Snowboarding

Jeremy Jones & Mikkel Bang Full Parts

by The Editors on September 30, 2014

If watching Jeremy Jones and Mikkel Bang don’t get you in the mood to ride, you’re a lost cause. . . and trust us, we know lost causes.

[Link: Burton]

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Chasing Sunshine With Megan Pischke

by The Editors on September 30, 2014

For years pro snowboarder Megan Pischke was one of Boarding For Breast Cancer’s most tireless ambassadors. That’s why when she discovered that she had breast cancer herself in October of 2012 she decided to do what she could to share what it’s really like to “go through the rigors of cancer treatments and come out on the other side.” That sharing turned into the film Chasing Sunshine and the Chasing Sunshine Project which is launching today (September 30, 2014).

In sharing every detail of this personal journey, Megan’s intention is that her story brings hope to others. . . “Being so raw and honest feels like the only way to share something as heartbreaking as cancer,” states Megan Pischke. “Through this film, my hope is that I may inspire and educate others about the possibilities we have today in coping with breast cancer and any of life’s challenges.”

This is a heavy, heavy, edit. If you thought Megan Pischke was a badass before, this film brings a whole new meaning to the term. For the official word on the film and the project, please follow the jump. [click to continue…]

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Federal Judge Throws Out Alta Lawsuit

by The Editors on September 26, 2014

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U.S. District Judge Dee Benson has reportedly dismissed a Utah lawsuit brought by snowboards (Wasatch Equality) that claimed they have been discriminated against at Alta Ski Resort, according to a story in the Salt Lake City Tribune.

Benson wrote in a 30-page opinion that federal court was not the right arena for the snowboarders to argue they should be allowed on the Utah resort’s famed runs such as Baldy Chutes. . . “There are many forums plaintiffs can resort to in an attempt to accomplish their goal of snowboarding down the Baldy Chutes at Alta,” Benson wrote in his decision. “Seeking an injunction from this court is not one of them.”

Seems like a nice way for the judge to get out of making a decision, doesn’t it? The attorney who filed the lawsuit, Jon Schofield, say he and his clients are evaluating a possible appeal.

[Link: SLC Tribune]

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Jussi Oksanen Hits The Bottle Full Time

by The Editors on September 26, 2014

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Jussi Oksanen had one of the longest, most amazing professional snowboard careers with Burton Snowboards. But after 14 years at the big B, Oksanen is leaving to focus full time on the water bottle company he co-founded, Mizu.

“I’m thrilled and humbled that everything fell in to place exactly as I’d hoped it would with my snowboarding career and with Mizu,” Oksanen said. “Tim Pogue (CEO) has taken the company to the next level and I’m really excited to be working alongside him developing new products and guiding Mizu’s marketing. I’m thrilled we’ve reached this point in Mizu’s evolution and I’m even more excited about the next chapter.”

Oksanen always has been good with transitions. For the official word from Mizu, follow the jump. [click to continue…]

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Mammoth Mountain Buys Bear & Summit

by The Editors on September 24, 2014

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For years Mammoth Mountain has been Southern California’s favorite winter resort (even though it is technically in Northern California). Now, with Mammoth’s just announced purchase of Big Bear Mountain Resorts, Mammoth Mountain owns Southern California winters for real with four resorts total: Mammoth, June, Bear Mountain, and Snow Summit. And, yes, all of them will be grouped into one Cali4nia season pass for only $689 for adults.

“We couldn’t be more excited to enter into this agreement with Big Bear Mountain Resorts. These two uniquely southern California resorts have been providing great skiing, riding and biking experiences to visitors from California and beyond. Millions have enjoyed their first mountain resort experience on the slopes of Bear Mountain and Snow Summit, and we look forward to expanding upon the legacy that Dick Kun and his people have created over the past six decades,” said Rusty Gregory, Chairman and CEO of Mammoth Mountain. “This acquisition represents the beginning of a renaissance for both Mammoth and Big Bear and is the first step in the next era of skiing and riding in California. In the coming months we will be announcing exciting new development and expansion plans for each of our four resorts designed to attract visitors from down the street, across the country, and around the world.”

