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CONTENTS
DEPARTMENTS
TO C / FIR ST FR A ME

CHILDHOOD MEMORIES
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The athletes early days of
sliding, gliding and riding.

PLAYBILL
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Your guide to the film.

FINAL CUT
88
How to elevate your videos.

FEATURES

MUSTANG
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Athletes surf the waves of
Monashee Mountains in B.C.

SQUAW | ALPINE
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The resort where it all began
for three pro skiers.

NORWAY
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THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH
As we age, many of us look for new ways to feel younger: fast cars, hair implants, various
Ski patroller Linda Haaland
shares her homeland.

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other implants, laser eye surgery, fatter skis.No matter how good our lives may already Rob Kingwill and Seth Wescott
be, we start to view them as insufficient, to search for something new to add. Our search are lords of the boards.
for the mythical fountain of youth blinds us so that we cant see the forest for the trees.
Last December, I was standing deep in the Monashee Mountains of British Columbia JACKSON HOLE
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filming the first assignment of our new movieLine of Descent.I joined a unique gather- Deep powder makes for an
ingof riders who offered me a new perspective on the act of sliding down a mountain. epic season in Wyoming.
They did it grassroots pow-style, without bindings. Despite their lack of connection to a
board, they had a deep spiritual connection to winter and to the mountain. MONTANA
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Although were not much different in age, Ian, Neil, Scotty and Jeremy with their A return to Western Montanas
stoke and unique style brought me back to the childlike joy of simply playing on a Glacier Country.
mountainside.They reminded me why I love to ski, to ride, to slide and toshare that love
with our family of likeminded snow-riders through mywork. STEAMBOAT SPRINGS
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They helped me realize that Ive been visiting thefountain of youth on skis, on a board A family affair for local pros
and with my camera my entire life. As I followed this posse down the mountain,I could Taylor and Arielle Gold.
see not just the trees but also the forest and the mountains high above, as I drank an
anti-aging elixir that isnt available online, from a plastic surgeon or from a car dealership. FRANCE
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The mental clutter of life fell away into the tracks behind me as I become totally present. Reuniting to explore the
When I descend a mountain or point my camera toward someone who is, I feel and storied past of Val dIsre.
see that uncomplicated, genuine joy (or bliss, or nirvana, or inner peace, or whatever you
want to call it) that Ifound in my childhood. I see that same simple joyin my kids and SILVERTON
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my friends kids, that crystal-clear focus on pure, childlike fun and nothing else.I see it Getting steep and deep on
through my lens, I hear it in our athletes interviews and, tonight, we celebrate it on the expert terrain.
big screen with our snowbound family.
That joy keeps us coming back winter after winter, turn after turn. Back to the fountain BEARTOOTH PASS
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of youth. A pilgramage to find the best
JOSH HASKINS

spring snow.
Enjoy the show,
Chris Patterson
Director/Director of Photography

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Fall 2017, Volume 68


Editor
Lindsay Konzak
Creative Director
MAST H EA D

Jackie McCaffrey Bradley


Art Director
Sign Higgins
Photo Director
Keri Bascetta
Contributing Editor
Josh Haskins
Copy Editor
Angela Poulson
Contributors
Jordan Johnson, Chris Patterson, Angela Poulson, Eric Smith
Photographers
Ian Anderson, Jay Dash, Chris Figenshau, Josh Haskins, Christophe Hassel, Alex Lavigne,
Court Leve, Ian Provo, Neil Provo, Scott DW Smith, Colin Witherill
Art Interns
Amanda Batchelor; Adeline Glass

Narrator Production Coordinators Online Editor Marketing Director


Jonny Moseley Izzie Raitt, John Barcklay Jessica McGee
Director Jessi Markowitz Operations & Distribution Digital Marketing Specialist
Chris Patterson Additional Cinematographers Director Meghan Funk
Producer Ian Anderson, Daniel Day, Fiachra Stokes Marketing & Content Specialist
Josh Haskins Jeff Engerbretson, Matt Hardy, Operations & Distribution Jessi Hackett
Josh Haskins, Jeffrey Loewe, Manager
Associate Producer Colin Witherill Digital & Grassroots
Ian Anderson John Shafer Marketing Coordinator
Screenwriter Independent Promotions Peter Haggstrom
Editors Joe Cutts
Andrew Mairs, Keiko Ozaki, Coordinator Partnerships & Strategic
Kim Schneider, Kyle Schneider Music Supervisor Sam Robards Alliances Manager
Travis Schneider Julie Bynum
Directors of Photography
Tom Day, Chris Patterson Partnerships & Operations
Coordinator
Rene Geary

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MEMORIES
C H IL DH O O D ME MO R IES

OF A GROM
OUR ATHLETES GOT AN EARLY START SLIDING,
RIDING AND ROLLING DOWN THE SLOPES. THEY
SHARE THEIR FAVORITE CHILDHOOD MEMORIES.

1
AMIE ENGERBRETSON
I was 10 months old at the rope tow at Squaw
Valley. My dad said I wasnt even talking yet but at
the end of every run I would just point and reach
toward the rope tow to take another lap. Beyond
that, my love of skiing started out on the driveway. I
had plastic skis that would strap onto my little
Sorels and I would just lap the driveway saying
Again! Again! signaling my dad to come push me
back up to the top. When I was finally big enough
for real ski boots I was so excited I slept with my ski
boots in my bed for like a month.

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ARIELLE GOLD
I was 4 years old. I still skied at that point I didnt
start snowboarding until I was 7 and I was chasing
Taylor down the bumps on the side of a cat track
called Why Not in Steamboat. We liked to call
the bumps whoop-dee-doos. I would risk life and
limb to keep up with Taylor, and in this particular
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incident, I managed to hit one of the bumps so hard
that my ski binding broke. My dad had to carry me
3 down the mountain on his shoulders.

3
TAYLOR GOLD
When I was 11, my dad pulled me out of school at
lunch so we could go ride Steamboat. We went to
the Mavericks halfpipe for the afternoon. I had been
working on my frontside 720 for a while, but never
really put one down. After a few close ones a local
pro snowboarder, Joe Eddy, gave me a high five and
told me I had it. I stomped my first real 7 after that
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with my dad at the bottom of the pipe filming, and I


remember being so stoked because I felt like I could
actually be a pro one day.

