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!
A lil James Dean impression, starstruck with Glen Plake, and turnin’ it on with the bikini-clad Dot Dash girls
Skiing and Snowboarding Slopestyle is brand new to the Olympic Event Schedule in the 2014 Sochi Games. The Action Snow Sports Industry and the culture which surrounds it has been buzzing with anticipation, seeing this inclusion as extending the reach of these disciplines, adding legitimacy, and furthering the overall progression of skiing and snowboarding. NBC Sports and Primetime Olympic Anchor Bob Costas mirrored this excitement by drawing the obvious parallels between tricks like a switch 10 or corked out backflip with farting into a tube attached to a space helmet Steve O is wearing and pooping onto a model of a bathroom. Read More
On Friday December 20, Afton Alps Ski Area unveiled her new Terrain Park built by X Games Course creators Snow Park Technologies. This is just the cherry on top of the $10million in improvements Vail Resorts has constructed since acquiring the family run ski hill last winter. PaddyO and 3 of The House’s Team Riders, Todd Kirby, Brennen Swanson, and Jordan Daniels, were on hand to put the park to the test.
The House’s Team Riders had an emphatic positive reaction. The new tow rope provides numerous, quick laps. The features are clean and have a good flow. The new jump line is among the best in the Midwest and the one-of-a-kind SPT constructed Signature Feature Wall Ride is “great and gives the rider unlimited options.” However both need refinement. Kirby, Swanson, and Daniels expressed a desire for the Wall Ride to be moved uphill allowing for an easier traverse to the tow rope. The Jump Line could be reduced to 2 large hits instead of the current three.
Kirby stated ” The Jump Line is a great start but there is too much speed being carried from the second landing to the third jump. I would make either two jumps or else make the third jump bigger. The Jump Line is one of the best in the Midwest! No Joke! Little improvements like that will make them even better!”
All three Team Riders described the park as the best and most fun it has ever been while they kicked back in the comfortable and stylish new Landing Zone. PaddyO was seen dance fighting locals for burrito money. When asked to comment he barked “I’m the best gall darn ski boot dancer on this hill,” then consumed a burrito in two sloppy bites. He was last seen combing guacamole out of his mustache.
The most exciting and refreshing decision Afton has made in regards to the new park is their desire to work directly with the park rider. Afton understands this park is an on-going creation, merely version 1.0. They have been taking feedback from riders on hill and via their Facebook Page. If you have ideas, express them in a clean and thoughtful way. Afton Alps is ready to listen and create the most Epic Park the Midwest has ever seen.
Photos: Stephan Jende, http://stephanjende.com/
In early November a group of misfits and socially awkward snow junkies banded together in celebration of the most influential skier of all time — the one, the only, the late and great Shane McConkey. McConkey (the movie) was to be shown that evening at the Pantages Theater in downtown Minneapolis. Dfunk Taylor, Minnesnowta local and avid skier, was inspired to help. Taylor organized the day, creating the opportunity for skiers and snowboarders to give back to the passion burning within. A party bus to Trollhaugen for an early season shred fest, a raffle at The Pourhouse, and a much anticipated screening of the award winning documentary; it was an epic day. We raised our spirits and the corners of our mouths, we raised money for The Shane McConkey Foundation, we raised our hands for high5s. Part of Shane’s life mantra was to live brilliantly, passionately, and do everything with a smile on your face in full recognition of the fragility of the moment. We were able to capture this credo on Friday November 8th. Thanks DFunk…I can’t believe you are a pro, I’m so much better than you (500 G.N.A.R. points)!
The Brown Family of St. Paul, MN have chosen to take on Vail Resort’s Epic Race. Their home ski hill Afton Alps was recently acquired by Vail Resorts and The Browns jumped at the opportunity to compete for a lifetime pass. They recently sat down atop a mountain with PaddyO Man of Action and the Action News Team to delve into their plans. The excitement is palpable, the plans are tremendous, the race is Epic!
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