Archive for the ‘Skiing’ Category

About Utah: The ski bums next door

Monday, April 29th, 2013

By:  , Deseret News
April 29, 2013

PARK CITY — They moved in next door two years ago. Just drove up one day with no warning, pulling a U-Haul with New Jersey plates.

Looking back, the signs were there from the beginning. There were no kids with them. He didn’t drive off to work every morning. Neither did she. They had no visible means of support. Like Jimmy Stewart in “Rear Window” we watched them. What were they? Mafia? Drug-dealers? Loan sharks? Deadbeats?

Nope. Ski bums.

All they did was ski. The garage door would open, the SUV would back out, the skis would go on the rack, and they were off. Him especially. Day after day after day.

Couldn’t they get a job? Do something responsible? What must their parents be thinking?

There was this one small mitigating factor.

He was 68, she was 67.

Meet the neighbors: Chuck and Paddy Mollard. They went rogue on us, careened right off the grid, all in the name of giving retirement a good name. Their problem these days isn’t having enough to do, it’s having too much to do. So many runs, so little time.

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Athlete Limelight: Christopher Ewart – Meier Skis

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

April 16, 2013

Telemarker is racking up medals—including gold—at Teva Winter Mountain Games

Christopher EwartTelemark skiing is what it’s all about for 24-year-old Christopher Ewart. With an impressive resume that includes a gold medal in the Inaugural Teva Winter Mountain Games Best Trick (Double Front Flip) and many published photos in print and online magazines, Christopher is well on his way to becoming a big name in the Telemark industry. A Colorado native, Christopher loves to represent local brands such as Meier Skis, and works as a full-time EMT in the Vail Valley.

Which ski do you compete on?
I compete with the “Johnny Ringos” for Park and Pipe, and “The Doc” for Big Mountain.

My other sponsors include: SCARPA, Kind Design, Sweet Protection, and Beaver Creek Resort

Why Meier Skis?
I love the idea of independent companies searching for a better way to make skis. Anybody can make a good ski, but if they’re able to do it with renewable resources, and eco-friendly materials, it’s a huge plus. Pulling dying and downed wood from local forestry means less devastating impact on our environment. Bottom line, Meier makes some of the best skis in the industry, and they make them in the best way possible. I like that.

Q&A:

1. The mountain I learned to ski on was: Nashoba Valley, MA when I was 3 years old

2. I can’t live without: My skis or my dirtbike.

3. My favorite cuisine is: Sour Gummy Worms, beef jerky and orange Gatorade.

4. When I’m not skiing, you can find me: Twisting the throttle at a moto track or just enjoying a tasty beer in the sun.

5. My favorite movie of all time is without question: Dumb and Dumber…Duh! We’re in the Rockies!

6. Who/What inspires you? I try to use other sports as inspiration to innovate my free heel skiing. I’ll pick from snowboarding, motocross, skateboarding or surfing to try and generate ideas to bring to snow on my own skis. I love doing new tricks or variations that nobody has done before, and it’s easy with Telemark, because it’s just starting to get real popular in the freestyle scene.

7. Favorite:

  1. Bands: Bluegrass, Reggae, Hip Hop and Dubstep. You name it and it’s on my playlist.
  2. Books: I wish I had more interest in reading… but The Hitchhikers Guide to that Galaxy is an awesome book.
  3. Vacation Spots: Jackson Hole, Targhee, Moab, Vegas…  I love everywhere I go!

ATHLETE LIMELIGHT: KEELY KELLEHER

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

By: Snowlink
March 13, 2013

Featured in Warren Miller’s Flow State, the 2010 World Cup Super G winner also founded the first North American ski racing camp for girls

Keely has had a love affair with going fast on her skis since before she can remember. She has spent 22 years ski racing, 8 of which were on the U.S. Ski Team. Specializing in the speed events, Keely raced competitively on the World Cup speed circuit scoring regularly and winning the 2010 National Super G title. In 2011 she founded the first ski racing camp for girls in North America, based around the mission to coach, inspire and empower girls through ski racing and big mountain skiing.

Recently, Keely has transitioned from ski racer to big mountain skier. Last year she was a featured athlete in Warren Miller’s 2012 Flow State. She is also involved with the Shelly Glover Sports Foundation and Climate Reality Project.

Keely’s sponsors: Tecnica (Inferno 130) boots & Blizzard Skis (Scout 185 or Dakota 177), Shred Optics, and Slytech Protection.

Q&A:

1. The mountain I learned to ski on was: Big Sky, Montana when I was 2 years old.

2. I can’t live without: Giving back

3. My favorite cuisine is: Biscuits and gravy

4. When I’m not skiing, you can find me: On the river in my kayak

5. My favorite movie of all time is without question: Rudy

6. Who/What inspires you? My family, friends and Daron Rahlves

7. Favorite:

  1. Bands: Trampled by Turtles, Of Monsters & Men, & Devil Makes Three
  2. Books: Unbroken by Laura Hildenbrand
  3. Vacation Spots: My backyard in Montana

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.

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Sarah Burke Memorial Goggle

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

By: Smith Optics
January 2, 2013

Smith Optics just released a very limited quantity of their Sarah Burke memorial I/OS goggle. There is a very limited quantity available through SmithOptics.com and all proceeds will go directly to the Sarah Burke Foundation.