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JEREMY JENSEN 4 5
My father started me skiing at 2, and those earliest
trips to the resorts were adventure, excitement and
fun balanced with misery and fright. I recall crying
from icy-cold hands, a fear of heights on lifts and
frustration with old hand-me-down goggles, skis
and boots. But I also remember the great feelings
that came once I learned to slide on my own. Eleven
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years after starting me on skis my father showed me


how to link turns on a snowboard, and thats when
my love for riding really took off. These memories
of time spent with my father are some of the best in
my life and laid a foundation for who I am today. Im
forever grateful to my parents for their sacrifice. We 6
didnt have much money so we made do with thrift-
store equipment and night visits to the ski resorts
because it was more affordable and my parents
worked all day. They taught me I had to work hard
to play hard and to make the most of what I have.

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MCKENNA PETERSON
I will never forget the first time I dropped into
Sun Valleys famous bowls. Even at the age of 5, I
recognized that this is where the cool skiers skied.
I pestered my dad about taking me into Easter
Bowl. I was at an age where I wasnt allowed to ski
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anywhere on the mountain without my dad by my
side. He finally said, Alright, but Im not going to
carry you. I was determined. We dropped in and
my wimpy little legs carried me all of the way to the
chairlift. One of my proudest moments on skis.

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TYLER PETERSON
One of my favorite childhood ski memories was
our annual Thanksgiving trip to Grand Targhee.
I remember getting my skis tangled up trying to
load one of the lifts. The liftie had to stop the lift to
straighten me out (my first lift stoppage!). All in all
those are some of my best memories as a kid and
probably a reason why I still love skiing so much.

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KAYLIN RICHARDSON
My family drove to the Colorado Rockies from 8
Minneapolis at least once a year. What I remember
was fighting for the back seat of the Suburban (ah,
the luxury of personal space), listening to books on
tape (The Lord of the Rings was a family favorite.),
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striving to keep up with my Dad when he effortless-


ly pulled away on the flats (I relished skiing at his
heels.), and marveling at how my Mom miraculously
had everything any one of us needed nestled into
the bosom of her one-piece ski suit.

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ERROL KERR
My favorite childhood memories on the slopes were
when my mom couldnt keep up with me anymore
and being all bundled up on a stormy day.

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BY JORDAN JOHNSON

MUSTANG POWDER LODGE, SQUAW VALLEY | ALPINE MEADOWS,


BRITISH COLUMBIA CALIFORNIA
Athletes: Scotty Arnold, Jeremy Jensen, Neil Provo, Ian Provo Athletes: J.T. Holmes, Jonny Moseley, Errol Kerr
Equipment: Powsurfers, snowcats Equipment: Skis

Scotty Arnold, Jeremy Jensen and Neil and Ian Provo head to During a season of record snowfall in Squaw Valley, profession-
British Columbias Mustang Powder Lodge to powdersurf on some al skiers Jonny Moseley, Errol Kerr and J.T. Holmes rack up their
of the worlds best snow. Binding-free, the guys are reminded of fair share of snow days skiing deep powder and carving cordu-
first learning to snowboard, ski, skate or surf. For Jensen, thats why roy. While the guys are blown away by the abundance of snow,
powdersurfing is the fountain of youth it makes even the most they reflect on their journeys as athletes and the importance of
talented athletes feel like a kid again. passing on their passion for the sport to the next generation.

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Athletes: Linda Haaland, Kevin Giffin, Marcus Caston, Athletes: Seth Wescott, Rob Kingwill
Kaylin Richardson Equipment: Snowboards, helicopter
Equipment: Skis, snowcats, dynamite
Its no secret that athletes Seth Wescott and Rob Kingwill have
Welcome to Norway, where youll find a fjord on your left, a farm on mastered the art of snowboarding, but even the pros are some-
your right, and a steep line straight ahead. Ski patroller Linda Haa- times reminded of the sheer power of a mountain and the uncondi-
land is proud to share her home with fellow patroller Kevin Giffin, as tional respect that it demands. In New Zealand, the guys carve and
well as pro skiers Kaylin Richardson and Marcus Caston. The group float on steep slopes and complex terrain and tap into that edge
learns that no matter where youre from, the magic of a mountain where you feel like you might die, but at the same time you feel the
pulls people in, wherever you go you fall in love with it, and the most alive. Its a fine line to ride, but these are the moments they
more places you go, the more you realize everyone is just like you. keep coming back for.

JACKSON HOLE, WYOMING GLACIER COUNTRY, MONTANA


Athletes: Tommy Moe & family, Jess McMillan, Rob Kingwill, Griffin Athletes: Tyler Ceccanti, Collin Collins, Keith Curtis, Julian Carr
Post Equipment: Snowmobiles, skis, dogsled
Equipment: Skis, snowboards
Professional skier Collin Collins dubs Montanas Glacier Country
Jackson Holes iconic tram, or Big Red as the locals call it, pumps the mecca of all meccas, and hes not wrong. Pieced together
100 people straight up to skier heaven every 10 minutes, opening by huge pillows, massive cliffs, insane lines and endless untapped
its doors to 4,000 feet of continuous vertical terrain. Last season, terrain, these abundant zones offer everyone something to play on.
that terrain was packed with record-setting powder and regular While Collins, Julian Carr and Tyler Ceccanti navigate the back-
refills. Locals Tommy Moe, Jess McMillan, Rob Kingwill and Griffin country on planks, world-class snowmobiler Keith Curtis ascends
Post share their home mountain. and descends on his snowmobile.

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STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, COLORADO VAL DISERE, FRANCE


Athletes: Arielle Gold, Taylor Gold Athletes: Lexi duPont, Amie Engerbretson, McKenna Peterson
Equipment: Snowboards, skis, snowcats Equipment: Skis, paragliders

In Steamboat Springs, Colo., you train through the night if you want Intricate systems of chairlifts, tunnels and trams, limitless terrain
to be an Olympian, and siblings Arielle and Taylor Gold have done with stunning lookouts over Italy, and an unparalleled aprs scene
just that. The snowboarding duo throw down under the stars in define the alluring ski town that is Val dIsere, France. History runs
their native ski town as they fuel one another to push their limits of deep in this ski town where Jean Claude Killy made some of his first
riding and live out their dreams of Olympic pursuit. Meanwhile, by turns, and athletes Lexi duPont, Amie Engerbretson, and McKenna
day, the NASTAR race course preps the next generation of world- Peterson are here to find out what the grand lifestyle in the Alps is
class ski racers. all about. Engerbretson says, its less about bagging laps or seeing
how much vert you can ski. These ladies are here to honor that.

