Jean Yves Blondeau’s ski suit conjures up a lot of images. It’s sort of like a Transformer. Or The Stig for winter sports. But mostly I’m concerned about if the person wearing it is able to stop.
I run, bike, swim, surf, snowboard, paddle, hunt and ride motorcycles. Not only is the Garmin Fenix 3 the first smartwatch capable of keeping up throughout all those activities, but it’s also the first to genuinely help me become better at them.
In 2013, former Formula One Champion Michael Schumacher fell while skiing and suffered a traumatic brain injury even though he was wearing a helmet. The culprit? Some sources blame his helmet-mounted GoPro. Now, Sweet Protection has designed the first snow helmet capable of protecting you from your action camera.
Modern helmet construction hasn't changed significantly since the adoption of styrofoam impact absorption in the 1960s. But new materials and construction methods are improving safety, in some cases absorbing 30 percent more energy than their styrofoam equivalents. And you can buy helmets made from them today.
I haven't been skiing since the late '90s. So, for my first time back, a trip out of bounds through the backcountry outside Jackson Hole Mountain Resort was a safe, practical thing to do, right?
Want to have fun in the snow outside a ski resort? Then avalanches are going to be a huge risk. 35 people were killed by them in the US last winter alone. But, with a little preparation, a few gadgets and some basic knowhow, they can be survivable.
French profesional skier Candide Thovex made this great point of view video showing his insane ski skills. The video starts with him taking a shower at home and ends with him locked in an elevator confronted by a crowd of angry skiers. You don't want to miss what happens in between.
This is a day in the life of Conga, a dog that loves the snow-covered mountains of Bariloche, Argentina. And when I say love, I really mean love. The energy and happiness of this creature are contagious. I want to do like Santiago Guzman, who followed her like in a real life Adventure Time episode. A joyous film.
Watch this spectacular video of speedrider David Bozon skiing near the edge of a cliff in Charmonix, France, and then taking a leap off to ride the avalanche he just provoked.
Skiing in Hawaii. Impossible you say? No if you have big enough waves and special skis made for water. Watch German professional skier and entrepreneur Willy Bogner do it. Fun factoid: According to his Facebook, Bogner has participated in four James Bond ski sequences and many other films.
This guy's name is Adam Delorme, although I will just go ahead and call him Darth Delorme. Or His Wizardness Lord Delorme of Snow. He can go by either name. Like the rest of the skiers in the documentary Less, his skiing seems more like an act of magic than actual skiing. At one point I thought it was all CGI.
I know he has a parachute, but whatever. Every time he goes down the slope and I see the snow ending abruptly, I feel my stomach drop every single time.
This video is awesome for two reasons. One, because it's awesome to see three-time International Ski Federation overall World Cup winner Marcel Hirscher going down a hill in such detail. The other one: It shows he's human. I thought these guys were like Batman, but just look at his face.
Watch Mickael Bimboes launching "off a massive cliff in his 3rd place run for the Swatch Freeride World Tour at Aiguille Pourrie, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France." And remember, folks—this guy got the third place. Seriously, watch it all because you are not going to believe how nuts and/or suicidal this dude is.
"A valid attempt at a backflip over the Mount Baker highway," says the author of this jump over a highway in Whatcom County, Washington. Well, at least it wasn't a total failure and you didn't smash your face against the asphalt.
After watching this guy I'm really jealous. Even if it's pretty crazy at the beginning, I'm jealous.
If skiing isn't enough of a thrill for you, why not up the ante and zoom through a whole forest? And if that's still not enough for you, why not make it even scarier by going at warp freaking speed? That's what Candide Thovex and Aziz Benkrich did. The GoPro footage from their latest ski run is a thrill ride that…
Inspired by night surfers wearing LEDs, Switchback Entertainment made this video for Salomon Freeski TV showing skiers wearing their own light suits. Strapped with EL-wire on their bodies, the skiers slalom down the powder covered mountain like it's The Grid. Awesome.
Armed with a GoPro HD attached to his helmet, Stephen Ager recorded some absolutely stunning views of the top of the world. But it's not all prancing snowflakes and fresh powder because later in the video, Ager loses his footing and tumbles down the wrong side of the cliff. The GoPro HD captures every single moment…
The Vikersundbakken, a 440-foot record-setting ski ramp, opened this week in southern Norway. It didn't take long for someone to put it to good use: earlier today, 25-year-old ski flyer Johan Remen Evensen set the world record with a mind-boggling 797 foot jump. Good thing he stuck the landing. [Wired]