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News Flash: Week of December 21, 2022

News Flash: Week of December 21, 2022

“News Flash” is FREESKIER’s online column designed to keep you up-to-date with snippets of outdoor news you need to know about. This article is published weekly on Wednesdays and updated throughout the week.

Birk Irving, Rachael Karker prevail in the pipe at Toyota U.S. Grand Prix

It was Birk Irving and Canadian Rachael Karker who took the top spots on Saturday for the Toyota U.S. Grand Prix. It was a stacked competition on both sides with Canadians Brandon MacKay taking second and Noah Bowman third on the men’s side and on the women’s side of things Amy Fraser from Canada claimed second and Estonia’s Kelly Sildaru took third.

Megan Oldham, Birk Ruud claim top spots at the VISA Big Air presented by Toyota

On the VISA Big Air side of the weekend it was Canadian Megan Oldham and Norway’s Birk Ruud who took home the gold. Swiss skier Mathilde Gremaud took second for the big air women and Oldham’s teammate Oliva Asselin rounded out the podium. For the men, it was France’s Timothe Sivignon in second and Ruud’s teammate Sebastian Schjerve in third.

Supply chain issues slow down Colorado chairlifts

Of the 60 planned new and updated lifts across North America for the 2022-23 season, only about 35 of them have been completed due to supply chain issues with both Poma and Doppelmayr. According to the Colorado Sun, the supply chain challenges are stemming from the global pandemic-related shutdown of manufacturing in March 2020.

Michelle Parker sits down with Scott Gaffney in new episode of ‘Care Less, Do More’

In the newest episode of Michelle Parker’s podcast, the pro skier peels back the layers on the 30-plus-year career of Scott Gaffney. Largely responsible for the cina-magic of the last 25 Matchstick Productions’ films, Gaffney is more than just a filmer, he’s also a really fun friend and talented athlete.

Kye Petersen and Matchstick Productions present: ‘Sacred Grounds’

If you haven’t heard, Kye Petersen and MSP have teamed up to present Petersen’s incredible series, ‘Sacred Grounds,’ where he and his crew explore the far reaches of the planet for the best ski conditions. The first episode dropped last week and episode two is out now.

‘Free Rider’ from The North Face is a must-watch for skiers and boarders

Sam Anthamatten and Victor De Le Rue get dropped off in the remote Alaska wilderness. Camped out on an unexplored glacier to conquer the spine walls in a series of ascents, this small crew of five discover what it means to truly be a ‘Free Rider.’

Sofia Wester made a ski film from a wife’s perspective

Most ski films tell the story of the skier and their risky pursuits but ‘A Part of Us’ comes from a wife’s perspective. A ski film about love, what happens when you watch and ultimately film your partner put themselves in fall-you-die scenarios?

Marcus Caston and Tim Jones take a ‘Bro’s Trip’

Caston’s Return of the Turn series is back for episode 13: ‘Bro’s Trip.’ An adventure of spring missions and good old-fashioned bro time, this episode lacks neither good turns or good times.

Salomon dropped ‘A Little Rogue. A Little Rowdy.’ on YouTube

What happens when you give three teenagers a bunch of money to make a ski movie? ‘A Little Rogue. A Little Rowdy.’ With the entire Salomon crew under the age of 18, these adolescents prove they can hang with the old dogs.

Juliette Willmann debuted her first ski film, ‘Making The Most Of It’

First a ski racer, then a competitive freerider on the Freeride World Tour and now a backcountry freerider and mountaineer, Juliette Willmann is just diving in to her new ski role. ‘Making The Most Of It’ follow Willmann and her ski partner through Norway, making the most of the conditions.

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