SILVERTON, COLORADO BEARTOOTH PASS, WYOMING-MONTANA


Athletes: George Rodney, Tyler Peterson Athletes: Kalen Thorien, Michael Bird Shaffer
Equipment: Helicopter, skis, horses, sleds Equipment: Speed wing, motorcycles, skis, car and camping trailer

In southwestern Colorado, Silverton was originally a mecca for The Beartooth Highway is a nearly 70-mile route that winds its way
mining silver. Today, the town hosts some of the states greatest through Wyoming, Montana and into Yellowstone. Every spring the
snowfall and wildest terrain. The rough-around-the-edges mountain pass opens and die-hards make the pilgrimage to ski the snow that
is defined by a single chairlift and expert-only, mostly guided skiing has accumulated through the winter. Leaving car and trailer behind,
and riding. With technically the entire mountain considered out- pro skiers Michael Bird Shaffer and Kalen Thorien approach their
of-bounds, professional skiers George Rodney and Tyler Peterson lines by motorcycle. On the pass, these adventurous spirits make
discover some of the deepest stashes of their season. to-die-for spring turns, and the Bird proves he can actually fly.

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The athletes went cat boarding


from Mustang Powder Lodge,
accessing deep powder in the
backcountry. The longest run
from Mustang is more than a
mile, coming in at just under
6,000 feet of pure, raw fun.

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THE CREW GOES DEEP INTO UNTRACKED TERRITORY, RIDING THE POW
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Q
&
A

FROM TOP, CLOCKWISE: Jeremy


Jeremy Jensen
Jensen, founder of Grassroots Pow- Jeremy Jensen is founder of Utah-based
dersurfing, surfs, sans bindings, down Grassroots Powdersurfing, which designs
the side of the hill. Jensen was blown binding-free boards that allow riders to
away by his snowcat-driven adven- surf the mountains the same way surfers
tures in the Monashee Mountains. To ride waves and skateboarders ride streets.
have these guys driving us up in a
party wagon and dropping us off at What got you interested in riding without
the top of this unreal powder field full bindings, and why is it important to return
of jumps and trees and waves of snow, to the roots of snowboarding?
its incredible; Jensen and Ian Provo Riding without bindings provided a feeling
head up in style in the snowcat for of freedom and a unique challenge that
freshened things up. I loved riding powder
the next run of the day. According to
more than anything from my decades
Mustang Powder Lodge, there are at
spent skiing and snowboarding, and
least 15 catskiing destinations in British creating these binding-free boards allowed
Columbia; Provo crash-lands. He got me to mix powder riding with my other
into surfing (the liquid kind) because passions: surfing and skateboarding. It
of his time surfing on snow. One of transformed the way I viewed and inter-
the funnest parts of powder surfing is acted with the mountains, and it brought
that it really makes you feel like a kid back those priceless childhood feelings I
again that stoke and enthusiasm experienced in my youth while learning to
skateboard and snowboard.
you had when you were young just
messing around, falling all over the
How do people react when they see you
place; Jensen catches some air. riding without bindings?
I get all types of reactions when people
see me riding without bindings. In the
beginning it was mostly looks of disbelief,
head-scratching and Wow, what the hell is
that!? comments about the boards. Now
that Grassroots has been around over a de-
cade, many people have seen our films or
photos and they are stoked to see it in per-
son. Lots of hoots, hollers and high fives.
Its all been 100-percent positive from the
skiing and snowboarding communities.

Do you think binding-free snowboarding


lowers the barrier to entry for snowboard-
ing and could even help grow the sport?
Powsurfing can certainly be a less expen-
sive way to ride mountains because like
surfing, you often travel under your own
power to access the zones with the best
waves. The simplicity of it varies great-
ly on where you are riding them. Very
simple to ride local backyard hills, local
parks after a storm and the roadsides
of mountain passes, but it can get more
complicated when you want to venture
deep into the backcountry where some
of the best slopes and conditions are at.
ERIC SMITH

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FROM TOP, CLOCK-


WISE: Pro snow-
boarder Scotty Ar-
nold, who calls Utah
home along with the
Provo brothers and
Jensen, makes his way
through a landscape
dotted with snow
ghosts. The lifetime
skateboarder and
snowboarder com-
pared the experience:
Getting on a powsurf
links skateboarding
and snowboarding
together; you feel
like youre a beginner
again and if you even
make it down the hill,
its such an accom-
plishment; Ian Provo
with Old Man Winter
himself; Neil Provo
skirts the top of the
world, or at least the
top of B.C.: To come
up to a place like Mus-
tang Lodge and ride
this terrain with these
boards is just out of
this world.

LODGING GETTING THERE

WHERE
Go remote at the Mustang Fly into the Kelowna
Powder Lodge in the International Airport in
Monashee Mountains of Kelowna, B.C., and snag
British Columbia. The a car for the next leg of
haven for cat-skiers the trip to Skyline Truck

TO GO:
boasts 30,000 acres of Stop (really). This is
terrain. When youve where youll leave your
wrapped your day, soak car and, depending on
your sore muscles in the time of year, take a
the outdoor hot tub. bus, snowcat or heli to
mustangpowder.com powder heaven.

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Photos by Court Leve

BACK TO ROOTS
J.T. HOLMES, ERROL KERR
AND JONNY MOSELEY SKI
THE LINES OF THEIR YOUTH
AT SQUAW VALLEY/ALPINE
MEADOWS IN TAHOE.

A man who lives on the edge,


J.T. Holmes is a product of
Squaws programs, working
his way up to the freestyle
team before turning pro. I
feel now that since I made
it, and have got to live the
dream for so long, its my duty
to, you know, give back. He
takes his job as a role model
to the next gen seriously: Ive
got vast archives of clean
dumb jokes.

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TOP LEFT: Olympian


downhill skier Errol Kerr
(left) and pro skier J.T.
Holmes both grew up
skiing at Squaw Valley.

TOP RIGHT: Jonny Mose-


ley, narrator and Olympic
gold medalist, says its
surreal to walk in the
footsteps of his own idols
on the slopes at Squaw.
Its odd to walk around
the village and have a kid
psyched to ski with me.

RIGHT: Kerr started racing


at age 11, eventually as a
ski racer for the Jamaican
Ski Team. (Dad is Jamai-
can.) Having the amazing
opportunity to grow up
here at Squaw Valley
skiing the amazing terrain
and getting to follow
around some of the best
skiers in the world, thats
what made me the skier I
am today, Kerr says.

LODGING LOOKING BACK

WHERE
Squaw Valley/Alpine Take a break and get
Meadows, a North Lake a dose of history at
Tahoe, Calif., resort the resorts Olympic
tucked into the Sierra Museum in the High
Nevada mountains, Camp, featuring the

TO GO:
spans 6,000 skiable 1960 Winter Olympics,
acres and plenty of which took place at
powder, recording its Squaw Valley. It also
second-highest snowfall features gear from
ever last season. present-day pros like
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valley, a common sight
in a powder-filled year
at Squaw Valley/Alpine
Meadows.

