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Matthew Gibson

Matthew Gibson Snowboarding Blog


Summer Is Not The Off-Season

Friday May 30, 2014

canyons-snowboarder.jpgWe often fall into the same trap. Snowboarding season ends and we forget about it until the next fall when the snow starts to fall and reminds us of our favorite pastime.

That's a mistake.

Summer is not the snowboarding off-season. It's just a different snowboarding season.

I spent the last month writing posts that will prove that point. Read More...

The Benefits of Spring

Wednesday April 30, 2014

snowboarderThe season has ended in most places, but it hasn't ended everywhere. So, for those of you who aren't quite ready to hang up your snowboard for the season, I've put together a list of the best resorts in North America for late-season riding, including some of my personal favorites like Mt. Hood, Snowbird, and Canyons.

I even threw in a guide for dressing properly for spring riding, to make sure you can stay comfortable out there on the hill and keep from getting sunburned while you're catching air in the park. Read More...

The End Is Neigh — But So Is The Beginning

Friday March 28, 2014

The PenguinFlowers are beginning to creep up through thin snow. Foliage is turning green. The pond at the bottom of the ski hill is getting bigger.

Spring is here, and -- with the exception of a few resorts -- the end of the season is coming.

This is a bittersweet time of year for me. I love snowboarding in a t-shirt on soft slush, grabbing big air in the park, and skimming across the giant puddle in front of the lodge for the amusement of the diners.  But in the back of my mind is always the nagging thought that the season will be over soon, tinging the experience with a hint of sadness. Read More...

What an Olympics!

Thursday February 27, 2014

Olympic Rings LogoThe Olympics have come and gone, and they were crazy.

The snowboarding events were more dramatic than any in recent history. There was controversy about the snowboarding courses, some huge upsets, new events, amazing competition, and one of the most exciting moments in Olympic snowboarding when Iouri "I-Pod" Podladtchikov stole the men's half pipe gold from Shaun White (who had won the event in the previous two Olympics) largely because of his excellent execution of his signature trick: the yolo flip. Read More...

All You Need To Know About Sochi

Friday January 31, 2014

Olympic Rings LogoThe Sochi 2014 Olympics are coming. If you don't been following all of the snowboarding news, it's hard to keep up on what's new and who's who. So, I wrote a series of articles to get you in the know as quickly as possible.

And there is big news for Olympic snowboarding this year. Read More...

Skip the Super Bowl for Cheap Turns

Tuesday January 28, 2014

Liftopia announced today a ton of super-cheap Super Bowl Sunday lift ticket deals. If you're not planning to watch the game, you should consider scooping up some of these.

They can all be found at Liftopia.com .

The Olympics Are Coming, and They’re Going To Be Amazing

Sunday December 29, 2013

The Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia are just around the corner and they mark a milestone in the history of snowboarding. For the first time, slopestyle snowboarding will be included as an event and I am seriously excited. This means big changes and a lot of new exciting action for Olympic snowboarding. Read More...

How To Make Sure You Improve This Season

Monday November 25, 2013

Moss Haliday doing a handplant at Squaw ValleyIt's that time of year, opening day is so close that I have butterflies in my stomach. There's snow in the mountains. No doubt, some of the more motivated young boarders are out building backcountry kickers and tweaking out their first big fat methods and mutes of the year.

If you have your sights set on improving your riding this year, the pre-season is actually the most important time of the year. Why, you may ask? Because this is when you set your goals. If you don't set goals for yourself, you will not be able to make the most of the season. Read More...

Winter is Neigh

Monday October 28, 2013

railslideWhen most people see those first sprinkles of snow signifying winter is on the way, they reach for their boots, dust off their snow blowers and start complaining.

For snowboarders, that first snowstorm may very well be the best one of the year. It's the one that makes us grab our snowboard tool, run to the garage and begin preparing our board for the season. Read More...

Are You Casual or Competitive?

Monday September 30, 2013

all mountain snowboardingFrom the time that that we first learn to butter -- and spin smoothly around in the soft snow -- many of us dream of becoming competitive snowboarders.

Well, at least we think about it once or twice -- until we catch our front edge while doing a boardslide and fall face first into the rail.

Then we remember how good we actually are.

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