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Building and Riding a Spring-Loaded Snowboard

While the video doesn't explicitly say what inspired these guys to build a snowboard with what appears to be car suspension springs, it doesn't seem like the most ridiculous idea in the world. Springs could hypothetically enable boarders to pop harder and land more smoothly. Perhaps the key to achieving futurespin is using advanced techniques like spring-loaded equipment. 

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It appears that our intrepid tinkerers chose springs so large that human bodyweight isn't sufficient to compress them, and so they ended up snowboarding on stilts. However, four smaller springs beneath each binding might be a way to maintain stability while also reaping the benefits which springs could provide in terms of pop and landing. We won't be testing out this theory, but if anyone has a beater snowboard and time to spare we'd love to hear how it goes. 

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Jeremy Jones, Sage and Tommy Moe on the Importance of Family Skiing for Father’s Day
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Jeremy Jones, Sage and Tommy Moe on the Importance of Family Skiing for Father’s Day

Jeremy Jones, Sage and Tommy Moe on the Importance of Family Skiing for Father’s Day

There might be no greater joy in life than skiing/snowboarding with your family and passing on the love of riding to a new generation. And, chances are pretty high if you enjoy sliding down frozen water, your old man is the one who taught you how to do that. So call your dad today and tell him thanks: Without him, none of this would be possible.

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Step Inside the World’s Most Advanced Avalanche Research Lab
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Step Inside the World’s Most Advanced Avalanche Research Lab

Step Inside the World’s Most Advanced Avalanche Research Lab

Switzerland is one of the deadliest places on the planet when it comes to avalanches. Many of the country’s villages and roads lie beneath massive slide paths, and when it snows, big white walls of snow start moving. These days, those dangers are elevated thanks to a warming climate, and the team of scientists and avalanche forecasters at the WSL institute for Snow and Avalanche Research are figuring out how and why it affects mountain communities. RELATED: Colorado's Snowpack is 539% of

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Wacko Wells Gets Sendy in the Japanese Backcountry
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Wacko Wells Gets Sendy in the Japanese Backcountry

Wacko Wells Gets Sendy in the Japanese Backcountry

The Wells brothers are an impressive collection of shredders. All four brothers are Olympic freestyle skiers, and Jackson AKA "Wacko" is a talented snowboarder as well. While they hail from New Zealand, they've made waves in worldwide ski culture. Jossi's zero-spin run at the Olympics triggered spirited conversation about spin vs. style, and Wacko has a credible claim to having landed the first quad-cork on skis. RELATED: Jossi Wells Singlehandedly Keeps Zero-Spins Relevant While there aren't