Snow Stories

Garrett Grove
Solving For Z
Solving For Z
Solving For Z

Solving for Z explores IFMGA guide and father Zahan Billimoria’s relationship to the intoxicating highs and crushing blows of big mountain skiing.

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27:01
Larch Love
Larch Love
Larch Love
Colin Wiseman

An ode to Larix lyallii.

5 min Read
Cold Smoke, Hot Shot
Cold Smoke, Hot Shot
Cold Smoke, Hot Shot
Connor Ryan & Micheli Oliver

A firekeeper caring for Indigenous land.

11 min Read
Overburden
Overburden
Overburden
Dave Quinn

Coal built this ski town. Can the locals keep skiing without it?

9 min Read
A Leadership Supreme
A Leadership Supreme
A Leadership Supreme
Brooklyn Bell

The mountain-biking star of Becoming Ruby seeks out some of skiing's most powerful females.

3 min Read
Ground Control
Ground Control
Ground Control
Johnie Gall

Snowboarder Alex Yoder takes a Regenerative Organic approach to his new coffee business by thinking like an astronaut.

7 min Read
The Relentless Push and Pull of a Mountain Guide
The Relentless Push and Pull of a Mountain Guide
The Relentless Push and Pull of a Mountain Guide
Matt Hansen

How Zahan Billimoria recalibrated after unthinkable tragedy.

15 min Read
Hair of the Dog
Hair of the Dog
Hair of the Dog
Bonnie Tsui

A skiing family’s shear joy.

3 min Read
A Matter of Love
A Matter of Love
A Matter of Love
Colin Wiseman

Marie-France Roy on speaking up for our home planet.

6 min Read
Honoring the Mountains
Honoring the Mountains
Honoring the Mountains

As communities evolve, so do their guiding beliefs.

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1:03
Her Stride
Her Stride
Her Stride
Molly Baker

Natasha Woodworth, the designer behind Patagonia’s new backcountry ski touring kits, approaches skiing and technical design with the same understated competence.

7 min Read
A Brave, Generous Place
A Brave, Generous Place
A Brave, Generous Place
Lee House

Observations of unraveling ecosystems from the snow-lovers of Sitka, Alaska.

7 min Read
Will You Vote for Winter?
Will You Vote for Winter?
Will You Vote for Winter?
Maia Wikler

Snow lovers and professional athletes are mobilizing to elect climate leaders.

6 min Read
One Lap at a Time
One Lap at a Time
One Lap at a Time
Matthew Tufts

An eclectic band of Argentine locals cultivates a grassroots backcountry ski community in one of the world’s most unforgiving mountain ranges.

9 min Read
Coming Home
Coming Home
Coming Home
Emilé Zynobia

For three women of color in Wyoming, going into the mountains isn’t about representation—it’s about reclaiming their power, together.

7 min Read
Down from the Mountains
Down from the Mountains
Down from the Mountains
Josefine Ås

A French ski patroller’s move to become a permaculture farmer.

4 min Read
Trying Adds Up
Trying Adds Up
Trying Adds Up
Nick Russell

After years of dreaming, Nick Russell and Christian Pondella complete a clean descent on Mount Morrison in the Eastern Sierra.

6 min Read
What Do the Winds Bring?
What Do the Winds Bring?
What Do the Winds Bring?
Kieran Brownie

After surviving calamity in British Columbia’s Coast Mountains, a few skiers return to COVID-19.

10 min Read
Ride Flat Pow
Ride Flat Pow
Ride Flat Pow
Tomonori Tanaka

Changing our dynamics with the mountains can help us be in them longer, and appreciate them more.

3 min Read
Ryland Bell’s Chilkat Hideaway
Ryland Bell’s Chilkat Hideaway
Ryland Bell’s Chilkat Hideaway
Colin Wiseman

Predawn on April 4, 2019. There’s hardly any snow in the mountains. Worst year in recent history, the locals are saying. We’re loading boxes of food onto the ferry, preparing to board the Alaska Marine Highway from Juneau to Haines. “It’s southeast Alaska, you never know,” Ryland Bell says. “It might rain for 90 days…

10 min Read
Keep Red Lady Free: The Fun-Loving Activists of Crested Butte
Keep Red Lady Free: The Fun-Loving Activists of Crested Butte
Keep Red Lady Free: The Fun-Loving Activists of Crested Butte
Laura Yale

 A mining company owns the mineral rights to a Colorado mountain. For 42 years, the Red Ladies have been showing up—and dressing up—to keep the mountain wild.

7 min Read
What I Fought For
What I Fought For
What I Fought For

Former Navy SEAL Josh Jespersen battles the destruction of wild places he served to protect.

