Posts Tagged ‘Snowboarding’

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.

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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.

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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.

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

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 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

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 www.skiandsnowboardmonth.org 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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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.

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.

ABOUT EuroSIMA
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). + www.eurosima.com

ABOUT THE WSF [WORLD SNOWBOARD FEDERATION]
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. + www.worldsnowboardfederation.org

ABOUT OUTDOOR SPORTS VALLEY
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. + www.outdoorsportsvalley.org

ABOUT SIA [SNOWSPORTS INDUSTRIES AMERICA]
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. + www.snowsports.org

ABOUT CORE POWER ASIA
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. + www.corepowerasia.com

CONTACTS:
Tel: +33 (0)4 50 67 53 91
Email: contact@worldsnowboardday.com
www.world-snowboard-day.com
Photos & videos for a sneak preview of the event: HERE