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ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT: JOSS CHRISTENSEN

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

By: SIA
August 1, 2012

We recently interviewed Joss Christensen; a Park City, Utah local who has truly made a name for himself. He finished 2nd in Slopestyle at the 2011 Dew Tour in Ogden, UT. Joss is a freshman at the University of Utah and a great all-around skier who enjoys throwing in artistic rail tricks and strong rightside rotations into his jumps. Joss is a Fischer Sports Athlete and currently rides on the Guru.

Joss ChristensenQ&A- Snapshot with Joss:

  1. The mountain I learned to ski on was
    Deer Valley when I was 3 years old
  2. I can’t live without
    Salsa con queso flavored Cheetos…. Addicted
  3. My favorite cuisine is
    Mexican, I love burritos!
  4. When I’m not on the mountain, you can find me
    At home resting and playing Xbox
  5. My favorite movie of all time is
    I Love You, Man. I’ve seen it so many times and still love to watch it.
  6. Who/What inspires you?
    When it comes to skiing, my biggest inspiration is Duncan Adams; just his approach on competitive skiing and skiing all over the mountain is what I really look up to.
  7. Favorite:
    a. Bands: Pretty hard to pick one band. I like all types of music; almost everything except Metal and Indie music.
    b. Books: The Harry Potter Collection
    c. Vacation Spots: Haven’t really been on a real vacation in a while, but one of my favorite places is The Gold Coast in Australia!

Vail Becomes New Home Of Burton US Open

Monday, July 30th, 2012

By:
TransWorld Business
July 30, 2012

After 27 years at Vermont’s Stratton Mountain Resort, Burton is moving the US Open, the longest running snowboard comp in the world, out west to Vail Mountain Resort in Colorado. The competition’s new venue will make its debut beginning with the 31st edition of the Open, to be held February 25-March 2, 2013.

In accordance with the US Open’s big move from its home mountain of Stratton, Vail and Burton have teamed up to give the event a new feel and vibe that, while staying true to the competitive aspect of the event, aims to make the US Open experiential not only for the riders competing, but for spectators as well.

Greg Dacyshyn, Chief Creative Officer at Burton, elaborated on the new direction Burton hopes to take the US Open: “We really feel like we want to take this event to the next level and really show everyone what snowboarding is all about,” Dacyshyn said at a Burton and Vail hosted tour of the new venue that took place over Wednesday, July 25 through Friday, July 27.

Indeed, touring both the Vail Village and getting up on the mountain itself on July 26-27 to check out what Vail and Burton have brewing for the competition’s Vail debut showed no shortage of plans to revamp the event. The competition course itself will, at least for the first few years at Vail, consist of a halfpipe and slopestyle course that will neighbor one another on Vail’s Golden Peak zone.

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Pro Kits: Joss Christensen’s Gear

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

By: Shay Williams, Freeskier Magazine
February 21, 2012

Triple threat Joss Christensen has steadily been making waves throughout the competition scene. One of three guys who compete in all three disciplines regularly, Joss is busy jetting around the world, stacking AFP points as he hunts down Gus Kenworthy for an overall title this year.

For the Park City-native it all starts with the sticks, and for that, Joss skis Fischer‘s Guru because it’s “amazing for for both pipe and slope. It’s super light and agile.” Coupled with the skis are the Fischer X17 bindings and the Soma X-110 boot which he likes as it “allows for more natural movement and power when jumping.” Joss is new to Fischer’s program as of last fall, but he’s been making good use of the gear.

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Nashoba Valley still thriving as local ski area

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

February 9, 2012
By: Tony Chamberlain
Boston Globe

Family-run location keeps luring visitors back

WESTFORD – Al Fletcher likes to tell a story about his daughter, Pam, who at the time was not yet 3. When the lifts closed at the end of one day, she threw a tantrum demanding that they be started up again so she could continue skiing.

Since Al owned the ski area, Nashoba Valley, the lift operator called him to ask if he should indulge the little girl.

“Hell, no,’’ Al remembered saying. No one can quite remember how long the tantrum went on. But everyone knows how that girl grew up to be a national champion ski racer, World Cup winner, Olympian, and television commentator, a career arc undoubtedly fueled by the passion that tried to get that ski lift restarted so many years ago.

