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Exploring Norway’s Lofoten Islands from a Local’s Perspective

Skiing wouldn’t be where it is today without the influence of Norway. All throughout the Middle Ages, wooden skis were utilized by the Scandinavians as a means of transportation. Then, around 1850, woodcarvers in Telemark, Norway, created the first-ever cambered ski, forever revolutionizing the sport. Even the word ski is a nod to the Norweigan word skíð, which means a split piece of wood. Norwegians are unabashedly proud of this heritage, so much so that skiing is regarded as their national sport.

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As a result, Norway is a paradise for skiing, and we spoiled ourselves by filming in the country’s Shangri La: The Lofoten Islands. These untamed islands feel straight out of an Instagram influencers post—except they’re much better in person. This archipelago is nestled just north of the Arctic Circle and is home to a cluster of charming fishing villages. Jagged mountains rise straight from the water, meaning that the skiing always starts and ends at the ocean. Once you're completely exhausted from the day, kick up your feet and take in the view of the Northern lights. It's not a shabby way to apres.

Christina Lusti reaps the rewards from her long hike up. Ming T Poon Photo.

"It’s such a unique place with such a rich skiing history and really different terrain," explained Sage Cattabriga-Alosa. "Where else can you ski directly to the water and have ocean views no matter where you look?"

People move to Lofoten for access, but what keeps them here is the people. Lofoten is home to a passionate community, who thrives in this wild landscape. Our crew was lucky to be guided by Sjur Hauge of Northern Alpine Guides during our visit. This kind-hearted Viking helped the TGR crew tick off some incredible lines and enjoy Lofoten to the fullest. 

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Loon Mountain is Installing the First 8-Pack Chairlift in the East
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Loon Mountain is Installing the First 8-Pack Chairlift in the East

Loon Mountain is Installing the First 8-Pack Chairlift in the East

Have you ever been on a chairlift and thought to yourself, “gee I wish I could be sharing this experience with seven of my best friends.” I haven’t. But if that notion excites you then you’d better plan a trip to New Hampshire next winter because Loon Mountain is constructing the holy grail of chairlifts. They’re about to be proud owners of a snazzy new eight-seat D-Line Doppelmayr chair. It’s got all the bells and whistles: heated seats, a bubble to keep the frozen rain off you, and moves up

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John and Angel Collinson on Their Different Skiing Passions
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John and Angel Collinson on Their Different Skiing Passions

John and Angel Collinson on Their Different Skiing Passions

Angel and John Collinson were raised with the same understanding for the rules of the mountain. As they grew older, they were given the freedom to ski the mountain on their own terms. In this video, Angel and John talk about their approaches to skiing and chasing their passions. Whether it’s just enjoying the process or exploring the creative freedom of skiing we can all relate the Collinsons in some way. Although they might have different approaches to skiing, their love for the mountains is

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Darkfest Riders Shred the 2021 Course Preview
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Darkfest Riders Shred the 2021 Course Preview

Darkfest Riders Shred the 2021 Course Preview

After waiting in anticipation, riders Sam Reynolds, Clemens Kaudela, Theo Erlangsen, and Vincent Tupin reveal the 2021 Darkfest course in Stellenbosch, South Africa. With a combination of high stoke, smooth lines, and jumps bigger than ever, there’s no doubt that we will be getting great content all week.