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The Womb Of Winter
THE SNOW FLOATED DOWN like billions of fat chicken feathers. The flakes were so thick and plentiful that we just stood there with our mouths agape and arms outstretched, cackling like hyenas as the snow stacked up on our hats, shoulders, and backpack
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Posthole
I just read “Pro Models for the Rest of Us” (47.3) by Sierra Shafer. The first set of skis, SHRPShooter DSLR 7D, had me confused. While reading the second “review” of the Road Soda 3.2, the light came on. By the time I finished the article, I was lau
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Letter Of The Month
I’m sure many of us can relate to the article in the November issue (47.3) written by Kimberly Beekman (“What to Expect When You’re Expecting a Skier”). My wife and I tried our best to turn our daughter into a Skier, as opposed to a person who skis.
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Foreplay for Powder Turns
Katie was pulling slots before 7 a.m. in Anaconda, Montana, coffee in one hand, coins in the other. Partway between Bozeman and Seattle, we were on a mission to hit as many mountains as we could before she had to be back at work in Boston the next Mo
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You Don’t Have to Drink to Ski
IN 2007, I CAME HOME from Iraq after my last year in the U.S. Army. What followed was four years of rivers of booze and mountains of cocaine while trying to live a ‘normal’ life. At the two-year mark of being home, I started rock climbing. That gave
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For The Love Of Skiing
Steve Bounous, 59, has skiing in his blood. The son of Junior Bounous, a pioneer of skiing in Utah and Snowbird’s first ski school director, he has carried on the family legacy of teaching countless skiers the greatest pastime. Bounous came into his
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Ski Towns Twinkle
PULLING INTO A SKI TOWN at night is one of those rare moments of awesome stomach-clenching excitement, akin to childhood Christmas mornings or heading out to trick or treat. The snowbanks are piled high along the road like some kind of snow-globe win
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Daughter Of The Columbia
THERE’S A MOMENT in Children of the Columbia, the latest joint from Sherpas Cinema, after Dane Tudor drops onto ferociously steep Wildcat Peak at Mica Heliskiing in British Columbia, where he turns into a funnel at high speed only to be eaten by his
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On The Rise
ON A 200-FOOT SIDE-STEP ABOVE AN ANCIENT SINGLE CHAIR, Nika Radjenovič traverses the apron of a jagged peak towering overhead. Mini cyclones swirl around her boots as she moves past limestone formations dusted with fresh snow. Shallow bowls of powder
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Homemade
’d seen the photos of the boys and their homemade skis, the rough-hewn planks. They were from Bamiyan in Afghanistan’s central highlands, famous for the giant Buddhas carved into an escarpment 1,500 years ago and destroyed by the Taliban just months
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HEART of GOLD
INSIDE THE BASE LODGE AT TERRY PEAK, SOUTH DAKOTA, TWO DADS, each wearing beards and white camo, applied lift tickets onto wriggling kids. A little girl in fuchsia wailed as her mother braided her hair. Another dad and his sulking teenage son bickere
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High Tech
$50 With a fully sealed waterproof housing, the updated Storm now features 350 lumens of power, three different colored night-vision modes (red, green, and blue) and improved peripheral lighting. It operates with four included AAA batteries. $99 With
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Pro Deal
Age: 26 Hometown: Schwanden, Switzerland Occupation: Graphic designer and animator As a kid, Sämi Ortlieb built park features in his backyard and at his local ski area, Braunwald, forming a unique style that made him a must-watch in Level 1’s annual
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The Last Will and Testament
The first priority should be to confirm beyond a shadow of a doubt that I am actually dead by whispering the words “windbuff,” “free heli bump,” or “open bar” into my ear, followed by about two hours of CPR from an attractive female ski patroller or
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Run, Lola, Run
WE MET IN A SAFEWAY PARKING LOT in Anacortes, Washington. I was a recent college graduate—homeless, transitory, ready to explore the West, and in need of some wheels. She was a middle-aged emerald-green beauty with a moonroof. It was the Fourth of Ju
