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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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Check Out Red Bull’s Full Film About the K2 Ski Descent
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Check Out Red Bull’s Full Film About the K2 Ski Descent

Check Out Red Bull’s Full Film About the K2 Ski Descent

Exactly two years ago, on July 22, 2018, Polish ski mountaineer Andrzej Bargiel made history by becoming the first person to ski off the summit of K2. We’ve seen photos and short video clips from the adventure, but we’ve had to wait until today to finally see the full film and story of the first descent. It took Bargiel over 60 hours of solo climbing to reach the summit (sans supplemental oxygen) before he clicked into his skis and linked turns the whole way down. The feat put him on the map

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WNDR Alpine Drops New Algae-Based Vital 100 Backcountry Ski
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WNDR Alpine Drops New Algae-Based Vital 100 Backcountry Ski

WNDR Alpine Drops New Algae-Based Vital 100 Backcountry Ski

Last winter, a new ski brand joined the fray with a special trick up their sleeve. WNDR Alpine was making high-performing, really fun backcountry skis using a totally new technology: algae-based composite cores. We got a chance to sit down with founder Matt Sterbenz (who you might remember being behind 4FRNT) last fall to learn about the technology in their original ski the Intention 110, and you can read more about that here. WNDR Alpine just released their second ski, the Vital 100, and

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VIDEO: Québécois Urban Skiing with Mathis Bélanger
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VIDEO: Québécois Urban Skiing with Mathis Bélanger

VIDEO: Québécois Urban Skiing with Mathis Bélanger

Quebec is a special place, home to harsh winters, a unique splinter of French culture, and some of the world's best freestyle skiers. In particular, the province's urban skiing scene is a breeding ground for game-changing talent, spawning the likes of Phil Casabon, Jacob Belanger, J.P. Auclair, and oh-so-many more. RELATED: Whistler's Horstman T-Bar has been Removed After some internet sleuthing, it seems that Mathis isn't related to his nominal relative Jacob. That said, their skiing styles