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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 . Read More...

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. Read More...

Off-Season Exploration

Thursday August 29, 2013

peter lineIt's no secret that I've been spending my summer studying the history of snowboarding. The deeper I go, the deeper it gets.

I wish powder was that way.

From the first boardslide to the evolution of the kicker, I've been finding strange and interesting facts about snowboarding all over the place.

While exploring the history of the X-Games, which was a major force in bringing snowboarding into mainstream culture, I discovered the legendary Antti Autti. For some reason that I can't explain, I had never heard of the Finnish phenom, who was the first non-american to win the X-Games Superpipe. I also learned about snowboarding pioneer Peter Line, who had somehow escaped my attention. Read More...

Paying Homage to the Giants

Wednesday July 31, 2013

snowboarderThis month, in the peak of summer, I have decided to research and write about the history of snowboarding. Being one of the early adopters, I feel a personal connection with the pioneers of our beloved sport.

I started snowboarding at the age of twelve. As soon as I made my first turns, I was hooked. I quite ski racing (I had started skiing at 3) and by the end of my first season I'd learned to carve, stop, ollie, and ride fakie.

Around that time, huge advancements were being made in the sport -- advancements that I didn't even learn about until I began researching the snowboarding history timelines that I wrote this month. Read More...

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