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Snow Stories

Garrett Grove
Sufriendo de soledad
Sufriendo de soledad
Sufriendo de soledad
Jasper Gibson

De Telegraph Creek, B.C., a Wrangell, Alaska, con esquíes y kayak

9 Minutos de lectura
What Do the Winds Bring?
What Do the Winds Bring?
What Do the Winds Bring?
Kieran Brownie

After surviving calamity in British Columbia’s Coast Mountains, a few skiers return to COVID-19.

10 Minutos de lectura
Larch Love
Larch Love
Larch Love
Colin Wiseman

An ode to Larix lyallii.

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Ryland Bell’s Chilkat Hideaway
Ryland Bell’s Chilkat Hideaway
Ryland Bell’s Chilkat Hideaway
Colin Wiseman

Predawn on April 4, 2019. There’s hardly any snow in the mountains. Worst year in recent history, the locals are saying. We’re loading boxes of food onto the ferry, preparing to board the Alaska Marine Highway from Juneau to Haines. “It’s southeast Alaska, you never know,” Ryland Bell says. “It might rain for 90 days…

10 Minutos de lectura
Mountain Fristers
Mountain Fristers
Mountain Fristers
Kennan Harvey

Ski-touring Banff National Park with two teen daughters.

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Keep Red Lady Free: The Fun-Loving Activists of Crested Butte
Keep Red Lady Free: The Fun-Loving Activists of Crested Butte
Keep Red Lady Free: The Fun-Loving Activists of Crested Butte
Laura Yale

 A mining company owns the mineral rights to a Colorado mountain. For 42 years, the Red Ladies have been showing up—and dressing up—to keep the mountain wild.

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Circumnavigating Crater Lake by Ski
Circumnavigating Crater Lake by Ski
Circumnavigating Crater Lake by Ski
Colin Wiseman

Sampling the Offerings at Crater Lake “Go for Dirksen…” There was considerable static on my little two-way radio, but it was a small miracle we could hear Josh Dirksen at all. We hadn’t seen him since a dinner rendezvous two days prior in Bend. An agreed-upon radio channel and call time had actually worked, as…

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The Sierra Snow Wolf: Snowboarder Nick Russell
The Sierra Snow Wolf: Snowboarder Nick Russell
The Sierra Snow Wolf: Snowboarder Nick Russell
Max Hammer

On the west face of Mount Whitney, just off the summit of the highest peak in the lower 48, we had to traverse right. For us skiers it was no real issue, a bit of sidestepping and poling would do the trick. Yet, our group was comprised of both two sticks and singular planks, and…

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The Summit Which Never Melts: Dookʼoʼoosłííd
The Summit Which Never Melts: Dookʼoʼoosłííd
The Summit Which Never Melts: Dookʼoʼoosłííd
Len Necefer

Snow and icy rime break from the porous black volcanic ridgeline crackling beneath my feet. Gale-force updrafts from the gullied ridges below whip the skis and splitboards strapped to our backs. Each gust forces us to step toward the cornice that hangs above the caldera to our right. The temperature drops steadily and our breath…

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Cold Smoke, Hot Shot
Cold Smoke, Hot Shot
Cold Smoke, Hot Shot
Connor Ryan & Micheli Oliver

A firekeeper caring for Indigenous land.

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Treeline: Trespassing
Treeline: Trespassing
Treeline: Trespassing
Garrett Grove

When we move through the forest in winter, we’re often left wonderstruck by snow-shrouded trees bent and morphed from years of wear in silent solitude. Their depth of character becomes evident as we weave ourselves into their lives and ecosystems. But we often tell our stories and not theirs. Our new film Treeline follows skiers…

5 Minutos de lectura
La última colina
Eric Pollard picks a nice spot to chill. Virginia Lakes, California. Photo: Andrew Miller
La última colina
Max Hammer

Éramos ciclistas de sillón, versados en kilómetros por hora, no kilómetros por día. Después de siete días pedaleando para esquiar, necesitábamos un día de descanso. Unas termas eran obligatorias. Recordábamos un atajo a las piscinas de Green Church, que era 14,5 kilómetros más corto que el camino por la carretera. Atajos, en caminos de tierra…

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Los punkies del esquí de montaña
Illustration: Walker Cahall
Los punkies del esquí de montaña
The Dirtbag Diaries

“La noción de que hay un sueño que todos perseguimos, y que hay un acuerdo sobre las formas en las que puedes, en efecto, verificar que estás viviendo ese sueño, me vuelve loco” dice Forest McBrian. “Cada quien tiene un sueño un poquito diferente. Si es que realmente hay un sueño que todos deseamos, entonces…

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Jumbo Unchanged
Jumbo Unchanged
Jumbo Unchanged
Alex Yoder

Feeling lost. Feeling far from help. Far from a store, motors and people. I am existing in a world much bigger than I can comprehend. What I can see is all that is. I’m alive to find what I can’t yet see. There are two times of day: light and dark. Food is fuel for…

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Overburden
Overburden
Overburden
Dave Quinn

Coal built this ski town. Can the locals keep skiing without it?

