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A season of competitions

All or nothing

by AlexHooftman on 27 November 2014

The first official powderalert has past. On local places 5 meters of fresh snow has fallen, the winterthoughts won't go away and the preparations for the next season are on.

PA #1: Earn your turns

The Gotthard region

by meteomorris on 26 November 2014

Willem = stoked

William and Ivar drove to the Alps this weekend in search for some powder. And because a lot of lifts on Friday were still closed and splitboarding is in their DNA, they decided to the Oberalp Pass and go earn their turns. And they had a great time as we can see in the video. 

Forecast

PA#2: Snow again for the Piemonte

Snow for the southwest again!

by meteomorris on 25 November 2014

Last weekend it was pretty good in the Alps. Lots of fresh snow and beautiful weather made sure that the local reports trickled in. The snow cover has grown a lot the last couple of weeks and you can find a closed snow cover at a lot of places above 2000-2200 meters. This gives this winter a beautiful and promising start. Well, if you love the lower mountain ranges in Austria (such as the Salzburgerland and the eastern parts of Tirol) you'll have to wait a bit longer, but the rest of the Alps is ready for winter.

Bad news however is the report of a victim in Switzerland. Reportedly, on Thursday, November 20th a hiker got hit by an avalanche, that dragged him down and where he deceased because of his injuries as a result of his fall. It is still unclear whether the man was pushed over by an avalanche, or slipped and then caused a small avalanche. Anyway sad news and let's hope this will be last deadly victim of an avalanche (at least for a while).

Amazing pillow line

by Arjen on 25 November 2014

In mid January of 2014 an arctic cold front set in over British Columbia, along with blue skies for the rest of the month. With a stable snowpack and good pow high up, the options for snowboarding seemed endless. It's not too often that you get to hike up and ride down just about anywhere with little concern for avalanches. Neil Provo had been eying up this pillow line for over a year and it was the perfect time to give it a try.

Will Jackways Interpretation

by Arjen on 25 November 2014

Will Jackways is a humble, honest human being that has a positive impact on anyone who meets him on his path through life. This short film is an insight into Wills Interpretation of how to live. Shot entirely in the Southern Lakes Region, New Zealand.

Gear

Review: Black Diamond Factor MX

by dr.Gear on 24 November 2014

Black Diamond Factor MX

Ski boots are just about the two most important elements of your equipment. And Dr. Gear knows best, because he has already worn out quite a number of boots. While some riders have a quiver of skis and they can ride a different ski every day of the week, it's different with ski boots. If it fits and functioning properly, then there's no reason to change. Anyway, even Dr. Gear keeps his eyes and ears open, of course, and watch what is happening in the market. Dr. Gear might be old, but certainly not stuck.

The Powder Pilgrimage

by Arjen on 24 November 2014

On January 1, 2014 Joey Howell departed Salt Lake City with his friend and touring partner, James. They had saved up money, winterized the camper, and packed their gear. The next half a year took them across the northwest, through British Columbia and up to Alaska. The Powder Pilgrimage was the trip of a lifetime, but it will not be their only one.

Pragelato becomes freeride area!

by Arjen on 21 November 2014

Pragelato, the area at the edge of the Via Lattea in Italy, becomes a freeride area. At least, the area calls itself not a ski area anymore, but a mountain (Natural Terrain) where you can do all sorts of activities and freeriding is called very explicitly. The area is accessible by two lifts.

The Shadow Campaign

by Arjen on 20 November 2014

Midway through a dry season, with scraggly trees, icy slopes, and hardly any base, Mount Baker suddenly finds itself consumed by the chaos of the year' biggest storm-- unleashing several feet of snow every night for ten straight days. Plows work around the clock to keep order, but still the ditches fill with battered cars fallen victim to the heavy drifts.

Live from the French Southern Alps

by meteomorris on 20 November 2014

Mountain guides Martijn Schell and Francois Lomboard of Powderguides were skiing in the French Southern Alps yesterday. With lifts still closed they had to skin up to earn their turns. It's a dirty job, but someboday has to do it! 

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