The Store Is Everywhere—Even On the Chairlift
Forecasting skiing's e-commerce future
While the 3D real-time comparison-shopping scenario might strike some as hopelessly Jetsonian, much of the technology is already in place, and it’s not hard to see it progressing rapidly further. In the ski market, the balancing act will always be weighing the benefits of everywhere computing against a ski experience valued for its ability to separate us from modern-day distractions.
Video: Telewackers in the Tetons
Paul Kimbrough and Jake Sakson present Beans and Rice
Beans plus rice, with a dash of Kombu seaweed for some minerals, are delicious staples in pro telemark skiers Jake Sakson and Paul Kimbrough’s diet. They’re also the name of Sakson and Kimbrough’s first webisode series, named so because the meal is all about “simplicity over consumerism and adventure over comfort,” says Sakson, 23, originally from Carbondale, Colorado. It also helps that beans and rice are cheap and fit in a tight film budget.
Episode one of Beans and Rice was shot on the Driggs, Idaho-side of the Tetons in “top secret backcountry locations,” says Sakson. Kimbrough, who is 26 and from Salt Lake City, Utah, and Sakson both film with Powderwhore and they have been wanting to put a webisode together for a few years. “We saw a lot of benefit to skiing together for a whole winter just in terms of our development as telemark skiers,” says Sakson. “We probably put more days on our pins than pretty much anyone out there. [Last winter] we finally committed to it, moved in together, and bought a camera.” —Julie Brown
Salomon Freeski TV: Return to Mica
In the first episode of season 7, the crew goes to Mica Heliskiing
In the first episode of Salomon Freeski TV’s seventh season, Mike Douglas, Mark Abma, and Chris Rubens return to Mica Heliskiing in British Columbia, Canada. Why, you ask? In the words of Douglas, “It’s Mica–one of the best and most consistent places to ski powder in the world.” Now that you have an idea what you’re in for, sit back, relax, and prepare to get deep with “Return to Mica.”
Read an interview with Mike Douglas about the creative process behind Salomon Freeski TV.
Trailer Park Jams
Songs from your favorite fall '13 ski film trailers
Ladies and gents, we present Trailer Park Jams, a playlist compiled of songs featured in this year’s ski film trailers.
Jaded Feeder Readback: Slovenian Stalker Edition
When a reader strikes, The Jaded Local responds with fruit bats
This edition of Jaded Feeder Readback concerns a recent internet comment from “Petra” on the first installment of my women’s world cup wrap-up series, Tight Haunches and Burly Launches, which was focused on the accomplishments of 2013 overall winner Tina Maze. Petra was peeved because I got the name of the President of Slovenia wrong and failed to pay keen enough tribute to Maze. She felt that I portrayed the Slovenian sensation as a superficial authoritarian (which is considerably more sophisticated than my thesis, which was that Maze is an independent badass with an endearing eccentric streak).
Junk in the Trunk: Black Diamond CoEfficient Fleece
A sample of what's to come with Black Diamond's first full apparel line
Part of the Black Diamond’s first apparel line, the CoEfficient fleece jacket is versatile, warm, and light.
Stay Found in the Backcountry
A safety message presented by Dynafit Field Notes
In this episode of Dynafit Field Notes pro skier Donny Roth and Dynafit communications manager Eric “Hende” Henderson explore the art of building a shelter in a creative, cheeky video designed to help a novice backcountry skier be better prepared for what could happen if you get hurt, get lost, lose some vital gear, or get stuck in huge storm.
The Trailer Park
Every ski movie trailer in one place
Hook your rig up to the thing, pop the lawn chair, crack a Coors, put your feet up on the cooler, and press play on 2013′s ski movie trailers.
Road of the Seven Lakes
Skiing our way through a primordial landscape in Argentina
We are driving down a historic stretch of road known as the Ruta de Los Siete Lagos, or Seven Lakes Route. Setting out from San Carlos de Bariloche, our plan is to work our way north through the rugged landscape towards San Martin de Los Andes.
Snowkiting Up, Skiing Down
Ken Lucas skis with a kite and flies laps all over the mountain
Ken Lukas, one of the pioneers of snowkiting, has flown his kite all over the world—kiteskiing in Iceland, Pakistan, New Zealand, and Europe. But what’s unique about Lucas is that he uses his kite to ski down and up the mountain.