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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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Top 10 Ski Resorts in North America: The best of the 2014 Freeskier Resort Guide

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

By: Freeskier Magazine
December 3, 2013

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Based on what we’ve seen and what we love about these ski resorts, we’ve ranked the top 10 ski destinations; this information is originally presented in our 201

4 Resort Guide. We made this list by trying to answer

the questions our friends ask us: I have a week of vacation, where should I go? I want to ski a badass park, where should I go? I want to stop at the end of an epic t-to-b run and have a delicious drink, where should I go? I just got fired from my job and I want to move to a ski town for a year (and maybe stay for twenty), where should I go? The below is just one example of what you’ll find in the Resort Guide—there, the information is spread across 17 pages, including lists like “Best on a powder day” (Pg. 076), “Best after the storm” (Pg. 077), Parks (Pg. 078), Towns (Pg. 080), Après and Nightlife (Pg. 081), Steeps (Pg. 082), Deets (Pg. 083), The East (Pg. 084), The In-Between (Pg. 085), Gettin’ Up (Pg. 086) and Gettin’ There (Pg. 088).

At the bottom of this page, we’ve created a poll—we’re inquiring where you might like to spend an upcoming ski vacation, or just let loose for a few days. While it’d be an enormous challenge (time suck) to include all of the ski areas in North America, we’ve simplified things by including only those spots which received editorial mention in the 2013 and/or 2014 Resort Guide issues. So, browse through the available destinations, and let us know: Where would you go to spend your hard earned cash? And, of course, please enjoy our top 10 resort ranking and the accompanying beta.

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iF3 is coming to Whistler on October 12

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

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July 30, 2013

The International Freeski Film Festival to host a one-day event in Whistler, BC that includes premieres, parties and more.

Press Release:

The International Freeski Festival (iF3) is excited to announce the first ever iF3 Whistler Blackcomb, which will take place in beautiful Whistler, BC on Saturday, October 12th.

The one-day event will feature premieres of the year’s best ski movies, along with a retro ski-themed kick off party on Friday night and a rocker party on Saturday night amidst Whistler’s wild nightlife scene. The premieres will be held at Millennium Place in the heart of Whistler Village and will take place alongside Whistler Blackcomb’s legendary Turkey Sale, where over 20,000 people descend on Whistler to take advantage of huge pre-season savings on ski and snowboard equipment from the industry’s top brands. The event will be held in conjunction with Whistler Blackcomb, consistently ranked as the #1 ski resort in North America, making Whistler the ideal location for the International Freeski Film Festival’s latest expansion and the place to be during Thanksgiving weekend in Canada.

Stay tuned to iF3.ca for more info on iF3 Whistler Blackcomb, including the list of films that will be shown along with the official schedule for the event.

How to do ski camp right: Get your summer shred on in 2013

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

By: Freeskier Magazine
May 7th, 2013

There is no better way to spend a part of your precious summer than at ski camp. Get coached from the best pros in the world, session great parks in the softest conditions, eat hot dogs for lunch, and well, generally have a pretty damn good time. But which camp? Momentum? Windells? Woodward? The choices! You’re guaranteed to have fun whichever you choose, but we’re here to help you make the choice that’s just right for you.

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Every camp has its own unique experience to offer, and for a lot of people, the decision comes down to cost and off-hill experience.

You don’t have to be Warren Buffett to realize that from most places in the US, flights to Vancouver are more expensive than to Portland, Reno or Denver. It’s pretty simple, going to camp in Canada costs more. On average, a full session at Windells is less than Momentum, and Woodward Snow is less than Windells. That being said, each camp’s session prices vary and can fluctuate based on à la carte options (day camper, ski-only camper, just lane access, etc.). Plus, you’re gonna need a passport to go to Canada, which will cost you another $120 to $165 depending on your age. So if you’re on a tight budget, keep it in the red, white and blue.

If price doesn’t matter, then look at the differences between camp locations. Whistler, BC, where Momentum is based, is bursting at the seams with restaurants, activities, bars (for those over 19), and is generally considered one of the most fun towns in the entire world. The Windells compound is packed with a ton of traditional off-hill ski camp activities (see off-hill activities section), but Sandy, OR, has a similar population to New York City—in the mid-to-late 1600s—so don’t expect much in the way of local fare. And if you take a trip to one of the Woodward campuses, you’ll find that the Tahoe and Copper areas aren’t exactly known for their after-hours scenes. Ultimately, it comes down to what you want to get out of camp. If skiing and skating are your only objectives, any camp will suffice. If you’re looking for a bit more atmosphere outside of the camp, Whistler is your better bet. If you want a traditional summer camp experience—cozy cabins and mess halls—take a look at Windells.

