Alex Taran is Skiing Where?!

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House Team Rider Headed to Ski a Volcano

Alex Taran is no stranger to skiing in exotic and extreme places. While the rest of us enjoy summer bike rides and swimming holes, her summer months are spent down south chasing winter in Argentina and Chile. Alex shreds The Andes as a Ski Guide for CASA Tours and teaches avalanche courses for the South American Beacon Project. Her North American Winter finds Alex on the prowl for pow all over the west; Ski Patrolling in Snowbird, crushing Squaw, exploring Jackson, getting weird in Colorado, and everywhere inbetween. She is very proud of the fact that her home is wherever her truck is parked, a very typical sentiment from the Tolkienian heart in all true ski bums. However, this ski yogi has philanthropy, entrepreneurism, and extreme ambition that matches her skiing skills. Taran is headed to the Aleutian Islands, in the middle of the Bering Sea to ski the Vsevidof Volcano. Yes, a volcano. The symmetrical cone summit rises in stark contrast to its surroundings. It is steep, filled with collapsed craters, and is the highest point on Umnak Island. Though it’s last eruption was caused by an earthquake on March 9, 1957, the only fire water Alex will be around is the whiskey she shares with fishermen in Nikolski, AK. Keep it locked with The House for updates on Alex Taran’s incredible adventure and look for this featured story in Powder Magazine coming later this year. Read More

Ian McIntosh’s Season Edit

Freeskier Battles Injury to Hammer a Huge Season

Ian McIntosh is one of today’s most talented Big Mountain Freeskiers. He is fast, big, and technical. In 2011, McIntosh suffered a season ending injury while filming with Teton Gravity Research in Alaska. Due to the extent of the trauma to his femur, the 2012 season was also lost. After persistent physical therapy, McIntosh came back to slay the dragon on mountains with sheer and craggy faces, only to suffer yet another injury. This time suffering a broken ankle, the Freeskier known for his strength and burliness seemed to be breaking down. Yet like the phoenix rises from the ash, McIntosh resurrected his 2013/2014 Ski Season and laid down some of the biggest lines of his life. His technicality and extreme athleticism showcased in these lines is matched in his persistence, determination, and resilience.

 

Ian McIntosh’s Tools for Big Mountain Shredding:

The Volkl Shiro

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The Marker Jester Pro

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If you are looking for a good touring binding to go with The Volkl Shiro check out The Marker Duke.

Nine Knights Comp

Greatest Freestyle Course Sees Insane Action

Mottolino Fun Mountain in Livigno, Italy was the sight for Friday April 4th’s insane competition on the gargantuan Nine Knights Course. This is some of the biggest, most technical, scariest, and jaw dropping competition skiing to be caught on film. The entire field of skiers went higher, harder, bigger, and faster than most dare to event think about. The massive Nine Knights castle was under siege from twenty invited freeskiers. The group was whittled down to an eight man final, which became one of  the most creative and innovative  sessions all season. Sweden’s Oscar Wester took first place with a triple cork 1620 and switch 1440, leaving 17 year-old Swiss skier Luca Schuler in second place and fellow countryman Jesper Tjäder in third. Watch the competition shredit and see what it takes to boost 100ft features with style and ease.

 

Check out an in depth reveal of the course in this Course Preview with Olympic Gold Medalist David Wise.

Garrett Russell Slays Mammoth

House Team Rider Finally Gets A Storm

California has had a less than stellar winter. Drought conditions, even fire warnings, have persisted through this atypical ski season. Three years ago, the Sierras saw so much snow roofs were caving in and towns looked like they were swallowed by Ullr himself. The 2013/2014 ski season has been sparse at the very best. But just as the season enters it’s twilight stage and the yearning and downtrodden skier looks toward their summer passions to renew the soul, Mother Nature delivers an enormous white, fluffy gift. House Team Rider, Garrett Russell, was captured in his pursuit of the Cali cold smoke face shot at the end of March. Garrett has just returned to South Lake Tahoe following his snow filled adventures in Japan, Korea, and Salt Lake City with LINE Traveling Circus. After spending most of the winter as a painter with no canvas, Garrett’s last 4 weeks have been epic. It seems rather fitting. If there is anyone who deserves a storm and an increase of the stoke meter, it is the omni-stoked Garrett Russell.

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Full Tilt Ski Boots

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Scot Schmidt Has Still Got It

Freeski Pioneer Slays at 52

Salomon Freeski TV’s newest episode follows the Father of Freeskiing, the legendary Scot Schmidt. First bursting onto the ski-lebrity scene following the1987 release of Greg Stump’s “The Blizzard of Aahhh’s,” Schmidt became one of the first skiers to gain recognition and admiration without every competing in the World Cup Racing Tour. Very simply, Schmidt invented a genre and gave life to a future in the skiing world that was otherwise nonexistent. Every skier today is forever indebted to what Scot Schmidt unknowingly did by going out and getting radical. And as it turns out, he still can.

Best Quotes From The Episode:

“You’ve got to be really good at processing fear and anxiety and understanding where that fine line is with your ability and courage…it’s a real game.”

“There’s always a risk in meeting one of your heros. People tend to build people up into what they want them to be…Scot Schmidt is still a skiers skier. He lives in a cabin on the side of a mountain and pretty mush skis every day, all winter long.”

“I’ve been a man without a mountain for a long time. Now, I’m slopeside, living in a cabin, and skiing every day– getting my passion back.”

SNEAK PEEK AT SALOMON’S 2015 LINE