestyle finals recap

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  • US Freeskiing & Snowboarding A US Freeskiing & Snowboarding Announce Sochi Rosters

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      FREESKIING

      TGR caught America's Olympic hopefuls training for Sochi last spring at a private training camp at Mammoth Mountain.

      This weekend in Park City, 11 of a 26 possible Sochi Olympic spots for the five disciplines of the U.S. Freestyle and Freeskiing Teams – halfpipe, slopestyle, aerials, moguls, and ski cross – were picked at the conclusion of the Park City stop of the Grand Prix. The eleven spots were to be “locked” spots determined by the weekend’s competition results, and while the announcement included some unsurprising inclusions, with Nick Goepper, Maddie Bowman, Devin Logan, and David Wise having performed so consistently well recently their naming was expected, nine of the eleven spots were decided only after Saturday’s halfpipe and slopestyle competitions. After O.A.R., a quasi-jam band that's a favorite among college fraternities who can't hire more expensive bands, played their set to packed Park City and Sundance crowds, the emcees announced an American lineup that reflected some astounding personal stories and big wins as well as some truly tough disappointments. As well, the final discretionary spots for both the slopestyle and halfpipe teams were announced just today.

      Big Wins

      Angeli VanLaanen needed one more podium to qualify for the Olympics, and her second-place finish in Saturday’s halfpipe final, rounded up with some confidently smooth airs, edged her over the bubble into qualifying territory. A vet relative to her peers, she has also been battling Lyme disease for years, so that plane ticket to Sochi will feel extra special in her hand.

      Park City local Joss Christensen moved from the sidelines of Olympic inclusion into consideration for a discretionary spot on the slopestyle team after his slopestyle win on Saturday, and was officially added as the final member of the slopestyle team today when he was awarded a discretionary spot.

      Aaron Blunck and Lyman Currier, both from Colorado and both on the fresher end of the spectrum in America’s deep and extremely talented pipe team, secured their spots for Sochi with an injured Torin Yater-Wallace on the sidelines. Blunck fell on his first finals run in the pipe and with everything riding on a perfect final run, pulled it all together for a last-chance score of 92.00, while Currier, even more of an unknown entity, now follows his father’s Olympic legacy (he made the US alpine team for the 1972 Sapporo Olympics) to Sochi.

      Despite being sidelined with an injury succumed during the Breckenridge stop of the Dew Tour that left him with two broken ribs and a collapsed lung, Torin Yater-Wallace still secured the coaches' discretionary spots on the men's halfpipe team, no doubt thanks to his incredibly consistent performances in the pipe in the past few seasons.

      And two relative unknowns in the slope world, 15-year-old Maggie Voisin and 16-year-old Julia Krass, became a bit more known just today when they were awarded two discretionary spots on the women's slopestyle team. A New Hampshire native, Julia won the Grand Prix slope style with a host of confident rail and jump tricks, including two 450s out of the upper rail section and a cork 900 on the final booter.

      Big Bummers

      Tom Wallisch’s 4th place finish at Saturday’s slopestyle finals left him out of automatic qualification for Sochi, meaning he was fighting for one of the team’s discretionary spots with an extensive contest-winning pedigree that unfortunately hadn't shined as bright recently. A style god, Wallisch is your average park skier’s favorite park jock, so it came as a big disappointment to the core skiing community today to learn that he was not given a discretionary spot on the men's slope team.

      Simon Dumont, a ferocious competitor whose years of pipe battles with Tanner Hall helped elevate the ski halfpipe game to an Olympic level, tore his ACL on Friday night, adding another injury to a list he’d already been fighting only 24 hours before his final opportunity to make the team. A fighter like few others, Dumont still returned to the pipe Saturday night – sans ACL – and threw down a run that still would have won the X Games not too long ago. Unrelenting until the end, we’ll be sad the veteran won’t be dropping in at Sochi next month.

      -Associate Editor Ryan Dunfee

      2014 U.S. Olympic Ski Slopestyle and Halfpipe Nominations

      Men’s Halfpipe: David Wise, Aaron Blunck, Lyman Currier, Torin Yater-Wallace

      Women’s Halfpipe: Maddie Bowman, Brita Sigourney, Angeli VanLaanen, Annalisa Drew

      Men’s Slopestyle: Nick Goepper, Bobby Brown, Gus Kenworthy, Joss Christensen

      Women’s Slopestyle: Devin Logan, Keri Herman, Julia Krass, Maggie Voisin

      SNOWBOARDING

      The U.S. snowboarding roster for Sochi is a strange blend of Bob Costa’s poster children and riders who happened to land on the team while out having a good time.  Repeat offenders like Shaun White, Kelly Clark, Hannah Teter, Seth Wescott, and Lindsey Jacobellis continue their long run as top contenders—for both the Olympics and for future Wheaties boxes.

      And although these recognizable faces are exactly what NBC and non-endemic sponsors crave in making snowboarding digestible as a spectator sport, the U.S. Snowboarding Team is not without it’s fair share of excitement.  And surprisingly, some of this excitement even comes from one of the least exciting riders on the roster.

      By landing a slot on the slopestyle team, Shaun White proves he’s a force with which to reckon.  Although his style in the park—boot grabs and all—garners plenty of criticism, he can still throw down with the best of them.  And when it comes to slopestyle, White manages to be both a dark horse and the most overhyped rider to drop into the park at Sochi.  That’s a tough burden to bear.

      Luckily, Danny Davis serves as a counterpoint to White’s calculated approach to the Olympics.  You may recall that en route to the Vancouver Olympics, only a few riders served as legitimate threats to White in the pipe: Kevin Pearce and Danny Davis.  Yet neither made it to the Olympics, as Pearce suffered a traumatic brain injury while training for the Games and Davis broke his back while celebrating a pipe victory leading up to Vancouver.  

      Davis has always oozed style—and now more than ever.  While other riders seem to formulate their runs with a calculator in hand, he has always approached his pipe riding with fresh eyes.  His switch method at this weekend’s Mammoth Grand Prix is just a small example of his creativity.  Through the years, competition runs have become more and more similar.  Yet Davis continues to buck this trend.  Rather than finding inspiration in gymnastics, Davis seems to turn to snowboarding’s roots.  And for this, snowboarders everywhere should be grateful for what he brings to the table.

