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‘A Few Steps From Home’ Embraces Skiing in Your Backyard

Again and again last year we were encouraged to recreate close to home. Some people saw this as a disadvantage in their opportunities to get outside, and others used it as a chance to explore and embrace what was right out their backdoor. For skiers Max Kronek, Jochen Mesle, and Joi Hoffman, this meant taking a long weekend to ski from a hut nestled between the bustling cities of Innsbruck and Munich. What they found were lines comparable to those in Alaska and Canada and in a nearby spot they’d never skied before. A Few Steps From Home chronicles their long weekend of rewarding turns and cozy cabin life and the vast potential of getting after it close to home. 

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The Time Todd Ligare Backed Away From His Line
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The Time Todd Ligare Backed Away From His Line

The Time Todd Ligare Backed Away From His Line

As we've been showing with Dylan Hood and Hadley Hammer, top pros aren't just sending it off every gnarly thing in sight as soon as they show up. Often enough, they're turning around because it's not the right day, the right run, or the right call. CHECK OUT: TGR's comprehensive, multimedia guide to planning your next greatest backcountry adventure As Todd Ligare explains here, taking on a couloir in the Montana backcountry after setting up camp in a new zone took far longer than

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Free the Heel, Free the Mind, Free the Ski
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Free the Heel, Free the Mind, Free the Ski

Free the Heel, Free the Mind, Free the Ski

Everyone knows that tele skiers are kind of just cooler than the rest of us. But watching this video really confirms that freeing the heel really does free the mind when it comes to freestyle skiing. Just some nice tele turns on a powder day look pretty beautiful, but watching French skier Mikael Garcin drop a knee switch is a whole different level of aesthetically pleasing skiing. These moves are sendy for anybody but doing them on teles brings a whole new level of steeze. Maybe one day

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The Athlete Edits: Ian Mcintosh
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The Athlete Edits: Ian Mcintosh

The Athlete Edits: Ian Mcintosh

Like the other veterans of the TGR athlete roster, Ian Mcintosh is showing no signs of slowing down. Instead, he’s pushing himself in ways he never has before – both in the mountains and in his daily life. This season was all about finding a balance between spending time with his new daughter and continuing to pursue a career as one of the boldest skiers around. The BC native certainly stayed true to that reputation by teaming up with his teammates on The North Face squad - Sam Smoothy,