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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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Stoke the Fire Athlete Edits: KC Deane
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Stoke the Fire Athlete Edits: KC Deane

Stoke the Fire Athlete Edits: KC Deane

Male model, actor, the second skier on Instagram…the list goes on for KC Deane’s accolades. What’s on the top of that list though is his performance on camera with some hard-charging skiing down some of the wildest lines in the PNW for . This year, K2 athlete KC teamed up with the dream team of Colter Hinchliffe and Sage Cattabriga-Alosa in the winter fairytale land of Washington’s North Cascades leaving no couloir, no pillow line, and no powder stash untouched. We caught up with the man

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Inside Stoke the Fire: Alaska
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Inside Stoke the Fire: Alaska

Inside Stoke the Fire: Alaska

What do a bunch of TGR athletes do when the snow is less than ideal? Well, go to the beach, of course. When Stoke the Fire athletes Caite Zeliff, Elyse Saugstad, Griffin Post and Johnny Collinson were faced with some “challenging” conditions in beautiful Seward, Alaska this past year, they did just that – headed to the beach and chilled out with some Sierras. As the down days started stacking up, the crew was faced with the decision of whether to bail. Luckily, with the input from their crack

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Phil Casabon and Sammy Carlson Capture the Spirit of the Thing
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Phil Casabon and Sammy Carlson Capture the Spirit of the Thing

Phil Casabon and Sammy Carlson Capture the Spirit of the Thing

Phil Casabon and Sammy Carlson have done it again. The two masters of steez, with the hand of Hotlaps, headed out to Mt.Hood to film some truly cool clips. When it comes to choosing some audio to go behind your edit, many may take the easy way out with a rock song. However, Casabon and Carlson go with a beautiful tune that not only matches the vibe of the skiers, but makes you feel like you’re having tea with Master Splinter himself. If you watch carefully, you’ll even catch a quick glimpse