2014 Atomic Automatic Ski Review

March 11th, 2013 by
2014 Atomic Automatic

    179cm length = 139.5 mm(width at tip)-117 mm(width underfoot)-128.5 mm(width at tail) / 18 m turning radius 186cm length = 140.5 mm(width at tip)-117 mm(width underfoot)-129.5 mm(width at … Read More

Top 10 Reasons You’re A Gaper

February 28th, 2013 by
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by Thomas Como Top 10 Reasons You’re A Gaper   #10.  Neon – Unless you are wearing an outfit that your sponsors fitted you in, give it up. There is … Read More

The Best 10 Minutes You’ll Spend Today | In Deep Tribute to Shane McConkey

February 21st, 2013 by
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If you haven’t seen this yet, you need too. If you’ve seen it, you know it’s worth watching again. The word inspiration works, but for Shane, something else should be invented.

Visit the Shane McConkey Foundation page to keep the inspiration growing.

Cool Park City Superpipe Video… what went down at the US Grand Prix

February 13th, 2013 by

This past weekend the best park and pipe skiers in the world headed to Park City, UT to compete in a Platinum level superpipe Grand Prix event. Platinum essentially means “Olympic Qualifier.” The event also showcased a Paul Mitchell Big Air Progression session.

Christian Allen getting rad at the top of the pipe

The Paul Mitchell Big Air was won by Gus Kenworthy with a double 14 tail, Alex Schlopy in second with a double 16 tail, and Joss Christensen with a double 12 japan.  Nicky Keefer cashed in with a G note with his rodeo 9 safety winning Best Air for the level of style Nicky is known for.

Looking down the pristine 22′ PC Superpipe

The event was in Park City for the superpipe however. With the Olympics debuting Superpipe and Slopestyle next year, the best superpipe skiers in the world were all here trying to be invited to the party. You had the Canadians Mike Riddle, Matt Margetts, and Simon D’artois.  The Wells family was representing with Jossi and his 17 year old brother Beau-James who qualified for finals for the first time. Frenchmen Kevin Rolland, Thomas Krief, and Benoit Valentin also qualified for finals.  Simon Dumont, Torin-Yater Wallace, David Wise, Tucker Perkins, and a 16 year old Crested Butte wiz kid Aaron Blunck.

Luke “Ocho” Allen with Angeli VanLaanen prior to her start

Each athlete had two runs to impress the judges and the competition was pretty insane. Standing in the start gate you see this competition is about pushing yourself, yet it’s also a huge get together of friends pulling for one another.  The start gate is an interesting place before any competition. Every athlete has their own individual way of getting into the zone. Here, it was Jossi Wells arm around his brother Beau-James seconds before he dropped in offering encouragement and advice. It was Matt Margetts trying to stoke out everyone in the start gate by stating he’d be bringing moon rocks back after his first hit (which he did with a gigantic Flat 5 Japan).  It was also Simon who is calm, collected and adjusting his music. They all are uniquely focused when the starter says “the pipe is yours” and they drop in.

Torin Yater-Wallace first hit out of the pipe. Stillshot – Drew Lederer

What went down that deserved props?

Torin Yater-Wallace’s runs. Both of them. Every hit. He’s wearing green chamo pants and it starts at 2:40

Beau-James cork 5 tweaked safety at the top. He has on a black jacket and beige pants, check the shot out at 2:07

Simon’s massive airs starting at 2:22, he’s wearing all red and rocking no poles due to two broken wrists.

Matt Margetts run starting at :21 going massive with the flat 5 japan





Deep Japanese Powder Skiing!

January 30th, 2013 by
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I suppose it’s better to be trapped in a gondola during a gale than on a chairlift in one.  If this occurrence aligns with crotchal-area-deep powder, that doesn’t hurt either.

