In this episode host and extreme skiing pioneer Dan Egan is joined by:
Tom Winter, Freeride World Tour PR Officer for the Americas
Isaac Freeland, Reigning Freeride World Tour Champion
Phil and Tricia Pugliese, cofounders/owners of SkiTalk.com
This episode features two video clips featuring the competitive freeriding of Isaac Freeland. Dan is stoked to open this episode with news of good snow and good skiers hitting the mountains all around North America. The theme of this episode is freeride and Dan introduces Tom Winter who has a management role with the Freeride World Tour. Tom provides an overview of the history of the tour, the status of current events, judging criteria, and the varied personal styles of competitors. Phil Pugliese chimes in with some big mountain ski suggestions.
Dan brings Isaac Freeland into the discussion, live from the Pyrenees Mountains of Andorra, scene of the latest Freeride World Tour competition. Isaac provides an update on this year's tour and shares details about his personal background and ski history including a video clip of past skiing. Phil and Tricia Pugliese discuss the ski testing program at SkiTalk.com. They coordinate a team of 12-16 testers of all skill levels who are focused on providing info that average recreational skiers can relate to. The ski reviews on SkiTalk.com are interactive. Members of the site can ask reviewers specific questions and get feedback on reviewed skis.
Panel members conduct a roundtable discussion on a range of topics including boutique Euro ski brands, freeride skier training practices, the future evolution of freeride, and how ski technology will keep up. This episode concludes with an exciting video of Isaac Freeland's latest competitive run.