Olympic snowboarder Danny Davis loves to ride his snowboard. At a press conference just prior the the Olympics, Davis mentioned he had just been riding powder.
"We rode some sweet pow today," he said. "I just love to ride."
Davis's career has been full of ups and downs. He was rookie of the year in 2006, but has had his share of injuries. He was in contention for the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver, but he was injured in an ATV accident while intoxicated and shattered his lumbar vertebrae and his pelvis.
This year has seen him return to the top form once again. Here at the Olympics, he fell in the finals of the halfpipe competition. Davis has been vocal about teammate Shaun White's fourth place showing in the same competition.
"They gave White a gift, after he too fell during his run," Davis said.
I caught up with Davis on the gondola on a ride down to town from the Rosa Khutor Resort. Here is what he had to say about the shape of the Olympic halfpipe, his comments about White and his plans after the Olympics.
Gold medalist Hannah Teter is heading to the 2014 Olympics for her third games. She won gold in 2006, silver in 2010 and now has her sights set on Sochi.
Hailing from Vermont, she grew up riding at Okemo Mountain and attended the Okemo Mountain School in Ludlow, Vt. She burst onto the scene at 15 at her debut in the Olympic halfpipe at the 2006 Torino Games. Since then, she has been a creative source of snowboarding and charity.
"My goal from the beginning was, if I ever hit it it big I would give back," Teter said during the USOC Olympic Summit in Park City, Utah. "And that continues to be my goal moving forward."
She is a golden girl with a worldwide impact and finding the podium in Sochi won't be easy, but don't count her out.
Listen to her entire Edging the Xtreme interview with Dan Egan on RadioBDC:
The new Killington Natural Woods Areas are a breath of fresh air for barks-biting winter riders who want to dive into the trees. The resort just announced that 745 acres of Natural Woods Areas are available for skiers and snowboarders within Killington Resort’s outer boundary, which spans from Sunrise and Bear Mountain to Ramshead.
These areas are not maintained or checked by ski area personnel and these areas are not opened or closed like gladed trails. In other words, ski at your own risk, which is a welcome sign to most backcountry and trees skiers and snowboarders.
And when it comes to new policies in skiing at resorts in the United States, this one sounds more like the big mountain policies you might find in Canada or Europe.
It gets even better because Killington and Pico now have an earn your turns policy, which is officially called the Free “Uphill Travel Pass.” This allows skinner and snowshoe traffic on the trails 24/7. So now there is no excuse not to get first tracks on a powder day.
This is a sigh of relief for outdoor lovers who enjoy the mountaineering experience of a quiet uphill workout and mountain-peak solitude with the added bonus of skiing or riding alone or with a few select friends early morning or late evening. The uphill travel policy outlines where you can go and how to be safe during non-operating hours so not to bump into groomers or snowmaking.
When it comes to Action Sports, athletes are accepting huge risk for huge reward.
Athletes like Shaun White have made fortunes from extreme sports, but many have ended up on the complete opposite side of the equation with massive injuries and even death.
One man stands alone on the sideline of the injured, handing out "High Fives" for recovery.
Roy Tuscany who suffered a spinal cord injury while training in 2006 at Mammoth Mountain in California decided to pave a way for the survivors of action sports injuries from traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injuries and beyond.
In 2009, he founded the High Five Foundation to provide grants and gifts to injured athletes who need financial help during their recoveries. He doesn't stop there, and is a spokesperson for safety and most recently launched a "Helmets are Cool" campaign sponsored by the National Ski Patrol, POC Helmets , Snocru, Squaw Valley, and Alpine Meadows.
The CR Johnson Healing Center is named after famed freeride skier CR Johnson, who was an X-Games champion and well-known skier who pioneered new tricks in and out of the half pipe. He suffered a TBI while filming a ski movie when Kye Peterson landed on CR's head after the two skiers jumped off of the same back country kicker.
Johnson died four years later attempting to revitalize his ski career at his home resort of Squaw Valley, Calif.
Listen to my interview with Roy Tuscany in the player below.
The Boston Ski and Snowboard show is being held through Sunday at the Seaport World Trade Center.
This is the place to go for preseason deals on equipment, clothing and ski area specials. The annual gathering of ski and snowboard enthusiasts showcases the who, what, and when of skiing in North America and around the globe.
