Skiing with Trolls in Iceland
Compared to other European ski destinations, Iceland is a relative new arrival to the global ski scene. Geographically isolated from the rest of Europe, the local economy was based on fishing and whaling, which gathered little attention to the first traveling skiers of the early 20th century. However the economic boom experienced by Western Europe  [...]
Hazel Birnbaum FWT Skier Caught in Fieberbrunn Avalanche
Professional freeskier Hazel Birnbaum from Kirkwood, California was caught in a nasty avalanche while competing in the Freeride World Tour event at Fieberbrunn, Austria. Leading up to the days event the competition had been canceled due to heavy snowfall and recent winds creating slabs across the entire competition venue. The snow safety team had dropped  [...]
How to Use a Snow Shovel for Avalanche Rescue
Hitting the backcountry with a group of buddies is what snowboarding is all about. Fresh powder, lines for days, and beautiful scenery make it all but impossible not to have fun. But backcountry riding is not without its dangers. Prime among them are avalanches. Learn more below : An avalanche can occur at any time  [...]
USSA Club Development manager shares in the Celebration
I was recently in attendance at the final four days of the 2015 World Alpine Ski Championships in Beaver Creek, Colorado. This was the third time the Champs have been held in the Vail Valley but the first time since 1999. This was a big deal in the alpine ski racing world and the world’s  [...]
Vertfest Backountry Ski Festival
JACKSON, WYO – Vertfest is taking place this year at Snow King Mountain, February 20th and the 21st. DO NOT MISS IT. The nation’s largest backcountry ski festival is bringing the community together with a psyched up Rando Race along with ski and avalanche clinics hosted by Exum, Jackson Hole Mountain Guides and the American  [...]
Julien Lopez FWT Skier Caught in Kappl AValanche
Bib #2 dropped into the avalanche “controlled” Freeride World Tour venue in Kappl, Austria and all was fine until he went ass over tea kettle mid slope on a steep hanging snowfield. After slamming his pole in disgust and started climbing for his yard sale items the slope ripped all around him. Bib #2 is  [...]