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Category Archives: Skiing

This Film About a 40-Year-Old Avalanche Helped Me Process My Own Trauma

It’s been 40 years since former avalanche forecaster Jim Plehn dug his friends’ bodies out of the snow. A massive avalanche had crashed into the base area of Alpine Meadows ski resort, near Lake Tahoe in Northern California, after a four-day, late-season storm had dumped seven-and-a-half feet of snow and brought 100-mile-per-hour winds to the […]

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Why Does the Catholic Church Oppose Utah’s Little Cottonwood Canyon Gondola?

We don’t often hear about the intersection between skiing and religion, so when the Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City came out in opposition to the proposed Little Cottonwood Canyon gondola, we were curious. The Backstory: Little Cottonwood Canyon Gondola Controversy Reignites With DOT Recommendation Last week the Diocese, which is the hub for the […]

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In ‘Edge of the Earth,’ Jimmy Chin Goes Beyond the Instagram Wins and Fails of Elite Athletes

In 2018, when Free Solo was busy breaking box office records and blowing minds, Jimmy Chin—who shot the film and directed it with his wife and collaborator Elizabeth “Chai” Vasarhelyi—was getting the same question a lot: How was Alex Honnold not paralyzed by fear as he clung to the face of El Capitan without a […]

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Utah Wants to Build the World’s Longest Gondola

This week the Utah Department of Transportation took a step toward its goal of reducing congestion on State Route 210, which provides Salt Lake City residents access to both Alta and Snowbird resorts via Little Cottonwood Canyon. UDOT’s solution: The world’s longest gondola.  The proposed gondola will sit at the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon […]

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The Best New Ski Bindings of 2023

This article was first published by SkiMag.com. Bindings aren’t the most exciting piece of ski gear, but they’re one of your most essential. With all the changes to ski boot technology in recent years—like the invention and proliferation of GripWalk soles and tech toe inserts—it’s never been more important to consider the bindings you’re clicking […]

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2023 Nordica Enforcer 104 Unlimited Review

This article was first published by SkiMag.com. The Scores (out of 10) Crud Performance: 7.5 Responsiveness: 7.5 Stability at Speed: 7.75 Flotation: 8 Playfulness: 7 Forgiveness: 6 Versatility: 7.75 Quickness: 6.75 The Specs Price: $800 Lengths: 165, 172, 179, 186, 191 Dimensions: 134.5-104-123.5 Radius: 17.5 (179cm) Weight: 1,700g Level: Advanced, Expert In a Nutshell Pros: Stability […]

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2023 Vӧlkl Rise Above 88 W Review

This article was first published by SkiMag.com. The Scores (out of 10) Crud Performance: 7.6 Responsiveness: 9 Stability at Speed: 7 Flotation: 5 Playfulness: 7.2 Forgiveness: 6.8 Versatility: 7.4 Quickness: 8.6 The Specs Price: $700 Lengths: 149, 156, 163, 170 Dimensions: 130.6-88-111 Radius: 14 Weight: 1,187g (170cm) Level: Intermediate, Advanced In a Nutshell Pros: Quickness, […]

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2023 Dynastar E-Lite 8 Review

This article was first published by SkiMag.com. The Scores (out of 10) Overall Score: 7.11/10 Rank: #9 Hard-Snow Integrity: 7 Stability at Speed: 7.25 Carving: 7 Quickness: 8 Responsiveness: 7.75 Playfulness: 7.25 Forgiveness: 7.25 Crud Performance: 6.5 Versatility: 6.5 The Specs Price: $850 Lengths: 149, 158, 166 Dimensions: 124-75-109 Radius: 12 (158cm) Level: Novice to Advanced […]

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2023 Nordica Enforcer 104 Free Review

This article was first published by SkiMag.com. The Scores (out of 10) Overall Score: 7.74/10 Rank: #3 Versatility: 7.67 Crud Performance: 8.17 Flotation: 7.83 Playfulness: 6.83 Responsiveness: 7.83 Quickness: 6.5 Hard-Snow Integrity: 8.5 Stability at Speed: 8.5 Forgiveness: 6 The Specs Price: $800 Lengths: 165, 172, 179, 186, 191 Dimensions: 135-104-124 Radius: 18.5 Level: Advanced, […]

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