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What It’s Like To Survive An Avalanche With Jimmy Chin

For anyone who spends time the in the backcountry, if you ask them what their biggest fear is they will probably answer with dying in an avalanche. It seems that with every passing week of the season we hear more tales of people getting slid and more deaths from these backcountry killers. 

Sometimes, however, it is easy to fall in the mindset of "this could never happen to me." We rationalize this in ridiculous ways, "I'm to smart, good of a skier, attractive, a leo, had a balanced breakfast, etc. to get in an avalanche." The truth is it could happen to anyone.

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Look no further to one of the greats of the sport of ski mountaineering, Jimmy Chin. In this animation from VICE Sports, Chin details his harrowing account of being caught in an avalanche in the Tetons, a place he considers his backyard. The animation is a haunting mix of artistically striking and thematically terrifying, all in one package, and will hopefully serve as a reminder that none of us are immune to the dangers of the backcountry. 

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Skier Falls Over 200-foot Cliff on Tahoe’s Mount Tallac
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Skier Falls Over 200-foot Cliff on Tahoe’s Mount Tallac

Skier Falls Over 200-foot Cliff on Tahoe’s Mount Tallac

A backcountry skier survived a massive fall in the Tahoe backcountry on Sunday, according to the Tahoe Daily Tribune. The man was skiing with friends the North side of Mount Tallac, just west of Heavenly Mountain Resort, when he reportedly fell 200-300 feet over rocks, sustaining major injuries. RELATED: High Winds Created Gondola Traffic Jam in Austria His friends called 911, and the victim was airlifted by a California Highway Patrol helicopter before being transported by CALSTAR to a

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Jeremie Heitz and Daron Rahlves Face Off In Gnarliest Ski Race Ever
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Jeremie Heitz and Daron Rahlves Face Off In Gnarliest Ski Race Ever

Jeremie Heitz and Daron Rahlves Face Off In Gnarliest Ski Race Ever

Remember a few seasons ago when Swiss freeskier Jeremie Heitz melted the internet with videos of him arcing GS turns down the biggest and baddest faces of the Alps? Like, faces that even the most skilled big mountain skiers would likely hop turn down? He even made a full film about it that went quietly under the radar called Well, Heitz and Daron Rahlves just managed to one-up even that with something so bold that even legendary freeskier and mountain guide Sam Anthamatten was jealous (he

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Video: Owen Leeper’s Jackson Hole Season Edit
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Video: Owen Leeper’s Jackson Hole Season Edit

Video: Owen Leeper’s Jackson Hole Season Edit

Owen Leeper, one of Jackson Hole's most iconic athletes, just dropped his edit from the 2017/2018 season.  In classic form, Owen visits spots in and around JHMR as well as over the pass at Grand Targhee.  Whether you like big drops, tight couloirs, or chest-deep powder, this edit has something for you.   RELATED: Chasing the Soul of Spring Skiing With Owen Leeper and Friends