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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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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

 

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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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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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

Burton US Open: Feb 25 – Mar 2, 2013

Monday, February 25th, 2013

By: Vail Resorts
February 25, 2013

Taking place in Vail, Colorado from February 25 – March 2, 2013, the Burton US Open will draw over 100 of the world’s best riders like Shaun White, Mark McMorris, Kelly Clark, Torah Bright, Jamie Anderson, Iouri Podladtchikov and more, for four days of progressive Halfpipe and Slopestyle competitions that offer over $340,000 in cash prizes.

Can’t make the event? Watch live on TV or webcast.
Official Site: Burton.com/USO.

In addition to the spectator events, there will be free outdoor concerts by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis on Friday, March 1, and Santigold on Saturday, March 2nd, plus sponsor village and a temporary Riglet kid’s terrain park in Vail Village.

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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.

Check out more pictures here