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I roll out my yoga mat beside the window and gently stretch into my hamstrings as the sun rises. It is the first day of the ski season. Morning creeps in so quiet I hardly notice it's here, until, all at once, I realize that this day is impeccable. Milky coffee, breakfast bagel, dining-table resort
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Twenty six snow-related deaths have been recorded this year in areas across Europe, with many being avalanche fatalities or accidents due to intense winter conditions. Heavy snowfall has blanketed parts of the Alps in up to 7 feet of snow, but blissful powder days have been few and far between as danger remains high. On
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As the United States’ longest government shutdown wears on into its fourth week, employees working at 14 Forest Service avalanche centers across the country continue to produce forecasts assessing snowpack stability and hazards associated with winter backcountry travel. "The Forest Service avalanche centers are open for business and are fully operational," Karl Birkeland, Director of
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All over the ski town of Akakura Onsen, Japan, locals were digging out. A few days before our arrival on January 13, three feet of snow had fallen on top of an already deep snowpack. Men and women, employing all kinds of different shovels and snow-removal machines and tractors, were hard at work. With a
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In 1997, Mark Bosse worked as a car mechanic at the GM Chrysler Subaru dealership in Montrose, Colorado. On one mid-winter powder day, he called in sick, drove his copper-colored 1991 Subaru Legacy Wagon 90 minutes to Telluride Ski Resort, and loaded Lift 7. By the time his ski tips hit snow, he'd decided to
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This article, and distribution, was paid for by K2 and produced in conjunction with POWDER. For 2019-20, K2 introduces the Mindbender ski line, a completely revamped series of skis for the all-mountain shredder. Featuring an assortment of 12 skis in different sizes, including the 108 TI and 106 C Alliance for the ladies, the Mindbender
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WSL PRESS RELEASESEBASTIAN INLET, Florida/USA (Sunday, January 13, 2019) – The World Surf League (WSL) North America Qualifying Series (QS) begins its 2019 season starting Monday, January 14 – 20 for the Florida Pro Women’s QS 3,000 and Men’s QS 1,500 at Sebastian Inlet. This marks a valuable start for the women’s QS year with 3,000 points on the line that brings in some of the top QS talents from around the world, as well as providing a jumpstart for the regional men to get their year started. A seven-day event window will allow contest organizers to put surfers in the best conditions on offer with two champions set to be crowned and will be streamed live all week through www.WorldSurfLeague.com.
Among the top QS threats in attendance, Brisa Hennessy (HAW) returns to Sebastian Inlet after ending last year’s campaign with a Round 5 finish. But, it was just the start of a phenomenal season for the 19-year-old, South Shore, Oahu, surfer that culminated with a spot onto this year’s Championship Tour (CT). Hennessy and defending event winner, Melbourne Beach, Florida, native, Caroline Marks represent the CT at this year’s event and both are looking to start 2019 off in the right direction.Hennessy made her dream of qualifying happen and it all started at Sebastian Inlet last season.Credit: WSL/ Ferguson
“It’s great to see this contest return and I thank all the sponsors and community for bringing it back,” Hennessy said. “Having a break from contests I think is necessary but it’s also very important to me to get back into doing what I love most. My goal is to get a solid result here to hopefully carry on some confidence and momentum for the year while relieving a little bit of stress. I feel like I learned a lot last year about the wave and getting more comfortable with beach break surfing, which is something I constantly want to improve on. Hopefully I’ve grown and I can bring that knowledge from last year into my heats this year.”
A great initiative from the Eastern Surfing Association (ESA) is helping pave the wave for a few of its standout competitors, both in and out of the water, and putting them into the event. ESA Executive Director Michelle Sommers says they want to “work with the WSL to help create a pathway to the next level” by providing their competitors with entry into WSL events on the East Coast throughout 2019.
One of their All-Stars, Morgan Iglay (Manasquan, N.J.), made her QS debut at the 2018 WRV Outer Banks Pro and looked poised for a solid result before becoming ill. But, the Manasquan, New Jersey, native is back on the WSL platform alongside some of her ESA competitors.Iglay (R) at the WRV Outer Banks Pro — her QS debut.Credit: WSL/ Ferguson
“I’m excited for the event and I was already entered, but it’s amazing that the ESA is helping us get into events,” Iglay said. “I kind of knew what you had to do so the pathway wasn’t too difficult to navigate, though if you’re not involved it can pretty unclear, but it was just harder to get into the events without having points or a ranking. It’s a totally different experience compared to other events and I just want to keep trying to get into more of them and give it my best.”
One of the youngest surfers in the draw, and Florida’s own, Ava McGowan (Deerfield Beach, Fla.) made a big statement to finish 2018 with a runner-up result at the Live Like Zander Junior Pro in Memory of Zander Venezia. The 13-year-old earned one of the wildcard slots alongside fellow Floridian Zoe Benedetto (Palm City, Fla.) and now looks to continue her success at the QS level in her debut.
“When I got the call that I was given one of the Event Wild Cards I was so happy,” McGowan said. “I can’t wait to see all of my friends from around the world and get the chance to hang with them on the beach and catch up. The best part is that I get the opportunity to surf against talented surfers that I strive to surf like. All in all, I am just really excited to surf this contest. It will also be my first time surfing an event at Sebastian Inlet.”
Coinciding with the women’s 2019 start, the Florida Pro Men’s QS 1,500 kicks off the North America Regional Tour with some of its marquee surfers in attendance that includes defending event champion Evan Geiselman (New Smyrna Beach, Fla.), last year’s North America No. 2 Kevin Schulz (San Clemente, Calif.) and many more.One of Florida’s newest QS threats is looking to start off 2019 with a bang.Credit: WSL/ Nichols
Among them, Melbourne Beach, Florida’s, Chauncey Robinson looks to build upon an impressive 2018 that resulted in a No. 116 overall ranking. Robinson’s win at Soup Bowl to finish off the season marked his first-ever WSL victory and now the 20-year-old has his goals set on more.
