Nibbles & Bits
July 25th, 2014

DPS’ annual Dreamtime event features limited edition World Cup graphics

Once again, DPS Skis is hosting its annual Dreamtime summer pre-sale event. This year’s limited edition sticks draw inspiration from the 2014 World Cup of soccer and are currently being offered at the lowest price of the year. As always, the deals are rockin’ and the skis are sick, so be sure to check ‘em out and take advantage of the Dreamtime event before August 1, 2014.

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July 24th, 2014

iF3 Europe has sadly come to a close

The International Freeski Film Festival (iF3) has announced that its European event has sadly come to an end. The infamous film festival, founded in Montreal, Quebec, Canada first started its European venture in Annecy, France in 2010. After a four-year relationship between Annecy based licensing agency Like That and iF3, the two companies have mutually decided to go in separate directions. While iF3 will miss its loyal French fan base, the Like That agency has decided to start a new ski film festival based in Annecy. For more info, see the press release below.

Press Release, iF3 Festival Inc:

The International Freeski Film Festival is sad to announce that iF3 Europe, launched in 2010 in Annecy, France, will no longer take place. iF3 Festival Inc., founded and based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and Like That, its French licensee, have mutually agreed to go their separate ways.

After a successful 4 year run producing iF3 Europe, Like That Agency, located in Annecy, has decided to start its own ski film festival project in Annecy. You can learn more about it at www.like-that.fr. iF3 would like to wish Gaylord and his team best of luck in their new endeavour.

The iF3 crew will miss its core and loyal fans in Annecy and the industry that has supported the festival from the start. Annecy will always have a special place in our hearts. Thank you!

The iF3 Festival has been dedicated to celebrating freeskiing’s excellence since 2007 and will continue to do so. This year’s events will start in Montreal on September 18, after which iF3 will embark on a global tour to spread the stoke across the world. For more details, please visit www.iF3festival.com


July 23rd, 2014

See 15 ‘grams from the Stept crew to get you stoked for the new flick

The annual flick from Stept Productions is always one of the most anticipated ski films of the year. After perusing my Instagram feed and stumbling across several Stept ‘grams, I began to get excited for the film’s release this summer. To share my excitement, I’ve compiled a collection of 15 Stept related Instagram snaps, as seen below. Stay tuned to freeskier.com in the coming weeks for the trailer and updates regarding release dates.

Location: Syracuse, New York

Location: Boulder, Colorado

Location: Minnesota

Location: Quebec City, Quebec

Location: Aspen Snowmass, Colorado

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Location: Red River Ski Area, New Mexico

Location: Duluth, Minnesota

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Location: Quebec City, Quebec

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Location: Red River Ski Area, New Mexico

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Location: Red River Ski Area, New Mexico

Related: 2013′s best ski films: Read Freeskier’s review of Stept Productions’ “Mutiny”


July 18th, 2014

Woodward at Copper adds a new toy to its already awesome arsenal

Woodward Copper has increased value to its 2013/14 summer ski setup. Recently, the summer camp has added a brand new bag jump to its already awesome action sports playground. The new jump is showcased just below the summer park setup on Copper Mountain and ready to be stomped on. Throughout the summer, campers and coaches alike will enjoy learning new tricks with a super soft landing. Check out the video of the first session on the jump, below.

Related: Gallery: #FreeskierFest invades Woodward at Copper Barn, wild action ensues


July 18th, 2014

Party on, Wayne: Brand new Hard Rock Hotel and Casino to open in South Lake Tahoe, winter 2014/15

It was announced today that the brand new Hard Rock Hotel and Casino will open in South Lake Tahoe’s casino core in late 2014 or early 2015. Can you say, “Party?” Consider the 4,800 acres of skiable terrain at nearby Heavenly Mountain Resort, the mind blowing views of Lake Tahoe, steep 1,600 vertical foot chutes and over 360 inches of average annual snowfall—throw Hard Rock into the mix and South Lake Tahoe should certainly be on your radar for an upcoming ski getaway.

