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​Safety Week: Debriefing Nick McNutt’s Full 2019 Burial

At this point, you’ve probably heard of professional skier Nick McNutt’s burial in an avalanche accident while filming with TGR in 2019. After a successful morning of skiing big lines alongside Christina Lustenberger, Sam Smoothy and Ian McIntosh, McNutt decided to head up for a few minigolf laps on some tasty-looking pillow stacks above where the crew’s sleds were parked. Midway down his second line, he dislodged a large pillow that broke into pieces and cascaded straight down his line. McNutt had already committed to the exit, and was hit full-force by the mass of moving snow, which dragged him through some trees and buried him deep on the flat lake surface below. The tree impact turned off his beacon, but after the crew immediately started a search effort and realized his beacon was not transmitting, cinematographer Ben Dann found McNutt with a lucky probe strike.

Accidents like these are always terrifying, but can prove to be valuable learning experiences. After two years apart, Ben and Nick reunited for a mellow tour on Teton Pass prior to TGR’s annual International Pro Rider Workshop safety session. The two debriefed the 2019 event, chatting about lessons learned and sharing intimate details of what happened during the rescue. Listen in as part of our ongoing Safety Week 2022 coverage, brought to you by Atomic Skis.

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​VIDEO: When Powder Panic and Summit Fever Can Lead To Bad Decisions
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​VIDEO: When Powder Panic and Summit Fever Can Lead To Bad Decisions

​VIDEO: When Powder Panic and Summit Fever Can Lead To Bad Decisions

We’ve all experienced it in some way or another: too much of a good thing (powder skiing) can drive our decision making. Usually, it leads us to explore new places and push our physical limits, but sometimes it can lead us to be blinded and overlook vital safety basics. Sharing the intimate details of incidents where this played a role gives us the opportunity to examine and reflect so we can try to avoid them in the future. On March 20, 2021, two Swiss freeriders, Forrest and Lake

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Cody Cirillo’s Bike to Ski Adventure
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Cody Cirillo’s Bike to Ski Adventure

Cody Cirillo’s Bike to Ski Adventure

There's something to be said for a good, old fashioned, suffer fest. It's those missions where you didn't to ride your bike to get there, or didn't to paddle that river in a day but you did just to give yourself the challenge. That's exactly what Cody Cirillo did last winter when he decided to bike from his home in Telluride, Colorado to the La Sal mountains near Moab, Utah for some late season turns. Something about the rugged landscape of southwestern Colorado and that little extra push

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​VIDEO: Parkin Costain’s December Was One To Remember
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​VIDEO: Parkin Costain’s December Was One To Remember

​VIDEO: Parkin Costain’s December Was One To Remember

The holidays are always a magical time – for skiing with your buddies and feasting on deep pow. That’s what Parkin Costain, Jake Hopfinger and Cam Daley did up in Montana just a few short weeks ago. With an epic storm cycle burying much of the West, the boys took full advantage of some stellar conditions to do what they do best. Here’s to more snow in the forecast!