LEFT: Moseley trudg-


es toward his next run.
He got his first taste of
skiing at Squaw. Born in
Puerto Rico, his family
moved to California when
he was just 3 years old
because his father missed
skiing there. He viscerally
missed being up here
in Squaw, so as soon as
we hit the mainland he
made it a priority every
weekend for us to go
skiing. That set Moseley
on a path to eventually
and famously win gold in
moguls at the 1998 Winter
Olympics in Nagano.

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Errol Kerr
Errol Kerr skied for Jamaica in the 2010
TOP: The Squaw Valley ski area recorded its second-highest snowfall ever at the resort, with Winter Olympics (though Kerr was born
728 inches in the 2016-17 season. In fact, the snow fell so hard the lifts ran through July this in the U.S., his father is Jamaican) and
year. placed ninth in ski cross. Five years later,
he still hears Cool Runnings jokes, but
BOTTOM: For Kerr, digging into the deep snow, skiing was definitely a family affair: We hes OK with that.
always say, family that skis together stays together. My grandmother made a pillow for my
grandfather that said, Old skiers never die, they just go downhill.
How much do you love telling people that
you skied well in Vancouver while repre-
senting Jamaica?
I think right after the Olympics, I was not
that excited to tell people. I thought I
could have done a lot better. Now, as the
years have gone by, my favorite thing to
do is to tell people that I am the highest
finisher from the Caribbean in the Winter
Olympics. Not only just for Jamaica,
but for all the little islands. I am looking
forward to the day that somebody picks
up where I left off and runs with it. The
Winter Olympics are coming up in a cou-
ple of months, so I dont know how long I
will keep that title.

Youre now a North Face Mountain Guide


at your home resort, Squaw Valley. What
inspired you to pursue this position?
I grew up training and racing with the
Squaw Valley Ski Team. I had the oppor-
tunity to spend all of my off-time from
training exploring the mountain. So, once
this North Face Mountain Guide Program
got put together, it seemed like a perfect
fit. I get to take people who were not
familiar with the mountain, and go show
them all my favorite nooks and crannies.

You were named Pond Skimming World


Cup Champion last year. Whats your cos-
tume advice to would-be pond skimmers?
Showing up to a Pond Skim without a cos-
tume is like showing up to a wedding in a
wife beater and jeans. You have to wear a
costume to a Pond Skim. Get creative. It
doesnt matter what you wear. Just make
sure its something funny. I personally
dont get too elaborate with costumes. I
havent brought out the cardboard, rubber
cement and duct tape yet. ERIC SMITH

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of Warren Miller were
treated to local hos-
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rough local weather
in the small village
of Lyngseidet, and
its nearby slopes, in
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FROM LEFT, CLOCKWISE: From


the top of a peak to the edge of the
sea, former Olympic ski racer Kaylin
Richardson gets a face full, thanks to
conditions rivaling those youd find in
Utah, Richardsons home state; Kevin
Giffin, Richardson and Linda Haaland
explore; Store Lenangstinden shoots
up 1,238 meters, or 4,060 feet from
sea level, making for an impressive
sight from below; Marcus Caston (far
right), local Lyngen Adventure guides
and B.C. patroller Giffin wait out a
storm (one of many during the trip)
in an old lighthouse. Im happy it
decided to clear up because it would
be such a shame to come all this way
and not see a mountain, Caston says.

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Kevin Giffin
Kevin Giffin, who has worked as ski
patrol at Fernie Alpine Resort in British
Columbia for the past 10 years, says filming
for Warren Miller alongside world-class
athletes was an opportunity of a lifetime
for a guy like me.

What got you interested in ski patrolling


and what drives you each day as ski pa-
trol director at Fernie?
Like a lot of people, I started in the indus-
try as a liftie. I loved being a liftie, but I
thought ski patrolling looked like a pretty
fun job, so after a few years I got the cer-
tifications. In my opinion, its the best job
at the resort. You put your ski boots on
in the morning when you get to work and
youre in them all day. Like any other job
at the resort, youve got to go do your
work, but half of ski patrolling is skiing.
Thats whats so awesome about it.

Whats the craziest thing youve ever


seen as a ski patroller?
There are endless stories, from antics that
happen at work to the funniest way peo-
ple have gotten hurt. Most of the crazy,
crazy things that have happened at the
resort are long gone. Between liability
and social media, a lot of those things
have gone away.

So, its not like Hot Dog...The Movie


anymore?
Well, we actually have a Hot Dog day at
Fernie and some of the most awesome
stuff that happens on the mountain hap-
pens on that day. Hundreds and hundreds
and hundreds of snowboarders and skiers
come dressed up in old-school gear. Its
incredible.

Which would be worse falling while


working ski patrol or while being filmed
for Warren Miller?
Definitely falling while working on ski
patrol. At least if I fall during a Warren
Miller shoot, maybe theyll cut it out! If
I fall in uniform, especially if its under
FROM TOP: Richardson and Caston on a mission to sample some of the fresh snow a lift, two things will happen: 1) Ill owe
above the town of Lyngseidet; pro big-mountain skier Caston soars above the Lyngen people a whole bunch of beers; 2) there
Alps. When it finally cleared, its so mind-blowing here, Caston says. Its hard to ex- will be endless ridicule Ill face in the pub
plain. Theres really nothing like it ... just how intense the beauty is. afterward. ERIC SMITH

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Theres no ride up in the Lyngen
Alps backcountry, but Kaylin
Richardson definitely reaped the
reward of her 3,000+-foot climb.
Forecasting any kind of weather
conditions you see in the future
means nothing because within 20
minutes it can totally change and
in a way thats such a gift because
it forces you to be present, Rich-
ardson says. There are few things
that make me feel more alive than
dropping onto a ridge, and all I see
is mountains and water.

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mountainsides to the seas below. Above, Caston finds solitude in one of the many couloirs found in the Troms backcountry.

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which sits in the Arctic Circle. It was really fun taking Kevin to Troms Alpinpark; its pretty different from what hes used to, Haaland says. Its
much smaller. They have a lot of people on duty all the time, and here, were like just a couple people not even there all day long.

BELOW: Haaland braves a storm while performing trail maintenance. The life of a ski patroller, while rewarding, isnt easy, something fellow patroller
Giffin knows well. I dont think theres anyone in the world that loves Norway more than she does, Giffin says. Shes the kind of person that is per-
fect as a patroller, because if you have a question, you want your picture taken, if youre injured, shes going to help you out with a big smile.

