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.
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If you were born a boy in the Swiss mountains during the 1950s, chances are high you had dreams of becoming a mountain guide. Rey “Reto” Keller was one of those young boys with aspirations of one day guiding, growing up in the lower part of the Engadin Valley in a multi-generational family of guides. “Guiding was part of our family. As a boy, you had a stamp on your forehead when you were little–you were becoming a guide. It was kinda mandatory and traditional,” says Keller. But Keller is
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