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Summer Ski Jump Training at the Utah Olympic Park

Out of all ski-related sports, ski jumping stands apart. Most disciplines rely to at least some degree on contact between skis and snow, but ski jumping is more about the interaction between skis and air. Snow contact is undesirable, because more contact means a shorter flight. The best jumpers barely touch the ground, alighting at the very end of their landing zone. This video gives a behind-the-scenes look at summertime training at the Utah Olympic Park.

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Since the surface doesn't matter overmuch, it makes sense that summer ski jumping is a thing. As long as you have a moderately soft and slippery surface upon which to land, it works. The landing surface only really matters in the event of a crash, which happens rarely, but generally quite dramatically:

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Video: Ski-Biker Gets ‘Bars Deep’ at Brighton
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Video: Ski-Biker Gets ‘Bars Deep’ at Brighton

Video: Ski-Biker Gets ‘Bars Deep’ at Brighton

Ski bikers are a rare breed—so rare that we've never seen one in real life. However, if ski-biking is as fun as Jake Lawlor makes it look in this edit, we might have to give it a try. We've only got a few questions: How do you get it on the lift? Does it break often? Does Ski Patrol ever give you a hard time? How does it compare to regular mountain biking? RELATED: Riding Whistler's Green Monster With the Local Pros For those interested in giving ski-biking a try, Lawlor is riding a Tnght Ski

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Video: Pow-Loving Platypus Spotted at Tasmanian Ski Area
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Video: Pow-Loving Platypus Spotted at Tasmanian Ski Area

Video: Pow-Loving Platypus Spotted at Tasmanian Ski Area

We often write about animal sightings at ski areas. And by animal sightings, we mean moose sightings. It's not that we're opposed to writing about other animals, but most of the usual suspects are hibernating during the winter, so we write about moose. Moose are massive and scary, but also goofy-looking and strangely adorable. Platypi aren't massive, but they are definitely goofy-looking and strangely adorable, and their venom adds an element of terror to their otherwise unthreatening

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Tim Durtschi: Slaying Big Lines in the Tetons
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Tim Durtschi: Slaying Big Lines in the Tetons

Tim Durtschi: Slaying Big Lines in the Tetons

Tim Durtschi has been exploring the Tetons with TGR for years, but this year was a little different. Instead of flying around the globe in search of powder, Tim spent the majority of the season skiing and filming around Jackson. Luckily for him, this was a record-breaking season—the perfect year to hang around Wyoming. He’s also embraced his role as Kai Jones’ mentor, passing on knowledge just as it was passed to him when he was a young up-and-comer. RELATED: TGR Winterland Tour Dates and