Look for me on Friday around the show floor. Ticket are only $12 and kids under 12 are free.
If you miss me there I’ll be emceeing the Warren Miller movie showing Sunday night in Duxbury. Go to tixbeast.com for your tickets.
When you are there, make sure you check out the new generation of the SkiTips apps series for iPhone and iPad, which will be debuting at this year's Boston Ski & Snowboard Show, with all proceeds going to local charity Christopher's Haven.
The SkiTips concept of self-teaching apps includes a complete course on snowboarding from beginner to expert by Olympic medalist and 36-time World Cup winner Mathieu Bozetto, while the five skiing apps cover every level from first-timers to telemark, off-piste and back-country touring.
The SkiTips team is working with Christopher's Haven to help raise money for this extraordinary Boston institution. All proceeds from sales of any of the SkiTips apps during the show will be donated to the Haven.
United We Ski is a new film by T-bar film and it looks at the community ski areas that still exist in Vermont. United We Ski includes Hard'ack, Northeast Slopes, and Cochran's Ski Area. The film also explores lost ski areas as well as secret ski tows hidden among the sugar-bushes of Vermont.
Listen to my weekly reports on RadioBDC ...
At 12 years old, Alana Smith says she has "reached all of the dreams she set out for" when she started her career at 7 years old. Smith won an X-Games Silver Medal in Skateboarding this past summer in Barcelona, and she has also been added to the Guinness Book of World Records.
Smith attends the Kids that Rip Skateboard Academy and loves it. She considers herself an athlete and trains up to five hours a day.
Dan Egan caught up with Smith on her way to school. Listen to the interview on RadioBDC's Edging the Edging the Xtreme.
Simon Dumont is the elder statesman of skiing half-pipe. With U.S. Olympic teammates and fellow competitors sometimes half his age, Dumont finds himself leading the sport he help to create. He has stood on the podium at every major half pipe event around the world for the last 13 years, and the final prize of Olympic glory is now with in reach.
For the last year, Dumont was injured to the extent that he competed without ski poles in the 2013 Winter X Games. But he's now injury-free and in the best shape of his life. With just under 150 days left before the Winter 2014 Opening Ceremonies in Sochi, Russia.
Edging the Xtreme caught up with Simon Dumont at the recent USOC 2013 Team USA Media Summit in Park City, Utah.
Listen to the entire interview on RadioBDC:
If you're heading down to South America this season, you'll find fresh snow to ski on, and long runs to check out. Our group of compatriots has been great this year, tearing up the mountain and gliding through the powder together.
I'll let this video and the photos below speak for themselves. If you're interested in checking out what we do, follow me @SkiClinics on Twitter.
Standing at 12,500 feet in the Andes Mountains in Chile, staring down a steep narrow rocky chute, I was thinking to myself, "What a perfect summer." This August included, I've been skiing in South America since 1989 and I have never been sorry to leave the beach behind.
It's not the heat of the summer that drives me to the southern hemisphere nor is it a burning desire to relive the chill of a howling winter wind. Rather, this yearly pilgrimage has been more about the experiencing the look on the faces of my clients, who come to Chile with me. There is a certain magic that happens somewhere between South American hospitality at a middle-of-nowhere resort and being stranded at 10,000 feet in a driving snow storm.
Check out this video from the past week's skiing adventures:
Sure I love to ski, but this trip is more about the overall experience of the people, the place, and the time of year. This year has been extra special because I was joined by some long-time friends of mine: Jeff, Kate and I all ski raced at Babson College back in the '80s, so sharing memories from back in the day and catching up on family life now has been a blast.
Listen to the mid-summer's ski report on Edging the Xtreme on RadioBDC:
I met Vasu Sojitra last Friday while he was hiking up to ski Tuckerman Ravine. He was celebrating the end of his college career at UVM with a pack of friends, a typical thing to do on a beautiful spring day in May. Except Vasu only has one leg!
At nine months, Sojitra had his leg amputated, but he's never looked back. He climbs mountains, hikes and skies, and isn't deterred, although he does say he needs to eat more than your average person.
Listen to the most recent installment of Edging the Xtreme to hear more about the amazing backcountry accomplishments of this extraordinary young man.