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4:46
A Painful Conversation with Skier and Hot Sauce Maker Carston Oliver
A Painful Conversation with Skier and Hot Sauce Maker Carston Oliver
A Painful Conversation with Skier and Hot Sauce Maker Carston Oliver
Sakeus Bankson

As seen in the November 2019 Journal. For the recipe behind Carston’s Spicy Magic Sauce, scroll to the end of the story. Although my tongue felt as if it might melt, Carston Oliver assured me I was not, in fact, going to die. “That’s just the capsaicin,” he told me, as he calmly ordered some…

7 min Read
Mountain Fristers
Mountain Fristers
Mountain Fristers
Kennan Harvey

Ski-touring Banff National Park with two teen daughters.

5 min Read
The Summit Which Never Melts: Dookʼoʼoosłííd
The Summit Which Never Melts: Dookʼoʼoosłííd
The Summit Which Never Melts: Dookʼoʼoosłííd
Len Necefer

Snow and icy rime break from the porous black volcanic ridgeline crackling beneath my feet. Gale-force updrafts from the gullied ridges below whip the skis and splitboards strapped to our backs. Each gust forces us to step toward the cornice that hangs above the caldera to our right. The temperature drops steadily and our breath…

8 min Read
Suffering for Solitude
Suffering for Solitude
Suffering for Solitude
Jasper Gibson

Telegraph Creek, B.C. to Wrangell, Alaska by Ski and Kayak

8 min Read
Circumnavigating Crater Lake by Ski
Circumnavigating Crater Lake by Ski
Circumnavigating Crater Lake by Ski
Colin Wiseman

Sampling the Offerings at Crater Lake “Go for Dirksen…” There was considerable static on my little two-way radio, but it was a small miracle we could hear Josh Dirksen at all. We hadn’t seen him since a dinner rendezvous two days prior in Bend. An agreed-upon radio channel and call time had actually worked, as…

7 min Read
The Sierra Snow Wolf: Snowboarder Nick Russell
The Sierra Snow Wolf: Snowboarder Nick Russell
The Sierra Snow Wolf: Snowboarder Nick Russell
Max Hammer

On the west face of Mount Whitney, just off the summit of the highest peak in the lower 48, we had to traverse right. For us skiers it was no real issue, a bit of sidestepping and poling would do the trick. Yet, our group was comprised of both two sticks and singular planks, and…

4 min Read
Closer To Home
Closer To Home
Closer To Home

Sometimes the simplest way to explore is to look around you.

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8:05
Treeline: Trespassing
Treeline: Trespassing
Treeline: Trespassing
Garrett Grove

When we move through the forest in winter, we’re often left wonderstruck by snow-shrouded trees bent and morphed from years of wear in silent solitude. Their depth of character becomes evident as we weave ourselves into their lives and ecosystems. But we often tell our stories and not theirs. Our new film Treeline follows skiers…

5 min Read
Treeline: The Core
Treeline: The Core
Treeline: The Core
Taro Tamai

When we move through the forest in winter, we’re often left wonderstruck by snow-shrouded trees bent and morphed from years of wear in silent solitude. Their depth of character becomes evident as we weave ourselves into their lives and ecosystems. But we often tell our stories and not theirs. Our new film Treeline follows skiers…

3 min Read
Treeline: Homegrown
Treeline: Homegrown
Treeline: Homegrown
Leah Evans

When we move through the forest in winter, we’re often left wonderstruck by snow-shrouded trees bent and morphed from years of wear in silent solitude. Their depth of character becomes evident as we weave ourselves into their lives and ecosystems. But we often tell our stories and not theirs. Our new film Treeline follows skiers…

3 min Read
Treeline: The Film
Treeline: The Film
Treeline: The Film
Molly Baker

When we move through the forest in winter, we’re often left wonderstruck by snow-shrouded trees bent and morphed from years of wear in silent solitude. Their depth of character becomes evident as we weave ourselves into their lives and ecosystems. But we often tell our stories and not theirs. Our new film Treeline follows skiers and…

3 min Read
Treeline
Treeline
Treeline

An ancient story written in rings

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40:16
Treeline: A Story Written in Rings
Treeline: A Story Written in Rings
Treeline: A Story Written in Rings
Laura Yale

Quietly, patiently, trees endure. They are the oldest living beings we come to know during our time on earth, living bridges into our planet’s expansive past. Treeline is a film celebrating the forests on which our species has always depended—and around which some skiers and snowboarders etch their entire lives. Follow a group of snow-seekers,…

5 min Read
Getting the Snow Industry Excited About Recycled Fabrics
Getting the Snow Industry Excited About Recycled Fabrics
Getting the Snow Industry Excited About Recycled Fabrics
Patagonia

Before we could challenge the snow industry to move to recycled materials, we had to change our thinking, too. There are a number of ways to reduce a garment’s impact, but none more significant than making it out of recycled fabric. Doing so keeps material out of landfills and cuts demand for the petroleum used…

2 min Read
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