Team Euro took a 10 to 8 lead in the first day of competition of the Swatch Skier’s Cup, with Eddie Bauer skier Andy Mahre winning one of his two head-to head match-ups against French freeskiers in the backcountry slopestyle portion of the international freeskiing event in Zermatt, Switzerland. Mahre won his first round match-up against Richard Permin by throwing a massive backflip, but lost his second head-to-head in a closely contested battle with Sam Favret. Team Americas seeks a comeback in the final, deciding day on Thursday with the big mountain competition. Follow the action at www.swatchskierscup.com and read the recap for day one below.
Once again, our man in the field, Trevor Frost landed in a remote location while shooting for National Geographic. In a season of 21 new passport stamps, we have a hard time keeping up with his travels. But this time it was in the Ethiopian Highlands, where he suffered a deluge of 20 days of rain while living in a tent at 12,000 feet at the tail end of their rainy season. We’re telling the waterproof/breathable gear side of his story in our upcoming Spring catalog, but the images were so spectacular that we couldn’t wait to share them for some adventure travel inspiration.
Eddie Bauer is a proud member of The Conservation Alliance, an organization of outdoor businesses whose collective contributions support grassroots environmental organizations and their efforts to protect wild places where outdoor enthusiasts recreate. Alliance funds have played a key role in protecting rivers, trails, wild lands and climbing areas throughout North America for over 25 years.
Twice each year, member companies are asked to select grant proposals for funding. Eddie Bauer has picked the 10 projects we’ll be voting for – and now we need YOUR help to rank them. Ranking is an important part of the process because projects at the top of the list get funded first and The Conservation Alliance works its way down the list until the grant money runs out.
Making the cut for our top ten are projects that range from permanently protecting the trail network on Galbraith Mountain in Bellingham, Washington and securing Trout Unlimited protection for 1.9 million acres of prime Alaskan salmon habitat to a Western Rivers Conservancy project to protect 17,000 acres along twelve miles of the Yapma, Rio Grande, Gunnison and Cimarron Rivers in Colorado. Other organizations with projects on our potential funding list include the Montana Forests Campaign, the Colorado Canyon Country Protection Campaign, The Ocean Foundation in Baja, the Audubon Alaska effort in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Save Mount Diablo in California’s East Bay Area, the Sierra Club of B.C. work for the Flathead National Park and the Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition drive to protect one million acres in the sacred headwaters of the Skeena, Nass and Stikine Rivers.
The annual Swatch Skier’s Cup, which pits the best freeskiers in North America head-to-head against the best freeskiers in Europe, is on this week in Zermatt, Switzerland with Eddie Bauer skier Andy Mahre representing for Team Americas. The pairings for day one’s backcountry slopestyle have landed Mahre with tough match-ups against two French skiers, Richard PERMIN (FRA) and Sam FAVRET (FRA), in the head-to-head, winner-take-all match-ups.
Representing a collection of the best freeskiers on the planet, both teams were hand-picked as is the tradition for this annual marque event by Team Europe and Team Americas captains Julien Regnier and Seth Morrison. These pro skiers will shred for glory and country in the first competition day on Tuesday or Wednesday, so we’re highlighting the report from the venue inspection and head-to-head draw in the marquee international freeskiing event. Check back on the Live Your Adventure blog and on the Eddie Bauer Facebook page all week for updates and behind the scenes coverage of the event. Or follow along at SwatchSkiersCup.com.
Trevor Frost travels so much that we often miss one of his emails from some foreign country. This one’s on us, but we also missed that between his trips to the Ethiopian Highlands and Goa, India, he also fit in a trip to Northern Australia. Now that we’re all caught up, we’re publishing his amazing images of this stark and stunning landscape.
Last winter, Eddie Bauer skier Andy Mahre landed deep in Japan with a crew from Poor Boyz Productions filming for TWENTY. The crew’s movements were documented by photographer Grant Gunderson, who captured classically deep shots of Mahre at Kiroro Ski Resort on the island of Hokkaido—between Niseko and Sapporo—during one of Japan’s legendary storm cycles. With most of the American west mired in the warmest winter in decades and suffering a deep snow drought, we thought now was the time to roll out this Grant Gunderson deep powder therapy gallery from this Japanuary past.
With more than a decade of serious ski-guiding credentials in the exposed, steep heli terrain of Alaska, Argentina, Chile, and Idaho, Eddie Bauer ski guide Reggie Crist is widely respected for his deep knowledge of navigating challenging big-mountain venues. His credibility and experience in that exclusive guiding club is why he was selected to pass on that knowledge in the Silverton steep guiding workshop last month in the gnarly San Juans of Southern Colorado. This is his guide report on passing along that steep and deep guiding knowledge.