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This Family Shows How Skiing Alaska is More Than Just Rowdy Lines

For pro skier turned heli ski guide Reggie Crist, shredding the steeps of Alaska is an annual dream come true. After his first trip riding the mountains around Haines with TGR in the late 90’s, he immediately knew it was somewhere he needed to return to.

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These days, after more than two decades of skiing around Haines, Crist has found a new passion: sharing the joy with his family. Every winter, he makes the annual pilgrimage North, bringing along his family, including a son and two daughters to share in the experience. For his kids, the experience is something they look forward to every spring with giddy anticipation. For Crist, finding a way to share his passion for the mountains with loved ones is a natural progression.

“For most people, Alaska is a place where only the extreme skiers go, but in reality, the vast majority of the mountains aren’t actually that gnarly,” says Crist. While Haines might be the Spine Capital of the Universe, there is plenty more to explore. This past winter, he shared a heli drop three generations of his family: himself, his 79-year-old father, and his six-year-old daughter. 

That experience made him want to tell a further story, captured in the short film by Stellar Media which shows AK through a unique lens: the eyes of his daughter Stevie.

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​VIDEO: Rob Gronkowski Joins the Pit Viper Team
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​VIDEO: Rob Gronkowski Joins the Pit Viper Team

​VIDEO: Rob Gronkowski Joins the Pit Viper Team

This should be music to the ears of all the New Englanders out there. NFL superstar Rob Gronkowski is joining the Pit Viper Experts Only Pro Team. Even TGR co-founder Todd Jones is stoked about it, saying, “As New Englanders, we watched Gronk help us win multiple Super Bowls. It's good to see him out west getting loose with the Pit Viper crew. Hopefully, next time he will come to Jackson and let us show him around the home lab.” From Pit Viper: Over a weekend in March, the Gronkowski family

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​VIDEO: “Un Skieur en Feu” Is A Stark Visualization of Climate Change
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​VIDEO: “Un Skieur en Feu” Is A Stark Visualization of Climate Change

​VIDEO: “Un Skieur en Feu” Is A Stark Visualization of Climate Change

Leave it to the French to be dramatic about this kind of stuff… No really, Hugo Manhes’s project “Un Skier en Feu” (A Skier on Fire) is a stark and important visualization of climate change and its impact on how we play in the mountains. Sure, statistics like the fact that the snowpack on France’s Porte Pass has decreased by 40 percent in three decades, the average winter temperature increasing by a full degree, and many more might get the attention of some, but at this point maybe we do need

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​VIDEO: The 10 Worst Crashes On the 2021 FWT
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​VIDEO: The 10 Worst Crashes On the 2021 FWT

​VIDEO: The 10 Worst Crashes On the 2021 FWT

Ouch. It’s one thing to be skiing and riding as aggressively as the athletes on the Freeride World Tour, and it’s an entirely different thing to be crashing as hard as they (sometimes) do. Competing at the highest level leaves very little margin for error, and that’s pretty clear if you watch some of the bails from the 2021 Tour. There’s everything from 60-0 in a matter of inches (shoutout Aymar Navarro and that snowbank) to folks going SPLAT off gigantic airs (shoutout everyone else). Hope