Nibbles & Bits
March 20th, 2014

Telluride to hold homecoming celebration for Olympic silver medalist Gus Kenworthy

Men’s Olympic slopestyle silver medalist Gus Kenworthy grew up in Telluride, Colorado, located in the San Juan Mountains in the southwest part of the state. On March 21, the town of Telluride will be throwing a welcome home celebration for Kenworthy. The event schedule is as follows:

5:30 p.m. – Parade
6:15 p.m. – Speeches and special dedication
6:30 p.m. – Meet and greet, poster signing
7:45 p.m. – Fireworks on Main Street

Gus Event Hand Bill Merchants


March 20th, 2014

Instagram Roundup: See the pros’ best Throwback Thursday posts

It’s Thursday, which means that your Instagram feed is probably swarming with the Throwback Thursday hashtag. In honor of, #TBT, we’ve rounded up some of the best throwback snaps that pro skiers have posted today.

“#Throwback to that one time @casablunt and I got towed into an urban feature by a dog. Who needs a bungee? #puppypower #tbt” – Tom Wallisch

“#tbt with the Norwegians. (Det begynnelse…) @andreashatveit #espen @pkhunder And yes, that’s blood on my jacket from slamming my face multiple times. // #joi #nordmenn #skifilm #2004″ – Grete Eliassen

“For all you young coeds, Prom season is right around the corner. In 1975, we had our own dance, the K2 Snow Ball. | #tbt” – K2 Skis

“Throwback to Alaska last year with @girosnow. @toddkupke photo. Heading north again tomorrow. Staying on the Canadian side and exploring some new ranges with @realjoshbibby @tjschiller #smokemifyougotem #gonorth #bigmountains #chasingdreams” – Riley Leboe

“#ThrowbackThursday to my 2nd place run at the SFR Tour a few weeks ago!” – Gus Kenworthy

“#tbt to an awesome day with @hoodylan and @timdurtschi a couple weeks ago in Revelstoke. Stoked to get back there again for another couple weeks with @tetongravity tomorrow! #tgrrevelstoke” – Nick McNutt

“#tbt to the last #fwt14 stop, here’s hoping #verbier goes as well #longerdays @thenorthface @voelklskis @dalbelloskiboot @ioncamera @monsroyale” – Sam Smoothy

“#tbt World Championships 2011 @irideparkcity One of the coldest contests to date. #parkcity #utah @usfreeskiing #freeskiing” – Meg Olenick

“#tbt to the #UsGrandPrix at @breckenridgemtn with a big ol’ 9 mute” – Mike Riddle

“#TBT a view from 25,000ft on #Shishapangma #Tibet on our ski expedition in 2010. #himalaya #skitibet” – Kim Havell


March 20th, 2014

Bene Mayr and friends channel their inner Beatles in Instagram post

Pro skier Bene Mayr took a little inspiration from The Beatles in his latest Instagram post. The shot shows Mayr and friends crossing the street, skis in tow, mimicking the cover photo from The Beatles’ 1969 album “Abbey Road.”


March 19th, 2014

Gus Kenworthy has been reunited with his puppies; see the “Today” interview

After weeks of paperwork, political restrictions and international media attention, Gus Kenworthy and his much-publicized family of stray dogs have been reunited here on American soil. After placing second at slopestyle’s Olympic debut, Gus made his way back to the states for a jam-packed media tour. His friend and filmer, Robin MacDonald, stayed behind in an attempt to get several dogs out of Russia and back to Gus’s home in Denver. Unfortunately, two of the dogs did not survive. However, the story was a positive one in that it brought attention to the issue and has directly led to more animal adoptions and donations to animal shelters worldwide. Recently, Gus and Robin found themselves on Today, discussing the adoption process. Now, according to the interview, the only thing Gus has left to do is to potty train the pups.


March 17th, 2014

#RTC14 is racing to a close, teams battle for final points before tonight’s deadline

As quickly as it started, the 2014 edition of Freeskier’s Road Trip Challenge is coming to an end. Teams have until tonight at 11:59 PM EST to gather as many points as possible. Both teams met up on Friday night for a head-to-head bowling match with big points on the line. Unofficial word is that Team K2 took the win on that one, making for a tight race that is anyone’s game at this point. Enjoy a few of this weekend’s Instagram highlights below, and make sure to follow along yourself by using the hashtag #RTC14.


