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    January 6th, 2013AndreaSnowboarding

    Drew and I are on our way back from the mountain right now (love the iPhone WordPress app I recently downloaded!) Last week, Drew attempted snowboarding for the very first time – and he didn’t hate it! In fact, he was the one who drug me to the mountain this morning, as he just enrolled in a three-class lesson, rental and ticket series at one of the local resorts near Seattle with a few of his Amazon coworkers. Check out this video I took of him after he finished up his lesson – he looks so good!

    And then there was a fall…

    All in all it was a great day!

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    November 13th, 2012LanceBoardalicious

    The weekend before Brighton opened, my buddy and made the 90 minute hike up the mountain for he 15 minute ride down. It was well worth the turns and muscle burn as the snow was perfect. Think snow!

     

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    September 13th, 2011AndreaFashion, Snowboarding

    Finding a good sports bra is a common problem for most women who snowboard, because you want good support, but you also don’t want anything too tight and restrictive while shredding your local slopes. I used to be very loyal to Target-brand sports bras (I think the actual brand was Champion) because they were basic, comfy, and cost-effective, but I have since changed my preference slightly, because they can sometime hurt my shoulders if I wear them too long.

    Last year I discovered Old Navy’s sports bras and workout gear. To be quite honest, I don’t really shop at Old Navy, but I popped in one day last summer and really like their new work out line. I bought two of their sports bras and they are fab – they have thin straps so they don’t get in the way, they are cute (and you can buy matching workout shorts), and they are supportive enough to ride in. Best part? They are affordable ($16.50, but you can usually find them on sale). I say, two thumbs up!

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    April 24th, 2010AndreaLos Angeles, Mt. High, Snowboarding

    Are you kicking yourself in the bootie for not going up to the mountain enough this season?  No worries, there’s still time!  Mountains across America are extending their seasons thanks to late spring snow storms, and here in SoCal (don’t let the 70 degree days we’ve been having fool you) the resorts are still going strong.  Mountain High, for example, plans to stay open until May 2, making this their longest season in history, with a total of 186 days of riding.  The best part?  Starting Monday, lift tickets will be reduced to $35 for adults (regularly $55) and $25 for kids ages 7 – 12.

    If you still plan to head up, though, I caution you to go early.  The spring sunshine definitely takes its toll on the hill, with small lakes starting to form in the lift lines by 11.  I’d recommend heading up bright and early (8ish – mountain opens at 8 on weekends and 9 on weekdays), hooking yourself up with a nice 4 hour lift pass, and getting the heck out by noon.  Next stop, an afternoon at the beach surfing, perhaps?

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    April 8th, 2010AndreaLos Angeles, Snowboard News

    It looks like El Nino brought us SoCal folks a belated Christmas present.  Due to the massive amount of snowfall it has seen this spring, Mammoth Mountain today announced it would be extending the 2010 spring season to July 4, 2010.

    Throughout the duration of the season, Mammoth has received more than 41 cumulative feet (493 inches), with more than three of those feet falling in the first week of April.  Mammoth currently has a base depth of 11 to 15 feet, making this season the best since 2005/2006 when Mammoth saw more than 50 feet of fresh pow.

    And the moral of this blog post is?  Get your bum (and board) up to Mammoth.  ASAP!

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    March 25th, 2010AndreaFilms, Mt. High, Snowboarding

    A local Mt. High rider recently sent me a video his friend created (featuring all local talent) and I loved it so much I thought I’d post and share with you all!  Very creative and different, and the featured talent is out of this world.  Enjoy!

    ANTEBELLUM from Lennon Films on Vimeo.

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    March 24th, 2010AndreaCompetitions, Just For Fun, Mt. High, Snowboarding

    Saturday was supposed to be the “Active Sponsor Me” competition at Mt. High, and I figured, “Hey, I haven’t done a comp. in a while, this one’s laid back and fun; why the hell not?”  So I arrive to the mountain and ask where I can find the registration table, only to find… the competition was moved?!  To Sunday?  A few days prior.  Seriously, who just moves a competition right before its about to happen (and not bother to change any of the posters – wait, correction, apparently the “Web site was updated.”)  I was a little irritated, especially since I now had to pay full price for a ticket on an 85 degree day (think: snow = lake by 11am).

