Snowboarding

Bench Pressing Bent Metal

by The Editors on May 22, 2017

Bent Metal Binding Works is proud to announce the addition of Norwegian creative master shred Fredrik Perry to the BMBW team! What better way to celebrate than the premiere of Freddy’s latest audio visual endeavor Benchpress the movie. You probably should just watch it even though it’s pretty much summer and we’re glazed on watching shred footage in general. But sure, go ahead.

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Shaun White Settles Sexual Harassment Suit

by The Editors on May 17, 2017

Shaun White and former Bad Things drummer Lena Zawaideh have finally settled their differences without going to court according to a story in USA Today.

Zawaideh first sued White and his company in May 2016, alleging breach of contract for lack of payment of her $3,750 monthly retainer from September 2013 until August 2014. The original lawsuit didn’t contain any sexual harassment allegations. . . She then switched attorneys and filed an amended complaint in August that added the sexual harassment claims in detail with screen shots of alleged text messages from White attached as exhibits. It sought punitive and compensatory damages, including lost wages.

When the suit was filed last August, Shaun said he would defend against the charges  “vigorously in court,” apparently, he changed his mind. No details were released on exactly what the settlement was, but we’re guessing Zawaideh got money in exchange for dropping her case. Isn’t that how it usually works?

[Link: USA Today]

 

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Investigating Colorado Resort Deaths

by The Editors on May 1, 2017

The Summit Daily News newspaper (which covers Summit County, Colorado) has an amazing series of articles titled White Death, in which they try to “uncover the human toll of Colorado’s ski industry.” This collection of stories illustrates the way big business resort industry seems to do its best to squash any information related to deaths on their slopes and how difficult it was for the newspaper to get details on the 137 people who have died in accidents at Colorado resorts since the winter of 2006-7. Click the link for the rest of the story.

[Link: White Death]

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Shaun White Selling His NYC Condo

by The Editors on April 27, 2017

Shaun White is on a bi-coastal home dumping spree. He’s selling his beach pad in Encinitas, California, his mod home in the Hollywood Hills, and now, according to a story in the New York Post, he’s selling his “NYC Penthouse,” though we’re not sure it’s a proper penthouse, as it’s offered up for only $2.79 million (the cheapest of his homes by far).

The two-bedroom, 2½-bathroom unit is 1,174 square feet. It comes with floor-to-ceiling windows, 12-foot ceilings and stunning skyline views. . . The eight-story building, built in 2006, features a rooftop deck with a 50-foot lap pool, wet bar and BBQ, along with a gym and a 24-hour doorman.

All told Shaun has $17.69 million of homes currently on the market. Not a bad action sports exit. Wonder what he needs the money for?

[Link: New York Post]

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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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