Old School Shane McConkey Talks About Freeskiing Competition and IFSA

April 3rd, 2014 by

Shane McConkey started the International Free Skiing Association (IFSA) in 1996.  The IFSA now has over 1000 members worldwide.  Shane was the organization’s founder, president, and an athlete.

“The beauty of freeskiing competitions is that it brings together mogul skiers, racers, aerialists, and other specialized skiing disciplines and allows them to compete, without specific training, but rather on their whole skiing ability. The skiing camaraderie and culture in general experienced at these events is positive and is an inspiration to go out and make this thing work.” – Shane McConkey

Julian Donatelli | Photographers Favorites | Bariloche, Argentina Photo Gallery

April 2nd, 2014 by
julian donatelli cerro negro

Lake Nahuel Haupi and Lago Moreno este.  Bariloche, Argentina. Julian Donatelli is a local professional photographer in Bariloche, Argentina who was nice enough to share these photos with Unofficial.  His … Read More

Classic Post: The 10 Longest Vertical Drops in North America

January 6th, 2014 by
Cody Peak at Jackson Hole, Wyoming

The Top 10 Longest Vertical Drops at Ski Resorts in North America. Video of the action at each location…and one famous video of absolute HORROR that was filmed at one of the locations…

Powder Alert For The Northern Rockies

December 31st, 2013 by
Screen Shot 2013-12-31 at 1.39.50 AM Heavy snowfall is tapering off in New England where 12 inches fell in many areas providing a powder day late Sunday into Monday.  The next alert is for the West where … Read More

Classic Post: Sidecountry Skiing Essential Equipment | 10 Items YOU Should Have

November 28th, 2013 by
Eric Bryant Skiing Backcountry Powder

Sidecountry Skiing Essential Equipment | 10 Items YOU Should Have 1.  BCA Tracker DTS Beacon If your thinking about heading outside the gate, even for a quick minute, you need … Read More

The Pros & Cons of Skiing in Jeans

November 27th, 2013 by

Gear Reviewed:  Levi’s Relaxed Fit, 34/32, Boot Cut.  No gaiters. Reviewer:  Adolf Oliverbush After picking up my pass this morning while running errands for the day, I couldn’t resist taking … Read More

Top 5 Ski Resorts in USA | Forbes Magazine

November 13th, 2013 by
The big red box at Jackson Hole

What the hell does Forbes Magazine know about ski resorts?  We aren’t exactly sure.  That said, they picked some good spots.  UnofficialNetworks has locations setup at the top 4 of … Read More

Girls like Snowboarders More Than Musicians & Soccer Players…

November 11th, 2013 by
Screen shot 2012-04-19 at 6.58.51 PM

Ladies, would you rather date a Premier League soccer player, a professional musician, or a snowboarder? We received this newspaper clipping in our inbox. Not much info was given other that it’s from Australia. … Read More

Classic Post: Interview With Jim Niehues – Artist of 74 Official Ski Resort Trail Maps

November 6th, 2013 by

Jim Niehues has been painting ski resort trail maps for 25 years.  You know his work.  You’ve seen it many times.

Jim’s website shows that he has painted at least 74 ski resort trail maps in the USA and internationally.

Jim’s maps include:

- Alta, Alyeska, Big Sky, Crested Butte, Jackson, Heavenly, Mt. Baker, Mt. Hood, Squaw Valley, Sugar Bowl, Taos, Telluride, Winter Park, Whistler, Kicking Horse, Valle Nevado, Revelstoke, more.


“Each view is hand painted by brush and airbrush using opaque watercolor to capture the detail and variations of nature’s beauty. Once the project is initiated, reference material, topo maps and aerial photography are gathered to compose the view. A comprehensive sketch is produced of the perspective for the client’s review and approval before rendering the final color. When the final color is approved the illustration is sent to the photo lab for an 8×10 inch transparency. Jim then personally scans the image and makes extensive color corrections using Photoshop, usually delivering 300 meg scans to the client, completing a blend of artistry and technology.” – Jim Niehues’ website

Pretty cool gig, Jim.  Keep it up.

Check out Jim’s website:  Jim Niehues

Jim Niehues trail maps from his website

Q: When Should You Put An Avalanche Beacon on a Dog? A: NEVER

October 1st, 2013 by
Dog + Snow

This question came up a few times during the recent “Snow-Be” (avy beacon with no search mode) discussion.  I thought I’d write here and make sure that the answer to … Read More