      At this point, we’ll be honest—we’re just skimming the surface of the U.S. roster. There’s a tremendous amount of talent on the slope, boardercross, and pipe teams.  Hungry riders like Greg Bretz, Jamie Anderson, Jonathan Cheever, Sage Kotsenburg, and Chas Guldemond have been working their tails off to earn a spot to the Olympics. And while Shaun White will undoubtedly dominate the spotlight heading up to the Games, we’re equally stoked to see how all of these riders will fare.  We wish them the best of luck as they gear up for Sochi—and Bob Costas.

      -Managing Editor Mike Sudmeier

      2014 U.S. Olympic Snowboard Slopestyle and Halfpipe Nominations* 

      Men’s Halfpipe: Greg Bretz, Danny Davis, Taylor Gold, Shaun White

      Women’s Halfpipe: Kelly Clark, Kaitlyn Farrington, Arielle Gold, Hannah Teter

      Men’s Slopestyle: Sage Kotsenburg, Chas Guldemond, Shaun White

      Women’s Slopestyle: Jamie Anderson, Ty Walker

      *still pending coaches' discretionary picks

      We'd also like to give a shoutout to Sarah Burke, who died two years ago this Monday during a halfpipe training accident and whose leadership and fortitude helped get slopestyle and ski halfpipe into the Sochi Olympics in immeasurable ways.

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  • The Complete Guide To Skiing I The Complete Guide To Skiing I-93, Guy!

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      By Marty Basch

      I-93 is New Hampshire's road to the snow. The north-south interstate directs Boston's wicked weekend warriors and other regional flatlanders to an easily accessible White Mountains playground in a quick hour and a half. This playground contains a cluster of ski areas that sport some of the state's preeminent parks, greatest vertical drop, and biggest mountains—Waterville Valley, Loon and Cannon. No slouches, Waterville and Loon are legends of the East Coast terrain park scene, having hosted parks for nearly two decades and consistenly building the East's biggest and most creative features. Meanwhile, Cannon boasts New Hampshire's most rugged and untamed terrain - a proper East Coast paradise for freeriders and gate chasers alike. These mountains have nurtured high fliers like Pat Moore, Chas Gouldemond, Scotty Lago, Mike Ravelson and Colby West, and Cannon's most infamous local - Bode Miller.

      Waterville Valley

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      Laying down the monorail tracks at Waterville. Waterville Valley photo.

      First exit off the interstate is Waterville Valley, which is located in a cul-de-sac 11 miles down Route 49. Don't be fooled by its snug family-slant and quaint town square-style village. There are plenty of long, scenic cruisers, challenging black runs, and a robust park scene.  Hannah Kearney is a product of Waterville Valley Academy's Black and Blue Trailsmashers Ski Club. Hell, Waterville has been known as one of the birthplaces of freestyle skiing ever since a young hot-dogger named Wayne Wong took a bus across the country to compete at the mountain in the early 1970s.

      At Waterville Valley, you can't escape the Olympic ties.  Founder Tom Corcoran was a 1960 Olympic team member and the resort hosted several World Cups. Now, it's owned by a group led by the political Sununu family, which includes a former New Hampshire governor turned White House Chief of Staff and an ex-U.S. senator.

      There's plenty of corduroy carpeting on busy and panoramic Mount Tecumseh, the resort's 4,004-foot peak. Tippecanoe and  Tyler Too are perennial classics while roomy True Grit and Lower Bobby's Run get the half groomed, half mogul treatment. To bust some bumps, head to Ciao and Rock Island. 

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      With a dedicated Poma lift that can be accessed with its own season pass for only $139, the Exhibition park gives park rats more laps per dollar than almost anywhere in the East.

      Of its four parks, Exhibition is the resort's most famous, featuring pro level features and a dedicated Poma lift. Serious park rats can even get a dedicated season pass, with access to the Exhibition poma only, for a mere $139. The Psyched park has street-style fans while South Street—the resort’s most active park—serves as a nice launching pad for a day of jumps, rails and jibs. 

      Afterwards, the slopeside Buckets, Bones and Brews gets hopping quickly on weekends. On the square, Legends 1291 is a sports bar with—get this—vegan choices. If you're heading back to I-93, Mad River Tavern on Route 49 packs 'em in. Take a seat and chat up a local about next season's planned expansion to Green Peak with eight new trails, glades and high-speed quad. 

      Loon

      Convenient yet congested. That's Loon’s eternal battle, which is due, in part, to the resort being just two miles off I-93 and close to the state's iconic Kancamagus Highway. Smooth access, winding well-groomed boulevards, tumbling steeps and a top-notch park scene (and hidden hits) all make Loon a happening place. And as icing on the cake, Loon features one of the state’s longest seasons.

      The masses flock to Loon’s scenic gondola in order to experience the mountain's blue runs like Flying Fox, Upper Picked Rock and Rampasture - don't expect a short wait. So spread out to North Peak and explore its sheer trails like Upper Walking Boss and Upper and Lower Flume under the North Peak Express Quad. Relatively new, South Peak is still under the radar for many—despite its expert Ripsaw and the fast-moving, intermediate Cruiser. 

      Loon's park scene has exploded since the mountain opened its first park in the winter of 1994-95.  Rails, jumps, wall rides—Loon has it all thanks to its six parks, superpipe and mini-pipe. The gladed Lil' Stash for older kids has logs and carvings while the big kids like to show off in the nearly mile-long mid-mountain-to-base jib-loaded Loon Mountain Park, which can be accessed top-to-bottom by the gondola or lower down by the Four Brothers line if the gondola line is intolerable. 

      Although we doubt you can (legally) jib it, check out the new Ice Castle, which is made from 10,000 pounds of ice. 

      Loon's in a ski town, Lincoln, with lots of beds and restaurants. The Bunyan Room in the Octagon Lodge rocks Saturday night with live music, and with its central slopeside location is one of the most happening aprés bars in any ski town. In town, try Gordi's (with a former U.S. Ski Team owner) for its daily aprés food specials. Or, aim for North Woodstock's Woodstock Inn Station and Brewery ("The Station") for a tasty brown ale Pig's Ear, half price apps from 3-5 p.m. and entertainment most nights. 

