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  • Why We Should Abolish The Ski Why We Should Abolish The Ski "Resort"

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      Papa Hemingway (2nd from left) wants nothing to do with your ski "resort," sir!

      In recent history, the term “resort” has come to describe more and more of the places where we ski and snowboard. Where ski areas, ski hills, and mountains once appropriately presented the snow sliding experience as a relatively bare-bones and self-determined adventure in the hardy climes of nature’s winter, marketing departments, possible due to stagnating visitation, have sought to rebrand their facilities as resorts, giving potential visitors the mind’s eye image of being pampered at a spa or having all of their cares and wants massaged by the fingertips of an army of wait staff intent on delivering them to a specific parking spot, ferrying them merrily to a station where bright-cheeked men with a strange resemblance to Santa Claus buckle their boots for them, and delivering a Bloody Mary at the snap of a finger a la Sandals Saint Lucia.


      In an unfamiliar past, you would ski at "ski areas" like New Hampshire's Wildcat Mountain, pictured here. They hadn't even invented lift tower pads yet, or even hats!

      This coddling term does an embarrassing disservice to the core ski and snowboard population, who seek the sport for the thrill of its self-directed adventure when they’re not enduring harrowing drives through blizzards, stamping their feet to avoid frostbite, or throwing on braces to secure blown-out knees in order to do it. Not to mention that it’s simply inaccurate. After all, what does a trip to Disney World have to do with the experience Ermest Hemingway described in one of his early writings about skiing?

      “The funicular car bucked once more and then stopped. It could not go farther, the snow drifted solidly across the track. The gale scouring the exposed surface of the mountain had swept the snow surface into a wind-board crust. Nick, waxing his skis in the baggage car, pushed his boots into the toe irons and shut the clamp tight. He jumped from the car sideways on to the hard wind-board, made a jump turn, and crouching and trailing his sticks slipped in a rush down the slope.

      On the white below George dipped and rose and dipped out of sight. The rush and the sudden swoop as he dropped down a steep undulation in the mountainside plucked Nick’s mind out and left him only the wonderful flying, dropping sensation in his body. He rose to a slight up-run and then the snow seemed to drop out from under him as he went down, down, faster and faster in a rush down the last, long steep slope. Crouching so he was almost sitting back on his skis, trying to keep the center of gravity low, the snow driving like a sandstorm, he knew the pace was too much. But he held it. He would not let go and spill. Then a patch of soft snow, left in a hollow by the wind, spilled him and he went over and over in a clashing of skis, feeling like a shot rabbit, then stuck, his legs crossed, his skis sticking straight up and his nose and ears jammed full of snow. George stood a little farther down the slope, knocking the snow from his wind jacket with big slaps.”

      -An excerpt from Ernest Hemingway,'s "Cross Country Snow," circa 1924


      The concept of the resort arose not with the introduction of Vail Village and its attempted resemblance to a town in the Bavarian Alps, but rather to history’s most infamously self-indulgent society, the Romans. The emperors began building public bathing facilities that provided leisure opportunities for both the men and women of the time, but which grew to include secondary attractions and services such as gyms, libraries, stores, taverns, and theaters. 


      Indulge, ye, in history's first proto-resort! Emmanuel's Oberhausen's "The Roman Baths." Date unknown.

      After Emperor Romulus Augustus was deposed by a Germanic chieftain—which marked the start of the empire’s decline the interest in resorts began to wane until the Belgians rallied around the concept a thousand years later. The town of Spa took up the cause, hawking the healing powers of the town’s iron-rich waters to anyone willing to hang up his woolen smock and go for a dip. King Charles II birthed the resort industry in Britain, then soon after the Swiss figured out that they could entice wealthy denizens of the era’s coal and smog-choked cities to spend their summer in the clean mountain air of the Alps, where they’d feast on rösti while enjoying the spectacular views of the mountains. 

      By the time the resort concept made its way to the Adirondacks and the beaches of North America in the 19th century, the use of the word had peaked, cementing its meaning as “a self-contained commercial establishment which attempts to provide for most of a vacationer's wants while remaining on the premises, such as food, drink, lodging, sports, entertainment, and shopping.”


      A brochure for Vermont's Magic Mountain circa the 1960's. Note emphasis on "skiing pleasure."

      Before resortism entered the collective conscience of the ski industry, there were ski areas, which, like most of the recreational facilities in Forest Service land, were bare-bones, offering little more than a means of arriving at the top of a mountain, some organized trails, and a bunch of picnic tables to help you further enjoy your cheese sandwich. While Swiss resorts might have kept you in the peace and calm of the valley while enjoying the scenery, these ski areas forced you to go all the way to the top, further exposing yourself to the dreadful elements of winter. The ski resort and its corresponding base village—which Resorting to Madness’s Hunter Sykes refers to as a “land-locked cruise ship”—is a more recent phenomenon brought on by the stagnant income from lift tickets and business folk who saw opportunity in skiing’s quiet and underdeveloped ski area model. The resort focuses heavily on the short-term sale of surrounding real estate and the availability of gourmet restaurants that can also accommodate casual attire and screaming children.


      We LOVE Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, but it doesn't bear resemblance to any Club Med I've been to...

      Of course, the ski industry has had to undergo some slick marketing efforts in order to adopt the term without a sense of irony, as the guests of ski resorts must confront a reality that guests of other “resorts” typically hope to avoid—including the opportunity to incur extraordinary physical injury or even death. Disney World—the holy grail of the resort model—is able to provide a diversity of experiences for its guests and accommodate their every need. Disney does this all while assuming guests have no abilities beyond eating and lifting a finger to pay the check. Well, then again perhaps Disney does expect guests to do slightly more.  After all, it offers bottled water for $17 in order to help guests stave off the heat exhaustion incurred after walking two blocks in the nasty humidity of inland Florida.

      For comparison study, please regard this jovial Sandals Resorts commerical. Note differences in your blue test book.

