The 4-star competition of The North Face Masters of Snowboarding presented by PrimaLoft was a pleasure for spectators with dynamic and creative lines abound in spring break weather. Ruari MacFarlane out of Mount Olympus, New Zealand and Squaw Valley local Iris Lazzareschi were crowned Masters Champions of a highly competitive field consisting of 16 females and 53 men. Athletes Featured: Rosemarie Daiek, Christopher Galvin, Marissa Krawczak, Casey Lucas, Colin Boyd, Moss Halladay, Hans Mindich, Ryan Hudson, Sammy Luebke, Irish Lazzareschi and Ruari McFarlane.Music credit: "What you know" by Hot Noize
The North Face Masters of Snowboarding 2013 Squaw Valley Highlights
MacFarlane and Lazzareschi crowned 4-star Champions at The North Face Masters of Snowboarding at Squaw Valley
The 4-star competition of The North Face Masters of Snowboarding presented by PrimaLoft was a pleasure for spectators with dynamic and creative lines abound in spring break weather. Ruari MacFarlane out of Mount Olympus, New Zealand and Squaw Valley local Iris Lazzareschi were crowned Masters Champions of a highly competitive field consisting of 16 females and 53 men. "Today was impressive because there was so much hard charging on really tough conditions," said Masters Head Judge Jim Zellers. "The riders really exceeded our expectations. They played it smart and rode some lines I honestly did not think could be done today." Ruari MacFarlane's run started with a clean 360 at the top. He maintained a fluid high speed run down the looker's right side of the venue hitting numerous airs. McFarlane then proceeded to charge off a huge cliff in a highly technical area and sailed into the finish. The judges applauded his performance with a high score of 89.33. Rounding out the men's podium in second place was Sammy Luebke with a score of 85.00. Luebke's run delighted the crowded as he actually started by scurrying up the ridge and quickly dropping into huge frontside 360. He then brought his run back under control maintaining fluidity through a very technical section. Luebke finished his run with a solid backside 360. In third place, Hans Mindich may have executed one of the most unconventional runs in Masters' history earning an 83.67 score. Mindich dropped into his run switch executing a backside 180 near the top. He continued to ride the majority of his very fast line switch accelerating a backside 180 off a large cliff on the looker's right side of the venue. In addition to a podium spot, Mindich was recognized as the Young Gun of the event-a tradition which celebrates a rider under 21 rider who demonstrates raw talent, an innovative riding style and exemplifies true sportsmanship and passion for the mountains. In the women's field, Iris Lazzareschi, hit a solid cliff at the top which continued to be her namesake throughout the competition. She rode a fluid run integrating many air and style elements including a half-cab and grabs. Lazzareschi's run earned her a high score of 85.00. "Iris really stomped her run top to bottom with solid airs on the top and consistency the whole way through," said judge Andy Finch. "She really showed control in challenging conditions." In second place, Kirkwood local Casey Lucas ripped her run linking very clean and fast turns. Also on the women's podium in third place, Marisa Krawczak, who claims Nubs Nob, MI as her home mountain, absolutely pointed it out of the gate and maintained dynamite speed her entire run. Ryan Hudson was given the A-Rob awarded for tackling two massive cliffs despite falling during the landing of the first. The A-Rob award is in honor and memory of the late Master's champion Aaron Robinson. The A-Rob award captures the spirit of the community and desire to explore the mountains. The North Face Masters is part of the Freeride World Qualifier system. FWQs are rated on a 1 to 4-star scale with competitors earning more or less points at events according to venue difficulty and scale, competitive pool and other factors. The Masters is the top-level qualifier event and a pivotal step for athletes hoping to advance to the SWATCH Freeride World Tour by The North Face. The North Face Masters of Snowboarding is presented by PrimaLoft and supported by Subaru of America, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Mountain Sports International, Snowboard magazine, Clif Bar, Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows.
The countdown to the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games is ON!
The Olympics begin one year from today, and to celebrate, we’ve got some exciting news as the sport of freeskiing prepares to make its historic Olympic debut. The North Face, an original partner of U.S. Freeskiing, is taking the next step in its dedication to freeskiing by partnering in the creation of the first U.S. Freeskiing Rookie Team. Additionally, we are thrilled to welcome elite freeskiier Maddie Bowman to The North Face family. The North Face has been a friend of freeskiing ever since it was inspired out of Big Mountain skiing, and we’re excited to continue our long-time support of the sport and its incredible athletes. “Since the beginning of the freeskiing movement, The North Face has maintained an on-going commitment to helping elevate the sport to the global stage,” said Mike Jaquet, CMO of the United States Ski and Snowboard Association. “Starting before freeskiing was recognized as an Olympic sport, we’ve worked very closely with The North Face to identify unique opportunities to further the development of the sport at the grassroots level, both on the athlete side and through competition. It’s great to work with sponsors that are so committed to fostering the sport’s growth.” Maddie Bowman at the 2013 Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix at Copper Mountain (photo: Sarah Brunson) U.S. Freeskiing’s new Rookie Team provides support and training with expert coaches for teen athletes looking to advance their skills and competition level in both halfpipe and slopestyle skiing with the goal of eventually making the U.S. Freeskiing Pro Team. The support of The North Face has been instrumental to the growth of the new Olympic sport of freeskiing, including U.S. Freeskiing's elite pro team and its new development-focused rookie team, which both foster talent that will help the USA be Best in the World in Olympic freeskiing leading up to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games and beyond. The 10-member U.S. Freeskiing Rookie Team is coached by Ben Verge (halfpipe) and DJ Montigy (slopestyle). Maddie Bowman, who comes to The North Face as a two-time X Games medalist and recently took gold in both the X Games and U.S. Grand Prix last month, will be in good company with us. She joins top freeskiing athletes Tom Wallisch and Devin Logan, as well as up-and-coming athletes Chris Laker and Carson LeHouillier on the amateur side, as TNF-sponsored freeskiing athletes. Also, we are proud to continue evolving The North Face Park and Pipe Open Series (PPOS), which was founded in 2010. PPOS is one of the few open-format series in which both amateurs and pros have an opportunity to compete in the freeskiing arena. Since its inception, it has grown into a grassroots pipeline for amateur athletes to hone their skills and eventually qualify for top-tier events like the X Games, U.S. Grand Prix and the Olympics. This year, two Rookie Team members, Alexander Ferreira of Aspen, Colo., and Annalisa Drew of Andover, Mass., earned top honors in the halfpipe competition at the second PPOS stop in Whistler, giving them automatic entries into the X Games – a first time opportunity for both up-and-coming athletes! Be sure to check out a one-hour broadcast of the Whistler PPOS event February 7 on CBS Sports Network. We couldn’t think of a more perfect way to celebrate the Sochi 2014 Winter Games year-out mark. It’s going to be an incredible year ahead, and we hope you will join us for the journey to Sochi! Remember: Never stop exploring.
