Welcome to Last Call. Dropping every Friday, this column serves as a wrap-up of our favorite stories and videos from the week—some old, some new, but all worthy of attention.
Working For The Weekend: Vermont Backcountry
We've posted every one of these East Coast edits produced by Ski The East starring Portland, Maine lawyer Ben Leoni - a long-standing Meathead Films star who is currently doing his best to reconcile life as a full-time lawyer and his passion for skiing. In this episode, Leoni & others explore the woods of northern Vermont, which, uncharacteristically for New England, are open enough to link legit turns and are blessed with snow totals similar to the those in Colorado (really!), and sometimes even more (the 2007/2008 season brought 423" to Jay Peak). Still to date, some of my best days on snow have come in tight hardwood lines like these ones, where narrow little slots get loaded with way more than the storm total making for tunnel-vision faceshots.
We look forward to the crew hitting up another uncharacteristically awesome New England zone - Mt. Washington and the surrounding high alpine terrain. Bring it on!
Brothers in the Backcountry
Kevin and Mitchell Brower are Salt Lake-based brothers who have been at it in the Wasatch for a long long time - if you remember Kris Ostness' short film for Atomic, 44 Days, you'll remember their skiing. Well, they're still at it in this year's The Brothers Brower series, and followed up their seriously awesome urban edit with an all-backcountry version. In between managing their own kids and running Salt Lake's own ski & snowboard training facility, Snogression, Kevin and Mitchell grab the sleds and throw down in the Wasatch backcountry, adding a bunch of massive tricks and one rediculous cliff wallride into their bag of accomplishments this winter.
'Tis The Season... For Summer Winter!
It's about that time of year when us skiers and snowboarders start considering one of two outlandish expenses: a new drift boat/mountain bike/climbing setup/whitewater raft, or a trip down South somewhere to keep the winter going all summer long. SASS Global Travel, a backcountry ski and snowboard camp placed in Bariloche, Argentina, caters to that second group with the promise of deep pow in August and every kind of conceivable terrain to shred while cold snow slaps you in the face. What's your plan?
Urban Downhilling in Mexico
The phenomenon of urban downhill races in Central and South America is wild as hell. Free from the constraints of American-style litigation, course organizers are free to build race courses through sinewy alleys and down city streets in places like Taxco, Mexico. Instead of rock gardens, berms and tabletops, the obstacles instead include dozens of stairsets, hairpin turns in people's back gardens, and gnarly wooden jumps up and over brick walls and through town squares. Slovakian rider Filip Polc has the sack for it, but the office crew here at TGR? We'd rather fall on dirt (and from a much lower height)...
Jackson Hole Pow-Wow Recap
The Pow-Wow, which Managing Editor Mike Sudmeier did a nice written recap of the other week, is a chance for many people involved in the snowboard industry to get together, test funky new boards, and celebrate the lineage of snowboarding with OGs like Jeff Grell and Steve Link, and the most soulful snowboard maker in all of the world of Keeping It Real, Gentemstick's Taro Tamai. Here's a nice little recap from the event.
One of the board sets being given in a run around JHMR was that of local guide Mikey Franco, who's established his own brand of boards with Franco Snowshapes, who's been designing beautiful handmade snowboards right here in Jackson Hole at the Igneus factory. Ever wanted to build your own board? Here's a little visual insight into the process.
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