Archive for 2014

Extreme sports mark changing of U.S. Olympic guard

Monday, February 24th, 2014

By: USA Today
February 24, 2014

1392812531006-USP-Olympics--Snowboarding-Men-s-Parallel-Giant-Sl1SOCHI – For the U.S. team, the Sochi Games signified an end of an era. Goodbye, ice queens. Hello, flippie hippies. See you later, pucks and sticks. Nice to meet you, slopes and rails.

As 17 days of competition came to a close Sunday, this much was clear: The face of the Winter Olympics no longer wears skates. Twelve of the USA’s 28 medals came from freestyle skiing and snowboarding, including six of nine gold.

The U.S. Olympic team had never won a medal on every day one was awarded in the Winter Games, and through 14 days in Sochi, the Americans were poised to do that. But the men’s hockey team failed to show up in Saturday’s bronze medal game, losing to Finland 5-0.

If only the kids in baggy pants with a language all their own had competed in the Games’ final days, perhaps the USA could have gone out with more of a bang. Instead, Russia ended this cold war with a flourish — sweeping the podium in the men’s 50-kilometer cross-country ski race Sunday and winning gold in four-man bobsled to secure the top spot with 33 overall medals and 13 golds.

BRENNAN: In an upset, Sochi pulled off the Olympics

SOCHI: 14 unforgettable Olympic moments

For decades, figure skating was the marquee event of the Games. In Sochi, the U.S. men and women figure skaters had their worst collective finish since 1936. Speedskating has been the USA’s most successful winter sport. But the short-track team left with one medal and the long-track team exited empty-handed, complaining about their suits.

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Win a dream trip to Alaska with Chris Davenport

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

By: Protect Our Winters
February 12, 2014

Win a dream trip to Alaska with Chris Davenport from protect our winters on Vimeo.

All you have to do is make a $5 donation to Protect Our Winters (POW) to be entered here:

The Chris Davenport Ultima Thule AK Adventure

Contribute $5 to Protect Our Winters – and be entered to win three days of guided expert skiing and advanced mountaineering with Chris Davenport at the Ultima Thule lodge, deep in Alaska’s Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, ” the last true wilderness on earth”. Multiple entries are allowed and encouraged – every $5 is another chance to win. Advanced skiers only, please.

Winner’s package includes:
• Black Diamond – Legend Gloves, Alias Pack, Compactor Ski Poles
• Smith – Touchstone sunglasses, I/OX goggles, Maze Helmet
• GoPro – Hero 3, Black Edition
• Spyder – White Spyder Collection Outfit
• Boxes of POW’s seasonal bars from Clif – Pumpkin Pie, Iced Gingerbread and Peppermint Stick
• $500 towards travel to Valdez, AK where you’ll fly to the lodge via bush plane

Contest ends on February 15, 2014. Package for two guests, 4 nights, all inclusive, April 20th-24th 2014. Transport from Valdez included.

Olympic Preview & TV Schedule

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

By: SBC Skier
February 6, 2014

The 2014 Winter Olympics kick off this Friday in Sochi, Russia, and in case you’ve been hiding in a snow cave for the past few years, Halfpipe and Slopestyle skiing will be making their long awaited and highly anticipated Olympic debut.

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Many of the athletes (particularly on the Slopestyle side of things) have already made their way to Mother Russia, where practice began yesterday on the large and in charge Slopestyle course, which consists of three elaborate and creative rail sets followed by three massive, big air competition-sized jumps.

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Photos from Downdays.eu

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POV video of the Olympic Slopestyle course.

Here’s a look at some photos of the Slopestyle course that have been floating around the Internet over the course of the past two days, courtesy of the athletes who’ve been riding it…

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HELP SUPPORT OUR U.S. PARALYMPIC TEAM!

