Snow Sports

Behind the Curve

Ted Ligety doesn’t think so. The three-time World Cup giant-slalom champ and Olympic gold medalist sounded off in mid-August after trying the longer, straighter skis mandated by the...

Another Run

It’s time to give Sandy Vietze a break. If you’re familiar with the young ski racer’s story, you probably just rolled your eyes and wondered aloud how anybody could possibly...

AStar B3 Helicopter

Brain Farm had access to more than a dozen of these birds while shooting The Art of Flight. The B3's roomy 28-square-foot cabin can hold five snowboarders and a cameraman. Its massive...

The Toy Chest

Brain Farm used an incredible lineup of gear for The Art of Flight—including the...

Phantom HD Gold Camera

The $70,000 Phantom can shoot more that 1,000 high-definition frames per second (fps), which means one second of footage can be drawn out to about a minute—enough to parse the beat of a...

Cineflex V14 HD Camera System

The Cineflex utilizes a custom remote-controlled Sony CineAlta HDC 1500, the same system used to shoot the Super Bowl. Five stabilizing gyros allow the $500,000 system to capture rock-solid...

Red One HD Camera

The $35,000 Red One shoots 30 fps at 4,500 pixels, nearly four times the resolution of standard high-definition cameras. Plus, it gives editors the same freedom in post-production&mdash...

The Next Picture Show

IN THE SECOND WEEK of February, a three-minute teaser for a film called The Art of Flight was posted online. Shot by the Jackson, Wyoming, production house Brain Farm and starring...

The Athlete

Alpine ski racing is a sport of tiny increments, but it’s also a grueling slog—Groundhog Day with deadly pitch, bulletproof ice, and Germans. Lindsey Vonn, 26, the most...

Son, Keep Your Skis On

Despite his mustache, I SKI sunglasses, and wind shirt, and even though he owned one of the first Subarus in a town full of Camaros, my dad was never much of a skier. A second-generation Italian...

Outsource Their Training

You can find good local programs by asking around at outdoor-gear stores, bike shops, and ski hills. For top national courses, here are the best....

Set Them Free

To make it (a little) less nerve-racking, your best strategy is to spend as much time as possible charging alongside your kid, so you both become confident in their abilities, then give them...

Some Reassembly Required

"I LOOK LIKE A DEAD MAN. I LOOK LIKE A FUCKING CORPSE."Twenty-three-year-old Kevin Pearce is staring at a photo of himself, his body splayed across the bottom of a snowboarding halfpipe....

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