      Meanwhile, ski "resorts" must compete to provide a similar experience for their guests, who are expected to but not often capable of negotiating giant mountains littered with trees, rocks, mixed snow conditions, ice, and other similarly negligent guests. These guests must dodge these obstacles without killing themselves or others in order to produce an experience that has no connection to the meaning of the French word’s root: “remedy.” More often than not, less physically agile guests—along with formerly physically agile guests who are now out of shape loafs thanks to years of child-rearing in between daylight hours chained to a desk—succumb to exhaustion, and then injury at said resorts, requiring an entirely different remedy to relieve their pain. I was awfully confused in my own experience with one of these ski "resorts" this very winter. Anticipating chairlift massages and friendly Jamaicans handing out cocktails with white gloves, I instead suffered a birch tree to the chest. 

      In order to avoid the contradiction in terms, it’s apparent that ski areas need to divvy up their two business lines more distinctly. The “resort” may appropriately refer to the various facilities at the base of the mountain, such as the restaurants to fatten guests up, the bars to get them drunk, the hot tubs to dehydrate them further, and the corresponding hotels in which they pass out in all their clothes due to the effects of exhaustion, dehydration, and altitude. These could all be appropriately considered to be remedies for the effect of the “mountain” or “ski area,” which man-handles its guests with a physically demanding, freezing cold, disorienting, and otherwise tumultuous experience that afterwards requires recovery, thus employing the healing services of “the resort.” 


      Play your cards right, ski "resorts," and ski bums like Timmy Dutton may yet be in want of your lodging services.

      The effort would also be a small if only symbolic nod to the locals, who must suffer the indignity of having based their entire lives as dirtbag amateur athletes around shredding the hell out of one of these “resorts.” While climbers get “peaks” and surfers get “breaks,” skiers and snowboarders are maligned with having their venue of passion be associated with a Club Med. Can we get a little understanding over here? 

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  • Big-Wave Surfer Ian Walsh On S Big-Wave Surfer Ian Walsh On Snowboarding

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      “The nicest thing is knowing that if you want more speed, you just point it straighter.” Ian Walsh at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Ryan Dunfee photo.

      TGR is all about the crossover athletes. Sage Cattabriga-Alosa is not only a savant of a skier, but a fluid and balls-out mountain biker as well. Ian McIntosh goes BASE jumping when the change of seasons means he can’t close in on terminal velocity on skis, and yours truly is not only an amateur backcountry skier but also doubles as an equally untalented photographer. 

      The tradition was turned on its head a bit this month when Ian Walsh – a renowned big-wave surfer from Hawaii more familiar with the issue of chafing board shorts than that of fogging goggles – came into town to get his annual break from the beach and the waves to ride at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Walsh’s second favorite hobby after surfing monster waves like Jaws is snowboarding, which lets him “turn [his] brain off” and enjoy a high-speed pursuit outside the pressure of the annual hunt for the world’s biggest and least forgiving waves.


      Ian showing master edgework, or hack work, in Jackson Hole this March. Ryan Dunfee photo.

      “I started snowboarding in Park City with Andy Irons after he won the world tour,” Ian said. “I spent the entire first day falling on my heel edge, and then my toe edge, and then heel again. We don’t have edges on surfboards.” Nonetheless, snowboarding had already been on the brain for some time for Ian, as he’d kept a small collection of Mack Dawg movies going since he liked the way they edited their films. 

      It wasn’t until his second snowboard trip, to Jackson Hole after filming with TGR for one of their first surf films, that the snow addiction really set it. Walsh got to sample Jackson Hole Mountain Resort for the first time with Jeremy Jones and an all-star lineup of surfers, including Andy Irons, Joel Parkinson, Shane Dorian, and Australian legend Mark Occhilupo. As he put it, “One tram lap of blower pow from top to bottom put the talons in my back. I knew I’d never miss a winter after that.” Riding pow, it turns out, is strangely similar to surfing. “You can go so fast and hold your edge for so long,” he reflected. “It feels like an endless wave.” 


      Todd Jones swaps the double planks for the single to show Ian the way of the Wyoming slash. Ryan Dunfee photo.

      But there are some things that snowboarding does have on surfing. “You can actually stop and assess what you want to ride while you’re snowboarding, while surfing is way more of a reactionary sport – you don’t get to choose what kind of wave you ride or lip you want to hit.” While the luxury of planning time is for sure an advantage, Ian’s addiction to speed is still a deep part of the attraction. “The nicest thing is knowing that if you want more speed, you just point it straighter.” 

      Regardless of the love for snow, midway through his Jackson Hole-based reprieve from the pressures of pro surfing, Ian couldn’t help but be drawn back to the ocean. As he said on his Instagram:


      “At 11:45 pm two nights ago I was posed with a very good problem to have.... Either stay on my 1st break away from the ocean in long time to recharge the batteries with a change of scenery in the snow and my other deeply loved sport that consists of riding a snowboard along with one of the best forecasts for fresh snow I have ever seen - or - hop on a last second flight a few hours later at 5 am to leave right in the middle of this huge snow storm and a few feet of fresh powder (anyone that has played on a mountain full of deep snow knows how hard that is) to chase a big swell to Jaws that wasn't guaranteed with weather, wind, and swell angle. 

      It left me with two really good options (of which I am very grateful for) and a realization of how much I love both sports, but nothing can surmount the amount of passion I have for surfing and pushing myself in big waves. After a sleepless night of debate, I was on that flight before the sun came up and landed to a very challenging hit or miss day of surf. And as you can see from this photo of me 'diving for lobsters' I was well in the miss range, but it was a fun day to be in the mix regardless.

      Now I am sitting back on a red eye flight to the snow to finish my little change of scenery with my brothers. Wake up and do what you love.”

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      Ian escaping the wrath of Jaws unscathed... others weren't so lucky. Brian Bielmann/Red Bull photo

      As gnarly as Jackson Hole can be, it still couldn’t match the kind of intensity Walsh inserted himself into when he decided to step out from his low-pressure vacation for a second. This particular session at Jaws, with a flash-flooding storm ceasing just in time to allow for clean 25-foot swells and a slight off-shore at daybreak, was more interested in claiming victims than delivering the glory sought by pros on the hunt for the Billabong XXL contest title for the year’s biggest wave.