Sarah & Smith: Sarah was a beloved member of Smith.  More than just an athlete or friend, she was family and an inspiration to them.  Help carry on her legacy by living your life with passion, dedication, and grace.  As Sarah would say, “Dream without Fear.”

The Sarah Burke Foundation: The Sarah Burke Foundation was created to help young kids get to the next level in skiing as well as raise money for St. Jude’s Hospital, Sarah’s favorite charity.

The Sarah Burke I/OS: Sarah Burke helped create the I/OS and it was her favorite goggle in their collection. The Sarah Burke Memorial I/OS is inspired by Sarah’s snowflake tattoo and her favorite colors, with 100% of the proceeds going to the Sarah Burke Foundation.

Sarah Burke Landing Page: www.smithoptics.com/celebratesarah

Vermont Ski Resorts Boast Record Openings

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

By: Sarah Neith, Ski Vermont
December 6, 2012

Vermont Ski Resorts Boast Record Openings

Montpelier, VT

Upgrades in snowmaking paired with ideal temperatures have propelled Vermont ski resorts into a promising early season. After starting the season with the most ski areas open in the country for Thanksgiving, Vermont’s snowguns have launched the resorts into December with nearly 20% open terrain for skiers and riders, the strongest opening since the epic 2008-2009 season.

“We can certainly attribute a successful early season to our expansive 80% statewide snowmaking coverage,” said Ski Vermont President Parker Riehle. “The resorts’ investments in state-of-the-art, highly efficient snowmaking combined with early season snowfall have given us the boost we need to fulfill the pent up demand of skiers and riders.”

Vermont ski areas also boasted some of the earliest openings in the state’s history.  Killington Resort opened for pass-holders in mid-October and for the season on November 5, 2012. Smugglers’ Notch Resort saw its earliest opening in 5 years with more available terrain than in the last four, helping early season lift ticket sales and bookings, which in the last two weeks have been some of the strongest in 3 years.

Burke Mountain had its earliest and most successful opening ever, opening December 1st” said Hannah Collins, Burke’s Marketing Manager. “And with the new upgrades in our snowmaking equipment we were also opening with the most trails that we ever have.”

Jay Peak Resort had its best opening weekend in the resort’s history and that excitement is projecting forward. Jay Peak is averaging a 93% occupancy across all of its lodging properties with most holidays already sold out. Jay Peak and Burke Mountain have invested a combined $1.5 million in snowmaking upgrades in expanded coverage and low-energy snow guns.

Okemo Resort is boasting its earliest opening since 2003 and the fourth earliest in Okemo’s 57-year history. Cold temperatures in early November allowed the resort to open for the 2012-13 season on November 8. Over the summer, Okemo added 42 new HKD Snowmakers SV-10 tower guns to its arsenal. Featuring adjustable water flow levers, nozzle versatility and advanced valving technology, the HKD Snowmakers SV-10 tower guns make snow more efficiently at closer-to-freezing temperatures.

Other investments into snowmaking that have helped propel the success of this early ski season include Bromley’s addition of 60 new permanent energy efficient HKD tower guns and Smugglers’ Notch Resort’s investment of over $1,000,000 adding 150 new high efficiency guns. Stowe Mountain Resort also invested in its state-of-the-art snowmaking operations with 4.7 million dollars in new equipment and upgrades that included 325 HKD tower guns, 150 energy efficient land guns, 16 Super Pole Cat fan guns and seven miles of new snowmaking pipe.

As temperatures drop to seasonal levels this afternoon, Vermont ski resorts are firing up their guns yet again to prepare for another stellar early season weekend. Middlebury College Snow Bowl plans to open for the season on Saturday, December 8th and Bromley Mountain and Burke Mountain will reopen for the public on Saturday as well.

Lil Wayne Honors Sarah Burke with Tommy Burke Trukfit T-shirt

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

By: Freeskier Magazine
October 30, 2012

In June of this year, Lil Wayne launched TRUKFIT, a skateboard-inspired clothing brand that boasts the tagline, “Whether you ride a skateboard, make music or create art, TRUKFIT outfits your lifestyle.” This month, TRUKFIT unveiled the “Tommy Burke” T-shirt, honoring Sarah Burke. The T-shirt features TRUKFIT’s “Tommy” cartoon character rocking ski gear, and sporting a collection of gold medals around his neck.

Speaking with ESPN following last week’s Dew Tour stop in San Francisco, Wayne said: “I never met Sarah, but I respected her and wanted to honor her. She deserved it. She deserved a whole lot more, but this is what I could do.” Wayne regards Sarah as one of his favorite athletes.

The shirt comes in black and white, and costs $37. Net proceeds from the sale of the T-shirt benefit the Sarah Burke Foundation, which was established to honor Sarah’s legacy and to promote the ideals she valued and embodied. The shirt is currently only available in 2XL and 3XL sizes; for those of you who prefer oversized T’s, you’re in luck. Smaller ladies who want to buy the Tommy Burke might consider using the shirt as slumber party attire.

To get the shirt, follow this link.