Admittedly, freeride skiing is still a new sport. Especially when you compare it to the storied and centuries-long histories of the small towns in the Alps that have helped shape it into what it is today. Swiss freerider Jeremie Heitz perhaps knows the importance of that connection better than most as it’s also his personal story – as one the true pioneers of the sport, he progressed his skiing in and around one of these small Swiss towns, Les Marécottes. Over the past 22 years, he’s gone from conquering the larger peaks within the resort, to seeking something bigger, better, more challenging than ever before. These days, even after ripping the massive faces of the biggest peaks in the Alps, he still finds time to return to his original stomping grounds and reconnect with his history.
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
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
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,