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Mikaela Shiffrin

In Mikaela’s Mind

As Atomic launches the #sheskis movement, Mikaela Shiffrin talks about how skiing has shaped her as an individual and how she hopes to inspire others through skiing.

Chris Tatsuno

Ski Bum of the Year

Chris Tatsuno, winner of the Powder Highway’s Ultimate Ski Bum Contest, sat down with us at last week in Denver to talk about his first day of free heli-skiing and visiting British Columbia’s best resorts. What does the world’s biggest ski bum forecast in his future? Tatsuno shares details about his Warren Miller segment, more heli-skiing, and his webisodes.

Revelstoke Comp Venue

Behind the Scenes in Revelstoke

A helicopter dropped 27 U.S Freeskiing competitors on top of Mt. Mackenzie for the final day of the Canadian Freeskiing Championships at Revelstoke Mountain Resort on January 10, 2010. Using helmet cameras, Zack Giffin captures the crowd’s enthusiasm along with some powder skiing.

Bear Valley, California

California's Bear Valley Ski Area Gets an Upgrade

Bear Valley Ski Resort, located in the Central Sierra Nevada Range in California, hopes to remain quaint despite plans for major renovations this spring, including village developments, a new lift, and the addition of 400 skiable acres.

Jess Cummings Action shot

Skier Superpipe to be Included at X Games

Two new events—male skier superpipe and snowmobile knockout—are added to the roster for the 2010 Winter X Games, planned for January 28-31 at Buttermilk in Aspen, Colorado. Plans don’t yet include women’s superpipe. We asked X Games competitor Jess Cummings why.

Ripper Wendy Fisher

Working out with Wendy Fisher

Wendy Fisher is a former Olympian, a Crested Butte World Extremes champion, and a mother of two. The Crested Butte resident took her first real hiatus from competitive skiing when she had her first son. But now she’s getting her strength back. Rehabbing from a knee surgery, we hit the gym with Wendy in Crested Butte.

Cutler Ridge Crown

Avalanche Conditions

Colorado, Utah, Montana, and Washington ski areas saw cold temperatures last week followed by new snow, currently creating snowpack instabilities. Avalanche warnings remain at high for mountain locations in these states.

Brian Lazar

A Chat with an Avalanche Educator

It takes years of training and experience to become an expert in avalanches and backcountry safety. We sat down with Brian Lazar, the executive director of the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education, to talk about getting buried, why being a guide makes it tough to have a relationship, and skiing in Russia.

ACL Model

Girls Can Jump: ACL Injury Prevention

Female skiers are more likely to tear an ACL than men. So we sent our knee-injured intern to the Boulder Center for Sports Medicine to find out why and to learn how to prevent and rehab knee injuries. Including her own.

Abby the greeter.

Crested Butte Lodging: The Wanderlust Hostel

The next time you head to Crested Butte, save some money and meet some interesting personalities by staying at the Wanderlust Hostel in Gunnison, Colorado. For only $23 a night, you’ll get a warm room, communal kitchen, hot shower, and an inviting common space to play the guitar, cards, or just chat with other hostel goers.

Hjertas in Revelstoke

The Ultimate Ski Bum

One December 1, skier Chris Tatsuno was announced the winner of the Powder Highway Ultimate Ski Bum Contest, which will give him three months of free skiing and travel around BC's Powder Highway. We have his winning YouTube entry, plus a few more of our favorite videos.

Powder Turn

Free Heli-Skiing

Another reason to love Canadians this winter. Canadian Mountain Holidays’ is teaming up with ski mountaineer Greg Hill and Arc’teryx to give away a seven-day helicopter-assisted ski tour with Hill in British Columbia’s Selkirk Mountains.

Holly Walker

Rad Boob Ski Calendar

If it works for Sports Illustrated, it’s got to work for the ski world. The Rad Boob ski calendar, which was put together to raise money for breast cancer awareness, highlights the more desirable talents of some of the ski industry’s favorite females.

Tom Wallisch

A Chat with Tom Wallisch

If you don’t recognize the name Tom Wallisch you either don’t watch MTV or spend enough time on newschoolers.com. Winner of last season’s Red Bull Dumont Cup, featured on MTV2’s freeskiing episode of the Alli Show, and newly signed Scott athlete, Wallisch answered a few of our questions about being a TV star.

Ushuaia Tom Day

How to Make Your Own Adventure Ski Film

Serac Adventure Film School catapults aspiring filmmakers into the Colorado backcountry. From January 25 to February 2, learn how to make your own movie while snow camping, hut traveling, and working with film-school mentors.

Outstanding in the Field

How to Survive the Ski Town Potluck

So, it’s your second season in Jackson and you just called mom to break the news you won’t be heading east for Christmas. Let her know you already have a list of potluck party invites, even if you don’t. If you do—here are a few tips for blowing the pom-poms off your friends' tuques.