Now Pam Fletcher, “Fletch’’ to her former teammates, is back at the ski area Al founded nearly a half-century ago, and that is carrying on its original mission, catering to families. Run by the family that founded it (Pam’s brother, Al, bought it from their father), she serves as events marketing and sales manager.

Though he says he’s retired, 80-year-old Al Sr. looks in on things a couple of days a week.

“I was selfish,’’ he said of when he arrived in the area and bought a tract of land with the 248-foot vertical hill in the middle, with a couple of pleasingly steep faces.

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10 Winter Getaways to Suit Every Age

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

By: NY Times
February 1, 2012

SUDDENLY it’s the end of January and you realize the children will be off for Presidents’ Day next month — an ideal opportunity to squeeze in a short family vacation.

But coming so soon after the holidays, you don’t want to travel too far. After all, there is still spring break and summer vacation to plan. Ideally, your destination should be somewhere you can reach in an easy drive or on a nonstop flight and that will have enough activities to occupy the children — or at least wear them out — so the grown-ups can actually relax and have some fun, too.

How about Scottsdale, Ariz., where children can enjoy mornings spent horseback riding cowboy-style or exploring nature trails in the Sonoran Desert, followed by a mellow afternoon at the pool for the grownups and gallery hopping in the evening? Or go your separate ways — the children to ski school, while you hit the spa— in Mont Tremblant, Quebec. Want something you will all enjoy together? Explore ancient Mayan temples in Mexico, bike along Miami’s shore or ice-trek through gorges in Banff, Alberta. Since you don’t have time to research all of that, I’ve done much of the heavy lifting for you. Here are 10 family-friendly winter escapes you can run off to for a weekend or longer at a range of prices.

Banff, Alberta

For the Kids: Spotting wolf tracks on snowshoe tours, yelling “mush!” from a dogsled and trying out gentle slopes for beginner skiers and boarders. For ages 8 and up, there are also ice walks through frozen gorges. Banff Adventures Unlimited offers four-hour ice walks through Grotto Canyon, past unusual rock formations, Native rock art and icefalls (40 Canadian dollars for children 8 to 12; 62 dollars for adults; Canadian dollars are about the same in value as U.S. dollars).

For the Grown-Ups: Three ski areas (Mount Norquay, the Lake Louise Ski Area and Sunshine Village) in a Unesco World Heritage site, Banff National Park. After a day on the mountain, adults can enjoy some farm-to-table dining or soak their sore muscles in hot springs. Family rates for two adults and two children (17 and younger) at Banff Upper Hot Springs, where temperatures are kept between a steamy 98 and 104 degrees, are 22.50 dollars.

Where to Stay: The Douglas Fir Resort & Chalets, about four minutes from downtown Banff, has two indoor water slides and offers rooms with full kitchens and fireplaces, from 109 dollars a night including free unlimited use of the Town of Banff shuttle bus. The Fairmont Chateau in Lake Louise, just outside Banff, offers supervised activities in their playroom during ski season for ages 3 and up. Rates start at 279 dollars a night; children 5 and under eat free.

Getting There: Nonstops under four hours are available from major United States cities including Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Chicago and Phoenix, into Calgary International Airport, less than two hours from most ski resorts.

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US Freeskiing names ski pipe roster

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

By Devon O’Neil
ESPN Action Sports

January 5, 2012

The road to the inaugural Olympic halfpipe skiing gold medal rounded another corner Wednesday, as U.S. Freeskiing — the newly formed arm of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association — named nine athletes to its first Pro Halfpipe Team. This comes on the heels of the IOC’s decision in April to add ski halfpipe to the Olympic program for 2014.

Winter X Games champions Simon Dumont and Jen Hudak headlined the team, which was selected based on competition results from last winter. They are joined by David Wise, Torin Yater-Wallace, Gus Kenworthy, Tucker Perkins, Devin Logan, Jess Cumming and Brita Sigourney. Mike Jankowski, the halfpipe coach for the U.S. Snowboard Team, is working in a similar capacity with skiers until more funding allows the organization to name a coach.

