SIA 2014

PaddyO Checks Out New Gear, Things Get Weird

Denver once again hosted the ultimate snow industry trade show, SnowSports Industries of America, this past January. In 2014, SIA celebrated 60 years of bringing snow junkies of all kinds together to premiere the latest and greatest in innovations and updates on equipment. The new gear for the 2015 Ski Season was exceptional. Ski companies have refined rocker profiles and smoothed out lines to create the most versatile planks the mountain has ever seen. Boots have increased comfort while focusing on power transfer and performance. Bindings are sleek, burly, and featherlight. Apparel is on the high end of tech yet has a street savvy look. The Show was incredible and turned my stoke meter to 11. I ran around for four days talking shop and learning about next years gear. Luckily, the camera was rolling for all of it and caught some of the weirdness that occurs at event like SIA: a star struck interview with Glen Plake, internal mustache dialogue, rants on skinny jeans, and, of course, girls in bikinis. Above is a little humorous teaser edit. Check out the new gear and general goofiness. Keep it locked in with The House for more gear reveals from the show. More to come, very soon!!! Now go out there and ski something gnarly!

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A lil James Dean impression, starstruck with Glen Plake, and turnin’ it on with the bikini-clad Dot Dash girls

2014 Sochi Olympic Halfpipe Final Results

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2014 Olympic Men’s Halfpipe Final Results

1. Iouri Podladtchikov (SUI), 94.75
2. Ayumu Hirano (JPN), 93.50
3. Taku Hiraoka (JPN), 92.25
4. Shaun White (USA), 90.25
5. David Habluetzel (SUI), 88.50
6. Yiwei Zhang (CHN), 87.25
7. Wancheng Shi (CHN), 81.00
8. Tim-Kevin Ravnjak (SLO), 72.25
9. Kent Callister (AUS), 68.50
10. Danny Davis (USA), 53.00
11. Christian Haller (SUI), 51.50
12. Greg Bretz (USA), 26.50

Photo Courtesy of: Getty Images via nbcolympics.com

Sochi Olympic Women’s Slopestyle Qualification Results

2014 Sochi Olympics Slopestyle

Heat Heat Rank Bib Country Name Run 1

  • Score
  • Rank
Run 2

  • Score
  • Rank
Best Score
1 1 5 SUI Isabel DERUNGS 82.50 3 87.50 1 87.50 QF
1 2 11 AUS Torah BRIGHT 85.25 1 80.00 2 85.25 QF
1 3 4 CAN Spencer O BRIEN 82.75 2 65.00 4 82.75 QF
1 4 8 FIN Enni RUKAJARVI 79.00 4 23.75 10 79.00 QF
1 5 1 GBR Jenny JONES 74.25 5 21.75 11 74.25 QS
1 6 10 NZL Rebecca TORR 70.75 6 33.75 8 70.75 QS
1 7 6 NZL Christy PRIOR 67.50 7 70.50 3 70.50 QS
1 8 9 NZL Stefi LUXTON 59.75 8 34.25 7 59.75 QS
1 9 3 SUI Sina CANDRIAN 58.25 9 36.50 6 58.25 QS
1 10 7 GBR Aimee FULLER 44.50 10 39.00 5 44.50 QS
1 11 12 NZL Shelly GOTLIEB 18.00 11 30.75 9 30.75 QS
1 12 2 NOR Kjersti BUAAS 12.50 12 17.75 12 17.75 QS
2 1 14 AUT Anna GASSER 89.50 2 95.50 1 95.50 QF
2 2 18 USA Jamie ANDERSON 93.50 1 DNS 93.50 QF
2 3 20 SUI Elena KOENZ 86.25 3 38.00 6 86.25 QF
2 4 22 USA Karly SHORR 45.00 6 84.75 2 84.75 QF
2 5 17 CZE Sarka PANCOCHOVA 77.75 4 33.75 7 77.75 QS
2 6 16 CAN Jenna BLASMAN 60.25 5 51.50 4 60.25 QS
2 7 23 USA Jessika JENSON 34.00 7 58.50 3 58.50 QS
2 8 15 NOR Silje NORENDAL 31.00 8 39.00 5 39.00 QS
2 9 19 NED Cheryl MAAS 18.00 9 31.25 8 31.25 QS
2 10 21 FIN Merika ENNE 17.00 10 DNS 17.00 QS
2 11 13 USA Ty WALKER 1.00 11 DNS 1.00 QS
Bib – Bib Number
DNS – Did Not Start
QF – Qualified for Finals
QS – Qualified for Semi-Finals
Tie – Tie Breaking Points

Sochi Olympic Men’s Slopestyle Qualification Results

2014 Sochi Olympics Slopestyle

Men’s Olympic Slopestyle Snowboarding Qualification Results, Heat 1 

Heat Rank Name Nation Best Score
1. Staale Sandbech* NOR 94.50
2. Peetu Piiroinen* FIN 90.75
3. Sebastian Toutant* CAN 87.25
4. Jamie Nicholls* GBR 86.75
5. Charles Guldemond** USA 86.00
6. Billy Morgan** GBR 85.50
7. Niklas Mattsson** SWE 82.75
8. Emil Andre Ulsletten** NOR 79.75
9. Charles Reid** CAN 75.50
10. Alexey Sobolev** RUS 63.00
11. Scotty James** AUS 44.00
12. Lucien Koch** SUI 32.00
13. Yuki Kadono** JPN 31.00
14. Mattias Weissenbacher** AUT 28.75
15. Torgeir Bergrem** NOR 25.00

*Qualifies for Finals
** Qualifies for Semi-Finals

Men’s Olympic Slopestyle Snowboarding Qualifications Results, Heat 2

Heat Rank Name Nation Best Score
1. Maxence Parrot* CAN 97.50
2. Roope Tonteri* FIN 95.75
3. Sven Thorgren* SWE 94.25
4. Gjermund Braaten* NOR 91.25
5. Seppe Smits** BEL 91.00
6. Clemens Schattschneider** AUT 90.00
7. Mark McMorris** CAN 89.25
8. Sage Kotsenburg** USA 86.50
9. Ryan Stassel** USA 81.00
10. Jan Scherrer** SUI 74.50
11. Ville Paumola** FIN 54.75
12. Janne Korpi** FIN 49.75
13. Seamus O’Connor** IRL 40.00
14. Adrian Krainer** AUT 24.25

*Qualifies for Finals
** Qualifies for Semi-Finals

Sochi Olympic Slopestyle Course

Olympic Slopestyle Course

The Rosa Khutor Extreme Park has been gobbling up riders left and right during practice for the 2014 Sochi Russia Olympic Games.  So far Torstein Horgmo (Norway), Marika Enne (Finland), and Shaun White (USA) have sustained insjuries on the Sochi Olympic Sloperstyle Course.

The jump lips are far higher off the landing pads than Olympic qualifier contests have been.  So far the International Ski and Snowboard Federation (FIS) blame Hotgmo’s broken collar bone on the trick he was performing and not the features of the course.  Slopestyle courses are meant to be designed to showcase a riders best ability, not to destroy them with unsafe features.  Finnish snowboarder Roope Tonteri says the jumps are “not really safe.”

Sochi Olympic Slopestyle Course Technical Delegate Bill Van Gilder (BVG) said on Monday, February 3rd that “Today’s features were super-good, they just need a few tweaks to make them even better and the feeling I have is that everyone’s ‘stoked’ with the course.”  Lets all hope that the FIS will listen to the riders pooling together that are demanding course modifications.

All in all we must hope for the safety of every rider and for the best to stand on the podium when the event it finished.