Mission Antarctic Dispatch 7 :: To Falklands with Love
Here I am sitting at this very brit looking like cafe place in Stanley Falklands just getting my head (and stomach) together after four days of delightful seasickness through the Drake Passage. Coming back to the civilization, I'm getting all these flashbacks in my head. The bays surrounding us, all the untouched faces, all the moments we shared with the crew through hell and heaven. Beforehand I felt that this could be the trip of my life and I am certain now that it is indeed true. I am so thankful to have had the chance to put the dream trip together and I can't wait to share it all with everyone. There is a massive packing underway back at our boat the Golden Fleece. We are flying off tomorrow to hopefully make it on time for father Xmas. We could feel all the way back on the peninsula all the stoke from our posts and it really helped us to carry on day after day with our exploration. Thank you sooo much from the whole crew for all your cheers. Stay tuned for more! -Xavier
MISSION ANTARCTIC DISPATCH 6 :: AN EXCERPT FROM LUCAS
Despite our intentions of riding the captain today, we all take notice of an ever-encroaching cloudbank headed straight our way. With no chance of riding or filming the line in anything less than perfect light, we end up going for plan B which is a 55 plus degree slope that continues right into the ocean. It has a very aesthetic AK style spine that splits the majority of the face. Having spent a good amount of time in AK this brings a bit of relativity to my mind and with this comes comfort. I'm sure that this is going to have good snow. It looks like pow and is a similar aspect to the epicness of the day sessions the day before. A quick ride on the zodiac right up to the start of the linen and we are on slope. Its pretty crazy climbing right out of the water, ice axes in hand, and immediately right into the business. Another new element for me is that I'm wearing a life jacket as well as a Patrol 24 ABS Pack and a transceiver. Seems like overkill, but I'm not willing to lose any of my three potential life saving devices. As we climb we notice that the snow is not quite the same as the day before, but as each footstep sinks in about a foot, I am sure it will still be quite ripable. As I'm slowly gaining confidence in these situations, I actually really enjoyed the exposed ascent of the face. With a quick little belay from our guide Tony, I am at the top of the face strapped in and ready to shred. I ask Xavier if he prefers to ride with one or two axes in these sort of no fall situations and he says use two if it feels OK. 5, 4, 3, 2, 1...dropping. I make a quick move onto the face on my toe side edge. Fuuuuuuck, its ice up here, and I quickly sink not one but two axes immediately into the face for security. Despite our feet and hands punching through the crust on the way up, our snowboards have too much surface area to do the same, and it feels like I'm dropping into the Breckenridge half pipe in mid December. Only this halfpipe wall is 60 degrees for 1000ft right into the damn ocean. It takes me almost a full minute to traverse the face to the safety of the spine. After sinking an axe as an anchor and clipping in direct I say over the radio that first of all, this sucks, second, I think Xav should go first because if anyone can salvage a shot from this ice rink, its him. It might be extremely selfish and egotistical to say, but it was a bit of relief to see a very similar look of fear in his face as he dropped into the line a few minutes later. I've seen him ride some badass stuff in the past, and even he had quite a hell of a time making it down that 1000 ft to the "safety" of the oceanside. For me, all I could do was make a few nice turns above the steepness of the face before I diverted to the alternate route down to the ocean. As much as I say I enjoy scaring the crap out of myself, there are some moments that might be a little too much for me. This was one of those situations where you question everything that you do in life. I know it seems dramatic, however at the time I was sure that if I didn't do everything exactly perfect with my topside edge and ice axes, I was going to be a goner. As we made it back to the boat, the cloud bank that had persuaded us into plan B now receding back over the mountains across the bay. So with great light and no hesitation on Xavier's part, we were heading straight for the Captain. What the hell am I to do. Earlier that morning I was so sure that I was ready to tackle this beast. Now, I was still recovering from the death ice of the first line. The captain was for sure steeper and more sustained. With only twenty minutes on the boat in between lines, I was just not ready to step back into what I knew was going to be an extremely heavy situation. So with regrets that are sure to follow me around for the rest of the season, I watch Xavier and Tony take off on the zodiac for the coast without me on board. The only thing I can do to feel useful at this point is grab an extra 5D with a 70-200mm lens, have Renan set up the correct F-stop, ISO, aperture, shutter speed or whatever, and sulk my way up to a good vantage point. It's hard to explain how instantaneous the regret comes after backing off something like this. However as I watch Xavier climbing the last few hundred feet, I think about all of the gnarly shit he has done and how even though I'm not happy about my decision, deep down I know that it was the right call. Even though I've never filmed a line before, I figure I've seen enough shred flicks in my life to know how I want it to look. So with my ego stuffed into the snow I make sure that I film this line as best as it can be filmed. It was pretty damn amazing to watch him descend the face. Even through the small screen on the back of the camera, it looked ridiculously steep. He absolutely nailed it. As he comes flying out of the bottom of the line, I can only imagine the excitement he must be experiencing at this moment. In the end, I really enjoyed the experience of watching someone who truly is pushing the limits of our sport, even if it was from the sidelines. The next day was spent relaxing for the first time since we had arrived six days earlier. This was really cool, because it allowed us to be complete tourists for the first time of the trip. We were lucky enough on this day to spot some Minke whales, as well as one of the largest penguin colonies on the Antarctic Peninsula. This truly is a beautiful place, and despite my regrets from the previous day, I couldn't have been more stoked to be in this foreign land. It was almost a full two days after The Captain before we were able to get back on slope. On the previous day we had seen a really cool spine face that got some epic evening light. The hardest part for me was having to wait around all day until it was finally ready to shred. I was a bit anxious to get back on some steep terrain and see if I could overcome the mental disaster of our last shred day. Despite my anxiety, before I knew it were skinning up to the base of the spine wall. I never can tell how my mental game is going to be until I'm fully immersed in the situation. On this occasion, I was feeling damn confident. Maybe it was due to my bailing out on The Captain, or maybe I was just more comfortable with the style of this line. Either way, I was fired up. I threw on my crampons, made a sketchy climbing move across the bergschrund, and fired the boot pack all the way to the top. I had charged so hard up the face, that it wasn't until I though about getting my board on my feet that I realized how steep and exposed I really was. For some reason, which I will never understand, this was one of those scary situations that I completely had under control. The ten minutes that I spent on top of this line were quite enjoyable. It was 9 o'clock in the evening and the view was one for the record books. Not being scared shitless allowed me to really take it all in and appreciate how lucky I am to have these opportunities. I had to use all of the techniques that Xav had taught me to switch out of climbing mode and get ready to drop in. I knew that the conditions would be less than perfect, but this time I was ready for it. After a deep breath and a final view of the beautiful Antarctic ocean environment, I dropped in. It wasn't quite the same style of riding I had enjoyed on our day of pow. Instead it was a very firm crust with only a few centimeters of soft snow that our edges were able to have purchase on. Either way I felt good about making a somewhat fluid descent of this steep spine wall. I had eyed up a nice schrund gap at the bottom, and nailed it perfectly as I exited the face onto the glacier. As Xav dropped in I thought to myself how cool it was to be riding with one of the best in the game, and how much I personally had progressed even on this trip. He nailed his line, and once again we were sharing our stoke together as we rode down to the waters edge to await our zodiac ride back to the ship.
