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Tim Durtschi, an Atomic athlete and founder of Saga Outerwear, who secured third place at this year’s Red Bull Linecatcher, had a successful season. But just because the snow is bound to stop falling this spring, doesn’t mean Durtschi stops skiing. “I am coaching at Alyeska Summer Camp in Girdwood, Alaska,” says the Bend, Oregon, resident of his summer plans. “Hood and Whistler are hotspots for summer skiing, but Alyeska has been doing this camp for over 10 years and I have been a part of it since I was a kid. I love the vibe at this camp, mostly local Alaskans and friends I grew up with, and their park is sick. Plus, there is still a ton of snow in June.” Check out his personal blog and the Saga Outerwear site (http://www.sagaouterwear.com/) for updates on Durtschi’s summer ski camp adventures.
Jen Hudak’s schedule changed this season when skiing halfpipe was admitted to the 2014 Olympics. A five-time X-Games medalist, Hudak has been training for this opportunity most of her career. As an Olympic hopeful, she’ll train this summer with the possibility in mind and also work to help develop the U.S Freeskiing brand. “The sport of freeskiing as a whole is going to new places, finding itself in unfamiliar territory,” says Jen of the recent addition of halfpipe to the Olympics. “With that comes more travel, more media, more pressure, more anticipation, more excitement, more commitment, and more opportunity.” With recent trips to New York City, San Diego, and Baltimore, Hudak’s summer is all about 2014.
For many years, professional freeskier Griffin Post was a staple on the year-round competition circuit, with podium wins all over the world. This season he spent most of his time filming with TGR. After a full winter in Jackson, Griffin is carrying over his residency for the summer months. “Jackson has such a long overlap in season—you can bike, climb, and ski well into the summer,” says Post of the reasons why he’ll be spending the off-season in Wyoming. “I’ll spend most of my time doing these activities, and combining all three when possible.”
Todd Ligare spent his season shooting for TGR’s “One For The Road.” With the season coming to an end, Ligare is making the shift with some late season turns at Snowbird and a few musical escapades with his band, which also features pro skier Cody Barnhill. “We’ve been putting some quality hours in the garage,” Ligare says. “We live in a place at the heart of Salt Lake City that allows us to bike virtually everywhere: groceries, bars, and all the SLC venues for music.”
Angeli Van Laanen, who learned to ski the backcountry at Mt. Baker, Washington, and then moved to Breckenridge to pursue halfpipe, is one of the most diversely talented female skiers in the industry. Now, she resides in Park City, UT, and skis Little Cottonwood Canyon on powder days, When she’s not skiing, she’s uses arts and crafts projects to keep busy, like making piñatas, detailing cruiser bikes, and baking gluten-free goodies.
Twenty-year-old Angel Collinson won the overall Subaru Freeskiing World Tour this season and her younger brother Johnny Collinson is still the youngest person to reach all Seven Summits. This summer, between summer school and skiing in South America, the Collinson family has a building project in the works. “Our family just bought a piece of property right at the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon, so I will be spending a lot of time working on building a house for Angel and me to live in next winter,” says Johnny. Although it’s a planned retirement house for their folks, for now, Angel and Johnny will live there. “It’s in this incredible spot with the Little Cottonwood rock formations. It’s a full family project that we will work on all summer,” says Angel.
Rachael Burks headed south towards Mexico this year to cope with a late season injury and get some surfing in. “I’ve been doing some physical therapy on the ankle in the sand. I got to surf some, too, which was a bonus considering I got off crutches two days before I headed down there,” Burks says. “I’ll be rehabbing the ankle, hopefully mountain-biking as much as possible and then the plan is to head to South America with Discrete at the end of July.”
One of Salomon’s primary female athletes, Elyse Saugstad, has won the Freeride World Tour and this year was nominated best female performance in the Powder Video Awards for her segment in Mog Productions “The Invincibles.” In between planning for her wedding this fall and dabbling in business classes, the Girdwood, Alaska, native, splits her time between Tahoe in the winter and Santa Cruz in summer. But Elyse makes sure that she always travels home to Alaska. “Every summer I head home to Alaska to visit my family and friends, camp, play, and catch really big fish,” she says.
Tahoe-based skier, Cody Townsend experienced a season-ending injury this year while filming with MSP in Terrace, British Columbia. After surgery, Townsend and his fiancée, Elyse Saugstad, headed for Hawaii, where Cody started his rehab. “After surgery to repair a torn meniscus and partially torn ACL, I’ve been kicking it in my brace, icing my knee like it has a fever, and doing daily physical therapy sessions,” says Townsend of his initial rehab. “With all the sudden down time, I’ve been able to work on some hobbies and projects of mine.” From helping with a friend’s belt company, Arcade, on production and marketing plans to tying flies for fly-fishing, Townsend has enough to keep him busy while he recovers for next season.