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Michael “Bird” Shaffer Wants You to Lose the Phone and Plug Into the Mountains

Michael “Bird” Shaffer has been around skiing scary lines and flying out the bottom longer that most. Whether it's big scary lines in Chamonix, or technical objectives in his home mountains around Washington, his skiing and flying may be constantly evolving, but one thing he knows is to always stay true to the spirit of the mountains. These days, with devices and social media permeating nearly every aspect of our lives, it’s hard to unplug and disconnect from our virtual world, and stop constantly comparing everything we do to what others think.

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Bird’s message is simple: take to the time to unplug yourself from the fray and plug yourself back into the mountains. Do it to re-connect with nature in the old-growth forest, do it to re-connect with friends, and do it to re-connect with your love for skiing. You'll thank yourself later.

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​The Soundtrack of Shred: A Brief History of ODESZA & TGR
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​The Soundtrack of Shred: A Brief History of ODESZA & TGR

​The Soundtrack of Shred: A Brief History of ODESZA & TGR

What’s the first band that comes to mind when you think about the TGR’S films? A few might come to mind, but if you really sit down and crunch the numbers, the answer might surprise you. The electronic duo, ODESZA, and Teton Gravity Research have a long standing relationship. One might say it all began after a night at the Mangy Moose in 2014, but Jackson local and ODESZA manager Adam Foley said that it’s been a thing of fate for the two powerhouses to collaborate since the conception of

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​VIDEO: Step Into the Mind of Michael “Bird” Shaffer
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​VIDEO: Step Into the Mind of Michael “Bird” Shaffer

​VIDEO: Step Into the Mind of Michael “Bird” Shaffer

We’ve seen a lot from steep skiing and speed flying superstar Michael Bird Shaffer over the last few years – whether it’s exploits high in the mountains of Chamonix, or skiing scary lines in the North Cascades. But his story is pretty different from most who roam this earth.  From Black Crows: Born into an atypical family, a fighter pilot father who left everything behind to follow his wife to a hippie project in the hills of Washington, Michael Shaffer was raised free and happy, close to

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​VIDEO: Sam Smoothy And Janina Kuzma Attempt To Ski NZ’s Second Highest Peak
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​VIDEO: Sam Smoothy And Janina Kuzma Attempt To Ski NZ’s Second Highest Peak

​VIDEO: Sam Smoothy And Janina Kuzma Attempt To Ski NZ’s Second Highest Peak

In the Southern Hemisphere winter of 2021, Kiwi Skier Janina Kuzma set out with a goal to summit Mt Tasman and ski down the committing descent of the Stevenson-Dick Couloir, with Sam Smoothy by her side for the journey. The Pursuit explores the tremendous journey of learning high-level mountain skills, the mental and physical preparation required for a mission of this caliber and follows the two skiers on the challenging climb and grueling descent down New Zealand's second highest peak. Catch