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Gondola Sessions II: Return to Rev with Lynsey Dyer
Posted on December 9, 2015

We caught up with Eddie Bauer skier Lynsey Dyer last season in Revelstoke for an upload in the gondola and a download on her decompression after her season producing and promoting Pretty Faces. In the short span of a lift ride she provided us with perspective on what it felt like to see the movie succeed and what was next on her filmmaking radar. Like all things Dyer, she kept us guessing but provided powerful insight into her creative mind. Watch the interview in episode four of this year’s installment of the Gondola Sessions.

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Gondola Sessions II: Return to Rev with Andy Mahre
Posted on December 4, 2015

Andy Mahre is as mellow as mellow gets. But once you get him talking—usually while skiing—his perspective on his path as a professional skier and global traveller is deeply insightful and exactly on point. Watching him on the hill is an expression of pure joy and pure flow, with a natural style that few in the freeskiing ranks can match. We were lucky enough to both ski and talk with Mahre in Revelstoke last winter during our Eddie Bauer ski week, tracking him down between trips to Japan, Jackson and the Skier’s Cup mission in the Alps while he was still holding a cargo-pocketful of strange foreign currency. He left us with some good stories of his travels and some serious words of wisdom. In the latest episode of The Gondola Sessions II: Return to Rev, we capture the mellow essence of Mahre—diving into topics from targeting bigger vertical lines and  battling through injury to his destination hit list for this winter.

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Post from our Past: Eddie Bauer’s History with Old-School Skiing
Posted on December 3, 2015

Skiers cutting deep powder at Paradise on Mt. Rainier, ca 1930s. Photo by Orville Borgersen.

Eddie Bauer, the man, exerted a powerful influence on popularizing the fledgling sport of skiing in the Pacific Northwest in the 1930s. He rented ski gear, ran a shuttle up to the local mountains from his shop, and began building some of the warmest ski jackets of the day during a decade of skiing that predated chairlifts. As snow season arrives in the Pacific Northwest, we asked Colin Berg, our brand historian, what sparked Eddie Bauer’s original interest in skiing. We were surprised at the story and enthralled by the ski maps he published of a region that was backcountry skied long before the chairlifts arrived.

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Gondola Sessions II: Return to Rev with KC Deane
Posted on December 1, 2015

At least once a winter we are lucky enough to ski with KC Deane. He is a busy man, but a few lift rides later we’re caught up on his global travels, his best powder days of the season and the craziest stories from faraway places. We’re usually both laughing hysterically and struggling to keep up. To capture that vibe of taking a few laps with KC, we tracked him down with a camera in tow at Eddie Bauer ski week last season for Season Two of The Gondola Sessions. The stories, about his first heli trip in Haines, producing Blank: The Movie and finding his cultural bearings in Japan, did not disappoint.

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Epic Clips: First Ascent of High Times
Posted on November 29, 2015

Four weeks ago we broke the climbing news of Ben Ditto’s first ascent of High Times (5.13b), a steep, northeast-facing line on Drug Dome in Tuolumne Meadows.  Ditto’s first-hand, write-up was exceptional with images that underscored the pioneering nature of putting up a new line in one of climbing’s holiest grounds. Today we dive deeper into the story with Owen Bissell’s stunning edit of the entire undertaking, profiling the struggle—pitch by pitch—until the route was officially ticked.

“My first climb in Yosemite was over 20 years ago, and in the months and years I’ve since spent, I’ve mostly repeated existing routes.” Ditto recountes. “Meanwhile, I’ve spent many months of my life in faraway places, exploring for new route possibilities, but I had not yet tapped into that pioneering spirit here in Yosemite. This year would be different. This year I needed a goal to focus on to help me keep the plot.”

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Expedition Cooking: Thanksgiving Feast Edition
Posted on November 25, 2015

No soup for us? Ben and Chris cook up the first course in the Torngat.

Thanksgiving is one of our favorite holiday weekends. Food, friends, family, football and hopefully some time in the mountains—skiing, hiking, paddling or climbing—to burn off all those extra calories. We’re thankful for a lot of things this year—snow in the Cascades, our new custom MicroTherms, good climbing partners, but really, who doesn’t appreciate all the good food and drink we’re about to enjoy tomorrow. But nothing tastes better than a well-earned expedition meal. To celebrate this great holiday we’re publishing with a gallery of our best backcountry cooking moments from a guide and athlete team who knows how to consume and then burn some serious calories. It should stoke your own hunger—for both tasty cuisine and outdoor action before all of America hits the road this afternoon in search of a feast. Enjoy.

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Gondola Sessions II: Return to Rev with Lexi du Pont
Posted on November 24, 2015

Building on the success of last year’s breakthrough performance, the second edition of The Gondola Sessions captures what it is like to share a gondola with one of the members of the Eddie Bauer ski and snowboard team. Filmed on location in the Revelstoke Mountain Resort Revelation Gondola—with additional action footage from Alaska, Japan and interior BC—Gondola Sessions II: Return to Rev asks the tough questions of pro skiers and shredders Lexi du Pont, KC Deane, Andy Mahre, Lynsey Dyer, Wyatt Caldwell and Seth Waterfall. The result is a conversational summary of their 2014-15 seasons—plus plenty of deep powder footage— for those who have not had the experience of scoring a lift ride with the members of this totally entertaining and fully charging crew. First up is Warren Miller Chasing Shadows and Why So Serious film star Lexi du Pont with a breakdown of her trips to Alaska, Japan and interior BC last season.

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