Iconic Aspen Mountain Lift 1A with Downtown Aspen in the Background. Wikimedia Commons Photo.
Many high level skiers will tell you regularly waxing your skis is underrated. Wax creates a smooth surface on ski bases that increases glide and control. However, ski wax is also very temperamental. It usually needs to be reapplied after only a few days on snow. The best type of wax also changes with the temperature so the wax you use in mid-January is different than the one you use at the end of March. A recent study has also shown that ski wax leeches into the snow, which then melts and can enter the local watershed. Wax has been linked to ever-increasing levels of toxins in everything from mountain streams to local wildlife to the technicians who work with the stuff regularly. In a time when winter resorts are striving to reduce their environmental impact, ski wax may be the next thing to go.
Aspen Skiing Company has already been working to reduce the amount of ski wax on their slopes and think they’ve found a long term solution: DPS Phantom Glide. DPS developed Phantom for permanent, waxless glide on their skis, and sells it as a wax-less alternative you can put on any ski or board. A group of ski rental managers, ski patrollers, and other locals in Aspen have been experimenting with DPS’ updated Phantom 2.0 over the past year and based on the results, Aspen Ski Co. has decided to apply Phantom 2.0 to more than 2,300 pairs of rental skis. Check out how Phantom works below.
Chanel earmuffs, scarf, and jumpsuit. Head-to-toe Fendi ski suit. Montcler Genius goggles and one-piece, replete with fringe befitting any high-class western ski vacation. A certain Lloyd Christmas would be proud to see Kylie Jenner and her 22-month-old daughter attacking the slopes of Park City, UT in such style. RELATED: Watch Lindsey Vonn - The Final Season The grom blew her mom and her mom’s 153 million Instagram followers away as she showed surprising promise on the steep slopes,
A really, really close look at the Futurelight™ membrane. The North Face photo. There’s a lot of buzz around The North Face’s new Futurelight™ fabric, alleged to be far more breathable than other comparably-waterproof fabrics. The question is, what makes Futurelight™ so different from other waterproof fabrics, as TNF has been claiming? It all has to do with membranes, as it turns out. Many of TGR’s athletes spent last season in Futurelight™ kits, including Angel and Johnny
Chris Benchetler catches some air in his snazzy light-suit. Peter Morning photo. For the third installment of our series, we wanted to speak with the man behind it all, Director Chris Benchetler. Driving down BC’s Sea to Sky Highway after premiering the film at the Whistler Film Fest, Chris was able to carve out a little time to give us the low down on the behind-the-scenes of making such a psychedelic movie. Did you know a battery pack could potentially melt a surfboard if it got hot