MISSION ANTARCTIC DISPATCH 5 :: BEHIND THE SCENES WITH MUPPETS & MONKEYS
Xavier is poised at the lip ready to drop “The Captain," one of the steepest lines of his career. I’m a part of the camera crew in position below. Unfortunately, we are all staring blankly at each other, dazed and confused… It’s an honor to be here. Although I’m a not a rider, I was lucky enough to be able to puke my brains on the Drake passage and contribute to the team as a The North Face climber and Camp 4 Collective filmmaker. I’m a Yosemite climber ‘monkey’ at heart and am a bit of a fish out of water this mission. Did I mention that last time I filmed with Xav in Jackson, WY I almost died with skull and vertebrae fractures? Yup, that makes this all a bit more exiting. At any rate, it’s been amazing to be here collaborating with Xav’s Timeline creative team of storytelling ‘Muppets’ consisting of Tero Repo and Guido Perrini. Tero is a Finnish photographer with a lifetime of experience shooting on snow. Guido is a Brittish filmmaker who is also a veteran shooting in the cold and has shot/edited all the Timeline movies to date. I’m not sure why Xav calls them the ‘Muppets’ but I think it might be because they are so chill and have a great sense of humor. A few times so far they have surprised us with their full body Penguin outfits they have stashed somewhere. They have been a great tool for breaking the tension when documenting stressful and dangerous lines but it's not working right now. “OK if you guys can’t decide I’m going to hold this little piece of paper behind my back in one hand and whoever guesses it is the lucky winner.” Tero crumples the paper and puts it behind his back. Between Guido and Myself the lucky winner gets to fly tandem in a Paragliding system to get aerial shots of Xav dropping in. Since helicopters are not allowed down here this was a major part of Xav’s dream for this expedition: To show the beauty of Antarctica from the air with aerial riding shots on par with big productions….but in a low impact lightweight ‘expedition’ style. I guess Xav and his Muppets have been testing and learning about flying a bunch this last year, but the story’s are less than inspiring. Tero said when he tried it back in Europe he crashed multiple times before successfully taking off and then when Guido tried he lost a shoe it was a catastrophe. Then when I talked to Conrad Anker, my climbing partner who has spent a lot of time in Antarctica he was also really sketched out “The one guy I knew, he was one of the most experienced paraglider pilots on the planet and died down there doing that, the winds are fickle…” So with all that in mind I picked Tero’s right hand and of course from it emerged the winning piece of paper. Meanwhile, Xav is shitting himself at the top of ‘the gnar’ waiting for us, so I got ready to fly as fast as I could. Despite the fears, It’s certainly some relief to be flying with Christophe Blanc-Gras a pilot that has 25 years of experience and seems to be quite safe. Its also comforting that with Xav on top of the line is legendary climber/guide Tony Lamiche who is reporting to us about wind conditions up high and in general staying acutely aware of everyone’s safety while on the snow during the expedition. All in all it’s a pretty motley crew of Monkeys and Muppets but also an amazing team working together behind the scenes and firing on all cylinders when time is right. (I won’t even mention captain/crew of our ship in this dispatch, they need a whole post to do them justice!). Click, click, click….all the little clips to the paraglider rig are in place. I have empty 128GB card, a full battery, a GoPro shooting BTS on my helmet, a lifejacket and an emergency dry bag to stuff the camera into in case we crash into the sea. Christophe initiates the launch sequence and we ski off and into the cold aerial world. The massive icebergs quickly become tiny white puzzle pieces surrounded by mesmerizing emerald green rings interlocking along the coastlines. The camera strap is cutting painfully into my neck, my balls are being crushed by the awkward position I’m in and I feel a bit airsick from looking at the camera monitor and not the horizon….quite the gripping first paraglider experience. All of that is quickly blocked out as we approach “The Captain”, the king line of the expedition. I hit the radio one last time, “20 secs Xav. Nice Christophe perfect altitude. Tony, you do the final count. Tero, Guido 10 seconds...” Tony picks up where I left off “3,2,1 dropping…” Well you know the rest, hopefully you will see the results of all the teamwork and vision if we manage to make it home safe back across the Drake Passage. Thanks for following, Renan Ozturk Thanks to Camp 4 Collective and Tero Repo for the exceptional photographs.
Mission Antarctic Dispatch 1 :: Open Seas to the Antarctic
Xavier De le Rue and Lucas Debari are currently on expedition in Antarctica. Follow along with the 'Mission Antartic' expedition while the two share real-time dispatches as they ride some of the steepest and most beautiful lines at the bottom of the world. It was 9 a.m. when I landed in Santiago, Chile on November 23. Prior to this I had missed a flight and temporarily lost my passport and wallet along the way, so you can imagine how stoked I was to see both of my checked bags come sliding out of the tunnel into the baggage check area. Xavier and the crew had arrived the day before to ensure there would be no issues with luggage. Having spent a bit of time in Chile in the past, it was quite easy for me to hop a taxi to the hotel, meet up with the posse and start cruising the city for the last few items on our supply list. Everyone was stoked to be there and we have a nice dinner before our travels continue in the morning. At 4 a.m. we woke up and began our travels to the Falkland Islands. With the possibility of setting sail that night Renan handed out some motion sickness pills that Jimmy Chin's witch doctor had hooked us up with. An hour later and for the majority of that day, we were all so messed up that none could comprehend each others words even when speaking our common language of English. By the time we landed in the Falkland Islands everyone seemed to be coming around. It was a military base that we arrived at, and it was only a matter of seconds before I was being scolded and threatened for taking photos of the camouflaged planes. An hour taxi ride later from the military base was the town of Stanley where our boat and captain awaited. I vividly remember coming around a corner and seeing the boat that all of us will be living in for the next month. It looked small at first, however after investigating the many thoughtfully placed beds and storage space it began to feel a bit more comfortable. Our captain, Jerome, is supposed to be one of the most experienced sailors in the South Atlantic, which brings some assurance to my uneasy feelings about sailing across the Drake Passage to Antarctica. What seemed fortunate at the time was a 1000-kilometer-wide storm that was in our sailing path. This gave us an extra day in the Falklands to carefully pack up the boat and get acquainted with our living quarters. Spirits were high at this point as everything was coming together quite smoothly. The next evening, despite the storm, the captain decided to set sail and begin our voyage to the Antarctic peninsula. I was surprised considering the size of the storm spiral on the satellite, but all we could do was trust our fearless leader. It was only about a half hour or so before we emerged from the protection of the bay and were in the open ocean. Within 20 minutes of that our entire crew was lying down using every bit of mental focus to not vomit or fall out of our beds in the turbulent seas. The next 72 hours were possibly the most miserable three days of my life. I think I left my little nest of a bed for a total of an hour during this time. I managed to put down a bowl of ramen on day two, and a few crackers here and there. Renan is in the bunk across from me, and keeps going on about how this is just like suffering on the big-wall portaledge during his epic expedition on Meru the year before. Simple tasks like unscrewing a water bottle for a drink seemed to be just as difficult as they were for me at 17 thousand feet on Denali. Overall, I was completely over it at this point, the thought of snowboarding on this trip seemed unfathomable, and that wasn't just me. You should have seen Xavier during this time. He looked like a ghost, vomiting after every bite and barely able to open his eyes. I never saw him move once from his bed. The storm that had granted us an extra day in the Falklands was now pushing us to our very limits of sanity. Every day is a new day and today, day four of sailing, we awoke to calm seas and much lifted spirits. Xavier is walking around with a smile, we all ate some pizza for lunch, and are now hanging out together in the living area for the first time since we left the harbor. Trying to write this, I just made a highlight reel catch as my computer flew off the table when we hit a wave. For me, it is the first time in days that I have had some confidence in myself as well as the expedition. With another two days of open oceans ahead of us, we can only hope that our overall condition will continue to improve. Thanks for following, Lucas Debari
The North Face Announces Sixth Annual Masters of Snowboarding
The North Face Masters of Snowboarding presented by PrimaLoft will take place February 13-17, 2013 at Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows in Lake Tahoe, California. The event will feature top big mountain snowboard competitors battling for The North Face Masters of Snowboarding champion title, $15,000 in prize money and a chance to advance to the 2014 SWATCH Freeride World Tour by The North Face. The event will feature one open 2-star Freeride World Qualifier (FWQ) event at Alpine Meadows (Feb. 13-14) with the top five men and top three females advancing to the Masters 4-star Championship event. The Masters Championship event will take place over two days (Feb. 14-17) at Squaw Valley immediately following the qualifier event at Alpine Meadows. Riders participating in the Squaw Valley competition will also earn 4-star FWQ points. A seeding list will be created to qualify athletes for the 4-star event based off 2012 Masters of Snowboarding results. “We are truly thrilled and honored to welcome The North Face Masters to our mountains,” said Andy Wirth, president and CEO of Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows. “The North Face Masters is undeniably one of the most prestigious events in big mountain snowboarding, and we look forward to watching the best snowboarders test their skills on our legendary terrain.” In addition to the championship title, The North Face will also grant the A-Rob award in honor and memory of the late Master’s champion Aaron Robinson. The A-Rob award captures the spirit of the community and desire to explore the mountains. Another award up for grabs is The Young Gun Award for the under 21 rider who demonstrates raw talent, an innovative riding style and exemplifies true sportsmanship and passion for the mountains. “Now in its sixth season, The North Face Masters is one of the largest big mountain snowboarding competition in the country, providing an opportunity for established riders, as well as up-and-comers, to put together a winning run during competition,” said The North Face Director, Sports Marketing Katie Ramage. “Utilizing control, fluidity, creativity and style in choosing their line, riders embrace the natural features within the venue to showcase their sport which continues to advance. We’re excited to bring this event to Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows given their world class terrain and history of attracting world class riders.” The North Face Masters is part of the Freeride World Qualifier system. FWQs are rated on a 1 to 4-star scale with competitors earning more or less points at events according to venue difficulty and scale, competitive pool and other factors. The Masters is the top-level qualifier event and a pivotal step for athletes hoping to advance to the SWATCH Freeride World Tour by The North Face. Athlete registration will open on December 4, 2012 at 10 a.m. MST. The North Face Masters is open to all men and women age 18 and above. For more information, please visit www.thenorthfacemasters.com or www.facebook.com/thenorthfacemasters. The North Face Masters of Snowboarding is presented by Primaloft and supported by Subaru of America, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Mountain Sports International, Snowboard Magazine, Clif Bar, Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows.
