Archive for August, 2012

Echo Mountain Ski Area Bought to Be Converted Into Training Facility

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

By: Jason Blevins
Denver Post
August 29, 2012

Nora Pykkonen was ready to move her family to Vail to keep her kids’ passion for ski racing aflame.

“Kids really need to spend a lot of time on snow to become very good skiers and we were spending most of our time in the car,” said the mother of four.

But instead of moving, Pykkonen purchased the 226-acre Echo Mountain ski area and is converting the Clear Creek County hill into a ski-racing training facility focusing on school-aged racers. The sale price was not disclosed in the deal that closed Tuesday.

“This all started with asking how do you keep your kids in the great schools we have in the Front Range and still keep your kids in ski racing?” said the co-founder of Slalom Consulting, a management consulting firm with 1,300 employees and more recently founder of the Front Range Ski Club.

The club will call Echo home, with a roster of top-tier ski coaches, including World Cup skiers Sarah Schleper-Gaxiola, Petter Brenna, Patrik Järbyn and Mike Farny.

Echo will open in November.

Pykkonen plans to upgrade the resort with ski-race training in mind. Her team will set up the mountain as a gym, with stations designed for honing skills like jump starts and sliding. Two surface lifts will rush racers back to the top more speedily than the chairlift. Racers will finish each run in a video tent, reviewing their form before grabbing another lap.

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Team Icelantic and Team Discrete take top honors at Sony Eye of the Condor 2

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

By: Freeskier
August 7, 2012

After a week’s worth of competition, Sony Eye of the Condor 2 came to a close on Friday with the first ever iF3-La Parva in Santiago de Chile. Before a large crowd at Mallsport, Team Discrete walked away with a win in the photography category while Team Icelantic earned the award for Best Film. A People’s Choice award will also be voted on later this week.

Chris Bezamat of Team Discrete topped photographers Jordan Ingmire (Team WIDSIX), Roberta Rebori (Team Icelantic), and Juan Luis de Heckeren (Team Chile); Bezemat was awarded for his ability to capture Chilean mountain culture and for his creative use of flashes. While Bezamat competed at the inaugural Eye of the Condor, this marks his first win.

“Last year’s winner, Juan Luis de Heckeren, is a really talented photographer so I was pretty nervous about what team Chile was going to have—plus we didn’t see them the entire week,” said Bezamat. “But, the portrait shot I had of Rachael [Burks] and the sunset shot of Parker [Cook] were pretty strong images, so I thought I had a pretty good chance, but I definitely wasn’t sure we had it by any means.”

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ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT: JOSS CHRISTENSEN

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

By: SIA
August 1, 2012

We recently interviewed Joss Christensen; a Park City, Utah local who has truly made a name for himself. He finished 2nd in Slopestyle at the 2011 Dew Tour in Ogden, UT. Joss is a freshman at the University of Utah and a great all-around skier who enjoys throwing in artistic rail tricks and strong rightside rotations into his jumps. Joss is a Fischer Sports Athlete and currently rides on the Guru.

Joss ChristensenQ&A- Snapshot with Joss:

  1. The mountain I learned to ski on was
    Deer Valley when I was 3 years old
  2. I can’t live without
    Salsa con queso flavored Cheetos…. Addicted
  3. My favorite cuisine is
    Mexican, I love burritos!
  4. When I’m not on the mountain, you can find me
    At home resting and playing Xbox
  5. My favorite movie of all time is
    I Love You, Man. I’ve seen it so many times and still love to watch it.
  6. Who/What inspires you?
    When it comes to skiing, my biggest inspiration is Duncan Adams; just his approach on competitive skiing and skiing all over the mountain is what I really look up to.
  7. Favorite:
    a. Bands: Pretty hard to pick one band. I like all types of music; almost everything except Metal and Indie music.
    b. Books: The Harry Potter Collection
    c. Vacation Spots: Haven’t really been on a real vacation in a while, but one of my favorite places is The Gold Coast in Australia!