VIDEO: Andy Partridge Lights Up Windells

The progression of a former POWDER Young Blood

In 2011, at 15 years old, Andy Partridge was featured in POWDER’s Young Bloods collection, naming the best 20 skiers 18 and under. Fast forward to this summer and Partridge is more than proving his inclusion in that list. Here he lays down park complexities with the smoothness of a seasoned veteran. Video by Saga TV.

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The Wall of Freekskiing

Steele Spence’s wall of scribbled history

“Around the first Aspen X Games,” says Spence, “athletes looking for place to stay would crash at my parents house. Back in the day there was more couch surfing at competitions.” Somehow people just started writing and signing the wall. “Over the years with more and more events in Aspen, people stayed and stopped by with friends, had dinner with my family; more and more signed the wall.”

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Junk In The Trunk: Arc’teryx Tecto FL Jacket

When less really is more

“Less is more” is probably the best way to describe the Tecto FL’s design. It weighs only 10 ounces and has only one pocket (on the sleeve). But don’t let the minimalism fool you. When it counts, the jacket performs.

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Week in Review July 21: Marte Chair Opens and SkiLink Fizzles

Powder Alliance Pass, Surface at Windells, and Sheldon Donatelli

Week in Review July 21: Marte Chair Opens, SkiLink Fizzles, Powder Alliance Pass, Surface at Windells, and Sheldon Donatelli

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Chile con Pow

Looking south for the summer with Sally Francklyn

It was pretty special to ski in a place that speaks Spanish, and by the end of the trip, I could order food. I still don’t know much, but I know a lot more than I used to. Chile was a beautiful place, and I loved Santiago as well as the food. On the flight back to Colorado, I wished I was on my way back to Chile, even though I didn’t know a lick of Spanish.

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Welcome To TelluAspenButteHole, China

Complete with faux bison, plastic saddles, and wet T-shirt contests hosted by Bode Miller...maybe

Designers like Allison Smith have stumbled onto a market that’s hungry for postcard-quality replicas of famous American mountain towns yet have no idea how to build them; and damn if I’ll be late getting on that train. That’s where you – the ski bum who knows the ins and outs of places like Park City, Jackson Hole, and Sun Valley – comes in. Here’s how it’s going to work.

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‘Ski to Die’ – the Bill Johnson Story

1984 Olympic gold medalist decides to take himself off life support

“I told the world I was going to win.” — Bill Johnson, 1984 Olympic downhill gold medalist who on Tuesday decided to take himself off life support.

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Small Brand Shout-Out: Meier Skis

Crafting the beetle kill blue stain pine

Cudmore made his first pair of sticks back in 2009 on a whim. He did it to see if he could. He has a background in architectural design and knew about composites from working on airplanes so he figured ski building would be fairly straightforward. It took him an entire ski season to pump out his first pair but as soon as he rode them he knew he was onto something.

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Why I Love Ski Movie Trailers

Falling for marketing

The reason I love ski movie trailers is not because it helps me make a better purchasing decision. I’m fortunate to be in a position where I get these movies for free, something I’ll never take for granted because I love ski movies. No, I love these trailers because they illuminate (or darken, depending on your geographic location) summers with a glimpse of fall, when leaves turn and clouds think about maybe dropping a little something special on you.

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Week In Review July 14: Liz Cheney and Carston Oliver

Las Leñas powder edit, Jackson Hole in China, and Stein Eriksen

POWDER.com’s Week in Review: All the ski industry news that fit to rehash! This week complete with Liz Cheney, Carston Oliver, Las Leñas, China, and legendary Stein Eriksen

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