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13
Feb

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Dynafit has a new women’s Mercury AT boot for 2013/2014 – this 3 buckle boot has a stiffer design to deliver high calibre freeride performance with improved comfort and fit -yeah! Unfortunately, the boot wasn’t available to demo in my size 23.5. A real bummer especially as Dynafit’s national athlete, Donny Roth, did such a great job showing the boot and getting me all excited to try it out. Check out the features in this video (buckle release that doubles as and replaces the ski/walk lever and more). The Mercury boot will be available this fall 2013.

 

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12
Feb

I was just speaking to my very pumped up son, Trevor, two days ago as he was on his way to chase the knee deep powder in Central Arizona at the Sunrise ski area. That conversation later led my thoughts to Josh Langdon and company up in the Flagstaff zone, who must have be beyond stoked with this latest storm that blasted their 9,200 foot base area all the way to the 12,000′+ peaks, with loads of fresh! Well what do you know, I was right, and one day later and here are the Northern Arizona BIG mountain goods served up for your super sweet Southwest dessert tonight!


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08
Feb

The SIA Snow Show’s on the snow demos in Winter Park, CO is our favorite part of the show. A chance to try out the newest ski gear alongside some of the best skiers in the world. Below is TNT in the lift line – getting ready to slay (or be slayed?) with none other than World Freeskiing Champions and ski film stars, Chris Davenport and Hugo Harrison. See how TNT and gear fare in videos to come…In the meantime, check out Chris Davenport’s new website – it’s world class.

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06
Feb

markerWe met up with Geoff Curtis of Marker USA to get a close up look at the new Lord and Tour F12 EPF bindings for next 2013/2014 season. Geoff tells us that the Lord bindings are the only freeride (i.e. non-touring) bindings that are designed to be adjustable for downhill and alpine touring boots. The din ranges from 5 to 14. The Tour F12 EPF gets the Extended Power Frame that was introduced with the Duke bindings last season. It comes with 110mm brakes and weighs in at less than 2000g (4.4lbs). Check out the video for more info.

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04
Feb

The SIA Snow Show moved to Winter Park, CO for on the snow demos of skis, boards and other gear today. The industry demo is a real circus this year with seemingly larger numbers in attendance. While working our way through the crowded booths, we spotted none other than big mountain pro skier, Hugo Harrison so we made a beeline for him. Rad Brad Vancour, of course, knows him too. Hugo was on his way to the White Doctor booth. No, he’s not ill but yes, he’s still one of the sickest skiers out there. White Doctor refers to his new line of freeride, big mountain skis. Brad Vancour and TNT spent some time chatting and skiing with Hugo. As you may know, Hugo hails from Quebec but now calls Whistler/Pemberton his home so we hope to start sharing more adventures with him. We’ll have video showing his skis and performance on the mountain soon so please check back.

 

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03
Feb

Scot Schmidt needs no introduction for most skiers. He is considered by TNT and many others as the world’s best and most recognized skier and is often times credited with being the first pro extreme skier. He has appeared in over 40 ski films including 7 Warren Miller films, Greg Stump’s classic, “The Blizzard of Ahh’s” and 7 other Stump films plus “True Lies” with Arnold Schwarzenegger.  He’s been an athlete for Stöckli Skis for the last seven years and was key in developing Stöckli’s first true big mountain Pro level line of skis, The Stormrider Series – and specifically, the Scot Schmidt Pro Stormrider Model. Rad Brad Vancour and Scot knew each other back in their early ski film days. Rad Brad’s intro at the SIA Snow Show in Denver over the weekend led us to a quick overview by Scot of Stöckli’s 2013/2014 Stormrider series in the video below. Should you be fortunate enough to ever ski the private Yellowstone Club in Big Sky, MT, look for Scot where he leads ski tours for members and guests as the club’s ambassador.