      Cannon

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      An unknown Cannon local shreds the mountain's steep and rock-littered tram line, which can be a freerider's paradise if it fills it enough. Greg Keeler/Cannon Mountain photo.

      Cannon Mountain (not Cannon Resort, mind you) has been New Hampshire's bad boy long before Bode Miller grew up in an off-the-grid cabin in its shadows. The highway zips right by its base in dramatic Franconia Notch State Park, and the steep and sinister Front Five seemingly plunge into Echo Lake. Often frosty and gusty, the state-owned resort is New Hampshire's tallest, standing at 4,080-feet.  And thanks to over 2,180 feet of vertical drop—the largest in the state—the mountain will test your legs.

      Got history? North America's first racing trail was cut at Cannon in 1933 and the Franconia Ski Club has called the mountain home since that same year. A few years later in 1938, Cannon enjoyed its first tram. The New England Ski Museum is also at Cannon’s base. Plain and simple, you have to ride Cannon to understand skiing's history in the East.

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      Dawn breaks at Cannon's quiet base area, with the summit terminal of the legendary tram in the distance. Cannon Mountain photo.

      The no-frills mountain—which has no base development—is home to locals who are loyal, old school, and likely adorned with duct tape. Non-holiday midweek specials make lift tickets reasonable.  The scenery's incredible, with a bunch of scorching runs like the spectacular Upper Ravine and Upper Cannon from the scrub pines on the summit and the wonderfully wide Gary's and Rocket from the Zoomer triple. Upper mountain glades like Lost Boys and Go Green tend to hold snow well.

      Standing above its parks—which include Turkey Trot's small to medium boxes and jumps and Tossup's medium to large jumps and rails—is Cannon’s sidecountry stuff. The legendary Tucker Brook Trail (accessed from the summit with a Cannon ticket; no uphill traffic allowed) is a narrow, out-of-bounds burner. It features 13 winding turns and is best done with car-spotting. But you can also rejoice in the 1,850-feet of vert at Mittersill, a once-abandoned ski area adjacent to Cannon. Mittersill opened with its share of steeps first in 1946, but was then left for dead before reopening in 2011 as a lift-serviced sidecountry area with no snowmaking and limited grooming (for now). The mountain, in essence, is open at Mother Nature's fancy.

      For a brew, duck into the Cannonball Pub at the Peabody Base Lodge. You might catch Bode and his buds at the down-home Dutch Treat in quaint Franconia when he's in town. Nonetheless, Lincoln's more active, and closer for the ride home. 

      When it comes to skiing and riding the I-93 corridor, you can’t go wrong. No matter where you hop off the interstate, you’ll find snow and plenty of fun within a reasonable drive of metropolitan Boston.

      Are you sure you're fully prepared to tackle Boston's favorite ski highway? Check out TGR's "Wicked New England Setup, Guy:" http://bit.ly/1bdGZMj

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  • Working for the Weekend: Tucke Working for the Weekend: Tuckerman Ravine

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      In this first episode, Ben Leoni explains his motivations for starting the project and why the hell a certified ski bum decided to become a hard working attorney. With friends tagging along he endures the highs and lows of Eastern skiing: ice, wind, rain, and the occasional “perfect” day, all while hiking and shredding down the steepest, most iconic backcountry location in the region: Tuckerman Ravine, Mount Washington, NH. 

      About The “Working For The Weekend” Series

      Longtime Meathead Films veteran, Ben Leoni, is now living in Portland, Maine, holding down a career and the daily office grind. In between piles of paperwork, he dreams of his weekends skiing in the mountains. Last season he made those dreams a reality.

      Ben spent the winter of 2013 skiing the Northeast without the aid of chairlifts. Showcasing legendary backcountry zones as well as hidden gems around New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine, “Working For The Weekend” is a groundbreaking new web series and the first of its kind in the region. From deep powder to treacherous ice, Ben and his crew of friends embody the “earn your turns” mantra for the East Coast.

      All episodes can be viewed here:

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  • Get Kitted Up With TGRs In-Hou Get Kitted Up With TGRs In-House Editors Picks

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      Welcome to Editor's Picks. Here TGR's desk jockey kooks lay out the products they put to use before work on Teton Pass or on their days off at the resort.

      Managing Editor Mike Sudmeier

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      Mike is TGR's Managing Editor, and when he isn't sucking down gallons of iced tea or writing notes on person-sized post-it notes, he's usually in a meeting. Recently married and sporting a handsome Iowa-bred beard, Mike has a propensity for small snowboard brands, backside hacks, all-star manners, and brewing large quantities of iced tea.

      1. Candygrind OG CO Beanie For years, Candygind’s OG CO Beanie has been a winter staple.  It keeps ears warm and rocks a pom pom—what more could you ask for?

      2. Homeschool Universe 3.5 Layer Shell  With a nod to its Northwest roots, Homeschool makes outerwear built to endure the elements—however brutal they may be.  Its 3.5 layer outerwear can readily withstand one hundred day seasons.  And while many brands are quick to emphasize how waterproof their apparel is, Homeschool also focuses on breathability.  By using Cocona fabric and developing base layers, mid layers, and outerwear that function as a system, the brand aims to keep riders warm, dry, and smiling.  After rocking Homeschool for three seasons, I know I can depend on the brand’s gear.

      3. Homeschool Karpis 3.5 Layer Pants  Jackson is tough on pants.  Luckily, Homeschool’s Karpis 3.5 Layer Pants are super burly.  Whether skinning or lapping the mountain, the Karpis is perfect for embracing time on the snow.  And thanks to their Cocona fabric and strategic vents, these pants can handle both subzero tram laps and spring time tours.  To top it off, the Karpis features Homeschool’s clean aesthetic.

      4.  Deeluxe Empire Boots  Deeluxe’s Empire is as versatile as it is reliable.  Its Thermoflex liner keeps things comfy while its lacing system and powerstrap afford a responsive ride.  As a mid-stiff boot, the Empire can crank out turns, barrel up a bootpack, or handle a long day of skinning.  And as icing on the cake, the boot’s craftsmanship is top notch.

      5. Black Diamond Compactor Poles  Thanks to its folding design, this three-piece pole can readily fit inside a pack.  If you’re into trekking through urban environments, you may even be able to conceal the poles inside a purse.  That being said, the Compactor Poles are most at home on the snow. 