Baker Opener

Mt. Baker Opens with a Hefty Base

Most resorts’ opening day consists of one run, maybe two. Wednesday, November 12, Washington’s Mt. Baker ski resort opened with 67 inches of snow at the base and eight lifts.

Snow at Squaw

Opening Day at Squaw

Squaw Valley will crank the lifts on November 21, with opening ceremonies that include skier and BASE jumper, J.T Holmes, leaping from the Cable Car and a champagne toast with Johnny Moseley.

The Nissan O'Neill Xtreme Verbier: A Perfect Ending to the Freeride World Tour

Five-Question Interview: Henrik Winstedt

Professional big-mountain skier Henrik Winstedt spends his winter chasing the World Freeride Tour and filming for his personal documentary, Exploded View, which premieres this month.We spoke to him about being a new dad, signing with Salomon, and not owning a car.

Redommain Peak

Skiing China with Ingrid Backstrom

Pro freeskier Ingrid Backstrom recently climbed and skied China’s Redommain with photographer Jimmy Chin and North Face teammates Kasha Rigby and Giulia Monego. We spoke to her about base camp, skiing on belay, and urine bottles.

An avalanche on Mt. Ruepehu, NZ.

How to Choose an Avy Course

You want to explore the backcountry. But first you need to take an avalanche awareness class. But how do you find a good one? For starters, don’t Google “avalanche education.” Here are six other tips from Dale Atkins, of the Alpine Rescue Team and Recco.

#6: Solitude, UT

Halloween Opening Days

Utah’s Solitude and Colorado’s Wolf Creek open October 31. As the first resort in Utah to open, Solitude offers one lift to season passholders, while Wolf Creek opens three.

The Real Seth Morrison

Think You Look Like Seth Morrison?

This Halloween, we’re giving you an excuse to dress up like your favorite pro freeskier: Seth Morrison. That’s right, we’re hosting a Seth Morrison lookalike contest. Send us your best photo mimicking this image of Seth. The winner gets two pairs of Seth pro model Hestra gloves.

Ski Utah Snowflak

Seventeen Days and Counting…

Snowbird locals sent us a YouTube video this week tracking the above average seasons of the past two years and this one liner: “Snowing hard in Little Cottonwood right now.” It’s official, winter is here, but when will Utah resorts open?

Tall Tees All Around

In Defense of…Tall Tees

The Urban Dictionary says a tall tee is “a long T-Shirt that goes down to someone's knees, and commonly worn by people into hip hop culture.” Skiers are into hip-hop, so what’s wrong with them sporting tall tees?

Andrew Pollard

How to Pop with Andrew Pollard

To hit an air—either jumping a cliff into powder or sending a tabletop in the park—you need to be able to pop the take-off. The better the pop, the more solid the landing. These steps, taught by 15-year-old Andrew Pollard, a Black Diamond team rider and member of the Alta Freeride Team, should help your pop this season.

JT Holmes

Telling 60 Minutes What It Feels Like to Fly

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.

Sun Peaks

The Year of the Bum

As if one Canadian ski bum contest wasn’t enough, Sun Peaks ski resort in British Columbia announces the second ski-bumming contest for this winter.

Boreal

Gamble, Then Ski

Planning to spend the weekend gambling in Vegas or Reno? Pack your skis and visit the poker table after a few laps at Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort or Boreal. Both will be open this weekend.

A-Basin 2

The Earliest Opening Date in History

You've likely heard the snowfall reports from around the country. Wyoming, Utah, Washington, California, and Colorado have all boasted early season dustings. But if you live in Colorado, the season officially starts tomorrow with Loveland opening at 9 a.m., beating out its rival Arapahoe Basin by a mere two days.

Revelstoke, British Columbia, first developed as a transcontinental railroad boomtown in the late 1800s.  It faded and became a sleepy logging town for the next 100 years.  But last winter, Revelstoke Mountain Resort opened and the town's second boom officially hit.  The master plan: develop the only ski resort in the world to offer lift, cat-, and heli-skiing right from the village, and over the next 15 years, develop lifts, a projected 10,000 acres of terrain, and the longest run in North America at 5,620 vertical feet.  Photographer Matthew Scholl was there on opening day; click "Next" to see what he captured. Above: Skier Colin Puskas.

Casting Call for All Ski Bums

Do you live in your van, eat PBJs, and live the life of an unemployed ski fanatic? If so, you’re qualified to enter the Powder Highway Ski Bum contest, where you can win lift tickets, heli-skiing, hotel rooms, and more along Canada’s best ski route.

Zombie

Another Zombie Movie

Yes, we are all sick of zombies movies and yes, producers are still creating then. Surprisingly, adding German Nazi officers and a snowy setting in Dead Snow impressed people at the Sundance Film Festival last winter.

Jackson Hole Iphone App

Lost at Jackson Hole? Use Your iPhone App

Most people these days ski with their phone on them. Jackson Hole is banking on this tech dependency by offering a new iPhone application that lets people track the number of laps skied in a day and pinpoint their location at the resort.