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Powder December 2017

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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jerry: mount hood, oregon

It’s not even 5. I can hear the steady patter of December rain, the sounds of Dad opening the van doors as he packs our gear, the clink of the spoon on his cereal bowl, the holler of his voice for me to get out of bed. Eventually, I put on pants, amble into the van, and fall back asleep. While I sleep, Dad drives three hours to the chairlifts. He doesn’t drink coffee. He doesn’t even really drink water. I wake up as we pull into the snowy parking lot. We silently put on our boots, then he drops me off with my two ski coaches. One is a surviving freedom fighter who rebelled against Soviet-occupied Hungary. Another is a third the Hungarian’s age, a gregarious man who likes beer…

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Escaping the confines of Chamonix’s deep valley, high in the French Alps, Jasmin Caton and Fredrik Marmsater toured the Haute Route, dropped gear at the Trient Hut, and set their eyes on the Aiguille du Tour, an 11,614-foot peak bordering France and Switzerland. They topped out at the final ridge just as the sun set on the horizon. By the time they skied back to the hut, it was past 10 p.m. “We did not get back to the hut until way late and had to really grease the cranky hutkeeper to get him to make us some dinner after-hours,” says Marmsater. “But damn, that was about the best rösti I’ve ever had.” —JACK FOERSTERLING…

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the cleanup hitter

NAME: Steve Wright AGE: 49 HOMETOWN: Newport, Vermont OCCUPATION: President and General Manager of Jay Peak Resort After the U.S. government put Vermont’s Jay Peak into receivership last year amid alleged ethics violations by the resort’s owners (who, among other allegations, used government investing tools to enrich themselves under the guise of capital improvements), employees and passholders were largely left in the dark about the future of their beloved ski area. Caught squarely in the middle was then chief marketing officer Steve Wright. Wright, a skier’s skier and diehard Red Sox fan, was appointed president and general manager by the receivership, because, well, he was next in line. Ever since, Wright has worked to repay the good faith shown to the mountain by its skiers and employees. “His style is to be the last person to…

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how to be the best local ever

GEARING UP Do: • Cultivate local hook-ups and then sell all the gear on eBay. • Haggle shop employees making $12 an hour by trying to pay for a tune on your $1,000 all-carbon skis with a six-pack. • Always make sure you’re outfitted head-to-toe in Next Year’s Shit so everyone knows that you’re Kind Of A Big Deal. • Only ski on the biggest, rockeredest, rad-guy, deep-pow, ultra-shred skis regardless of conditions. Then, blame the gear. Don’t: • Cultivate a relationship with a shop in town and pay for your equipment and tunes, ensuring that your rig works and that you’ll probably get some hook-ups down the line. • Use whatever works. • Ski on all kinds of skis and figure out how to have fun on all of them. WHEN GETTING DRESSED Do: • Always wear Carhartts around town as…

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puff pieces

FJÄLLRÄVEN KEB EXPEDITION JACKET $750 A massive jacket made from ethically sourced and traceable 800-fill goose down, recycled polyester, and fluorocarbon-free DWR for a bonus feel-good factor. PATAGONIA HYPERPUFF HOODY $299 Made from two-way stretch Pertex Quantum, the Hyperpuff is water-resistent, windproof, and durable, making it perfect for harsh alpine conditions. STIO HOMETOWN DOWN JACKET $299 Thank the 800-fill down—certified sustainable by Allied Down—and lightweight Pertex Microlight Minirip fabric combo for the killer weight-to-warmth ratio. SYNC SUPER PUFFY $399 Constructed primarily of lightweight DWR-coated fabric and fortified with heavier waterproof, breathable fabric in the shoulders, hips, and arms, the Super Puffy is ready to take on more wear-and-tear than your average puffy. EDDIE BAUER DOWNLIGHT ALPINE JACKET $349 A highly water-resistant 30D Pertex ripstop nylon face fabric and slightly roomier fit—ideal for layering—mean the Downlight crosses over into shell territory, allowing it to be worn as an external layer. HELLY…

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shake on it

SCOTT VERTIC PREMIUM GLOVE $110 What We Love: Articulated, preshaped fingers don’t limit dexterity, so the gloves stay on while you zip, tie, or pull. FLYLOW UNICORN MITT $50 What We Love: A kitten-soft lining combined with a tough upcycled Cordura backing. ASTIS MAKALU GLOVE $165 What We Love: Waterproof suede leather hand-sewn in the USA makes for durable, wearable art. LA SPORTIVA SKIMO GLOVE $100 What We Love: A merino wool lining keeps fingers warm while Polartech Alpha insulation prevents clammy palms. OUTDOOR RESEARCH AKSEL WORK GLOVE $65 What We Love: A leather shell with wool lining makes a classic, affordable glove. DAKINE PHANTOM GLOVE $100 What We Love: A low-profile glove with a snug fit and zippered cuffs. SWANY TOASTER MITT $140 What We Love: A zipper frees your fingers to use the touch-screen compatible liners. HESTRA ARMY LEATHER PATROL GAUNTLET GLOVE $150 What We Love: No snow will get through the secure, extra large cuff.…