      6. Oakley General Woven Flannel Business?  Casual?  Backcountry adventures?  The General can handle it all.  While grandmothers are quick to compliment the shirt for its good looks, you can readily appreciate its breathability and warmth.

      7. Nalgene 32 Ounce Lexan Water Bottle  Simple and reliable, Nalgene has perfected its wide mouth bottles through the years.  While there’s a time and place for sophisticated hydration systems, sometimes it’s just nice to chug from a bottle.  As an added bonus, mine features a nice patina from iced tea as well as a “Clean Plate Club” sticker from the King’s Chef in Colorado Springs.

      8.  Teton Gravity Mizu Water Bottle  I’ve become a huge fan of our stainless steel bottles, which are made by Mizu.  Durable, easy-to-fill, and easy-to-clean, this bottle is the perfect daily driver.  And thanks to its slim profile, it readily fits into the pockets of an overstuffed pack. 

      9. Voile Telepro T6 Shovel The Telepro puts most shovels to shame.  Big, burly, and guide approved, this thing can move some snow—and handle plenty of abuse.  Buy one for yourself—and then buy a few for your buddies.  After all, the life you save may be your own.

      10. Smokin KT-22 162  Smokin’s KT-22 is a favorite among riders who call places like Jackson and Squaw their home.  Nonetheless, the board can readily transition from terrorizing big lines to holding its own in the park.  Consequently, it’s a deck that lives up to its claim as being a true all mountain board.  Thanks to a directional flex, setback stance, and Smokin’s Clash Rocker—which places rocker between the bindings and camber outside of it—the board can crank out turns and provide plenty of float in the pow.  And as icing on the cake, the KT-22 sports Magne-Traction for enhanced edge hold.

      11. The North Face Patrol 24 Pack  The North Face’s Patrol 24 Pack offers everything you need and nothing you don’t.  In addition to sporting a built-in Avalanche Airbag System, the pack can readily haul your board (or skis), avy equipment, and everything you need for a day’s tour.  Rugged yet refined, the Patrol Pack can handle anything you throw at it.

      12. Arc’teryx Cerium Jacket  I practically live in this jacket throughout the fall and winter.  Arc’teryx has staked its reputation on crafting premium apparel—and the Cerium proves that this reputation is well earned.  Extremely packable and warm, this jacket is much appreciated on cold days.  The Cerium is also a perfect layering piece for backcountry tours—you can keep it on call and in your pack all winter.  As testament to Arc’teryx’s commitment to innovation, the jacket sports synthetic insulation in areas most likely to encounter moisture and down insulation in its core.

      13. Naklin Winter Weight Crew   Naklin—cofounded by Abe Gilreath and legendary pro shred Kevin Jones—keeps things simple.  The brand offers clean base layers that are built in the U.S. and made of merino wool.  Whether lapping kickers, skinning in the backcountry, or just relaxing, Naklin’s Winter Weight Crew will keep you warm, dry, and comfortable.

      14. Bern Watts Snow EPS Helmet  For years, Bern has been quietly driving innovation.  Thanks, in part, to its iconic brim, the Baker and the Watts have emerged as the brand’s signature helmets.  A series of vents helps the Watts regulate temperature, while a plush lining keeps things comfy.  I’ve rocked the Watts for three years—and am stoked to rock it again this season.

      15.  Sog Fielder KnifeAlthough I always carry a Leatherman in my pack, I tend to also carry a Sog Fielder in my pocket.  Clean, simple, and sporting a straight blade, the Fielder is perfect for handling the tasks that pop up throughout a day—be it performing an emergency tracheotomy, cutting webbing, or simply cooking dinner.
      16. Zeal Eclipse Goggles Photochromic lenses are the future—let other fools fidget with swapping out lenses.  Super stealth, the Zeal sports a polarized, photochromic lens.  This lens reduces glare while also adjusting its tint in response to the prevailing light conditions.  And although over-sized, the Eclipse is practical—providing a clean appearance and ample peripheral vision. Flat light, bluebird days, intermittent sunshine, the Zeal Eclipse can handle it all.

      17. BCA Tracker 2 Beacon  When it comes to ease of use, Backcountry Access has its products dialed.  Thanks to its simplicity and reliability, the Tracker 2 is one of the most prevalent beacons on the market.  I trust my life to it.

      18. OA High Adventure Gas Station Shades  These were a gift from some friends.  I’m assuming they picked them up for free by the dozens.  Although nothing takes the place of some quality optics, it’s always great to have a cheap pair of shades on the dashboard or hidden in a pack to serve as a spare.

      19. Spark Sabertooth Crampons  The Sabertooth Crampon is the perfect companion for Spark’s Afterburners.  When you need extra traction, tap the Sabertooth.

      20.  BCA Stealth 300 Probe  Thanks to its super efficient Stealth Quick Lock, you can readily assemble this probe—potentially saving seconds.  With a 300 cm length and burly design, the BCA Stealth 300 Probe is designed for professionals—and anyone else who relies heavily on their gear.

      21. Spark AfterBurner Bindings  From its headquarters in Bozeman, Spark keeps busy transforming how we ride.  Through the years, it continually refines its products—and thus how riders experience the backcountry.  Its new Tesla System—which serves as the foundation of the AfterBurner—eliminates traditional pins by using a toe ramp that snaps into place for both touring and riding.  This new system cuts down on transition time while also shedding weight.  As Spark’s stiffest and most responsive binding, the AfterBurner is designed for charging hard.

      22. Venture Odin 166 Splitboard  Nothing rides like a Venture.  Designed by legendary big mountain rider Johan Olofsson and Venture engineer and cofounder Klem Branner, the Odin craves big lines and wide, arching turns.  The craftsmanship of the deck is evident in how its halves fit together—and, needless to say, in how it rides.  The board offers a stable, fluid ride and also skins with confidence.  Last winter, my Odin was the perfect sidekick for dozens of tours throughout the Tetons.  And, like most Ventures, this board has years of life ahead of it.  Few decks are as durable as a Venture.

