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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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​The Soundtrack of Shred: A Brief History of ODESZA & TGR
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​The Soundtrack of Shred: A Brief History of ODESZA & TGR

​The Soundtrack of Shred: A Brief History of ODESZA & TGR

What’s the first band that comes to mind when you think about the TGR’S films? A few might come to mind, but if you really sit down and crunch the numbers, the answer might surprise you. The electronic duo, ODESZA, and Teton Gravity Research have a long standing relationship. One might say it all began after a night at the Mangy Moose in 2014, but Jackson local and ODESZA manager Adam Foley said that it’s been a thing of fate for the two powerhouses to collaborate since the conception of

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​VIDEO: Step Into the Mind of Michael “Bird” Shaffer
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​VIDEO: Step Into the Mind of Michael “Bird” Shaffer

​VIDEO: Step Into the Mind of Michael “Bird” Shaffer

We’ve seen a lot from steep skiing and speed flying superstar Michael Bird Shaffer over the last few years – whether it’s exploits high in the mountains of Chamonix, or skiing scary lines in the North Cascades. But his story is pretty different from most who roam this earth.  From Black Crows: Born into an atypical family, a fighter pilot father who left everything behind to follow his wife to a hippie project in the hills of Washington, Michael Shaffer was raised free and happy, close to

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​VIDEO: Sam Smoothy And Janina Kuzma Attempt To Ski NZ’s Second Highest Peak
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​VIDEO: Sam Smoothy And Janina Kuzma Attempt To Ski NZ’s Second Highest Peak

​VIDEO: Sam Smoothy And Janina Kuzma Attempt To Ski NZ’s Second Highest Peak

In the Southern Hemisphere winter of 2021, Kiwi Skier Janina Kuzma set out with a goal to summit Mt Tasman and ski down the committing descent of the Stevenson-Dick Couloir, with Sam Smoothy by her side for the journey. The Pursuit explores the tremendous journey of learning high-level mountain skills, the mental and physical preparation required for a mission of this caliber and follows the two skiers on the challenging climb and grueling descent down New Zealand's second highest peak. Catch