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Video: Cody Townsend and Chris Rubens’ Himalayan Sufferfest

Halfway through an expedition to summit a 6952-meter Himalayan peak, Cody Townsend had a moment. Suffering through the climb, he questioned his motives, realizing that yes, he did in fact want to be there. The reward of skiing off a virgin peak on the other side of the planet was exactly what he wanted to be doing. While him and fellow Salomon teammate Chris Rubens ultimately failed in their summit objective, they learned a handful of important lessons along the way.

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Follow Townsend and Ruben’s adventures in the latest episode of Salomon TV, and realize that while we may not all be climbing the world’s tallest mountains, we can certainly relate to the lessons they learn in the field. 

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Watch The Full Freeride World Tour Comp from Hakuba
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Watch The Full Freeride World Tour Comp from Hakuba

Watch The Full Freeride World Tour Comp from Hakuba

The wait is over! The 2019 Freeride World Tour kicks off in Hakuba, Japan today, with plenty of snow and good weather for riders. With several riders out for this competition with injuries, Canadian freeski legend Kye Petersen has entered as a wildcard. Petersen was named 2017 Skier of the Year by Freeskier Magazine, and is known for mind-bending film parts over the last decade. He debuted on the FWT in 2012 with a win in Revelstoke. He will join Tanner Hall and Travis Rice as wild cards in

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Cowboy: Clayton Vila’s Crested Butte Director’s Cut
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Cowboy: Clayton Vila’s Crested Butte Director’s Cut

Cowboy: Clayton Vila’s Crested Butte Director’s Cut

For director Clayton Vila, the relationship with Teton Gravity Research has always been a collaborative experience. Unique within action sports filmmaking, Clayton often creates two different cuts from the same TGR segment. One seamlessly aligns with TGR’s snow film, and in his director’s cut, Vila has complete artistic freedom. In fact, before he even stepped behind the lens for Crested Butte segment, Vila was given considerable creative control. The prompt was pretty open-ended with

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Video: Cody Townsend to Send the 50 Classic Ski Descents
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Video: Cody Townsend to Send the 50 Classic Ski Descents

Video: Cody Townsend to Send the 50 Classic Ski Descents

He might be one of the goofiest skiers in the industry, but Cody Townsend has some serious big mountain chops. Over the years, he has ticked off some seriously gnarly descents all over the globe, but this time, he wants to show off some of his favorite lines closer to home. If you haven’t seen the book on a coffee table somewhere, you’re probably not hanging out with the right crowd. Townsend plans to tick off all 50 of the descents (he’s already done a few, like Denali’s Messner Couloir in