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A Chance Meeting with the Visually Impaired Skiers from Ski for Light
A Chance Meeting with the Visually Impaired Skiers from Ski for Light
A Chance Meeting with the Visually Impaired Skiers from Ski for Light
Michel Caron

By Michel Caron Not long ago, I joined Jasmine and my girlfriend, Marie-Pier, for a day of cross-country skiing in Craftsbury, Vermont. Marie-Pier is a certified ski instructor and Jasmine is a strong skier while I, uh, I am able to follow for some time until I find something else worth discovering and photographing.  That…

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Nine and a Half
Nine and a Half
Nine and a Half
Mattias Fredriksson

When Swedish mountain guide Per Ås lost half of his left index finger, he started to question if he would ever find his way back to working in the mountains. A few years later, he has learned to live with it.

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How We Extend the Functionality of Your Gear—and Repair It
Photo: Ken Etzel
How We Extend the Functionality of Your Gear—and Repair It
Patagonia

Lasting Function and a Commitment to Repair In a landscape of disposable ski and snowboard fashion, fixing and keeping your snow gear in play is the most radical act we know. On average, most of us keep a piece of clothing for just three years, yet the materials and processes for making any new garment…

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Here Today, Gone Tomorrow: A New Film
Photo: Garrett Grove
Here Today, Gone Tomorrow: A New Film
Eliel Hindert

The road has been my home for the better part of my adult life. That elusive space not quite here or there, but simply a collection of moments in between. Let’s rephrase that. The road has been where I’ve felt most at home for the better part of my entire life. Sure, I’ve had homes…

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Sweet Hokkaido Pow from Sweetgrass Productions
Sweet Hokkaido Pow from Sweetgrass Productions
Sweet Hokkaido Pow from Sweetgrass Productions

[YouTube version – HD available] Reading the Sweetgrass Productions blog, I feel nauseous with envy. “It was beginning to dump in an absolutely ridiculous manner as we left to go to an awesome Japanese-style dinner, where much raw seafood was consumed, priming our bellies for today, which was perhaps the most disgustingly deep powder day…

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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.

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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.

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Down from the Mountains
Down from the Mountains
Down from the Mountains
Josefine Ås

A French mountain guide’s move to become a permaculture farmer.

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Vermont Skiers Urge World to Protect Patagonia
Vermont Skiers Urge World to Protect Patagonia
Vermont Skiers Urge World to Protect Patagonia

Not too long ago we told you about this year's Dirtbag Grant winners, the second recipients of the award. But who were the first? Today we're happy to share the story of the first Dirtbag Grantees, Vermont residents Brian Mohr and Emily Johnson, and their trip to "Endangered Patagonia." Here's a recap from Brian and…

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Nordic Skiing Music Video: “Belarus” by Low
Nordic Skiing Music Video: “Belarus” by Low
Nordic Skiing Music Video: “Belarus” by Low

You don’t hear those terms used together very often, if ever. But when former Patagonia sales rep turned filmmaker, Hansi Johnson, got the call to produce a video for the band Low, he drew on two of his passions to make a very strong point about the state of the environment. Hansi decided to focus…

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Where Will You Ski Today?
Where Will You Ski Today?
Where Will You Ski Today?

The first snows of the season are forecast for Tahoe! Of course it’s a bit early to think about skiing . . . eh, nevermind. No it’s not. For those of us with snow on the brain, this weekend’s forecast coincides beautifully with Karhu’s launch of their new blog, Where Will You Ski Today? Karhu’s…

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Let My People Go… Skiing
Let My People Go… Skiing
Let My People Go… Skiing

What goes around, comes around. We had it pretty good with the snow here in the Sierra for the month of January. We were feeling our oats and, well, I guess I did a little bragging about it. I sent teasing pictures and links to blog posts to despondent friends who were bemoaning their lack…

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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.

