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The Motivation to Move West: Westward Ep. 1 Rob LaPier

Haling from upstate New York, Rob LaPier didn’t start skiing until he was nine years old, but as soon as he did, it was apparent to everyone around him that he had found his niche. After a brief stint at a college in Vermont, his mom saw that his heart wasn’t in it and encouraged him to go where the mountains are bigger. Two weeks later, Rob was living in Breckenridge, CO and skiing every day. 

He pursued skiing with full devotion and with as much talent as anyone, got onto the podium of a couple free ride world tour stops and by most accounts was on the verge of greatness. But with injuries and bad luck, the life of a pro skier eluded him. As a way of being able to work on skis and continue to chase his dreams, Rob took a job in Jackson, WY as a free ride ski coach and along the way, realized that helping kids chase their dreams was as rewarding as chasing his own. Today, Rob is the director of the Jackson Hole Freeride Ski program.

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​VIDEO: Hoji’s 2021 Winter Edit Is Pillow Skiing Porn
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​VIDEO: Hoji’s 2021 Winter Edit Is Pillow Skiing Porn

​VIDEO: Hoji’s 2021 Winter Edit Is Pillow Skiing Porn

Eric Hjorleifson is pretty much the king of skiing on tech bindings. As a hut keeper in Canada's Esplanade Mountains last year, Hoji had unparalleled access to some of the best human-powered freeride skiing on the planet. By that, we mean dreamy BC faces covered in pillow stacks and spines where he put on a clinic in playful skiing in insanely technical terrain. Now if this high pressure would please end soon…

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​VIDEO: Trevor Kennison Hits The X Games Big Air Jump
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​VIDEO: Trevor Kennison Hits The X Games Big Air Jump

​VIDEO: Trevor Kennison Hits The X Games Big Air Jump

Trevor Kennison isn’t afraid to go big. But you probably already knew that. The sit skier who became the first adaptive athlete to air into Corbet’s just made history again as he became the first to hit an X Games big air jump. The jump is 70 feet to the knuckle, 80 feet to the sweet spot…and Kennison took it nearly to the parking lot. After coming up a bit short on a practice jump, he took another crack at it and sent it pretty much to flat. Twice. Check it out.

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​VIDEO: The Nines 2022 Course Preview
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​VIDEO: The Nines 2022 Course Preview

​VIDEO: The Nines 2022 Course Preview

It’s April, so that means ski season is winding down for most of us. But there’s still room for one more freestyle comp – The Nines 2022. Returning to Crans-Montana, Switzerland, for a historic 30th edition of the series, the Nines promises to wow us with ski and snowboard progression like we’ve never seen it before. Check out the course preview with some truly insane features and keep an eye out for more from the competition coming soon!