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Skiing the Utah Desert Is a One-of-a-Kind Experience

Ever since Ian and Neil Provo showed off their backyard in their iconic short film Desert Spines, the prospect of skiing and snowboarding among the red dirt of southern Utah has been high on the list. Of course, the conditions required for such an adventure are about as rare as finding first tracks down Cody Peak these days, but skiers Rob Aseltine, Willie Nelson, and Dan Rihm made it happen during a recent storm cycle.

RELATED: Skiing Utah’s 24 Inches in 24 Hours Storm

In Aseltine’s words: “The rarity of powder in the desert must be explored, devoured, and savored.” 

What kind of permitting did you need to film in the monument? Isn’t there a restriction on commercial filming in park boundaries? Also, I thought the Park Service didn’t allow downhill skiing within the monument boundaries?

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Throwback: The Longest Ski Jump in History
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Throwback: The Longest Ski Jump in History

Throwback: The Longest Ski Jump in History

In terms of humans flying through the air at high velocity with little to nothing in the way of safety equipment, ski jumping is unparalleled. Soaring above massive hills at highway speed, these fearless athletes make mere 100-foot gaps like Chad's seem almost mundane. Yes, they aren't flipping or spinning, but they also don't have the benefit of a soft landing.  Related: Ski BASE Has Returned to Jackson's Cody Peak Technically, a jump done on a hill on this size is classified as "ski

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Video: Black Crows’ “You’re Boring”
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Video: Black Crows’ “You’re Boring”

Video: Black Crows’ “You’re Boring”

Besides making virally popular skis, Black Crows has been releasing some top-notch edits recently.  With a strong team of athletes from all around the world, it's no surprise that their content is comparably strong.  Related: Black Crows Again Remind Us To Keep Skiing Fun This particular edit is backcountry focused, showcasing the performance of their powder skis. From (relative) steeps to deeps to backcountry booters, this shredit from the "Influencer Crow" has it

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FWT19: The Judges Inspect the Verbier Face
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FWT19: The Judges Inspect the Verbier Face

FWT19: The Judges Inspect the Verbier Face

A huge part of putting on the Freeride World Tour is all the work that goes in before the first rider ever drops. With the Verbier finals right around the corner this weekend, the team of judges hiked up the infamous Bec de Rosses face to check out conditions and get a feel of what to expect come Saturday. RELATED: Behind the Scenes of the Freeride World Tour