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Video: This French Heli Pilot Does a Next-Level Toe In

There’s never really anything good about having to get rescued, especially when you’re in the high alpine and suffer a knee injury. However, when skiing in the mountains around Chamonix, you can count on the fact that your rescuers are among the most badass in the world and will stop at nothing to come save your a**.

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That was clearly evident this past week when a skier dislocated his knee and required a heli evac. The rescue crew arrived almost immediately and managed to pluck him off the steep slope like an olive off a plate of hor d’oeuvres. Super smooth, super easy, but REALLY sketchy. I mean, look how close those rotors are to the slope. 

That was me 3 years ago. I was so happy to hear the sound of helicopter rotors coming up from the valley. I have also never properly thanked these rescuers who risk their lives helping fools like me many times each day.

    ...I should clarify that it was NOT me in the video, but I had a similar accident on Mt. Blanc 3 years ago.

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Skiers Complete First Ski Descent of Half Dome to Valley Floor
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Skiers Complete First Ski Descent of Half Dome to Valley Floor

Skiers Complete First Ski Descent of Half Dome to Valley Floor

Yosemite’s Half Dome is not a ski line. Of course, it’s better known as a rock-climbing destination high above the floor of Yosemite Valley. That didn’t stop two locals (Jason Torlano and Zack Milligan) from chasing their dream of becoming the first to link turns from the summit all the way to the valley floor. Torlano and Milligan did just that earlier this week when they took advantage of ephemeral conditions to ski off the summit of Half Dome. Conditions consisted of half an inch of névé

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VIDEO: Owen Leeper Ticks Off Another Massive Air
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VIDEO: Owen Leeper Ticks Off Another Massive Air

VIDEO: Owen Leeper Ticks Off Another Massive Air

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

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Kai Jones, Nick Mcnutt, Lusti and Mac Join Mammut Safety Team
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Kai Jones, Nick Mcnutt, Lusti and Mac Join Mammut Safety Team

Kai Jones, Nick Mcnutt, Lusti and Mac Join Mammut Safety Team

Mammut just announced a robust new snow safety athlete team, supporting its mission and goals as the world’s premiere snow safety brand. Boasting the most advanced and reliable avalanche safety equipment on the market, Mammut has long been the go-to brand for snowsports professionals, and with the addition of TGR Athletes Kai Jones, Nick Mcnutt, Christina Lustenberger and Ian McIntosh, that team will lead the way for a safe future in the mountains. Joining the TGR crew are skiers Marcus