Archive for 2013

Join US Olympic Snowboars Hopeful Elena Hight’s Journey to Sochi in HIGHT HOPES

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

December 3, 2013

SIX-WEBISODE SERIES FOLLOWS TWO-TIME OLYMPIAN ELENA HIGHT AND HER QUEST TO THE PODIUM AT THE WINTER GAMES

ElenaHight_ChrisOwenPhotoLake Tahoe, Calif. – Join two-time U.S. Olympic snowboarder Elena Hight on her personal journey to the Sochi Olympic Winter Games with the unique vantage offered by Hight Hopes, a six-webisode series debuting on YouTube today. Throughout the winter, viewers can follow Hight’s quest to realize her Olympic dreams at youtube.com/ElenaHight.

Elena Hight is one of snowboarding’s premier athletes. A 13-year old Hight burst on the scene as the first woman ever to land a 900 (two & one-half rotations) in competition. At 16, as an Olympic rookie, Hight claimed 6th at the Turin Olympiad in snowboard halfpipe; then four years ago, she was disappointed with her 10th place finish in Vancouver.

Now at 24, Hight is at the top of her game and has the podium and gold in her sights.   At this year’s X Games, Hight landed the FIRST EVER double backside alley-oop rodeo by either man or woman in a halfpipe competition – a feat that has taken women’s snowboarding to new levels.  This summer, in between daily training in the gym and on mountain, Elena was featured in ESPN The Magazine’s Body issue as one of sport’s most admired physiques.

With just two months until the world’s attention turns to Sochi, Hight now faces her final challenge to be one of the four American women to qualify for the snowboard halfpipe competition.  Viewers get a rare chance to join Hight along for the ride as she must not only excel at the final U.S. qualifiers, but also fulfill a steady stream of media obligations and sponsor responsibilities all while living a nomadic life on the road.

Follow the series via the hashtag: #HightHopes

More on Elena Hight and her Olympic journey:

Elena Hight and Hight Hopes on YouTube

ElenaHight.com

Facebook.com/ElenaHightSnowboarder

Twitter.com/ElenaHight

Instagram/ElenaHight

Google.com/+ElenaHight

Pinterest.com/ElenaHight

 

Top 10 Ski Resorts in North America: The best of the 2014 Freeskier Resort Guide

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

By: Freeskier Magazine
December 3, 2013

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Based on what we’ve seen and what we love about these ski resorts, we’ve ranked the top 10 ski destinations; this information is originally presented in our 201

4 Resort Guide. We made this list by trying to answer

the questions our friends ask us: I have a week of vacation, where should I go? I want to ski a badass park, where should I go? I want to stop at the end of an epic t-to-b run and have a delicious drink, where should I go? I just got fired from my job and I want to move to a ski town for a year (and maybe stay for twenty), where should I go? The below is just one example of what you’ll find in the Resort Guide—there, the information is spread across 17 pages, including lists like “Best on a powder day” (Pg. 076), “Best after the storm” (Pg. 077), Parks (Pg. 078), Towns (Pg. 080), Après and Nightlife (Pg. 081), Steeps (Pg. 082), Deets (Pg. 083), The East (Pg. 084), The In-Between (Pg. 085), Gettin’ Up (Pg. 086) and Gettin’ There (Pg. 088).

At the bottom of this page, we’ve created a poll—we’re inquiring where you might like to spend an upcoming ski vacation, or just let loose for a few days. While it’d be an enormous challenge (time suck) to include all of the ski areas in North America, we’ve simplified things by including only those spots which received editorial mention in the 2013 and/or 2014 Resort Guide issues. So, browse through the available destinations, and let us know: Where would you go to spend your hard earned cash? And, of course, please enjoy our top 10 resort ranking and the accompanying beta.

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Win the Ultimate Colorado Experience from Icelantic Skis

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

By: Icelantic Skis
November 13, 2013

Want to win the ULTIMATE Colorado Winter Experience? Road to the Rocks is your chance! One lucky winner and a guest will experience the trip of a lifetime with Road to the Rocks. Winner will be a VIP at Icelantic’s Winter on the Rocks, receive complete ski packages, Oskar Blues Brewery tour, roundtrip air fare, stay at the Hotel Teatro, have a Jeep to drive around and much more….Entry is completely free and easy.

