Snowboarding

Aspen Skiing Co. & KSL Buy Mammoth, Too

by The Editors on April 12, 2017

Mammoth has always wanted to be Aspen. And now, it appears their wish has finally come true. Two days after picking up Intrawest for a reported $1.5 billion, the Denver, Colorado based Aspen Skiing Co./KSL partnership has picked up Mammoth, June, Snow Summit, and Bear Mountain for an undisclosed sum according to a Jason Blevins story in the Denver Post.

Rusty Gregory, the longtime manager and chief executive of Mammoth Resorts, in a statement called the move “the next logical chapter in the story of Mammoth. . . This new platform, built around a collective passion for the mountains and our commitment to the people who visit, work and live there, is exactly what the ski resort business needs.

We’re not sure that having every single resort in the USA owned by two companies is exactly what the ski resort business needs, but we’re pretty certain it won’t change much for the average shred. That Aspen leaf in the logo always did look like two tusks and a trunk to us anyway.

[Link: Denver Post]

 

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Aspen Skiing Co. & KSL Buy Intrawest

by The Editors on April 10, 2017

Resort consolidation ratchets up a notch as Aspen Skiing Co. and private equity firm KSL Capital Partners have paid a reported $1.5 billion for Intrawest. In the deal Aspen/KSL picks up Steamboat, Winter Park, Tremblant, Stratton, Snowshoe, Blue Mountain and (through partnership with KSL) Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows, according to a story in the Denver Post.

Intrawest once ruled the resort real estate game, but has fallen on hard times recently. Guess, this is as good a deal as they could have hoped for and as far as we can tell it rarely matter who owns the resorts we ride. Mountains are mountains.

[Link: Denver Post]

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Shaun White Is Selling Another House

by The Editors on April 10, 2017

Shaun White is selling another one of his houses. This time, it’s the one overlooking the beach at 1300 Neptune, in Encinitas, California  (the one he was renting out for $12,500 a month). The 3,500 square foot house features four bedrooms, five baths and floor-to-ceiling views of the Pacific Ocean.

How much does Mr. Blanco want for this beachside bachelor pad? Well, he bought it in 2012 for $3.85 million and now he’s asking $7.95 million. Not a bad way to make and extra million a year, huh? While we scrape some change together, go check out the full listing by clicking this link.

[Link: National Post]

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World Champ Sammy Luebke Part One

by The Editors on March 28, 2017

Jones Snowboards spins it like this:

With a big bag of tricks and a buttery smooth style, it’s a true pleasure to watch Sammy Luebke rip down a mountain. Sammy lights up any slope he touches, always choosing fluid, powerful lines. His skills are unmatched on the Freeride World Tour the past two seasons. Sammy just won back-to-back 2016 and 2017 world titles! In celebration, we are thrilled to share part one of Sammy’s 2016 full part featuring shots from TGR’s “TIGHTLOOSE”. Part one showcases Sammy at his finest, crushing long lines in the Teton backcountry with signature style.

We’ve no reason to disagree at this point. Thoughts?

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Mark McMorris Threes Into The Trees

by The Editors on March 27, 2017

Mark McMorris was sent another setback while filming with his brother Craig in the Whistler backcountry on Saturday, March 25, 2017, according to a story on the CBC.

Craig McMorris said the group was jumping off a feature in the backcountry onto a landing area at a high rate of speed and from considerable height. “There was fog kind of coming in and out, and Mark, unfortunately, drifted a little bit too far left … and ended up in a clump of trees,” he said. “It’s a freak accident, you know, 99.9 per cent of the time he would have landed in the snow and rode away. This time, for whatever reason, just a couple of feet to the left and ends up in pretty much the worst-case scenario.”

McMorris, who was doing a 360 off the jump, suffered a fractured jaw and left arm, ruptured spleen, a  fractured pelvis, broken ribs and a collapsed left lung. He reportedly went through two different surgeries and is thankfully doing well. Our thoughts are with him for a speedy recovery. 

