Admit it, your vehicle says a lot about you. Especially if it’s the kind of vehicle that frequents the Mount Baker Ski Area parking lot. Enter Sophia Rouches and her Ford Falcon camper van. These things popped up in the late 80s and early 90s, and a surprising amount of them are still running just fine, taking skiers like Rouches to the zones of their choice. Of course, Rouches likes nothing more than to bring her friends along for the ride – no matter how uncertain it might be, given the road’s often heinous conditions. Speaking of conditions, if they’re anything like what we see in this short film, we’d brave just about any road ourselves to get there.
The skiing in Pemberton, British Columbia, is what Sam Smoothy likes to call “big game hunting.” It's got the gnar factor of Chamonix — and you don't even have to leave North America. The lines are steep, committing, and leave you feeling puckered at the top, all factors that Smoothy loves. RELATED: Behind the Line - Caite Zeliff Vs the Cave Air While filming with fellow North Face athletes Nick McNutt, Ian McIntosh, and Christina Lustenberger, Smoothy eyed up a particularly dicey
100-year businesses don't exist. The retail industry is dead. In the rugged White Mountains of northern New Hampshire, neither of those statements are true. North America’s oldest ski shop, Lahout’s, has remained open 365 days a year since 1920. While e-commerce and conglomerates have stripped the country of local, independent retailers, a family of Lebanese immigrants have prevailed for a century, beating the Great Depression, World War II, the Dot Com Crash and the Great Recession. Watch
If there’s one question Kai Jones is probably sick of answering, it’s got to be “how old are you?” Maybe that’s his skiing’s fault, though. Take one look at the young Atomic Skis ripper, and you’d be scratching your head too. Well, in case you were wondering, Kai was 13 when he filmed for putting down mind-bending segments in Jackson Hole and Japan for the film. Teaming up with friends old (Tim Durtschi + Colter Hinchliffe) and new (literally everyone who skied in Jackson during this epic