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See Bob Mazarei travel the world, from L.A. to Kazakhstan, for turns.

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Bob Mazarei rides what seems to be Verbier’s oldest bike on his way to skiing 200 days in a row.Photo: Mazarei Collection

Bob Mazarei rides what seems to be Verbier’s oldest bike on his way to skiing 200 days in a row.

Photo: Mazarei Collection

Bob Mazarei enjoying the Radegast Ghost Trees in the Czech Republic’s Pustevny Beskydy. “I was getting a little desperate exploring this cool funky…

Bob Mazarei enjoying the Radegast Ghost Trees in the Czech Republic’s Pustevny Beskydy. “I was getting a little desperate exploring this cool funky area. There were hardly any skiers around and I needed to tap into some local knowledge as well as get pics,” he says. “Then I spotted a dude with fat skis and a GoPro on his helmet. His name was František Holiš and he and his mates took me tree skiing.”

Photo: František Holiš

Bob Mazarei heads down the Snow Leopard Couloir in the Indian Himalaya’s Trisul. High on the Ronti Glacier, John Falkiner and Ace Kvale were sussing…

Bob Mazarei heads down the Snow Leopard Couloir in the Indian Himalaya’s Trisul. High on the Ronti Glacier, John Falkiner and Ace Kvale were sussing out the best way to exit the plateau when they spotted animal tracks—big paw prints traversing the top of this couloir—that belonged to the elusive Himalayan snow leopard. The couloir was thusly christened.

Photo: Ace Kvale

Tree skiing in the Alps, Bob Mazarei finds stashes in Verbier, Switzerland. “There are so many places to ski in the Alps, from the funky small ski…

Tree skiing in the Alps, Bob Mazarei finds stashes in Verbier, Switzerland. “There are so many places to ski in the Alps, from the funky small ski areas to the largest lift-served ski regions in the world,” he says.

Photo: Mark Shapiro

Celebrating the Fourth of July on the Grand St. Bernard Pass in Switzerland, Bob Mazarei turns on edgeless cross country skis. Photo: Sam MazareiSee…

Celebrating the Fourth of July on the Grand St. Bernard Pass in Switzerland, Bob Mazarei turns on edgeless cross country skis.

Photo: Sam Mazarei

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Bob Mazarei air-turning the classic Snow Creek route at Mount San Jacinto in California, which has one of the largest drops for a short horizontal…

Bob Mazarei air-turning the classic Snow Creek route at Mount San Jacinto in California, which has one of the largest drops for a short horizontal distance in the contiguous U.S. To the surprise of some Europeans, Mazarei learned to ski outside of Los Angeles. “The San Gabriel and San Bernardino Mountains that hem in the big city are home to a half-dozen convenient ski areas,” he says. “The three high points all top out above 9,800 feet and are sometimes referred to as the Three Saints—Mount San Antonio, the high point of the San Gabriels, also known as Mount Baldy; Mount San Gorgonio, the high point of the San Bernardinos; and the wildest of the three, Mount San Jacinto, which towers above the city of Palm Springs.”

Photo: Joe McBride

Finnish Hannu Kukkonen lays telemarks in the spectacular setting of Antarctica. “In the annals of cool places to ski, Antarctica has to be at the top…

Finnish Hannu Kukkonen lays telemarks in the spectacular setting of Antarctica. “In the annals of cool places to ski, Antarctica has to be at the top of the list,” Bob Mazarei says. “It was a dream come true to be able to visit with old friends and new.”

Photo: Bob Mazarei

Bob Mazarei gets a Swiss powder face shot, which he says is “Always a blast and never gets old.” Photo: Mark Shapiro

Bob Mazarei gets a Swiss powder face shot, which he says is “Always a blast and never gets old.”

Photo: Mark Shapiro

In what Bob Mazarei calls “The most beautiful place ever,” Finnish skiers Arska Saarimaki and Tankki Toivonen negotiate a steep face above the…

In what Bob Mazarei calls “The most beautiful place ever,” Finnish skiers Arska Saarimaki and Tankki Toivonen negotiate a steep face above the Antarctic Ocean on the way to another first descent.

