Showing posts from March, 2013

Becoming the All-Terrain Human

 Kilian Jornet Burgada is the most dominating endurance athlete of his generation. In just eight years, Jornet has won more than 80 races, claimed some 16 titles and set at least a dozen speed records, many of them in distances that would require the rest of us to purchase an airplane ticket. He has run across entire landmasses­ (Corsica) and mountain ranges (the Pyrenees), nearly without pause. He regularly runs all day eating only wild berries and drinking only from streams. On summer mornings he will set off from his apartment door at the foot of Mont Blanc and run nearly two and a half vertical miles up to Europe’s roof — over cracked glaciers, past Gore-Tex’d climbers, into the thin air at 15,781 feet — and back home again in less than seven hours, a trip that mountaineers can spend days to complete. A few years ago Jornet ran the 165-mile Tahoe Rim Trail and stopped just twice to sleep on the ground for a total of about 90 minutes. In the middle of the night he

Where Them Girls At?

This story appeared in the September PowderMag 2012 issue. The most male-dominated corner of the ski industry isn’t the park or the bar at the Peruvian. It’s ski engineering. Women’s skis, the ones with the turquoise and purple topsheets, the lady-specific flex pattern, and the mounting point set for child-bearing hips, are all engineered and designed by dudes. According to SnowSports Industries of America, women-specific gear makes up 28 percent of the products bought in the ski industry, and 41 percent of skiers are women. Despite the significant female footprint in the sport, ski engineering is dominated by men. A few brands, like K2 and Salomon, have women in lab testing, product marketing, or graphic design, but no major company has a female ski engineer or designer. Read on...

Super Tramp

New trampolines are pushing athletes to do bigger tricks, but are they making skiing lose its style? by: Powder Magazine published: March 11, 2013  Super tramp, Michigan. PHOTO: TRAMP SQUARED Words: Olivia Dwyer Last spring, two Woodward at Copper employees traveled to Grand Rapids, Michigan, to test a trampoline the sports camp had bought for its Colorado facility. They sessioned the 14×14-foot bed of the tramp. “This thing’s sick,” one of them said. His co-worker turned to Paul Hagan, the 51-year-old gymnastics coach who wove the trampoline by hand, and explained: “That means he really likes it.” He’s not alone. Woodward Tahoe also installed one of the 14×14 trampolines made by Hagan’s company, Tramp Squared, and Sammy Carlson put one in his backyard. North of the border, Dave Ross, coach of the Canadian trampoline team, designed a similar 10×20-foot trampoline and helped Canadian freeskiers with aerial tips. Now, one of Ross’s trampo

Early season powder in Morzine with Salomon

Early season powder in Morzine/Avoriaz with the Salomon Snowboards UK team Words: Sam at Whilelines Photos: Sam/James Fuller It’s with the giddy excitement of a 6 year old kid at a Barney the Dinosaur show that I hand over my boarding pass at the gate at Heathrow and amble aboard a plane bound for Geneva. UK summers are far too long and depressing for us snowboarders and try as you might to make the most of its wet unpredictability there’s no avoiding the long, drawn-out and overly graphic daydreams of stepping out into cool, crisp air, zipping your jacket all the way to the top, and floating weightlessly down naturally sculpted white landscapes. It would be downright wrong if your first trip of the season failed to rouse that kind of excitement.  Read on...

2014 Snowboard Boots Highlights

Check out the second installment of onboards preview of the finest in snowboard footwear set to drop next season.  Peep what Vans, Deeluxe, ThirtyTwo and Nike are cooking for next season, and have a gander at part 1 for more sick snow kicks .

British ski hosts banned by French court

A court in France has ruled that British Tour companies are not allowed use ski hosts to show clients round the slopes. It believes skier safety is compromsied. It is a test case and all ski hosting in France is now banned. The British are appealing. Tour operator ski hosts offer their guests a service by taking them round the slopes on orientation tours of the resorts. It introduces them to the slopes and is as much social as anything else. No instruction is given and the guests are not taken off piste or on difficult runs. On Monday a court in Albertville has now banned the practice saying it breaks French law where leaders of organised groups on the ski slopes have to be qualified ski or snowboard instructors. Read on...