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Word_1_speed_121014In Search of Speed: Birds Of Prey Downhill 101
What’s the most challenging turn on the Birds Of Prey course? Watch and find out. We asked members of the US Ski Team to take us on a turn-by turn-journey through the history of this notoriously difficult run. Learn about the classic rivalry between the Americans & the Austrians since 1997 to be the fastest on this mountain. Who has the edge this year? The world will be watching this weekend but until then watch the latest clip in our series #InSearchOfSpeed.
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Ted Ligety and Lindsey VonnLigety, Vonn Victorious After Injuries

U.S. skiers put on a good showing this past weekend, especially those coming back from injury. Ted Ligety took the giant slalom win on Birds of Prey at Beaver Creek, while Lindsey Vonn topped the podium at Lake Louise’s downhill race. Julia Mancuso took third. Ligety had a tough go of it early in the season, finishing 10th in Soelden, Austria, after hitting a rock on the course and breaking a bone in his wrist during training in late November. According to the Denver Post, the 30-year-old Park City native was sitting in fourth place after his first run but had the fastest second run and finished 0.18 seconds ahead of France’s Alexis Pinturault.
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Monster Energy's Taylor Gold and David WiseMonster Energy’s Taylor Gold and David Wise win the Opening US Grand Prix Snowboard and Ski Halfpipe Events at Copper Mountain
The North American snowboard and freeski contest season kicked off this past week with the US Grand Prix at Copper Mountain with Monster Energy’s Taylor Gold and David Wise winning in their respective snowboard and freeski categories. The Grand Prix marks the 2014-15s first North American event of the year, an event where a number of the elite athletes shake off the rust and get back to business.
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The Dew Tour Mountain Championships Return to Breck, December 11-14, 2014
Celebrating its ten-year anniversary, the Dew Tour will return to Breckenridge, Colo. for the Dew Tour Mountain Championships December 11-14, rounding out the season with its signature winter event. For the seventh straight year, the Dew Tour will descend upon Breckenridge Ski Resort for four days of snowboard and freeski competitions, as well as live concerts and the interactive Dew Tour Experience, featuring athlete meet and greets, games, and giveaways.
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Member News

ARC’TERYX Announces 9th Annual Deep Winter Photo Challenge Presented By Gore-Tex®
ARC’TERYX, the technical leader in outdoor performance apparel and equipment, is proud to announce it will once again celebrate ‘Storm Season’ by hosting the Arc’teryx Deep Winter Photo Challenge Presented by Gore-Tex® this coming January 2015 at Whistler Blackcomb.
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CHAOS/CTR Headwear Announces Official 2014/15 Pro-Winter Sport Team: Featuring Top Snowboard and Freeskiing Athletes
Chaos Headwear, makers of high quality headwear for the US and across the globe, supports a top notch team of the country’s premier freeskiing and snowboarding athletes. This years’ US team will be led by expert skier and Chaos veteran Chris Anthony, of Anthony Adventures and the Youth Initiative Project.  Anthony, a longtime Chaos spokesperson, will be joined by a solid list of snow sports’ veteran ambassadors. Chaos’ support helps these hard-charging winter athletes reach their competition goals.
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LEKI Auctions off Art Poles By Caroline Gleich To Benefit POW
LEKI has partnered with the non-profit Protect Our Winters (POW) to auction off six pairs of one-of-a-kind art ski poles that have been hand painted/embellished by Professional Skier and LEKI Athlete Caroline Gleich. Right in time for holiday gift giving, the auction will take place December 3 – 10, with all proceeds benefitting POW and their mission to fight against climate change.
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Spanish Mountaineering Apparel Brand Ternua Opens North American Distribution
Ternua (, a Spanish brand that designs and produces technical mountaineering, climbing and skiing apparel and outerwear, will now distribute its products in specialty retail stores in North America. This is made possible as a result of a recent merger between Ternua and Lorpen, another Spanish company that makes technical socks and has North American distribution and an office based in Toronto, Canada.
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mem_news_1_K2_121014K2 Snowboarding Grom Creates Pledge Program for High Fives Foundation
When it comes to riding snow, K2 Snowboarding athlete Griffin MacFadyen is all about having fun while helping others. Last year, the precocious 11-year-old grom started a pledge program for injured winter sports athletes by competing and spending time on his board. This year, his idea has transformed into Griff’s Pledge: The High Fives Winter Action Sports Ambassador Program.
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SP Gadgets Announces US Rep Force
SP United, the parent company for SP Gadgets has hired reps for the US Market.  After opening a new office September 1, 2014, SP Gadgets has been opening new accounts and introducing new products for action cameras that are truly unique in the market.
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Verde: Business of the BackcountryVerde Presents Free, Online “Business of the Backcountry” Programming for Outdoor and Snowsports Retailers and Sales Reps
The snow’s falling and the stoke is rising among backcountry enthusiasts as they ready for the 2014-15 winter season.
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Apex Ski Boots Launches Equity Offering on CircleUp
Apex Ski Boots, pioneers of the unique modular designed high performance ski boots, announced this week it has initiated an equity offering through the crowd funding site CircleUp.
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K2 Snowboarding Launches Lien Binding Microsite
The new K2 Snowboarding Lien All Terrain (AT) and Freestyle (FS) bindings are designed to create the most natural lateral flexing pattern available giving way to free flowing turns, extended tweaks, and stomped landings.
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