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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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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.

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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Copper Opens First 22-Foot Superpipe In Colorado

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

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Transworld Snowboarding

Copper Mountain, CO, November 26, 2011: Standing at the top of the superpipe at Copper Mountain today is like having a window into the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Most of the members of the U.S. Freeskiing and Snowboarding Half Pipe teams along with top athletes from around the world are here taking their turns dropping in. These guys and girls are not wasting any time shaking the rust off from a long summer, boosting high above the 22′ pipe walls, spinning, grabbing and tweaking in order to master their tricks. Hopefully all this practice will pay off at the upcoming Sprint U.S. Grand Prix at Copper Mountain Dec. 5th – 10th. Until then, we can watch in amazement as these athletes put deposits down on their future Olympic dreams. For a live look-in on the action check out our CenterVillage webcam, watch from the lift or drop-in shoulder to shoulder with the best in the world.

Photo Credit: Transworld Snowboarding

About Copper
Copper Mountain is a Colorado ski resort located in Summit County, Colorado, 75 miles west of Denver in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.  With 2,450 acres of ski and snowboard terrain Copper is perfect for your Colorado winter ski vacation or summer vacation getaway.  Copper offers shopping, dining, convenient lodging and family activities, including snow tubing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling in the winter, and hiking, biking and rafting in the summer.  Copper Mountain operates under permit from the U.S. Forest Service in the White River National Forest.

Nickelodeon’s Eighth Annual Worldwide Day of Play to Combine With First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” Campaign and The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition in Its Biggest Celebration of Play Ever, Live From Washington, D.C.’s Ellipse Saturday, September 24

Monday, September 12th, 2011

First Lady Featured in Exclusive Event PSA Debuting on Sept. 3

NEW YORK, Sept. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ – Nickelodeon is joining with the First Lady’s “Let’s Move” campaign and the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition to bring for the first time its flagship Worldwide Day of Play (WWDOP) event to the Ellipse in Washington, D.C., for the biggest celebration of active play in the eight-year history of the initiative.  On Saturday, Sept. 24, Nickelodeon and its partners will host an entire day of activities and games for kids and their families to encourage active and healthy lifestyles.  Additionally, as it has for the past seven years, Nickelodeon’s networks and websites will go dark from 12 to 3 p.m. (all times ET/PT) as a signal to kids and families to get up and get active.

“Kids need to get moving every day to grow up healthy and strong,” said First Lady Michelle Obama. “Whether it’s hoola hooping, kicking around a soccer ball or – yes – double dutching, playing is the perfect way to keep active, stay healthy and have fun.”

“First Lady Michelle Obama and the President’s Council have shown admirable leadership in raising awareness about the importance of kids and families living healthier and more active lifestyles,” added Marva Smalls, Executive Vice President, Public Affairs, Nickelodeon.  “We share the same passion for that message, and at Nick we hope to continue to inspire action through Worldwide Day of Play and The Big Help.”

In the weeks leading up to WWDOP, First Lady Michelle Obama will be featured in an exclusive PSA to raise awareness for the event and the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA) Challenge.  In the spot, speaking from the White House lawn, Mrs. Obama encourages kids to get active an hour a day to earn the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award and asks families to celebrate at Nickelodeon’s WWDOP with her in Washington, D.C.  The spot, which bows on Nickelodeon and its digital networks (TeenNick, Nicktoons and Nick Jr.) on Sept. 3, also features the First Lady jumping double dutch with D.C.-area kids to highlight the importance of play.

Kids in every state across the U.S. and in 12 countries worldwide are expected to participate in Nickelodeon’s WWDOP at the more than 3,000 local events anticipated.  Launched in 2002, WWDOP is part of Nickelodeon’s The Big Help health and wellness efforts, which include grants programs, public service announcements, websites, games and more.  Millions of kids have participated in WWDOP and Nickelodeon’s other initiatives that promote healthier lifestyles.  The Big Help campaign is a kid-led movement for positive change that focuses on four key issues: the environment, education, health and wellness and community service. For more information about Nickelodeon’s WWDOP, visit http://www.nick.com/thebighelp/road-to-wwdop.html.  Click on resources for WWDOP event planning materials.

