Chasing Fastest Known Times is a pretty weird part of our mountain sports world. Many would argue that the style required for setting FKTs in the mountains takes away the fun and turns the sport into nothing more than chasing a number, but you can’t deny that many of these feats are really f***ing impressive. Take, for example, Jack Kuenzle’s recent FKT of Oregon’s Mount Hood. On April 24, Kuenzle, a former Yale club hockey player and Navy SEAL, smashed both the summit time and the roundtrip ski time. He made it to the summit in 1:16:40, before downclimbing the top 200 feet and racing back down to Timberline Lodge to complete the roundtrip in 1:31:31. Oh yeah, and Kuenzle did the whole thing while wearing nothing more than a helmet, sunglasses, and his underwear. Check out what he had to say about the feat in his post!
This season has been a big one for Christina Lustenberger in the first ski descent department. After a stellar winter and early spring hunting big lines in British Columbia, she set her sights on an expedition to Baffin Island, where she joined Brette Harrington, Hilaree Nelson, Emily Harrington, Drew Smith, Jordan Manoukian and Mathis Dumas. Camping on a frozen fjord, the crew ticked of a series of ambitious ski objectives, including a repeat of the classic Polar Star Couloir and a first
Up until a few weeks ago, Chamonix, France had been having what locals were calling the worst winter in 20 years. Luckily, April and May delivered a series of healthy spring storms that brought a few meters of that sticky icky to plaster the area’s icy north faces. With lines finally filling in enough to plausibly ski them, locals like Tof Henry got to get their freeride wiggles out. It’s hard to explain truly how gnarly a descent like skiing the North Face of the Aiguille du Midi is –
The WNDR Alpine Reason 120 in its natural habitat. | Lily Krass photo. For most of us, 2022 hasn’t really been the best year for testing powder skis. But then again, just about any ski will ride well in soft snow – so I would argue that it’s worth seeing how a 120mm-underfoot ski like the new WNDR Alpine Reason rides in all kinds of conditions. WNDR’s newest creation is designed to be the ski for the days we all hope for, a 120-mm underfoot, reverse camber ski with a damp and stable core