God bless the mad minds behind the build at this year's Audi Nines contest.
This year's course implemented a slew of new features and a build that capitalized on transition hits and flowy, unique styles. In liue of just wantonly building a ridiculous amount of XL jumps, the creators of Audi Nines went for originality first and foremost, and had the foresight to build a full loop on the course.
Well, that creative planning paid off over the weekend when Swedish freeskiing extraordinaire Jesper Tjäder decided to hit the full loop switch, and became the first skier to ever accomplish the feat.
A single drop of blood fell to the snow, making a hollow plop. Halfway up hiking a backcountry run, Dina Mishev stared down at the lone drop of red on white. More blood pooled to the point of her nose. Dina watched as another drop fell, joining the first one on the snow. The blood stared back at her, a reminder of all the reasons why she couldn’t let herself stop climbing. Fresh from her second round of chemo a few days prior, Mishev was actively ignoring the pain, nausea and exhaustion
Ah, the land of croissants and red wine. Chamonix, France is to extreme skiing as Yosemite is to rock climbing, or Pipeline is to surfing. In a nutshell, the legendary mountains surrounding Mont Blanc have drawn the attention of the world’s best skiers and snowboarders looking to ride the biggest lines of their lives. Each year, a veritable pilgrimage of riders convenes in this magical valley in the French Alps to put their alpine skills to the test. So far, the 2017-18 season turned out
For the last month, a team of the world’s best ski mountaineers has been out achieving the impossible: a ski traverse of the Alps. The long way. On March 17, the team of seven skiers left Reichenau an der Rax, a small town near Vienna, and started walking towards Nice, France. The team was made up of Bernhard Hug, Philipp Reiter, David Wallman, and Jackson’s own Mark and Janelle Smiley. Their route crossed dozens of major peaks like Austria’s 3798m Großglockner along the way, covering 1070