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Podcast: Recounting Sam Smoothy’s Near-Death Crash in Winterland

Accidents in the mountains don’t just take a toll on the athletes involved, they weigh especially heavy on the friends and bystanders who witness and respond to them. When Sam Smoothy took a particularly heavy tumble while filming in Austria for TGR’s Winterland last year, the experience shook his film crew (who were the first responders and saved Sam's life) to the core. Learning from events like these is unfortunately part of the game we play, but provide valuable moments to look back on and reflect about how we can improve our skills.

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Production crew member and longtime part of the TGR family Jon Desabris, who counts Sam Smoothy among his closest friends, was the first on the scene in Austria. Learn more about what happened in Episode 1 of Man:Age, a new podcast with host Ryan Dunfee that explores what a new philosophy for American masculinity might look like in the 21st century.

In case you haven't seen the crash itself:

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This Telluride Ski Bum Passed Away, and His Obit is The Stuff of Legends
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This Telluride Ski Bum Passed Away, and His Obit is The Stuff of Legends

This Telluride Ski Bum Passed Away, and His Obit is The Stuff of Legends

Randall Jacobs was a self-described Arizona desert rat, Telluride ski bum, and connoisseur of the better things in life. Legacy.com photo. We never knew Randall Jacobs, but we sure wish that we did. Randall Jacobs, a self-described Arizona desert rat, Telluride ski bum, and connoisseur of the better things in life known as “Uncle Bunky” passed away earlier this month. According to his legendary obituary, crafted by his nephew, pays homage to the hang-loose lifestyle Jacobs seemed to

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VIDEO: Tof Henry Shreds the Re-Opened Aiguille du Midi
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VIDEO: Tof Henry Shreds the Re-Opened Aiguille du Midi

VIDEO: Tof Henry Shreds the Re-Opened Aiguille du Midi

This weekend marked the re-opening of perhaps the most iconic ski lift in the world: the Aiguille du Midi’s Telepherique in Chamonix, France. Home to unquestionably the gnarliest lift-access terrain in the world, the Midi was closed for most of its prime spring season, leaving local skiers and riders frothing to get back up into the icy heights of the Mont Blanc Massif as soon as possible. Their prayers were answered this past weekend. RELATED: Check Out Vol. 1 Of the TGR Journal None

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Video: Ted Ligety Reminds Us That Ripping Groomers Rules
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Video: Ted Ligety Reminds Us That Ripping Groomers Rules

Video: Ted Ligety Reminds Us That Ripping Groomers Rules

Last spring, Ted Ligety and Antti Autti met up at Snowbird to rip groomers and search for the perfect turn while creating SHRED.’s short film, . United by a passion for carving, one of the greatest skiers of all time and one of the best snowboarders in the world embraced everything the mountain has to offer. Each brought his own creativity and style to the snow. RELATED: Check out the TGR Journal Vol. 1 With corduroy as their canvas, they revealed that nothing compares to the beauty and