Archive for the ‘Snowboard’ Category

2014 Snowboard Canada Women’s Annual Out Now!

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

By: sbcwomen.com
November 7, 2013

Spencer O’Brien lands her way onto the cover of the 2014 Snowboard Canada Women’s Annual. Style points for days!

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LSSM Ambassadors/Champions Program

Friday, October 25th, 2013

By: LSSM
October 25, 2013

Become an Ambassador or Champion – Share the Passion

Ambassadors and Champions come from all walks of life. Peers respect them. They have a passion for skiing and/or snowboarding.They want to infuse in others!

Ambassadors and Champions do more than motivate newcomers to take ski or snowboard lessons from professional instructors.They serve as role models by sharing information about why they love snow sports, how they got involved and why it is important to learn from trained professionals.

They offer useful tips that help newcomers have a positive first-time snow experience. They use their own unique ways to spread the word about why snow sports are fun, a chance to try something new, involve great exercise, and provide an excellent opportunity to spend time with friends or family members.

We Want to Applaud You – AND You Can Win Prizes via the Bring a Friend Challenge!

Anyone passionate about skiing or snowboarding who qualifies can sign up. Those who officially apply will be listed on the skiandsnowboardmonth.org Web site along with a photo if provided.

 Top Three Ambassadors and introduction 1Champions

At the end of the season three exemplary Ambassadors and three Champions will receive state-of-the-art jackets from The North Face plus special recognition from the snow sports industry via trade media and the national industry conference.They will get their own page on the skiandsnowboardmonth.org Web site.

Ambassador and Champion of the Year

One outstanding role model in each category will be named Ambassador and Champion of the Year. Each will receive a season pass at a selected venue for the 2014-15 winter……….

AND…… a pair of skis from HEAD Wintersports  or a snowboard from one of our sponsors.

The top Ambassador will win a four-day trip for two – from Ski Utah – to the 2002 Winter Olympics host Salt Lake City and its nearby resorts Park City Mountain Resort, the Canyons and Deer Valley including lodging, lift tickets, lessons and air travel from a major airport (for the 2014-15 season). Trip details are posted at bringafriend.org.

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FLOW Snowboarding Survey Giveaway

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

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By: Flow Snowboarding

In our quest to help snowboard manufacturers make the best possible snowboarding gear for you, we are listening to snowboarders to learn more about your opinions.  We want to know what you think about the snowboarding experience and your ideas on brands in general. These questions take about 15 minutes to answer. All the information you give is 100% confidential.

We really appreciate your participation and would like to reward you for filling out the survey. Once the survey is completed you will be entered into a drawing for the GRAND PRIZE of a Flow snowboard, boot and binding set, and in addition we are giving away FIVE more pairs of bindings to other lucky winners!

Tell us what you think about snowboarding – what it means to you and how it could be even better.  Click HERE to participate in the survey and to be entered into the drawing for some excellent snowboard gear from Flow.

We appreciate your time and thank you for helping!

Summer Camp for the Winter Olympics

Monday, October 7th, 2013

By: New York Times
October 7, 2013

WANAKA, New Zealand — From the bottom, they look like butterflies, dropping soundlessly into the halfpipe and soaring high above its walls, spinning and flipping, flashes of color cascading over the whiteness. It’s only after they skid to a stop and lift their bug-eyed goggles that you see the dreadlocks and soul patches, the Rockstar and Monster energy-drink logos, the tie-dye slickers and the ubiquitous ear buds.

Snowboarders remain locked in their heads as they compete to their personal soundtracks. Shredders are big on lifestyle and community, but on this beautiful and remote halfpipe, they are focused and withdrawn.

Every August, the world’s best snowboarders come to work on big-air and physics-defying tricks in this tiny town hidden by mountains and surrounded by sheep. The athletes flock here for one reason: Wanaka has the only Olympic-size halfpipe open anywhere in the world at that time of year.

That means, especially heading into an Olympic year, Wanaka becomes a ground zero of aerial somersaults and 360-degree flips that is unlike anything else on the planet.

“We’re a community, and there’s a lot of support, no matter what your country,” said Gretchen Bleiler, who won a silver medal for the United States at the 2006 Turin Games. “But I’m not going to lie: there’s a lot more intensity than usual.”

