Leighan Falley’s Great Heights

First published in issue 16.2 of The Ski Journal.  From the passenger’s seat of Leighan Falley’s 1957 Piper Pacer, the granite peaks of the Alaska Range loom large. Buzzing past heavily crevassed glaciers, the bush plane cuts through the narrow walls of the Great Gorge of the Ruth Glacier with intuitive precision—an extension of its pilot, […]

Jérémie Heitz

This article first appeared in The Ski Journal Issue 15.1 Standing atop the perfect pyramid of Ober Gabelhorn, 13,330 feet above sea level, Jérémie Heitz musters a shallow breath. The face looks steep—fall-off-the-Earth steep. A 55-five-degree pitch careening toward the valley basin. One of the Alps’ most striking peaks is more a sheer triangular wall […]


For over 15 years, Tom Wallisch has been the benchmark for style in freeskiing. From his earliest East Coast park edits to the X Games podium to a new era in freeski filmmaking, The North Face athlete has helped bring our sport to where it is today, while keeping his eyes on the future. Scroll […]

Vasu Sojitra

The ink is only a few months dry on Vasu Sojitra’s first tattoo. Black lines carve a striking form against his chestnut-brown skin, etching an intricate five-inch lotus mandala in mehndi design. A nod to Vasu’s Indian heritage, the piece’s circular detail traces the 29-year-old’s bulging left shoulder—a muscle that has developed from years of […]

Logan Pehota

This April, Logan Pehota bought his first dirt bike. Within a month, he was leading his local pack on some of the gnarliest trails in British Columbia—weighting his foot pegs like a seasoned pro while jumping every hip and tranny in sight. By the end of the summer, he was more focused on dialing in his […]

Keepin’ On with Jackie Paaso

Jackie Paaso has lived it all on the Freeride World Tour. From podiums and injuries, to near defeats and comebacks, the Bethel, Maine native has ridden a decade of ups and downs on the FWT. She even met her partner, 2012 FWT champion Reine Barkered, on the Tour, and the two have traveled and competed […]

Simon Dumont Hits Back with ‘Resurrection’

“I figured the best way to let people know I’m alive is to ski,” says Simon Dumont. The 33-year-old from Bethel, Maine made his X Games debut at 14, holds nine X Games medals, a world-record quarterpipe air, and is revered for his iconic video parts like “Slumdog Illionaire” and “JOSS 2009-Team America.” But over […]

Mike King’s ‘Feast or Famine’ Takes Us Home

Freeskier Mike King insists he’s more of a professional farmer than a professional skier. He’s spent the last three winters skiing all over North America as an 686 and Lib Tech athlete, but his roots as a farm kid from Northern Michigan still win out every spring, when he goes back home to pick cherries […]

Mike King

The chili dogs are ready, and Mike King wanders inside his family’s farmhouse for a quick lunch. His curly, shoulder-length hair is pulled back, and he’s wearing yellow crabbing bibs covered in freshly-pressed apple cider, which forms a thin, sticky layer atop the yellow rubber as it dries. It’s nearly Halloween in northern Michigan, and […]

Too Fast to be Scared with Breezy Johnson

Unless you’re a professional ski racer, Breezy Johnson is likely faster than you. And even if you are, you’re going to have a tight race on your hands. For proof, just look at the 21-year-old Johnson’s resume and list of upcoming events. She just finished her second season on the World Cup circuit with the U.S. Ski […]


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