The Park and Pipe Open Stop #1 Next Weekend
Get stoked for the 2013 Park and Pipe Open series...With stops all over North America this year PPOS is poised for another awesome year. Check out all the updates here at The North Face PPOS The season kicks off on December 8th in Copper Colorado and continues through March 10th with the final at Northstar in Tahoe California. 2012 - 2013 The North Face Park + Pipe Open Series Copper Mountain - December 8 - 9 Whistler Blackcomb - January 14 - 17 Waterville Valley - February 23 Northstar - March 8 - 10
The next feature film from Sherpas Cinema is coming!
Blur the lines between dream state and reality, as you perceive the world through the minds of many. Into the Mind contemplates the experiences passed between mentors and peers to paint a philosophical portrait of human kind. What drives us to overcome challenge? How do we justify risk? What forces are at the core of a mountain addiction? From the makers of All.I.Can., comes the next major story in human exploration; in the natural world and amongst our own silent thought. Creatively unique athlete segments over a multitude of mountain sport genres, window into never seen before moments. Explore how we begin our perception of self, construct the foundations of confidence, and are ultimately led to the path of self-actualization. Everything you’ve come to expect from Sherpas Cinema, but better! See the whole story here at www.intothemindmoive.com. Fall 2013 Starring: Callum Pettit, Tom Wallisch, Kye Petersen, JP Auclair, Ingrid Backstrom, Kris Erickson, Conrad Anker, Ian McIntosh, Xavier De La Rue, DCP, Dana Flahr, Izzy Lynch, Jimmy Chin, Renan Ozturk, Mike Riddle, John Collinson, Angel Collinson, Benji Farrow, Eric Hjoleifson, Austin Ross, Rory Bushfield, Matty Richard, Mark Abma and Rush Sturges.
TNF Masters 2012: Qualifying rounds go down at Crystal Mountain
The first stop of The North Face Masters has arrived at Crystal Mountain, Washington. With unfavorable snowfall for most of the country, the official first stop at Snowbird was postponed until April. But that didn't put a damper on things as riders arrived ready to put it all on the table. It was business as usual as riders took Tuesday to inspect the course and scope out their runs for the Wednesday qualifier on Northway. With a steady dumping of snow for part of the inspection day, around a solid 6 inches, there were big smiles and great vibes as riders dropped cliffs, slashed pow and took to Crystal's notorious big mountain terrain. Following a great day on the mountain we all settled into the base lodge for the rider meeting. Frankie Alisuag kicked off the event as usual bringing everyone together to celebrate the life of Aaron Robinson. A-Rob, as he is most well known, was a TNF Masters regular. Dominating the circuit over the past few years and claiming many podiums as well as the overall title for both 2010 and 2011. His style and demeanor were unmatched as he was well known on tour as a guy who would take the time to get to know pretty much everyone. Frankie made it clear that this should not be a time of sorrow but a time of celebration; because that's how Aaron would want it. This year's TNF Masters is in memory of A-Rob, even though it's not official, everyone knows it. He will be missed not only here on tour, but around the world. With that in mind it was an early morning as riders, photographers, judges and fans made their way to Tramway to watch the men and women battle it out for a qualifying spot in the finals on Silver King. With perfect bluebird skies, mild temperatures, a light wind and a beaming sun above, the Masters kicked off with the women's one run qualifier. Frankie Alisuag and Mark Sullivan kept it comical on the mic as they gave viewers the play by play on each and every run. Legend Tom Burt would once again take the demanding job of head judge along with Temple Cummins, Julie Zell and Andy Hetzel. Big props to these guys as they take on one of the hardest jobs in the game. You could say that this year at Crystal surpassed last year as the snow quality was above par. Even though Northway was slightly tracked out it was a huge improvement from 2011. Good snow or not, the ladies were sending it. Last year's winner Iris Lazzareschi was back to defend her title. Even though she was injured she navigated the course beautifully to put down a run worthy of tenth place and a spot in the finals. With a huge air at the top of the course, Crested Butte local and tour regular Marry Boddington would follow up with a high speed chute drop that sent the crowd into a frenzy. The no holds bar approach to her run and her willingness to put it all on the line landed her in the top qualifying spot. "Qualifying first feels awesome." Says Boddington. "It makes me a little nervous for finals as there's a lot of pressure going into the next day. But the run was really fun and that's what makes me ride at my best." Following Boddington would be Laura Dewey and Shannon Yates to round out the top three qualifying spots. Roughly 11:00pm would mark the start time for the men as the weather warmed up a bit making Northway that much softer. Even though the sun would be shining from behind it wouldn't hinder the guys from taking their riding to the next level. This qualifier felt more like a final as the men sent Northway's face like no other. From Kyle Clancy's cab 5 off the riders left cliff that landed him in the second qualifying spot to the perfect method of Jackson Hole's own John Rodosky. The guys never held back and it made for some intense viewing. The crowd was on their feet as 67 riders took their one run qualifier. Landing in the top qualifying spot was first time competitor Jamie Rizzuto from Fernie, BC. His resilience and skill took him on a run that dropped jaws. Without hesitation Rizzuto charged over cliffs, that most billy-goated, with grace like no other. There was no hesitation in his run. He stomped every landing with style, especially the waterfall that finished off a perfect run. "I'm really happy I stuck my line. That was the idea when I dropped in and to be on top is just amazing." Says Rizzuto. "I knew it was really boney at the top so I picked out a tree that would help me get through that section with ease and drop me into perfect position for the rest of my run. I had two airs to follow and white roomed on my second. Then I made it through the sketchy waterfall chute at the bottom and finished it off with a shit eating grin." Check out the qualifying lists on The North Face Master's facebook page. That's it from day one at The North Face Masters at Crystal Mountain. Tune in live tomorrow, February 16 at 10:30am PST to watch live as riders take to the legendary Silver King face. Visit us at snowboardmag.com/tnf-masters for live coverage. Stay tuned tomorrow for full coverage from the one run final at the first stop of the TNF Masters. To get behind the scenes shots check us out on Instagram (SnowboardMag) as we will be posting photos straight from Silver King.
