News Flash: Week of December 1, 2023

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by Erin Spong

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12.01.2023


“News Flash” is FREESKIER’s online column designed to keep you up-to-date with snippets of outdoor news you need to know about. This article is published weekly on Fridays, recapping the entire week.

Sugar Bowl Resort opens for the season on December 1, 2023

The famed Sugar Bowl Resort has been firing its snow machines and is ready to start servicing the Northern California area on Friday, December 1. The Jerome Hill Express will be the only lift running with two runs open for top top-to-bottom skiing.

evo Denver hosts Hilaree Nelson Memorial Art Gallery

On Thursday, November 30, evo Denver, along with Blizzard Tecnica, hosted an evening celebrating the late and eternally great Hilaree Nelson. The Memorial Art Gallery included a ski raffle of limited-edition Hilaree Nelson skis and a screening of the new film from The North Face, “Earthside.”

Chris Benchetler’s famous graphics expand beyond Bent Chetler collection

The Bent Chetler collection of skis from Atomic has been a fan-favorite for two decades, partially due to the unique graphics drawn up by Chris Benchetler himself. Now the artist and pro skier is laying his artwork down on a pair of…nordic skis? Stay tuned into the Atomic social channels for a chance to snag a pair of these un-purchaseable Redster S9 Gen S’s.

The blackcrows Ski Sauvage World Tour lands in North America this weekend

The Ski Sauvage tour from blackcrows is back for the 2023-24 season and it kicks off in North America this weekend at Arapahoe Basin. The Ski Sauvage tour will focus on weekend immersions with skiing, music, movie screenings and keynote speakers, and product-specific events with ski testing with blackcrows’ ambassadors. 

“Here, Hold My Kid” is now streaming on Red Bull TV

The highly-anticipated full-length film from Elyse Saugstad and Jackie Paaso, “Here Hold My Kid,” is now available to stream for free on Red Bull TV. Pop some corn and enjoy this hilarious scripted ski film from two of the industry’s raddest moms.

Find Matchstick Productions’ “The Land of Giants” on Red Bull TV

While you’re at it, catch the latest flick from Matchstick Productions, “The Land of Giants,” on Red Bull TV too. Featuring stalwarts Mark Abma, Logan Pehota, Caite Zeliff and many more, this flick explores everything from Norway’s fjords to Alaska’s steepest spines.

Chris Benchetler and Mammoth Mountain drop “The Spark”

When you think of Chris Benchetler, you likely think of his home hill Mammoth Mountain, and vice versa. In this latest film project from the dynamic duo, Benchetler uses Mammoth’s natural terrain as his canvas for all of his creativity.

Rosina Friedel curates a second iteration of “Bucket Clips”

For the second year in a row, Austrian pro skier Rosina Friedel collected a bucket-load of clips from 33 ski women all over the world. “Bucket Clips II” is even better than the original, with bangers from Rosi, Piper Kunst, Tereza Korábová and many, many more talented female skiers.

Alex Hall and Hunter Hess are back with “MAGMA 3”

After three long years, Alex Hall and Hunter Hess are back in action with “MAGMA 3.” Enjoy a video made simply for the love of skiing.





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