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Sizing Up Ski Season: How To Prepare Your Kids

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

By: Lindsey R. McKissick
5280 Magazine 
September 9, 2014

Photo courtesy of Shutterstock

Last year, Loveland Ski Area opened for the season on October 17. That’s only about six weeks away, folks. While experienced skiers can usually get away with merely dusting off old boards and skis for their first day on the slopes (although, we’d recommend a bit of pre-season conditioning to prevent that dreaded calf burn after your first run), that’s not the case with kids. Frank Bulkley III, owner of Eskimo Ski & Board Shop in Centennial, gave us the lowdown on what parents should know before the snow starts falling.

5280: When should kids start skiing or snowboarding?
Frank Bulkley: The key is for kids to be 30 pounds. Ski bindings won’t release under 30 pounds, so we won’t rent until children hit that weight.

What about age?
That’s really a decision based on the child’s personality. Through talking to customers and dealing with my own kids, four seems to be a good age. For kids to enjoy getting out on the mountain, they need an attention span—and it has to be perfect conditions. You want it to be warm.

Is it important to get a specific brand of board or skis for kids?
For beginners and intermediate skiers, rental gear will cut it. The most important thing is to actually bring the child with you. Don’t guess on boot sizes because a fitted boot is the most important part.

Cold kids on the mountain can make for a long day. What’s important about the accessory gear?
Clothing is very important. There is a huge difference between ski gear and a winter coat; ski jackets need to be waterproof, have cuffs, and insulation. Secondly, buy a helmet that fits. If you get it too big, it won’t cover their ears and they’ll get cold. Also, I always suggest goggles over sunglasses to stay warmer.

The age-old question: gloves or mittens?
The warmest glove is called a mitten.

We all know children grow fast. What’s the best option for your dollar in terms of gear?
Eskimo has three options: You can rent gear for the season from $99. You can purchase gear each year through a trade-in program ($50 trade voucher each season to Eskimo), or you can rent for the day from $15. Your decisions should be based on the child’s age and ability levels. [Editor's Note: These are fairly common deals that parents can find at ski and snowboard shops along the Front Range.]

What’s your one main piece of advice for a happy ski season?
Kids don’t like their parents to teach them. Stick them in ski school.

Follow assistant editor Lindsey R. McKissick on Twitter at @LindseyRMcK.

Snowboard Sustainability – Made in Vermont

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

By: Roger Lohr
April 24, 2014

Burton Snowboards in Burlington, VT is working to make snowboarding sustainable well into the future. Burton is the dominant snowboard product company, and this commitment to sustainability can be an example for other businesses in the snow-sports world to emulate.

Two fronts for sustainable efforts include an environmental focus on the full impact of Burton’s operations such as product design, development, manufacturing, packaging, and shipping, and a social focus on the people who support Burton, including factory workers, employees, dealers, riders, and communities.

The environmental focus is generally known in the world of business where each decision takes root with an eco-influence. Since 2008, Burton has focused on improving not just the use of sustainable materials, but the process as a whole. From the production of snowboards and outerwear to luggage and apparel, Burton incorporates a sustainable perspective everywhere possible.

For example, recycled plastic bottles are transformed into pellets spun into thread to create fabric. The bluesign Restricted Substance List has been applied across all Burton factories and product teams are working to get as many bluesign-approved fabrics as possible into Burton lines in future seasons.

In 2012, Burton unveiled an enhanced manufacturing code of conduct and an extensive restricted substances list associated with the company’s finished goods factories and key materials suppliers. Audits of Burton suppliers are now being conducted to evaluate and address Burton’s social and environmental compliance with applicable global regulations and industry “best practices.” A social compliance policy is in place that ensures contracted factories uphold Burton’s standards and meet targets for continuous improvement, and supplier contract clauses deal directly with working conditions.

Ali Kenney, Burton’s global sustainability director commented “We’re seeing great progress throughout our supply chains. We’ve been able to reduce packaging dramatically, we have factories all over the world collaborating with us on an environmental facilities assessment, and we even have factories coming to us with new ideas around sustainability.” Burton has also included an employee-run environmental committee dubbed EPIC (Environmental Protection, Integrity, Conservation) that focuses on fun ways to improve the company’s impact on the environment.