9 Minutos de lectura
Keep Jumbo Wild: The Fight to Protect Jumbo Glacier
Photo: Garrett Grove
Keep Jumbo Wild: The Fight to Protect Jumbo Glacier
Mike Berard

For 24 years, residents of the Kootenays in British Columbia, Canada, have been largely opposed to a proposed year-round ski resort in the heart of the Central Purcell Mountains—a region that encompasses both cherished alpine backcountry and critical core grizzly bear habitat. At the time this story was going to print, the provincial government had…

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Treeline: The Core
Treeline: The Core
Treeline: The Core
Taro Tamai

When we move through the forest in winter, we’re often left wonderstruck by snow-shrouded trees bent and morphed from years of wear in silent solitude. Their depth of character becomes evident as we weave ourselves into their lives and ecosystems. But we often tell our stories and not theirs. Our new film Treeline follows skiers…

3 Minutos de lectura
Treeline: Homegrown
Treeline: Homegrown
Treeline: Homegrown
Leah Evans

When we move through the forest in winter, we’re often left wonderstruck by snow-shrouded trees bent and morphed from years of wear in silent solitude. Their depth of character becomes evident as we weave ourselves into their lives and ecosystems. But we often tell our stories and not theirs. Our new film Treeline follows skiers…

3 Minutos de lectura
Jumbo Wild: We the People
Jumbo Wild: We the People
Jumbo Wild: We the People
Eliel Hindert

If you didn’t look close you just might miss it, and we do. Gazing across the Columbia River Basin into the morning light on the Purcell Mountains, we pass right by the Radium Hot Springs municipal offices. It’s not difficult to do here, where human presence is a mere asterisk on the seemingly infinite word…

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Walking the Ground: Two ‘Jumbo Wild’ Skiers Talk Wild Places, Community and Activism
Walking the Ground: Two ‘Jumbo Wild’ Skiers Talk Wild Places, Community and Activism
Walking the Ground: Two ‘Jumbo Wild’ Skiers Talk Wild Places, Community and Activism
Patagonia

Jasmin Caton and Leah Evans both live and work in southeastern British Columbia: Caton as a ski guide and co-owner of Valhalla Mountain Touring; Evans as founder and director of the freeski program Girls Do Ski in Revelstoke. Caton has been skiing the backcountry since she was a child, while Evans comes from a hard-charging,…

9 Minutos de lectura
Treeline: The Film
Treeline: The Film
Treeline: The Film
Molly Baker

When we move through the forest in winter, we’re often left wonderstruck by snow-shrouded trees bent and morphed from years of wear in silent solitude. Their depth of character becomes evident as we weave ourselves into their lives and ecosystems. But we often tell our stories and not theirs. Our new film Treeline follows skiers and…

3 Minutos de lectura
Treeline: A Story Written in Rings
Treeline: A Story Written in Rings
Treeline: A Story Written in Rings
Laura Yale

Quietly, patiently, trees endure. They are the oldest living beings we come to know during our time on earth, living bridges into our planet’s expansive past. Treeline is a film celebrating the forests on which our species has always depended—and around which some skiers and snowboarders etch their entire lives. Follow a group of snow-seekers,…

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Getting the Snow Industry Excited About Recycled Fabrics
Getting the Snow Industry Excited About Recycled Fabrics
Getting the Snow Industry Excited About Recycled Fabrics
Patagonia

Before we could challenge the snow industry to move to recycled materials, we had to change our thinking, too. There are a number of ways to reduce a garment’s impact, but none more significant than making it out of recycled fabric. Doing so keeps material out of landfills and cuts demand for the petroleum used…

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“When the Mountains Were Wild:” A Film About the Northern Albanian Alps
Photo: Carlos Blanchard
“When the Mountains Were Wild:” A Film About the Northern Albanian Alps
Mitch Tölderer

I was looking for real mountain wilderness in Europe. All of the roads, ski lifts, huts, dams and avalanche safety reports make it really easy and comfortable to access great ski touring, climbing and freeriding in the central European Alps. Some of the huts feel more like hotels than shelters for mountaineers. The price we…

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Eastbound on the Trans-Canada Highway in Search of Snow
Photo: Colin Wiseman
Eastbound on the Trans-Canada Highway in Search of Snow
Colin Wiseman