“At this point, my role is to be a leader,” Jankowski said, noting some of the skiers have their own technical coaches. “I’m here to get this group together and create a team environment of success similar to what we have in snowboarding.”

The U.S. isn’t the first country to form an official national ski halfpipe team. France’s includes Winter X athletes Xavier Bertoni, Kevin Rolland, Thomas Krief and Benoit Valentin and Canada recently announced the members of the Canadian Ski Halfpipe Team.

The U.S. skiers attended an orientation camp this week at USSA headquarters in Park City, Utah. Among other activities, the athletes had blood drawn to “make sure everyone’s operating at an optimal level,” Jankowski said. They also were tested for fitness on a stationary bike and for strength, power and mobility by the sports science staff at the team’s Center of Excellence. Members of the USSA’s high-performance staff will analyze the results and come up with individual programs to optimize each athlete’s performance next winter, Jankowski said.

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How-To Tuesday

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

By: hondo, TransWorld SNOWboarding
January 3, 2012

How To: Alley-Oop Backside Rodeo to Fakie With JJ Thomas

Time to take your pipe tricks to the next level. Let JJ Thomas teach you this rad trick. If you can get this one, your buddies will be so jealous.

How To: Is Presented by NIKE

How To: Alley-Oop Backside Rodeo to Fakie With JJ Thomas

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It’s Officially Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month!

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

January 2, 2012

Learn To Ski & Snowboard Month, January 2012

Humans Were Never Meant to Hibernate!
January 2012 is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month. Ski areas and resorts in 34 states are celebrating with special offers to get children and adults out on the snow and taking lessons from a professional instructor.

A new Web site www.skiandsnowboardmonth.org provides a listing of states with locations where learning programs are taking place. The site helps those new to snow sports with practical information on getting started and also includes tips for those who want to improve.

Learn to Ski & Snowboard Month is an industry initiative organized by the National Ski Areas Association, the Professional Ski Instructors of America-American/Association of Snowboard Instructors, the National Ski Patrol, SnowSports Industries America, numerous state and regional resort associations, industry partners and the snow sports media.

Visit Learn To Ski & Snowboard Month.

Here is a list of retailers participating

Girls on Film

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

By: Tawnya Schultz
December 28, 2011

All of the snowboard flicks have finally dropped and it’s getting to be time to shred. Getting stoked for the upcoming season watching videos is one of my favorite pastimes. It’s been so exciting to see what the pro girls have been doing in terms of video parts and filming. While I thoroughly enjoy checking out the gnarly things the boys do, the girls get me motivated. It seems like this season more than ever the girls are representing and sending it hard. Here is a list of videos and webisodes worth checking out. Girl Power!

Standard Films “TB20″
Kimmy Fasani lands a double back in the backcountry of Silverton of Colorado in her segment. Leanne Pelosi and Raewyn Reid hit the streets in Canada.

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Ligety Skis to Victory, With Party Included

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

By Brian Pinelli
Published: December 23, 2011

ANDALO, Italy — With the towering and jagged limestone peaks of Italy’s western Dolomites as a spectacular backdrop, the bottom of the race course at Paganella Ski Area quickly morphed into a high energy rock concert on Friday. It was a festive yet slightly chaotic atmosphere in a typically serene region of natural wonder.

Less than an hour before, Ted Ligety had demonstrated that he was the master of the giant slalom, carving near perfect turns en route to a thrilling victory at the VPAY Alpine Rockfest. Ligety was the fastest of five skiers in the final round of this unusual race, which consists of five elimination rounds on a 400-meter sprint giant slalom course.

Ligety’s winning time of 34.73 seconds was only one-hundredth better than that of the young Italian Giovanni Borsotti.

“To come down and see yourself one-hundredth ahead, it was a relief for sure,” Ligety said. “Standing in the start gate, there is a lot of pressure knowing how fast you’ve already been and being the favorite also,” he said, referring to the semifinal, when he was more than five-tenths quicker than his nearest challenger, Borsotti.

Ligety, a 27-year-old from Park City, Utah, was awarded a check for 60,000 euros — a winner-take-all grand prize of more than $78,000 — as the Italian rock band Radiottanta played. Read More