KONNICHIWA! House Team Rider Garrett Russell joined LINE Traveling Circus for their 5,000 mile journey to Japan. Highlights of the trip: Ramen (lots and lots of Ramen), Monkeys, the smell of foreigners, friendship…oh yeah, and some pretty sick skiing. Check out Garrett and The TC Crew’s shred sesh and creativity on the big island!
No words are needed to explain why this is a must see. Enjoy this clip of powder skiing in Hakkaido, Japan with SASS Global Travel. This is the same guiding company that House Team Rider Garrett Russell works for. Seems like Garrett’s got the right idea… Read More
I was at the SnowSports Industries of America Trade Show (SIA 2014), talking with my boss about the next ski to check out when I caught a flash of hot pink from the corner of my eye. Startled, I turned and there I saw him, the legendary mohawked and freewheeling Glen Plake. My jaw dropped, I raised my hand and pointed while blurting out “Holy Sh*t! That’s Glen Plake!” After composing myself for a few minutes, allowing His Radness to converse with his friends, I asked for an interview. Meeting Glen Plake is a highlight for me personally and professionally. He has been one of my skiing heros since I first clicked in. I hope you enjoy the conversation…
PaddyO caught up with Matt Sterbenz, founder of 4FRNT, to discuss The Wise, David Wise’s Gold Medal Winning Ski. Check out the true camber, stiff flex, confident pipe crusher that topped the podium in Sochi. The Wise is an instant American Classic. Big congrats to David on his accomplishment and to the entire 4FRNT family for creating the ski that won the inaugural Men’s Halfpipe.
The SnowSports Industries of America Tradeshow has been revealing the latest and greatest advancements in winter mountain adventuring for the last 60 years. The Denver Convention Center was filled this past January 30 thru February 2 with exciting new gear. Among the standouts was Black Diamond’s Jetforce Airbag Backpack. As backcountry skiing has become more popular or rather more crowded, Airbag Backpack systems have seen improvements and refinements. The Jetforce is the sleekest and most refined system to date. Black Diamond worked with Pieps and the military to develop a cold weather lithium battery to power the fan used for inflation. Taking a mere 3 seconds to inflate one of the largest (200 liters) and burliest bags on the market, the hard wired battery offers something firing pin systems lack: the ability to deploy the bag with no additional cost. The battery allows up to 4 deployments on a single charge. The adventurer can practice life saving skills as one does with an avalanche beacon or re-inflate the bag in the event of a secondary slide or release of hangfire. At the SIA demo, the rep stated the bag can also stay inflated with up to a 6 inch gash and demonstrated the ease of packing the deflated bag. The backpack is also travel ready; without compressed air or a firing pin there is no need to stow the bag in the ski carrier outside the Helicopter or check it on a commercial airplane. The Black Diamond Jetforce Airbag Backpack was the best new innovation at the Snow Show and is the best system on the market. Read More
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