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July Skiing Happened in Vermont and it’s Hilarious

The Craftsbury Outdoor Center has just accomplished an incredible feat: they made Vermont snowfall last until July. That’s insane, especially when you consider that Vermont has been facing a heat wave this week with humid, 90-degree weather.

The cross-country ski area is experimenting for the first time with snow storage in a project they’re calling “snow farming.” They’ve teamed up with geologists from the University of Vermont to see if they can preserve snow over the summer season. So, what’s they’re snow-saving method? They hide the snow under piles of woodchips. 

They write in their blog, “The goal here is to see if we can store snow over summer and eventually use it to cover the trails and start skiing in November. How long will this summer’s piles last? June? July? August? How about an epic BKL snowball fight on Labor Day! We don’t know. This is a first time experiment so far south and so low in elevation.” They even hooked up sensors and other various data collection devices to track how quickly the snow is melting beneath the piles. Check it out: 

And, to top it all off, they “harvested” some of their stash for a 3rd of July block party, which is where this amazing edit came from. It’s a riot, and we’re jealous to have missed out. 

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Video: Kilian Jornet Skis the Troll Wall
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Kilian Jornet is a freakish athlete. His accomplishments are too numerous for a quick list, but an abbreviated list might include his seemingly countless ultra-marathon victories, his world-record pace ascents and descents of Everest, Denali, Mont Blanc, and the Matterhorn, and his 24-hour uphill skiing record.  The man pushes boundaries wherever he can find them, so this recent accomplishment seems just about par for the course.   Related: Kilian Jornet Drops Trailer for "Entre Les Lignes"

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When the opening riff of Barracuda by Heart drops in the Blondes' latest edit I’ve got chills. Ann Wilson’s voice is the anthem of lady shred. But what’s great about their new video is that it’s both epic and informative. This time the Blondes are giving us a lesson on “How to Chuck Your Carcass.” They’ve got it so dialed that it has become an art form for them. Good news is the technique only takes a couple of easy steps: gather your gals, find some pillows, and send it. You may not stick