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Burton launches Burton Mountain Festival tour

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

By: PRESS RELEASE
January 3, 2012

All New Burton Mountain Festival Coming Soon to a Resort Near You

BURLINGTON, Vt. (December 22, 2011) For the first time ever, Burton is launching the Burton Mountain Festival tour, a completely new experience that offers riders a full day of FREE on-snow entertainment, including Burton 2012 product demos, live music, sponsor giveaways, mini parks for the smallest snowboarders and amateur snowboard contests at select stops.

Presented by MINI, the Burton Mountain Festival kicks off on December 30th at Copper Mountain and then will travel on to nine additional resorts around the US, which are all listed below.

Dates Location

Dec 30–Jan 1 Copper Mountain, CO*

Jan 6–8 Mammoth Mountain, CA*

Jan 14–16 Mt. Hood Meadows, OR*

Jan 20–22 Park City Mountain Resort, UT

Feb 3–5 Northstar, CA*

Feb 10–12 Keystone, CO

Feb 18–20 Boyne Highlands, MI

Feb 24–26 Waterville Valley, NH*

Mar 2–4 Killington, VT*

Mar 16–18 Mountain Creek, NJ

*Features a Burton Pro-Test amateur snowboard competition.

Burton Mountain Festival stops will include up to four key elements: Burton Test Ride, Riglet Parks, Pro-Test and live music for an entire day of good times. And while each festival stop will be unique, the foundation of the festival is the Burton Test Ride program, which will be at all 10 stops.

Test Ride is where virtually the entire 2012 Burton hardgoods line will be on tap for riders to test at absolutely no charge. Riders can try out a variety of boards, boots and bindings to get a feel for their ultimate set-up.

In addition to Test Ride, six of the Burton Mountain Festival stops (noted with an asterisk above) will have a Pro-Test event, which is an amateur snowboard competition for men and women featuring halfpipe and slopestyle contests that will award a total of $7000 at each stop.

At every Burton Pro-Test event, riders can also win four wildcard spots to compete in the US Open pre-qualifiers, and all Pro-Test events are 4Star TTR World Snowboard Tour events. A few of the Pro-Test competitions will be extra amazing, including the stops at Killington and Northstar where the contest will run through the Burton Stash parks.

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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

For More How To’s check out TransWorld SNOWboarding’s 20 Tricks at your local shop or on iTunes right HERE

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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Nominees Announced For 13th Annual TransWorld SNOWboarding Riders’ Poll Awards Presented By New Era

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

By: Editors of TransWorld SNOWboarding
December 21, 2011

Carlsbad, CA – The best riders of the year have officially been selected by their fellow pros for the 13th annual TransWorld SNOWboarding Riders’ Poll Awards presented by New Era and will swoop down on the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver, Colorado, on Friday, January 27 to collect their accolades. It’s all part of a little thing we like to call the biggest night in snowboarding. To find out who won, join us at the Fillmore when the doors open at 7:00 p.m. The show starts at 8:30 p.m.

And the nominees for the 13th Annual TransWorld SNOWboarding Riders’ Poll presented by New Era are…

Men’s Rookie of the Year
Ethan Deiss
Mark McMorris
Jake Kuzyk

Women’s Rookie of the Year
Marie Hucal
Enni Rukajarvi
Helen Schettini

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686 Reclaim Project Needs Designers

Friday, December 9th, 2011

By: The Editors of 686

December 9, 2011

The RECLAIM Project: 2011 Process from 686 Technical Apparel on Vimeo.

686 is looking for a few good designers for this year’s Reclaim Project.

Have you always dreamed about being a designer? Do you live for snowboarding fashion? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then we want YOU to enter the second annual RECLAIM PROJECT, being held this year in the US and Europe at two separate and well-known tradeshows.

The three winning designers will win a trip to the SIA Show to compete on the show floor by creating a jacket out of reclaimed materials from the 686 factory. Click here for all the details or follow the jump for more.The RECLAIM Project is back and we’re looking for talented designers around the world to show us the next big thing in outerwear design! Have you always dreamed about being a designer? Do you live for snowboarding fashion? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then we want YOU to enter the second annual RECLAIM PROJECT, being held this year in the US and Europe at two separate and well-known tradeshows.

In the US and Canada, join the SIA Snow Show, 686 and Malakye.com from January 26-29 in Denver, Colorado, for the environmental design contest for emerging outerwear designers. Be one of THREE FINALISTS selected and you win a trip to the SIA Show to compete on the show floor to create a one-of-a-kind jacket design in 3 days!

For those interested participants living in Europe or Asia, join ISPO and 686 from January 29 ˆ February 1 for the design competition!

This contest will give three designers the opportunity to make an original outerwear garment from reclaimed materials, trims, and left over items from the 686 production facility. The contest will begin the opening morning of both shows but first, we have to find THREE qualified designers who can come show their stuff on the show floor.

So, the big questions is, do you think you have what it takes to be one of the finalists? If you think you can handle the pressure and have ideas bursting from your dome, all you have to do is send us your best idea for a jacket design.

We’re not talking about a crayon drawing or a stick figure. We’re talking about a legit design that you’ve thought about for years while riding the lift or sitting behind a desk. We want to be able to see your inspiration and passion for design and outerwear. Make it techy, make it innovative, make it cute, but make it YOURS.

Show us what you’ve got. If you’re chosen as one of the Finalists, you’ll be flown to SIA in Denver, Colorado from January 26 ˆ January 29 or to ISPO in Munich, Germany from January 29 ˆ February 1 to create your own masterpiece using RECLAIMED 686 trims, fabrics and materials. We’ll supply the sewing machines and all you need.

On your mark, get set… DESIGN!

Submit your entry to reclaimproject@686.com NO LATER THAN JANUARY 9, 2012!!!!!!!!!!!!

Attachments will be accepted and a jacket CAD is available for those who need it. Please email to have one sent to you.

Winners of the online contest that are chosen to compete in Denver or Munich will receive their materials and have three days to complete their garment in their workstation at the RECLAIM booth. The winner will be announced Saturday, January 28 at 5 p.m in Denver and Tuesday, January 30th at 5pm in Munich. The winning contestants from both shows will receive an internship at 686 as well as many other great prizes.

Copper Opens First 22-Foot Superpipe In Colorado

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

By
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.