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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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Answered: How Did Candide Ski on that Wave?
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Answered: How Did Candide Ski on that Wave?

Answered: How Did Candide Ski on that Wave?

Candide Thovex and Audi's is chock-full of shots which strain credulity. Did Candide really land that double-backflip to dirt? How did he manage to ski at top speed into that hut? Did he catch that wave on his skis? Accusations of overt editing have plagued the Flying Frenchman since the series, but his new behind-the-scenes series is pulling back the curtain on his enigmatic edits. RELATED: Behind the Scenes of Candide's New Ski the World Series One of the more mind-boggling shots from

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How Speed Flying Has Become A Tool For the Chamonix Elite
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How Speed Flying Has Become A Tool For the Chamonix Elite

How Speed Flying Has Become A Tool For the Chamonix Elite

The funny thing about Chamonix isn’t that it’s home to some of the most extreme sh** you’ll ever see in the action sports world. It’s that the vast majority of the visitors to this tiny French mountain town are actually international tourists intent on taking the famous tram up the Aiguille du Midi to take a photo of Mont Blanc – and eat some crepes and croissants. Hop on the Telepherique with your skis any day in May, and you’ll likely be surrounded by a mass of tourists speaking in a

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KC Deane Rides the Hydrological Cycle in ‘Meltdown’
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KC Deane Rides the Hydrological Cycle in ‘Meltdown’

KC Deane Rides the Hydrological Cycle in ‘Meltdown’

From the beginning of time when water first appeared, it has been in continuous motion. From the sky, to land, to sea, and back again the endless cycle continues on forever. Much like water, pro-skier and mountain biker, KC Deane is on an infinite ride flowing from snow to land and back Deane gets playful on a natural pond skim. Sean Cochran Photo. The fun doesn't have to stop when you run out of snow, as Deane demonstrates.