Secrets to Shaun White's Success

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To find the secrets to Shaun White's snowboard success, it's a 63-mile drive from Durango, Colo., along the treacherous Million Dollar Highway to Silverton, a tiny town known for its mining of silver and gold.

At the backcountry Silverton Mountain ski area in a snow-filled gulch sits a perfectly sculpted, 500-foot long, 22-foot deep halfpipe. Above it, a helicopter swathed in a Red Bull logo descends in a steep pitch. From the helicopter, tiny dots become people, and one is moving in a zigzag pattern down the pipe.

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