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02
Feb

While TNT and I were busy with our gear review meetings at the Snow Sports Industry Snow Show in Denver, Rad Brad Vancour was having a grand time running into old friends from his Warren Miller ski days. Walking the show floor with Rad Brad is an experience not to be missed because he knows just about everybody we’ve been wanting to meet. Take Scot Schmidt for example: TNT was endlessly stoked for Brad to make this intro. TNT has talked my ear off about Scot, how he’s the best skier ever and how he learned to ski better by watching his ski films. Apparently, he also talked Scot’s ear off about the same thing. Sorry Scot but TNT was beyond excited to meet you. Check back later for video of Scot talking to us about Stockli skis.

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01
Feb

Super stoked for Bob Lagasa and his new project, Freeride Media, that will be bringing us lots of video eye candy effective imediately. Below are some notes from the Chatter Creek folks along with a sweet video from Bob’s recent trip up the powder highway.

Chatter Creek is situated deep in the back country of British Columbia just where the winter storms from the West first meet the Canadian Rockies and bury them in some of the deepest, lightest driest powder snow in the world! The closest town to Chatter Creek is Golden which is 100 kilometers to the South East. Golden is located on the junction of the Kootenay Rockies Powder Highway (Hwy 95) and the Trans Canada Highway (Hwy 1) near the British Columbia and Alberta border and is home to Kicking Horse Mountain Resort. Golden is a 3 hour drive from Calgary and a 7.5 hour drive from Vancouver.



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31
Jan

Brad dropping in

Those of you who live to ski in Washington state know that we’re home to the deepest snow and some of the longest seasons in the lower 48. So it should come as no surprise that many of the nation’s best skiers call WA their home. Among them is a real extreme skiing icon: “Rad” Brad Vancour. Originally from Quebec, he grew up skiing with World Cup freestyle stars Lloyd Langlois and Jean-Marc Rozon. (Langlois, a 2x Olympic bronze medalist, has won more World Cup ski titles [22] and more World Cup metals [47] than any other aerials skier. Rozon won the first gold at the Olympics for aerials.) Brad went on to become the Eastern U.S. moguls champ before appearing in 10 Warren Miller films and 17 sequences, sharing the screen with such legends as Scot Schmidt and Washington’s Mike Hattrup. But of all his contemporaries, Glen Plake included, none were doing the flips off cliffs that Brad became known for. Brad was the one of the first (if not the first) to incorporate aerial flips off cliffs on camera back then. Nowadays, Rad Brad is back skiing every free moment he gets and, you may not know it, but he’s an Alpental regular. This season he got rid of the 205cm old school, straight skis he sped down Alpental with last season – he’s now on mid-FAT Salomons (finally caved when Glen Plake suggested bigger boards during our day at Alpental in the video below). However, he’s not sold on them – he says he might “have to go skinny again :) No joke… Or maybe I just need to find real light powder…” Or another pair of skis? Well, later this week, Rad Brad’s going with the Snow Troopers to check out new gear at the Snow Sports Industry (SIA) Snow Show in Denver and Winter Park. Check back as we bring you his thoughts on next season’s gear. We’ll be sure to drop in on his past sponsors too: Salomon (sponsored Brad throughout his ski career) and North Face and Scott USA -Brad was their first sponsored Canadian skier. Below are some of the covers and media we dug up on Brad. Rad!

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30
Jan

Andrew Eckels just sent this one over last night… After a pow filled December the PNW got its typical stretch of midwinter high pressure coupled great snow conditions and bomber stability. For two weeks we toured out of the Heather Meadows parking lot and checked off a plethora of lines that had been on our list since last season. As the days wore on conditions got more variable and the low hanging fruit got tracked out, but we managed to stay one step ahead of the curve the whole time finding fun conditions on protected north faces far away from the crowded Bagley basin. On Wednesday the 16th we toured out to the Coleman Pinnacle and put in 3 laps on the point to the south of it dubbed “Outer Space”. On Saturday the 19th myself Woods, Jackson Blackburn, and Brendan Wells got out to a line we had scoped for some time that dropped into Avalanche Gorge. It had slid close to the top but the bed surface still made for enjoyable skiing down 1500 vertical feet of steep fall line. Before the high pressure window closed a big crew of my friends went out on the 21st and harvested corn on the rolling south slopes of Ptarmigan peak. It was a weather window I won’t soon forget, but for now I say bring on the powder!

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