Posts Tagged ‘skiing’

Lynsey Dyer Is Making an All-Female Ski Movie and Here’s Why

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

By: Steve Casimiro
September 3, 2014

adventure-journal-lynsey-dyer-01Nearly three years in the making, the all-girls ski film Pretty Faces is nearly completed, and maybe soon Lynsey Dyer can take a break. But not quite yet: Dyer, one of the most acclaimed American big mountain skiers of the last decade or so, is spending long hours in the editing bay, hustling to raise the funds to get Pretty Faces over the finish line, and not sleeping a whole lot.

This is how it is with passion projects, and Faces is driven by nothing if not passion. Dyer first made her mark in the ski world at age 16, when she won the downhill gold at the Junior Olympics, and she went on to win every big mountain contest she entered, as well as taking the 2005 Freeride World Tour overall title. She was named Powder’s female skier of the year in 2011 and has appeared in dozen of magazines and films. But her treatment as a woman in the boy’s world wasn’t satisfying. As she told an interviewer last year, “I had dedicated my winters to filming for years, putting my body on the line and oftentimes wouldn’t see worthy footage ever show up in the films. That, or we’d only see quick blips from girls spread out in films, easily lost. I knew if it was happening to me it must be happening to others.”

In 2006, Dyer co-founded SheJumps, an organization devoted to encouraging girls and women to get outdoors, to find themselves through sport, and by 2010 she was starting to map the idea that would become Pretty Faces, in hopes of inspiring others to a life in the mountains, and to time in front of the camera. With completion almost in sight, I caught up with her to see how it’s going.

You’ve been in front of the camera countless times, but this is your first as director. Why make a movie? Why make this movie?

It’s been in my head for so long and I’d always expected someone to make it but when it didn’t happen I felt a responsibility to give back to the sport that gave me so much. We always see the dudes going on adventures, washing dishes, or putting it on the line in ski films to do what it takes to make skiing a priority, but we only see tiny hits of it from the ladies’ side. Young girls need to be exposed to those stories so they know “if she can do it then so can I.”

Who wouldn’t work hard try to find a way to throw all your friends into a vehicle and follow the snow on a great adventure? This film was built in part to offer that platform to all those girls who may have wanted to showcase what they could do but didn’t have the big name sponsors or resources to be filmed in the craziest places. All footage was welcome and some girls really jumped on that opportunity. We have a special film to showcase because of it.

Read More

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.

Read more

This Week on Instagram: A handful of snapshots from skiers on the go

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

By: Freeskier Magazine
July 18, 2012

The glacier scene is rocking, many are taking to the water to escape the summer heat and others are rocking on two wheels for the time being. At least that much we can infer having monitored the Instagram feed this week. Here are 20 of our favorite shots:

Want to see your images featured? Tag your Instagram photos with the hashtag #Freeskier. Be sure to follow @FreeskierMagazine for behind the scenes photos and more.

@aaronwheelz is the man! Check him running the #RonerVision sticker on his chair. Yeah buddy! Posted by @erikroner.

#Chatel #MountainStyle. Posted by @virginiefaivre.

#Cineflex shoot last winter with @torinwallace @sheahanagins @guskenworthy @jacobwester. Locked in the editing lab editing mad footage! Posted by @vitalfilms.

Check Out More HERE

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

Tuesday Trick Tip

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

By: Henrik Lampert
Freeskier Magazine
January 10, 2012

Freeskier Trick Tip: Zero spin with Colby James West — Presented by Contour

This week the talented Colby James West gives you some tips on how to stomp the zero spin. This stunt may look easy, but it’s tricker than one might imagine. That being said, get the word and give it a whirl.

Freeskier Trick Tip: Zero spin with Colby James West from Freeskier Magazine on Vimeo.

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

How cool would it be to travel gear bag-free but still get to ride your own setup?

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

January 2, 2012

Ship Your Gear

Navigating the airport with all your stuff, craning your neck to see if it makes it up the conveyor belt to the plane, and waiting for it to come down the “Special” luggage chute at your destination are never fun. How cool would it be to travel gear bag-free but still get to ride your own setup? Save time, money and worry—Ship Your Gear.

Last year, FedEx® introduced the Ship Your Gear program to help you avoid baggage fees and the hassle. As baggage charges from airlines increase, it’s now more expensive to fly with your gear than ever.

SIA Special discount

SnowSports Industries America (SIA) has negotiated a consumer discount on shipping of up to 16% off select FedEx Express® services, up to 8% off select FedEx Ground® services and up to 15% FedEx Ground service to Canada processed through FedEx Ship Manager® at fedex.com or FedEx Ship Manager® Software. This program is open to consumers eligible for a U.S. based FedEx account. To enroll, visit fedex.com/shipyourgear. You can also ask your local shop if they participate in the program. They can help pack up, fill out the paperwork and take payment from you right there.

*Some airlines do not charge for a first bag and 3-5 checked bag can be as high as $125 depending on the airline.

FedEx Ground Sample List Rates

All sample rates* are based on a standard ski/snowboard bag (72″ x 12″ x 8″, 25 lbs and may change at ship date. Rates may changes due to surcharges and other fees.

FedEx Rates - Snowlink