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LORDS OF THE BOARDS


THE LATEST EPIC ADVENTURES OF ROB KINGWILL AND SETH
WESCOTT TAKE THEM TO NEW ZEALANDS SOUTH ISLAND FOR
SOME OFF-SEASON SHREDDING.

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Rob Kingwill and Seth
Wescott explored the
craggy peaks of New
Zealand, with an assist
by helicopter.

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TOP: Kingwill felt a deep connection to the mountains down under. Aoraki/Mount Cook is this sacred place which represents this connection be-
tween the supernatural and the natural for the local people. When you get up there in these mountains you can feel that energy.

BOTTOM: Kingwill and Wescott track to the next line.

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ABOVE: Mt. Cook comes in at 3,724 meters, or 12,217 feet. It was where the legendary Sir Edmund Hillary prepared for his ascent of Everest.

BELOW, FROM LEFT: The distinctive red Mueller Hut (middle) is one of the most popular hut destinations in the Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park;
Kingwill and Wescott wax poetic knee-deep in powder on top of the Southern Hemisphere.

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Rob Kingwill
Wyoming native Rob Kingwill has been
filming with Warren Miller since 2000.
When hes not searching for pow, hes
running adventure accessories company
Avalon7.

Tell me how it was filming in New Zealand


for you this year.
Its in the Southern Hemisphere, so all
your friends are in board shorts and bikinis
and floating down the river trying to stay
cool, and youre experiencing this winter
wonderland. You havent snowboarded for
three months, and then youre right on top
of this huge line with big consequences
with really big snow. Overall, it was just a
really beautiful experience.

Youve been busy running Avalon7. Are


there any similarities between being an
artist/entrepreneur and being a boarder?
Snowboarding gives you an opportunity
to constantly be creating. You have to
make a thousand creative choices a day
when youre on your snowboard where
youre going to turn, how youre going to
turn, what area youre going to do. That
creative impulse and that desire to put
your mark on the world feeds into being
an artist and an entrepreneur.

Youve made a lot of bold moves in your


life. Where do you get your confidence?
Both my parents set me up for being able
to go out into the world and try whatever
I wanted to. There was a safety net there.
When you think that anything is possible,
you have the audacity to believe you
might become a pro snowboarder or that
you could start your own company. My
dad is a professional watercolor artist, so
that kind of set the tone for the possibili-
ty that I could make a living reflecting the
beauty that I see in the world on a piece
of paper or on a T-shirt. Snowboarding
has taught me that breaking free and
choosing your own path is a really cool
Two-time Olympic Snowboard Cross Champ Wescott drops into his next line. Wescott metaphor for how to live your life. When
recently entered a new stage in life, welcoming a daughter in August. I think one of the youre given that free choice and youre
real excitements for both of us is we get to teach our daughter and take her all over the about to drop in, you dont really know
world, he says. I really hope she likes to ski-tour or splitboard because we plan on doing whats going to happen on the mountain,
a lot of that ... the dream is that you get to share that with your next generation and to or in business, or even with a piece of
be able to have a life thats based in nature and be able to share all those experiences. art, but you end up figuring out a way to
work it out. ANGELA POULSON

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CLOCKWISE: Guide Trev Streat is ready to roll;
Kingwill and Wescott pause on Mt. Mary to
look out over Lake Pukaki, a glacier-fed alpine
lake in the park; Kingwill skirts a ridge. He
triggered an avalanche during the trip. Luckily
I rode out of it but for the rest of the day, we
were a lot more hyperaware and treading
lightly because when the mountains speak to
you like that, you got to listen.

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Wescott grew up mostly TV-free:


My Dad broke down and got a
TV for the Los Angeles Olympics,
but as soon as it was done, the
TV went in the attic and we were
kicked out the door.

BOTTOM: The Tasman Rivers


headwaters are in Aoraki/Mount
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Cook National Park, where it is


sustained by glacier-fed Tasman
Lake. It is a stunning feature and a
main attraction for the half-million
park visitors each year.

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JAC KS O N H O L E

Born in Austria and raised in Idaho, fierce Freeride World Tour com-
petitor Griffin Post has made Jackson Hole what he calls an iconic
mountain his home for eight years now. Post has picked up his share
of top finishes in extreme-skiing competitions and says Jackson Hole
is tops when it comes to training. Jackson is pretty unique as far as
resorts go in North America, with the variety of terrain, the steeps, the
alpine faces, the pillow lines, the powder ... it has a bit of everything,
he says. Jackson Hole really breeds just passionate skiers who love it
day in, day out.

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SNOWED IN
JACKSON HOLE, WYO., GOT HIT HARD LAST WINTER,
MAKING THE WILD WEST OF RESORTS A PLAYGROUND FOR
THE PROS THAT CALL THE REGION THEIR HOME.

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FROM TOP, CLOCKWISE: Rob Kingwill floats in the snow during


yet another dump at Jackson Hole. Kingwill built a house in Victor,
Idaho, just over the pass from the resort, about 15 years ago.
There are 1,000 things I love about Jackson. The fact that its got
4,100 vertical feet of epic pow to ride almost everyday. The peo-
ple, the culture that surrounds it. Its really this deep ski-mountain
culture that is just kind of my people; conditions were ideal (read:
powder for miles) for the crew at Jackson Hole during filming;
freeskiing champ and Jackson native Jess McMillan (above on
the aerial tram and right) skied the deepest snow of her life while
filming with Warren Miller Entertainment this year. To her, Jackson
exudes a Wild West attitude. I think its an attitude of anythings
possible and that spirit of the people and the mountains and the
animals all living together.

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WHERE
Stay at the Jackson Hole Jackson Hole boasts
Mountain Resort (fly into world-class cuisine.
Jackson Hole direct from Among the tops: Try the
12 cities), which added Snake River Grill for ultra-
the Sweetwater Gondola creative Western fare, from

TO GO:
last season, rising more sweet onion rings served
than 1,200 feet and on a branding iron to the
supporting more child- SRG Crispy Pork Shank.
friendly and beginner Wrap up your meal with
activities including a new Food Network-featured
ski-school facility. Eskimo Bars.

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Tommy Moe
Tommy Moe stunned in 1994 when he won
the gold medal in the downhill in Lilleham-
mer, Norway, by 0.04 seconds. That made
him the first U.S. male ski racer to win two
medals in the Winter Olympics (the second
being a silver in the Super G).

