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Getting Fit with Forrest: Balls To The Walls

Put down the beer. Summer is over, and it’s time to get serious about shaping up for ski season. A little hard work now will keep you strong and healthy all winter long. Big-mountain skier Forrest Coots shows you his dryland training.

Moena, Italy. Tomorrow, eighty brightly dressed skier and snowboarders—freeriders as they’re typecast in Italy—will line up to pound 2,500 vertical feet of avy debris and spring cement down the Col de Margherita in the Scufoneda Freeride Cup. But tonight, the head of snow safety for the event is dancing in his underwear and knee pads, athletes are pouring grappa down their throats, and, even though it’s 11 p.m., almost no one has taken off their ski boots. This is Scufoneda, northern Italy’s weeklong ode to telemarking, big mountain skiing, and the general debauchery that goes along with it.

Getting Deep in the Dolomites

Skiing in Italy has historically been all about racing. But now, thanks to a growing group of big mountain and telemark skiers, it’s starting to look a little different. We sent an editor to the Dolomites to see how a big mountain comp goes down, Italian style.

Snowbird, April

Powderchaser: Get to Utah. Now.

Alta is reporting 47 inches in the past 48 hours. Vail has received 18 inches in the past 24 hours. Winter is here for one final hoorah. Get out while you still can.

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Pre season workout with Jen Hudak: Swiss Ball Trifecta

This exercise complex develops strength and balance in the posterior chain (glutes, low-back, hamstrings). Development and strengthening of the posterior chain, particularly the hamstrings, is very important for preventing ACL injuries, a common injury among freeskiers.

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Tahoe Gets Dumped On

The latest storm has pummeled Tahoe resorts and is currently heading east, with blizzard warnings through Utah and Colorado. Jeremy Benson gives us a powder-day update from Alpine Meadows, California.