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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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Stoke the Fire Athlete Edits: KC Deane
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Stoke the Fire Athlete Edits: KC Deane

Stoke the Fire Athlete Edits: KC Deane

Male model, actor, the second skier on Instagram…the list goes on for KC Deane’s accolades. What’s on the top of that list though is his performance on camera with some hard-charging skiing down some of the wildest lines in the PNW for . This year, K2 athlete KC teamed up with the dream team of Colter Hinchliffe and Sage Cattabriga-Alosa in the winter fairytale land of Washington’s North Cascades leaving no couloir, no pillow line, and no powder stash untouched. We caught up with the man

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Inside Stoke the Fire: Alaska
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Inside Stoke the Fire: Alaska

Inside Stoke the Fire: Alaska

What do a bunch of TGR athletes do when the snow is less than ideal? Well, go to the beach, of course. When Stoke the Fire athletes Caite Zeliff, Elyse Saugstad, Griffin Post and Johnny Collinson were faced with some “challenging” conditions in beautiful Seward, Alaska this past year, they did just that – headed to the beach and chilled out with some Sierras. As the down days started stacking up, the crew was faced with the decision of whether to bail. Luckily, with the input from their crack

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Phil Casabon and Sammy Carlson Capture the Spirit of the Thing
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Phil Casabon and Sammy Carlson Capture the Spirit of the Thing

Phil Casabon and Sammy Carlson Capture the Spirit of the Thing

Phil Casabon and Sammy Carlson have done it again. The two masters of steez, with the hand of Hotlaps, headed out to Mt.Hood to film some truly cool clips. When it comes to choosing some audio to go behind your edit, many may take the easy way out with a rock song. However, Casabon and Carlson go with a beautiful tune that not only matches the vibe of the skiers, but makes you feel like you’re having tea with Master Splinter himself. If you watch carefully, you’ll even catch a quick glimpse