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2014 Snowboard Canada Women’s Annual Out Now!

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

By: sbcwomen.com
November 7, 2013

Spencer O’Brien lands her way onto the cover of the 2014 Snowboard Canada Women’s Annual. Style points for days!

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LSSM Ambassadors/Champions Program

Friday, October 25th, 2013

By: LSSM
October 25, 2013

Become an Ambassador or Champion – Share the Passion

Ambassadors and Champions come from all walks of life. Peers respect them. They have a passion for skiing and/or snowboarding.They want to infuse in others!

Ambassadors and Champions do more than motivate newcomers to take ski or snowboard lessons from professional instructors.They serve as role models by sharing information about why they love snow sports, how they got involved and why it is important to learn from trained professionals.

They offer useful tips that help newcomers have a positive first-time snow experience. They use their own unique ways to spread the word about why snow sports are fun, a chance to try something new, involve great exercise, and provide an excellent opportunity to spend time with friends or family members.

We Want to Applaud You – AND You Can Win Prizes via the Bring a Friend Challenge!

Anyone passionate about skiing or snowboarding who qualifies can sign up. Those who officially apply will be listed on the skiandsnowboardmonth.org Web site along with a photo if provided.

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At the end of the season three exemplary Ambassadors and three Champions will receive state-of-the-art jackets from The North Face plus special recognition from the snow sports industry via trade media and the national industry conference.They will get their own page on the skiandsnowboardmonth.org Web site.

Ambassador and Champion of the Year

One outstanding role model in each category will be named Ambassador and Champion of the Year. Each will receive a season pass at a selected venue for the 2014-15 winter……….

AND…… a pair of skis from HEAD Wintersports  or a snowboard from one of our sponsors.

The top Ambassador will win a four-day trip for two – from Ski Utah – to the 2002 Winter Olympics host Salt Lake City and its nearby resorts Park City Mountain Resort, the Canyons and Deer Valley including lodging, lift tickets, lessons and air travel from a major airport (for the 2014-15 season). Trip details are posted at bringafriend.org.

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FLOW Snowboarding Survey Giveaway

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

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By: Flow Snowboarding

In our quest to help snowboard manufacturers make the best possible snowboarding gear for you, we are listening to snowboarders to learn more about your opinions.  We want to know what you think about the snowboarding experience and your ideas on brands in general. These questions take about 15 minutes to answer. All the information you give is 100% confidential.

We really appreciate your participation and would like to reward you for filling out the survey. Once the survey is completed you will be entered into a drawing for the GRAND PRIZE of a Flow snowboard, boot and binding set, and in addition we are giving away FIVE more pairs of bindings to other lucky winners!

Tell us what you think about snowboarding – what it means to you and how it could be even better.  Click HERE to participate in the survey and to be entered into the drawing for some excellent snowboard gear from Flow.

We appreciate your time and thank you for helping!

Summer Camp for the Winter Olympics

Monday, October 7th, 2013

By: New York Times
October 7, 2013

WANAKA, New Zealand — From the bottom, they look like butterflies, dropping soundlessly into the halfpipe and soaring high above its walls, spinning and flipping, flashes of color cascading over the whiteness. It’s only after they skid to a stop and lift their bug-eyed goggles that you see the dreadlocks and soul patches, the Rockstar and Monster energy-drink logos, the tie-dye slickers and the ubiquitous ear buds.

Snowboarders remain locked in their heads as they compete to their personal soundtracks. Shredders are big on lifestyle and community, but on this beautiful and remote halfpipe, they are focused and withdrawn.

Every August, the world’s best snowboarders come to work on big-air and physics-defying tricks in this tiny town hidden by mountains and surrounded by sheep. The athletes flock here for one reason: Wanaka has the only Olympic-size halfpipe open anywhere in the world at that time of year.

