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Blinded by the white

Photo Essay: Cat Boarding at Baldface Lodge

Baldface Lodge is the mecca for powder hounds with a passion for backcountry in its purest sense, boasting over 32,000 acres of unadulterated terrain and 500 inches of fresh throughout a typical season.

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Olympic Gold Medalist

30 Minutes With: Sage Kotsenburg

Hailing from Salt Lake city, 21-year-old Sage Kotsenburg is one of the strongest riders in today's snowboarding scene. He also won a gold in Sochi by throwing down a trick he made up on the spot.

Q&A
Big Mountain Freeriding Disciple

30 Minutes With: Nicolas Müller

Nicolas Müller is one of the best snowboarders on the planet, but you won’t see him on the podium at the X Games or in highlight clips on SportsCenter. The 32-year-old Swiss native started out as a competitive snowboarder, eventually reaching the top of the international circuit, but hung it all up to push the progression on the sport on bigger canvas: big mountain free riding.

Viewfinder: Burton “Backcountry”

"Backcountry" follows Burton's sponsored snowboarders in their element, enjoying the backcountry. Seeing these guys carve down the mountain -- see them have fun is infinitely more enjoyable, more jaw dropping than anything you see in competitions.

The Skiing Issue
A board meeting you want to be part of

Best Snowboards of 2014

Nostalgia is an attractive creature, and we often find ourselves getting sentimental over microbrews about our gear of yore and cool vintage finds. But like the skis we came across in Park City, neither the Snurfer nor the Burton Backhill were performance decks. Nobody back in the day was talking about carbon and kevlar layup or cambered medley -- not sober, anyway. Today the construction materials and technology that go into snowboard making produce rides for every body type, terrain and personal preference. These five boards are some of the finest in each category.

GP100
Reality is looking pretty good

K2 Ultra Dream

Most of the snowboarding industry's technology slowly creeps forward with marginal improvements: things get better, but not way better. This year K2 dropped something that falls squarely into the way better category: their Ultra Dream Snowboard ($550), a cunning combination of the brand's recent technological advances.

Get off the pipe

Splitsticks Splitboard

Leaving first tracks through three feet of fresh stuff on an uncharted backcountry run can be a spiritual experience -- especially for snowboarders struggling to get off the pipe. It’s tough to be sure, as most lift tickets lead away from the Promised Land and deliver only crunchy corduroy runways back to the beast. To help powder seekers find salvation, Austrian manufacturer Splitsticks (~$1,800) has developed a complete splitboard package that conquers the mountain.

It's not Jarvis...yet

Design Spotlight: Oakley Airwave Goggles

Oakley's Airwave goggles are a new breed of advanced snow sport eyewear equipped with a heads up display that simulates viewing a 14-inch screen from five feet away when a user looks in the lower right corner of their peripheral vision.

CAPiTA! Capiche?

CAPiTA DBX Snowboard

Unless you’re fortunate (or wise) enough to live near the mountains, purchasing proper fitting binding, boots and boards may be a mere half-pipe dream. But, at some point you’ll discover that skipping the rental headache is the only way to go.

Solved Mystery

Burton Mystery Snowboard

Next time you're on the mountain, count how many times you see "Burton" plastered across the slopes. There's a good reason for that, and the Mystery Snowboard ($1,500) gives boarders every reason to keep on loving. The first flagship board

A shovel that could save your life

K2 Rescue Shovel Plus

Your average snow shovel works great for cleaning out the driveway or dispatching amateur crooks pestering a prepubsecent Macaulay Culkin. K2's Rescue Shovel Plus ($60) is the snow shovel of the future. Thanks to a unique modular design, the handle

L.E.D. Surfer by Jacob Sutton

What do you get when you combine three nights of Red Epic filming on a skidoo, with a bespoke L.E.D. suit, and Artec pro snowboarder William Hughes in the Rhône-Alpes region of south-eastern France? One hell of a visual spectacle, that's what. While the short film above looks as graceful

Snow Might

Atlas Aspect Snowshoe

With enough bite to make a Yeti white with jealousy, Atlas Snowshoe has outdone themselves with the Aspect ($269). Built around an all-new traction system called ReactiV-Trac, the Aspect' offers up tons of grip thanks to an angry saw-toothed perimeter.

Flip Out

Oakley Airbrake

Snow goggles are snow goggles, right? Well, if you don't care much about 'em, then yes. But if poor fit and feel, changing weather and slope conditions get you down on your way down, then pay a visit to the
Conquer More

MTN Approach Backcountry Snowboard System

Pure. Uncut. Powder. We're not discussing Whitney Houston's daydreams here people. We're talking about the stuff that transforms passionate snowboarders into giddy Catholic school girls. Sure, if you can commandeer a chopper on a whim, accessing the stuff in the prime

Bag Your Shot, Conditions Be Damned

Burton F-Stop Photo Backpack

Burton's reputation in snowboarding needs no introduction, so we're sure that the F-Stop photo backpack can meet all of the crazy demands of professional photographers tasked with documenting the acrobatics of legends like Shaun White. Even if you haven't mastered the

The Flying Tomato's Personal Playground

Shaun White and the Secret Superpipe

shaun_white Much like Tony Hawk's name has become synonymous with the world of skate boarding, Shaun White defines the sport of snowboarding for many fans. This year's Winter Olympics have given Shaun a grand stage, upon which took the gold medal

Ski Dubai

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Where there's a will, there's a way. And if there happen to be an endless supply of cash at hand then all the better. Or so the thought must have been with the creation of Ski Dubai, a 242,000 square foot indoor ski/snowboard slope with

Burton FBI Pocket Tool

burton.fbi.pocket.tool.jpgThe only downside we can think of with snowboarding is the fact that you need tools. Not a lot of tools, but tools nonetheless. Adjusting, screwing, tightening, loosening, it tall requires bits. The Burton FBI-6 Pocket Tool is small enough to hide in your