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

By: Adaptive Spirit
January 28, 2014

SFB-0417As Adaptive Spirit prepares for the organization’s 19th Annual Event – bringing together all areas of the cable television industry to benefit paralympic snow sports – we’re always looking for the support of the snow sport community.  Whether it be valuable donations of snow sport equipment and related items for our robust silent auction, or sponsorship and in-kind donations, Adaptive Spirit relies heavily on the generous support of the snow sport community in making our Annual Event such a huge success.  Proceeds from the Annual Event go directly to fostering the competition dreams of Paralympic athletes.  Adaptive Spirit will celebrate it’s 19th Annual Event this coming April 3 – 6 in Vail, CO.  Over the course of Adaptive Spirit’s history the event has grown over ten times in attendee size and has raised over $7 million in support of the U.S. Paralympic Alpine, Nordic and Snowboard National Teams. To find out more visit www.adaptivespirit.com.

Burton Brings Snowboarding to Gym Class

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

By: Burton Snowboards
January 22, 2014


Gym is already most kids’ favorite class. A much-needed break from sitting still all day, a good way to get some exercise, and a way to burn off all that pent up energy. Burton’s been working to change the way schools look at physical education by introducing a snowboarding program that helps teach the basics of balance, core strength, and agility. Allen Brook Elementary near Burton’s Burlington, VT, headquarters was the first to get on board with this new program, and recently debuted it to an excited group of kindergartners.

riglet_PE-featuredWith Burton’s teaching tools like Riglet Boards and Riglet Reels, combined with balance boards, Twister-like grab mats and more, kids get to experience snowboarding’s movements and get exercise at the same time.

One of the driving forces behind the program, VP of Global Resorts, Jeff Boliba, talked a little bit about where the idea came from and where he sees it heading in the future.

“The idea for this program was actually developed by my son, Jeffrey, for his 8th Grade Challenge at Williston Central School. He wanted to give kids an introduction to snowboarding in physical education class. The 8th Grade Challenge is designed as an opportunity for students to give back to their community, and they get to decide what type of community service he or she would like to become involved in. It’s a chance for students to take on a more active role in their community, reap the benefits of volunteer work, and grow as a person.”

“Riglet snowboarding has allowed us to take the weather and winter out of introducing new kids to snowboarding, and a way for kids to be physically active at school. I see this allowing us to make snowboarding more accessible and to help us build participation. For the PE Program specifically, we started with Allen Brook Elementary in Williston, VT, and we’re launching it in Lafayette, CO at Pioneer School later this month. We have plans to launch the program in California and we plan to eventually expand to more school in North America, with a global expansion for 2015.”

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Four Unlikely Places You Should Consider Riding

Monday, January 6th, 2014
By: Tawnya Schultz, Burton Girls
January 6, 2014
Snowy Catalinas

While most of us die-hards know the popular places to ride, there are many spots that a lot of people wouldn’t know you could shred. If riding new locales and venturing out is your thing, here are four places you wouldn’t think about riding, but should definitely consider!

Flagstaff, AZImage: flickr/seantoyer

Flagstaff, Arizona: Yes, Arizona, as in one of the warmest states in the United States. Arizona actually has some sweet mountains in the northern parts. Located right outside of Flagstaff, and about 70 miles south of the Grand Canyon, Arizona Snowbowl is where the locals and college students go to shred. Opened in 1938, Arizona Snowbowl is one of the oldest, continually run ski areas in America.

With open, long runs and 260 inches of annual snowfall, the Snowbowl gives Arizonians and visitors a true winter fix. The resort has already been getting some decent snowfall, so it’s looking to be a good season up in the San Francisco Peaks. Of course, there’s snowmaking when the resort isn’t getting the natural stuff.

Snowbowl also has a park with plenty of features for all abilities. The resort has all of the amenities you’d find at any major resort, and there is lodging for guests, as well. One of the best things about Snowbowl is the price of its lift tickets. With a $59 all-day price tag or $49 for afternoon (12-4pm), it’s more affordable than most places.

 

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