It started as a joke: “Do you think the interior has snow?” Marie-France Roy posed the question. She, Kael Martin, Sean Black and I were eating a stale breakfast in a Campbell River, BC, hotel lobby. It was warm and murky outside. That kind of murk which can only mean January drizzle on Canada’s west…

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Geography Lessons: On Exploring Unmapped (to You) Places
Photo: Garrett Grove
Geography Lessons: On Exploring Unmapped (to You) Places
Lisa Richardson

One Christmas, my brother gifted me a copy of 1,000 Places to See Before You Die. I hate those kind of books. He and his girlfriend could both name-drop dozens of the tick-listed destinations, but I was mostly perplexed. What did you do there? Came, saw, conquered—never to look back. Judginess harshed my holiday spirit.…

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The Cascadian Rhythm: Splitboarding Oregon with Josh Dirksen
Photo: Tyler Roemer
The Cascadian Rhythm: Splitboarding Oregon with Josh Dirksen
Colin Wiseman

“I just want to stay home and ride wind lips,” Josh Dirksen says. A simple statement. A simple goal. It was April 2014. We’d been camped out on Central Oregon’s South Sister for a couple of days. Getting to our midmountain camping spot had taken some time, but not a lot of nerve. It was…

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Jumbo Wild: Sacred Spaces and Wild Places
Photo: Garrett Grove
Jumbo Wild: Sacred Spaces and Wild Places
Robyn Duncan

British Columbia doesn’t need another ski resort, especially one in the middle of the wild Purcell Mountains.

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A Steep Ski Traverse of the Mont Blanc Range from East to West with Laurent Bibollet
A Steep Ski Traverse of the Mont Blanc Range from East to West with Laurent Bibollet
A Steep Ski Traverse of the Mont Blanc Range from East to West with Laurent Bibollet
Fred Bernard

The Mont Blanc range is not a very big mountain range, but it is steep. It has become a kind of laboratory for skiers, mountaineers and climbers from around the world. Laurent and I consider ourselves somewhere is the middle as we are ski-mountaineers, IFMGA mountain guides and part of the Peakpowder guide team. The…

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Home with Marie-France Roy
Photo: Graeme Owsianski
Home with Marie-France Roy
Molly Baker

“This planet is so powerful and diverse, but also fragile. I felt that building a smaller home, out of as many local, natural and recycled resources as possible, would be a wonderful way for me to remain more connected and grounded.”—Marie-France Roy You can tell a lot about a person by their bookshelf. I’d repeatedly…

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Lost in the Light
Photo: Nick Romano
Lost in the Light
Tara Kramer

A Poles researcher on living inside the ping pong ball.

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The Punk Rockers of Ski Mountaineering
Illustration: Walker Cahall
The Punk Rockers of Ski Mountaineering
The Dirtbag Diaries

“The notion that there’s one dream that we’re all after, and agreed upon ways in which you can verify that you are indeed living that dream drives me crazy,” says Forest McBrian. “Everyone’s dream is a little bit different. If there is a dream that we all lust after, then we’re all just trying to…

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Block Party: A Celebration in the Long Overdue Sierra Snow
Block Party: A Celebration in the Long Overdue Sierra Snow
Block Party: A Celebration in the Long Overdue Sierra Snow
Hans Ludwig

On January 23, it was snowing so hard that the sound, the roaring hiss of snow hitting the ground, woke me up at 3 a.m. I threw on a jacket and walked outside into the certain knowledge that California’s nearly five-year snow drought was over. It was the deepest, most stacked I’d ever seen my…

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Mac Profile
Mac Profile
Mac Profile

This 3-Year-Old Rips.

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"The Last Hill:" A Film About Getting There Slowly
Eric Pollard picks a nice spot to chill. Virginia Lakes, California. Photo: Andrew Miller
"The Last Hill:" A Film About Getting There Slowly
Max Hammer

We were off-the-couch bikers, versed in miles per hour, not miles per day. After seven days of biking to ski, we needed a rest day. Hot springs mandatory. We remembered a shortcut to the Green Church pools, which was 9 miles shorter than the highway route. Shortcuts—with deeply rutted, washboard dirt roads on bicycles loaded…

2 Minutos de lectura
A Chance Meeting with the Visually Impaired Skiers from Ski for Light
A Chance Meeting with the Visually Impaired Skiers from Ski for Light
A Chance Meeting with the Visually Impaired Skiers from Ski for Light
Michel Caron

By Michel Caron Not long ago, I joined Jasmine and my girlfriend, Marie-Pier, for a day of cross-country skiing in Craftsbury, Vermont. Marie-Pier is a certified ski instructor and Jasmine is a strong skier while I, uh, I am able to follow for some time until I find something else worth discovering and photographing.  That…

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