Posts tagged Skiing

This is what happens when a Spyder Product Developer “borrows” a few race suits for the weekend. #spring #skiing #colorado

This is what happens when a Spyder Product Developer “borrows” a few race suits for the weekend. #spring #skiing #colorado


Kids shred. #skiing #fun #snow #winter photo: @thepublicworks

Kids shred. #skiing #fun #snow #winter photo: @thepublicworks


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Jess McMillan takes it all in. Photo by Mike Arzt

Words by Jess McMillan

The last three days in Iceland have been incredible. Nestled into the Skier’s Valley is Artic Heli Skiing’s home base. Peaks rise up to 4,000 vertical feet in a 360-degree view that is breathetaking.

True to its namesake (Niceland), Iceland is home to some of the most kind people I have ever met. And they have a great sense of humor. For example, we were having lunch in Olsfiorder and one of the newscasters was doing the news, on camera, in his underwear. I think he was trying to make the point that it was a nice, warm day in Iceland. Point taken.

A warm day in Iceland isn’t that warm. The average high is 55 degrees in the summer. On the flip side, it’s not as cold as I had expected. The winter temperatures average around 30 degrees.

We’ve had just a taste of the skiing so far, which definitely left us wanting more. Every direction I look there is a beautiful peak, waiting to be skied.

Most of the slopes are 35-55 degrees and average 2,000-3,000 vertical feet. Iceland may be famous for its corn skiing, but I can attest that the powder skiing is as good as it get as well.

I came to Iceland to ski, but skiing is not the only thing there is to do on the island. In the last three days I have been surfing, seen waterfalls, walked through volcanoes, stood in a light house, rode a horse, and experienced one of the most beautiful sunsets I have ever seen in my life. We even got to see the Aurora Borealis (see below). 

And that is just touching the surface (the tip of the iceberg) of what there is to do and see in this magnificent place.

[After the jump there are some photo contributions from Sierra Quitiquit as well!]

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Chris Davenport’s signature Spyder Eiger Shell in action, and its namesake (#regram from @steepskiing who is currently #skiing in the Bernese #Alps)

Chris Davenport’s signature Spyder Eiger Shell in action, and its namesake (#regram from @steepskiing who is currently #skiing in the Bernese #Alps)


@steepskiing showed  us around his home mountain for first tracks this morning. #skiing #fast #corduroy  (at Aspen Mountain)

@steepskiing showed us around his home mountain for first tracks this morning. #skiing #fast #corduroy (at Aspen Mountain)


Challenging conditions in the stunt ditch today @coppermtn. Congrats to @rozgroenewoud on her podium! #wind #halfpipe #skiing

Challenging conditions in the stunt ditch today @coppermtn. Congrats to @rozgroenewoud on her podium! #wind #halfpipe #skiing


Last fall we imagined an over-the-top direction for our Fall 2012 KYDS Collection. Now that these items are in stores across the globe, we wanted to share with you a behind the scenes look at the photoshoot we did for our catalog. Kids’ dreams were fulfilled, and parents’ worst nightmares were realized – simultaneously. It was a blast. 


A nice little edit Josh Bibby put together from last season…


Spyder Athlete Julian Carr has made a name for himself by defying all logic in the way he calculatingly approaches massive cliff jumps on skis. In this teaser for the upcoming Warren Miller Entertainment movie ‘Flow State,’ Julian gives us a glimpse of what the experience is like. 

Julian just signed on for two more years with us, and as you can imagine, we’re more than THRILLED to have him on our team.


Freeskier Magazine interview with Chris Davenport about the #VolcanoTour reveals many a #ProTip. We suggest you read it.

Freeskier Magazine interview with Chris Davenport about the #VolcanoTour reveals many a #ProTip. We suggest you read it.