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SHOOT THE Moon
Khala Patar, south ridge of Pumori, above Everest Base Camp, looking across the Khumbu Icefall to Everest and Nuptse. “You can’t see Lhotse at all walking in, but from this point you get a glimpse of the top of the Lhotse Face. It was the first time
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The Magnate
LEE COHEN STEERED his pewter brown 2003 Suburban up the winding road in Little Cottonwood Canyon, bound for another day of skiing at Alta Ski Area. It was April. An Altaholics Anonymous sticker was plastered on the bumper next to a dented Utah licens
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Pro Deal
Torrey Udall Age: 28 Hometown: Carbondale, Colorado Occupation: Director of Development and Operations for Protect Our Winters As a Colorado native with a family history of environmental activism, it was only fitting that Torrey Udall found his place
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Show Don’t Tell
Avalanche Canada issues avalanche forecasts for the largest single swath in the world—more than 155,000 square miles spanning from the U.S. border to the Yukon—the backbone of which is a stream of data from professionals at ski areas and guided opera
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The Friend Of The People
When I arrived in Lake Tahoe five years ago at age 30, I was seeking something…dare I say…professional? I lucked out with a job at Truckee’s indefatigable monthly newspaper, Moonshine Ink, where I wrote about powder pursuits and local issues. I was p
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Love It Or Leave It
I was coasting along one powdery morning last winter, idly accepting my chairlift windburn, when I felt the familiar urge to rant. It was already noon and the high-alpine terrain remained closed. Fresh snow coated choice lines, but visibility was dod
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Posthole
I understand that The Jaded Local is satire, but month after month I read articles complaining about the growth of ski towns due to the influx of money from tourists. What is left out of this conversation is how the money that comes in supports the v
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Letter Of The Month
I skied in jeans (“Forever in Blue Jeans,” 47.2) for almost 20 years and would take them to the local dry cleaners to have them soaked in an oil emulsion used for janitorial dust mops. They were waterproofed good for three days if you fell a lot (whi
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Have You Seen The Light?
THE 40-FOOT SAILBOAT rocked gently back and forth on the ink-black waters off Vancouver Island, British Columbia. It was the last night of a 10-day trip up the remote Bute Inlet, where a crew of skiers and I had been using the boat as a base camp to
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597“
By Abigail Barronian The lucky few who live up Little Cottonwood Canyon had their pick of chairs on mornings like this. At Alta’s Collins lift, locals kept the code: As long as someone has an eye on your skis, they can rightfully hold your place in l
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Hillbangin’
Stiff and uncompromising on the descent, these boots have DIN soles, no walk mode, and are intended to be skied hard and fast. overálap conástrucátion \??-v?r- lap\ \k?n- str?k-sh?n\ noun 1. a boot-molding technique where the upper cuff and lower she
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Pro Deal
Tara Hines Age: 26 Hometown: Helena, Montana Occupation: Commercial Fishing Captain in Bristol Bay, Alaska Montanan Tara Hines has always had a competitive spirit and a love for adventure. After growing up as a ski racer in Montana, Hines moved to Sa
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By Matt Hansen; SIDEBARS BY JACK FOERSTERLING By Christmas, I’d traded my old, tattered gloves for burly, warm ones. The sunny-day lens for my goggles remained buried deep in my gear bag. After a seemingly endless string of storm days, it was clear t
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Skin To Win
A good touring boot is lightweight, maneuverable, and flexible for the skin track, then locks in securely for the descent far beyond the rope line. We’ve said it a dozen times, and we’ll say it again: For extended reviews and videos of every product,
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CONFIDENTIAL NOTICE: For Internal SuperEvilSkiCorp Distribution Only
Ladies and Gentlemen, Undoubtedly, we’re all cognizant of the impending threats to our business model: Backcountry skiing is growing more popular, snowboarding has plateaued, climate change is throwing the weather out of whack…and most importantly, o
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