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Embracing the Unpredictable on NZ’s Mount Taranaki

Mount Taranaki is one of the more dangerous mountains to climb in New Zealand. Its terrain is not exceptionally challenging, but when inclement weather rolls in, it becomes a mountain you don’t want to mess with. Unfortunately for skiers Janina Kuzma, Anna Segal and Evelina Nilsson who set out to summit and ski down Taranaki, the conditions were not in their favor. What started as a bluebird powder day quickly morphed into a socked-in blizzard and they were unable to summit. This not only put Taranaki on hold, but also their bigger goal of summiting and skiing all four skiable volcanic peaks on the North Island.

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When it comes to big expeditions like these, Mother Nature can quickly derail even the most organized plans. For this rad lady crew, an unsuccessful mission opened the door to many other incredible opportunities—just because they couldn’t stick to their original plan doesn’t mean they walked away from the trip empty-handed. The change allowed for them to explore new nooks and crannies of the island and connect with the locals, which are invaluable experiences that are often lost when all of the focus is funneled into achieving a mission.

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Watch The Full Freeride World Tour Comp from Hakuba
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Watch The Full Freeride World Tour Comp from Hakuba

Watch The Full Freeride World Tour Comp from Hakuba

The wait is over! The 2019 Freeride World Tour kicks off in Hakuba, Japan today, with plenty of snow and good weather for riders. With several riders out for this competition with injuries, Canadian freeski legend Kye Petersen has entered as a wildcard. Petersen was named 2017 Skier of the Year by Freeskier Magazine, and is known for mind-bending film parts over the last decade. He debuted on the FWT in 2012 with a win in Revelstoke. He will join Tanner Hall and Travis Rice as wild cards in

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Cowboy: Clayton Vila’s Crested Butte Director’s Cut
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Cowboy: Clayton Vila’s Crested Butte Director’s Cut

Cowboy: Clayton Vila’s Crested Butte Director’s Cut

For director Clayton Vila, the relationship with Teton Gravity Research has always been a collaborative experience. Unique within action sports filmmaking, Clayton often creates two different cuts from the same TGR segment. One seamlessly aligns with TGR’s snow film, and in his director’s cut, Vila has complete artistic freedom. In fact, before he even stepped behind the lens for Crested Butte segment, Vila was given considerable creative control. The prompt was pretty open-ended with

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Video: Cody Townsend to Send the 50 Classic Ski Descents
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Video: Cody Townsend to Send the 50 Classic Ski Descents

Video: Cody Townsend to Send the 50 Classic Ski Descents

He might be one of the goofiest skiers in the industry, but Cody Townsend has some serious big mountain chops. Over the years, he has ticked off some seriously gnarly descents all over the globe, but this time, he wants to show off some of his favorite lines closer to home. If you haven’t seen the book on a coffee table somewhere, you’re probably not hanging out with the right crowd. Townsend plans to tick off all 50 of the descents (he’s already done a few, like Denali’s Messner Couloir in