For people in Southern California this is the best season pass ever. Makes us almost feel sorry for Mountain High. For the official word from Mammoth, please follow the jump. [click to continue…]

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11th Annual Hot Dawgs & Hand Rails

by The Editors on September 19, 2014

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The Southern California shred season always gets kicked off just right with Bear Mountain’s Annual Hot Dawgz & Hand Rails event. This year the 11th annual edition goes down on Saturday, September 27, 2014 and the crew that will be bucking is stacked. Check it:

Yuma Abe, Dylan Alito, Jaeger Bailey, Madison Blackley, Cody Boan, Isabella Borriello, Andrew Brewer, Craiger Cameron, Oliver Dixon, Jeremy Estorga, Justin Fronius, Tommy Gesme, Grant Giller, Mike Gray, Luke Haddock, Zak Hale, Brandon Hobush, Christian Hobush, Johnny Lazz, Erik Leon, Denis Leontyev, Brady Lem, Cole Linzmeyer, Lucas Magoon, Lenny Mazzotti, Jon McDonald, Johnny Miller, Justin Mulford, Riley Nickerson, Johnny O’Connor, Dillon Ojo, Nirvana Ortanez, Jesse Paul, Ryan Paul, Zach Rawles, Ian Sams, Jake Schaible, Spencer Schubert, Jordan Small, Ryan Tarbell, Masato Toda, Jo Truchon, Scott Vine, Max Warbington, Braedon Wheeler, Brett Wilkinson and Kody Williams.

Click here to roll through some photos of the last time we went (2011), or follow the jump for the official word from Big Bear Resorts. [click to continue…]

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Volcom’s Mr. Plant Hits The Road

by The Editors on September 12, 2014

Volcom’s latest snowboarding marketing and promotional video is called Mr. Plant. It features:

Pat Moore, Curtis Ciszek, Scott Blum, Bryan Iguchi, Seth Huot, Jamie Lynn, Zach Normandin, Elena Hight, Hunter Wood, Mike Rav, Terje Haakonsen, Arthur Longo, Jake Welch, and friends.

It’s raw and fast and tasty as usual. For a complete premiere tour listing and more horticultural information regarding Mr. Plant, please click the link.

[Link: Volcom]

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Vail Resorts Buys Park City For $183 Million

by The Editors on September 11, 2014

0911-Park-City-Mountain-Resort-970-630X420Powdr Corp. appears to have thrown in the towel in its long running legal battle with Talisker and Vail Resorts by finally deciding to sell Park City Mountain Resort to Vail for $183 million according to a story in Bloomberg Businessweek.

Vail will get the terrain owned by PCMR along with the base facilities—the parking, lift ticket offices, and other parts required for a functioning ski resort. The base also has zoning approval for almost 700,000 square feet of residential and commercial development.

Not only that, but Vail is planning to hook Park City up with Canyons to make the “largest single ski resort in the U.S., with 7,000 skiable acres.” But don’t worry for Powdr Corp just yet. They still own Copper, Killington, Mt. Bachelor, Boreal, Pico, Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort, Gorgoza Park, Soda Springs, and of course, Woodward Camps. It will likely be a little while longer before Vail gets there hands on all those.

Oh, and the good news for Vail Epic pass holders is that Park City is now included on your long list of resort options. For the official word from Vail, follow the jump. [click to continue…]

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World Industries Sold To Golden Viking

by The Editors on September 10, 2014

WorldindustriesWorld Industries continues its zombie brand march through the industry with the announcement today (September 10, 2014) that all its assets and trademarks have been purchased from Seven Wells LLC by the Kent, Washington based Golden Viking Sports for an undisclosed amount.

For those not familiar with Golden Viking, the company currently markets and distributes footwear brands like Diadora and Hot Wheels, among others. They also own Capix helmets and zombie snowboard brand M3. Remember them?

Going forward, Golden Viking Sports will continue to aggressively build on the business that World Industries created, and will re-launch the World and Flameboy vs. Wet Willy brands in the core footwear category in Spring 2015. Other products will follow soon thereafter. U.S. distribution for the World Industries labels will include the family footwear channel as well as select sports specialty stores and online retailers.

For the official word from Golden Viking, follow the jump. [click to continue…]

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Park City Told To Ante Up $17.5 Million

by The Editors on September 8, 2014

Our friends at Yobeat.com (who apparently still follow the snowboarding resort business world) pointed out this morning that a judge in the Park City vs. Talisker legal battle has decided that Park City must post a bond of $17.5 million by September 12, 2014 if it expects to operate the lifts on Talisker’s land this winter. Will they pay? A $17.5 million bond is chump change compared to how far the real estate value on all those slope side condos will fall when there are no slopes (or lifts) to be on the side of.

[Link: Yobeat.com and Salt Lake City Tribune]

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