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Ski Magazine December 2020

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United States
Pocket Outdoor Media, LLC

in this issue

1 min
light show

Everyone knows that great light is one of the main ingredients in an amazing ski photo. This beauty from Engelberg, Switzerland-based photographer Oskar Enander drives that point home. Snapped in the beginning of the 2019-’20 ski season on the nearly empty slopes of Engelberg, the photo perfectly captures the crispness of the early-season, high-alpine air as it descends on the neighboring valley. What’s more, you can almost feel the cold-smoke powder left in skier Mattias Hardin’s wake as he slices down the mountain with precision. “These early-season days are pretty magical with very few people around and great light,” says Enander. Indeed, we can see the evidence right here.…

1 min
it's a bird…

Feats of timing are a big part of the ski photography world, but perhaps few are as intense and high-consequence as this thrilling shot. Photographer Craig Barker and skier Eli Bucher spent days going over the logistics of this massive gap, a popular mountain bike jump located near Pemberton, B.C. For Bucher, who would backflip over a passing train, it was more of a psychological challenge than a physical ask, with consequences of a misstep being potentially deadly, Barker explains. The pair visited the site multiple times, checking and re-checking the run-out and the landing and putting emergency procedures in place in case anything should go wrong. On the day of the shoot, they waited patiently for the train, then put their plan into motion. “My hands were shaking even…

1 min
money shot

A dream realized is a beautiful thing. For five years, athlete Parkin Costain eyed the same Northwestern Montana zone, but conditions and timing were never in his favor. It all came together last winter during the filming of Benshi Creative’s short film “Dollar Short.” Three mornings in a row, Costain, skier Jake Hopfinger, and photographer Jonathan Finch made the 25-mile sled ride to the remote zone, enduring frigid temperatures down to -10 F. “It was the type of cold that invades all of your senses,” Finch recalls. At the zone, the sun rose over the snowy peaks and provided that bit of warmth they needed, and Costain skied some of the best—and most long-awaited—lines of his life.…

5 min
altering reality

“I’m very thankful for that spot,” Trevor Kennison, age 27, says into the phone via FaceTime. He’s sitting in his car in front of his home resort of Winter Park, Colo., which has just shut down due to the pandemic. The “spot” he’s referring to isn’t one of the white slopes shining brightly in the sun behind him. It’s up on Vail Pass, an hour or so away, where he broke his back and became permanently paralyzed from the waist down. To be grateful for a pretty devastating physical injury is, well, hard to imagine for most of us. It’s the most character-defining moment of our conversation. Kennison’s positivity and enthusiasm is so unbounded that he has been able to transform a potentially negative outcome into something better than he had…

6 min
thinking outside the dining room

Brewing beer may be Rich Tucciarone’s day job, but as he prepares for this winter at Mountain Tap, the Steamboat Springs brewpub he opened in 2016, he spends a lot more time with a rivet gun than sacks of hops. “I’ve lost track of how many steel drill bits I’ve burned through,” says Tucciarone, who devoted his autumn to remodeling a trio of gondola cars into outdoor dining rooms. He used bicycle pedal cranks for door handles and crafted tables from local beetle-kill pine. He also fitted the cabins with heaters and Bluetooth speakers that let diners play their own music while they enjoy Tucciarone’s pilsner and wood-fired pizzas. “In these times, we want to be able to have a little pod for a group or family,” explains Tucciarone. Now,…

1 min
overheard online

Back in August, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows announced its intention to remove “Squaw” from its name, citing the growing movement toward more accountability and equality across the nation. So what’s the issue with the word “squaw?” It’s a misogynist slur against Native American women. The issue had been brought to management’s attention several times over the years, but current events, including the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor, surely tipped the scale in favor of the name change. We say: The name has got to go. With the opportunity to NOT offend people, it’s a no-brainer. As participants in a sport that undeniably suffers from a lack of diversity, skiers need to embrace inclusivity if we want our passion to endure. This is one step forward in a…