Xavier De Le Rue

The North Face+ABS Patrol Pack Preview

If you’re riding in avalanche terrain, you want as many layers of safety as possible. Airbag packs are one more tool that can help keep you alive in case of an avalanche. During a recent preview event at Beaver Creek, Colorado, The North Face announced a partnership with Airbag innovators ABS to create the ABS Patrol 24 pack, which is part of their Fall 2012 line. Among other things, the ABS is unique in that it features twin inflatable bags vs. the single-bag system used by the other manufacturers. This product preview video includes some wild Xavier de Le Rue footage and background on the design and testing process.

Standard Films “TB20″ Teaser

Hard to believe Standard Films “TB20″ is, well obviously, 20-plus years in the making. Think of all the riding that’s gone down to fill the TB coffers with footage. A lot. Catch the world premier in Denver, CO on September 16. —AB

Standard reports: Originating in 1991, the “Totally Board” movies pioneered big mountain snowboarding and revolutionized action sports movie production in a way that captured the essence of the sport. Fast-forward two decades later to TB20, where the legacy lives on through the ultra extreme snowboarding of today’s most talented pro shredders on the planet!

Starring: Halldor Helgason, Sammy Luebke, Blair Habenicht, Mark Carter, Xavier De Le Rue, Kimmy Fasani, Ryan Tiene, Torstein Horgmo, Lonnie Kauk, Raewyn Reid, Gulli Gudmundsson, Gjermund Braaten, Mathieu Crepel, Leanne Pelosi, Kevin Jones, Eiki Helgason, Mads Jonsson, Aaron Biittner

Locations: Haines AK, Whistler Backcountry, Terrace BC, Alpine Meadows,Squaw Valley, Stockholm Sweden, Stranda and Oslo Norway, Akureyri Iceland, Jackson Hole, Calgary, Mammoth, Sierra at Tahoe, Tahoe Backcountry, Helsinki Finland, Silverton Colorado, Switzerland, Chamonix, Dolomites