“I’ve watched many of the guys I look up to kickstart their surf careers at Sebastian events,” Robinson said. “I’m super grateful to have a similar opportunity and I want to make the most of it before a grueling year of traveling. My goal last year was to win an event, so now that that’s scratched off I want to win multiple events and do well enough in the 6,000’s to be able to get into primes mid-season.”
One of ESA’s wildcards Blayr Barton (Virginia Beach, Va.) returns to the WSL stage after an impressive debut last year in his hometown of Virginia Beach, Virginia, during the Vans Pro QS 3,000. Barton took that experience into the Outer Banks with continued success, but now hopes to create a full season in 2019 at the Pro Junior level while still giving himself a shot at QS events when possible.
“It was amazing getting the opportunity to compete in the events last year and was not expecting that at all,” Barton said. “It’s great to see ESA giving us these opportunities. I was going to do the event, but had some things going on and then I got the ESA from wildcard. Coming into this one I think I just want to focus on competing better instead of being so nervous and be more confident. I’m really looking forward to doing all the pro juniors and start building points to start building a career.”
For more information, please visit www.WorldSurfLeague.com.The Florida Pro Women’s QS 3,000 and Men’s QS 1,500 will run Monday, January 14 – 20 at Sebastian Inlet, Florida.
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This is a special advertising section. Big Sky Resort, proud home to the Biggest Skiing in America. On average, 400 inches of powder fall on 5,850 skiable acres. More than 2,300 acres are dedicated to beginner and intermediate terrain, which is most exciting for guests learning to ski. Advanced and expert skiers will discover 300
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This is a special advertising section. Ski the Cold Smoke! Bridger Bowl, a nonprofit, community area is a skier’s paradise. Ridge terrain offers an impressive variety of steeps and natural features. On the north side, enjoy easy access to 500 acres of low angle powder and groomers. Located 16 miles from Bozeman, check out micro-breweries,
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This is a special advertising section. Grand Targhee Resort is the powder skier’s mountain where consistent storms drop over 500″ of snow per year. Located on the western slope of the Tetons, our base elevation of 7,850′ keeps us covered top-to-bottom from opening day to closing weekend. Whether you’re looking for the perfectly gladed slopes
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This is a special advertising section. Alaska’s premier ski destination resort, Alyeska Resort is truly a playground for all levels of skiers and riders. Offering 1,610 skiable acres, 76 named trails and over 669″ of snow annually, Alyeska lives up to its reputation as steep and deep. Whether you are just starting out in the
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This is a special advertising section. Located 75 miles west of Denver, Colo. in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, Copper Mountain Resort is an ideal vacation destination with a laid-back and inclusive vibe that represents the best of Colorado. Three pedestrian-friendly village areas provide a vibrant atmosphere with lodging, retail outlets, restaurants, bars and
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This is a special advertising section. Located in Northwest Montana with Glacier National Park in their backyard, Whitefish has the views, the snow, and a lack of crowds all at an affordable price. In the ’30s local skiers discovered good skiing on the “big mountain” north of town. Since then they’ve been committed to a
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Welcome to The North Shore. The Pipeline. A break that rips, a break that roars. One of the most respected waves in the world.
Watch this wave from all angles as photographer/videographer Chris Kincade captures the intensity of this break and the daring individuals that battle its element.
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After suffering an injury to her left knee during a super-G training run at Colorado's Copper Mountain on November 19, Lindsey Vonn's last season of skiing before retirement was looking grim. But, like she's done many times before, Vonn worked tirelessly for six weeks to get back on skis, and will officially rejoin World Cup
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The Korea Forest Service recently made a request to the Gangwon Provincial Government that the Jeongseon Alpine Center, which was built for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic alpine events, be restored back to its original condition. Before the Games, a deal was struck between the Korea Forest Service and the Gangwon Provincial Government which stated
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IT WAS SNOWING in Whitefish. Again. For eight days straight, a relentless February storm had been blanketing Montana in white, adding 45 inches to the snowbanks of what would be Whitefish Mountain Resort's second best winter in the last two decades. Just as the lifts started to spin, the cloak of gray fog gave way
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Cal Poly student Nick Wapner was attacked by a 15-foot great white shark while surfing at Sand Spit in Montana de Oro State Park, just south of Morro Bay.
“Wapner received 50 stitches on both his legs after the shark clamped down from his right ankle to his left thigh. Luckily, Wapner was able to kick the shark off and didn’t sustain serious injuries to his limbs — and was able to get himself to the hospital by car. Montaña de Oro State Park Ranger Supervisor Robert Colligan said that Wapner was shaken up.” – San Luis Obispo News
State Park Supervisor Robert Colligan said it could have been an exploratory bite then let go.
Wapner did suffer a couple of deep wounds from the attack, but nothing life-threatening. The surfer has already expressed his interested in paddling back out after her recovers.
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The snow gods have been extra kind to Utah, Tahoe, and Jackson Hole over the last few days, with multiple ski areas and resorts recording over 20 inches. Alta recorded an impressive 25 inches on Monday and Park City saw 22 inches over the last seven days. Powder Mountain was also living up to its
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Jay Peak will be for sale within weeks The Northeast Kingdom's embattled powder playground will officially be on the open market within a couple of weeks according to The Burlington Free Press. The news comes in the wake of Jay Peak's involvement in one of the biggest EB-5 visa frauds in U.S. history, and, in
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