    So I was waiting in line for a ticket and this lady comes up to me holding a stack of tickets and says, “Hey, I see you’re waiting in line for a ticket.  Do you want a free one?”  Say what?  Thinking this was some sort of trick to get me in trouble by the snowboard mafia, I proceeded to grill her on the origin of these so-called “free” tickets.  “I got them for free when I put my kids in ski school, so I don’t have any use for them since I’m not skiing.”  Hm, likely response.  That is what the snowboard mafia would want you to think, now isn’t it?  But wait a minute, a long line in front of me, and a free ticket behind me…  hm, I’ll take my chances!  I’ll just have to whip out my judo kick for when the snowboard mafia jumps out from behind the trees and takes me down to snowboard jail.  Take that snowboard mafia!  (And just in case you were wondering, the ticket actually worked fine.  No hoax!  And I even made a new snowboard bud; nothing like bonding over a couple free tickets, right?)

    So we all know how they saying goes… but on Saturday Karma totally worked in my favor for once!

    And the second moral to my tale is that, although I did not get to watch the “Sponsor Me” comp. (boo hoo), Mt. High put together a dandy little video for everyone else like me out there.  SoCal has some awesome local talent, so catch it here!

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    March 23rd, 2010AndreaCompetitions, Events, News, Snowboarding

    It’s always fun to watch unsponsored amateur riders throw down, and this season some of them threw down hard during the Gatorade Free Flow Tour for a chance at the big leagues.

    I was lucky enough to catch 2 Gatorade Free Flow stops this season – one at Vail and one at Mt. High.  The lovely folks at FUEL TV put together a recap vid so you can watch highlights from the 10 stop tour event.  Below are air dates and times.  Check it out and let us know your favorite riders in the comments below!

    “Gatorade Free Flow Tour Winter 2009″ Air Dates:

    Tuesday, 3/23/2010 8:00 PM ET / 5:00 PM PT in Snow Pack
    Tuesday, 3/23/2010 11:00 PM ET / 8:00 PM PT
    Saturday, 3/27/2010 9:00 AM ET / 6:00 AM PT
    Tuesday, 3/30/2010 1:00 PM ET / 10:00 AM PT
    Wednesday, 3/31/2010 4:00 PM ET / 1:00 PM PT
    Tuesday, 4/6/2010 3:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM PT
    Saturday, 4/10/2010 1:30 PM ET / 10:30 AM PT
    Wednesday, 4/14/2010 6:30 PM ET / 3:30 PM PT
    Tuesday, 4/20/2010 9:30 PM ET / 6:30 PM PT
    Saturday 4/24/2010 1:30 PM ET / 10:30 AM PT

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    February 27th, 2010RochelleMt. Hood, Portland, Snowboarding

    Tons of fresh snow on Hood and Im going to play in it today! Its looking like another late season… better late then never! Powder Patty anyone??!!

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    February 26th, 2010AndreaGiveaways, Olympics, Snowboarding

    This coming weekend marks the last few events of the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, Canada, as Sunday’s closing ceremonies will officially end the games.  The last two events in snowboarding will happen tonight and tomorrow at Cypress, the men’s and women’s snowboarding Giant Slalom (women’s on Friday, men’s on Saturday).  The Giant Slalom is one of the most grueling events in the Olympic games, where riders race head-to-head around gates against another opponent (and to be completely candid, I’m not too familiar with this type of event, as it is not typically held in American mainstream competitive circuits.  So I’m particularly excited to watch!)

