Labor Day has traditionally signaled the end of the summer for all us denizens of the Northern Hemisphere – and man, did summer end abruptly this year. Leave it to 2020 to give us yet another rollercoaster ride, although this one sure looked pretty. Lots of mountains across the West saw their first real snowfall of the year late last night, with several inches falling at higher elevations. Check out some shots from our friends over at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort from this morning…the first turns of the season are just around the corner!
Speaking of news from JHMR, the bike park just opened two brand-new trails from the top of the Sweetwater Gondola – an expert jump line and an intermediate flow trail that offer 1200 vertical feet of lift-access descending to enjoy for the rest of the season. Check out more info here.
Last winter, a very different kind of ski area opened in the mountains of Colorado. Bluebird Backcountry resort proved to the world that a ski area could exist without chairlifts. Located off Rabbit Ears Pass near Steamboat, the area is a new concept in ski area design, offering both controlled inbounds terrain and guided-only backcountry terrain only accessible by the power of your own legs. This year, with an anticipated boom in backcountry skiing, Bluebird is announcing some big
This trip to Japan was monumental. Kai’s first International trip and my first time competing in the Freeride World Tour! Our team was ecstatic and excited to be traveling to the land of Powder. We had our camera crew and we were ready to see if Kai could tunnel his way through the deep snow of Japan. Kai already scored some deep days at his home resort of Targhee but would it prepare him for the deepest snow in the world? We would soon find out. Kai and I showed up in Tokyo and
This upcoming winter is going to a weird one. With resort making unprecedented calls to limit numbers to protect guests and employees, we’re almost certainly going to see record numbers of backcountry travelers making turns in the mountains this year. Knowing that, stepping into the backcountry will come with some elevated risks this year, and the Colorado Avalanche Information Center is asking all backcountry users to “take the pledge” and make sure to check the forecast each and every