Japan has been stormy this January.  Lets be honest, it’s stormy every January.  It’s clockwork.  Storms just don’t matter here.  A frigid NW wind comes over of Siberia, picks up moisture off the warm Sea of Japan, and collides with the 10,000-foot Japanese Alps that happen to be right on the beach.  That combination adds up to snow most everyday of January and February.

…A divine wind you might say?  

The Mongol fleet destroyed in a typhoon, ink and water on paper, by Kikuchi Yōsai, 1847

The above video is from Hakuba, Japan on January 25th, 2013.

VIDEO: Avalanche in Hakuba, Japan Yesterday

January 21st, 2013 by

From a local source in Hakuba, we have learned this about this avalanche yesterday:

- This avalanche occurred within a permanent closure at Goryu ski resort

- This terrain is accessed from a chairlift

- This avalanche occurred in a zone that is a major terrain trap where 5 gullies come together into one large gully that then ends in a 45 degree wall

- Last year a Japanese man was killed by an avalanche in the same zone that buried him 5 meters+ (16ft +) under snow

- This avalanche was caused by someone skiing above the skier in the video

January in Japan = Like Living in a Ski Movie…

January 20th, 2013 by
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People don’t miss home here.  They don’t talk about home.

It snows everyday here and that’s enough to keep people from even thinking about home.

It wasn’t suppose to snow last night, so of course, it did.  In fact, it hasn’t been forecasted to snow at all this week and it’s been nothing but snow.

The South Shore of Happo-One ski resort

A foot plus of clean, dry powder made the South Shore of Happo-One a playground today.  That good snow combined with sun and no wind made for a special combination that doesn’t come around often in this zone in January.

The South Shore of Happo-One today

Yep, you should come to Japan and ski as soon as you can.  It’s assuredly a snow phenomenon that you won’t dislike.

Will Wyman sampling the goods today at Happo-One, Japan

So, what would it be like to live in a ski movie?  The answer would be different for everyone except for one factor.  There’d be powder everyday and that’s just what you get here in Japan in January.

Creek crossing are always interesting here


local powder transport

the AK Burger of Hakuba, Japan is relatively serious


Skier Tries to Kill Cameraman @ Hakuba, Cortina Japan Today | VIDEO

January 18th, 2013 by
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This guy attempts murder at 0:18


- 30cms of new snow reported

- Reality was much deeper

- Face-shots nearly every turn

- Very cold temps

- Light wind and light to moderate snow throughout the day

- Simply dreamboat dry powder

- It’s still snowing right now

Tommy from Finland at Cortina today.  photo:  Vile Hatakka


- Front side of chair 4

- Back side of chair 4

- Front side of chair 5

- Back side of chair 5

- Basically all the tree skiing was all-time

The international language of cartoon


- Hideously, dangerously empty

- Still ripping deep fresh untouched snow at 3pm

- Especially after 12:00pm, the place was ghost town.  The cold temps sent people in for lunch and they didn’t make it back out

Willie feeing the crowds and Japanese hydro architecture


- Today was a classic, spectacular, top 10 lifetime, powder day

- No crazy hucking or high speed insanity, just pure buckets of snow to the face, deep dry powder skiing


NOTE: last night, the forecast was for 2cms…


buckets of snow to the face does this


It’s still snowing right now

Happy trees @ Cortina Japan

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Revelstoke, B.C. Freeride World Tour Results | USA Wins 3 of the 4 Disciplines

January 11th, 2013 by
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Men’s Ski: 11.  Johnny Collinson – USA 12.  Kevin Guri – France 13.  Seb Michaud – France 14.  Silas Chickering-Ayers – USA 15.  Sean Collins – USA 16.  Josh Diaek … Read More

Why Does SQUAW have More Athletes in the Freeride World Tour Than Any Other Ski Resort on Earth??

January 11th, 2013 by
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  Squaw Valley USA has 6 athletes in the Revelstoke Freeride World Tour event.  That’s more than any other ski resort on Earth… This fact brings to mind 2 important … Read More