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!
Ski Superstar Jossi Wells stopped by The House to chat with PaddyO about the saddest truth: his extreme and utter lack of a Shampoo Sponsor. Jossi is known for his high flying acrobatics and technical precision in Ski Halfpipe and Slopestyle. More notably, he is known for his coif and beard. His new wave Tony Hawk esque side part comb-over and chiseled grizzled soup strainer crumb catcher are inspiring and eye catching cabeza adornments. Yet they are on the brink of becoming a hindrance. The beauty of their look is undercut by their noxious nature. Quite frankly (and Jossi admits), his head smells like the inside of a kangaroo pouch. How can Jossi concentrate on ripping mountain crumbling slashes when the heat from his french onion soup, burnt Korean BBQ, and low tide smelling beard melts his goggles? He can not. How can he concentrate on throwing whirly birds in the stunt ditch when his hair looks like an Exxon Mobile disaster? He can not. This Kiwi needs a Shampoo Sponsor like Hall needs Oates, like Soul Glo needs the Jerry Curl, like spandex needs the deep single leg squat and forward lunge. Sponsoring this man’s dome piece and face fur is sponsoring his future, allowing him to be the man he is meant to be. Let us band together in an alliance for aroma, a fellowship of fuzz. We’re with you Jossi, you Weirdo Beardo…we’re with you!
(photo: Stephan Jende, www.stephanjende.com)
That’s right, People Magazine awarded House Boardshop employee and overall man hunk Shane the Sexiest Man Alive. If it wasn’t for his baby blue eyes, chiseled jaw line, and flawlessly sculpted hair Shane would be just another average joe, but he’s not. If you think Adam Levine can get the ladies, he stands no chance against what Shane pulls in. Not only is Shane a total babe, but he loves back lipping boxes on his skateboard and snowboard!
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