5:30 pm and 9 pm
Saturday, November 10, 2018
Mt. Baker, Washington
Athletes: Seth Wescott, Rob Kingwill
Equipment: Snowboards, duct tape
Mt. Baker, WA is the holy land of snowboarding, and the birthplace of the Legendary Banked Slalom, the oldest running event in snowboarding history. Professional snowboarders Rob Kingwill and Seth Wescott, make a pilgrimage to Mt. Baker to participate in the event. Kingwill says that at Mt. Baker there are “so many facets that are important to snowboarding and important to your soul”. As riders from all over the world flock to Mt. Baker for the Banked Slalom, the event is a testament to the sense of community that snowboarding fosters.
Athletes: Marcus Caston, Johan Jonsson
Equipment: Skis, cowbells
Switzerland is every skier’s dream. Between the dynamic terrain and picturesque alpine villages, the skiing is unlike anywhere else on earth, especially in Engleberg, a place known for its wild side. Marcus Caston and Swedish transplant Johan Jonsson find themselves in awe of Engleberg’s snow globe-like charm, deep powder, and challenging terrain. But as any Swiss local will tell you, the only kind of professional skier that counts is a world-cup racer, and Caston and Jonsson take a break from charging cliffs to watching the skiers in the World Cup charge the race course. Beer drinking and fondue quips aside, the Swiss know how to make the most of mountain living.
Rossland, British Columbia
Athletes: Dennis Risvoll, Kaylin Richardson, Simon Hillis
Red Mountain is one of British Columbia’s best kept secrets. In this small-town ski culture dominates, and Kaylin Richardson says that the locals live with an “adventure is worth pursuing” attitude. The Red Mountain ski patrollers truly embody this sense of adventure, and showcase their skills alongside professional skiers, Richardson, Dennis Risvoll, and Red Mountain local, 15-year-old Simon Hillis. These “kindred spirits” come together to make their turns in a welcoming and like-minded ski community.
Athletes: Dash Longe, Jim Ryan
Equipment: Skis, helicopter
Alaska’s Chugach Range is a monumental ski destination with limitless spines, untracked lines and it’s unclear if jokes about there being more helicopters than cars derive from truth or not. When Kevin and Jessica Quinn started Points North Heli Adventures they knew they were taking a risk, but 20 years of operating and 17 visits from Warren Miller Entertainment later, it’s all been worth it. For east coast transplant turned Jackson Hole local Jim Ryan, PNH is the ideal first trip to Alaska and luckily, he’s got freeskiing legend Dash Longe with him to explore the territory.
Tordrillo Mountain Range | Denali National Park, Alaska
Athletes: Jess McMillan, Forrest Jillson
Equipment: Skis, helicopter, bush plane
Alaska’s most treacherous and beautiful mountain ranges have long been sought after by explorers in search of adventure. A half century after Alaskan bush pilot Don Sheldon pioneered the first airplane landing on the Ruth Glacier, Jackson locals Forest Jillson and Jess McMillan embark on their own journey through Denali National Park to the Sheldon Hut and Tordrillo Mountain Lodge, this time on skis. The mountains, couloirs, and miles of pristine glaciers can be unforgiving, but it makes the adventure all the more rewarding. Just like the pioneers who came before them, Jillson and McMillan savor the moment, acknowledging the undeniable truth that human spirit needs exploration.
Athletes: Michael “Bird” Shaffer, Camille Jaccoux, Bruno Compagnet
Equipment: Skis, mountaineering gear, speedwing
Chamonix local Camille Jaccoux, modern nomad Bruno Compagnet, and free-spirited adventurer Michael “Bird” Shaffer might seem like an unlikely trio, but they all share a passion for skiing and extreme living, and there is no place more fitting for the word extreme than Chamonix. Together they push their limits at heights topping nearly 13,000 feet on some of the most dangerous faces on the Mont Blanc massif, a task that requires focus, precision, and trust in each other. Unlike anywhere else in the world, Chamonix is a place for pushing boundaries, finding freedom, and living life at the maximum.
Athletes: Amie Engerbretson, Anna Segal, Jonny Moseley
Equipment: Skis, helicopter, horses
Summer in Iceland is a unique experience: the sun never seems to set, the weather is temperate, and skiing comes with a side of ocean views. Amie Engerbretson, Anna Segal and Jonny Moseley explore rugged Icelandic mountains where the snow feels like butter under the skis. The crew is hosted by Iceland local Joküll Bergmann—which translates to “Glacier Mountain man”—whose heli-skiing operation, Arctic Heli-Skiing, is based on a family farm dating back to the year 800. Aside from skiing, Engerbretson, Segal and Moseley tour the landscape on horseback and soak in local hot springs. And after it all, all three agree the best part of being in the land of the mid-night sun is that skiing is possible all-day long.
Athletes: Francesca Pavillard-Cain, Brennan Metzler
Equipment: Skis, helicopter
In a world that is contently changing, there is one spot nestled in the Chilean Andes that never seems to change. Famous as the place that skiers and snowboarders go to chase winter, Portillo is a skier’s summer paradise. Francesca Pavillard-Cain and Brennan Metzler team up to tackle some of the Southern Hemisphere’s best terrain alongside fellow PSIA instructors at Ski Portillo. An ode to Warren’s beginnings as a ski instructor, Pavillard-Cain and Metzler reflect on the significance of passing the knowledge of skiing and snowboarding on to new generations to enjoy the lifelong magic of snow-riding in the mountains. And it never hurts when there is a heli-skiing payoff.
Athletes: Jessie Diggins, Sophie Caldwell, Ida Sargent, Simi Hamilton, Kevin Bolger, Paddy Caldwell
Equipment: Nordic Skis
After a record-breaking 2018 Winter Olympic team gold medal, the United States Cross-Country team hasn’t done much resting. Instead, athletes like Jessie Diggins, Sophie Caldwell, Simi Hamilton and other teammates have continued training hard to maintain a caliber of competition that will land them on more podiums. New Zealand offers the ideal landscape for these Nordic skiers to train rigorously, while also recovering before competing non-stop in the winter ahead.
Blue River, British Columbia
Athletes: Seth Westcott, Rob Kingwill
Equipment: Snowboards, helicopter
Dreams of mastering the “art of the glide” and wide-open snow fields come to fruition with Mike Wiegele’s heli-skiing operation. Wiegele has accomplished the goal of every ski bum and has found a way to make a living doing what he loves: skiing. Professional snowboarders, Seth Wescott and Rob Kingwill visit Wiegele’s for some first rate mountain access in one of British Columbia’s best snowbelts. The Wiegele experience is so unparalleled that it has Kingwill saying, “Mortgage your house, or do whatever it takes, to come back to Wiegele world.