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X Games’ Real Ski Backcountry Stocked With TGR Athletes

With summer's informal finish coming this weekend, ESPN has launched its annual internet skiing competition, the X Games Real Ski Backcountry contest. While lacking in riled-up crowds, Aspen nightlife, and truckloads of free pizza rolls, the contest is still packing an X Games-level cash prize and talent on par with any Big Air under-the-lights triple-cork-to-flat final. 

This year's contest also includes three TGR athletes–Tim Durtschi and Dane Tudor, both of whom filmed for Almost Ablaze, and Sammy Carlson (above), who may or may not have a secret little side project going on with TGR right now, and who won the contest last year with an insane edit that included one line with back-to-back double flips in the Whistler backcountry. 

Sammy's 2014 edit features the same level of ingenious, and terrifyingly large, backcountry hucks, tree-top jibs, and flips into tree jibs, video game-style. Tudor and Durtschi are holding it down with the usual level of backcountry insanity, but it's a stacked field. Chamonix's Sam Favret is pure balls, while Wiley Miller is bringing the style as always. But my money's on Sammy C., as that video game skiing is just plain hard to top. Head over to ESPN to check out the full field, and get ready to whip out your Tweets and 'Grams to vote in a social media-driven voting format that is sure to give luddites a headache...

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What Can We Learn From Lahout’s - America’s Oldest Ski Shop
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What Can We Learn From Lahout’s - America’s Oldest Ski Shop

A visit to Lahout's Ski Shop is an unforgettable experience. They're not your average gear retailer. Instead, this humble country store is the by-product of a fourth-generation family that's committed to getting their community on skis. It wasn't originally in our plan to visit Lahout's Ski Shop. Our quick trip to New England was jam-packed with family and old friend catch-ups, allowing for little wiggle room for spontaneous adventures. But when the opportunity to visit North America's

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Meet the Winners of the 2020 Winter TGR Grom Comp
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Meet the Winners of the 2020 Winter TGR Grom Comp

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This past season was a tough one to be a grom – or a skier and rider of any age, for that matter. Despite the strangest winter season we’ve ever seen, we were blown away by the level of talent we saw in the 2020 TGR Grom Comp, presented by GoPro. Some of the best skiers and snowboarders under the age of 18 threw down all winter long, stacking clips for the win. As always, this year’s winners were chosen by a panel of judges made up of TGR athletes and staff. The competition was tight,

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Eric Pollard Leaves Line Skis to Start Season Eqpt
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Eric Pollard Leaves Line Skis to Start Season Eqpt

Eric Pollard Leaves Line Skis to Start Season Eqpt

While we're sad to see Pollard leave Line Skis, we can't wait to see what comes from his new brand Season Eqpt. Evo photo. After 21 years with Line Skis, Eric Pollard is on to the next chapter in his career. According to an announcement on his Instagram, in August of 2019, the collaboration between the two came to an end. For the last two decades, Pollard designed 48 pairs of Line Skis, with hopes of challenging the status quo in skiing. Two of his most famous skis are the Sakana and Sir