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Like a Hurricane in the Air

Monday, September 16th, 2013

By: New York  Times
September 16, 2013

Mark McMorris, Olympic Snowboarding Gold Contender

FORT QU’APPELLE, Saskatchewan — From the tee box of the fourth hole, Mark McMorris could spot the small green hill in the distance where, as a young boy, he spent most of his winter weekends snowboarding. Mission Ridge Winter Park has 292 vertical feet of terrain. The stripe up the side was a new triple-chair lift, but it used to be a T-bar.

“Seven minutes up, 30 seconds down,” McMorris said.

The man most likely to stop the usually unstoppable Shaun White from achieving his Olympic goal — two gold medals at February’s Winter Games in Sochi, Russia — McMorris was about an hour’s drive from his hometown, Regina, which might be the flattest city in North America, if anyone cared enough to rank cities by urban elevation changes.

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Utah ski resorts align, meaning consumer-friendly prices on passes

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

By Jennifer Napier-Pearce
The Salt Lake Tribune
August 27, 2013

There have always been healthy yet competitive relationships between Utah’s 14 ski resorts, but the arrival of Denver-based Vail Resorts Inc. has injected a whole new dynamic into the marketplace.

Since Vail inked a deal to operate Canyons Resort in Park City last May, the landscape of the state’s $1.173 billion ski industry has fundamentally shifted, prompting fresh alliances between resorts and a full slate of new products. Utah resorts are banding together and looking beyond state borders to create novel types of ski experiences meant to entice both local and out-of-towners to hit the slopes.

All of this amounts to good news for skiers and boarders looking for a bargain.

Take, for example, the Big Cottonwood Pass, which allows one to ski or board all 2,250 acres, 15 lifts and 130 named runs of both Solitude Mountain Resort and neighboring Brighton Ski Resort. The pass can be used any day of the season and includes the popular night skiing option at Brighton. All of this for $999.

“Competition creates opportunity,” said Solitude general manager Dave DeSeelhorst. “With all the other passes [coming on the market], we felt compelled to do something we’ve talked about with Brighton for years.”

The collaboration also involves a new joint ticketing system that allows visitors to roam unencumbered between the resorts. DeSeelhorst said it’s the first time this type of hands-free revenue-sharing model will be used in North America (apparently, it’s common in Europe).

“From a consumer standpoint, we are two uniquely different resorts, so being able to offer [this pass] really gives everybody the best of both worlds for a pretty low price,” DeSeelhorst said.

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In the Gym with Pro Snowboarder Gretchen Bleiler

Monday, June 10th, 2013

By: SHAPE Magazine
June 10, 2013

The Olympic athlete walks you through 3 of her go-to moves for optimal performance

Photography by: Go Pro Workouts

Snowboarding is one of the most deceiving sports of all. Pros like Gretchen Bleiler make it look so easy, but making it down the mountain in one piece requires a rock-solid core, flexibility, agility, and the ability to quickly adapt to unpredictable terrain. Honing all of those skills without spending hours in the gym every day requires a smart training plan—which the Team USA and X-Games snowboarder shared with Go Pro Workouts (Check out the full 8-week program here, and enter promo code “GPWNOW” for 50 percent off!).

For a sneak peek at how Bleiler prepares for events like the Winter Olympics, check out three of her go-to moves below. Whether you’re training to compete, want to improve your stamina for a day on the hill, or even just tone your body, no one knows more effective strength and conditioning secrets than pro athletes.

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13 Reasons Your Parents Should Send You To Camp

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

By: Burton Snowboards
May 22, 2013

Going to a summer snowboard camp isn’t just a place to progress your skills while everyone else is working their Xbox controller, or getting a chance to meet your favorite pro shred, it’s a good way for your parents to not have to deal with you moping around the house all summer. Here are some reasons to remember next time you start begging your parents for a trip to summer snowboard camp.

Parental Vacation
Ever think that your parents need a break too, from you? They are stoked when school starts so you have something to do that gets you out of their hair for 8-9 hours a day. Then, when summer vacation starts they have to be around you non-stop and deal with your summer boredom. Well, if they sent you to camp they’d be getting a vacation, too. Double deal.

Physical Activity
They say that almost 17% of children are obese these days, and summer vacation can be the time to either put on a few pounds, or stay active and keep off that extra weight. In addition to snowboarding, summer camps offer all kinds of other activities like skateboarding, mountain biking, trampolines, and dodge ball(!). Tell your parents, “if you want me to be healthy, you’ll send me to camp this summer.”

