We're still not ready to say it's OK to ski in denim. But we're getting closer. Quiksilver had breathable, wicking Coolmax fibers woven into its Reese Forbes signature jeans to make denim more functional than ever. Look for similar products from L.L.Bean and Royal Robbins. $75; quiksilver.com
Tele a Friend
Crested Butte has four days of telemark fun on tap March 22–25, beginning with the spectator–friendly U.S. Extreme Freeskiing Telemark Championships—featuring four–time defending champion Dylan Crossman and more than 100 other competitors hucking 40–foot cliffs—and concluding with the 32nd annual Al Johnson Memorial Telemark race, in which hundreds of extravagantly costumed participants skin up, then race down a double–black–diamond run. In between will be clinics, parties, and gear demos. And knee pads. Lots and lots of knee pads. Lift ticket, $74; skicb.com
Spurred by business owners seeking to reduce both auto traffic and the number of bikes cluttering their storefronts, cycling haven Portland, Oregon, has begun converting curbside car spots into on–street bike parking. The taxpayer–funded racks are blocked off by yellow curbs and can hold 20 bikes in the space of one car. Added bonus: That's one less car door bikers will have to worry about.
The eighties revival continues unabated with the return of white sunglasses. Wang Chung box set sold separately.
1. Panoptx Zephyr, $99; panoptx.com
2. Smith Optics Turntable, $80; smithoptics.com
3. Spy Optic Gallow, $110; spyoptic.com
4. Bollé Serpent, $100; bolle.com
Forget Joanie Loves Chachi. If you climb, cycle, kayak, or do any other activities where a good grip matters, the most life–changing Happy Days spinoff has to be DRY TOUCH, a new product that Potsie–turned–director Anson Williams created to keep his crews' hands dry under the studio lights. Just a few drops of the clear solution will keep those sweaty palms at bay for up to five hours. 1/2 oz, $10; drugstore.com