      Billy Kemper tore his calf. Shane Dorian, who was also in Jackson Hole with Walsh, got held under the water while two successive waves passed by. He surfaced with a concussion, a wetsuit torn in half, a bloody nose, and a busted chin. One surfer broke four boards after coming from South Africa, while another suffered two lacerations on his leg. A boat capsized. Ian found himself diving for the bottom as a 30-foot wave came crashing down on top of him.


      Walshy back in the more casual setting of the Hobacks. Ryan Dunfee photo.

      Luckily, Ian escaped the session unscathed, and caught the redeye back to Jackson to enjoy what has become a very special activity for him. “What I enjoy most about snowboarding is the feeling of learning something new,” he said, reflecting on his annual snow trip. “I get the same sensations I got when I was surfing at twelve years old; like ‘Oh my God! I did my first floater! I got my first barrel!' Every time I go snowboarding, I’m figuring something new out. It brings me back to those first days when I fell in love with surfing.”

      Want more Walshy? More surfing? Check out TGR's own surf films, from Out There to Shack Therapy and Gondwana.

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  • Local's Guide to: Sunday River Local's Guide to: Sunday River & Mt. Abram, Maine

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      By Marty Bosch

      Often mentioned by those from away in the same exhausted breath as fellow Eastern bohemoth Killington, western Maine's Sunday River is a finely groomed giant with 8 interconnected peaks, 135 trails, and 15 lifts including the alternating chair/gondola "Chondola," and represents one of the East's biggest and most sprawling resort options. 


      During the heyday of the Bust N' Burn mogul contest, Sunday River was an epicenter of the New England bump skiing scene.

      The Rivah is also a slice of freeskiing bliss with terrain parks touched by the influence of hometown hero Simon Dumont, along with copious glades, plenty of space to spread out, and one of the East Coast's two most legendary mogul trails - White Heat. In the heat of the 90's, when mogul skiing was still the shit, White Heat's Bust N' Burn mogul contest was an epicenter of the New England bump scene. To date, it's still the only time Associate Editor Ryan Dunfee has seen someone do seven twisters in a single jump.

      Mother Nature is fickle here, delivering 155 inches of the real white stuff a year. But mountain ops blasts its the white gold starting in the colorful fall, ensuring a long season that often extends late into April after starting in early November.


      Sunday River's unassuming laidback neighbor, Mt. Abram, from the air.

      The River's a few miles from the quaint village of Bethel, where Gould Academy's red brick buildings house future Olympians and X Games champions like Dumont himself. New Hampshire's frosty Presidential Range caps the horizon. Down the road in Greenwood is Mt. Abram, an of-the-people mountain with a laidback vibe that has recently been designated as a prototype "Mountain Playground" of the progressive Mountain Riders Alliance organization, which seeks to develop Mt. Abram into a model for community-oriented ski areas worldwide, in contrast to the rather corporate model Sunday River presents. 


      Alaska native Dave Scanlan of the Mountain Riders' Alliance, not too dulled by the goods of Mt. Abram despite being far from a more powdery home. Davin Currie photo.

      Options there are accessed mostly by a soulful double-chair called "The Way Back Machine" and are dependent heavily on Mother Nature's largesse, with a tiny snowmaking infrastructure compared to their its neighbor. Nonetheless, with an open boundary-to-boundary policy, 51 trails, an unsassuming air, and fun natural steeps along the t-bar, Rocky's Run, and in the woods along Easy Rider, Mt. Abram offers an unfettered New England skiing experience similar to that found at Vermont's Magic Mountain, while affordable tickets and the ability to park within spitting distance of the lifts makes it a family-friendly joint as well. Despite the base lodge having burnt down a few years ago, a temporary tent still gives the friendly Loose Boots Lounge the feel of adult summer camp feel. If you're committed to a weekend here, you'll likely be staying in a quiant B&B in Bethel.


      On this side of the country, a good groomer really counts for something. Sunday River photo.

      Back on the other side of Bethel, Sunday River is more than three miles wide with a handful of base lodges, slopeside hotels and acres of accommodations. The River sees its healthy share of Mainers with no desire to leave the Pine Tree State and hordes of Bostonians donning the latest in sports team fan garb. 

      I'm inclined to ski end to end over the course of the day, as each peak feels like its own area. There's some maddening traverses at times and a handful of busy trail junctions, but the steeper rewards rock. South Ridge always seems to be packed with beginners while the lodges at Barker and White Cap fill up a tad later. Staying at the seemingly distant yet slopeside Jordan Grand Resort Hotel? Score! Start and end there on long secluded cruisers at Jordan Bowl like Excaliber and Rogue Angel. 


      Lost Princess is among a host of steep and unmaintained tracks off of Oz well worth your time when the snow is soft. Sunday River photo.

      Oz is the expert playground with its islands and glades with fanciful names like Emerald City, Flying Monkey and the new Poppy Fields.  Spruce and Barker are loaded with scintillating cruisers including Risky Business, American Express and Lazy River. Aurora is something a local-flavored gem with nice stashes on those powder days; look for the new Super Nova there. North Peak, end point of the gondola with its well-placed Peak Lodge, is largely where beginners and intermediates play but is also now home to the huge T72 terrain park and fledgling North Woods.


      It may not be the deepest place in New England, but Sunday River gives you plenty of room to play around. Sunday River photo.

      Both Locke (the first trails were cut in the 1950s long before the River grew like it was on steroids) and White Cap contain black and blue jabs like Upper Sunday Punch, Cascades and sweet Monday Mourning, the race trail. The legendary super steep White Heat on White Cap is billed as the "longest steepest widest lift-serviced expert trail in the East."  Pioneer Wayne Wong pounded the bumps there during the now dead Bust 'n' Burn competition. So did a young Simon Dumont.