That means, especially heading into an Olympic year, Wanaka becomes a ground zero of aerial somersaults and 360-degree flips that is unlike anything else on the planet.

“We’re a community, and there’s a lot of support, no matter what your country,” said Gretchen Bleiler, who won a silver medal for the United States at the 2006 Turin Games. “But I’m not going to lie: there’s a lot more intensity than usual.”

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Like a Hurricane in the Air

Monday, September 16th, 2013

By: New York  Times
September 16, 2013

Mark McMorris, Olympic Snowboarding Gold Contender

FORT QU’APPELLE, Saskatchewan — From the tee box of the fourth hole, Mark McMorris could spot the small green hill in the distance where, as a young boy, he spent most of his winter weekends snowboarding. Mission Ridge Winter Park has 292 vertical feet of terrain. The stripe up the side was a new triple-chair lift, but it used to be a T-bar.

“Seven minutes up, 30 seconds down,” McMorris said.

The man most likely to stop the usually unstoppable Shaun White from achieving his Olympic goal — two gold medals at February’s Winter Games in Sochi, Russia — McMorris was about an hour’s drive from his hometown, Regina, which might be the flattest city in North America, if anyone cared enough to rank cities by urban elevation changes.

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Utah ski resorts align, meaning consumer-friendly prices on passes

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

By Jennifer Napier-Pearce
The Salt Lake Tribune
August 27, 2013

There have always been healthy yet competitive relationships between Utah’s 14 ski resorts, but the arrival of Denver-based Vail Resorts Inc. has injected a whole new dynamic into the marketplace.

Since Vail inked a deal to operate Canyons Resort in Park City last May, the landscape of the state’s $1.173 billion ski industry has fundamentally shifted, prompting fresh alliances between resorts and a full slate of new products. Utah resorts are banding together and looking beyond state borders to create novel types of ski experiences meant to entice both local and out-of-towners to hit the slopes.

All of this amounts to good news for skiers and boarders looking for a bargain.

Take, for example, the Big Cottonwood Pass, which allows one to ski or board all 2,250 acres, 15 lifts and 130 named runs of both Solitude Mountain Resort and neighboring Brighton Ski Resort. The pass can be used any day of the season and includes the popular night skiing option at Brighton. All of this for $999.

“Competition creates opportunity,” said Solitude general manager Dave DeSeelhorst. “With all the other passes [coming on the market], we felt compelled to do something we’ve talked about with Brighton for years.”

The collaboration also involves a new joint ticketing system that allows visitors to roam unencumbered between the resorts. DeSeelhorst said it’s the first time this type of hands-free revenue-sharing model will be used in North America (apparently, it’s common in Europe).

“From a consumer standpoint, we are two uniquely different resorts, so being able to offer [this pass] really gives everybody the best of both worlds for a pretty low price,” DeSeelhorst said.

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iF3 is coming to Whistler on October 12

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

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July 30, 2013

The International Freeski Film Festival to host a one-day event in Whistler, BC that includes premieres, parties and more.

Press Release:

The International Freeski Festival (iF3) is excited to announce the first ever iF3 Whistler Blackcomb, which will take place in beautiful Whistler, BC on Saturday, October 12th.

The one-day event will feature premieres of the year’s best ski movies, along with a retro ski-themed kick off party on Friday night and a rocker party on Saturday night amidst Whistler’s wild nightlife scene. The premieres will be held at Millennium Place in the heart of Whistler Village and will take place alongside Whistler Blackcomb’s legendary Turkey Sale, where over 20,000 people descend on Whistler to take advantage of huge pre-season savings on ski and snowboard equipment from the industry’s top brands. The event will be held in conjunction with Whistler Blackcomb, consistently ranked as the #1 ski resort in North America, making Whistler the ideal location for the International Freeski Film Festival’s latest expansion and the place to be during Thanksgiving weekend in Canada.

Stay tuned to iF3.ca for more info on iF3 Whistler Blackcomb, including the list of films that will be shown along with the official schedule for the event.