Burton has placed in the top two spots in the Vermont alternative-commuting challenge and has received the silver ranking for a Bicycle Friendly Business by a national bicycle organization. The facility has showers, a secure bike shelter called “The Wheelhouse” and 15 loaner bikes for anyone to use around town. Community-building experiences, like free bagels for alternative commuters, group rides to work, and an annual competition for the most creative commute encourage, green commuting. A partnership with the local transportation agency offers free bus passes to all employees. Carpoolers get preferred parking with the slogan “Two or more, closer to the door. Carpool, fool.”

There are 18 composting and recycling stations throughout Burton’s headquarters and a group sorts through all of it to determine the progress toward zero waste and educate employees. Organic vegetable plots are available on site for employees, who want space to grow their own. More than 6% of all employees tend plots.

In the mornings, Burton employees are offered complimentary organic fruit from a local food co-op and organic coffee and espresso from a Vermont coffee roaster. They’ve also partnered with a local company that supplies locally made organic hand soaps to employees.

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New York Announces Launch of Ski Bus

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

By: SAM Info
March 11, 2014

New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the launch of the ‘I Ski NY’ Bus, a new, dedicated bus line to 13 upstate ski mountains from New York City and Toronto to begin service for the 2014-2015 winter ski season.

Currently, only two mountains—Hunter and Windham Mountains—are consistently serviced through bus transportation out of New York City. Both of those mountains have established relationships with New York City tour operators to bring busloads of skiers and snowboarders upstate on weekday and weekend trips.

Under the new plan, the State will provide bus service to 13 different mountains from New York City. Additionally, when the established New York City tour operators are not going to Hunter or Windham, the I Ski NY Bus will make the trip. The plan also includes a secondary market from Toronto to expose western New York ski areas to the same transportation opportunity.

Trips from New York City will be offered to 13 different mountains:

In the Hudson Valley/Adirondacks/Catskills regions: Thunder Ridge, Belleayre, Plattekill, Hunter, Windham, West, Gore, Whiteface and Catamount Mountains. In the Central New York region: Greek Peak, Toggenburg, Labrador and Song Mountains

Trips from Toronto will be offered to six mountains in Western New York: Bristol, Holiday Valley, Titus, Kissing Bridge, Peek n Peak and Swain Mountains.

“New York is home to some of the best winter resorts in the world, and with more operating ski areas than any other state in the nation, the region is the perfect winter getaway,” Governor Cuomo said. “With some of the best ski slopes, snowmobiling tracks, hiking trails, and scenic views, we want New Yorkers to know they should stay in New York and all out-of-state visitors to feel welcome to partake in all that Upstate has to offer.”

“We think this new program will have a positive impact on our overall skier visits,” SANY president Scott Brandi told SAM. “Making it easy and affordable to get to the slopes is our primary goal.”

A Snowboarding Event You’ve Never Seen Before

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

By: Larry Earvin
March, 4, 2014

red-bull-event-imageRed Bull Double Pipe will be 180’ wide and 550’ long, making it the largest halfpipe ever built.

With janky halfpipe conditions being a red hot topic in snowboarding right now, Red Bull has decided to take snowboarding to the next level. In the coming weeks Snow Park Technologies will be building two perfectly groomed halfpipes side-by-side. The event will be the first of its kind in snowboarding.

March 19th-23rd Red Bull Double Pipe will take over Buttermilk Mountain in Aspen, Colorado.

Dual pipes will allow the riders to transfer from pipe to pipe utilizing all that is available to them including rails, wallrides, channels and other unique features. Not only will the riders be encouraged to use both pipes they will also be judged on their style, creativity and overall use of the course.

Double Pipe Dimensions

The Red Bull Double Pipe in total will be 180 feet wide, 550 feet long and 22 feet tall with an approximate 4 foot wide spine located in between each pipe.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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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

 

Win the Ultimate Colorado Experience from Icelantic Skis

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

By: Icelantic Skis
November 13, 2013

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