      The park scene is solid, thanks in part to Dumont's touch. Freeskiing's young godfather grew up in Bethel. He set the world record for the highest quarterpipe boost here in 2008 with a 35-foot cork 900 and a year later started the Dumont Cup held in March that draws superstars like Tom Wallisch and Nick Goepper in a very accessible pro-am event. 

      The annual Dumont Cup, held in the River's parks and hosting some of the best ski park talent alive every March, is one of the few high-profile park events on the New England calendar.

      Now there's the new T72 park on North Peak. Dumont, along with Snow Park Technologies, had a hand in its design, as it is now the home of the Cup. Covering 15 acres, T72 houses medium/large features, a jump line, an 18-foot superpipe, and a rail park. It replaces the terrain parks they used to have on Barker and Locke. The beginner Who-Ville outside South Ridge remains free of anything metal. 

      Night life in the Bethel area starts with a frosty pint, and well, next thing you know it's tomorrow. Maine's best ski town has filling eateries, aprés specials and live music. Slopeside starts eventually spill into Bethel, which also serves the Mt. Abram branch. 


      Despite Maine's long tradition of puritanism, devil horns still populate the late night air in the Foggy Goggle. Sunday River photo.

      At the River, the trailside crawl often begins inside South Ridge upstairs at the festive Foggy Goggle with its mountainous views, nachos, and lively concerts, while locals hang upstairs near the fireplace at the mellower bar in Barker.  Across from South Ridge is The Phoenix, a comfortable bistro with a big bar (aprés Wednesdays= dollar taco night).

      From there, drift out onto the Sunday River Access Road with haunts like the rustic Matterhorn, the area's iconic ski bar, with its glacial drinks and Tuesday Deep and Cheap deals with half-price wood-fired pizza. Quaff a local blonde at the Sunday River Brew Pub (Wednesdays deliver $1.50 apres beers) before flowing out onto Route 2 to spots like Rooster's Roadhouse ($5 burgers after 4 p.m.) and the British Jolly Drayman (all you can eat fish and chips specials select nights).  In Bethel, you can find Sud's Pub in the downstairs of the Sudbury Inn, with Thursday night Hoot Night for open mic aficionados, and of course, the area wildlife always cuts loose late night at the boisterous Funky Red Barn, which is also known for its prime rib.  

      If that seems like a daunting itinerary of boozing for anyone with a decent sense of responsibility, the Sunday River trolley and Mountain Explorer bus run shuttles until 12:30 at night on the weekends to help make those connections. 

      For more information, check out Sunday River's homepage of that of Mt. Abram. Want more inside info. on East Coast ski areas? Check out:
      -Local's Guide to Sugarloaf, Maine
      -Local's Guide to Skiing NH's I-93

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  • Blue Collar Pro: Dave Short Blue Collar Pro: Dave Short

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      By Jesse Huffman

      Contrary to his last name, the main feature of Dave Short’s riding is a penchant for going big. With perception as accurate as a bald eagle, Short hones in on every available transition, no matter how far away, enabling him to attack the entire mountain in a fashion that really could be described as predatory (just to milk the eagle metaphor even more). 

      I got a first hand experience of this in Japan, while traveling with Short for the first Snow Craft video and print project. Our crew was posted up on a resort cat track, getting ready to drop into a tree run slathered with the northern island’s famously stacked conditions. Short pointed out a small pillow about 70 feet down the fall line. “You’re going to land where??” I called after Short, as he hiked back up the cat track to drop in. Whipping past us and off the precipice into space, Short casually punted the biggest air of the trip, greasing the unseen trajectory perfectly. Everywhere we went Short would drop something equally unexpected and photogenic. We ended up calling it “Dave’s Trip.”


      Photo by Erin Hogue (http://erinhogue.com/)

      The Vancouver, BC native has racked up hundreds of pages of editorial, landing himself on the covers of magazines around the world. But this hyper-intelligent rider never quite blew up. Instead of the year-round adventures you see marquee freeride pros Instagraming, Short was putting himself through college or surfing in Europe. You could make a remark about quality over quantity, but in Short’s case he seems to be prolific in both regards. Why has he remained on the fringes, despite being overexposed in terms of print coverage? Maybe it’s because as a baseline, Short is more interested in snowboarding as a creative expression than as a “career.”  

      Back in Japan, when it came time to travel south to our second location on the main island, our crew of pro snowboarders ditched us to stay behind in Hokkaido and work with their own filmer. Short stuck it out, despite the middling aspirations of our project (powder boards in Japan, not double corks), and in the sake of adventure and cultural tourism. He’d never been to Japan and wanted to see as much as possible— in the process he bagged yet another spread in the magazine story. 

      Satisfying a natural curiosity and drive is what defines Short’s career as rider. If you take a look at any photo or video he’s put out, his individual stamp is clear to see on mountains across the world. TGR caught up with the Canadian dark horse to talk sponsors, cover shots, and life after action sports.  

      Dave Short in Snow Craft

      You’ve had an interesting life outside the snowboard bubble. Can you tell everyone what else you’ve been doing besides riding? 

      I've been pursuing my studies ever since I graduated from high school. I have a degree and I am trying to build upon that. Outside of snowboarding, I've committed myself to other sports too, namely downhill biking and surfing. 

      You went to school for philosophy—what led to this decision?

      I went to university for economics but lost my grip on the mathematics portion, so I changed my major. I need two more economics classes for a minor. I am preparing my education credentials for some different career paths, because when the snowboard support stops it is nice to have legs all your own to stand on. 

      I’m assuming that you’re done with your BA now, what’s next in the formal education of Dave Short? 

      I am deciding between pursuing teaching (four months of vacation time a year) and air traffic control. 

      My girlfriend and I have been working on an incredible novel for years now. We have an intense plot dialed in and it is half-written. The story follows a loving couple on their journey through Central America. They prefer being scammers to scamees. We are very excited at the prospects of our story. It has shaped up to be a perfect movie adaption.

      It sounded like you had a job last winter… When’s the last time you held wintertime employment?

      Never. It was a move of necessity. My sponsors dried up and I needed to sustain myself, so I had to be a weekend warrior while working this full-time job right up until June. I was a personal teacher for a grade ten autistic fellow. 