      Social Media Editor Joni McGregor

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      Joni is part of a long-standing TGR human resources tradition of hiring employees from the Deep South. Despite her roots in the couloir-less expanse of greater Atlanta, Joni comes from a family of passionate skiers and is our Social Media Editor. Like everyone in Teton County, she's currently training her dog to ski with her.

      1. Volkl Kiku ski  Aside from its hot new graphic, the Volkl Kiku has a lot more umph than previous editions. With its 107 mm waist and full rocker, it is mostly recognized for its performance crushing powder, and I have yet to have a ski that floats as well on the deep stuff. But this ski isn’t just designed for its performance in powder, so don’t leave it in the garage on days it’s not dumping outside. The Kiku makes for a super easy transition from pow to crud to groomers. The predictability of this ski makes me feel more confident, and I find myself trying to get more rowdy on the snow on the reg. 

      2. Stance LeBlanc 13 socks  I'm a big fan of Stance. Made out of merino wool, this model is named after the pioneer of hipster snowboard fashion and toboggan jibbing - the legendary Mike LeBlanc - and they are perfect for touring in the backcountry and resort riding in almost every condition except pond skim yardsales. They keep getting wet everytime.

      3. Swany Tempest GTX  With GORE-TEX lining, a debossed knuckle, barrel lock cuff, pre-curved finger construction and quick release strap, the Tempest GTX has pretty much everything you need out of a glove. Just don’t take them out with you on the unbearably cold days - they're geared more for the wetter days when it is dumping outside. 

      4. Teton Gravity Research Team Women’s Beanie My all day everyday beanie. A classic slouchy beanie with no frills, just fine-threaded quality. 

      5. Original Buff Aside from its awesome funky graphic, this Buff is super lightweight and I don’t have any major fogging issues when I tuck it under my goggles. Something I never leave at home. 

      6. The North Face Freethinker Jacket  The North Face has been providing serious gear for skiers ever since they developed the epic Steep Tech yellow one-piece for Scott Schmidt, and the Freethinker captures that history of performance in a lightweight package. Sometimes you even forget you're rocking a three-layer GORE-TEX shell, as the light weight and crazy mobility makes it practically unnoticeable whether it's on your body or in your pack for the hike up. Two water-resistant media pockets keep the iPhone dry during the blizzards when I'm blasting Pastor Troy on the lift!

      7. Dalbello Women's Kyra 95 I.D. ski boots  An awesome boot for the aggressive all-mountain skier. Great for getting after it in and out of bounds. A comfortable and reliable boot for climbing, hiking and boot packing but also ripping up the resort. I have tested many boots, and keep coming back to Dalbello.

      8. Flylow Daisy Pant Flylow’s Freeride Daisy Pant is an insulated pant with a tuft of micropuff insulation suitable for the ladies with atypically frozen legs like myself. You can rely on these pants to keep you warm throughout the painfully cold days, but also keep you from sweating your ass of when earning your turns with the cross flow ventilation from the inner and outer thigh zip vents. They're the only pants I wear when I ski now, and can honestly say they are the perfect fit for every condition barring those super warm spring days when a true shell is called for.

      9. Smith Virtue Goggles If you’re not into goggles that take up your entire face like I am, try out the Smith Virtue. If you’re not into having to stop and change out your lens everytime the sky changes like I am, try out the photochromatic red sensor mirror lens. These goggles help you stay stylish, but you know Smith always brings the heat when it comes to functionality.

      10. K2 Ally Audio Helmet  Looking like a dayglo Astronaut while shredding is not for me. With the K2 Ally Audio helmet, I am able to have a helmet that actually fits my head while banishing all gaper-gap worries. Its in-mold construction keeps the overall weight down while providing effective protection from sudden crashes on the slopes. Another plus is the music hook-up straight to the ears. Jam on. 

      11. Dakine Heli Pro 20L  This pack is made from 100% recycled plastic bottles, and still more durable than any pack I have had before. It looks small but it can fit more than you would ever need to bring with you on a day mission. I’m also really into the plaid graphic. For me, this one was a no brainer. 

      12. Backcountry Access Tracker DTS avalanche beacon I have always used the Tracker DTS, and am not planning on changing. I like having a beacon that is fast and easy to use, and the Tracker DTS is known for its simplicity. With a reputation for its durability and reliability, this is the world’s most widely used transceiver for a reason.

      13. Backcountry Access B1 Extendable Shovel  Stronger and more lightweight than most other avalanche shovels, but packs down nice and easy. A great tool to bring along when exploring the backcountry.

      14. Arc’teryx Rho AR Zip Neck Women’s  This might be the most comfortable piece of clothing I have ever put on, and without a doubt the most comfortable base layer. Breathable, moisture-wicking and insulated, they are great for skiing, but I also actually wear these around the house as pajamas when our heater isn’t doing the trick. 

      15. Arc’teryx Rho AR Bottom Women’s  Same goes for this Arc'teryx base layer bottom. Fear not for the days when the gas furnace isn't producing!

      16. Marker Jester Pro bindings  The Jester Pro is for all the hard charging skiers that want a binding that will stay put when you need it the most. The Jester Pro is light but extremely strong at the same time. Not my preferred choice of colors, but the functionality of the Jester Pro is what reels me in. 

      17. Soul Poles Vibrant ski poles  Soul Poles! These are my new thing. I love them. Bamboo, green, light, stable, tested to be 25% stronger than aluminum poles… Yes, please!

      18. Stealth 260 Carbon probe  The easiest and fastest assembly out there. That’s what matters, right? 

      Associate Editor Ryan Dunfee

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      Ryan comes from the bad lands of New Hampshire and the living room freelance writing world, having convinced ouftits like Powder to pay him for his nonsensical rants for years, and is still marveling in the fact that there is consistently soft snow to ski in Jackson Hole. When he's not listening to an incoherent Spotify playlist or seeking out equipment to assist him in his quest to get out of the backseat, he's our acting Associate Editor.

      1. First Ascent Downlight Vest  Simple & light, I stash the Downlight Vest into my pack in case I need an extra layer or am waiting for a hungover ski partner at the top of a skin track.

      2. Marker Jester bindings  While the mega core bros might demand the stiffer Jester Pro or a burly steel FKS binding, I find that the normal Jesters work fine for unremarkably gnarly bros like myself, and you save the weight without all that metal.