The 9 best snow apps for the iPhone
Now that winter is in full swing we wanted to make sure you're dialed in with your iPhone. Whether you like to track your days on the hill, get discounted tickets and gear or love to forecast the weather to find the perfect powder day, we have you covered. Below are 9 free apps that will make your day on the hill that much better. Check it out and let us know what you think. If you've used any of these apps we want to know about it. Also, if we missed a cool app that you use let us know. Snocru Snowcru is "a revolutionary mobile app that connects you to the mountains - on all levels." From checking global snow conditions and tracking your days on hill to connecting with friends and finding the best aprés spot, this app does it all. Connect your account to Facebook and Twitter to share your adventures with friend and family. The real time map feature gives you locations of your other "cru" members so you can easily track them via GPS when on the mountain. It also tracks all sorts of stats from max speed to distance traveled, vertical feet, altitude, total runs and time spent shredding. Definitely an app worth checking out. iTunes Rating: 5 stars Liftopia If you're looking for a deal on tickets this is it. Liftopia gives you all the best deals (up to 80% off) in the palm of your hand. Book discount tickets, discover hundreds of ski areas, discover nearby resorts and find the latest snow conditions and ski reports. With exclusive low prices on lift tickets, lessons, equipment rentals and more at over 150 resorts, this is app will keep your pockets deep. iTunes rating: 5 stars OnTheSnow Snow Reports Personalized snow reports for your iPhone. Keep track of your favorite resorts and their conditions. With access to over 2,000 resorts from around the world, you'll never find yourself wondering where the snow is. iTunes rating: 2.5 stars Epic Mix If you long to track every single detail of your day on the hill Epic Mix is here to help. Activated by your lift ticket, Epic Mix tracks your vertical feet while you shred your favorite Vail mountain. The more you ride the more pins you can earn and share with friends and family through facebook and twitter. Compete against other riders on the Epic Mix leaderboard to see who rides more each season. New this year is Epic Photo where photographers snap your pic, scan your pass, and it's automaticly posted on facebook or twitter (if activated). You can also log on to epicmix.com and print out high-res glory shots of your best pow day. iTunes rating: 3.5 stars Open Snow This app comes straight from OpenSnow.com's meteorologists Joel Gratz and Andrew Murray. With hand tailored reports for most of the country's hottest ski destinations, Open Snow gives you daily snow reports for your favorite resorts. Get push notifications sent every time your favorite resort receives snow - all personalized to how much snow you want to see. If you're in Colorado you're in for a treat. Joel and Andrew hand craft the best snow days so you know when to call in sick. This is an app you can't afford to miss out on. iTunes rating: 4 stars TNF - The Snow Report Track your day, Post a photo to Facebook. Get snow conditions, weather forecasts, full trail maps and other details for just about any resort you can imagine. TNF pretty much gives you everything you want in an app for your next day on the hill. Its social integration keeps your friends updated on your travels and if you need some fresh gear you can locate their nearest store. The 5-day forecasts give you detailed information to keep you in the know and an avalanche advisory will make sure you have the info you need before heading into the backcountry. iTunes rating: 3 stars Rome - 100 day tracker The 100 day tracker is just that, a way to tack your days on the hill. Keep track of the mountains you ride, the weather, any new snow if you were lucky, the crew you rode with and more. Snap a photo each day to relive the glory of your entire season. Along with an easy to use shop finder to get gear on the fly you can kill time by watching shred flicks on ShredTV. iTunes rating: 4.5 stars REI Snow Report REI helps you find the best places to spend your time up at the mountains. Add resorts from around the world to your favorites list and receive push notifications when there is new snow, new lift and trail openings as well as in-depth 5-day snow forecasts. Along with their detailed snow reporting you can check out the message boards for a first-hand snow report, view live resort cams and check out twitter feeds from your favorite mountains. If you forgot some gear you can locate the nearest REI store to stock up on the essentials. iTunes rating: 4.5 stars Snowboard Mag Well obviously we are going to put our own app in the mix. Yes, we are tooting our own horn but why wouldn't you want the latest news on the best products, places and personalities in snowboarding right in the palm of your hand? Get our featured stories, videos and products sent directly to you whether you're on the lift or at the best aprés party of your life. With extras like Monsters (the best game ever) and snow reports that alert you when your favorite resorts gets over 4 inches of freshies, it's a no brainer. iTunes rating: 4.5 stars
Tom Wallisch wins gold in Men's Ski Slopestyle
Last night, Tom Wallisch, 24, won the Men's Ski Slopestyle gold medal Thursday night with the highest score in the event's history.
Take a look behind the scenes with our athletes at Baldface (part 2)
Check out Tom Wallisch, Kaitlyn Farrington, Sage Cattabriga-Alosa & other The North Face athletes as they ski & ride at Baldface. The Phantom camera & heli are out to capture every last amazing trick.
Take a look behind the scenes with our athletes at Baldface (part 1)
The North Face athletes trust HyVent
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First ever Tom Wallisch Fantasy Feature Competition draws talent to Sun Valley Resort
Sun Valley Resort's Dollar Mountain played host to the first ever Tom Wallisch Fantasy Feature Competition yesterday afternoon, drawing competitors and spectators from all corners of Idaho, and beyond. The event kicked off in mid-December as Scott reached out to the public in search of creative park feature designs, the best of which would be built by Sun Valley Resort's Park Crew and sessioned on competition day. Those who wished to submit a design were able to utilize a list of jibs provided by Sun Valley Resort (SVR)—the available jibs being those currently a part of its arsenal. After receiving myriad submissions, Wallisch—along with staff at Scott and SVR—narrowed the field and ultimately selected a design drafted by 24-year-old Patrick Sullivan of Gunnison, CO. For his efforts, Sullivan was extended an invitation to Sun Valley to partake in the event, or if he preferred, to join on the sidelines. Unfortunately, Sullivan separated his shoulder early this week and was unable to make the journey. Sullivan will instead be rewarded with a slew of Scott product. Despite his absence, Sullivan expressed his thanks to the staff at Scott via e-mail. He wrote, "Thanks for choosing my design, I'm really stoked you all liked it enough to choose it as the winner. I can't wait to see it built and skied by the best."
Wednesdays with Wallisch S2 E2: Park City and Dew Tour at Breck
In this second episode of Wednesdays with Wallisch: Season 2, Tom gets tricky at Park City and then heads to Breckenridge to compete in the Winter Dew Tour. As you may or may not have heard, Wallisch topped the slopestyle podium at Dew, and the video below showcases the flawless style that propelled him to the top. Read more to check out last week's episode.
My Pipe is Bigger
A super pipe is not a half pipe. Well, technically it is HALF a pipe, but it’s more, bigger-er, as Sun Valley’s just-opened super pipe demonstrates. It comes as Sun Valley celebrates its 75th anniversary, and it’s no accident that the Idaho mountain isn’t ushering in the calendar mark with retro crochet’d sweaters and hot toddies. Nope, they’re going big and new school, turning a decided back on sleepy tradition with the first mega pipe in the Northwest, trying to attract a little gnar attention. The super sucker is 18 feet high and considerably longer than a football field. It’s in in Dollar’s Old Bowl, beneath the Dollar lift, and you can expect some serious amplitude coming off its edge. But keep the newbies away, because what goes up…
Wallisch Wins Dew Tour Slope
It was Tom Wallisch’s day Sunday as The North Face athlete kicked off the winter season with a win in slopestyle at the Winter Dew Tour in Breckenridge, CO. After warming things up on run one, Wallisch came back in run two to grab the top spot. His run included a 270 on the down rail, a blind 360 switch-up over the gap rails into a switch right 900 and a double cork 1080 high mute, a b450 off the top of the wall ride, and back-to-back switch double cork 1080 Japans. The run was impressive and put Wallisch five points ahead of the field. Catch the winning run and be sure to check back for updates on Wallisch all winter.