      What about in the summer time? What’s your typical off-season work been like?

      Depends on the year. I generally try to flee Canada for the summer months. But my typical off-season bread winning has come from working horrible labor jobs. My girlfriend Adrienne and I travelled around Europe this summer, and then we came home and I got a job humping rebar and building the guts of a bridge for four months of horrible, soul sucking work. My ideal situation for earning cash is by selling all my snowboarding gear that I've accrued over the years.

      You grew up right near Mount Seymour, BC. For those who don’t know, can you explain what it’s like there, and how it influenced your riding?

      It's good. But all anyone cares about is that it's where Devun grew up riding. It's a tiny mountain with lots of character, but it rains more than it snows up there these days. Seymour taught me how to be precise and creative. 

      Can you talk about where you first got your start as a sponsored rider? What was your first breakout moment? 

      I was snowmobiling with my friend Luke and we saw some dudes hitting the 1080 step-down in the Whistler backcountry. I went up to Martin (Gallant) and asked him if I could hit their jump. It's a massive step-down gap. He said to go ahead but I could tell he didn't know what to expect. Andy Finch was at the top of the drop-in all scared to go. I didn't understand why. I said fuck it and dropped and did a big 'ol corked out 360 and stomped it and then Martin began including me in his Gathering Collective videos. After that I got signed by Westbeach and they paid me an exorbitant salary for a while and spoiled us with heli trips and whatnot, then I bounced around to various sponsors over the next decade, but I never experienced the love I got from Westbeach from any other sponsor.

      You’ve been all over the place on a snowboard. Can you list the countries you’ve been to as a rider? Any standouts?

      Argentina a few times, Europe a bunch of times, Japan, Alaska, Quebec, California and Mexico.

      Can you talk about your interest in surfing, and how that influences your approach to snowboarding?

      I love surfing in the right waves and they feel like the same sport underfoot.

      You’ve been on the cover of countless magazines and in 100+ editorial spreads… Can you list all the magazines that you’ve been on the cover of? What about inside of?

      I've been in every snowboard publication you could think of. I've gotten the Snowboard Canada magazine cover twice (a decade between the two), TransWorld Business for one cover, a Frequency cover, Mountain Life magazine, and a North Face catalog once. I've had over 400 pages of editorial, but only ever had five ads for sponsors in my entire career. Two Westbeach ads, a two-page DC shoes ad, a Drop mfg ad, and a North Face ad.

      Were you always getting so many photo bangers from the beginning? If not, how did that evolve?

      I used to orchestrate photos with professional photographers, but now I focus on riding big mountain lines and I simply don't care to worry about photos. I've evolved into a more laissez-faire attitude, in that if I'm ripping mountains images will emerge.

      What are you up to when you work with a photographer? Do you shoot photos yourself? Why do you think you’ve been able to rack up so many shots?

      I understand the composition of a great snowboard photo, so I find it easy and predictable to produce some epic images just by planning ahead and having a vision. 

      On the flip, it seems like the rockstar-level sponsorship thing hasn’t been as steady… Do you feel like you’ve made it in that department? 

      What? Go ask Travis Rice or some other blessed one.

      Does it even matter to you to be a big-name pro boarder? Or are you satisfied with shredding itself, and a more balanced life with work and school in the mix too?

      I like moderation, no one thing to excess. What matters most to me in snowboarding is getting the opportunity to rip steep fluted runs.

      What’s your approach to gaining and losing sponsorships been like? How has that changed over the years?

      It's tougher to fund a trip to AK without support, but now that’s all on me, I don't owe sponsors anything.

      We hear plenty about marquee freeriders, but I am assuming for every major “pro,” there are legions of underground rippers deep in the cut on their snowmobiles or skins. Can you talk a bit about any of these folks, and what motivates them to push the limit so far—and on their own power, so to speak?

      Because they have strong passions and aren't controlled by corporate agendas, they choose and pursue adventures that pique their personal interests. Heroes like Dave Henkel and Cam Unger rip more powerful lines than half the top-billed riders would ever step to. 

      What, if any, message do you have for kids out there who want to make a career out of freeriding, or boarding, in general?

      Be the best and success will follow. Do big goofy PR stunts.

      When the first POV video cameras came out, you were all over it with edits that you filmed yourself. What was your initial draw to documenting your riding in that style, and how has that evolved since?

      It was salvaging more than anything. Filmers get paid to go with name brand riders and using POV was simply one way for me to produce content free and without aid. But strictly POV edits are garbage, Blair Witch Project style. So I am thankful for working with some great filmers to combine their high quality clips along with my POV clip. The true value of POV shots is unleashed by combining them with second-angle footage.

      Last season, you filmed the “Short Stories” episodes. What was the push behind that series? What’s the response been since you put them out? Are you satisfied?

      Trying to drum up some support for the future, I signed a syndication deal with 33mag.com giving them 48 hours exclusive rights to my episodes, following which the episodes made the rounds on to every major snowboard website, and some enjoyed over 20,000 views. 

      What’s next for you in the mountains? Is there more you want to document?

      Yes,I want to continue creating hot edits.

      Any shout outs?

      Arbor has been a wicked sponsor for me. They have the best snowboards on the market, and it is a true brand dedicated to keeping the snowboarding industry in-house. Thanks to Marin at Ultimate Distribution and Sean Black and Farmer at ARBOR HQ.


      Photo by Erin Hogue (http://erinhogue.com/) 

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  • 60 Minutes Sports Spotlights J 60 Minutes Sports Spotlights Jeremy Jones and TGR

    • From: TetonGravityResearch
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      We’re honored to have been the subject of a recent episode on 60 Minutes Sports. Throughout the past few months, the team at 60 Minutes has been traveling to Jackson to interview Steve, Todd, and Jeremy Jones. The episode showcased the evolution of Jeremy’s riding and the deep collaboration between Jeremy and his brothers Steve and Todd, who cofounded Teton Gravity Research. The timing of the episode is especially meaningful, as it coincides with the completion of Higher, the final installment of the trilogy of films documenting Jeremy's career as a professional rider and his commitment to exploring remote mountains under his own power.


