Ralph Backstrom’s Valdez Edit is Sick

November 20th, 2012 by
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Last season Ralph Backstrom spent two months in Valdez, Alaska filming with Teton Gravity Research for their new film, The Dream Factory. We kept catching glimpses of what he was up to there, like the photo Ralph Instagram’d below with the caption “Looking down my last run of an awesome day, some of the funnest runs of my life!,” so it’s good to finally see all the video now coming out.

The video was shot exclusively on a GoPro Hero 2 and was Filmed and edited solely by Ralph Backstrom himself. Needless to say we’re looking forward to more edits from this upcoming season.


GoPro Ryan Price – A Skier’s Search for Meaning | Top-Notch Footage from CA, AK and BC

November 7th, 2012 by
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9 minutes of pow and cliffs galore from Ryan Price, Devin Price and Mike Cullen shredding some of North America’s finest locations. Skip to 1:43 for the start of some of the best POV you’ll see all year. These guys definitely bring a new meaning to POV filming, from unreal slow-mo shots to just simply hucking giant cliffs. Enjoy.

From GoPro:
“ School is back in session as the first flakes of winter begin to fall. But what does it all mean, anyway? Ryan Price, Devin Price, and Mike Cullen take us straight to the heart of the matter.


Sugar Bowl, Donner Creek, CA
Castle Peak, Donner Pass, CA
Revelstoke, Thompson Peak, Alaska”

GoPro Hero 3 Release

October 16th, 2012 by
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GoPro has announced today that they will be releasing the newest versions of their helmet camera line. Rumoured as the GoPro Hero 3 White, Silver and Black, 3 different price … Read More

Dolphin Pod Posse | Some of the Best GoPro of All Time

August 11th, 2012 by

While this video doesn’t contain any heart thumping POV of skiers sending in AK or surfers getting barreled, it does document a unique and quite rad perspective of a pod of dolphins following behind a fishing boat.  Skip to 2:00 for the truly rad shots of the dolphins chilling behind the boat.  What do you say?  Rad or are dolphins beat?  I’m going to go with rad…

The Five Most Influential Products of the Past 20 Years | Five Products that Shaped Skiing Today

June 4th, 2012 by

Over the past 20 years, there’s been no shortage of innovation within the ski industry. Hell, every year, virtually every company claims to have the “game changer” that will “change skiing forever.” For the most part, these revelations in technology fizzle, and designers are left to go back to the drawing board to come up with the next product that will undoubtedly change skiing forever. Every so often, however, a product comes along that does indeed change the direction of skiing. Whether they’re functional or safety products, these enigmas leave us scratching our heads, asking ourselves, “Why didn’t I think of that?” These are those products.

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 The ABS Air Bag Pack

The ABS pack is likely the most important product in terms of avalanche safety/rescue since the avalanche transceiver. The device, which essentially increases the surface area of the victim and ultimately increases the likelihood that he or she will “float,” has a survival rate of 97%. A small minority of critics argue that the air bag pack has increased risk taking amongst backcountry users because of the pack’s success rate. I assume that these same critics would argue that having a fire extinguisher increases the likelihood of fires.

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The Salomon 1080

While the 1974 Olin Mark IV Comp can technically claim to be the first twin tip, the Salomon 1080 was the true game changer. As anybody that tried to land switch on a pair of K2 Fours can attest, the Salomon 1080 was the first product that empowered the newschool movement. While the newschool movement was being nurtured in small circles across the country, the 1080 proved that there was enough of a market for the greater ski industry to take note.  The Salomon 1080’s success, in many ways, legitimized the newschool movement.

The Marker Duke Touring Binding

Before you immediately scroll to the comments section to rip me a new one, hear me out. Was the Marker Duke the first alpine/touring binding? No. Is it a good alpine/touring binding? Not particularly. The original Duke was heavy, not very user friendly, and had far too many moving parts. Where the Duke did succeed, however, was in its marketing. For the first time there was a mass-marketed alpine/touring binding that got an entire new generation of people thinking about the backcountry. Until the Duke, having an entirely separate backcountry setup wasn’t feasible for many weekend warriors. The Duke made the idea of touring into the backcountry a reality for Joey Bagodoughnuts….for better or worse.

