Archive for February, 2011

Remembering C.R. Johnson: 1983-2010

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

C.R. Johnson’s death on February 24, 2010 while skiing at Squaw Valley has rocked the tight-knit freeskiing community and reverberated well beyond. To celebrate his life, ESPN Freeskiing gathered thoughts and memories from fellow pro skiers, friends and some of our own contributors who knew him well.

See all the pics and comments here.

The Art of Skiing: Stick out on the slopes with these graphically sophisticaled designs

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

We know how superficial it sounds to choose skis or a snowboard based on looks, but come on, we all do it. It’s no different than wanting a car in red instead of silver. Like automobiles, skis and snowboards are all about getting us from point A to point B, and isn’t it better to do so in style?

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The trouble is, if you want nonboring skis it’s very easy to end up looking like a skate rat: Ridiculously loud graphics. Ironic slogans. Colors as bright as traffic cones. Are you at Sun Valley or the X Games? And then there are all of those adult-centric skis that are so plain Jane they might as well be rentals.

There are, however, skis and snowboards that don’t scream out a juvenile kind of distaste for authority. We’ve gathered a few here. They are elegantly nonconformist. Strap into one and you’ll be bucking the trend not with loudness, but with impeccable taste.

We know how superficial it sounds to choose skis or a snowboard based on looks, but come on, we all do it. It’s no different than wanting a car in red instead of silver. Like automobiles, skis and snowboards are all about getting us from point A to point B, and isn’t it better to do so in style?

The trouble is, if you want nonboring skis it’s very easy to end up looking like a skate rat: Ridiculously loud graphics. Ironic slogans. Colors as bright as traffic cones. Are you at Sun Valley or the X Games? And then there are all of those adult-centric skis that are so plain Jane they might as well be rentals.

There are, however, skis and snowboards that don’t scream out a juvenile kind of distaste for authority. We’ve gathered a few here. They are elegantly nonconformist. Strap into one and you’ll be bucking the trend not with loudness, but with impeccable taste.
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Bring A Friend Skiing This Weekend

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

There’s snow, it’s cold , so now’s the time to get your days in on the mountain!

With the upcoming holiday weekend, we’re encouraging you to Bring A Friend Skiing. Whether it’s your first time or your 50th, there’s nothing like getting your skis on the snow. So bring a friend and get out and ski!

Check out this site for tips, trends. and pick up some new gear.
Let’s make this holiday weekend the largest community skiing days of the season. See you on the mountain!

photo credit: VoeFreeski-Polzer

Bring A Friend Riding This Weekend

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

There’s snow, it’s cold, so now’s the time to get your days in on the mountain!

With the upcoming holiday weekend, we’re encouraging you to Bring A Friend Riding or Bring Your Crew Riding this weekend. Whether it’s your first time or your 50th, there’s nothing like getting your board on snow. So bring a friend and get out and ride!

Check out this site for tips, trends and find the closest resort or your local shop to pick up some new gear.
Let’s make this holiday weekend the largest community riding days of the season. See you on the mountain!

And the Winter Dew Cup goes to…

Monday, February 14th, 2011

The 2011 Winter Dew Tour ended this weekend in Snowbasin, UT and Alex Schlopy got the win for Men’s Slopestyle with Bobby Brown taking the overall Slopestyle Dew Cup. In the superpipe it was Kevin Rolland who pulled out the highest Ski Superpipe score in the Dew Tour’s three-year history as well became the Dew Cup Champ! The win follows his second Winter X Games Gold last month.

The first Winter Dew Tour season to include women’s freeskiing finished out with Brita Sigourney coming in with a win over Devin Logan and Jen Hudak in a tight Women’s Ski Superpipe contest and it was Kaya Turski who pulled out the win for the Women’s Ski Slopestyle.

To read a recap of the Dew Tour ski events click here.