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Powder February 2018

You never know when the next perfect powder day will come, so until then, pick up Powder Magazine for your ski runs. From dissecting the steepest, most technical first descents, to lofting big air, Powder transports you with award-winning photography and engaging articles that will take you to the top of the mountain.

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United States
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English
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American Media Operations, Inc
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“It was the best run of the week—no, of my life—or, maybe even in the history of skiing, and when Frank Junior pulled up a second later all three of us began talking at once about skiing Powder Ridge and how fantasies really can become reality and be just as good as they were when they were only fantasy and how that made life worth living and how that was better than anything including fish tacos or Mozart or getting tubed by a wave and by god if lightning would strike us dead on the spot we would go happily because we’d just seen God and who really needed to live after that?”—Steve Casimiro Excerpt from Powder, Volume 19, 1990…

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helen: oakland, california

HELEN WAS THE ORIGINAL. The photo on the wall shows the day she changed the family story. It was a beautiful, warm spring day in 1938. Her friends Frank and Betty were going skiing in Pinecrest, in Northern California, and they invited her and her husband and sister along. This was before World War II, when the only formal ski area in the state was Granlibakken, in Tahoe, which had a rope tow. A year earlier, Sun Valley installed the world’s first chairlift. She was working class—an employee of the city rec department. Always independent and strong, Helen said yes. She used borrowed longboards—narrow, hickory skis with turned-up tips and flat tails, leather strap bindings, and bamboo poles. She wore wool pants that tucked into her leather boots and a beige…

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glass

Deep in the Pyrenees of northern Spain, the water of a high alpine lake feeds hydroelectric power to the small town of Arties via a long, iron pipeline. “I’ve seen the pipe my entire life,” says Suso Folgar, who grew up in the town, population 400. “As I got older, I always dreamed of skiing it.” A northwest-facing slope and deep, windblown snow provided near perfect skiable conditions for what Folgar and photographer Txema Trull call the Hydroelectric Couloir. “The experience was mind-blowing,” said Folgar after his first descent. “Skiing an artificial couloir opened my eyes to looking for new freeride lines, not just ones in the wilderness.”…

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shooting gallery

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for 50 years, bill sproul has found a way to feed   the habit

AGE: 66 HOMETOWN: Nelson, British Columbia OCCUPATION: Land Surveyor Born in Regina, Saskatchewan, in 1951, Bill Sproul moved to Nelson when he was 11 years old and never found a reason to leave. Over the last 50 years, Sproul has held nearly every skiing job available in interior BC—ski instructor, patroller, heli ski guide, and ski shop owner. He was also part of the original crew that helped develop Whitewater Ski Area, even getting a run named after himself: Sproulers, powder-filled glades on the edge of the mountain. “He was kind of like a father figure for this local ski scene,” says Bill Heath, a Nelson-based ski cinematographer who featured several shots of Sproul in his cult classic movie, Ski Your Ass Off. “He was always very generous with his time teaching people how…

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through a glass, darkly murkly

Ski resorts will turn off chairlifts and grooming so that users can have more of a trendy backcountry experience, while charging the same amount for tickets. A Red Bull shortage will trigger a wave of meth addiction among Xtreme Athletes. Red Bull will recover financially by opening a chain of rehab centers where the pros can learn how to ski-BASE off the Eiger without chemical stimulants. Vail Resorts and AirBnB will merge into one mega-organization: VailBnB, which will attempt to acquire every ski resort in North America, but without community reviews. After the snow removal bills from yet another 600-inch winter nearly bankrupt the town, Mammoth will abandon plowing the town’s roads and parking lots, henceforth becoming a place of quiet serenity where you have to ski to get around town. The loss…