Nickelodeon, now in its 32nd year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon’s U.S. television network is seen in more than 100 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for 16 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visit http://www.nickpress.com.  Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B).  

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IOC Adds New Events for 2014 Olympics: Slopestyle Skiing, Slopestyle Snowboarding & Snowboarding Parallel Slalom

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

DURBAN, South Africa (July 4) – Officials of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association acknowledged the International Olympic Committee for its progressive decision Monday to add three more events to the Olympic Winter Games in 2014 including slopestyle skiing, slopestyle snowboarding and snowboarding parallel slalom. The addition of events in snowboarding and freeskiing were cited by the USSA as being directly connected to what youth are doing worldwide today in the sport.

In April, the IOC had approved halfpipe skiing along with women’s ski jumping.

“The IOC’s decision to add slopestyle to the Olympics recognizes the millions of youth who are already participating in the sport in terrain parks around the world,” said USSA President and CEO Bill Marolt. “It will have a very positive impact on the sport including our U.S. Snowboarding and U.S. Freeskiing programs.”

Slopestyle consists of a series of judged tricks down a long course of man-made features including rails, boxes and jumps. It’s an integral part of terrain parks at resorts worldwide with millions of youth already engaged in the sport both in skiing and snowboarding.

The addition of the three for both men and women brings the total of nine new medal events/genders added by the IOC this year for skiing and snowboarding under the International Ski Federation. The USSA played a key role with the FIS on the new freeskiing events of halfpipe and slopestyle, along with snowboarding slopestyle, giving skiing and snowboarding 50% of the Winter Olympic events.

“It’s gratifying to see the modernism shown by the IOC in bringing in so many new events to better showcase the excitement of skiing and snowboarding as action sports to the world,” added Marolt.

Athletes globally reacted favorably that the sport they evolved has been recognized for inclusion in the world’s biggest sporting event.

“I couldn’t be more excited about the IOC’s decision, said Tom Wallisch (Pittsburgh, PA), one of the world’s most noted slopestyle athletes. “I’ve always dreamt of skiing for the USA at the Olympics, and now we finally have the opportunity. This is a huge moment for our sport.”

The same was true of snowboarders, who like freeskiers have been showcasing their sport for years at events like the X Games and the U.S. Grand Prix.

“I am so stoked that slopestyle will be included in the next Olympic Games,” said three-time X Games women’s gold medalist Jamie Anderson (S. Lake Tahoe, CA).  “Slopestyle is such a progressive event and has become much more popular over the last few years. Nothing thrills me more than to see the sport that I love so much recognized on the world’s stage.”

“It is so great to finally hear that slopestyle will be included in the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games,” added Chas Guldemond (Reno, NV), one of the biggest stars in the sport and one of the top-ranked Americans. “It is an honor that the IOC feels our sport is worthy and I cannot wait to be able to try my best to bring home a medal for my country. The Olympic Games are the ultimate dream for any athlete. I know that the viewers will not be disappointed with the show that we will put on for them in 2014. This is history in the making for our sport and I am stoked to have the opportunity to be a part of it.”

The USSA took an active position within the FIS to push for inclusion of freeskiing events of halfpipe and slopestyle, plus slopestyle snowboarding. This past February, the USSA stepped in to help support the inclusion of slopestyle and halfpipe skiing into the FIS Freestyle Ski World Championships at Park City Mountain Resort and Deer Valley Resort. Those events were pivotal in showcasing the sport of freeskiing to the IOC. The IOC’s Executive Committee had given its President Jacques Rogge the power to add the new events based on successful World Championships. Athletes competing at the World Championships took a leadership role in showing the IOC the high level of athletic ability that had grown up with the sport.

The U.S. had a strong performance in slopestyle skiing at the World Championships. Teen Alex Schlopy (Park City, UT) took gold, with Sammy Carlson (Hood River, OR) silver and Keri Herman (Breckenridge, CO) bronze in women’s.

“Slopestyle skiing and snowboarding are already bringing scale to our industry worldwide,” said the USSA’s Chief Revenue and Marketing Officer Andrew Judelson. “The IOC’s recognition of slopestyle is great for our sport and partners like The North Face in freeskiing and Burton in snowboarding who have also seen the youthful interest in the sports. We look forward to leveraging these new Olympic disciplines to engage consumers, drive growth and fund our athletes Olympic dreams.”

The USSA and U.S. Olympic Committee will determine a selection process to ultimately name the team for the 2014 Olympics in Sochi.