Switzerland's Greatest Ski Racer

Pirmin Zurbriggen is the greatest ski racer in Swiss history. His career in the White Circus lasted 10 years—in at age 17, out by 27. In that time, he won 40 World Cup races, four overall World Cup titles, the Hahnenkamm (at the age of 21), the 1988 Olympic gold in downhill, and nine World Championship medals.

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Welcome Back, Mount Waterman

With the record-breaking drought in California, their lifts haven’t spun at all. Mount Waterman, in particular, hadn’t opened since the 2010-11 season, that is, until last Saturday. To skiers across the region like myself, there was no question. It was our duty to show up for first chair. This travel essay on Mount Waterman in the San Gabriel Mountains above Los Angeles originally published on Powder.com in January 2016.

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Gear Review: K2 Float Airbag

If you ski in the backcountry, you should strongly consider wearing an avalanche airbag. It is by no means a replacement for your beacon, probe, or shovel, not to mention your brain. But should you get caught in a slide, the airbag can help prevent you from getting buried. This gear review originally published on Powder.com in October 2015.

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Passing Through: Mammoth Mountain

When California skier Dave McCoy decided to build a rope tow in the 1950s, he picked the spot that consistently held the most snow in the Eastern Sierra—Mammoth Mountain. The first lift spun in 1955 and the mountain has since become one of the most underrated ski resorts in North America. This travel story published on Powder.com in October 2015. 

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Pay It Forward: Amy Stevens

Crested Butte’s Amy Stevens, 33, lives life with grace. Maybe she learned that in her early days as a dancer in high school. While she does not dance competitively any more, she’s applied a graceful approach to life through the highest and the lowest of times. Read on for stories about a life-threatening fall, recovery, learning how to tele ski, running a hostel out of your house, and finding the freedom to live life how you want to.

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Interview: Sweetgrass Productions on Lighting Up a Mountain

Sweetgrass Productions shot their first night segment in Japan five years ago for their film Signatures. Like a lot of night segments, the terrain was low angle and the shots focused on small features. But the seed was planted, and ever since, they’ve been staring at bigger terrain, wondering how they could light up a huge mountain face riddled with spines in a place like Alaska.

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