Comp schedule released for Winter X 2012
The big news for this year? Slope moves into the night and under the lights. Also: adaptive athletes get a shot at Snowboarder X, with an inspiring exhibition event. What else? Guess you'll just have to check out the competition schedule for yourself, and we'll see you in Aspen for four snow-filled days of awesome. Winter X Games 2012 comp schedule »
Snowmaking at Deer Valley
“Making snow is a simple process”, says snowmaking supervisor Scott Enos. “Snow is made by breaking water into small particles, throwing them into the air and letting them freeze. But there are an infinite number of variables that impact the process, including temperature, humidity, solar radiation and altitude.” Deer Valley makes a variety of snow types, from wet durable “crystals” in the early season which creates a long-lasting base, to lighter “maintenance” snow later in the season to augment Mother Nature’s contributions. Deer Valley currently has 100 snowguns operating around the resort, including four fully-automatic Puma® guns that turn on and off and adjust to conditions on their own. All guns are equipped with weather stations which transmit data to the main snowmaking office. Also new this year are 40 high efficiency snowguns which use 10% of the amount of compressed air as older guns, allowing for snowmaking at a much faster and more efficient rate. Snowmakers work around the clock, rotating between two 12-hour shifts to make snow on over 660 acres! We look forward to seeing you on the slopes at Deer Valley Resort.
Spy and DCP Team Up To Protect Our Winters
SPY Optic™ today announced a partnership with Protect Our Winters (POW) and SPY Professional Snowboarder David Carrier Porcheron. DCP’s relationship with POW reaffirms his commitment to promoting environmental consciousness. He is active in a number of POW interests, including its Riders Alliance initiative—an athlete coalition—and Hot Planets/Cool Athletes program—a youth education series administered in conjunction with Alliance for Climate Education (ACE). “The POW Hot Planets/Cool Athletes program affords DCP the opportunity to engage kids about climate change and help influence the next generation of sustainability leaders,” say Kevin Casillo, SPY Snow Segment manager. “DCP is a longtime proponent of reducing his carbon footprint and, working with POW, he has a chance to reach an entirely new, young audience and connect to the snow industry at the same time.” With respect to the POW Riders Alliance, DCP joins a list of esteemed fellow athletes, including Gretchen Bleiler and Jeremy Jones, in leveraging their collective influence to affect public policy and promote environmental responsibility. Throughout the year, POW rallies the Riders Alliance behind renewable energy initiatives and enterprises designed to heighten awareness of greenness through community education, outreach and action, from local levels to Capitol Hill. “I have become aware of my impact on the planet in recent years and, a snowboarder, I appreciate being in nature so much—my career completely depends on it,” says DCP. “SPY and POW help me give back to the environment with a portion of sales of my signature snow goggle going to POW’s reinvestment with organizations that share our sustainability mission and focus.”
Pro rider Mark Carter just got a little more big city with the release of this six-minute sizzle reel. The native of Ten Sleep, Wyo. (pop. 304) and Jackson Hole has a new project in the works, aptly titled "Carter Country," and this preview promises some reality programming that's hotter than a cattle brand on a cold snowboarder's buttock. From big backcountry booters to tree taps and cliffs, the shredding in this is top-notch and on par with Carter's recent appearances in Standard, Absinthe and Brain Farm productions. Where it really gets interesting, though, is when the cameras follow Mark back to tiny Ten Sleep and go all IMAX on a calf branding, a pig roast and an elk hunt. (Warning: graphic pork content at 3:56 and spicy cowboy language throughout.) You'll see "backies" off the biggest rope swing you've ever imagined as well as Carter and Co. shooting some .50 cal rifle that can pop a target over a mile away. Bad guys: beware the Bighorns... Our favorite part is when Mark's dad, Richard -- a dude who seriously makes The Marlboro Man look like Tim Gunn -- recalls how much Mark enjoyed shooting as a kid. "Carter Country" is redneck renaissance man meet sideways styling in a way no other pro could possibly deliver. Classic stuff and well worth a few minutes of your day. http://espn.go.com/action/snowboarding/blog/_/post/7300770/carter-country?campaign=rss&source=unknown
Country’s Toughest Resort Gets Smart on Employee Helmet Use
Jackson Hole is requiring employees to wear helmets this season, joining Aspen and Vail in mandatory use of head protection. In 2009, patroller Kathryn Miller, who was not wearing a helmet, died of head injuries after a crash, and the state of Wyoming called out the resort for not doing enough to protect her. Most workers already have their own helmets, but for those who don't Jackson will provide them for free. The use of a helmet can reduce the risk of injuries by 35 percent, a Canadian study found.
Wednesdays with Wallisch
Wednesdays can be a tough day: You're still a few days away from Friday yet Monday seems like it was a century ago. Well, your Wednesdays are about to get a little brighter, thanks to Tom Wallisch. His new video series, Wednesdays with Wallisch, will drop starting the first week in December. This edit is a teaser for all the midweek action to come, which Wallisch promises will include "more high quality action, behind the scenes fun, and random awesomeness than ever before." Adds Wallisch, "Each episode will be a cool, well filmed/edited look into my season and everything that happens along the way. I'll still be putting out fun short edits here and there, and you can always expect hilarious content from 4bi9 Media's Guacamole Sundayze series as well. I'm just super excited to add a little more production value to my webisodes, and hopefully produce some edits that everyone will enjoy watching over and over." http://espn.go.com/action/freeskiing/blog/_/post/7239585/wednesdays-wallisch?campaign=rss&source=unknown
Wednesdays with Wallisch
Snowbird/The North Face Local Hero POV Contest
Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort is attracting Point of View (POV) video footage from around the world as contestants enter the resort's Local Hero POV video contest on its Facebook page for a chance to win a ski or snowboard trip to Utah. "This contest is a great way for people who love to ski and ride to share their passion for the mountains with thousands of like-minded enthusiasts," said Dave Fields, Snowbird Vice President of Resort Operations. "The lucky two who win will have a trip of a lifetime to show for their creativity and passion." Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort, The North Face, Powder magazine, Snowboarder magazine and Wasatch Powderbird Guides have teamed up to sponsor this ultimate POV video challenge. There will be two categories: Ski and Snowboard. The Grand Prize winner in each category will receive a trip for two to Snowbird, Utah for five days of Tram and chairlift skiing, four nights of lodging at The Cliff Lodge, access to an early Tram ride one morning, a day of helicopter skiing for one with Wasatch Powderbird Guides, a $500 gift card for one from The North Face, and two free subscriptions to Powder magazine and Snowboarder magazine. Videos do not have to be filmed at Snowbird, they may be filmed anywhere on the planet, at any time in history. Videos must be POV format and shorter than three minutes, with a theme of skiing or snowboarding. Videos must be submitted to Snowbird's Local Hero Facebook page on or before December 31, 2011 at 5 p.m. EST. The page can be accessed by going to www.facebook.com/snowbirdUT, then clicking the "Local Hero" tab on the left side of the screen. The four videos in each category, Ski and Snowboard, with the most "Likes" on Facebook will advance to a final round of judging for the Grand Prize. The Grand Prize winner in the ski category will be chosen by the Powder magazine editorial staff and the Grand Prize winner in the snowboard category will be chosen by the Snowboarder magazine editorial staff. The Local Hero Facebook application was built by Rally Interactive, a local Utah company. "By lending some of the technical know-how we've gained building Facebook apps for national brands like Intel and SlimJim, Rally Interactive is stoked for the opportunity to help Snowbird launch the Local Hero video contest on their Facebook page," said Thomas Cooke, Partner at Rally Interactive.
