Issue 87

Video: Chasing Shadows Trailer

Video: Chasing Shadows Trailer

Warren Miller Entertainment presents 66th offering in its iconic winter sports film series Warren Miller Entertainment debuts Chasing Shadows, the 66th edition of its annual winter sports film. This year’s installment of the iconic winter sports film series celebrates why skiers and snowboarders commit themselves every winter to a passion that’s guaranteed to melt away every spring. And, as always, Warren Miller’s annual film tradition marks the beginning of colder weather, winter exploration and premier cinematography that reignites the excitement for winter sports. Warren Miller once said, “A pair of skis are the ultimate transportation to freedom,” and in this year’s film, Chasing Shadows, skiers and snowboarders find that very freedom as they chase storms, snow and lines on the world’s highest peaks. Follow the world’s biggest names in skiing and snowboarding on a breathtaking cinematic journey. Watch JT Holmes, Seth Wescott, Caroline Gleich, Steven Nyman, Marcus Caston, Ingrid...
Athlete Profile: Amie Engerbretson

Athlete Profile: Amie Engerbretson

International sports and skiing ambassador takes it to the big screen in the latest Warren Film film Chasing Shadows Photo: amieski.com Amie Engerbretson has taken her charismatic personality and singular big mountain skiing technique straight to the big screen, with high visibility in editorial and print/video advertising spots as well. Amie stars in the new Warren Miller Productions film “Chasing Shadows.” She was also featured in the all-women’s ski film Pretty Faces by Unicorn Picnic Production. The daughter of pro skier Jeff Engerbretson, Amie spent her first day on skis at ten months old, and was raised in the limelight on the slopes of Squaw Valley among the industry’s top athletes. After graduating from Columbia College Chicago with a Media Management degree, Amie traveled the world, then came back home to pursue a career as a pro skier and sports model. She is sponsored by K2 Skis, Smith...
Video: Fade To Winter Trailer

Video: Fade To Winter Trailer

McConkey and Days of My Youth production powerhouse MSP Films debuts latest groundbreaking ski film Following on the heels of the award-winning films McConkey and Days of My Youth, MSP Films’ newest feature film – Fade To Winter – highlights the top athletes of today and their unfaltering dedication to the sport of skiing. Even when faced with challenging weather and conditions, MSP’s all-star cast of skiers dug deep within themselves to find the best in each experience. “It is just skiing, after all,” says executive producer Murray Wais, “and this roster of skiers that we’ve assembled for Fade To Winter takes the same pleasure in a day on the hill as you or I do.” MSP’s 23rd annual ski film focuses on fun, because that is what skiing is all about – first-timers and professionals alike share that same mentality. Whether chasing deep powder in Japan, ripping with...
Editor’s Note: Listen Powerfully

Editor’s Note: Listen Powerfully

An empty mind is the secret to inspiring communication Recently I spent a weekend in San Jose taking an intensive professional development seminar aimed at increasing my communication skills. What I learned demonstrated once and for all that my entire history of communicating with others has been lacking in effectiveness due to some basic assumptions that are false. During the course of the seminar I fully appreciated—for the first time in my life—the extent of the opportunity I have been missing because of poor communication skills. Career, relationships—everything hinges on good communication and the fact that I have been walking around thinking I am generally a good listener was a huge personal blind spot that has no doubt cost me a lot in personal effectiveness. At some point during the seminar I had a breakthrough. Being a good listener is not about politely waiting until it is my turn...
Ear to the Ground: Oct / Nov 2015

Ear to the Ground: Oct / Nov 2015

Outdoor News and Notes for the California Region Outdoor community loses two beloved members Bela Vadasz on Mt. Huntington. Respected ski and climbing guide Bela Vadasz, passed away unexpectedly at the age of 62 in a medical procedure on September 15. Vadasz founded California’s Alpine Skills International with his wife, Mimi, in 1979 and played a crucial role in creating the ski certification process in American mountain guiding, leading to American guides. For almost twenty years, he and Mimi ran a low-cost lodge at the top of Donner Pass near Truckee. Of many achievements, his proudest was the first American ascent (with Mimi )of the Peuterey Integral, an extremely challenging climb up Mont Blanc. Vasasz was presented with the AMGA’s Lifetime Achievement Ward in 2008. In addition to his wife, he leaves behind two sons and countless other loved ones. Less than two weeks after Vasasz’s sudden death, well-known action...
EPiC: Truckee Donner Land Trust

