If there’s one thing Owen Leeper is known for, it’s his knack for hitting absolutely GIGANTIC cliffs on his skis. This year, with an epically deep snowpack in the Tetons, he kept up that trend, hitting some classic airs around Grand Targhee before stepping up to a truly massive one this week. Even more mind-blowing is the fact that Leeper sent a massive frontflip off the lip, something he claims actually makes it easier. With airs this size, Leeper says he has to commit to landing on his backpack to absorb the impact, as it would surely result in a leg injury if he tried to stomp it.
It’s no secret that the demand for backcountry education has risen just as much as backcountry usership this year. For those who have been recreating in the backcountry regularly in seasons past, this means there are not only newcomers to share their powder stashes with, but their knowledge as well. The Tetons are a particularly special place when it comes to backcountry recreation with the sheer amount of access in our backyard. Most days, the parking lot at the top of Teton Pass is full by
We all know that in mountain towns this past year, “working from home” often meant “shredding with your phone and taking calls from the chairlift.” We’re not sure what Kai Jones’s boss would think of this indisputable proof of playing hooky, but it sounds like he still made his 4 p.m. meeting, so all is probably well. And come on, with tricks like those, he might as well be employee of the month!
TGR Hall of Fame athlete Kent Kreitler is a living legend. He’ll be remembered as the skier who first helped bring tricks to the backcountry, but he is so much more than that. He was part of an elite crew of skiers that pioneered big mountain skiing in Alaska…the generation that lived fast and took chances. Just a few years ago, he was inducted in the TGR Hall of Fame for his many parts in films over the years. In part one of his podcast on the Powell Movement, Mike Powell talks with