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Season 1 / Episode 3

Growing up as the son of a ski patroller in Vermont’s Mad River Glen, the mountain was Lars Chickering-Ayers’ babysitter and skiing was in his blood. He cut his teeth on Mad River’s famous steeps and ice, but he made his mark with his signature fluid style and massive airs on the Freeride World Tour. He was driven to take his aggressive style deeper into the backcountry, but limited by equipment that was not designed to withstand his brand of skiing. So he took a few design courses and put his mind to developing a binding system that would meet his needs. Today, Lars and his brother Silas, have set a new standard in alpine touring.

Westward Series: Season 6

What is it about Vermont? There are places with bigger mountains that get more snow and less subzero temps. But there is no place with a more committed core of skiers. Raining? No problem. Bulletproof? They invented bulletproof. Negative 20 and 30mph wind? Better be ready at 6am so you can get first chair at Stowe.