Archive for December, 2013

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

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

December 3, 2013


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

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



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


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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