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Powder October 2015

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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VERBIER, SWITZER LANDMARCH 26,1978Under clear blue skies, Mark Shapiro met his crew at the base of Verbier. A spring storm the night before had blanketed the Swiss Alps with several feet of weightless powder. “Back then they just opened the lifts. They didn’t have all that safety stuff,” says Shapiro. “It was my first time ever to ski in real bottomless powder. There was no one else but us on the mountain that morning.” Carrying a new camera, a Nikon F2, Shapiro was frothing to get on the snow. Up they went, looping the mountain’s old Atlas One lift, ripping down Verbier’s front bowl. “It was the first day I was shooting with a motorized drive. I went nuts,” says Shapiro. Free from having to wind his camera by hand,…

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welcome to switzerland

MY MOM HAS A PHOTO FROM LATE SEPTEMBER 1989. She looks beautiful, with a sweater to match the color of her red knee-high wool socks tucked inside leather hiking boots. My dad is wearing blue jeans, a rugby shirt, aviators, and a mustache you could practically curl up in. My brother and sister are both smiling. I’m making a dumb face—par for the course. Everybody looks so genuinely happy to be where we were at that moment, which was in the Swiss Alps for the first time. Specifically, sitting on a rock ledge at the top of the 9,744-foot Schilthorn, above the Lauterbrunnen Valley, with giant glaciated peaks all around us.I was 5. We were living in Vienna at the time. My dad drove our red Volvo wagon from there…

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shooting gallery

44.2SKIERColter HinchliffeLOCATIONHaines, AlaskaPHOTOGRAPHERWill WissmanSKIERMike DouglasLOCATIONEngelberg, SwitzerlandPHOTOGRAPHERMattias FredrikssonSKIERSean PettitLOCATIONShimamaki, JapanPHOTOGRAPHERBlake Jorgenson/ Super ProofSKIERNico VuignierLOCATIONSimplon Pass, SwitzerlandPHOTOGRAPHERAhriel PovichSKIERKC DeaneLOCATIONNozawa Onsen, JapanPHOTOGRAPHERGrant GundersonSKIERJim MorrisonLOCATIONRosa Khutor, RussiaPHOTOGRAPHERChristian Pondella ■…

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ZERMATT TOST. MORITZ, CHThreading the Swiss Alps on the Glacier ExpressA NEW MOON CONCEALED THE MASSIF. We had read the stories, listened to the tales, and watched the movies of the magic carpet ride. But as our friend Turbo chucked our luggage off Switzerland’s Glacier Express and onto the cobblestone streets of Andermatt, expectations lingered in darkness.The next morning, we stood on a ridge at 9,000 feet. Below our ski tips, a blind rollover led to a 40-degree descent. As we looked out across terrain peppered with couloirs, cliffs, bowls, consistent fall-line steeps, short backcountry tours, wavy windlips, and tramloads of snow, it felt like we were perched on Revelstoke’s Mackenzie Ridge. Yet it was 10 times larger and filled with high-alpine rocks and steeps instead of trees.“Just wait for…

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PARK SKIERSPAGE 48Habitat: Very large jumpsUses: To spinClaim: Challenging U.S. in medal countExample(s): Kai Mahler, Elias Ambuhl, the others on the New Swiss Air ForceWorst Ripoff: JerrysCHEESEpage 42Habitat: Intestinal tracts of cows, goats, sheep.Uses: Works on pretty much anything edible.Claim: Accueil, the Swiss Cheese awards held in Bern, is the most prestigious event in all of cheese.Example(s): Gruyere, berner alpkase, Tomme vaudoise, to name a few.Worst Ripoff: Kraft SinglesALPINE RACERSpage 44Habitat: Very steep mountains; gyms; spandex shops; start shacksUses: To ski fast.Claim: The first skier to win all five disciplines was Swiss.Example(s): Pirmin ZurbriggenWorst Ripoff: NastarZERBERFECKENSCHLAGERpage 46Habitat: Swiss villagesUses: To get weird.Claim: We don’t remember.Example(s): Typically served with flames, often followed by too many rollies.Worst Ripoff: GoldschlagerFRESH THIS MONTH ON POWDER.COMThe Human Factor II: The follow-up to David Page’s award-winning…

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the new swiss air force

THE INSULAR ALPINE REPUBLIC OF SWITZERLAND is known to keep a low profile. Only a few of the country’s highlights—the banks, the chocolate, Pirmin Zurbriggen, Roger Federer—have made a breakthrough to the world stage. But with a new generation of top-level Swiss big air and slopestyle skiers on the rise, it might be time to add freestyle skiing to the list of things for which Switzerland is famous.In the last four years, Swiss skiers have earned more medals in X Games big air competitions than any other country, thanks to the duo of Elias Ambuhl and Kai Mahler. Either Ambuhl or Mahler has consistently landed a second- or third-place finish in big air since 2012 (in 2013, both placed in the top three). One more top-three win and Switzerland will…