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Former Robot Engineer Will Make You Want Your Own Ski Company, Too

Like many in the outdoor industry, Mike Parris didn't intend, initially, to be building skis for a career. Instead, he was back home in Pennsylvania in a totally different career, building robotics parts for Mars rovers while skiing the state's small hills. 

Mike used his mechanical experience to help a friend who'd started his own ski company, Jackson Hole-based Igneous Skis, put together better equipment for his factory. Now, Parris runs Igenous himself, shaping just 100 pairs of skis a year for discerning customers.

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Mike purposely leaves his creations free of any logos – that, he insists, makes people physically stop and ask someone where they got their skis, giving Mike an organic word-of-mouth marketing campaign that often centers in the parking lot on Jackson's Teton Pass. Parris has his own appreciation for his craft and for skiing itself, and just might make you want to run your own custom ski brand.

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Benjamin Forthun Takes Pond Skimming to a Whole New Level
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Benjamin Forthun Takes Pond Skimming to a Whole New Level

Benjamin Forthun Takes Pond Skimming to a Whole New Level

When it comes to pond skimming, there is a certain level of debauchery that is usually to be expected: silly costumes, ruckus cheers, and just a wee bit (or a lot) of beer. Norwegian skier Benjamin Forthun, however, has taken the pastime to a whole new level with his epic run at FONNA Glacier Ski Resort for the start of their summer season. Talk about crushing the game. 

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Dr. Mark Vonnegut Talks About Coming to Grips With His Own Bipolar Diagnosis
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Dr. Mark Vonnegut Talks About Coming to Grips With His Own Bipolar Diagnosis

Dr. Mark Vonnegut Talks About Coming to Grips With His Own Bipolar Diagnosis

Dr. Mark Vonnegut–the son of esteemed writer Kurt Vonnegut–is one of the world's foremost researchers of bipolar disorder. RELATED: See showtimes, buy tickets for the tour Vonnegut, who has carved out a career as one of the top pediatricians in the Boston after graduating from Harvard Medical School, and has authored multiple highly acclaimed books that talk about living with mental health disorders like bipolar disorder. But unlike other doctors who publish on their medical specialty,

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FWT Athletes Enjoy an Andorra Down Day
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FWT Athletes Enjoy an Andorra Down Day

FWT Athletes Enjoy an Andorra Down Day

What do the world's best freeride skiers do the day before a competition? Well, go skiing, of course! While waiting for a weather window to start this year's Freeride World Tour Andorra competition, the whole crew of athletes spent a day tearing up the mountain, scoping lines and sending them to the moon. Check out Sam Ibex Lee's POV recap of what he calls one his best days of the season.