March 17th, 2014

Fantasy Freeride: Four AFP events remaining, $1000 shopping spree to Slope Style on the line

The Fantasy Freeride League season is still popping off, with four more AFP events still left before the end of the season. The grand prize winner will take home a $1000 shopping spree at Breckenridge, Colorado’s Slope Style Ski Shop. The current top ten FFL standings are as follows:

1. Scott Kramer – 4483 points
2. Gus Kenworthy – 4429 points
3. Noah Wallace – 4309 points
4. Joonatan Sahlstedt – 4255 points
5. Jason Plepel – 4219 points
6. Jason Arens – 4169 points
7. Shanne Marie – 4129 points
8. Koen Speleman – 4125 points
9. Brenton Keyser – 4119 points
10. Peter Arneson – 4087 points

With four events remaining in the FFL schedule, including the SFR Tour, Dumont Cup, Jon Olsson Invitational and AFP World Championships, there’s still time left to take over the top spot in FFL, and take home a $1000 shopping spree to Slope Style.


March 17th, 2014

An outline of the #RTC14 content you can expect to see this fall

With the 2014 Road Trip Challenge nearly complete, we understand that you, our fans, are chomping at the bit to see current point totals, hilarious videos, awesome skiing and more. For all Road Trip Challenge related content check out the hashtag #RTC14 on Instagram and Twitter as well as the Road Trip Challenge page on freeskier.com.

The 2014 Road Trip Challenge videos, six in total, will be released this fall. In addition, a feature article outlining the trials and tribulations, such as the shot of Dale Talkington below, of #RTC14 will appear in the October 2014 issue of Freeskier.

The winners of #RTC14 will be announced amid the 2014 International Freeskiing Film Festival (iF3) in Montreal, and will be posted to freeskier.com simultaneously.

To whet your video appetite until the fall, check out the below video playlist of the episodes from 2007′s Road Trip Challenge:

Or, read the full magazine article pertaining to Road Trip Challenge 2007, here.

We’ll also be posting various #RTC14 related content on freeskier.com in anticipation of the fall release of #RTC14.


March 14th, 2014

#RTC14 Update: Dale Talkington inks sponsorship deal with UVM Ski and Snowboard Club

One of the many challenges Team Nordica and Team K2 are attempting to complete during the 2014 Road Trip Challenge, is to have a team skier acquire a new sponsor. In an interesting development, it appears that Team Nordica’s Dale Talkington has signed with the University of Vermont Ski and Snowboard Club (@uvm_ssc). Below is the photo evidence, outlining Talkington’s new contract:


March 12th, 2014

SNOCRU donates $2,000 to POW in honor of largest CRU at #FreeskierFest

After eight hard-charging days of ski testing, our 2014 All-Mountain ski test came to a close on Sunday. Throughout the week, we ran the SNOCRU app, which allowed us to keep track stats and locations for over forty testers and staffers. For those who tended to dip away from the group to find their own private pow stash, the SNOCRU app proved imperative when it came time to meet up once again for après.

We also ran a contest throughout the week in conjunction with SNOCRU, wherein the ski test participant who amassed the largest CRU by the end of the week would have $2,000 donated in their name to Protect Our Winters. When all was said and done, Freeskier’s own Nicole Birkhold came out victorious. The contribution will go toward POW’s fight against climate change.

SNOCRU is a free smartphone app that caters to anyone who enjoys getting after it and competing with friends on the hill; we have grown to love the app through various powder days and gear testing.


March 12th, 2014

#RTC14 Update: Team K2 is en route to Sunday River and knocking off challenges along the way

While their counterparts are headed for Vermont, Team K2 took up Sunday River on an irresistable offer and has set its sights on Maine. It typically takes a little longer than three hours to drive from Boston to Sunday River, but with a winter storm bearing down on the New England area, it’s tough to say how long the excursion will take today.

Not wanting to waste any time, the crew headed up Interstate 95 and knocked off a non-ski challenge: go surfing. They’re also focusing their efforts on another on-going challenge: consume the most Wendy’s. Both teams are off to great starts, and only time will tell who comes out of this one victorious.