Once A Skier’s Mountain | Changing Times for Squaw Valley and the Tahoe Basin

November 1st, 2012 by
Tower 16 Squaw Valley

If you haven’t heard what Squaw and KSL have up their sleeve for the coming years, check out this Article by our friends of at Granite Chief.  Roller Coasters down … Read More

Chris Doney – Southern Comforts

July 10th, 2012 by


With athletes confidence levels sky rocketing, and huge hucks becoming the norm, it’s nice to take a breather and look back to the roots of freeriding.  Watch in this video, as Chris Doney exhibits his uncanny comfort while riding bicycles.

Chris Doney once again shows his ability to ride smooth, flowing trials on natural hazards is unmatched in his new edit, Southern Comforts. Stay tuned to Amped for more videos with Chris later in the year.

In my opinion, trials is some of the most technically intensive riding out there…the balance necessary is unreal.  What do you think is the most difficult element to riding?

Where The Trail Ends Teaser: Backcountry Big Mountain Biking

July 1st, 2012 by
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Freeride Entertainment just dropped a 90 second teaser for their new film, Where The Trail Ends (coming September 2012). Once this video gets 1 million views, they’ll release the full length trailer, so be sure to look at it on their website as well if you want to see more.

The biking in this teaser immediately brings to mind riding big mountain lines on skis or a snowboard. It is really cool to see bikers getting off of trails and choosing the most difficult line off a peak or ridge.

“After 10 years of making films, Freeride Entertainment is blowing the doors off by going all out on a big mountain adventure for a damn good reason; this is what mountain biking is to us and the future of what it will be to the world.”- Cameron Zink


Check out the Gobi Desert video that Freeride Entertainment released last year, specifically the huge line that starts at 1:05. Hopefully Cameron Zink is right, and this is the future of downhill mountain biking.

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Get Excited For Big Adventures in the Andes with Andreas Fransson and Bjarne Sahlen

June 13th, 2012 by

With the southern winter just around the corner, it’s time to get motivated for some big Andean adventures.

Sometimes the Andes offer great ski conditions, but most of the time skiing the Andes consists of wild weather, rugged mountains, and desolate landscapes. This can make the whole experience a really tough struggle against the elements, but it also makes the turns you get that much more rewarding.

Andreas Fransson and Bjarne Sahlen know this better than most. They spent three months last year trying to climb and ski some of the biggest and baddest peaks in the Andes. They did this on a shoestring budget, with almost no assistance from guides, sherpas, donkeys, etc. Fransson and Sahlen battled high winds, brutal cold, sand storms, and 25 mile approaches. However, their achievements speak for themselves: summit descents from numerous Andean classics, including Huascaran, Aconcagua, and Mercedario.

Below are the five videos that Bjarne Sahlen put together from their trip. They describe what Andes adventures are about far better than I can, so watch them!

Check out Bjarne’s blog and Andreas’ blog for more trip details, and keep an eye out for the compilation film that Bjarne will be releasing soon.






5 Hikes in Whistler | Summer Activities

June 13th, 2012 by

If you want to really get to know the Whistler area this summer, and discover a few “locals” spots the best way to do this is to explore. There are … Read More

Viva Villa La Angostura: Rebuilding Ski Tourism in the Wake of a Volcanic Eruption

June 11th, 2012 by
Views of Lake Nahuel Huapi from Cerro Bayo.

Villa La Angostura is a tiny mountain village located a couple hours north west of Bariloche, in Argentina. Their local hill, Cerro Bayo, is a classic small-time ski area, offering … Read More

Teaser for 4FRNT’s New Movie, DANG! | Trailer Season Already?

June 4th, 2012 by

4FRNT just released the trailer for their new team movie, entitled “DANG!” dropping fall 2012. It features some quality skiing, and comes at a time in the season when fresh ski stoke is hard to come by.

DANG! is the first trailer released for next fall’s batch of new ski movies. Expect to see plenty more trailers from all the usual names over the next couple months. Ski movie trailer season is underway. And remember: ski movie trailer season means ski movie premiere season is coming soon, and ski movie premiere season means that winter is coming soon!

Alaska Archives Item 4: Alyeska Bound

June 4th, 2012 by
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Alaska Archives will chronicle a spring spent ski touring out of an RV around south central Alaska. Item 1: Arrival and Thompson Pass     Item 2: Gone Skiing     Item … Read More

First Descent Attempt on 45-Degree, 20,000+ Foot Laila Peak, Pakistan

June 3rd, 2012 by

Skip to 1:30 for the beginning of the interview.

Luca Pandolfi and Brendan O’Sullivan have just set off on a trip to attempt to climb and ride Laila Peak, in Pakistan. Laila offers one of the world’s most aesthetic lines, and it has never been ridden from the summit. In this Epic TV episode, Luca and Brendan sit down with Trey Cook to discuss their project.

Luca Pandolfi and Brendan O’Sullivan intend to spend seven weeks in Pakistan. They will first attempt to ride Laila, and then take some time to explore new lines around the Baltoro and K2 base camp. 

Laila Peak offers one of the most beautiful ski lines in the world: a perfect 45 degree ramp descending from a steep, jagged spear. It rises out of the Gondogoro Valley to 6200 meters (20,341 feet). It was first climbed by a British team including Simon Yates (of “Touching the Void” fame) in 1987, but it has never been skied. Fredrik Ericsson attempted to ski Laila a number of times in 2005 and 2009, but came just short of the summit.


Laila Peak, in all its glory. Begging for a ski line from the summit, no?

Laila Peak, in all its glory. Begging for a ski line from the summit, no?


Keep an eye on Luca Pandolfi’s blog and Chamonix Insider for updates on this adventure.

Good luck to Luca and Brendan!

Alaska Archives Item 3: A Full RV

June 2nd, 2012 by

Alaska Archives will chronicle a spring spent ski touring out of an RV around south central Alaska. Item 1: Arrival and Thompson Pass     Item 2: Gone Skiing Words and … Read More