If you paid attention at all to snowboarding during the days before Facebook, then Mike Basich needs no introduction. But while the salad days of his pro snowboarding career may be in the past, he's gotten acclaim for years for chucking it all aside to build his own off-the-grid tiny home near Donner Summit in Lake Tahoe out of 175 tons of solid rock that took two and a half years to move and finish–all by hand. The house is accessible only by snowmobile in the winter, and sits on 40 acres of land that doubles as Basich's private backcountry paradise, even counting a ropetow that Basich salvaged and installed on his property. He's also got a snowcat he runs on veggie oil and can use to plow a road for his sled or build booters for visiting jibbers. Did we mention there's a wood-fired hot tub, too? It's called Area 241, and you're going to be wanting to quit your job and build your own after watching this video.
From The Column: Base Camp
tetongravity.com/odetomuir“In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.” - John Muir Day three: The barrier is broken and I am officially off belay walking through mountains I have never seen before. My house is 147 miles away and everything I need for 9 days is on my back. Stripped down to the bare essentials; food, shelter, crampons, snowboard. This particular valley is the tightest I have seen. Even if you tried to look in to it, you couldn’t –have tried
Anna Gasser just took snowboarding to new heights by becoming the first woman to land a cab triple 1260. For those who don’t get inverted, a cab triple starts by riding switch and is followed by three-and-a-half rotations to land riding forwards. RELATED: Mark McMorris Lands First Front Board Double Cork 1170 To make the accomplishment that much sweeter, the Olympic champion stomped the trick on her first try at the Stubai Park Sessions event in Austria. No stranger to making history, Gasser
In case you missed the news, a couple Colorado mountains got absolutely dumped on over the weekend. Like not just a few inches, but a few feet, and in the case of Breckenridge we’re talking around 4 feet of the white stuff. That’s a pretty serious haul for November. In fact, Breck and Keystone got so much snow over the weekend that they're going to open this Wednesday, which marks the first time in around a decade that the two resorts will open their doors this early. The Tetons got a