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Recap of the 2012 Dirksen Derby Snowboard Rally Race
Recap of the 2012 Dirksen Derby Snowboard Rally Race
Recap of the 2012 Dirksen Derby Snowboard Rally Race
Gerry Lopez

by Gerry Lopez, photos by Abe Blair 
Josh Dirksen is a very social, genuinely friendly person with a lot of close friends all over the world. He has been a well-respected and well-traveled professional snowboarder for his entire adult life – a top competitor, free rider and now, for the past 6 years, as an…

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Ground Control
Ground Control
Ground Control
Johnie Gall

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

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Raising Less Wasteful Kids—Starting with One Red Hand-Me-Down Jacket
Photo: Jeff Cricco
Raising Less Wasteful Kids—Starting with One Red Hand-Me-Down Jacket
Patagonia

The jacket was probably red once but it’s now more of a muddy pink with an overlay of permanent scuff and smudge. The zipper, replaced four years ago, stands out a little brighter. The interior sports a size tag (Kids XXS) but has no hand-me-down label—it predates that Patagonia tradition. Around 13 years ago, it…

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Further 2012: Stable Snow, Super Deep
Further 2012: Stable Snow, Super Deep
Further 2012: Stable Snow, Super Deep

Following up on his sat-phone call from last week, Patagonia snowboarding ambassador Ryland Bell called last night with another update from the Bagley Icefield in Alaska.

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Further 2012: Greetings from Wrangell-St. Elias
Further 2012: Greetings from Wrangell-St. Elias
Further 2012: Greetings from Wrangell-St. Elias

by Ryland Bell Today, Patagonia snowboarding ambassador Ryland Bell checks in from the largest non-polar icefield in North America. Ryland made his big-mountain debut in the highly acclaimed human-powered snowboarding film, Deeper, and rejoins Jeremy Jones and the Teton Gravity Research team this spring on the Bagley Icefield in Alaska to film Further. The crew…

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Skimo in a Suit
Skimo in a Suit
Skimo in a Suit
Kelly Cordes

Bang. The gun went off. I was wearing a suit. First time in a couple decades or more (for the suit, not the gun). All black, like Johnny Cash. But I wasn’t robbing a train or singing the Folsom Prison Blues; I was doing a randonee ski race. Don’t think I’ve done a formal race in…

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Portillo, Chile: Snow Product Testing with Josh Dirksen
Portillo, Chile: Snow Product Testing with Josh Dirksen
Portillo, Chile: Snow Product Testing with Josh Dirksen

Following up on Monday’s recap of the Dirksen Derby, here’s the latest edition to the Patagonia Video Gallery featuring snowboard ambassador Josh Dirksen and snowsports designer Glen Morden. The guys were testing designs for next fall on this particular trip.

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Winterless Wonderland: Help Protect New England’s Winters
Winterless Wonderland: Help Protect New England’s Winters
Winterless Wonderland: Help Protect New England’s Winters
John Kassel

In the mid-1990’s a Vermont ski area executive told me this joke. “How do you make a small fortune in the ski industry in New England?” he asked. “Start with a large one.” He was talking about the challenges he faced then, which seemed normal at the time:  limited water for snowmaking, labor shortages, skyrocketing…

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Patagonia Ambassador and Friend Arne Backstrom Dies While Skiing in Peru
Patagonia Ambassador and Friend Arne Backstrom Dies While Skiing in Peru
Patagonia Ambassador and Friend Arne Backstrom Dies While Skiing in Peru

All of us at Patagonia are deeply saddened to share news of the death of Arne Backstrom, our friend and skiing ambassador. Our love and support goes out to the Backstrom family and all of Arne's friends. Arne (29) was at the height of his professional freeskiing career, having just won the McConkey Cup, the…

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Foothills
Foothills
Foothills

The Unlinked Heritage of Snowboarding

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Interview: Snowboard Ambassador Ryland Bell
Interview: Snowboard Ambassador Ryland Bell
Interview: Snowboard Ambassador Ryland Bell
greenewsurfer

We're pleased to welcome Ryland Bell to the Patagonia Ambassador lineup. Ryland is a snowboarder who has spent all the summers of his life on boats in the Alaskan village of Elfin Cove (population 20), where his parents fish commercially. He can't think of a winter growing up when he wasn't riding on sleds, skis,…

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Tales from Winter Tour – Skiing with moe. Guitarist Al Schnier
Tales from Winter Tour – Skiing with moe. Guitarist Al Schnier
Tales from Winter Tour – Skiing with moe. Guitarist Al Schnier
Al Schnier