You have two kids that ski right alongside


you, and I hear you come from a family of
skiers yourself.
Yeah, we grew up skiing at the Big Moun-
tain Resort now its called Whitefish
Mountain Resort but we skied every
weekend in the winter time. My dad was
Olympic gold medalist and former World Cup alpine ski racer Tommy Moe isnt one more of a freeskier, and he had the full
to let good snow go to waste. You know, this is the first time Ive seen this much stretch pants with the Powderhorn jacket
snow in Jackson Hole in over 20 years here. Its like the snow banks are six feet and the pom-pom hat.
around my house and then along the road theyre 15 feet, says Moe, who has made My dad was definitely one of my idols
growing up, just because he was pretty
Jackson his home. Its so unprecedented, and a tough problem to have, tough prob-
motivated to keep us out in the mountains.
lem. Moes daughter Taylor is 9 and daughter Taryn is 7 (below). They pretty much
He actually let us skip school to ski powder
rip now. Its not going to be long before Im trying to keep up with them. It means on certain days, so that was pretty special.
everything to Moe that his daughters dig the snow: Its just magic to see them share
the same love that I have for skiing. Theyre looking for every jump and Im the one What does it mean to you to pass down
thats telling them to slow down. Youre making me really nervous out here. that love of skiing to your daughters?
Taylors 9 and little Taryns 7. Its a blast. Its
like full circle now seeing them ski down
the mountain. Theyre doing some racing
on the weekends, and its pretty exciting
to live through their eyes watching them
ski racing. And then they also do a lot of
freeskiing and stuff, so its like now I know
what I put my dad through.

Now youre an ambassador at Jackson


Hole Mountain Resort, and you co-own
Tordrillo Mountain Lodge in Alaska. What
is it like owning your own heli-skiing ad-
venture operation?
Oh, its great. Mike Overcast and I started it
in 2004. We initially started skiing out there
I think it was in 1997, so we were some of
the first skiers in the mountain range.
Over the years weve learned a lot and
figured out new ski terrain, and then also
managing guests and keeping them safe
because Alaska ... its a dangerous place.
The biggest thing I tell people is to take an
avalanche course and go with people who
have knowledge of some of the terrain. The
mountains win every time. They dont care
if youre in the wrong place at the wrong
time. LINDSAY KONZAK

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BLOWN AWAY
TYLER CECCANTI, JULIAN CARR AND COLLIN COLLINS
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WESTERN MONTANAS GLACIER COUNTRY.

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Warren Millers return to Western Mon-
tanas Glacier Country meant pro skier
Tyler Ceccanti got to dive head first into
an area he named the mecca. During
last years filming, they got just an hour
there. Its got so many unbelievable
features that you dont get to see often
on one hill, he says. You got pillows,
cliffs, couloirs, everything. Its just con-
densed into this one massive area.

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up (Im like, Im going to put it to


Keith.), Ceccanti says snowmobiler
Keith Curtis (left) was unstoppable.
I usually ended up getting stuck,
and he has to loop back around
behind me and help me get unstuck,
Ceccanti says. Fellow skier Julian Carr,
known for big air, calls Curtis the
Michael Jordan of snowmobiling.

BELOW: Curtis, Director Chris Patter-


son, Julian Carr, Ceccanti and, in the
hole, Collins, dig a snow pit to assess
avalanche conditions.

LODGING GETTING THERE

WHERE
Stay at the Double Arrow Make your trip by plane,
Lodge in the Seeley Swan train or automobile.
Valley for the best access Amtrak will take you into
to Montana backcountry Whitefish, about a two-hour
rich with thick forests and drive. Or fly into Missoula

TO GO:
deep powder. Catch views International, your closest
of the Mission Mountains airport, about a one-hour
to the west and the Swan drive from the lodge.
Mountains to the east. The lodge sits between
doublearrowresort.com Glacier National Park and
Yellowstone.

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&
A

Tyler Ceccanti
Last winter was a transformational one
for Pacific Northwest native Tyler Cec-
canti, whose engagement to girlfriend
Elise helped take away the sting of a
season-ending ACL injury.

What was the highlight of last season?


Highlight last winter is 100 percent pro-
posing to my girlfriend Elise. I did it at my
home mountain on Dec. 31. I told her the
mountain wanted us to do a photoshoot for
some ads. We took the gondola up early
before the public, and it just so happened
it was a bluebird morning. My good buddy
and photographer Ian Coble was along for
the photo shoot to document. Popped
the question with Rainier in the back-
ground. She was completely surprised and
then we drank champagne and skied the
rest of the day. Was a perfect day.

What do you love most about your home


resort, Crystal Mountain (Washington), and
is it always good to come back and make
some turns there after traveling the world?
I love it because I know every rock, tree,
jump there on that mountain. Its also spe-
cial because my family and extended family
all have cabins right at the base. So we all
get to ski together and catch up. I feel like
Crystal is really underrated when it comes
to the terrain. We have so much to cover in
all skill levels, and I love exploring home.

Youve accomplished a lot in your career;


what are you most proud of and whats
your next goal?
I am most proud of my continued pres-
ence in the Warren Miller movies. After
the first I worked hard to prove myself
and keep pushing to be in the next film
and offer something different for the
audience. Now I am in my seventh film and
Collins launches into a pillow of powder. Montana holds a special place in the Idaho pushing for my eighth. But this years goal
COURTESY OF K2 SKIS

is returning from my knee injury. I blew


natives heart: No matter how much time I spend up here, youre always going to
my ACL filming last year in February; it
find a new back road into a new place youve never seen before. You can think youve
was a really odd accident. This is my first
scratched every bit of Montana, and you really havent scratched the surface. Howev- season-ending injury, let alone first knee
er eager the guys were to get back to Montanas backcountry for this years film, they issue. So I have taken my PT very serious
played it safe. These are big zones, big terrain and weve lucked out with having safe and actually recovered very fast. This knee
conditions. We warmed up slowly, didnt get onto the biggest stuff right away. We made wont slow me down one bit come winter,
sure we were feeling it, and the snow conditions were right, Collins says. and I will be ready. ERIC SMITH

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A FAMILY AFFAIR
SNOWBOARDING SIBLINGS TAYLOR AND
ARIELLE GOLD TEAR IT UP IN THEIR HOMETOWN
OF STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, COLO.

Steamboat Springs natives and


champion snowboard siblings
Taylor Gold (shown) and his
sister Arielle have both excelled
at the sport. Taylor competed in
the Olympic halfpipe, and Arielle
won the FIS Junior Snowboarding
Championship at the age of 15.

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TOP: Taylor Gold goes big at the Steamboat Springs Resort halfpipe.
Taylor was in his first Warren Miller film when he was 13 at Mammoth
Mountain in California. I didnt really know what Warren Miller was so it
was pretty cool to be a part of any movie, he says. To go in the theater
and realize how big a deal it actually is was really crazy.