    One thing I have noticed about this year’s games in comparison to years past is that snowboarding has taken a much larger role in the overall event, and I really think it’s safe to say that it was one of the most hyped sports in the Olympics this year.  In the past, snowboarding has always taken a sideline seat to skiing, however, I think this year we really saw a shift in perceptions, especially among mainstream audiences.  I, for one, heard many more people talking about the snowboarding events compared to the skiing events.  In fact, I really didn’t hear much about skiing outside of American athletes Lindsey Vonn and Bode Miller, but everyone from the hardcore riders at my local mountain to the could-care-less-about-sports folks (like my sister) knew the names of the American roster and gathered around their TV sets to cheer them on as they rode though the pipe.  The progression the sport of snowboarding has seen in recent years has absolutely played a contributing role in raising the profile of snowboarding in this year’s Olympics, but the athletes themselves have helped lift the image as well.  In the past couple of years, snowboarders (often seen as “tyrants” on the slopes… sometimes for good reason :) ) such as Shaun White, Gretchen Bleiler, and Hannah Teter have emerged as role models, and instead of parents resenting the lifestyle that comes along with the sport, they are now encouraging their kids to take part.  It’s really cool to see your sport in the limelight, and to see and hear the nation collectively cheering on the athletes you’ve been supporting since day 1 and giving them the props they rightly deserve.  I’m really interested to see how the sport will evolve over the next 10 years, as the kids who are now growing up idolizing athletes like Shaun White, begging their parents to buy them a new ride, start competing.  Maybe in the next Olympics we’ll start to see quadruple corks? :)

    So, as much all of us involved in the snowboard industry roll our eyes at the Olympic games (it even sounds like Vancouver is feeling a bit of buyer’s remorse this year) they have helped to tremendously raise the profile of snowboarding among mainstream audiences.  And right now, and for the future of snowboarding, that’s a really good thing.

    WIN IT! To celebrate the final weekend of the 2010 Olympic games, we have a limited edition Oakley prize pack to give away!  Snowboarding would not be in the position it is today if it weren’t for the major brands behind it, so I’m really excited to announce this fun giveaway.  One reader will have the opportunity to win an Oakley prize pack, pictured to the right.  The pack is part of the Oakley Global Collection of products, which has been designed to honor Oakley’s global team of athletes participating in this year’s Olympics. It includes a set of limited edition Global Crowbar Snow Goggles, Global Fuel Cell sunglasses, Global backpack, women’s Oakley Global t-shirt, an Oakley Global beanie and collector’s pin. The graphics on the collection recognize the heritage of British Columbia and Vancouver, host city to the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.

    How to win…Leave us a comment below and tell us how YOU think that snowboarding fared in this year’s Olympic Games, and how you think the games helped raise the profile of snowboarding nationwide (and if you don’t agree?  Bring it on!)  The contest will close on Monday, March 8 at midnight PT, and we’ll draw one winner the next day to receive the pack.

    If you just so happen to be in Vancouver right now (lucky you!) make sure you stop by Oakley’s Rolling O-Lab and Pop-Up Store before they roll away Sunday night.  Details:

    • The Rolling O-Lab is a mobile demonstration unit that educates visitors about the science behind quality eye protection. Technology presentations include the use of optical laser scope equipment that demonstrates clarity and prism shift, ultraviolet emitters and measuring devices to illustrate UV protection, and testing rigs that show the effects of high-velocity and high-mass impact situations.  Fans can visit the Rolling O-Lab at Grouse Mountain 9am – 8pm, and the best part?  It’s free! (We love free)
    • Meanwhile, the Pop-Up Store features a fully enriched Oakley retail experience complete with an array of the company’s products. One of the store’s highlights is an Oakley Custom Bar, where visitors can customize select Oakley eyewear and goggle products.  It is located at 488 Robson Street.

    And speaking of giveaways, in case you haven’t already entered, be sure to also check out our Cushe Boots giveaway.  Ends Monday, March 1!

    Update: Dear Readers, thanks for all your fabulous comments – we got some great feedback, and it’s nice to hear that most of you enjoyed watching this year’s team take Olympic snowboarding to new heights.  Congrats to Maria, the winning commenter! (Selected via random.org).  Check back for more giveaways soon!

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