The western Himalayas rise above the hill-station town of Gulmarg in the Kashmir region of India– a region with a rough and recent history of conflict, as ongoing disputes over the India/Pakistan border have the potential to erupt in bloodshed. Tensions simmer just below the surface. But despite the past conflict, the region is home to a vibrant culture and the steep ramps of massive snow peaks.
It was the call of these peaks that beckoned Griffin Post out of Jackson Hole. It takes days to get there. Grif lugged gear through Dehli, then the streets of the region’s capital, Srinagar, where he met up with Ian McIntosh. From there they drove up into the cup shaped valley in the Pir Panjal Range.
People have been skiing out of Gulmarg since the late 1920’s, but after WWII and the 1947 departure of the British empire the resort collapsed. Despite several attempts to rebuild, the eruption of the region’s conflict prevented skiing from getting going again until the early 2000’s. New generations are just now discovering skiing for the first time. But it wasn’t war that gave the boys their biggest challenge. It was the age old problem of warm weather and no snow. Grif and Mac waited for a weather reset, and when it came it brought the goods. They ventured by heli beyond the resort to peaks above 13,000 feet. Grif and Mac layered deep turns and cliff drops over the experience of travel and immersion in the fabric of India’s culture.
Amie Engerbretson, Lexi DuPont and Pip Hunt set out on the powder adventure of a lifetime to Japan's North Island of Hokkaido. Follow these three leading ladies as they immersed themselves in the Japanese culture and explored bottomless powder terrain.
With only their bikes, gear and tents, Smith riders Rosara Joseph, Sarah Rawley, and
Liz Cunningham embark on a unique backcountry mountain bike experience in the
misty mountains surrounding Oakridge, Oregon. Unfolding over four days with 21
race stages and 32,000ft of descending on unknown trails, the riders discover the
magic that comes from venturing into the unknown with your closest friends and
fellow competitors. This was the inaugural Trans-Cascadia Enduro.
The experience is everything.™
Eric Hjorleifson, Chris Rubens, and Griffin Post hammered a long 5 hour trek to the summit of Mt. Begbie near Revelstoke, BC. With marginal snow conditions and questionable weather the crew pushed on to summit and ski this iconic peak. Fortunately, the following day the crew got some redemption and laid tracks in the Revelstoke side country under blue skies and overpowering stoke.
Josh Dirksen and Austin Smith have called Bend, Oregon home for over a decade. With Mt. Bachelor in their backyard, there’s plenty of terrain to explore throughout the year. As the Dirksen Derby enters its ninth year, the draw of the friendly competition attracts snowboarders from across the world. As the snow continued to fall throughout the weekend, it allowed for Austin to show new Smith Athlete Louif Paradis around his home resort.