Monday, April 23, 2018

This year, I will not buy any new ski gear

...At least I’ll try not to. Promise. Maybe. By Andrew J. Pridgen I recently mentioned how much I look forward to rely on POWDER's annual buyers' guide/kick-off issue dropping into my mailbox of floating as if by magic carrier owl onto a news stand. I like everything about it. It is one part guilty pleasure, one part aspirational guide to living...

Why the Squaw-Alpine gondola won’t ever happen (and why that’s a good thing)

When I was 19, I walked around with an ‘X-Files: I want to believe’ t-shirt on (late-bloomer). I feel like Squaw/Alpine should issue similar gear for their proposed connector gondola and then look and see the calendar says: ‘it’s 2015 and the time for a gondola has passed.’ By Andrew J. Pridgen My X-Files shirt was not only aligning my sci-fi/Gillian...

GoPro landed in Squaw Monday to debut more shit you don’t need to film the shit you’re not capable of doing

And you get a drone and you get a drone and you get a drone. By Andrew J. Pridgen GoPro, the company started by the son of the founder of Silicon Valley investment bank Roberston Stephens, is about to be worth as much as the waterproof casing you bought for your 2011 GoPro model which you thought you were going to...

A bad Winter Games for the U.S. a barometer of where we are as a nation

We were shitty in Pyeongchang because we’ve allowed ourselves to become a shitty country. Unless there are big political and cultural changes afoot, don’t expect the news to get better in the years to come. By Andrew J. Pridgen The good news is a world-record amount of fucking went on in Pyeongchang South Korea over the last two weeks, 110,000...

Why Marco Sullivan’s 17-year professional skiing career was more consequential than you think

Nobody did it better...while wearing more denim. By Andrew J. Pridgen Athletes, they say, die two deaths. The first when they retire, the second when their number is called up from behind the giant deli counter in the sky. Marco Sullivan, a 17-year Alpine veteran of the U.S. Ski team and perhaps one of the finest examples of a man who threw...

Squaw sets up scarecrow nonprofit to seduce, frighten Basin residents

...But the best part is Tahoe only gets its nonprofit AFTER the reason for NEEDING a nonprofit is built. By Andrew J. Pridgen Here comes the supposed nonprofit arm of the private equity firm hellbent on turning Olympic Valley into the Four Points Sheraton near the MacArthur Maze. Squaw announced Tuesday that they’ve launched a boy band version of a 501(c)(3)...

“Excerpt from a text convo lamenting how boring ski porn has gotten” A story for aging bros who came of age in mountain towns during the early 2000s

As told by every sad bro ever since the trailer for Fade to Winter dropped Wednesday. By Andrew Pridgen “Sup bro?” texted James. He was sitting in traffic and pretending not to text which made it look even more like he was texting. Pause. (An ellipsis denoting Mike texting back made James smile.) “Sup,” Mike texted. James and Mike have been bros for a decade,...

The time has come to boycott Squaw Valley USA

They won’t listen to us. Now it is time to make them hear us where it counts: The bottom line. By Andrew J. Pridgen We live in the unfortunate time of magical-thinking-meets-sensationalism, Of trolling. Of doing the exact wrong thing when we should be doing the right thing. Of taking the easy way out. Over the last few weeks America...

Longing for the glory days of (Ski) Porn

Like all of porn we've gotten so used to the ridiculous that the sublime is now nostalgia. In other words, in today's ski porn the money shots just aren't the same. By Andrew J. Pridgen Fall is Ski Porn season. This year especially, I'm having a difficult time reconciling my addiction. For those unfamiliar with the genre, Ski Porn isn't a bunch of...

Who run the world? The female-first future of Coalition Snow

The Tahoe-bred ski and snowboard company built by women and for women expands with a youth line. Here, Coalition Snow's co-founders check back in with DPB on International Women's Day to show us who run this mutha! Interview by Andrew J. Pridgen When last we checked in with Coalition Snow co-founders Jen Gurecki and Danielle Rees, it was 2015, the pair...