Backcountry Magazine Announces Subscriber Grant Winner
For its efforts addressing climate change Protect Our Winters (POW) is this year's recipient of Backcountry Magazine's first annual Keep The Deep Subscriber Grant. Last winter, Sage Cattabriga-Alosa and other pro snow athletes teamed up with Protect Our Winters' Hot Planet/Cool Athletes program to educate high school students about climate change. "POW's Hot Planet/Cool Athletes program is really unique," says Backcountry Editorial Director Adam Howard. "A lot of us here at Backcountry have kids, so conveying realities of climate change to them is super important." POW will receive $3000 for their innovative program through the Keep The Deep Subscriber Grant. Hot Planet/Cool Athletes presents athletes with the unique opportunity to use the fame won on snow to make a difference off of it in local mountain communities. By coupling personal stories with climate science basics the athletes help to promote new awareness and activism inspired by the notion "protect where you play". "Backcountry readers are helping POW reach more students in more schools and communities, while supporting POW's mission to make sure that the next generation is better equipped to address climate change," says Savannah Cowley, representative and Athlete Liaison for POW. "The Hot Planet/Cool Athletes program is important to me because it is a unique opportunity to spread a positive message about conservation to the youth," says Sage. The takeaway message Sage extends to all his audiences: "Don't cut yourself short—you guys have a lot of power and the ability to make a difference." With a plan to reach 10,000 students by the end of 2011, POW is working for the day when the younger generation is united together by the very enthusiasm that Sage witnessed while visiting his first school: "I was psyched to see the passion and interest [the students] had," he says. "But most important was their eagerness to do things that can make a difference." Learn more at backcountrymagazine.com/keepthedeep and protectourwinters.org
Meet the Intern
Mathieu Soumet is The Intern. If that sounds like a line from a movie poster, well, it kind of is. Soumet, who's from France, needed an internship for school credit in the summer of 2009, and landed with the clothing and film company Voleurz in Whistler, BC. The company wasn't sure what his job would be, so Soumet improvised and found his way into the 2010 release "Look on the Bright Side" as a human prop. He returns for "That's Fine," which will be released online for free Nov. 21. How did he get that gig? ESPN Freeskiing caught up with Soumet to find out. How did you get the internship with Voleurz? I've always been super into skiing and I was feeling like trying to contact some ski companies and hopefully find an internship. More than 400 emails later, nobody wanted me. I emailed companies making skis, outerwear, accessories, even some super specialized Swedish cross-country poles. My classmates were all already in different countries working and I was still sitting home and refreshing my inbox hoping for some good news. Darren Rayner from Voleurz finally answered me, and a few emails and a phone call later, I booked my flight to Vancouver five days later and that was it. What was the job description for your internship? I had to gather and find information about film festivals, tradeshows and various business stuff, but nothing super important. I also had to upload on many websites all the videos Voleurz has done the years before. I never finished that one -- whoops! How did you become a part of the films? Since I'm definitely not good enough to be in a Voleurz movie as a skier I had to figure out how to make the cut. Matt Margetts tried a cork 3 hand-drag over my head the first summer I went to Whistler and we all thought that was pretty cool. The year after, Max Hill gave it a try one day to jib over me. We were all having so much fun that we decided to keep filming others stunts. What have you learned from being the human jib? I guess I learned to trust people. Like closing my eyes and thinking as hard as I can, 'No worries, he's got it, it's going to be a gentle one.' Most of the time it works. I've never been seriously hurt. Last year, I tweaked my knee kinda bad while doing that piggy-backing thing [with Max Hill] and this year I got a concussion trying stupid stuff off snow, but Max wasn't involved on that one. Hopefully you'll see this footage in 'That's Fine.' What do you do when you're not The Intern? Back home I'm a regular 20-year-old French guy, I guess. Eating croissants as much as I can and drinking wine at every opportunity. I'm still studying, I validated my license in management and I'll be doing for a master's in strategic management for the next two years. What's next for The Intern -- do you want a job in freeskiing? All the athlete management aspects of freeskiing interest me a lot and I feel like it's going to be more and more important in the next years since freeskiing is getting bigger and bigger. Any advice for other interns in the skiing industry? As cool and great the ski industry looks and sounds, people looking for internships have to introduce themselves professionally and show motivation and capacity to really help the company out. I think that would be my main advice. Also, trying to talk directly to the right person is better than emailing, so if you could, go to trade shows, I think it's hands down the best place to meet people from the industry.
Breckenridge's Peak 6 Debate Still Hot
In Breckenridge, Colorado, the debate over Breckenridge Ski Resort’s (BSR) Peak 6 development is still underway. The public comment period on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) was originally set to end on July 25, but was extended through the end of August. According to White River National Forest Supervisor Scott Fitzwilliams, the extension is the result of the complexity of the issue. In late June, the Forest Service released the DEIS (available here), a 600 plus-page document analyzing the potential environmental effects of the proposed development. According to breckenridgepeak6.com, the USDA website devoted to the project, the DEIS “discusses the purpose and need for the Proposed Action; alternatives to the Proposed Action; potential direct, indirect, and cumulative impacts of implementing each alternative; and project design criteria.” The DEIS proposes three such actions, named Alternative 1 (No Action); Alternative 2 (the Proposed Action); and Alternative 3. The hotly debated action proposed by BSR (Alternative 2) includes the development of a six-person chairlift, a top terminal ski patrol facility/warming hut and a lodge at the lift’s mid-station. The proposal includes 550 new acres of lift-served and hike-to skiing. Alternative 1—No Action—is required by the National Environmental Protection Agency, and is defined as “a continuation of existing management practices without changes, additions or upgrades.” Given the anticipated environmental and social impacts of the proposal, many in Breckenridge exclusively support this option (Rare Earth: Backcountry Expansion in Breckenridge, CO). Alternative 3 is widely considered the “compromise option” as described by Breckenridge local Ellen Hollinshead to the SummitDaily.com. The alternative includes “trail and lift development within BSR’s currently developed lift and trail network as well as a proposed skiing pod immediately north of Peak 7.” This option would include the development of 33 additional acres within the existing boundary, three chairlift upgrades, and the development of terrain on Peak 6 ½, located just north of Peak 7. A high-speed four- or six-person chairlift would access 97 acres of below-treeline, and moving the boundary northward to accommodate this development would increase the lift-served terrain off of the Imperial Express Lift. The comment period on this development will remain open until August 26. To make a general comment on the project, visit breckenridgepeak6.com/general or view the entire document to comment on specific items, click here.
