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Apr26
SheLift Inspires at Aspen Highlands
SheLift Inspires at Aspen Highlands
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Sarah Herron is inspired by Highland Bowl just like we are here at Strafe. So when she brought her SheLift retreat to Aspen, we jumped at the chance to be a part of it. This is that story. By Jen Hudak

Mar30
THE 2017 ELK MOUNTAIN GRAND TRAVERSE
THE 2017 ELK MOUNTAIN GRAND TRAVERSE
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I still recall when I first saw a flyer for the Elk Mountains Grand Traverse. It was late winter in 1998, and it was advertising something that seemed pretty crazy at the time: a 40 mile ski race from Crested Butte to Aspen. I was intrigued, and I skinned up Aspen Mountain to watch on the morning the racers were set to arrive. As I neared the Sundeck, Travis Moore and Pierre Wille came…By Ted Mahon

Mar30
THE FREESKIER FEST STORY
THE FREESKIER FEST STORY
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With Freeskier Magazine moving their ski test from Aspen to Snowbird this year, we knew we couldn’t be left behind. Katrina Devore was on hand to represent Strafe and report back on how it went. We also had testers in next year’s Strafe gear for feedback. Here’s her story…By Nicole Birkhold

Mar23
SPRING FEVER
SPRING FEVER
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the 2016-2017 season in the Elk Mountains has been unique to say the least. It started off strong and warmed to an unseasonable degree. This has caused avalanche forecasters in Colorado to start from scratch when it comes to snowpack reports. Tess Weaver Strokes takes a deep dive.

Mar16
REJUVENATED BY THE MOUNTAINS
REJUVENATED BY THE MOUNTAINS
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To some, Chase De DeMeulenaere may be under the radar. But to others, this 22-year-old Aspen valley local has been shredding park, peaks and pow since nearly before he could walk. He’s expanded from riding park to making his way up 14ers in the Elks. When you can’t find him on snow, he might be on your television screen in the latest Jeep commercial…By Nicole Birkhold.

Mar09
THE ART OF THE POCKET SNACK
THE ART OF THE POCKET SNACK
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The art of the pocket snack has been passed down by generations of skiers to the next. Weather it’s not stopping to get lunch because the pow’s too deep or you’re just broke, the pocket snack is a tradition amongst core skiing community and integral to the health and daily nourishment of any ski bum. As prices of resort food continue to spiral out of control we have to ask, why…By Whit Boucher

Mar01
SKI YOUR FIRST 14ER
SKI YOUR FIRST 14ER
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There are 637 peaks higher than 13,000 feet in the state of Colorado. The tallest 54 of them exceed 14,000 feet and are collectively referred to as the 14ers. If you live in Colorado and have been into backcountry skiing for a while, at some point you’re going to want to ski one of these high summits. But, if you’re not too familiar with them you might not know where to start…By Ted Mahon

Feb24
STRAFE AT THE 2017 SKIMO WORLD CHAMPS
STRAFE AT THE 2017 SKIMO WORLD CHAMPS
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Strafe ambassadors are heading to Italy this week to compete in the 2017 Ski Mountaineering World Championships. John Gaston, Max Taam, Rory Kelly and Jessie Young will be representing the United States and competing with the world’s best from 24 other countries… By Nicole Birkhold

Feb16
KEEPING SKIING FUN
KEEPING SKIING FUN
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A few people have asked me, how I am still loving skiing as much as I do after all these years. I thought about it and it is definitely about great snow, big mountain adventures and really close friendships that have developed while pursuing many adventures in mountains. Some days are hard, some are just fun and some I just spend with my camera traveling with my eyes wide open…By Art Burrows

Feb07
Hut Trip Breakdown – It’s not that Hard
Hut Trip Breakdown – It’s not that Hard
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Winter is here and the backcountry continues to get buried in snow. It’s time to start thinking about one of my favorite activities— hut trips. Rarely is a hut trip anything less than an awesome outing, I try to organize or join a group to one of these remote cabins several times a season, if not more. But occasionally when I ask friends if they’d like to join, many opt out, instead falling back…By Ted Mahon

Feb02
The Aspen Highland Bowl Lap
The Aspen Highland Bowl Lap
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As I write this in my damp base layers, legs spent and right side of my face thawing from frostbite, my mind is still in Highland Bowl. It’s a Monday in late January, and I just skied two very, very deep, blissful bowl laps. It was a sleeper pow day and we didn’t start hiking until after noon. The wind was howling over the ridge, blowing snow and filling in the bootpack…By Tess Weaver Strokes.

