Archive for 2012

Enter SKI Magazine’s 2012 Gear Giveaway!

Monday, September 24th, 2012

By: SKI Magazine
September 24, 2013

Make sure to “Like” SKI Magazine and access the entry form – you could win up to 19 coveted gear prizes!

30 Days Of Giveaways: Arbor and Arnette Goods

Monday, September 24th, 2012

By: John Poulin
TransWorld Snowboarding
September 23, 2012

30 Days Of Giveaways: Nick Visconti Arbor + Arnette Goods

Want to get crazy like Nick Visconti? Well you can start with winning this kit from Arbor and Arnette. You get his pro model Arbor Draft, an easy flexing, twin-tip park board with bronze edges for smooth slides on any surface. Then there’s the Skylight goggle, a spherical frame with NO-BS (no blind-spot) technology and a 100% UV blocking lens. Then you get the Dibs sunglasses to complete the kit and keep it cool for après.

What’s in it for you:

  • Arbor Draft Visconti Pro
  • Arnette Skylight Goggle
  • Dibs Sunglasses


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.


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.”

Read Full Article and Watch Full Videos HERE


Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

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!

Vail Becomes New Home Of Burton US Open

Monday, July 30th, 2012

TransWorld Business
July 30, 2012

After 27 years at Vermont’s Stratton Mountain Resort, Burton is moving the US Open, the longest running snowboard comp in the world, out west to Vail Mountain Resort in Colorado. The competition’s new venue will make its debut beginning with the 31st edition of the Open, to be held February 25-March 2, 2013.

In accordance with the US Open’s big move from its home mountain of Stratton, Vail and Burton have teamed up to give the event a new feel and vibe that, while staying true to the competitive aspect of the event, aims to make the US Open experiential not only for the riders competing, but for spectators as well.

Greg Dacyshyn, Chief Creative Officer at Burton, elaborated on the new direction Burton hopes to take the US Open: “We really feel like we want to take this event to the next level and really show everyone what snowboarding is all about,” Dacyshyn said at a Burton and Vail hosted tour of the new venue that took place over Wednesday, July 25 through Friday, July 27.

Indeed, touring both the Vail Village and getting up on the mountain itself on July 26-27 to check out what Vail and Burton have brewing for the competition’s Vail debut showed no shortage of plans to revamp the event. The competition course itself will, at least for the first few years at Vail, consist of a halfpipe and slopestyle course that will neighbor one another on Vail’s Golden Peak zone.

Check out more pictures here

TransWorld SNOWboarding Reader Wins Trip Of A Lifetime To Chile

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012


TransWorld SNOWboarding

Tue, Jul 24 2012 9:30 am


Carlsbad, CA— Chris Nguyen, a Canadian from Brampton, Ontario is stoked right about now. Nguyen was recently chosen as the winner of the TransWorld SNOWboardingWin A Trip To Chile’ contest, sponsored by Valle Nevado, LAN, Burton, and Mammoth. The contest, which included specific conditions and restrictions, includes a trip for two to Chile for seven nights and eight days, with lodging and lift tickets from Valle Nevado Ski Resort, round trip plane tickets from LAN Airlines, plus two brand new Burton snowboard setups. The contest was open to residents of the US and Canada.

“This contest raised awareness of the amazing riding and winters the Southern Hemisphere offers to many North American snowboarders,” comments TransWorld SNOWboarding Photo Editor Chris Wellhausen. “It also gives the lucky winner a chance to travel, shred, and explore new cultures and mountains. Traveling in serach of snow and culture is one of the best things about snowboarding.”

Read more HERE.

This Week on Instagram: A handful of snapshots from skiers on the go

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

By: Freeskier Magazine
July 18, 2012

The glacier scene is rocking, many are taking to the water to escape the summer heat and others are rocking on two wheels for the time being. At least that much we can infer having monitored the Instagram feed this week. Here are 20 of our favorite shots:

Want to see your images featured? Tag your Instagram photos with the hashtag #Freeskier. Be sure to follow @FreeskierMagazine for behind the scenes photos and more.

@aaronwheelz is the man! Check him running the #RonerVision sticker on his chair. Yeah buddy! Posted by @erikroner.

#Chatel #MountainStyle. Posted by @virginiefaivre.

#Cineflex shoot last winter with @torinwallace @sheahanagins @guskenworthy @jacobwester. Locked in the editing lab editing mad footage! Posted by @vitalfilms.

Check Out More HERE

Meet Aspen Spora, the 11-year-old ripper everyone is talking about

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

By: Freeskier Magazine
July 17, 2012

Words by Brody Leven
Photo by Ren Rob/O’Neill

When I was eleven, I was eating crayons and dirt. He, on the other hand, enjoys sunflower seed cheese, prefers beet-kale-carrot-apple-celery juice to soda, and fancies his organic veggie burgers bun-less. He once told me that hot dog buns taste like candy.

I hung Vincent Dorian posters over my bunk bed and watched Evan Raps on VHS. He has Tanner Hall giving him high-fives at Woodward Tahoe and is hanging out with Tom Wallisch at X Games.

I attended my ski hill’s annual gear swap so my parents could buy me the previous year’s jacket at a discount. He receives next season’s gear from O’Neill, Armada, Oakley, Dalbello, Marker, Contour, Sweet Protection, and A-Line Insoles. Free.

Aspen Spora is a prodigy. A handful of his web videos have been viewed hundreds of thousands of times. During his tenth winter on Earth, he foreran the X Games superpipe and The North Face Pipe and Park Open Series courses, and filmed with Warren Miller Entertainment. His social media following exceeded that of most established professionals before he was old enough to have a computer.

What exactly is on the mind of the youngster with the long golden hair, bright blue eyes and the jacket that covers his knees? I caught up with him this week in Whistler to find out:

Brody Leven: What’s happening in the wonderful world of Aspen Spora?

Aspen Spora: I’m hanging out in Whistler with Team O’Neill and skiing at Camp of Champions. We are making the O’Neill Experience, a video series about the team. But my favorite part has definitely been paintballing with everyone.

BL: Do you remember the first time someone recognized you on the hill?

AS: At Whistler. Two days ago.

Read More HERE

Burton Celebrates 30th US Open At Stratton

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Thu, Mar 15 2012 1:45 am

Action in the halfpipe final: Photo Credit: Transworld Business

The 30th anniversary of the 2012 Burton US Open presented by MINI wrapped up last weekend at Stratton Mountain, with more than $100,000 in prizes and a pair of MINI Countryman vehicles awarded to the top competitors. Fresh snow and sunny skies brought out the crowds for the halfpipe competition on Saturday.The beauty of the Open is that it’s an event anyone can win at—and it always has been. While men’s halfpipe winner Shaun White was in and out, coming to the event for just over a 24-hour period and leaving after the awards ceremony in a private helicopter, there was also local rider 20-year-old Benji Farrow (from Okemo, Vermont) who grabbed third and was in the finals for the first time after competing at the Open for six years.

“To do it here in my home state, close to my home town when it turned 30 years old was a nice redemption,” he said, commenting that for the last two years he had been nipping at everyone’s heels.

Women’s halfpipe winner Elena Hight (USA), who knocked out longtime champion Kelly Clarke’s 16-competition winning streak, was in shock about her win, but attributed it to a new trick she’s been working on: the alley oop backside rodeo along with back-to-back 900s.

Read more HERE