Posts Tagged ‘Snowboard’

Sizing Up Ski Season: How To Prepare Your Kids

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

By: Lindsey R. McKissick
5280 Magazine 
September 9, 2014

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Last year, Loveland Ski Area opened for the season on October 17. That’s only about six weeks away, folks. While experienced skiers can usually get away with merely dusting off old boards and skis for their first day on the slopes (although, we’d recommend a bit of pre-season conditioning to prevent that dreaded calf burn after your first run), that’s not the case with kids. Frank Bulkley III, owner of Eskimo Ski & Board Shop in Centennial, gave us the lowdown on what parents should know before the snow starts falling.

5280: When should kids start skiing or snowboarding?
Frank Bulkley: The key is for kids to be 30 pounds. Ski bindings won’t release under 30 pounds, so we won’t rent until children hit that weight.

What about age?
That’s really a decision based on the child’s personality. Through talking to customers and dealing with my own kids, four seems to be a good age. For kids to enjoy getting out on the mountain, they need an attention span—and it has to be perfect conditions. You want it to be warm.

Is it important to get a specific brand of board or skis for kids?
For beginners and intermediate skiers, rental gear will cut it. The most important thing is to actually bring the child with you. Don’t guess on boot sizes because a fitted boot is the most important part.

Cold kids on the mountain can make for a long day. What’s important about the accessory gear?
Clothing is very important. There is a huge difference between ski gear and a winter coat; ski jackets need to be waterproof, have cuffs, and insulation. Secondly, buy a helmet that fits. If you get it too big, it won’t cover their ears and they’ll get cold. Also, I always suggest goggles over sunglasses to stay warmer.

The age-old question: gloves or mittens?
The warmest glove is called a mitten.

We all know children grow fast. What’s the best option for your dollar in terms of gear?
Eskimo has three options: You can rent gear for the season from $99. You can purchase gear each year through a trade-in program ($50 trade voucher each season to Eskimo), or you can rent for the day from $15. Your decisions should be based on the child’s age and ability levels. [Editor's Note: These are fairly common deals that parents can find at ski and snowboard shops along the Front Range.]

What’s your one main piece of advice for a happy ski season?
Kids don’t like their parents to teach them. Stick them in ski school.

Follow assistant editor Lindsey R. McKissick on Twitter at @LindseyRMcK. Gets Make-Over

Friday, December 14th, 2012

December 14, 2012

Adds Fresh Content for 2012/13 Season

SnowSports Industries America (SIA)’s consumer website, which re-launched this week, arrived just in time for the 2012/2013Winter Season.  The site features a fresh look with a new logo, bluebird skies and dynamic easy-to-use homepage. Snowlink visitors will also have a variety of content at their fingertips including featured articles and helpful tips on fashion, gear, safety, instructional advice, a snow sports – specific blog feed, plus links to Resort, Retail and Ski/Snowboard Club finders in their region.

Here are just some of the new features consumers will find on

Women on the Snow:
Snowlink’s universal women’s section provides the lowdown on girls’ getaways, fitness tips from SBC Women and fashion feeds from SNOW Magazine.

Fitness, Health and Well-Being:
Includes fun calorie stats, recipes and discusses the peace of mind snow sports can bring.

Gear & Styles:
Snowlink’s most popular page the Gear and Styles in the Snow is back and features a long list of trends for the 2013 season, brand gallery, and complete with videos from fashion forecasters Stylesight to help you look your best on the mountain.

Tech & Trick Tips:

The new Tech & Trick Tips page in the Snowboarding section was provided by TransWorld Snowboardingwith great advice on choosing a snowboard, setting up your stance and tips for pulling off some classic tricks. Over on the Freeski pages, Freeskier Magazine has provided videos of top athletes.

Tips from the Pros — Instructional Advice:
Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA), American Association of Snowboard Instructors (AASI) have created the Tips from the Pros video section to help you move on to the next skill level.

Safety Videos from National Ski Patrol (NSP):
Safety first – check out these videos to remember the rules of staying safe on the slopes.