      3. BCA A-2 Extension Shovel with saw  A solid shovel with an extension for more leverage, loops for building a ski sled to transport an injured rider (I'm missing my parachute cord in this collage), and an included snow saw for snow pit tests or chopping down kindling make the A-2 a sweet option.

      4. Moment Deathwish ski  The bizarre Moustache Rocker of the all-mountain Deathwish, which creates three separate cambers underfoot and four separate contact points along the edge, makes for razor-sharp edge hold on groomers on a decently stiff platform. Get it in pow and the thing is down for slashing and slarving and sports a 112 waist and a rocker profile that keeps you afloat while playing to a bobbier, poppier style in the fresh. If I'm bound to hit a variety of conditions at home or on the road, this is the one ski that inevitably makes it onto the roof rack or into the ski bag - very few skis match the range of the Deathwish.

      5. Bern Macon EPS helmet  Hate the idea of being some bulbous helmet-wearing safety nerd? Bern's got some seriously low-profile brain protectors like the Macon that save your brain cells for your Monday through Friday without making you look like you're joining the space program.

      6. Smith Optics I/OX goggles  The I/O has been the best goggle I've ever owned, and one of the only that prevents my propensity for sweating from fogging up the lenses for the rest of the day. The I/OX simply gives you a bigger field of vision for your eyeballs to relish in.

      7. BroBOMB The Facemask There's nothing like using a bigger media site to plug your sideblog, so I wear my BroBOMB The Facemask whenever someone with access to a bigger Facebook fan base is pointing the camera at me. Made by Phunkshun Wear in Colorado, its thin polyester construction keeps me from sweatin' up as I run for the hills away from all the pro skiers whose careers I've insulted on the 'BOMB.

      8. Flylow Gear BA Puffy Jacket  When's it's dipping way below freezing on the dawn patrol ski tour, an uninsulated shell is just not going to cut it. Flylow's BA Puffy jacket has been keeping me in a good mood despite the cold with its medium-density synthetic down fill. It's a little on the short side, but a big sell are the two sizable mesh pockets on both sides of the interior of the jacket - perfect for keeping a pair of climbing skins warm and dry on the ski down without having them awkwardly bulked up on one side of the jacket.

      9. First Ascent Guide Gloves  A pretty straightforward set of leather gloves that are doubly reinforced on much of the palm and thumb with a burly wrist strap and a wool lining. They're not the warmest or the most waterproof, but they have been my go-to glove for a few seasons now.

      10. Saga Monarch 3L Pants Saga makes a solid 3L pant with the all-important crotch vent, along with two more along the outside of the knees. I'm still a little confused about what I'm supposed to put in the knee pockets - maybe a map? - but hey! They're warm and keep me dry, and the fleece lining along the butt and knees keeps critical joints warm.

      11. Dalbello Panterra 120 I.D. boots  Based on the Krypton 2 platform, the Panterra 120 continues that model's tradition of serving fat-footed hard chargers with a smooth-flexing three-piece shell that doesn't choke when it comes to controlling big skis at high speed. The included Intuition wrap liner is god's gift to skiers' feet, and new in the Panterra model are a walk mode, an adjustable heel height, and a fourth buckle over the toe that can change the last from a looser 102 mm to a tighter 100.

      12. Backcountry Access Stealth Carbon 260 probe The probe. One third of the trifecta of the absolutely essential backcountry gear, along with an avalanche beacon and shovel. Whip it out. Stab it in the snow once you've narrowed down your beacon signal. Find a victim. Save a life.

      13. Black Diamond Traverse Ski Poles  Adjustable-length poles are critical for the backcountry, where the hike up asks for longer poles than the way down, and the Traverse has been the go-to model for years. While my older pair are staying strong, the newer version has a full-size basket and a rubber grip around the upper shaft for quickly adjusting to the shorter uphill side of a steep skin track.

      14. Adventure Medical Adventure First Aid 1.0 kit  A compact first aid kit for basic injuries. I neglected to include a few crucial items that will come in handy if things get serious, like a backcountry repair kit, parachute cord, knife/multi-tool, space blanket, and compass.

      15. Coors Heavy In all honesty, I almost exclusively pack water for my ski days, but I forgot my water bottle for the shoot, and PBR is way played these days.

      16. Stanley Classic Flask filled with High West Rendevous Rye whiskey  Stanley makes the kind of timeless camping products you imagine your grandpa used when he was trudging through the snow in the 50's in an all-wool outfit hunting elk. To remember him, I picked up the Stanley Classic Flask, which I fill with my favorite whiskey, High West's Rendevous Rye, for post-ski parking lot cocktails or a quick shot of warmth on a cold day. For wine aficionados, a bota bag is an excellent alternate option.

      17. Reed's Ginger Beer  For the best whiskey gingers known to man or buffalo.

      18. Black Diamond Spot headlamp  The Spot headlamp is a pretty straightforward model from BD that comes with its own AAA batteries, which is a big sell for shopping slackers. The best features are the different light modes, one of which shines a focused beam deep into space while another casts a dimmer, wider beam that is better for fumbling around in your tent or reading a book. A lightweight tool to throw in a ski pack for pre-dawn starts or in case of emergencies.

      19. TGR Team Tech hoodie  Slick polyester exterior with a warm, soft fuzzy interior. Be a team player.

      20. LL Bean Maine Hunting Shoe Making New England proud, even if it's just while changing in the Teton Pass parking lot, guy.

      21. Norrona Narvik Gore-Tex 2L jacket  Beyond making really sweet mountain bike edits, I've also learned that relative newcomer (to 'Merica) Norrona also makes some bomber ski clothes. The Narvik is one slick shell, with a long freeride fit, long mesh-lined zippers both under the armpits and on the chest itself, and a well-conceived cuff whose upper section reaches out over the top of the glove and whose wrist gator is unobtrusive but still tight enough to keep the snow out. Norrona claims the Narvik is designed to be flexible for high-movement freestylers, and so far, I've felt no resistance fishing my chapstick out of my pocket.

      22. Black Diamond Avalung II  It might seem a little redundant to have an airbag and an Avalung, but hey, last week someone in Utah was still buried a few feet under even with their airbag inflated, so being able to breath under the snow for awhile and clear away your carbon dioxide still seems like a good idea.

