Ok, ok, yes, it’s great that summer has arrived. Flipflops are spectacular, sand between the toes feels amazing, and dipping feet into lakes,rivers, and oceans is a nice reprieve from boot-bound winter months. A suntan(burn) on skin other than my face from nose to chin is a pleasant reminder that shorts and t-shirts are the seasonal uniform. BBQs, beach volleyball, slowpitch softball, boats, sunny hikes, SUPing, biking, climbing, coffee on Main Street, tubing…; the summer activities list is endless, the gals are sunkist, and everybody smells like Coppertone (mmmm…sunscreen is the best perfume.) However, I find myself daydreaming about the white room, graupel laden wind blowing sideways, hiking in single digits on frozen scree fields to get to the goods, the initiation of the turn…ahhhhh. It’s an undeniable fact of my existence: I love winter. I love to ski. I love the snow.
I take solace knowing I am not alone. I am surrounded by winter loving, mountain day dreaming ski and snowboard *bums here at The House. We find it easiest to deal with our drifting minds by laughing at the stereotypical remarks found on every hill. These two clips are oldies but goodies. Laugh, high5, and dream of next winter my friends. It’ll be here before you know it. Until then, we call next on bocce…
*Bum, when in reference to an avid skier or snowboarder, is a term of endearment like Bro, Brah, or Mi Amigo/Mi Amigs
The Wild One herself is at it again. House Rider Alex Taran (@alex_taran), our very own skiing version of Patti Smith, is by far the gnarliest chica on two planks on any side of the Mississippi. This past March while California’s winter drought was sucking up the passion from “normal” skiers, Alex ventured deep into the Sierra backcountry to chase winter down. Along with her was everybody’s favorite skiing vegan, David “Cruchy Granola” Steele (@davidpowdersteele). The duo had to constantly change plans and routes due to adverse weather, bulletproof snow, road closures, and every other curve ball under the sun life offers up when a mission is in progress. Hardship? Ha, no way. These two rolled with the punches and ski’d some killer lines including “Hole In The Wall” by Mammoth Lakes. The trip was so much fun in fact that it was hard to control bodily functions…they don’t call her Sh*tshow for nothin’.
Hole In The Wall
Alex Taran jump tunin’ on bulletproof inthe middle of Hole In The Wall
Oooopsie…too much fun
Even after watching this video 3 times my thoughts about pogo sticking are relatively the same, it’s pretty weird. From the looks of the edit, the Cooligans take pogo sticking very seriously. Imagine the countless number of hours it took to learn those tricks.
On another note what do the Cooligans say to each other when they want to pogo stick? Go stick? Go sticking? I’m at a loss here.
If you happen to enjoy sticking make sure to wear a HELMET.
Keri Herman grew up in Bloomington, MN, moved out to Colorado for college, and blew up on the international freeskiing scene. She was fortunate enough to represent the Stars and Stripes in Sochi this winter. EpicTV gave the tater tot casserole loving aerialist a GoPro and let her go wild. What she recorded in her video diary, entitled Rise and Shine, is one of a kind and pretty darn hilarious. She even captures House Team Rider and Women’s Halfpipe Gold Medalist Kaitlyn Farrington spilling coffee on her white Team USA pants. Look for cameos from fashionably confused Nick Goepper, a strutting Devin Logan, a sleepy Joss Christensen and Gus Kenworthy, and more by clicking READ MORE below.
Check out the ski that got Keri to the Olympics here!
Oops…House Team Rider Kaitlyn Farrington spills a cup-a-joe on some special pants…
The ManBoys are a slash away, with the help of TransWorld Snowboarding, from the greatest web series ever. Mark Sollors (Burton Snowboards), Rusty Ockenden, Jody Wachniak, Robjn Taylor, Matt Belzile, and Chris Rasman compile the crew known as The ManBoys who are based out of Whistler, BC. Stay tuned for tons of action.
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