The GoPro

The GoPro is not on this list because it finally gave your friends and family a way to relive your ski vacation- turn for turn. Rather, it’s included on this list for its roll in giving individual athletes a voice and presence they otherwise would never have had. For the first time ever, unknown, individual athletes could get their names out there for the whole world to see. It didn’t matter if you didn’t have the connections with the right photographers or film companies- fame seemed to be just an edit away. Plus, without these little bundles of joy countless hilarious crashes would have gone undocumented.

The Volant Spatula

Of all the gear on this list, the Volant Spatula, the brainchild of Shane McConkey, has likely had the biggest effect on the way we ski. Moreover, reverse camber hasn’t simply revolutionized powder skis; the technology has trickled down to virtually all aspects of skiing. Freakish when it hit the market, the Volant Spatula could easily have been dismissed as a gimmick. However, thanks to McConkey’s steadfast belief in its functionality, the Spatula wasn’t just another gimmick that became a footnote in skiing history, and it truly changed what was possible on skis. Thanks Shane.

Flying with the GoPro Bomb Squad | Five Ten’s BASE and Wingsuit Team

June 3rd, 2012 by
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This flying montage looks like way too much fun. Check out Neil Amonson, Marshall Miller, Jesse Hall, and JT Holmes sending it off a variety of things. Pretty sure they get more hang time in this short video than most people will see their entire lives. I guess the only question is, “what’s next?” We can’t wait to find out.

Alana Blanchard and Monyca Byrne Wickeys Surfing & Cliff Jumping | Ready for Summer?

May 18th, 2012 by
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Surfboarding is awesome, cliff jumping is cool and girls are pretty rad! GoPro figured this out and made a darn-good looking commercial. The girls -Alana Blanchard (The World’s Hottest Pro Surfer) and Monyca Byrne Wickeys-are  driving readers like me insane because I’m stuck in the mountains an they seem to be loving life in paradise.

Sage Cattabriga-Alosa Flat Spin 360º via GoPro On a Stick

May 3rd, 2012 by
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This is very interesting to watch.  A perspective we haven’t seen of this sort of trick.  It almost makes ya dizzy to watch.

We still aren’t exactly sure how this trick works, but it works.  He even gets the grab.

The flat spin in this video is at the :37 second mark.

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Super Frenchie Matthias Giraud Ski Base Jump | Pow Shredding Into Big Air

April 16th, 2012 by
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Matthias Giraud, AKA the Super Frenchie, is at it again. This time, shredding some pow into some big, big air. Yes, you have to wait for the action for a little bit on this video (go to 1:26 if you really can’t wait). However, watching the whole video gives a little better idea of the build up to the ski base. I think I’d be crapping my pants on the in-run, no matter how low angle it is.

Friday the 13th at Mammoth | DEEP and LIGHT Makes for a Freaky Good Time

April 14th, 2012 by

MAMMOTH CONDITIONS VIDEO | Was today the best pow day of the season? As DEEP and light as the snow was one could certainly make a very strong case.

On storm days like today the upper mountain is not an option. As a result, we find ways to make due with the short, low-angle pitches on the lower mountain. If the new snow is at all heavy this can be a “sluggish” affair. Well, that was not the case today. Low angle or not, thanks to the extra-fluffy premium white, chilly face shots were a-plenty. To say the least, today was a treat.

Surprising too is how this storm came through. Snow was flying all day yesterday, yet hardly anything was accumulating in town. So when did the white finally start to stack up? Really not until about 6am this morning – and boy did it stack up fast! Honestly, today alone anywhere from 1-2’ feet of fresh fell on the hill.

So, I don’t really have photos to share from today… Yet I do believe the above GoPro clips will give you a good sense of what conditions were like. Couldn’t make it up to partake in the latest Mammoth powder feast? I’d be lying if I told you that you weren’t missing out.