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Step Inside the World’s Most Advanced Avalanche Research Lab

Switzerland is one of the deadliest places on the planet when it comes to avalanches. Many of the country’s villages and roads lie beneath massive slide paths, and when it snows, big white walls of snow start moving. These days, those dangers are elevated thanks to a warming climate, and the team of scientists and avalanche forecasters at the WSL institute for Snow and Avalanche Research are figuring out how and why it affects mountain communities.

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In the short film Mountain Fever, learn about the day-to-day-lives of these mountain ninjas and take a look at the futuristic equipment they use to measure massive slides. Their research includes everything from observing real avalanches in order to create detailed 3D models, to measuring permafrost levels in the high mountains, to CT-scanning snow samples from as far away as Greenland. It’s used not just to help backcountry skiers and snowboarders but also to help engineers and planners decide whether new structures are safe. Turns out that safe zones are ever-evolving as avalanches get bigger and more dangerous.

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Check Out Red Bull’s Full Film About the K2 Ski Descent
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Check Out Red Bull’s Full Film About the K2 Ski Descent

Check Out Red Bull’s Full Film About the K2 Ski Descent

Exactly two years ago, on July 22, 2018, Polish ski mountaineer Andrzej Bargiel made history by becoming the first person to ski off the summit of K2. We’ve seen photos and short video clips from the adventure, but we’ve had to wait until today to finally see the full film and story of the first descent. It took Bargiel over 60 hours of solo climbing to reach the summit (sans supplemental oxygen) before he clicked into his skis and linked turns the whole way down. The feat put him on the map

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This Italian Crew Scored On A Winter Mission to Lofoten
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This Italian Crew Scored On A Winter Mission to Lofoten

This Italian Crew Scored On A Winter Mission to Lofoten

Remember back in February, when the world was still “normal” and international leisure travel was still a thing? Well, knowing that might still be a long way off for most of the world, here’s a look back at a trip to Norway’s Lofoten Islands by a crew of Italian freeriders. In case you’re unfamiliar, Lofoten is home to some of the most unique ski and snowboard lines in the world, with countless powder-filled couloirs stretching all the way to the ocean just begging to ridden. RELATED:

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VIDEO: Check out Shredbots’ New Short Film: SCURVY
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VIDEO: Check out Shredbots’ New Short Film: SCURVY

VIDEO: Check out Shredbots’ New Short Film: SCURVY

If it's creative urban tricks and big backcountry booters that you seek, we have great news for you: Shredbots just released , a new short film. Featuring the talents of Carlos Garcia Knight, Maggie Leon, Bryce Bugera, and a few others, it's the fresh snowsports content we've been craving. Featuring the talents of Carlos Garcia Knight, Maggie Leon, Bryce Bugera, and a few others, it's the fresh snowsports content we've been craving. RELATED: Whistler's Horstman T-Bar Has Been Removed It's