RIGHT: Now thats love: Alec Parker, who grooms the runs at Steam-
boat, was drawn to the Colorado village to snowboard. Ive based every
big decision in my life around snowboarding, he says. And for good
reason. It makes me happy. And grooming makes me happy. I love what
I do.

BELOW: When the runs close, the groomers emerge, proving that good
corduroy is made, not born.

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FROM TOP: Getting her time in
the spotlight, junior FIS world-
champ snowboarder Arielle Gold
reminisces with Director Chris
Patterson and proves shes just like
us. Kind of. The first time I tried
snowboarding I completely hated
it. I fell every single run, came
home every day and was like,
theres no way Im going back up
there. And then I kept doing it and
got a lot better. When I was prob-
ably about 14 or 15, that was when
I first started realizing snowboard-
ing was something that I could do
for a living. Just starting to be able
to compete with the older girls
was definitely a big moment for
me. She names her brother as one
of her biggest influences; below,
Taylor, Arielle and Patterson scout
Steamboats halfpipe.

LODGING I WEAR MY
SUNGLASSES ...

WHERE
Steamboat Springs Resort is
a little off the beaten path The resort offers night
in the Yampa Valley in North skiing five nights a week on
Central Colorado. (You can fly five trails from the top of
direct or drive up. If you dont 8,000-foot Christie Peak.

TO GO:
mind the detour, you can New to skiing or boarding?
even avoid the notorious I-70 Take lessons under the
traffic by heading north on stars, and when youre
Highway 14.) Enjoy a mix of done, have a night cap
terrain at this family-friendly next to a fireplace at the
resort. steamboat.com Umbrella Bar.

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HIDDEN GEM
LEXI DUPONT, AMIE ENGERBRETSON AND MCKENNA PETERSON TAKE
IN VAL DISRE, A VILLAGE STEEPED IN SKI HISTORY AND TUCKED
INTO A VALLEY IN THE FRENCH ALPS.

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McKenna Peterson, fisherman by summer
and pro skier by winter, weaves her way
down the chute. Peterson and the gals re-
united in this years film, exploring Val dIsre
in southeastern France. Val dIsres past is
skiing; it hosted the alpine-skiing events for
the 1992 Albertville Winter Olympics. And
triple Olympic ski-racing champion Jean-
Claude Killy grew up there after his family
relocated to the valley after World War II.
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ABOVE: Peterson,
Amie Engerbretson
and Lexi duPont get
ready to take off on
a speedriding adven-
ture with their guides
(in orange).

RIGHT: Val dIsre


and its neighbor
Tignes offer seem-
ingly neverending
runs connected by
a system of lifts,
gondolas, trams and
rope tows, to lay
down tracks.

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This was pro
big-mountain skier
duPonts first time
skiing in France.
Its really cool to
be in this really old
town where you can
just feel the history
of skiing and ski
racing.

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A
FR A NC E

Lexi duPont
When Lexi duPont isnt traveling the
globe for competition or film shoots, she
lives in a 500-square-foot geodesic dome
in Sun Valley, Idaho.

Where, when and how did your skiing


addiction begin, and how do you cope
when you cant ski?
My skiing addiction began at the young
age of 2 years old. Oh, wait, I may be
confusing those early childhood feelings
with Sour Patch Kids bribes on the chair
lift. I always say if it wasnt for candy and
hot chocolate when I was first learning
to shred, then I would probably be living
a very different lifestyle. Thank you,
sugar! When I cant ski I am constantly
searching for adventure. Surfing, biking,
hiking, climbing. The winters are almost
the easiest because I dont have to think
ABOVE: duPont, a
about what Im going to do every day.
Freeride World Tour Eat-ski-sleep is my favorite routine.
contender, takes to
the air with a round of Youre a member of the Protect Our
speedriding, a combo of Winters Riders Alliance. Do you feel you
paragliding and skiing. have a unique platform for promoting en-
vironmental stewardship, and why is that
RIGHT: Ta-da! Engerbret- important for you and for the sport?
Oooooo yeaaaah! We see the effect of
son finishes her flight
climate change every winter no matter
with a smile.
where we are in the world. As athletes,
we also have a following and a tight com-
munity to communicate these truths with.
I am honored to be a part of POW and
to speak for Mother Earth. Im actually
making a short film called LOVE to Your
Mother to do just that speak up for our
home and precious resources.

What drove you to pursue your pilots


license and how does the thrill of flying
compare to the adrenaline rush of skiing?
I come from a long line of well accom-
plished aviators, so I guess you can say it
runs deep in my veins. It requires a huge
amount of dedication and discipline but
the euphoric feeling of flying an airplane
all on your own is soooo worth it. When
Im driving to the airport Im blasting
music and getting super fired up, just like
I do when I drive to the hill on a pow day.
ERIC SMITH

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ABOVE: Engerbretson, duPont and Peterson explore the village of Val dIsre (and its furry friends). Jean-Claude Killy is really the reason that the
heart of Val dIsre is still so alive and well, Engerbretson says. He really did a lot to put Val dIsre on the map, and make it more than just a ski hill
its a ski destination its an epicenter of ski lifestyle here.

BELOW: Ties run deep for these three, all of whose parents skied professionally. Its really nice to be able to travel together, duPont says. Living on
that legacy, and to come to a place where legacy is so embedded in the core of this community, you just feel really connected to that.

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Engerbretson enjoys the ride down, embracing the vibe of the region. When youre skiing the Alps, its less about bagging laps and seeing how
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STEEP & DEEP


TYLER PETERSON AND
GEORGE RODNEY ARE
TREATED TO A NO-FRILLS,
EXPERT-ONLY EXPERIENCE
AT SILVERTON MOUNTAIN
IN COLORADO.

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ing operation took the Warren Miller athletes
far and deep into the backcountry for a unique
ski experience. Theres no condos, theres no
hotels, and for that matter theres no running
water, co-founder Aaron Brill says. The entire
focus is on the quality of the ski experience. Its
all about the interaction with the mountains and
the snow.

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FROM TOP LEFT,


CLOCKWISE: Pro
freeskiers George
Rodney (left) and
Tyler Peterson (right)
break after exploring
the Silverton back-
country by heli; Pe-
terson hit the terrain
hard. You really need
to trust your guide;
the guide knows the
snow conditions, and
theyre going to take
you to really good
spots. Youre going to
be able to really take
in the experience, he
says; a well-deserved
happy hour with
Silverton Mountain
co-owner Jenny Brill
(middle); Rodney,
deep in powder, drank
in the extreme experi-
ence in Colorados San
Juan Mountains: Ive
hit some of the lon-
gest, steepest, most
untracked powder Ive
ever skied in my life
here.

