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FWT’s ‘Verbier Xtreme 1996’ is a Vintage Masterpiece

The year was 1996. Bill Clinton was President, Tupac was alive and well, and Steve and Todd Jones were hard at work on The Continuum, TGR's first film. "Freeriding" as we know it today was the near-exclusive domain of snowboarders, but was rapidly gaining popularity thanks to one-plankers like Matt Goodwill, Mike "Tex" Davenport, and Steve Klassen. Inspired by Alaska's legendary King of the Hill big-mountain-freeride competition, organizers dreamed up a similar event to be held in the iconic Swiss Alps, dubbing it the "Verbier Xtreme." And xtreme it was, taking place on the notoriously dangerous Bec des Rosses, and featuring snowboarding's A-list. 

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It was a different time, as clearly evidenced by the athletes' gear: A significant portion of the field is riding posi-posi setups, and fan-favorite Matt Goodwill is wearing a bike helmet. Seriously. 

To celebrate what would have been the 25th running of the Verbier Xtreme, FWT put together a stunning tribute, inviting 25 ski and snowboard legends to help illuminate the face (night shoots, so hot right now). Unfortunately, the event was ultimately shut down by COVID-19, but we'll always have '96. 

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Escape To The Icy Steeps of Chamonix With Sam Favret’s Waking Dream
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Escape To The Icy Steeps of Chamonix With Sam Favret’s Waking Dream

Escape To The Icy Steeps of Chamonix With Sam Favret’s Waking Dream

It’s not new that skiers and snowboarders have been riding the edge in Chamonix for many years, but a few years ago, a film emerged that truly showcased that edge in all its raw, rugged, extreme beauty. Sam Favret and Julien “Pica” Herry’s 2017 masterpiece brought us right into the heart of steep riding in one of the gnarliest places on the planet, into a sort of dream state where things we never thought possible do in fact occur. RELATED: Watch More Full Length Ski and Snowboard Films Right

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The Manboys Release the Manboys Movie For Free on Youtube
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The Manboys Release the Manboys Movie For Free on Youtube

The Manboys Release the Manboys Movie For Free on Youtube

It may come a shocking surprise to anyone who reads TGR regularly, but I’m a skier. With that in mind, I’m a big fan of full-length films these days, especially getting a good hard look at some classics from the snowboard world, like the Manboys re-release of their 2016 classic In all honesty, I’ve probably spent more time watching snowboard films in recent days than anything else. It’s a whole new world! RELATED: Stay STOKED – TGR’s Best Free Content All jokes aside, we’re stoked that the

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Converted Hay Bales Make for an Ultimate Terrain Park
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Converted Hay Bales Make for an Ultimate Terrain Park

Converted Hay Bales Make for an Ultimate Terrain Park

Flat farmland and subpar snow conditions don’t seem like much to snowboard for most. But for Minnesotan rider Benny Milam, it’s perfect fodder for getting crafty. Really, all one needs is a few hay bales and a rope tow, and you’ll have a great time. Thanks to a little help from legendary snowmobiler Levi Lavallee, Milam coverts a wide-open field into a one-of-a-kind terrain park. RELATED: Check Out TGR's Greatest Content For Free Right Now That’s the beauty of rope tows—you can use them