When you look at a pair of Altra shoes it’s immediately apparent that something different is going on here. I’ll be honest, when I first saw them I thought they were funky-looking and perhaps a bit strange. Then I started reading about them and finding out why they looked the way they did. And, a good amount of reading and wearing them later, I’m a convert. And you will be too.

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Planning a ski trip to the Land of the Rising Sun in the near future? Like reading hilarious tips, anecdotes, and general silliness? Need something to make your friends laugh and spruce up your overall coffee-table game? Well, if you answered yes to any of those questions, then have I got the book for you! Speak Japanese and Sh*t is the first installment in the Talk Good Travel Series from Tahoe City-based author Erinna McCarthy.

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Recently I had a chance to sit down with Granite Chief’s own Josh Benge, who also happens to be the head U16 coach and Prep Period Specialist for Squaw Valley as well. To be fair, Granite Chief is actually more of a sidegig for Josh, he’s just nice enough to grace us with his presence on occasion.

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Riksgränsen – Salomon Freeski TV S9 E6 from Salomon Freeski on Vimeo.

Get a history lesson on Swedish freeskiing while watching Henrik Windstedt and Leo Ahrens ski laps at the world’s most northern resort, lengendary Riksgränsen.

Skiers: Henrik Windstedt, Leo Ahrens, Janne Aikio, Jesper Rönnbäck, JP Auclair

‘Cormorant’ by Ned Beckley
Courtesy of Equate Studios