Boasting the title of one of Utah’s oldest ski areas, Alta is known for many things. Steep terrain, blower pow, and maybe most notoriously⏤no snowboarders allowed. Initially, snowboarders were allowed at Alta. The ban for many resorts came in 1981, but Alta still allowed snowboarders to ride the lifts on little skis and switch to a board at the top, riding down ungroomed terrain. Only three years later, Alta banned snowboarders completely and the mountain quickly incorporated the ban into their marketing. However, when the resort closed in March, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they opened uphill access. With no lifties or ski patrol to enforce the rule, snowboarders were free to hike up the mountain and finally get a taste of Alta. Silver Linings tells the story of Alta’s no snowboarding history as well as a few of the riders and their days seeing what this corner of Little Cottonwood Canyon has to offer.
Ouch. It’s one thing to be skiing and riding as aggressively as the athletes on the Freeride World Tour, and it’s an entirely different thing to be crashing as hard as they (sometimes) do. Competing at the highest level leaves very little margin for error, and that’s pretty clear if you watch some of the bails from the 2021 Tour. There’s everything from 60-0 in a matter of inches (shoutout Aymar Navarro and that snowbank) to folks going SPLAT off gigantic airs (shoutout everyone else). Hope
Half the reason we watch the Freeride World Tour is for the cliff drops. These athletes have an uncanny ability to link up lines that only mountain goats would climb, and we’re always wondering how they do it. Take a peek at this year’s best drops, which are spicier than your favorite 5-star curry.
We can't think of a more fitting location than Alaska’s Tordrillo Mountains for the third and final stop of the Natural Selection Tour. Its rugged, raw landscape has always inspired snowboarders to find their own lines and push the boundaries of the sport. Recently seven of the world’s best big mountain freestylers did just that as they battled it out for snowboarding’s most coveted grand prize. Relive the action with the event’s replay and watch who walks away