The Wild One herself is at it again. House Rider Alex Taran (@alex_taran), our very own skiing version of Patti Smith, is by far the gnarliest chica on two planks on any side of the Mississippi. This past March while California’s winter drought was sucking up the passion from “normal” skiers, Alex ventured deep into the Sierra backcountry to chase winter down. Along with her was everybody’s favorite skiing vegan, David “Cruchy Granola” Steele (@davidpowdersteele). The duo had to constantly change plans and routes due to adverse weather, bulletproof snow, road closures, and every other curve ball under the sun life offers up when a mission is in progress. Hardship? Ha, no way. These two rolled with the punches and ski’d some killer lines including “Hole In The Wall” by Mammoth Lakes. The trip was so much fun in fact that it was hard to control bodily functions…they don’t call her Sh*tshow for nothin’.
Hole In The Wall
Alex Taran jump tunin’ on bulletproof inthe middle of Hole In The Wall
Oooopsie…too much fun
Keri Herman grew up in Bloomington, MN, moved out to Colorado for college, and blew up on the international freeskiing scene. She was fortunate enough to represent the Stars and Stripes in Sochi this winter. EpicTV gave the tater tot casserole loving aerialist a GoPro and let her go wild. What she recorded in her video diary, entitled Rise and Shine, is one of a kind and pretty darn hilarious. She even captures House Team Rider and Women’s Halfpipe Gold Medalist Kaitlyn Farrington spilling coffee on her white Team USA pants. Look for cameos from fashionably confused Nick Goepper, a strutting Devin Logan, a sleepy Joss Christensen and Gus Kenworthy, and more by clicking READ MORE below.
Check out the ski that got Keri to the Olympics here!
Oops…House Team Rider Kaitlyn Farrington spills a cup-a-joe on some special pants…
House Rider Garrett Russell is joined by his compadres/teammates from LINE to shred some Spring laps and practice his best impression of Brad Pitt in a River Runs Through It. GFunk swaps his fly fishing vest and waders for Full Tilt Boots and LINE Skis in order to style out some park laps this past week at Mammoth Mountain. Garrett’s Spring has been super busy and ski-focused. He has slayed Mammoth, chased winter into the backcountry, will be heading to Woodward at Copper with LINE on June 15th, and then to Bariloche, Argentina for another season with SASS Global Travel. The man is a traveling ski wilbury. We are lucky enough to get to go along for the ride. Keep it locked with The House for updates on Garrett’s ski-ventures this summer. He never stops #chasingwinter! Read More
Here is the latest and greatest from our chica loca, Team Rider Alex Taran. Original blog posted at http://www.alexandrataran.com/.
Sunday, April 27, 2014. The day was windy and cold, dreary and grey. Rain fell from the glum skies like the tears of a dejected wallflower at his first incredibly awkward high school dance. The Twin Cities were a morose Midwestern scene. Soggy skiers meandered through “The Land of 10,000 Lakes” looking for a ray of sunshine, for a spotlight of inspiration, for hope. They need look no further than the iconic beacon of light that boldly adorns my upper lip–my crumb catcher, my mouth brow, my ode to Tom Selleck (who is also my spirit animal)–the famed PaddyO mustache. In a completely unrelated story, Minnesota native and Olympic Champion Lindsey Vonn traveled back to her hometown to visit with media and fans alike.
Vonn, the Minnesnowta Maiden herself, returned to Minneapolis as part of her Vail Resorts ambassadorship in promotion of Afton Alps and the Epic Pass. Afton just finished its first epic season under the Vail Banner and what a season it was! Ten million dollars in improvements included ticket office redesign, a brand new park, massive snowmaking upgrades, and customer service improvements. The Blonde Bomber met with fans, graciously signing autographs and slapping 5 with young ski racers.
Linz (that’s what she likes me to call her) sat and answered benign questions from mundane news folk, questions she has been asked millions of times before and will surely be asked millions of times in the future. I could see in her eyes she yearned for another meaningful conversation with me. A conversation about tater tot casserole, Olympic Ski Racer leg wrestling and dance fighting, the Minnesnowta nasal dialect, and other subjects of consequence. I swooped in like a freedom hawk and rescued her as a knight saves a damsel, as Prince Eric saved Ariel.
As part of her physical training to rehab her recent knee injury, Vonn carried me a la “Officer and a Gentleman” over to the fireside setting that would serve as our interview locale. As the hearth warmed our souls and the mantle held our hearts, I got to the bottom of things. Once again two hearts became one, once again the deep connection was made, once again “the greatest interview to ever occur” occurred…but do not fret. When I win my Emmy or Grammy or whatever it is that journalists win, I won’t forget the public. PaddyO is a man of the people, for the people…a man of action! Read More
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