EPiC: Truckee Donner Land Trust

Saving open space for all of us By Leonie Sherman Perazzo Meadows. Photo: Elizabeth Carmel/The Carmel Gallery in Truckee Rumor has it that the Truckee Donner Land Trust started around a kitchen table, but one founder, John Eaton insists it was a fireplace. Twenty-five years ago he was working on land issues with local environmental and political groups. He became convinced that a whole new kind of organization was necessary to save open space and preserve the rural character of his beloved home in the northern Sierra. “You really can’t save open space through just litigation. And you can’t really save open space just through zoning,” he explains. “if you want to preserve open spaces, you absolutely have to have a land trust.” “Of course, I knew nothing about land trusts when I had this realization,” he laughs. “But I talked to a friend who knew somebody who did,...
Liquid Imagery: Anthony Tashnick

Liquid Imagery: Anthony Tashnick

Anthony Tashnick Hometown: Santa Cruz     Stance: Regular     Forte: Big Waves Sponsors: HLTN, Pearson Aarow Surfboards, Hotline Westuits, Pacific Wave Surf Shop, Stay Covered, Maui Fin Co. Learning to Surf: I grew up surfing along West Cliff and my parents and I lived about a half a block from the ocean in between Steamers Lane and Natural Bridges State Beach. Goals: To find the ultimate wave. Your scariest wave: Jaws. I was so scared I didn’t go. Specialty: I specialize in getting into and out of the ocean daily. I also specialize in possibly dangerous situations when conditions may be life threatening in some people’s eyes. I strive to have as much fun as possible during the time I spend in the water. Favorite board: I enjoy riding all kinds of different surfboards. so I guess I’d say that I specialize in R and D in a way. Simply because I’m...
Athlete Profile: Michelle Parker

Athlete Profile: Michelle Parker

Big mountain ski athlete stars in MSP Films’ latest production Fade To Winter  Michelle Parker. Photo: Jeff Cricco Michelle Parker is one of the ski industry’s most versatile female skiers. She has appeared in over a dozen ski films including the highly anticipated Matchstick Productions’ film Fade To Winter. Other MSP films include InDeep, Attack of La Nina, Days of My Youth, Superheroes of Stoke. Michelle won Best Female Performance at the Powder Video Awards and at the International Freeski Film Festival for her segment in Superheroes of Stoke. Born in 1987 in Truckee, California, Michelle began ski racing at her home resort of Squaw Valley at an early age, but by her mid-teens realized her passion was in freeskiing. After competing for a few years in slopestyle and halfpipe at the X Games and U.S. Open, she took on big mountain terrain, taking her park tricks to the...
Skiing Lassen

Skiing Lassen

Lassen Volcanic National Park: An unassuming winter backcountry destination By Dave Zook Hazen Woolson and Spencer McNamara take a break as the sun pops through with Mt. Diller in the background. Photo: Dave Zook The Cascade Range, with the Goliaths of Shasta and Rainier — as well as the lesser visited peaks such as Lassen and McLoughlin — are known largely for their incredible spring and summer corn skiing bounty. In our “special” winter of 2014-15 I discovered the terrain in Lassen Volcanic National Park to be an enticing, easy, and affordable mid-winter escape from the lean conditions at Tahoe. Lassen, the southernmost active volcano in the Cascades, is not so far from Tahoe to see entirely different snow conditions, but the area did receive a few storms that Tahoe missed, and packed on enough actual snow to create a legitimate base. Skiing the 10,457-foot Lassen proper in the...
Mind Control

Mind Control

The art of highlining Story by Peter Duin • Photos by CrazyLarry Photography Peter Duin reaches for balance in beautiful Lake Tahoe. Photo: Larry Duin As I slide out on a one-inch strand of polyester webbing, I look down. Hundreds of vertical feet below, a stream flows through a valley. Initially I can feel my heart rate elevate but through the control of my breath and thought, I make my legs stop trembling. Keeping my attention on the end of the highline, I suppress my fear of the void lurking beneath. Letting go of the desire to control my situation, I find balance and begin to simply react to the vibrations in the line. Slowly but surely the raw beauty begins to sink in. Slacklining is the act of walking while balanced on top of a section of webbing that is strung between two anchor points. Very similar to...
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