Segment Notes

New Zealand

After  a  record-breaking  2018  Winter  Olympic  team  gold  medal,  the  United  States  Cross-Country  team  hasn’t  done  much  resting.  Instead,  athletes  like  Jessie  Diggins,  Sophie  Caldwell,  Simi  Hamilton  and  other  teammates  have  continued  training  hard  to  maintain  a  caliber  of  competition  that  will  land  them  on  more  podiums.  New  Zealand  offers  the  ideal  landscape  for  these  Nordic  skiers  to  train  rigorously,  while  also  recovering  before  competing  non-stop  in  the  winter  ahead.

Equipment: 

Nordic Skis

Athletes:
Jessie  Diggins,  Sophie  Caldwell,  Ida  Sargent,  Simi  Hamilton,  Kevin  Bolger,  Paddy  Caldwell

Points North Heli

Alaska’s  Chugach  Range  is  a  monumental  ski  destination  with  limitless  spines,  untracked  lines  and  it’s  unclear  if  jokes  about  there  being  more  helicopters  than  cars  derive  from  truth  or  not.  When  Kevin  and  Jessica  Quinn  started  Points  North  Heli  Adventures  they  knew  they  were  taking  a  risk,  but  20  years  of  operating  and  17  visits  from  Warren  Miller  Entertainment  later,  it’s  all  been  worth  it.  For  east  coast  transplant  turned  Jackson  Hole  local  Jim  Ryan,  PNH  is  the  ideal  first  trip  to  Alaska  and  luckily,  he’s  got  freeskiing  legend  Dash  Longe  with  him  to  explore  the  territory.  

 

Equipment: 

Skis, helicopter

Athletes:
Dash Longe, Jim Ryan

Iceland

Summer in Iceland is a unique experience: the sun never seems to set, the weather is temperate, and skiing comes with a side of ocean views. Amie Engerbretson, Anna Segal and Jonny Moseley explore rugged Icelandic mountains where the snow feels like butter under the skis. The crew is hosted by Iceland local Joküll Bergmann—which translates to “Glacier Mountain man”—whose heli-skiing operation, Arctic Heli-Skiing, is based on a family farm dating back to the year 800. Aside from skiing, Engerbretson, Segal and Moseley tour the landscape on horseback and soak in local hot springs. And after it all, all three agree the best part of being in the land of the mid-night sun is that skiing is possible all-day long.

Equipment: 

Skis, helicopter, horses 

Athletes:
Amie Engerbretson, Anna Segal, Jonny Moseley 

Blue River, British Columbia

Dreams of mastering the “art of the glide” and wide-open snow fields come to fruition with Mike Wiegele’s heli-skiing operation. Wiegele has accomplished the goal of every ski bum and has found a way to make a living doing what he loves: skiing. Professional snowboarders, Seth Wescott and Rob Kingwill visit Wiegele’s for some first-rate mountain access in one of British Columbia’s best snowbelts. The Wiegele experience is so unparalleled that it has Kingwill saying, “Mortgage your house, or do whatever it takes, to come back to Wiegele world.” 

Equipment: 

Snowboards, helicopter

Athletes:
Seth Westcott, Rob Kingwill

Chamonix, France

Chamonix local Camille Jaccoux, modern nomad Bruno Compagnet, and free-spirited adventurer Michael “Bird” Shaffer might seem like an unlikely trio, but they all share a passion for skiing and extreme living, and there is no place more fitting for the word extreme than Chamonix. Together they push their limits at heights topping nearly 13,000 feet on some of the most dangerous faces on the Mont Blanc massif, a task that requires focus, precision, and trust in each other. Unlike anywhere else in the world, Chamonix is a place for pushing boundaries, finding freedom, and living life at the maximum. 

 

Equipment: 

Skis, mountaineering gear, speedwing

Athletes:
Michael “Bird” Shaffer, Camille Jaccoux, Bruno Compagnet

Chile

In a world that is contently changing, there is one spot nestled in the Chilean Andes that never seems to change. Famous as the place that skiers and snowboarders go to chase winter, Portillo is a skier’s summer paradise. Francesca Pavillard-Cain and Brennan Metzler team up to tackle some of the Southern Hemisphere’s best terrain alongside fellow PSIA instructors at Ski Portillo. An ode to Warren’s beginnings as a ski instructor, Pavillard-Cain and Metzler reflect on the significance of passing the knowledge of skiing and snowboarding on to new generations to enjoy the lifelong magic of snow-riding in the mountains. And it never hurts when there is a heli-skiing payoff.

Equipment: 

Skis, helicopter

Athletes:
Francesca Pavillard-Cain, Brennan Metzler

Tordrillo Mountain Range | Denali National Park, Alaska

Alaska’s most treacherous and beautiful mountain ranges have long been sought after by explorers in search of adventure. A half century after Alaskan bush pilot Don Sheldon pioneered the first airplane landing on the Ruth Glacier, Jackson locals Forest Jillson and Jess McMillan embark on their own journey through Denali National Park to the Sheldon Hut and Tordrillo Mountain Lodge, this time on skis. The mountains, couloirs, and miles of pristine glaciers can be unforgiving, but it makes the adventure all the more rewarding. Just like the pioneers who came before them, Jillson and McMillan savor the moment, acknowledging the undeniable truth that human spirit needs exploration.

 

Equipment: 

Skis, helicopter, bush plane

Athletes:
Jess McMillan, Forrest Jillson

Cordova, Alaska

Alaska’s Chugach Range is a monumental ski destination with limitless spines, untracked lines and it’s unclear if jokes about there being more helicopters than cars derive from truth or not. When Kevin and Jessica Quinn started Points North Heli Adventures they knew they were taking a risk, but 20 years of operating and 17 visits from Warren Miller Entertainment later, it’s all been worth it. For east coast transplant turned Jackson Hole local Jim Ryan, PNH is the ideal first trip to Alaska and luckily, he’s got freeskiing legend Dash Longe with him to explore the territory. 

Equipment: 

Skis, helicopter

Athletes:
Dash Longe, Jim Ryan

Rossland, British Columbia

Red Mountain is one of British Columbia’s best kept secrets. In this small-town ski culture dominates, and Kaylin Richardson says that the locals live with an “adventure is worth pursuing” attitude. The Red Mountain ski patrollers truly embody this sense of adventure, and showcase their skills alongside professional skiers, Richardson, Dennis Risvoll, and Red Mountain local, 15-year-old Simon Hillis. These “kindred spirits” come together to make their turns in a welcoming and like-minded ski community. 

Equipment: 

Skis

Athletes:
Dennis Risvoll, Kaylin Richardson, Simon Hillis

Switzerland

Switzerland is every skier’s dream. Between the dynamic terrain and picturesque alpine villages, the skiing is unlike anywhere else on earth, especially in Engleberg, a place known for its wild side. Marcus Caston and Swedish transplant Johan Jonsson find themselves in awe of Engleberg’s snow globe-like charm, deep powder, and challenging terrain. But as any Swiss local will tell you, the only kind of professional skier that counts is a world-cup racer, and Caston and Jonsson take a break from charging cliffs to watching the skiers in the World Cup charge the race course. Beer drinking and fondue quips aside, the Swiss know how to make the most of mountain living. 

Equipment: 

Skis, cowbells

Athletes:
Marcus Caston, Johan Jonsson

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