Photo: Bob Mazarei

John Falkiner skins up a side valley of the Bezengi, a not-so-well-known place in Kabardino-Balkaria, Russia. The Bezengi Wall, a forbidding 7-mile…

John Falkiner skins up a side valley of the Bezengi, a not-so-well-known place in Kabardino-Balkaria, Russia. The Bezengi Wall, a forbidding 7-mile long barrier with 16,000-foot peaks, is a natural barrier dividing Europe with Asia. John Falkiner, Luca Gasparini, and Bob Mazarei were reportedly the first telemarkers to explore this incredible region.

Photo: Bob Mazarei

Telemarker Matvej Matvejcic makes himself at home in front of the gorgeous forests of Kubínska Hola, Slovakia.
Photo credit: Bob Mazarei

It’s never-ending, this ski travel biz. Here, the style-master telemarker Matvej Matvejcic makes himself at home in front of the gorgeous forests of Kubínska Hola, Slovakia.

Photo: Bob Mazarei

This is a delicate crossing, all part of the fun in Bandarpunch, India and ski mountaineering in the Himalaya. Photo: Bob Mazarei

This is a delicate crossing, all part of the fun in Bandarpunch, India and ski mountaineering in the Himalaya.

Photo: Bob Mazarei

“The Swiss Alps rule as a training ground for ski expeditions. The beauty of Verbier is that the Mecca of Chamonix, France is only an hour's drive…

“The Swiss Alps rule as a training ground for ski expeditions. The beauty of Verbier is that the Mecca of Chamonix, France is only an hour’s drive away,” says Bob Mazarei.

Photo: Mark Shapiro

Canadian stalwart and ex-freestyler Mike Abson, aka Mountain Elvis, gives the powder above Verbier some love. Photo: Bob Mazarei

Canadian stalwart and ex-freestyler Mike Abson, aka Mountain Elvis, gives the powder above Verbier some love.

Photo: Bob Mazarei

“This was a fun day,” says Bob Mazarei, about skiing powder in the Garhwal Himalaya, in India. Photo: Enzo Cusini

“This was a fun day,” says Bob Mazarei, about skiing powder in the Garhwal Himalaya, in India.

Photo: Enzo Cusini

On Southern California’s Mount Baden-Powell, Bob Mazarei overlooks the desert, mid-turn in the late ‘80s. “Back then it was all about tiny bedroom…

On Southern California’s Mount Baden-Powell, Bob Mazarei overlooks the desert, mid-turn in the late ‘80s. “Back then it was all about tiny bedroom slipper leather boots and toothpick skis,” he says.

Photo: Scott Klaus

Bob Mazarei in the no-fall zone on Trisul in the Kumaun Indian Himalaya.“We were awestruck when we found out the Indian Government approved our ski…

Bob Mazarei in the no-fall zone on Trisul in the Kumaun Indian Himalaya.

“We were awestruck when we found out the Indian Government approved our ski expedition to the 23,360-foot Trisul via the Rishi Gorge and Nanda Devi Sanctuary. Westerners had been barred from entering the Sanctuary for 14 years,” he says.

Mazarei and his partners flew to India, and with tips from the Indian Mountaineering Federation, the group took an alternate route, and had “an incredible trip to Trisul from the southwest.”

Photo: Ace Kvale

Bob Mazarei genuflects with reverence to Khan Tengri peak, in the Tian Shan, what are known as “the Heavenly Mountains,” in Kazakhstan. The…

Bob Mazarei genuflects with reverence to Khan Tengri peak, in the Tian Shan, what are known as “the Heavenly Mountains,” in Kazakhstan. The 22,999-foot Khan Tengri dominates the North Inylchik Glacier.

Photo: Luca Gasparini 

In Tibet, Bob Mazarei finds nice snow on Shishapangma, the world’s 14th highest mountain. Photo: Laurent Boiveau 

In Tibet, Bob Mazarei finds nice snow on Shishapangma, the world’s 14th highest mountain.

Photo: Laurent Boiveau 

Verbier dishes up solitary powder and Bob Mazarei gobbles it up. “Twenty minutes of skinning, late season in Verbier, will find you in a giant cirque…

Verbier dishes up solitary powder and Bob Mazarei gobbles it up. “Twenty minutes of skinning, late season in Verbier, will find you in a giant cirque filled with powder,” he says.

Photo: Mark Shapiro

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