      Be sure to watch the trailer now and then catch the episode when it's released online late this summer.

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      Jeremy Jones Climbing in Nepal for Higher

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  • The Best and Worst of Sochi Ol The Best and Worst of Sochi Olympic Coverage

    • From: ryandunfee121157
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      From Bob Costas to USA Today to Shaun White and Putin, we look back on the best and worst of the mainstream media's coverage of the Sochi Olympics.

      Worst: Bob Costas Comparing Slopestyle to Jackass

      The opening salvo of mainstream media's bungled approach to slope and pipe riding came from none other than the hegemon of American Olympic reporting, Bob Costas, who compared slopestyle riding to Jackass in a segment with Matt Lauer. Costas then went on to have this feet held over the fire by skiers and snowboarders for the duration of the Olympics.

      Mixed Bag: Media Assertions About Putin & Russia

      It's hard to say to what constituted "fair" coverage of the Sochi Olympics when it came to discussing Russian culture, Putin, the administration of Sochi's construction of these Olympics, and the organization of the Olympics themselves. The early popularity of things like the Sochi Problems Twitter account showed how pre-dispositioned the Western media was to criticize the Russians and their Olympics, at times revealing an embarrsingly judgemental take on a culture few Americans really understand.

      At the same time, there was plenty of fire behind the smoke, whether it was the dead-obvious levels of corruption and graft that led to a budget for the Games nearly quadruple that of the Vancouver Olympics, the hasty construction and environmental degradation plainly obvious across much of the Sochi area, the official hostility towards homosexuals, or even the whipping of recently-released members of Pussy Riot by security forces when they attempted to stage a protest at Sochi. Odd timing of such events - like the Pussy Riot whipping and women's ski halfpipe finals happening on the same day - led to some weird reporting that ignored the tough stuff and focused on the happy bubble of Olympic sportage. At at the end of the day, it was hard to say what the "right" coverage of Sochi and its associated negatives would have looked like.

      Best: Connan O'Brien and Sage Kotsenburg

      With snowboarding and skiing enjoying new events like slopestyle and ski halfpipe at these Olympics, many pairs were pulled out in the run-up to Sochi as to whether the true, core culture of snowboarding and "free" skiing would be represented on the world stage, or whether the IOC would dump the free-spirited elements of both sports right into the weight room trash can. But there's a phrase here that is appropriate - "skiing (or snowboarding) isn't serious." Despite the intense athleticism of the athletes and the pressure put upon them, I gotta give it up for guys like Sage Kotsenburg for doing his best to keep it light and fun, much like Jossi Wells did when he messed up his first trick of his slopestyle run and aired out three huge, beautiful zero spins instead of the contest-demanded triple corks.

      At least until the Chinese start pumping out slopestyle robots who can't ski a chute but can triple cork quad-grab onto every rail in their sleep, we can be happy that slopestyle and pipe athletes will be keeping the anti-jock flame alive on the world's most competitive stage.

      Worst: Most Outlets' Explanation of Slopestyle and Pipe Riding


      As with any new sport, there was a rush to both report on and understand the complex new niche of sporting excellence that was slopestyle and halfpipe, and the majority got it wrong most of the time. The AP & Getty Images' consistently shot skiers and snowboarders zoomed-in mid-air in awkward moments between grabs or right before landing, giving the general public no context to understand what might actually be going on other than someone in baggy clothes looking like they were certainly about to eat shit. Then there was USA Today's infographic "explaining" Danny Davis' switch method, which was so horribly inaccurate there's not a chance an actual snowboarder was ever consulted on it.

      Best: The New York Times on Ted Ligety's Turn Style 

      Compared to USA Today's incompetent explanation of a simple snowboard grab, The New York Times' investigation into Ted Ligety's unique ski racing style, where a faster pace is set in a more active rhythm that involves leaning harder into the turn and swinging between turns earlier, looks like a master's degree dissertation. The used of mixed media, awesome overhead angles, animation, and Ligety's own words enlightened the public on a very subtle technique difference that would have been lost even on us "expert skiers" here at TGR were it not for their thorough analysis. 

      Best: USA Today Says People Should Root for Stylish Riders

      To see Videograss rider Chris Grenier and an acknowledgement of film-based snowboarding careers in a USA Today article is simply remarkable. The same newspaper that puts out the simplest news coverage for consumption at the continental breakfast of every b-grade motel chain somehow saw past Shaun White into the conflict going on internally in snowboarding (and skiing for that matter). There is hope yet!

      Worst: NBC Harps on Bode Miller's Brother's Death in Interview

      NBC reporter Christin Cooper, a Olympic medal-winning alpine racer herself, got a lot of flack after repreatedly pushing Bode Miller to talk about his brother Chelone's death this summer, a result of an apparent seizure, after winning the bronze in the Super-G at Sochi. The tense interview brought Bode to tears, and an instant backlash to Cooper and NBC. An unfortunate crossing of the line in the dauntless pursuit for a Hallmark moment.

      Best: YoBeat's Bad Lip Readings of Shaun White

      We know YoBeat's the opposite of mainstream media, but the Portland outfit's Stan Leville deserves all the credit in the world for putting out the best Shaun White humor of anyone. This bad lip reading of Shaun White's press conference announcing his departure from the Sochi slopestyle field was so quick, timely, and hilarious ("Denim, Red Bull, elegant selfies...") it garnered 347,000 views since it went out on Vimeo. If you like that, you'll love the even more random Shaun White lip reading voiced over a Target video of Shaun in a GQ shoot.