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George Rodney
Freeskier George Rodney won the Freeride
World Tour on his first try, quickly making a
name for himself at age 21.

You started off in ski racing. How did you


make that move to big mountain?
I started ski racing in Aspen, and when I
started to get more competitive, joined
Team Summit for my first two years of high
school. Then my sophomore year, I joined
the Winter Sports School in Park City. I
kind of found myself hanging out with all
the freestyle skiers and snowboarders
thats who I gravitated toward and thats
who all my friends were. I found out that
there was actually a structured youth pro-
gram and circuit for big-mountain skiing.
It was the perfect fit. And then I found
out about my first big-mountain compe-
tition in Red Mountain, B.C. Really had no
idea what I was doing, just signed up for it.
I pretty much treated it like a ski race, you
know, doing drills before my run and just
acting like a ski racer. I ended up winning
that competition, and that was the begin-
ning of it all.

Fast forward to 2015: Youre the champ


in the Freeride World Tour in your rookie
season. How did that feel?
It was a dream come true. It was kind of
surreal, and it definitely changed my life.
But after I accomplished that goal, I had
to take a step back and be like, well now
what? My other goal had been to film for a
major production company, so when I got
the call to come and do a Warren Miller
shoot, that was another goal checked off.

What was the film experience like?


It was a different deal than a competition.
We had a vague idea of where we were try-
ing to go, and then wed get dropped off
there. Then wed realize the snow wasnt
what we wanted, and get a quick bump
to the peak right next to it, but we hadnt
really looked at that. Then youre dropping
blind. I had the time of my life. We had a
small and committed crew that knew what
they were doing, and our weather and the
snow pack were unbeatable. It made for a
special time. LINDSAY KONZAK

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FROM TOP: Skijoring, like waterskiing but with


a horse and on snow, is a tradition in the small
town of Silverton. Each year, Silverton hosts
its Annual Skijoring Race, swelling the town
by more than 2,000 guests at the most recent
event; Rodney and Peterson kick back, a rest
well-earned.

NO FRILLS LODGING

WHERE
An idea conceived in 1999 Theres no lodging at
by Aaron and Jenny Brill, Silverton Mountain,
the one-lift, mostly-guided so stay in the recently
Silverton Mountain was restored historic
built over several years Grand Imperial Hotel

TO GO:
near the old mining in town. Its owned
town on a passion for by the proprietors of
out-of-bounds powder. the beautiful Durango
Book your adventure at & Silverton Narrow
silvertonmountain.com. Gauge Railroad.
grandimperialhotel.com

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ROAD TRIP
MICHAEL BIRD SHAFFER AND KALEN THORIEN GO ON A
SPRING PILGRAMAGE DOWN THE BEARTOOTH HIGHWAY
AND THE SKI LINES THAT DOT IT.

Michael Bird Shaffer


and Kalen Thorien
rode Ducati Multistra-
da 950 motorcycles
for the 70-mile route,
which winds through
Wyoming, Montana
and into Yellowstone.

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FROM TOP, CLOCKWISE: Shaffer and Thorien ruminate on life on the road outside their base camp; when Beartooth Pass opens in the spring, skiers like
Thorien (shown) head out in search of the best lines in the backcountry. The highway passes through a million-plus-acre wilderness, bordered by the
Custer, Galatin and Shoshone national forests; Shaffer leads the way as the two get a good dose of touring to find the next best snow; the two set up shop
with their VW-pulled Airstream, and went in search of pow in one of the most rugged landscapes in the country.

GETTING THERE LODGING

WHERE
Experience Beartooth If youre starting up north,
Pass on four or two wheels fuel up at Historic Yodeler
(like Thorien and Shaffers Motel (yodelermotel.
Ducatis). The road passes com) in Red Lodge,
by 20 peaks that each Mont. Or camp out in

TO GO:
reach over 12,000 feet. your Airstream as you
To finish in Yellowstone, adventure out in search for
start in Red Lodge, Mont., the perfect spring run.
accessible from I-90 in
the south of Montana.
beartoothhighway.com

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Speedriding a combination of paragliding and skiing lets Shaffer go where no skier typically can. Shaffer spends part of the year in Chamonix, France,
largely considered the home of speedriding. Thorien was in awe of Shaffers control: Hes speed-flying and doing things that are making me, you know,
turn into my Mom. Yet, everything was perfectly controlled; he wasnt doing anything that was out of his control, out of his element, she says. To us it
was a little intense to watch, but it was beautiful because he has this personality, he is the Bird and to watch him fly, its just the whole 360, everything
comes together, and his personality, and his activities and his passions and love, it all accumulates into this moment, and its amazing.

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Kalen Thorien
Life on the road gives skier and adventur-
er Kalen Thorien the freedom to combine
her passions of riding motorcycles in the
morning, making turns all day and bunk-
ing down in her trailer at night.

How do you incorporate adventure into


your life?
Adventure is so important to me that Ive
actually shaped my life around it. I live
on the road in a trailer, so Im surrounded
ABOVE: Shaffer embraces the wild side of the mountain. by opportunities to get outside and to
explore and to get myself into new places
BELOW: Shaffer and Thorien get lost in the vastness that is the wilderness along the and new situations. Its never a week-
Beartooth Highway. You come up here and you start riding in the mountains and you do end-warrior-type of thing for me. Im so
have to ask yourself, Who the heck decided to put a road here? Thorien says. Its a little obsessed with adventure that its become
absurd, but you start traveling up it, and youre so thankful the entire time that someone did a lifestyle I can pursue on a daily basis.

because its absolutely breathtaking.
How do skiing and riding motorcycles
compare?
For me riding a motorcycle is about as
close to skiing as Ive ever come. You get
that same excitement as you would skiing
the adrenaline and enjoyment are just
constant. Imagine your favorite ski run
and your favorite motorcycle road. You
get the twists and turns and the curves
and youre going fast or slow or whatever
but youre having a great time and then
repeat and repeat and repeat and repeat.
It just keeps going, it never stops.

What do you look forward to most when
fall turns into winter?
One thing thats really special about win-
ter and skiing is that regardless of your
age, whether youre 6 years old or 70
years old, those same feelings and that
same excitement is locked into your soul.
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5 TIPS TO ELEVATE YOUR VIDEO GAME


HAVING SHOT FOR MORE THAN 200 spective. Finding multiple angles to shoot 5. Stay organized! Organize your media
WARREN MILLER AND OTHER ACTION- from makes creating video more challeng- on your hard drive every day you shoot.
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