Sunday, April 27, 2014. The day was windy and cold, dreary and grey. Rain fell from the glum skies like the tears of a dejected wallflower at his first incredibly awkward high school dance. The Twin Cities were a morose Midwestern scene. Soggy skiers meandered through “The Land of 10,000 Lakes” looking for a ray of sunshine, for a spotlight of inspiration, for hope. They need look no further than the iconic beacon of light that boldly adorns my upper lip–my crumb catcher, my mouth brow, my ode to Tom Selleck (who is also my spirit animal)–the famed PaddyO mustache. In a completely unrelated story, Minnesota native and Olympic Champion Lindsey Vonn traveled back to her hometown to visit with media and fans alike.
Vonn, the Minnesnowta Maiden herself, returned to Minneapolis as part of her Vail Resorts ambassadorship in promotion of Afton Alps and the Epic Pass. Afton just finished its first epic season under the Vail Banner and what a season it was! Ten million dollars in improvements included ticket office redesign, a brand new park, massive snowmaking upgrades, and customer service improvements. The Blonde Bomber met with fans, graciously signing autographs and slapping 5 with young ski racers.
Linz (that’s what she likes me to call her) sat and answered benign questions from mundane news folk, questions she has been asked millions of times before and will surely be asked millions of times in the future. I could see in her eyes she yearned for another meaningful conversation with me. A conversation about tater tot casserole, Olympic Ski Racer leg wrestling and dance fighting, the Minnesnowta nasal dialect, and other subjects of consequence. I swooped in like a freedom hawk and rescued her as a knight saves a damsel, as Prince Eric saved Ariel.
As part of her physical training to rehab her recent knee injury, Vonn carried me a la “Officer and a Gentleman” over to the fireside setting that would serve as our interview locale. As the hearth warmed our souls and the mantle held our hearts, I got to the bottom of things. Once again two hearts became one, once again the deep connection was made, once again “the greatest interview to ever occur” occurred…but do not fret. When I win my Emmy or Grammy or whatever it is that journalists win, I won’t forget the public. PaddyO is a man of the people, for the people…a man of action! Read More
Jon Stark does it again with a new installment of Chickenmeat. Mindblowing creativity from riders Jed Anderson, Mikey Rave, Scott Stevens, and Cale Zima can be found throughout the whole edit. Awesome job Stark, awesome job.
When Flow Snowboards pro rider Mike Basich gets and idea it’s usually a pretty good one. The idea was simple – start a shot holding a GoPro on a pole and then let it go and have it fly away on a drone collecting the rest of the shot. What does the future hold for shots like this?
If you haven’t seen this yet, you probably should.
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
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