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  • Shooting Vermont for Soul Purp Shooting Vermont for Soul Purpose - Blast From The Past Season 2 Episode 6

    • From: ryandunfee121157
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      Stowe holds a pretty special place in the TGR universe. It’s where all three Jones brothers cut their teeth and got their first taste of powder, an experience that would eventually lead them to the bigger mountains of Jackson Hole, now Todd & Steve’s home. This shoot from 2003’s Soul Purpose was TGR’s first and only film trip back to the East Coast. “It was cool to be able and go stay with my parents and do a film trip back East,” Todd said looking back on the shoot. “And you can never really take the East Coast out of a skier. If you really love skiing and you’ve risen out of the East Coast, you really love skiing. It’s deeply engrained in your soul. I’ve always loved going back to those places and seeing the passion and seeing the locals going bell-to-bell on freezing rain days.”

      In this Blast From The Past, Thomas Rinfret, Andy Woods (now the US ski half pipe team coach), and Tanner Rainville ski park jumps and tight pow-choked trees in and around one of Vermont’s most storied ski areas, including what’s likely the only East Coast skiing to be shot from a helicopter.

      Feeling the nostalgia bug kick in? Soul Purpose is actually available on DVD in the TGR shop, even though DVDs were still in their infancy back in 2003.

      TGR's Blast From The Past web series will take you back in time to revisit some of our favorite film segments from 15 years of action sports filmmaking. From shredding Alaska spines set to Metallica to surfing El Salvador's endless beaches, Blast From The Past is your one stop for TGR's greatest film segments.

      Want more Blast From The Past? Check out:
      -The Spine Institute - Season 2 Episode 5
      -Sage Sending It For Soul Purpose - Season 2 Episode 4
      -Dana Flahr's Segment From The Tangerine Dream - Season 3 Episode 3
      -Wiley Miller's Backcountry Segment From Under The Influence - Season 2 Episode 2
      -Sammy Carlson's Backcountry To Park Segment In Re:Session - Season 2 Episode 1

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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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      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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      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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      All Photos Courtesy of Sugarloaf
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  • What Just Happened in Women's What Just Happened in Women's Ski Halfpipe?

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      New Zealand's Janina Cuzman grabs up her 720 on the final hit of the women's ski halfpipe finals. All amateur screengrabs have been taken from NBC's live feed of events in Sochi.

      It has been truly a bizarre day to be a woman at the Sochi Olympics. One the one hand, news got out that female members of the punk rock band Pussy Riot, who were in prison until Putin decided to clean up Russia's image in the Oympic run-up, were beaten with whips by Cossack police officers or militias, or something. On the other, the women's ski halfpipe finals, an event that owes its existence to a skier who pioneered the right to play for women in action sports, Sarah Burke, went down for the first time in history today. These Olympics have provided more than a few examples of cognitive dissidence, but I digress.

      Today's gold medal winner in the women's field at the Sochi halfpipe was much like the men's - a heavy favorite to win and a Lake Tahoe-area local who'd won the past several X Games and demonstrated the consistency needed to end up on top in a halfpipe whose poor conditions had taken down much of the men's field as well as the snowboarders.

      That American, Maddie Bowman, didn't go the biggest or have the best grabs, but was able to go back-to-back on 900s spinning both ways, and linked a right 720 into a last-hit down-the-pipe switch 720, which stood as the most technical switch trick performed by any of the women in the field. Despite her consistency, Bowman still seemed blown away to be able to trade her score in for a first-ever Olympic gold medal. She was surrounded by French comeback mom Marie Martinod with the silver and Japanese newcomer Ayana Onozuka with the bronze, whose huge airs introduced her to an unfamiliar Western audience.


      Much like in the men's final, the entire podium was decided in the first run. Onozuka set the pace mid-through the the field in the first run with some of the biggest airs in the field, adding back to back 540's and a 720 on the skier's right wall into a an ungrabbed but nonetheless boosted switch down-the-pipe 540. Oftentimes switch tricks in the women's field have been scrubbed below-the-lip alley-oop affairs, but Onozuka let the podium contenders know she'd be pumping all the way to the lip before she started any of her spins. A 79.00 to the set the gold medal pace.


      Bowman dropped next, starting off with two straight airs into a right 900 that she got to her feet just in time, leading into a second cork 900 (pictured above), a right 720, and finishing with a stomped switch 720. The one-upped final trick on Onozuka pushed her into first with an 85.80.


      Dropping in next was American teammate Brita Sigourney, whose performance could be compared to that of Justin Dorey in the men's field. With the biggest airs of the field, by and large the best grabs, and a beautiful cork 900 mute off the first hit, Sigourney was a jolt of high-amplitude energy in the field, but after landing backseat on a right 540, Brita couldn't quite recover before the final hit. Deciding to go for the 720 anyways, she caught her edge before she could get her skis around to switch, tossing her into the flat bottom violently. Bowman ran up along with a team of medics to check in, but luckily Brita got her to her feet and skied to the bottom on her own.


      French skier Marie Martinod seemed something of an outside chance compared to her younger competitors. A veteran competitor, Martinod had retired from skiing in 2006, had a child, and yet seven years later at 29, managed to return to competitive pipe skiing and throw down a very respectable run highlighted by a flatspin 540 and an energetically stomped 900 in the final few feet of transition in front of the judges. Marie had won qualifiers with an 88.40, but with some mixed grabs, was knocked down to an 84.80 for her first finals run - enough to squeeze into podium position between Bowman and Onozuka.


      As a sidenote, while Martinod had the ugliest goggles and the most pumped-out coaching staff, the Team Switzerland coaching staff behind Virginie Favre had by far the most metrosexual outfits. With silver vests laid over white button-down shirts and all three wearing sunglasses at night, I was half-expecting Pharrell to come out from behind the jumbotron and bust out a quick rendition of "Get Lucky" between the first and second runs. No such luck - moving on.


      The final runs left the opportunity for a few notable wildcards and veterans alike, most of whom had fallen on their first runs, to make a last-ditch effort for the podium. American Annalisa Drew (above), the only female skier to have landed a 1260 in competition, went for her signature trick on the third hit but clipped the deck at 1080 despite her best efforts. Teammate Angeli Vanlaanen - who at 28 battled through Lyme disease to make the US Olympic pipe team - caught her edge badly in the flat bottom during her first run, leaving her pressing a bandage to her bloody nose, and landed backseat on the same rightside 540 in run two. The error left her wheelying into the flat bottom and unable to recover her composure.


