ICYMI: 11-Year-Old Girl Stomps Double Backflip—and More News
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An 11-year-old lady shredder stomps double backflip
Umm, ex-squeeze me?! Rylee Watson, shouldn’t you be doing, like, anything else? You’re 11 years old and lacing double backies at Grand Targhee like it ain’t no thing! What a boss. We are truly not worthy.
East Coast Pow Party!
Ok, Tahoe may be digging out its chairlifts and Alta is on course to break its single-season snowfall record, but last week the East Coast was invited to the pow party in a big way, as a true Nor’Easter bashed New York and interior New England. Vermont’s Magic Mountain and Stratton each received over two feet of snow with parts of New Hampshire reporting over 30 inches. The Ski The East crew left us with a quick teaser while filming for their newest film and, well, let’s just say their week did not suck.
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Ski wax chemicals found in Park City aquifers
Ruh, roh. Some of Utah’s fanciest second homeowners are in for a real treat this season based on new information from the Deseret News. According to a report this week, “forever chemicals” linked to ski wax were found in aquifers and drinking water around Park City, UT, compounds that have been tied to rises in thyroid cancer risk and high cholesterol.
Reacting swiftly to the report, town officials enacted a drinking water regulation that bans the sale of fluoro ski wax, effective immediately. The measure could kick off a chain reaction in other mountain towns, hopefully creating some meaningful change before things get too ugly.
Anna Soens logs first female adaptive heli-drop
After Anna Soens was paralyzed from the waist down in a 2015 climbing fall, her action sports journey looked as if it had taken a backseat. But, after years of therapy and training, Soens has not only resumed climbing as an adaptive athlete but became the first female adaptive athlete to log a heli-descent when she dropped into the backcountry near Girdwood, Alaska in 2021. A new video by the Kelly Brush Foundation documents her journey back to the top.
Matěj Švancer puts a spin on ski school
Class is in session this week with Swiss freeskier Matěj Švancer putting together one of the more unique ski edits of the season to date. Putting his own take on the glory lap, the skier known as the Unicorn proves why is such a rare find in the wild. Seriously, some bonkers tricks in here and all through the halls of a high school. Somewhere John Mayer sheds a single tear for the new kid in town.