Drink: The Gunther, Alpenrose Bar, Vail


A cheap domestic draft with a splash of high-test and high-flavor German Erdinger is the recipe for The Gunther, the happy hour drink of choice at Vail’s Alpenrose bar. 

Visit the Alpenrose on the web.


Ilina Arsova, Macedonia

Ilina Arsova
skiing Galicica peak in the Southern part of Macedonia on a spring day. The view you can get from the top is just stunning as it overlooks both Ohrid Lake with the mountains of Albania in the background. The ride is a long, smooth one with more than a thousand vertical meters. Ilina, an accomplished artist and mountaineer who has summited major mountains of the world including Everest, chose to call this wild place her home, opening up a guesthouse for travelers. She is truly eager to show the treasures of her native land to foreigners. Macedonia still today a mysterious country off the beaten path. But this small territory located in the heart of the Balkans has a strong potential for freeride, climbing and a whole range of activities for outdoor enthusiasts.

Check out Ilina’s Ikarhhut on Facebook >

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Joe Vallone


Talented, opinionated, resourceful
and with a wicked sense of humor, that’s Joe Vallone. Vallone made his mark as a member of Copper Mountain’s freeride team in the early 2000’s, skying out of halfpipes and hitting kickers. But his attention soon turned to big lines and huge exposure. Which led in turn to the Alps, specifically La Grave, France. Vallone was one of the first North Americans to obtain the prestigious UIAGM European professional guiding certifications and has since chalked up an impressive array of descents including the west face of the Eiger as well as pioneering lines in La Grave, France. Low key and passionate, Vallone has always focused on mountains and skiing rather than the limelight. That’s about to change as he is finally getting the recognition he has always deserved, a visibility that is being fueled by collaborations with TGR and other top professional film crews and athletes.

But what people don’t know about the skier who is easily one of the top two or three American ski mountaineers and guides on the planet today, is that the man is also a smoking drummer who could easily play professionally if he was so motivated. Vallone holds a degree in music from Colorado State University and has enough mad chops to hang as a session musician with anyone.

Check out Joe’s guide site.

Watch Joe Guide TGR:

Impression: Will Wissman

Haines Alaska
Sam Cohen in haines, alaska with SEABA Heli
By Will Wissman / stellar adventure media
Canon EOS-1D X,
EF23-105mm lens
1/1600 sec. @ f/6.3, ISO 250

“This is a popular peak
in Haines, Alaska known as Tomahawk. Sam is skiing the east facing slope. It sees a lot less traffic than the North side but can be just as spicy. This was Sam’s first time heli skiing and after a few weeks he really started to get the hang of things. This shot is evidence of that, as he does a little sluff tickling. It was impressive to see someone step up like that at such a young age.” —Will Wissman


Watch it:

Will Wissman: Sam Cohen in Haines, Alaska with SEABA Heli from Indie Skier on Vimeo.

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