      Another veteran of the Sarah Burke era, Target's (er, uh, I mean Canada's) own Rosalind "Roz G" Grounewoud, had a similarly difficult time finding her rhythm through Sochi's notorious halfpipe. Roz, who had gone through knee surgery only two months prior, fell on her first-hit 900 in run one. On her second attempt, the Canadian linked together a loose series of tricks all the way down the pipe, managing to recover from a few squirrely landings in time to put down a right 900, a flare, and a right 720.

      Her 74.20 put her in 7th behind Sigourney, who was able to recover from another backseat right 540 in time to land a big 720 at the bottom, but the scrubbed landing docked her down to a 76.00.


      Sigourney was the final outside threat to a podium lineup that had held over from the first run, and all three medalists - Bowman, Martinod, and Onozuka - repeated their runs to shore up the judges' thinking. But despite the relative lack of suspense at the end of the final run, Bowman, the X Games champion two years running, was nonetheless astounded to be holding up the stars and stripes to unofficially demarcate her spot in Olympic history.


      A big congrats to Bowman, Martinod, and Onozuka, and we can't end without again mentioning Sarah Burke, whose fearless leadership in women's skiing is as much a reason as any the trio got to celebrate their halfpipe performances on an Olympic podium today. Celebrate Sarah today...

      Want more Sochi Olympic coverage? check out:
      -Men's ski halfpipe finals recap
      -Women's ski slopestyle finals recaps
      -Men's ski slopestyle finals recap
      -Sochi Olympic backcountry conditions advisory
      -Watch VICE's documentary about Olympic pipe & park skiing: "FREE"

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  • My Life By Water My Life By Water

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      My name is Keenan Sullivan and I have the unique opportunity to mold my life into what I want it to be, after heading in opposite directions for 21 years. My goal is to make a film about shaping my life into what I only dreamed of before. My story will be driven by one factor, water. I will pursue it with the various recreational passions I have. Using these passions, I aim to find meaning in my life with these sports most people would consider outlets.

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  • Last Call: An Insane Avalanche Last Call: An Insane Avalanche, Angel Collinson on Freeskiing, McConkey Reborn, and Kiteboarding in the Middle of Nowhere

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      Welcome to Last Call. Dropping every Friday, this column serves as a wrap-up of our favorite stories and videos from the week—some old, some new, but all worthy of attention. 

       Holy Fucking Shit—Look at This Avalanche

      We don't know what else to say.

      Angel Collinson on Freeskiing

      In this Black Diamond edit, 24-year-old TGR athlete Angel Collinson describes what freesking means to her. Angel says, “Time in the backcountry progresses my skiing in a lot of ways. When you’re hiking for every vertical foot you really appreciate going down. You know, every turn you make, every feature you hit, every tree you ski by is almost more meaningful because it’s so much more work to get there.” And we agree. 

      McConkey Reborn

      Is this a worthy tribute to Shane and his antics—or a crew full of misguided idiots? We'll let you decide. 

      More Core Than Thou

      What is remarkable and heart-breaking about living in a place like Jackson Hole is that for however cool you think you are for being an active outdoorsy person, someone else is doing something leagues more intense than you are--and in an activity you don't even know about. Point in case: while I was proud of myself this week for suffering through the hour-long Mount Glory bootpack a couple times at dawn before work to ski powder, Will Taggart and his friends were skinning several miles into some part of the Wyoming backcountry I'll never see to snowcamp and spend a couple days climbing up untracked peaks and over entire forests with their snowkites. I guess that's why I've been so curious about alternative winter sports like snow biking lately. Starting from scratch in a bizarre new sport, instead of carrying on in the one I continue to suck at, sounds like a surer recipe for happiness in this eden of insane athleticism

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  • Watch Vice's Documentary About Watch Vice's Documentary About Olympic Park Skiing: FREE

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      Aside from Bob Costas, CBS, USA Today, and NPR, Vice Media - the hipster youth's favorite new version of news, with first-hand crass reporting from cannibal warlords in Africa to Youporn interns to visiting a Mormon temple on acid - has been the most interesting 'conglomerate' to enter the park skiing coverage fold (it pains me to call it freeskiiing). The documentary they just put out, called "FREE," was put together in part with the efforts and guidance of my counterpart over at Powder Magazine, Mike Rogge. 

      The 44 minute documentary covers several of the US team's slopestyle and halfpipe athletes, and covers some of the behind the scenes tension and frustrations for guys like Tom Wallisch, who in one scene pains to put together a performance at the Dew Tour slope finals due to a knee injury suffered during summer training in New Zealand, and watches newcomer Nick Goepper stomp a flawless run for the win. Unfortunately, skiing and its teen stars and supportive parents don't lend themselves to the kind of shock value Vice thrives on, with no secret cannibals, payoffs, or child slaves on the comp circuit, but it still provides an interesting watch. What are your thoughts?

      And if you're still hankering for some Sochi-related controversy, be sure to check out Vice's video guide to Sochi corruption!

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  • 60 Minutes Spotlights Jeremy J 60 Minutes Spotlights Jeremy Jones and TGR

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      Catch the 60 Minutes Sports episode Wednesday, March 5th at 9:00 p.m. EST on Showtime

      We’re honored to be the subject of a forthcoming episode on 60 Minutes Sports. Throughout the past few months, the team at 60 Minutes has been traveling to Jackson to interview Steve, Todd, and Jeremy Jones. We’re excited for the episode, which showcases the evolution of Jeremy’s riding, his commitment to combating climate change, and the deep love and collaboration between Jeremy and his brothers Steve and Todd, who cofounded Teton Gravity Research. The timing of the episode is especially meaningful, as it coincides with the completion of Higher, the final installment of the trilogy of films documenting Jeremy's career as a professional rider.

      Be sure to watch the trailer now and then catch the episode Wednesday, March 5th at 9:00 p.m. EST on Showtime.

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