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10 Biggest Events of the Season

2011 was one for the books. Here's what made this season stand out, from the one piece of gear that makes everyone an Internet celebrity, to events of Olympic proportion, to lots and lots of snow.

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It started snowing early this season and didn't stop much. Resorts from California to Colorado broke their snowfall records, with Vail and…

It started snowing early this season and didn’t stop much. Resorts from California to Colorado broke their snowfall records, with Vail and Breckenridge topping out at over 500 inches (they average somewhere in the mid 300s). Mammoth saw its snowiest month ever in March, and Jackson Hole, Grand Targhee, and a handful of Utah resorts were close to record levels as well.

In early April, the International Olympic Committee voted to include ski halfpipe, slopestyle and women's ski jumping in the 2014 Olympics in Sochi,…

In early April, the International Olympic Committee voted to include ski halfpipe, slopestyle and women’s ski jumping in the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Read more about it here.

Last fall, Sammy Carlson and Bobby Brown both blew the lid off the ski film world when they landed triple flips in their respective film segments.…

Last fall, Sammy Carlson and Bobby Brown both blew the lid off the ski film world when they landed triple flips in their respective film segments. This spring, Brown threw the first ever triple cork 1440. Days later, Russ Henshaw and McRae Williams landed the same trick at the Jon Olsson Invitational and a handful of other athletes attempted them as well. Next year, look for them to become more standard in film segments and competitions.

From Alaska to Attitash, we saw skiers with cameras strapped to their helmets, chests, poles, and ski tips. Sometimes all at once. It meant that…

From Alaska to Attitash, we saw skiers with cameras strapped to their helmets, chests, poles, and ski tips. Sometimes all at once. It meant that Vimeo was littered with half-baked footage of bros buttchecking rails to Redman remixes, but it also made for some inspired, inspiring edits, like this one from Jackson Hole-based POV master Andrew Whiteford.

The geometry of skis is changing by the second. Rockerd and reverse cambered skis are becoming the norm, even for narrow-waisted, groomer-specific…

The geometry of skis is changing by the second. Rockerd and reverse cambered skis are becoming the norm, even for narrow-waisted, groomer-specific boards, and ski shapes are promising to get even more freaky, while still remaining skiable. Coming next: Salomon’s surfboard-inspired BBR and DPS’s Spoon.

Across the board, the home team crushed it on the race course. Lindsey Vonn is now  the winningest American ski racer in history, as well as the…

Across the board, the home team crushed it on the race course. 

Lindsey Vonn is now  the winningest American ski racer in history, as well as the fourth most decorated female skier ever.

Julia Mancuso, has a strong season, too. She won the final World Cup downhill of the season, ending up third overall in downhill and  super G. On American soil she won the U.S.National super G and GS Championships.

On the men’s side,Ted Ligety won three World Cup GS races on his way to the GS title, and up-and-comers like Tommy Ford proved that the team will be exciting to watch in years to come.

Noticed an uptick in pole wacking, butt naked skiing, and breakfast being cooked in the lift line? Blame the movie G.N.A.R. which brough the…

Noticed an uptick in pole wacking, butt naked skiing, and breakfast being cooked in the lift line? Blame the movie G.N.A.R. which brough the game—based on Robb Gaffney’s book “Squallywood” and Shane McConkey’s life—to resorts across the country.  Skiers will never be able to rip the shit out of a line without giving a radness yell first ever again.

 

And, just so you know, I’m the best skier on the mountain.

On April 6th, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed a law that mandates ski helmets for children under 18. The law, which is the first of its…

On April 6th, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed a law that mandates ski helmets for children under 18. The law, which is the first of its kind, goes into effect next November, and parents will be responsible for enforcing it.

We lost some prominent and well-loved members of the skiing community this season. Ryan Hawks, Leif Borgeson,Jamie Pierre, Kip Garre, and others will…

We lost some prominent and well-loved members of the skiing community this season. Ryan Hawks, Leif Borgeson,Jamie Pierre, Kip Garre, and others will be missed.

Skiers are pushing the bounaries of ski areas, spending more time in the sidecountry. Some resorts, like Sugarloaf, which opened Brackett Basin this…

Skiers are pushing the bounaries of ski areas, spending more time in the sidecountry. Some resorts, like Sugarloaf, which opened Brackett Basin this year, are helping them do that.

In other exciting news: avalanche airbags save a bunch of people's lives, 3D ski movies come to life, and Vail Resorts makes skiing even more…

In other exciting news: avalanche airbags save a bunch of people’s lives, 3D ski movies come to life, and Vail Resorts makes skiing even more competitive.