Jan19
Finding The Line In Your Fear with Nat and Anna Segal
Finding The Line In Your Fear with Nat and Anna Segal
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Anyone who participates in an action or adventure sport knows fear is a daily part of existence. Anna and Nat Segal have set out to create a film that tackles the relationship people and athletes and themselves personally have with fear — how it effects decision making and how it can both push you and keep you safe in Finding The Line…By Nicole Birkhold

Jan12
STAY STRONG
STAY STRONG
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Chris Davenport’s continually evolving ski career has brought him success in everything from the World Extreme comps, to the 24 Hours of Aspen, X Games Ski Cross, and more recently as one of the more preeminent ski mountaineers of our time. And through it all he’s never missed a season to injury. He shared with me some thoughts on training and fitness and how to set yourself up for success…By Ted Mahon

Jan03
SEVEN UNIQUE APPROACHES TO SKIING BIG MOUNTAINS
SEVEN UNIQUE APPROACHES TO SKIING BIG MOUNTAINS
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From 1888 to 2017, we take a look at some of the individuals that have defined and continue to define the way we ski big mountains…By Art Burrows

Dec28
HANGING WITH A HANG OVER
HANGING WITH A HANG OVER
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Hanging while hung over is an essential skill for the ski photographer, or the athlete, or the lifty/ bartender/ valet driver/ nanny. It’s really something that everyone with a beating pulse in a ski town needs to learn or deal with at some point. It helps to remember you’re not alone. Nearly every person who has ever spent time in a ski town has felt the pain of over-imbibing before a big day…By Ian Fohrman

Dec23
CHASING BEAUTY WITH A CAMERA
CHASING BEAUTY WITH A CAMERA
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Not everyone is lucky enough to find one passion in life let alone more than one. Even luckier when those multiple passions complement each other as well as exploring the mountains and photography do. Devin Poole moved to the Roaring Fork Valley eight years ago from West Texas and hasn’t looked back. Devin has a unique schedule working nights in the snowmaking department on Aspen Mountain…By Nicole Birkhold

Dec14
BEYOND THE LINGO: BREAKING DOWN YOUR OUTERWEAR CHOICES
BEYOND THE LINGO: BREAKING DOWN YOUR OUTERWEAR CHOICES
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Think how much skis have changed in 40 years. From length to shape, rockered to tapered, the evolution of ski construction has drastically changed the way we slide down mountains. Up until the last handful of years, ski clothing hadn’t changed much since Bob Gore invented the waterproof jacket in the 70’s…..By Tess Weaver Strokes

Dec05
SEEKING NIRVANA: THE INTERSECTION OF ART AND SKIING
SEEKING NIRVANA: THE INTERSECTION OF ART AND SKIING
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For indie film buffs, Wes Anderson films hold special places in their hearts. The narration, the quirky cinematography and the light heartedness that often accompany his films create a distinct feel for the viewer. One might get glimpses of this feeling in the ski edit series Seeking Nirvana.
With four edits releases over the last ten months, Strafe ambassador Mike Henitiuk…By Nicole Birkhold

Nov07
CONNERY LUNDIN SLAYS IN MONUMENTAL
CONNERY LUNDIN SLAYS IN MONUMENTAL
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2016 marks the 100th anniversary of our National Park Service. For 100 years, we as citizens of the United States have had the opportunity to enjoy some of the most beautiful places in our nation unobstructed. Democrat and Republican law makers alike have ensured these spaces remain as pristine, natural and wild as they ever were…By Nicole Birkhold

Sep30
TED MAHON AND THE NOLAN’S 14
TED MAHON AND THE NOLAN’S 14
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If you haven’t heard of the Nolan’s 14 course, you’re not alone. It’s revered in mountain running communities in Colorado and got it’s start in 1998 when a group of runners asked Ken Nolan, a legendary peak bagger who has been a kind of godfather/ mentor to the Colorado mountain community, to set a course that would be challenging and aesthetic at the same time….By Nicole Birkhold