Archive for February, 2013


Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

February 27, 2013

Founder of Mt. Bachelor’s Dirksen Derby Raised $30,000 for Spinal Injury Awareness at 2012 Event

Josh was born in Canada, raised in Oregon, and now he currently lives with his Swiss wife in Zürich, Switzerland. Josh has been a professional snowboarder for over 15 years and doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon. Throughout his career he has shot tons of photos, filmed a few video parts, competed annually in the Legendary Baker Banked Slalom, stood on the podium at the X-Games, organized the Dirksen Derby snowboard race for Tyler Eklund, and ridden a lot of powder. Dirksen’s current projects include splitboarding with Jeremy Jones and crew for TGR`s Deeper/Further/Higher movie trilogy, traveling with the Salomon team while filming the “Team Vacation” web series, and planning the 7th annual Dirksen Derby at Mt. Bachelor for December 2013.

The Dirksen Derby is becoming known as one of snowboarding’s most fun events, drawing legends like Terje Haakonsen and Bjorn Lienes. Josh started the Derby to have a fun home mountain event at Mt. Bachelor and to give back to the industry. The event benefits Tyler Eklund, a Mt. Bachelor snowboarder who was tragically paralyzed in a USASA event in 2007. In 2012 the 6th annual Dirksen Derby raised $30,000 to benefit Tyler and to raise spinal injury awareness.

Who are your sponsors? Patagonia, Salomon Snowboards, Dakine, Smith Optics, Mt. Bachelor Ski Area, Drink Water

Josh DirksenWhat model boards do you ride? Salomon Sick Stick 166 (splitboard), Rancho 160, Man board 156, and Derby 151


  1. The mountain I learned to ride on was Willamette Pass in Oregon when I was 13 years old.
  2. I can’t live without: a little bit of stretching everyday
  3. My favorite cuisine is: Züri-Geschnetzeltes (Swiss food)
  4. When I am not riding, you can find me: in Switzerland with my wife, Fabienne
  5. My favorite movie of all time is without question: Subjekt: Haakonsen (1996 snowboard film)
  6. Who/What inspires you? Stoked snowboarders

Favorite Bands: The classics – Metallica, Slayer, Primus, Willie Nelson, and Johnny Cash

Favorite Books: Current State: Snowboarding, Author- David Benedek

Favorite Vacation Spot: “Rancho Relaxo” in Bend, Oregon

Burton US Open: Feb 25 – Mar 2, 2013

Monday, February 25th, 2013

By: Vail Resorts
February 25, 2013

Taking place in Vail, Colorado from February 25 – March 2, 2013, the Burton US Open will draw over 100 of the world’s best riders like Shaun White, Mark McMorris, Kelly Clark, Torah Bright, Jamie Anderson, Iouri Podladtchikov and more, for four days of progressive Halfpipe and Slopestyle competitions that offer over $340,000 in cash prizes.

Can’t make the event? Watch live on TV or webcast.
Official Site:

In addition to the spectator events, there will be free outdoor concerts by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis on Friday, March 1, and Santigold on Saturday, March 2nd, plus sponsor village and a temporary Riglet kid’s terrain park in Vail Village.


Google Maps Now Has Popular Ski Runs on Android and iOS

Monday, February 25th, 2013

By: TechnoBuffalo
February 25, 2013

Google Maps wants to help winter sports enthusiasts navigate the slopes with 38 all new run and lifts maps. The search giant on Wednesday announced new ski resorts available through Google Maps for Android and iOS, where users will see comprehensive mountain information, including solid colored lines to represent runs.

Locations includes popular spots in Colorado (Alpine Meadows, Aspen Highlands, Aspen Mountain, Breckenridge Ski Resort, and more), along with locations in Utah, California and British Columbia. Each map is designed to help you not only plan out which runs you want to go on, but how to get out of a jam should you get lost. (Does it offer up-to-date traffic information?)

You can check out the same maps on your browser, and even visit a closeup Street View of a select few, Google said. So even if you can’t go shred right now, you can virtually get down your favorite black run without worrying about wiping out.

Yater-Wallace and Faivre top Sochi Halfpipe Test Event and World Cup

Monday, February 18th, 2013

By: Freeskier Magazine
February 18, 2013

The morning started with a low whine, at least from the assembled media. No, we weren’t complaining about the early start, or the gentlemen who run FIS, or the varied talent in the field of athletes that a World Cup event in the lead up to the Olympics draws. In fact the field that took to the HAM freestyle stadium at Rosa Khutor resort, where the halfpipe, aerials and moguls (get it? H.A.M.!?!?) will be contested during next year’s Olympic winter games, was impressively well rounded and fearless. No, it was the weather—a drenching rain, that turned to monstrous silver dollar sized flakes of snow, with banks of fog rolling through clearly illustrating that the humidity in Russia was giving 110 percent—that had us all grumbling.

The day ended with a bang from the meteor who is Torin Yater-Wallace. Again, there are conditions, namely that Yater-Wallace wasn’t the only one turning heads above the halfpipe during this FIS World Cup and test event for next year’s big show. There was David Wise putting down a run of three double flipping tricks—switch left 1080, right 1260 and left 1260—even if the judges left him in fifth because of some small bobbles and a 90 degree landing on his final run. And Byron Wells put perfection into a fourth place run with huge amplitude that only lacked the latest, most technical tricks.