When I graduated from college in 1990 (SUNY Oneonta), I always thought I'd end up moving out west to ski. I'd already had plenty of years of experience in both pizza making and delivery so I was primed for a life of scraping by and dawn patrols in a town like Alta or Jackson Hole.…

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How to Dress Properly for Winter Climbing
How to Dress Properly for Winter Climbing
How to Dress Properly for Winter Climbing
Kelly Cordes

Like flocks of swirling swallows or shimmering schools of tropical fish, our customers swoop in with mysteriously synchronized concerns and questions on a regular basis, prompting the need for ready answers. Times like these, nothing would be more handy than magically beaming knowledge out into the ether. Kelly Cordes is our guest Trencher today, fielding…

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Fitz Cahall on Filming Gerry Lopez for “Tracing the Edge”
Fitz Cahall on Filming Gerry Lopez for “Tracing the Edge”
Fitz Cahall on Filming Gerry Lopez for “Tracing the Edge”

Editor's note: Fitz Cahall joins us today to share another behind-the-scenes story from the making of Tracing the Edge. Winter was fickle last year. Bryan and I were set to work with surfing legend Gerry Lopez. I’d already spent a day filming with him in Bend. He’d shown me every powder stash available on Mount…

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Remembering Freeskier Arne Backstrom
Remembering Freeskier Arne Backstrom
Remembering Freeskier Arne Backstrom
Kasey

[Arne Backstrom Revelstoke Tribute. Video: Subaru Freeskiing World Tour.] The Subaru World Freeskiing Tour put together a nice tribute video for our late friend and ambassador Arne Backstrom. The video was released in conjunction with this week’s Revelstoke leg of the World Freeskiing Tour which Arne won last year. Head over to the official website…

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The Fifth Annual Dirksen Derby Supporting Tyler Eklund
The Fifth Annual Dirksen Derby Supporting Tyler Eklund
The Fifth Annual Dirksen Derby Supporting Tyler Eklund
Aimee Lyn Brown

Right about the time contest organizer and Patagonia snowboard ambassador Josh Dirksen yelled go, professional snowboarder Scotty Whitlake fell over laughing, legend Terje Haakosen cracked a smile and 28 shreds of all ages and genders grabbed splitboards and took off running uphill in shitty snow and poor visibility for no prize money and nothing but…

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Treeline
Treeline
Treeline

An ancient story written in rings

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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.

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Skunked or Scored? Summer Ski-Gear Testing in Chile
Skunked or Scored? Summer Ski-Gear Testing in Chile
Skunked or Scored? Summer Ski-Gear Testing in Chile

How do you get to work in morning? Are you stuffed into a sweltering New York subway car? Crammed fender-to-fender along LA’s mind-numbing 405? Either way, our morning commute to work was way more stressful than yours. I promise. We chased the sun across the Inca Lake in Portillo… Editor's note: Freelance writer Greg Fitzsimmons…

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A Matter of Love
A Matter of Love
A Matter of Love
Colin Wiseman

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

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Nick Waggoner Shares Behind-the-Scenes from “Solitaire”: Part 4
Nick Waggoner Shares Behind-the-Scenes from “Solitaire”: Part 4
Nick Waggoner Shares Behind-the-Scenes from “Solitaire”: Part 4
Nick Waggoner

“When you land in a freeride mecca and things are neither free, nor rideable, what’s a guy to do? It was time to make lemons into lemonade.” The fourth in a series of posts from Nick Waggoner and the crew at Sweetgrass Productions. They’re currently hard at work on their third movie, Solitaire. Cleanest Line…

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Hair of the Dog
Hair of the Dog
Hair of the Dog
Bonnie Tsui

A skiing family’s shear joy.

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Patagonia Employees’ My Footprint Series: Shaping a New Relationship to Skiing
Patagonia Employees’ My Footprint Series: Shaping a New Relationship to Skiing
Patagonia Employees’ My Footprint Series: Shaping a New Relationship to Skiing

Series intro: The “My Footprint” series shares the stories of Patagonia friends and employees who have been inspired by There's a side to skiing in the United States that many American skiers would just as soon not talk about. For all of its inspiring outdoor elements, the industry as we know it is uniquely dependent…

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