Buyer’s Guides Ski, Snowboard, Cross Country, Snowshoe
Check out the season’s best consumer buying guides – great for researching trends or finding the perfect skis or snowboard. For skiers, check out Snowlink’s section of Buyers’ Guides including SKI, Skiing Magazine, Freeskier, Powder Magazine, SBC Skier Magazine and Backcountry Magazine. For snowboarders, there’s TransWorld Snowboarding, Snowboard Magazine and Canada Snowboard Magazines Gear Guides. For cross country skiers and snowshoers, there’s Cross Country Skier, SkiTrax and Snowshoe Magazine.

Kevin Pearce rides again, thanks to family

Friday, January 6th, 2012
The Daily Nightly
Kevin Tibbles writes

LUDLOW, VT. – The first time I met Kevin Pearce he was flying high. It was the run-up to the Vancouver Olympics and this young kid from Vermont was poised to take the podium on snowboarding’s half pipe for the U.S. Olympic team.

He was a good looking, quiet young man who seemed to have his head screwed on straight. One of the most memorable things he told me was that his strong family bonds helped him keep his feet on the ground in spite of all the publicity and promotion that comes with being a world-class athlete.

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Then things went terribly wrong.

During a training run on Dec. 31, 2009 in Park City, Utah Kevin missed a new maneuver called the “Double Cork” – he slammed his head into the side of the icy course and was left in critical condition. The impact was so severe he even cracked his helmet.

Suffering from traumatic brain injury, doctors placed Kevin in a medically induced coma so his brain could heal. After about a month in critical care, he was moved to Craig Hospital in Denver, a world renowned rehabilitation center that specializes in treating traumatic brain injuries. He suffered severe memory loss, impaired vision and had to learn to walk again.

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Burton launches Burton Mountain Festival tour

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

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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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 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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World Snowboard Day is Back!!!

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

For all snowboard enthusiasts, expert or beginner, mark December 18th, 2011, on your calendars, because WORLD SNOWBOARD DAY is back!

The 6th edition promises to be most excellent, with more events and more countries than ever before rallied around this international snowboard festival open to everyone!

In 2010, World Snowboard Day counted 160 events in 38 countries with more than 25 000 participants.

For 2011, we’ve brewed up an unbelievable program: free lessons for newcomers, contests, demos, equipment tests, parties, and fantastic music!! All across the planet, federations, ski areas, clubs, shops, pro riders, associations and brands look forward to sharing with you their passion for snowboarding and sliding on snow.

For the international snowboard community World Snowboard Day provides the opportunity to promote the sport and its unique culture by allowing the general public, for free, to try out and to discover the joy of snowboarding. Save the date now so that you won’t miss the coolest and most amazing event to kick-off the winter season!

Created in 2006 by EuroSIMA and the WSF, this event was conceived by snowboarders for snowboarders. Since 2010 the Outdoor Sports Valley association (OSV) has become an event partner, with SnowSports Industries America (SIA) in North America and CorePower Asia in Asia as regional partners. All of these partnerships provide increased visibility and a broader worldwide presence for World Snowboard Day.

Founded in 1999, EuroSIMA is the European Boardsports Industry Manufacturers Association (surf, snowboard, skate …). Its role is to federate, defend, educate, promote and develop boardsports and sliding sports in Europe through a wide range of services and competencies (innovation and R&D, training and employment, sustainable development and economic resources). +

The WSF or World Snowboard Federation was created in 2002 by delegates in the snowboard community from 14 countries. The WSF is the only international non-profit organization exclusively working to promote and to develop snowboarding: competitions, instruction, and adaptive education for the disabled. +

The Outdoor Sports Valley association, created in 2010, aims to federate, to represent and to contribute to the development of the outdoor sports industry. Based in Annecy, France, in the heart of one of planet’s most unique playgrounds, OSV spans the Alps from Grenoble to Innsbruck, and encompasses the headquarters of most outdoor industry companies. +

Since 1954 SIA (SnowSports Industries America) has been the referral organization that federates the snow sports industry in the United States. The association’s goal is to contribute to the development of the industry and the practice of snow sports. Supporting WSD was a natural choice. +

Wang Lei has been a Chinese professional snowboarder since 2004. He created a Marketing- Communication agency, “Core Power Asia”, and decided to support WSD. This agency is specialized in action sports, lifestyle, tourism, leisure, fashion and event organizing. +

Tel: +33 (0)4 50 67 53 91
Photos & videos for a sneak preview of the event: HERE