Patagonia pulls together two of the most soulful sliders in the history of board sports and puts them together in a powdery forest in Japan.
An arriving swell. Falling snow. Two forces, or one and the same? Two board sports legends, Pipeline master Gerry Lopez and snow surf pioneer Taro Tamai, have spent a lifetime practicing the art of flow. The Northern Sky digs down to the roots of that shared sensation, as experienced in the mountains above Niskeo, Japan.
They do make it look good don’t they?
Burton Snowboards has collaborated with sexy boot maker Frye on a new saucy women’s all-mountain snowboarding boot that has all the function plus the fashion.
By far the most fashion-forward women’s snowboard boot ever made, the Burton x Frye boot stays true to the long revered design of The Frye Company’s treasured Harness boot. Like its iconic footwear counterpart, the Burton x Frye snowboarding boot features the distinctive Harness ring, straps and studs that has made the boot a favorite for generations. Crafted with authentic USA-made Horween premium leather and boasting Burton’s top-shelf technologies, the boot looks as good as it performs.
So get your tongues ready, bootlickers. These things are hot, hot, hot. . . Hmmm, wonder when these are going to come in XXXL sizes? For the official word from Burton, follow the jump. [click to continue…]
Graybeards who have followed along with online snowboard media since way back in the mid 90s may remember a site from the pre “blog” days called Flakezine. It hasn’t been updated in nearly nine years, but that hasn’t stopped The Atlantic from quoting from an old Sherman Poppen interview in a new post titled Snowboarding Was Almost Called Snurfing.
The way the story goes, as he told flakezine—” the world’s only honest critique of advertising, marketing, and greed gone silly in the world of snowboarding”—in 1994, he decided to try an experiment . . .
We all know the rest of that story, but if you don’t click here for the complete Poppen interview or click the link for the rest of the old, old story.
[Link: The Atlantic]
Hey, shredders. Just got word that a new hotel has been added to the Snow Industries of America trade show block. That means special low-rate deals all around. The new hotel is the Four Seasons Denver and their new, extra special SIA rate is only $225 a night. Cough cough. Yeah, that’s half off the regular rate of $465 a night. Guess when you’re a high roller on the corpo dime, $225 a night keeps your T&E budget right on track. Just makes us pine for SIA’s return to Las Vegas all the more. SIA’s Denver contract is reportedly up in 2020 so it’s T-6 and counting down.
For all the official details on wonderful lodging deals being offered by the Four Seasons Denver and by SIA for the 2015 show, please follow the jump. [click to continue…]
Spy brings the happy, happy, joy joy to snow goggles with the Bravo.
. . . the Bravo boasts a quick-change lens system and a mid-sized frame for a more universal fit without compromised function, acting as your first line of defense against the ever-changing elements of Mother Nature. Available with the first Lens with Benefits in snow, SPY’s Happy Lens™ helps riders Feel Better by letting in the “good” rays that studies suggest create an uplift in mood and alertness, while still blocking all of the “bad” rays.
For the official word from Spy, please follow the jump.
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Lib Tech Snowboards is taking their zany urban street rail set up to Beantown on Saturday, October 18, 2014 for the Downtown Throwdown Boston.
The DTTD has always set itself apart from other events by specifically choosing riders who focus on filming video parts and are out changing the face of urban snowboarding…and this year’s line-up continues to back that up. Forest Bailey, Dylan Thompson, Ted Borland, Dillon Ojo, Brandon Reis, Andrew Brewer, Mike Rav, Jaeger Bailey, Spencer Shubert and Dylan Alito are among the 25 riders chasing $20,000 in the famous DTTD giant cardboard I.O.U.’s. To date, the DTTD has paid out over $100,000.00!
For all the details, follow the jump. [click to continue…]
Utah snow resort consolidation continues with news that Deer Valley Resort has “entered into an agreement to purchase Solitude Mountain Resort” and will start running the place on May 1, 2015.
“The DeSeelhorst family has enjoyed being a part of Solitude’s history for almost 40 years. We are proud of what we have been able to accomplish at the resort and in our mountain community,” said Dave DeSeelhorst, owner and general manager of Solitude Mountain Resort. “We feel very fortunate for the opportunity to have worked with so many amazing people in our industry and most importantly being able to work with our incredible staff at Solitude over the years. It is exciting to pass on this unique and beautiful resort to one of the best resort operators in the country, Deer Valley.”
Will snowboarding be outlawed? Will Deer Valley bring in their butt wiping valets and nose powdering pamperers with them to Solitude? Will lift ticket prices sky rocket? Will the One Utah lift system finally bring Deer Valley and Big Cottonwood Canyon together? For answers to all these questions — and more– follow the jump. [click to continue…]
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.
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…]
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]