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Technology is Allowing This Blind Racer to Ski Alone

Noemi Ristau is a German ski racer with Stargardt disease, a disease which has progressively impaired her vision. As Paralympic skier, she normally trains and races with a spotter who skis in front of her and directs her via a headset. That might be changing, though: As a commercial stunt to advertise their new 5G network, Vodafone decided to help Noemi ski without a spotter in close proximity. They strapped a cellphone to her head which livestreams her "view" to her spotter, sitting at the hill's bottom. The spotter uses the nearly-realtime stream to give instructions. 

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While we'd rather see good deeds done for their own sake instead of as commercial stunts, a good deed is a good deed. Both Noemi and her spotter Paula seem stoked, and the potential for greater independence for visually impaired skiers is exciting indeed.

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Faction Skis Drops Teaser for New Film ‘The Collective’
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Faction Skis Drops Teaser for New Film ‘The Collective’

Faction Skis Drops Teaser for New Film ‘The Collective’

Faction Skis has one of the most stacked and well-rounded teams in the world of skiing, so when news of a new Faction Collective film hits the world-wide-web, we take notice. The sub-minute teaser doesn't give us much to work with, but it does show a mix of big-mountain, park, and urban clips, indicating that the upcoming film will cover the gamut of freestyle skiing.  RELATED: Monoskier Sends Perfect Double Backie There's no information as to which members of the Faction team will be

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Video: Australian Pow Day
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Video: Australian Pow Day

Video: Australian Pow Day

Australian Ski Resort Thredbo received over 33 inches of snow this past weekend as Antarctic storms tore into the continent. Putting together a pow day edit to prove Australians can rip more than just liquid water, it’s difficult not to feel tinges of jealousy as ski season kicks into gear for the Australians. Located in the Highlands of Southeast Australia, Thredbo is one of the premier resorts of the continent, and has the longest runs in Australia.  Thredbo Trail Map. Photo: Thredbo

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TGR On Location: Lofoten
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TGR On Location: Lofoten

TGR On Location: Lofoten

In early April, Ian McIntosh, Sage Cattabriga-Alosa, and Christina Lusti headed to Norway’s Lofoten Archipelago alongside cinematographers Ben Dann, Dutch Simpson, and Austin Hopkins. Getting to Kabelvåg, where the team was based, took the better part of three days, but that wasn’t necessarily as much of a headache as one might expect. “Getting there was actually one of the coolest parts of the trip,” said Dann. “Flying above coastal Norway was incredible—our faces were glued to the windows