      23. TGR Coffee Mug  Filled daily with dark espresso Cafe Bustello for a stomach-curdling blast of caffeine to get your morning going. Currently sold out online with a few last units available at our Wilson, Wyoming headquarters. Mind the elk herd!

      24. SONY Action Cam  Noted for its high audio quality, the Action Cam is also pretty low-profile, great for those who want to capture their day of the shred without sporting an antennae of self-indulgent electronics.

      25. BCA Tracker DTS beacon  There are better beacons, but for many in North America, this is their first and still a go-to after all these years. Make sure you know how to manually search for multiple burials with the DTS, as it's yellow multi-burial function can be a little less than dependable.

      26. Voile ski straps  An absolute essential for the backcountry. Brutally strong and adjustable, Voile's ski straps keep iced-over climbing skins affixed to skis, splint up broken ski poles, and can even be used as a tourniquet in emergencies. I never head out with less than four. 

      27. Backccountry Access Float 22 airbag  BCA's packs are always straightforward and their philosophy of minimal exposed straps ensures against tree branch or chairlift snags. The 22 liter size provides space for all the safety essentials plus an extra layer, gloves, goggles, and snacks - all I need for the majority of my ski touring missions that take place in the limited amount of daylight before work. Of course, airbags are all the rage for safety these days, and BCA's single-piece airbag inflates behind the head and protects from some trauma.

       

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  • Moment Deathwish 2013/2014 Rev Moment Deathwish 2013/2014 Review

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      A few years ago, Moment Skis, the quirky freeride ski brand based out of Reno, Nevada – Las Vegas’ even weirder and dirtier cousin – launched the Deathwish. The ski’s provocative name came with a crazy rocker profile that placed two separate cambers in front of and behind the flat underfoot section and four distinct contact points along the edge, which was finished with a healthy amount of rocker on both tip and tail. The shape drew a lot of eyeballs and fear of bizarre performance from a Frankenstein of a ski (although that response might be more appropriately directed in 2014 to the Frankenski, a park ski with a similar profile that’s also edge-less underfoot), but what Moment calls “Dirty Moustache” rocker – similar to the Compound Camber found on the Praxis Concept – produces an incredible single-ski quiver for West Coast skiers that is surfy in pow and somehow also a riot on groomers. I don’t really understand quite how it works, but it works.

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      Midnight pow on the Deathwish. Ryan Denning photo

      At 138-112-129, the Deathwish’s dimensions are right in the sweet spot of what most manufacturers are arriving at for powder and all-mountain performance after years of experimenting with waist sizes going all the way past 140 centimeters, and in the powder that this ski saw, varying anywhere from eight inches to two feet, that provided more than enough float. The medium flex and decent rocker in both tip and tail do a great job keeping the ski afloat, as tip dive was almost never an issue. The ski, which comes with a recommended mount fairly close to center, wants to pop up and down through powder, boost off of every bump and pillow down the fall line, and rewards a relaxed, centered stance to maximize the ski’s potential for slarving and slashing. The Ian McIntoshs of the world might find the 150 cm running length a little too short and the flex a little too soft for movie-worthy straightlining, but for those who love to milk their powder runs for the most fun, playful, and jibby lines at a more moderate speed, the Deathwish makes the ride effortless and so much fun. At 5’10” and 165 pounds, I’ve been right at home on the 184, but reports are that the 190 Deathwish is more at home for full-speed charging and bigger humans.

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      Almost as fun as its pow performance is how this ski rips on groomers. Despite a 112 waist and notable rocker in the tip and tail, the Dirty Moustache rocker puts down four distinct contact points every time you edge the ski, utilizing the funky camber design to produce an effect similar to Nas’ infamous Magne-Traction. Even on icy New Hampshire groomers, with a forward lean this ski held such a good edge I was laying down turns almost to the hips and loving every second. The increased edge hold compared to most traditionally cambered skis also means less energy spent holding an uphill edge on sketchy traverses, and makes for an incredible spring ski that rips through slush and pushes back against heavier snow.

      The drawbacks? In hard wind crust or rotten spring snow, the Deathwish loses its soft-snow performance and doesn’t want to release from turns, opting instead to lock the edge firmly in place.  In choppy crud blasted by the sun and then frozen in the shade, the extra contact points feel like they’re latching onto every firm surface and pulling your ski in that direction. In general, on firm snow, this ski wants to be on edge. The ski is also not as much of a pure pow jibber as the Sir Francis Bacon due to its directional shape, and is reportedly less powerful on groomers and less of a straight-line charger than the Praxis Concept, and East Coast pow skiers might want something slightly softer and less grippy for tight trees.

      The bottom line? Very, very few skis can match the range of performance that the Deathwish is competent in. Now that manufacturers have had time to experiment with all kinds of rocker, camber, and sidecut profiles, the end game is now the one-ski quiver, and the Deathwish is one of the very few skis that actually proves to be fun across a very wide board of conditions. That’s the reason it’s become my touring ski, and yet it still inevitably gets taken off the rack for 90% of my days on snow in the resort and out.

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      Laying the Deathwishes into some fine February windbuff during Winter Storm Nemo last season. Ryan Denning photo

      Who should buy the Deathwish? Mostly West Coast skiers who have a more carvy, jibby, playful style but still spend most of their time pointed forwards and who are looking for a do-it-all ski that they can bring to the mountain without having to consider conditions first. Moment also added the same Moustache Rocker to the Sierra, meaning the ladies get to jump in on the brand’s one-ski quiver fun, too.

      Want to buy the Deathwish? Check it out in the TGR store: http://goo.gl/7giwe3

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  • The Postcard Series With Scott The Postcard Series With Scotty Vine: Episode 3 - Boston/New Hampsire

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      In the third episode of The Postcard Series with Scotty Vine, the crew flies east to New England, where Winter Storm Nemo has dumped three feet in Boston, Massachusetts. After hanging out in the streets of the Commonwealth, Scotty, Ben Ross, and Justin Melanson point it north to Loon Mountain, New Hampshire and then close out their trip with some unique features in the streets of Southern NH.

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  • Locals Guide: North Conway, Ne Locals Guide: North Conway, New Hampshire

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      Marty Basch

      North Conway in New Hampshire's venerable White Mountains is a year-round New England playground, a reputation the town enjoyed long before being humbly anointed by National Geographic Traveler as one of the world's top 25 ski towns. 