Mark Carter: ranch on the side
The green sign on the edge of Ten Sleep, Wyoming lists a population of 304, but it's probably edging toward 350 these days. Of course your dog might fetch Coors cans in the middle of Main St. all night and still never get hit. There are no cops, no hospitals, no condos, and definitely no Starbucks here. Ten Sleep is, however, home to one pro snowboarder: Mark Carter. Only a place like Ten Sleep -- a tiny ranching community snugged up into the foothills of the Big Horns -- could brew a bro like Carter, 31 this week. Working on his family's cattle ranch since childhood has made him both tough and well aware that there's no meat on your table if you don't show up ready to work. Aside from laying down serious pow lines the world over, he also guides elk hunts in-season with big brother RC, helping mountain-men-in-training lay a claim to the real thing. He can discuss guns, fishin', gourmet game meat preparation (elk tenderloin?!), snowpack and spines with equal aplomb. Heck, with just a handful of Carter's childhood troublemaking anecdotes any idiot with a camera could probably make a couple of good movies. Snowboarding-wise, Carter got kind of a late start on the sponsor front -- a real job will do that to ya -- but he's made up for lost time admirably. He's won a stop of TNF Masters big mountain comp and placed second in buddy T Rice's inaugural Natural Selection at Jackson Hole, where he lives during the winter. In the last few years you may have seen Carter's riding in Brain Farm, Absinthe, TGR, or Bluebird videos, and can see him this fall in Standard's hotly awaited "TB20." "This year I really felt I was part of the project," he says. "In the past, it's been film a week here and there and maybe get a cameo it the movie. Having Standard to film with all year gave me something to really focus on and and put a solid part together. It was definitely one on the best I've had and awesome riding for the first time with guys like Mads [Jonsson], Lonnie [Kauk], Mathieu [Crepel], Kazu [Kokubo] and [Sammy] Luebke. "Plus, traveling to new zones like Terrace, B.C. really opened my eyes and progressed my riding. My one concern going in though was it was expensive. I was dropping some serious dough on this trip like, Um, I hope it's sick... But, yeah: We got it. It was worth it. [Standard] has been going there for, like, nine years or something so they really wanted to break open some new s---, ride some new zones. We went to some of the old stuff but we rode plenty of new stuff; everything from pillow lines to pat-downs to legit lines, you know?" Carter also scored 12 days this winter at Baldface, one of the Interior's most beloved pow ops. "In a row!" he's quick to point out. "And it was deep, man. Epic conditions. The last day was a powder day -- of course -- and I was just done... After The North Face left, I stayed for a media trip: a bunch of 50-something skiers who do a TV show on RSN just up there schussing [laughs]. And it was Guch's [Bryan Iguchi] first tail-gunning job. I actually saved a girl; she fell in a tree well. Like, face down. Done. The schussers had invited this other girl who was just kind of hangin' out in the lodge, not a real good skier, 21 years old..." Long story short, Carter, riding at the back, was in a good position to locate and rescue the skier, capping off his 12 days in Baldface with some serious good samaritan action. Stories like this aren't even remotely surprising if you've spent even a tram ride with Carter. He's a pro snowboarder, sure, but, because of his deep history ranching, hunting, fishing etc. he truly appreciates the perks of the pro shred, seeing his snowboarding career as a privilege not some kind of right. He has a rock solid attitude and never lets his mouth write a check his ass can't cash. The massive flat screen Sony TV in Carter's laid-back living room in Ten Sleep seems a bit out of place and only becomes more so when you learn that it was a present from Justin Timberlake. Believe it or not, this ranchin' pro shredder has not only ridden with JT but, thanks to his girlfriend Rachael Yarbrough being JT's personal photographer, Mark has now sat Centre Court at Wimbledon with the man, had lunch at Elton John's and grown hoarse singing karaoke with Guy Ritchie. Small town boy done good? Damn straight...
Look Who's Calling Laura Hadar
Laura Hadar is a fascinating human being. Her raw, creative energy is infectious, and she is bold in a way that's not only ballsy bravado, but also feminine sheik. She was one of the first females to take her skills to the streets and has done it with fierce determination and an in-your-face attitude. She can hold her own with the boys, and this year, after a second-place finish at both the Snowbird and Crystal Mountain North Face Masters stops, she has also now proved that she's no one trick pony. After becoming Capita snowboards first professional female snowboarder and filming with everyone from Videograss to Peep Show, Hadar has nothing left to prove. But that doesn't mean she's done turning heads. Hey, how are you? I'm good. I'm in Hawaii chilling out with my girlfriends -- just having a little non-snowboarding vacay. It's my first one in a while. Did you travel a lot this last winter? Not a lot, really. I spent a lot of time up in the Northwest. I got two weeks up at Baker, which was awesome, then a couple weeks at Stevens. That was so cool -- the Northwest is so magical! They've got a good secret going on up there, huh? Yeah, we try not to let anyone know what we're holding. I know, right? I was thinking about getting a spot out there, but I want to hit some more street stuff, so we will see. I was surprised to see you at the North Face Masters. How were those contests? Those were so fun! I saw the one at Snowbird the year before because I was just riding around during it, because it was a crazy-good powder day. I saw Temple Cummins, Tom Burt, and Andy Hetzel, and I figured if all those cats were involved it had to be pretty cool. So I did the one at Snowbird this last season and did pretty well, and then I did the one at Crystal and did pretty well there. Then I did the Kirkwood one, but I suck under pressure. Wait -- you got second at two of them. You can't suck that much under pressure. [Laughs] Yeah, it's not too much pressure. You get up on the podium, but you don't have to be the winner. laura hadarTim ZimmermanYou can take a street girl to the mountains... So are you making the switch from street to big mountain? How do you feel about the differences in the two styles? Well, street riding is cool because you get to be in cities, you don't have to wake up super early, and you get to have late nights. Heading out into the mountains is so cool, though. It's so quiet and peaceful and it's something that's new for me, too. It's a different aspect of snowboarding for me, which is refreshing and super exciting. At the first Masters event at Snowbird everyone was taking pictures of lines -- I've filmed a line or two, but I've never taken a picture of a mountain and studied it. I bought a pair of binoculars and learned how to find different markers and everything which was really exciting. Do you think you will keep filming street stuff? I definitely still want to do street stuff, because I love the creativity of it. I love being in the city and it's easier then finding a good crew to get into the backcountry with. A lot of the boys who ride street dress like girls and want to be gypsies or pirates or something. I feel like you were the one who pioneered that style. Do you feel like you had something to do with that? [+] Enlargelaura hadar Tim Zimmerman [Laughs] That's awesome. I think Gus Engle and Eric Messier did that. They were the first dudes that I saw dressing like that -- I think I copped their style a little bit. Maybe I helped popularize it? That's super funny. I like that. I make fun of the guys who wear super skinny jeans and have super skinny legs -- that's gross. There needs to be balance. They should pad their legs so it looks like there's some beef under there or something. Yeah, they should wear football pads or something. So what's up with the new Capita video? Do you have a full part? Yeah, I have a full part. I'm so excited for the video. The Capita team is so stacked right now. We definitely have one of the raddest, most progressive teams out there. It's so sick that whole company just revolves around snowboarding. There are no skiers making big decisions; it's super grassroots. It's such a rad venue for snowboarding to show it's true spirit. I'm honored to be in the video.
Kenworthy lands first double off a rail
I decided recently that I wanted to try a double misty off the up rail at Camp of Champions in Whistler. Unfortunately, that was easier said than done because the way the rail was set up it didn't have a big enough gap to get the rotation around. The camp was super accommodating with making changes for me and they helped move the rail back about 25 feet and propped it up on 3-foot-tall pad of snow. Measuring from the end of the rail to the beginning of the landing the new set up boasted a whopping 65 feet in distance and was exactly what I needed in order to attempt the trick. After a few painful crashes, a fat lip and a blackened eye, I landed the trick I set out to do -- the first ever double flip off of a rail, something I'm very stoked on. Thanks to the staff at COC and to Robin Macdonald for helping me set up the feature and for nailing the shot.
Board Of The Month: Bataleon Evil Twin Artist Edition
Board Of The Month: Bataleon Evil Twin Artist Edition The Bataleon Evil Twin Artist Edition, shot at Snowmass Terrain Park, Colorado. PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen Board Of The Month: Bataleon Evil Twin Artist Edition The world works in opposites. Snowboarding is no different; an air here is a bail there. It’s all about finding your balance, and on Bataleon’s revamped Evil Twin, that equilibrium is found right underfoot. Its wide, cambered, flat-based area between the bindings and three-way weave of fiberglass provide a stable launch pad. Hardwood stringers run tip to tail over the inserts for added pop and stability, and new for this season is a blunted tip and tail that helps lock into presses. Slams are inevitable though. That’s why Bataleon molds the board with Twin Triple Base Technology—a concave, spoon-shaped tip and tail for forgiveness and plowing through pow. With less catch and consequence at the contact points, you can keep your ollies, nollies, turns, stomps, and spins poised and on point. Available lengths: 152, 154, 157 Shape: Twin TBT (check the tech here) Camber: Traditional Ideal Terrain: Freestyle, all-mountain About The Artist Petrovsky & Ramone petrovskyramone.com Petrovsky & Ramone are a mysterious female duo that “travel all over the world, shooting people and places.” Their stark images show the world of contrast we live in.