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Athlete Limelight: Mercedes Nicoll

Monday, May 13th, 2013

Mercedes Nicoll

Mercedes grew up in Whistler, where she learned to snowboard. Nicoll has represented Canada in the halfpipe at the 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympic Games, finishing 6th at the 2010 Games. Mercedes has been competing in halfpipe since 1997 and is a five-time National Champion. She has competed in various World Cups, World Championships, as well as X Games. Nicoll works closely with the Whistler Blackcomb foundation. Read more about her at mercedesnicoll.com

Board & Other Sponsors:
Drake, DFL 146. Northwave, Drake, Powder Room, IS Eyewear, Whistler Blackcomb, POW.

Mercedes Nicoll

Q&A:

1. The mountain I learned to ride on was: Whistler when I was 14 years old

2. I can’t live without: Family and friends

3. My favorite cuisine is: Japanese

4. When I’m not riding, you can find me: Basking in the sun, reading a book.

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

6. Who/What inspires you? Friends and family

7. Favorite:

  1. Bands: Awolnation, Pink, the Black Keys, Serena Ryder, Olly Murs, ZZ Ward, Ellie Goulding
  2. Books: Jaime Oliver cookbooks
  3. Vacation Spots: Barcelona, London, Japan

SARKA PANCOCHOVA TAKES FIRST AT SUPERGIRL SNOW PRO IN CONJUNCTION WITH COMMUNITY CUP

Monday, April 8th, 2013

By: Limelight PR
April 8, 2013

Christy Prior Places Second and Silje Norendal Nabs Third in

World Snowboard Tour (WST) Sanctioned Contest

Sarka After Winning First

Breckenridge, CO (April 6, 2013) — Twenty five of the best snowboarders from around the globe converged at Breckenridge Ski Resort today for the Supergirl Snow Pro in conjunction with Community Cup —the only all-women’s WST-sanctioned 5-Star event in the world.  The contest came to a thrilling close with Sarka Pancochova (Czech Republic) taking home both the title and the famous Supergirl cape.  Seven of the world’s top ten ranked pros competed in the event, which was developed to showcase the best of women’s snowboarding on a course completely designed by the riders.

Pancochova won the contest in her second run with an outstanding performance on both the jumps and rails, pulling tricks like a half-Cab 50-50 backside 360 off the barrel and a switch 540 for a score of 92.  Christy Prior, who landed a frontside rodeo 720, came in second with a score of 90.  X Games Champion, Silje Norendal, finished third with an 87.75.

Top 3 at the Podium (Silje, Sarka, Christy)

“I did the best run of my life today. It was a great season-ending competition and it was so fun to be out here with these girls on a course we designed and voted on,” said Pancochova. “The conditions today were perfect: the weather, the course, the vibe. All of that contributed to what I was able to do today, and I can’t wait to compete in the Supergirl Snow Pro next year.”

The event supported eco-awareness and sustainability efforts through organizations like the Non-Toxic Revolution, Keep-A-Breast, Protect Our Winters, Plastic Pollution Coalition, 5Gyres and One Life.

This is the first event of the 2013 Supergirl Jam Series, the action sports industry’s only large-scale all-female competition and lifestyle series.  Developed as a celebration of female empowerment, the Supergirl Jam Series features more than 150 top female pros competing in snowboarding, skateboarding and surfing as well as ‘girl-power’ activities at events held throughout the year.

“The world’s best female snowboarders put on an absolutely amazing display today,” said Rick Bratman, CEO of ASA Entertainment , the event’s management company.  “We could not be more pleased with the event and we are very proud to have supported these talented ladies alongside our partners Warner Bros. Consumer Products, Paul Mitchell, Warner Bros. Television’s Suburgatory, Kicker Audio, GoPro, Community Cup and Breckenridge Ski Resort.”

The Supergirl Snow Pro in conjunction with the Community Cup will be broadcast nationally on Fox Sports Net (FSN) in the fall.  Stay tuned to www.SupergirlJam.com, www.Community-Cup.com and www.asaentertainment.com for show times and dates.

Supergirl Snow Pro Finals Results
Breckenridge, Co — April 6, 2013

Name Score

  1. Sarka Pancochova           92
  2. Christy Prior                      90
  3. Silje Norendal                   87.75
  4. Enni Rukajarvi                  85.25
  5. Kjersti Buaas                     77
  6. Stefi Luxton                       75
  7. Rebecca Torr                    68.75
  8. Phoebe Novello                 66.75
  9. Serena Shaw                     50.25
  10. Brooke Voigt                     43.5