squaw freeskiing compDespite icy conditions, skiers hucked huge cliffs — and stuck the landings fluidly — at Squaw’s freeskiing competition last week. The performances were amazing. One after another, skiers dropped big air onto hardpack and skied away. It left me wondering whether improvements in equipment had anything to do with the performances. Fat skis and dampening boots and bindings may help, but most of the credit goes to the competitors. “It’s the skiers” says Shane McConkey, “The level of skiing is much higher than it used to be when I was competing.”

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