[Link: CBC]

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Greg Dacyshyn Jumps Ship At Burton

by The Editors on March 17, 2017

Burton Snowboards has reportedly decided to outsource their creative direction to their former creative director Greg Dacyshyn. Confused? Don’t be. It’s what corporations, city governments, and nations have been doing for awhile now. Here’s how Jake Burton explains it:

“Greg has been with me and Burton for over 20 years. In that time, he worked his way up from an entry-level position to Chief Creative Officer. He ultimately assumed responsibility for the look and feel of every product and marketing piece in our line,” Burton says. “He has always delivered a creative look that I have been comfortable with and (more importantly) that has been well received in the market. Under this new structure, Greg will continue to have the impact that he has had in the past while giving our VP of Product, Chris Cunningham and our Chief Marketing Officer, Anne-Marie Dacyshyn, the opportunity to execute and assume direct and complete responsibility for our product and marketing.”

Sounds like a perfect gig. Do all the fun stuff, while letting your wife take responsibility. Yessssss. For the official word from Burton, please follow the jump. 

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Take A Oslo Bench Boys

by The Editors on March 14, 2017

Krush Kulesza and the Snowboy Productions crew threw down a little bench session in Oslo, Norway. If you’re into that kind of sliding, spinning, sprocking, and hopping, please press play.

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Quiksilver Now Owned By Boardriders, Inc.

by The Editors on March 8, 2017

Today (March 8, 2017) the corporation formerly known as Quiksilver has officially changed its name to Boardriders, Inc. 

“The renaming of our company signifies the beginning of a new day at Boardriders. Our teams around the world have been building our resurgence brick-by-brick. Their passion and tireless execution, along with the loyalty of our customers, suppliers, and partners, has allowed us to complete the restructuring phase of our turnaround and to begin shifting our focus to growth,” said Pierre Agnes, Chief Executive Officer of Boardriders.

So, Quiksilver, Roxy, and DC Shoes are now owned by Boardriders, Inc. What a wonderful way to separate their businesses from the struggling brand (and a not-so-pretty recent financial fiasco). To read the official release, please follow the jump.

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Kim & White Win 2017 Burton U.S. Open

by The Editors on March 4, 2017

It’s still going. Large crowds still show up at the bottom of the halfpipe and Chloe Kim and Shaun White are still winning the US Open of Snowboarding. In other words, not much has changed at Burton’s long running snowboard activation at Vail, Colorado.

Shaun White came ready with an arsenal of tricks to defend his title against a packed field of contenders. White says, “I wanted to come out of the gate swinging. I knew everyone was going to be going for their hardest runs. I had to step it up.” And step it up he did, White put down his most progressive run ever posting a score of 92.74, winning with a nearly 10-point lead. His run started off with a lofty backside air, into a frontside double cork 1080 stalefish, upping the ante with a Cab double cork 1440 mute, into a frontside 540 stalefish, a backside double McTwist, and ending with a frontside 900 tail. This is the first time in competition that White has landed his Cab double cork 1440 followed by a double McTwist 1260 in what was a history-making halfpipe run at the final event of the 35th annual Burton U.S. Open.

Yeah, dog. For the official word from Burton Snowboards, please follow the jump.

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Patagonia Gets Down With Sleeping Bags

by The Editors on March 3, 2017

We know what you’re thinking: hasn’t Patagonia been made sleeping bags for years? We thought that too, but in fact they haven’t. . . until now with the  800 Down Sleeping Bag. 

“After years and years of making one-off sleeping bags for ourselves and people heading out on select trips, we wanted to share what we’ve learned with the greater outdoor community,” said Jenna Johnson, Patagonia’s sr. director, technical outdoor. “Our team built on a deep knowledge of insulation design and thought through every aspect of these sleeping bags, offering our customers a highly crafted, super functional bag option. Sleeping bags are such a crux part of our kit, and they become like a partner as we go out to explore and see new places. I’m very proud of our work and excited to offer these products to our customers.”

Nothing makes sleeping in your car more comfortable than a good mummy bag. For all the official details, please follow the jump.

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