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Category Archives: Snow Sports

This App Taught Me How to Ski in Two Days

I am a high-level snowboarder but a relatively new skier. The sum total of my experience: two half-day lessons three years ago, and then another half-day two years ago. So when I was offered the chance to try Carv, a program that uses sensor-equipped insoles to give you digital ski coaching, I said sure. Nowhere […]

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Mount Hood Has Two New Speed Records. The Guy Who Set Them Wore Short Shorts.

On April 24, Jack Kuenzle, 26, summited and descended Oregon’s 11,254-foot Mount Hood in record time: 1 hour 31 minutes 31 seconds. The route’s 5,254 feet of elevation gain included an extended technical section involving a narrow ridge and a steep chute. He beat the existing fastest known time (FKT) by 13 minutes. His ascent alone—1 […]

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Rossignol Is Making a Recyclable Ski

As gear gets more technical and higher performing with every season, many sustainability-minded brands are trying to figure out how to keep their old products out of the landfill. Skis, the vast majority of which see only around seven years of use, are no exception—which is why Rossignol’s announcement of a new limited-release 75 percent […]

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Meet Apayauq Reitan, the First Trans Woman to Complete the Itidarod

Pulled by seven dogs in pink-and-blue booties and carrying a pink, white, and blue trans pride flag, Iditarod competitor Apayauq Reitan drove her sled through the streets of Nome, Alaska, late at night on March 19. Spectators lined the streets to cheer on the 24-year-old Inupiaq musher as she completed her 13-day, nine-hour journey from […]

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Grace Staberg on the Eating Disorder That Derailed Her Skimo Season

In January, the night before the third Ski Mountaineering World Cup race, I lay awake, staring at the ceiling, hands crossed neatly over my stomach. I’m familiar with prerace nerves, but this was different: I wasn’t thinking about my strategy to get to the front on the climbs, nor was I visualizing how I might minimize […]

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Alpinist Willie Benegas on Being Buried in an Avalanche: ‘So This Is How I Will Die‘

On March 12, well-known alpinist Willie (Guillermo) Benegas was seriously injured in a large avalanche in the Silver Fork Drainage of Big Cottonwood Canyon, about 15 miles from Salt Lake City. The 54-year-old Argentine was co-guiding a group of six women skiers with Winslow Passey, another experienced guide. They had split into two parties, and Benegas […]

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Bode Miller Launches Peak Ski Company With 6 New Ski Designs

Bode Miller wants you to try his skis. No, not the burly metal Head or Atomic skis that saw him become the two-time overall World Cup champion and six-time Olympic medalist. He’s not pushing $2,500 pairs of Bomber Skis this time, either. Today, Miller is launching a new venture, Peak Ski Company, a direct-to-consumer ski […]

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Ingrid Backstrom Is Using Her Star Power to Bring More Women into the Spotlight

Ingrid Backstrom has spent a good deal of time “deep in the pow,” as she calls it. She’s brought ski stoke to the screen since 2004, when she appeared in Matchstick Production’s Yearbook. There were only a handful of women in ski movies before Backstrom’s big break. “It was very merit-based,” Backstrom says. “It was […]

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