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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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Real Skifi Tries 21 Tricks on the Same Rail
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Real Skifi Tries 21 Tricks on the Same Rail

Real Skifi Tries 21 Tricks on the Same Rail

The Real Skifi crew put the creativity back into skiing. In an era of competition slopestyle runs that look like Olympic aerials skiing, the crew of Finnish misfits give skiing a breath of fresh air. This time, the guys try 21 different tricks on the same handrail. Oh, and did we mention theres no snow in sight, and the handrail leads straight into a river? Looks like a great way too cool off to us. 

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Video: Aymar Navarro Dances His Way Down Couloir
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Video: Aymar Navarro Dances His Way Down Couloir

Video: Aymar Navarro Dances His Way Down Couloir

Once again, Aymar Navarro manages to blow our minds with his ability to find yet another super sick line in South America, and absolutely style it. This time, Navarro and filmmaker Txema Trull send it down the Punta Balcón on Chile’s Cajón del Maipo. While we know that music was added after the fact, it’s almost as if Navarro and Trull are truly dancing their way down the never-ending line. Nice work! RELATED: Aymar Navarro Rips the Real C

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Chris Benchetler Celebrates 10 Years of the Atomic Bent Chetler Ski
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Chris Benchetler Celebrates 10 Years of the Atomic Bent Chetler Ski

Chris Benchetler Celebrates 10 Years of the Atomic Bent Chetler Ski

There are few skiers in the industry that have been as influential as the soft-spoken, pow-slaying, ski design mastermind that is Chris Benchetler. 10 years ago, he was first presented with the opportunity to design and build a pro-model ski for Atomic. Since then the ski has taken on several new forms, but the basic design (a fat, playful twintip pow ski inspired by Benchetler’s desire to surf and butter down mountains) has never changed. The action sports world is full of parallels, and