Checkpoint Minnesota

Statewide Winter Scavenger Hunt Offers 40k in Prizes


Explore Minnesota Tourism has just launched a winter-long scavenger hunt  to be run from December 10 to February 7. The House’s Checkpoint will be at Lutsen Mountains Ski Area. We have put two Minnesota Fat Bikes, two snowboard packages, one ski package, and ten $100 gift cards into the prize mix. Check out the press release and SIGN UP TODAY!


Explore Minnesota Tourism, in partnership with Minneapolis-based Monopoint Media, today launch a statewide scavenger hunt. Called “CHECKPOINT MN,” the project includes 10 checkpoint signs placed at iconic Minnesota winter destinations.

The event is free and runs Dec. 10 through Feb. 7. It aims to mobilize thousands of participants over the course of eight weeks with $40,000+ in prizes, including winter gear, snow bikes, GPS devices, getaway packages, and more. Read More

Surfing In Tignes Frances

Surf TignesFrench photographer Tristan Shu captured his friend Charles Navillod surfing Tignes, France in early season snow.

Surfing predates snowboarding by hundreds of years yet the two sports share a common bond. Snowboarders have been taking inspiration from their beach-bum brethren in an attempt to achieve the same stoke. The influence of surfing  is seen in today’s no boarding movement. Although Charles Navillod’s snowboarding-surfing combo was a creative attempt to further combine the sports it was nothing compared to Signal Snowboards Every Third Thursday – Fish Out Of The Water  – Surfboard Hybrid.

The Signal Crew designed a functional snowboard you could actually surf. Click here to check out the video of Rob Machado catching some waves in SoCal and the Signal Crew shredding some pow at BaldFace in British Columbia.

Rob Machado Shreds A Surfboard/Snowboard Hybrid

Icelantic’s Winter On The Rocks

ghostlandannouncesICELANTIC has corralled two of today’s hottest musical acts for the 3rd Annual Winter On The Rocks Concert at Red Rocks Amphitheater. Ghostland Observatory and Jurassic 5 will take the stage Friday January 31, beneath Denver’s starry winter night sky, amongst the storied red walls of the concert venue. This news comes on the heels of GLO’s announcement of a self-imposed hiatus that suggested the group might be flirting with a break up. On November 22, GLO announced their creative halt via the band’s Facebook page. GLO Heads everywhere went into a tailspin, glitter became less sparkly, the incandescence of glow-sticks dimmed like Tinker Bells’ light. Super fan Dance Fever Keever, shocked and dismayed, retired her famed moves “The Chicken Leg,” “The Wobble,” and her version of Lisa Turtle’s “The Sprain.” When reached for comment The DFK could only muster “Dang y’alls! I can’t even talk about this dang ole thang. I be like so dang-on heartbroken. Plus, I smashed my fanger in the dang-on door!” The dancing queen was inconsolable.

Then last week concert promoter Telluride Ski Resort and ICELANTIC announced Ghostland Observatory would be joining Jurassic 5 for the winter celebration. And just like that, the face paint was broken out, hair crimping flat irons were unpacked, and shimmery golden stretch pants once again had purpose. It seems fitting the electro dance funk GLO has teamed up with Jurassic 5. The Hip Hop group has seen its own episodes of on-again, off-again dramatics.

In addition to the excitement of the J5 and GLO pairing, ICELANTIC has created a contest leading up to the event. The winner of Road To The Rocks will receive a VIP package to the show, roundtrip flights, a 4-night stay in a hotel, lift tickets, 2 pairs of ICELANTIC Skis, and a Jeep to cruise in for the weekend. This is quite possibly the greatest contest ever created for what stands to be the greatest concert of all time.

Start stretching, kiddos. Spit shine your sparkly, sparkly dance princess outfits and get ready to “dance off your pants off.” It is time to turn into Dance-a-jaweyah, PocaHotness, and GeroniWhoa. Perhaps, if we booty clap loud enough, Ullr will hear and reward us all with a storm of the deep fluffy stuff.

Framed Bikes Has A New Fatty

Twin Cities Company Introduces Affordable Fat Bike

The Minnesota Series

Framed Bikes, St. Paul, MN, has created something new and bold in the Mountain Bike Industry: a Fat Bike that is technically sound and affordable. They have just introduced the Minnesota 1.0 and the Minnesota 2.0. Both start under $900. These fatties have a “tighter cockpit” than other bikes in their class giving them the utmost maneuverability and smoothest ride available. These big boys look like The Hulk but move like Spiderman. The most exciting spec point about The Minnesota Series is their versatility in the snow and all extreme weather conditions. The wide platform provides confidence when Mother Nature is crushing snow, rain, sleet, or whatever else she may conjure. Hands down, the Minnesota 1.0 and the Minnesota 2.0 are incredibly fun and the best Fat Bikes around for the money. We are offering a Pre-Order Promotion on our site; which means the consumer receives a free wheel set (value $400), including hubs, rotors, and cassettes.


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Surviving Telluride

Seth Morrison and Jacob Wester Get Shown The Ropes, I Get Sentimental

Last Season, professional freeride extraordinaires Seth Morrison and Jacob Wester rolled into town with the Oakley Team to try and tackle one of North America’s last remaining frontiers: the Telluride Backcountry. The Town of Telluride sits tucked at the end of a box canyon amongst the most concentrated amount of 13ers on the continent. Telluride is a town with a passionate history steeped in equal parts of burliness and funkiness. The skiing community of Telluride is a feverish group of dedicated mountain people. Morrison and Wester were invited into the fold and educated in the exciting backcountry terrain and intensely dangerous San Juan snowpack. From the tip and tail choke of the Jaquin to the ominous walls of the Banana to the prayers needed to take on the 11s, the edits compiled from the pro skiers’ adventure pull at my passion as well as my heartstrings.

I am very biased and show Telluride the most love of any and all ski towns and resorts. I am unashamed in that bias. In fact, I celebrate it. My passion for skiing was birthed there. I worked almost every job a ski bum can dream up: pizza delivery, snowmaking, liftie, ski patrol (just to name a few). I even worked in a Women’s Boutique for a short period. Yes, I named all the mannequins but that’s a whole ‘nother story. Telluride has something different than any other ski town in North America. It can’t be named or pointed at, only experienced. This is the place of double rainbows, hippie hula hoop dancing, facepaint, weirdness, deep snow, ripping runs, and super technical terrain. This is the place where St. Nic Kyle whispers in the woods and Gary visits the sacred 7, where North calls to South with “a big 10-4 von bonderhoffen,” where ScottyP the largest skiing Hoosier alive whoops and hollers. If you haven’t been, go. If you don’t know, get educated. And please rip a couple of mountain crumbling slashes for me. By the way, it’s dumping there.

Check out Oakley’s edits below. Keep a look out for Himay’s dreads (though I wish he bellowed one of his famous Yetti Yulps), Caleb’s sweet goggle tan, Steen McQueen’s boyish charm and captivating smile, Sterbie’s snow weasel knowledge, and the beauty that is Telluride, Colorado.

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