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

Brennen Swanson & Todd Kirby at Afton Alps

Brennen Swanson and Todd Kirby have been riding together for over decade and it goes to show that hard work pays off.  Geez these kids are good.

 

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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Garrett McKenzie – Midwest Tour 2013/2014

 

Garrett McKenzie dropped this edit a little bit ago.  It’s well worth the 2:50 of your time.  IF you want to get down like Garrett does, make sure to check out Rome Snowboards.

2014 Sochi Olympic Halfpipe Final Results

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2014 Olympic Men’s Halfpipe Final Results

1. Iouri Podladtchikov (SUI), 94.75
2. Ayumu Hirano (JPN), 93.50
3. Taku Hiraoka (JPN), 92.25
4. Shaun White (USA), 90.25
5. David Habluetzel (SUI), 88.50
6. Yiwei Zhang (CHN), 87.25
7. Wancheng Shi (CHN), 81.00
8. Tim-Kevin Ravnjak (SLO), 72.25
9. Kent Callister (AUS), 68.50
10. Danny Davis (USA), 53.00
11. Christian Haller (SUI), 51.50
12. Greg Bretz (USA), 26.50

Photo Courtesy of: Getty Images via nbcolympics.com