      Loaded with regional staples like white-steepled churches, creaky covered bridges and archaic cemeteries, the small town is located about 130 miles north of Boston and nestled in the shadows of the Northeast's highest peak. North Conway is loaded with skiing history, heritage and culture. Thank the heyday of ski trains from New York and Beantown and the legendary skimeister Hannes Schneider (who brought modern ski instruction to the in-town Cranmore Mountain in the 1930s) for that. Olympian skier Leanne Smith calls North Conway home, as does 1972 legend Tyler Palmer.

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      When winter rolls around and it's dumping, skiers and riders make the drive to iconic Wildcat Mountain in Pinkham Notch across from Mount Washington for some New Hampshire pow. Photo by Wildcat Mountain/Max Gosselin.

      In summer and fall, hiking, biking, paddling, climbing and other gravity games replace the skiing and snowboarding visitors enjoy at the seven alpine and six cross-country areas that call the Mount Washington Valley home. Towering above the valley with an elevation of 6,288 feet, Mount Washington is known for its wicked and lethal weather. In 1934, the Mount Washington Observatory recorded a peak summit gust of 231 mph.

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      With some 1,200 miles of hiking trails in the White Mountain National Forest to choose from, many hikers make a beeline for the rocky landscape on Mount Washington. Photo by Marty Basch. 

      North Conway is surrounded by the 800,000-acre White Mountain National Forest, which teems with trails, camping and more. The forest is an inexpensive base camp for the tenting crowd with several campgrounds along the winding Kancamagus Highway, a scenic byway ripe for roadies. Those preferring indoor plumbing and a kitchen stay in the Conway White Mountains Hostel or in a host of valley inns, B&Bs and strip motels. 

      Start your day in walkable North Conway Village—anchored by the yellow Victorian train station in Schouler Park and its mountain backdrop. Snag a double shot of espresso on the patio at Frontside Grind on Main Street. Across the street, the Met also offers al fresco with a European flair. Pack a chicken Caesar wrap from Chef's Market in the village for lunch. After you're done playing in the mountains, head for the Moat—that's Moat Mountain Smokehouse and Brewing Company. Chase down a veggie-stocked California Dreamin' pizza with a brew like the brown ale Bone Shaker  . The bar scene at Delaney's Hole in the Wall hums with loyal followers while the drive to the nearby Red Parka Pub in Glen is to imbibe in White Mountains ski bar infamy.

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      North Conway Village contains a plethora of mom-and-pop shops and an array of eateries. Photo by Marty Basch.

      With some 1,200 miles of forest trails, hiking is big in these parts. Washington's a coveted Presidential Range peak. Approaching the busy summit (which boasts a state park, observatory, train and an auto road) from the east via the Appalachian Mountain Club's Pinkham Notch Visitor Center takes prepared hikers through spring backcountry skier heaven—Tuckerman Ravine—along the 8.4-mile round-trip Tuckerman Ravine Trail. Definitely check the forecast first. Death happens. A closer and equally appealing hike is a ridge-walk or loop hike along the low-lying Moat Mountains. The trail to South Moat Mountain (5.4 miles round-trip) is less taxing than the route to the North (which affords a difficult 10-mile round-trip). The mellow jaunt to family-friendly Diana's Baths is more like a walk but the falls are cooling in summer's heat. 

      The falls are near Cathedral and Whitehorse Ledges. The side-by-side cliffs create a sought-after rock stage for climbers throughout the Northeast looking to scale the towering hard, Conway granite faces. Cathedral's known for its traditional multi-pitched  routes like Thin Air and Upper Refuse, while Whitehorse is home to low angle friction slabs like Sliding Board and Standard Route. With the area’s bevy of guides and climbing schools, the ledges are also an excellent venue for novices to get schooled in the basics.

      Ready to roll? Notches—that's New Hampsha speak for mountain passes—are challenging roadie destinations. Pinkham, Crawford and Evan's  are the go-to gaps for serious cyclists all with over 1,000 feet in elevation gain. Bear Notch, the Kanc and Hurricane Mountain Road are on the list too. For a totally easy outing, drive a few miles to Fryeburg, Maine and the 4-mile Mountain Division rail-with-trail, which could one day link to Portland.

      North Conway, New Hampshire

      With miles of singletrack, North Conway attracts mountain bikers of all levels. Photo by Rob Adair/Mount Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce.

      Mountain biking is surging in the area, largely due to the growth of locals maturing from bootleggers to savvy peddlers who’ve learned to work with area landowners. Credit the White Mountains chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association for the uplifting close to town Sticks and Stones circuit (and pump track), which features sinuous singletrack, rollers and more. A few miles away, the recently signed 12-mile Moat Mountain trail network in the national forest serves up an incredible array of narrow ways including the funky meandering Electric Loop. Earn bragging rights on the Red Tail Trail not far from the village with its fast drops and technical challenges. Rentals, maps and books are found along Main Street with its abundance of bike shops and eateries. 

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      Both cross-country and downhill mountain biking opportunities abound around North Conway with Attitash Mountain Resort in neighboring Bartlett providing the lift service. Photo by Attitash Mountain Resort.

      North Conway's well-located for paddlers,  an easy drive to mighty northern rivers like the Pemigewasset, Ammonoosuc and Androscoggin, which are all part of a rich heritage of forest-driven economies and recreational pursuits. But the hot spot is the Saco River with its flotilla of canoes, kayaks and inner tubes acquired from rental spots in town. The winding river is a fine way to see mountains, cliffs, fields and wildlife (the boisterous cooler carrying crowds notwithstanding). There's some technical whitewater, lots of flatwater and low sandy sections in summer. 

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      The Saco River is a popular summer time paddle from North Conway, attracting those in canoes, kayaks and tubes. Photo by Marty Basch. 

      With ski areas now mountain Disneys, choose your pay-to-play addiction from mountain biking the carriage roads and single track at Great Glen Trails to lift-served downhill mountain biking at Attitash. Cranmore, Wildcat, and Bretton Woods also offer a host of adrenaline-fueled adventures. Whether at these resorts or elsewhere, there’s no shortage of things to do. Around North Conway, boredom is not an option.

       

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