There’s an old saying that writing about music is like dancing about architecture. But we can’t help it. Because if you’re a skier, you depend on music. Lean on it. Whether it’s in the morning on the way to the hill, skiing to it, or seeing a live show when you’re done, music is inextricably linked to our lives. Here are seven essential albums from seven different skiers.
Pro skiers spend their summers pounding nails or waitressing, right? Maybe back in the pioneering days of pro skiing, but now, summer lifestyle includes anything from traveling to other parts of the world to ski, training for upcoming events, or perfecting other talents, like music, or making piñatas.
On a two-week trip with 60 Minutes, skier J.T. Holmes had the opportunity to talk about wingsuiting to a national audience. The interview aired Sunday, October 11. In it, J.T. explains exactly what it feels like to fly. Now, he tell us what it was like being on 60 Minutes.
We asked for your Seth look-a-like photos to win two pairs of Seth Morrison Pro Model gloves. Here are our favorite five, including the winner Daniel Loots. Daniel says he had to dye his hat, borrow his girlfriend's hair extensions, and pierce his eyebrow. We are sure the Hestra gloves will be worth the effort this winter.
Lately some pro skiers have been using their influence to start nonprofits. We take a look at She Jumps, an organization co-founded by pro skier Lynsey Dyer, that aims to get girls into the outdoors. She Jumps is hosting a fundraiser in Salt Lake City on January 21. We also check out Alpine Initiatives, started by a group of skiers, that helps developing countries in need.
Conceived by Rob Gaffney and Shane McConkey, Squaw Valley is currently holding a contest to determine what skier can win the game of GNAR (Gaffney's Numerical Assessment of Radness), which involves rowdy skiing, cliff hucking, and embarrassing acts (like skiing naked). Griffin Post gives us the first update on the contest.