Greg Hill in his basement; Revelstoke, British Columbia
DEEP: The Story of Skiing and the Future of Snow recently went live on Kickstarter. One week after launching, the DEEP project is already 34 percent funded. With 20 days left to the end of the campaign, and the official launch of the book set for November 15, DEEP is well on its way to landing in bookstores across the country.
“It’s an unorthodox way of funding a book,” author and POWDER Features Editor Porter Fox said. “But we’re trying to spread the word about disappearing snow in the Northern Hemisphere, and we’re doing it every way we can.”
DEEP scored partnerships with Protect Our Winters, Patagonia, POWDER and the SHIFT festival to help promote the book. Rossignol, Fischer, Volkl, Armada, DPS and a half dozen POWDER magazine photographers chipped in to help create the Kickstarter rewards—that include fat skis, limited edition 18×24 photographs signed by top POWDER shooters, and electronic and digital versions of the book.
DEEP follows the rise of skiing from prehistoric Norwegian hunters to present-day freeriders and the current struggle to mitigate climate change and save snow. Fox travels through the most celebrated mountains in the Northern Hemisphere—from Washington’s Cascade Range to the European Alps—to talk to alpinists and leading scientists about climate change and its effect on snow. Ultimately, he found a story that is far larger than the demise of skiing.
“This is not simply a book about saving fresh tracks,” Fox says. “It is about activating the entire skiing community to help save the world.”
East Coast rejoice, Killington set to open this weekend
Ice Coast comin’ in hot! Not to be outdone by their Western compadres, Killington will start spinning lifts this weekend with advanced skiing conditions (read: snow guns aimed at your face) on rime. The opening signals the start of ski season on the East Coast, a motion that Mother Nature supported this week with dustings of snow across Stowe, Burke, and several other New England resorts.
New trail map at Breck includes Peak 6 terrain
Breck is abuzz this week after the powers in charge released the 2013-14 trail map. Might not seem like a big deal, but when it’s the public’s first view of the new Peak 6 terrain, it kind of is. Skiers can now start waxing their sticks while daydreaming about shredding turns down Zendo, Yugen, and Xanadu (Wait, who came up with these?!).
In more depressing ski resort news, Wisconsin’s Hidden Valley won’t be opening this season and New York’s West Mountain will be auctioning off its mortgage after closing this summer. Save our local hills people!
More Swedes that know how to ski and use a camera
Those sneaky Scandanavians are at it again, unleashing a crew of up-and-comers, dubbed The Bunch, onto the Internet scene with their full-length edit, “Far Out.” A healthy dose of pow, park, and street for your workday, “Far Out” also helps reinforce Sweden’s obsession with mediocre American rap. Yeah, I’m talking to you, Slim Thug.
University of Louisiana at Monroe is good at skiing, on water
Just when you thought the Week In Review was devoid of ski competition news, University of Lousiana at Monroe goes ahead and threepeats at the Division 1 Water Ski National Championships in El Centro, California. No, I haven’t been able to find actual footage from the event, but I’m imagining it went something like this. Terrific form, Warhawks.
T.J. Schiller drops new edit
It’s always a good week when Uncle Teej comes to play.
Six injured in Tignes T-Bar incident
Early season woes continue at Tignes after a T-bar mechanical failure left six injured on Saturday. According to investigators, the left of the resort’s side-by-side Rosolin T-bars derailed, dropping a lift cable onto passengers below. This is the second major incident at the French resort in as many weeks, as an avalanche swept onto open terrain and buried several guests. Luckily, no one was seriously hurt in either incident, but there is some serious voodoo at work over in the land of cheese and wine. Yikes.
Because it’s important
I’m always losing my bottle opener, that’s why I started bringing Grandpa Vlad to my parking lot après. Please don’t try this at home (or at least don’t implicate me if you do).
Zack Giffin, Paul Kimbraugh, Matt Steinman; Shuskan Arm, Washington
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Patagonia Untracked Anorak
Face it: neon green is too 2009 and your trusty Gore-Tex has seen one too many stormy days. Whether you’re looking for new gear or just feel like checking out what the folks at Patagonia are up to, take a look at the new Untracked Anorak and read up on the matching Untracked Pants. With all those days you’re going to get in this season, you’ll need protection from the elements that you can rely on.
The Patagonia Untracked Pants will make you look good in the backcountry or the bar. PHOTO: File photo
Patagonia Untracked Pants
There’s something about the Patagonia Untracked Pants that just feels good. The material is soft and flexible. The pants have a high waist and fit in all the right places, while the knees and legs still have plenty of room. You can move in these pants. For women, pants that flatter your curves and still crush it on a steep boot pack are worth every dime. Two long vents that run down the top of your thigh on each leg and have a mesh liner allow you to dump heat quickly (although the mesh gets stuck a lot when you want to zip your vents back up). At a $449 tag price, the Untracked Pants are in the upper echelon of Patagonia’s winter outerwear line, but that price buys you quality that will last forever—as is the Patagonia way. The material is durable, and the inner cuffs around your ankles are reinforced. The pants are also mega waterproof, built with 3-layer Gore-Tex fabric, so you’ll stay dry and ski bell-to-bell even in the harshest of elements. —Julie Brown
Drew Wittstock; Kicking Horse backcountry, British Columbia
Sam Anthamatten; Portillo, Chile