Press Release, Heavenly Mountain Resort, July 18, 2014:

At a press conference at Heavenly Mountain Resort, the Park Family and Warner Hospitality announced that Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe will open in late December 2014 or early 2015 in South Lake Tahoe’s casino core. In addition to a 25,000 square foot casino, the property will include over 500 renovated hotel rooms, new restaurants and bars, the largest outdoor pool experience in South Lake Tahoe, and an assortment of live entertainment venues both indoors and out.

“The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino brand is iconic for its musical soul and high energy entertainment, which is what we are all about here at Heavenly,” said John Wagnon, senior director of marketing for Vail Resorts, Lake Tahoe. “This will continue to propel the renaissance of South Lake Tahoe as a premier entertainment and recreation destination in the world, and Heavenly is excited to support this brand that is so well aligned with our own. Heavenly skiers and snowboarders will love cruising through a hotel entry bedecked with electric guitars after ripping it up on the mountain all day!”

Other upcoming openings in South Lake Tahoe include The Chateau, a 30,000 square foot retail space across from Heavenly Village, and Azul Latin Kitchen located within Heavenly Village.


July 17th, 2014

A new backcountry device that you’ll want in your pack next season

Thanks to the folks at goTenna, there’s a new backcountry device in town. The communication tool pairs with iPhone or Android devices via bluetoothLE and enables users to send and receive text messages (160 characters or less) and share GPS locations, all without utilizing cell reception. Depending on interference from terrain, the small device allows for users to communicate up to 50 miles apart and provides a “shout” message that will send to all users within range in an emergency. The goTenna product is re-chargeable via a USB cable, weather resistant and easily attachable to other gear. The kicker? You get two of these bad boys for the small price of $150. At such a small cost, the goTenna is incredibly affordable, compact and crucial in case of an emergency situation. For more info, visit gotenna.com

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July 16th, 2014

Enjoy an array of action snow-sport photos from the ESPY awards

It was quite a night for action snow-sports at the ESPY awards this evening. Freeskiing’s own Joss Christensen and David Wise were nominated for “Best Male Olympian” alongside snowboarding’s Olympic gold medalist, Sage Kotsenburg. Olympic champ’ Maddie Bowman was nominated for “Best Female Olympian” along with snowboarding’s Jamie Anderson and Kaitlyn Farrington; Anderson was also nominated for “Best Female Action Sports Athlete.” Cool-boarders Kotsenburg and Anderson ended up taking home ESPYs for Best Male Olympian and Best Female Action Sports Athlete, but as far as I’m concerned, all in attendance were winners. I mean, even Drake aka “Drizzy” turned out to be a much better host than anticipated. Congrats to all of the athletes representing action-snow tonight—you did us proud. Enjoy an array of ESPY pics from the Red Carpet and beyond, below.


July 16th, 2014

Don’t miss out on DPS Skis’ Dreamtime summer event

DPS skis’ Dreamtime event allows for skiers to purchase 2014/15 products at a mega discount. For a limited time, take advantage of sick deals on special edition skis and shaping creations from the Powderworks lab, as well as shipping, mounting, and gift specials. The Dreamtime event will be offered now until August 1, 2014 on dpsskis.com and through select dealers. So make sure to jump on the discount quickly to ensure you get awesome DPS products at a one-time price. For more info, click here.

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Related: APO skis set to relocate to the Rocky Mountain range


July 16th, 2014

Rory Bushfield is winning this summer, big time

Seriously. Bushy, you’re an animal. Sky diving into Momentum Camps’ lane on the Horstman Glacier, dropping care packages from the plane, backflipping up a storm… Way to crush it to the max. Keep up the good work.


July 16th, 2014

Øystein Bråten joins team Red Bull; watch this sick-ass triple cork

Norwegian Øystein Bråten has joined the Red Bull program. The soon-to-be 19-year-old has been on the come-up for the past few seasons, mixing insane technicality with super-fluid style. FREESKIER extends big congratulations to all parties involved on the new partnership. In honor of the news, Field Productions dropped this bomb on Instagram:

To keep up with Bråten, be sure to follow him on Instagram.