New episode journeys to Japan for secrets to longevity and deep powder skiing
Ogden, UTAH (October 10, 2017) — Longtime Salomon athlete and freesking pioneer Mike Douglas says he never expected to make it as a pro skier, and he certainly never expected to still be doing it at age 47. As founder of Switchback Entertainment, he may now be an accomplished filmmaker, but the guy they call “The Godfather of Freeskiing” says he has too much fun skiing to let age slow him down. It’s that notion that led to the making of SalomonTV’s premier episode for the 2017-2018 winter season, Fountain of Youth.
“At 47, the realities of aging start catching up with you,” Douglas says. “On my birthday last year, I looked around and realized I didn't know anyone doing the type of skiing I was doing professionally, who is older than me. It made me wonder how much longer I could keep it up without having any more mentors to follow.”
Looking into the science of longevity led Douglas to Japan, a place that is home to more than 10 million skiers and “of the major industrialized countries, it's the one where people live the longest,” he says. “But I have to admit, in the beginning there was a part of me just looking for any excuse to go ski powder in Japan.
Fountain of Youth focuses on Douglas’ time with the Miuras, a revered sports family of Japan. Yuichiro Miura, who recently climbed Mt. Everest at age 80, and his son Gota set aside time last March to share what they’ve learned about aging, and Douglas says it was a revelation.
“What I learned completely changed what I believed to be the secrets to longevity,” Douglas says. “Most research is based around the idea of simply living longer and not necessarily the quality of life along the way, but there are things I learned on this trip that will stick with me and help guide the rest of my life.”
Of course, like any SalomonTV winter opener, the episode also features enough powder skiing to get viewers amped for the coming winter season. It stars Salomon athletes and Douglas’ fellow Whistler residents Stan Rey and Alexi Godbout. Douglas, of course, proves once again that he still has what it takes to keep up with the younger generation who grew up watching him.
Fans of SalomonTV can view Fountain of Youth in early October at Salomon.com/TV and watch for more episodes of SalomonTV this winter.
SALOMON EQUIPMENT USED IN THE EPISODE:
The Salomon QST family of all-mountain skis includes five models with varying waist widths to match personal preference and snow conditions—from the back bowls to high speed groomers or long skins in the backcountry. QST skis come in 85, 92, 99, 106 and 118 mm waists. The QST 106 makes the transition between terrain types easier than ever by delivering precision, power, stability and fun, all in a lightweight package. One of the most distinguishing features of the QST Family is the inclusion of C/FX Superfiber in the core. C/FX is a combination of carbon and flax, shaped into ribbon fiber and laid up like glass. The inclusion of flax improves the dampening properties by 50 percent versus regular fiberglass. Combining it with glass reduces the weight significantly, so the QST skis are damp and stable, but much lighter than skis reinforced with titanium or aluminum. Saloon’s freeski athletes rely predominantly on the QST 99, 106 and 118 models.
Thanks to Salomon's MotionFit 360° technology, the fit of the new S/LAB QST Jacket is made for freeride skiing. A high collar, powder skirt, and helmet-compatible hood keep you protected from snow, wind and rain. It's also highly durable, constructed from 162g ripstop GORE-TEX® fabric. Instead of being engineered with static measurements like most garments, MotionFit technology delivers freedom of movement because the apparel design is dictated by body movements. The result is that the garment moves fluidly with you.
The S/LAB QST GTX® Pants are the perfect complement to the jacket. They are constructed with the same MotionFit technology developed to facilitate freedom of movement and feel comfortable immediately. Wear the pant and the jacket together for complete coverage, keeping you totally dry and protected from head to toe on deep powder days. The pants have a high, lightweight bib with removable suspenders and snow gators to keep you dry in deep powder. The 163g ripstop GORE-TEX(R) fabric is highly durable.
About Salomon: Born in the French Alps in 1947, Salomon is committed to pushing the boundaries of mountain sports through the creation of innovative equipment that allows people to play, progress and challenge themselves in their chosen outdoor sports. The company produces and sells premium footwear, winter sports and mountaineering equipment, hiking equipment, and apparel specifically designed for all of those disciplines. Products are developed in the company’s Annecy Design Center, where engineers, designers and athletes collaborate to create innovative solutions that continually improve the outdoor experiences of those who see nature as a vast playground. www.salomon.com
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