2014 Sochi Olympic Boardercross Course

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Olympic Snowboard and Ski Cross Course Revealed

You’re looking at a sneak peak of the Rosa Khutor Resort 2014 Winter Olympics Sochi, Russia Boardercross (Skicross or whatever) Course. For some reason the discipline is called a few different things; Boardercross, Snowboard Cross, SBX, Skicross, Ski Cross, or SX are a few of the names but they all mean the same thingbut the names mean the same thing, carnage. That’s why, for the remainder of this blog post, the discipline will be written as Carnage Cross.

Carnage Cross is pretty simple, the fastest person down the course wins. It’s skiers vs skiers and snowboards vs snowboarders, but before the athletes race against each other they have to go through an elimination process. Carnage Cross racers do a time trial to be placed into seeded brackets. In Ski Carnage Cross 4 skiers battle head to head, for Snowboard Carnage Cross 6 snowboarders battle head to head until the brackets are closed and there is a final winner.

Okay okay Carnage Cross sounds weird, back to the normal names. The 2014 Sochi Olympic Boardercross / Skicross Course consists of step downs, table tops, berms, rollers, step ups, and shark pits and is roughly 1,250 meters long, that’s 4,101.05 feet, almost a mile! After you’re done watching Skeleton make sure to watch Boardercross, it never disappoints.

If you plan to compete in a Boardercross event this year I highly suggest wearing a helmet.  Check them out HERE.

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Tame The Dragon

GoPro Adventure Series

Chris Davenport, Lynsey Dyer, Travis Rice, and John Jackson crush the Andes Mountains in this new edit from GoPro‘s Adventure Series. The entire clip is shot with GoPro equipment and showcases some brand new and stellar mounting positions. It is an absolutely incredible edit that not only showcases the talent of these world renowned Action Sports Superstars but highlights the love that unites them no matter their discipline. There is not a “rivalry” between sculptors and painters. Why then do we feed a conflict between artists who speak through snow. The scenery is breath taking, the skiing is awesome, the snowboarding is phenomenal, the stoke is universal.

 

Framed Bikes New Site Has People Buzzing!

So the guys at Framed Bikes launched their new site and leaked some info on their new fat bikes.  Then Gearjunkie.com ran with a story about the new bikes.  So we thought we should give some more info before we have them available for pre-order on the-house.com.

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So here’s a quick low down…

The Minnesota 1.0 will be $799 and the Minnesota 2.0 will be $899.

Key differences…

Gearing – The on the Minnesota 1.0 is SRAM X5 1×9 and the Minnesota 2.0 is SRAM X5 2×9.

Tires–   The Minnesota 1.0 has Vee Rubber Mission 72TPI (Wire Bead, 1,800grams +/– 50)
–    The Minnesota 2.0 has Vee Rubber Mission 120TPI (Folding, 1,430grams)

Chain   –    The 2.0 features the KMC X9 chain

Pedals   –   The 2.0 features Alloy Machined Pedals (removable pins)
Finish   –   The 2.0 series has a combo of painted/anodized rims, hubs, seat clamps and head badge.

 

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The Goods…

The guys at Framed built out a 29er semi slick wheel set (Innova tires) on 135MM front and 170MM rear hubs.  They will have BB5 rotors mounted and the same cassette on the rear hub.  This is to transition from a fat to a light weight and fast street friendly bike. To make the switch from off road all terrain fatties to city slicker slim tires can be done in under 2 minuets, and is completely too-less!  Sell price for the slick tire set will be $249.95. 

These bikes will be available end of January to early February.  The-House.com will be running a promotion on pre-orders of both models…they will be giving away a set of the Fast Switch Wheel set with all pre-orders.

 Let us know if you have any questions and check back in a couple days for a pre-order link!

 

Garrett Russell Keeps It Weird

Skiing’s Soulful Goofball Joins The House

Telluride born and raised, UNIVERSEity and Soul Bro College educated; Garrett Russell is a mustache-clad man who lives his life artistically communicating with the world through rhythms and wave lengths only certain lucky few pick up on. Perhaps his artistic virtuosity is nowhere better exemplified than in his skiing; which is free flowing, progressive, creative, and undeniably soulful. Garrett is tapped in, plugged into the source. His skiing is his artform not his sport. The mountain his canvas, Line Skis his paint brush.

There is something about Garrett Russell which keeps him in skiing’s fervent elite as a stand alone. It is his aesthetic which makes his skiing independently beautiful but it is his joyous spirit which sets him apart. A wise and well traveled soul can be seen in the glint of his eye under his Smith Shades. Often seen with his head cocked back, mouth agape and smiling, infectious laugh coursing through his body like an electrical current. As much as he lives to ski, to pursue his art; Garrett lives to laugh and pass his adoration of the poetic journey of life on to his fellows.

Is he a goofball? Yes. Has he pulled himself through a Straw Sun Hat while riding on the largest motorized Bro Floatilla that the Colorado River has ever seen; all the while screaming “MOTORIN’?” Of course. Did he wear extra tight and short spandex while guiding a raft filled with super hotties on that same river trip noting “Dude, I keep forgetting to actually paddle?” Mmmhmmm. Does he throw gigantic stylie corked out tricks off the trestle next to the Observatory when winter blankets TelluRado? Chaa braahh. Has he had trouble signing a Team Contract because he is in Argentina and “I still have to find a printer in the city, which I live 11km from, so as soon as I find a horse to ride into to town I will track one down?” Yes.

Garret Russell is different. He sees life as a brilliant dance of fireworks exploding like spiders across the sky. He dances in those flashes of colorful light and we are all lucky enough to watch. Welcome to The House Garrett. Welcome home ya big Weirdo. We could not be more excited to wave our freak flag along with you.

 

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GFunk stylin the Trestle–Photo: Brad Foley; http://foleyphoto.wordpress.com/

 

 

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Hand Plants for days!

 

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Steeze McQueen front flip.

 

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Argentine Selfie.

 

McConkey’s G.N.A.R. Lives On

Squallywood: A Vibe for All Ski Towns

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“Squallywood” began as the affectionate nickname for the ski-able terrain under the famous Squaw Valley KT 22 lift. On powder days a fever burns in every skier and snowboarder; a fact of mountain life true in any resort town. However, in Squaw, there is an intimacy of the shared stoke between mountain crushers and KT22 line riders. Skiers and boarders fly closely over the extreme terrain. Loving and heartfelt heckling can be heard as one tries to get radical, extreme, and gnarly. The area became known as Squallywood. Rob Gaffney, of the ski-famous Gaffney Brothers, wrote a book of the same title to serve as a guide to the many lines presented in the rocky slope and technical terrain. At the end of the text is a detailed description of the game known as G.N.A.R. The game serves as a reminder to not take skiing too seriously, to stoke the fire of the inner goof ball, and to make as many others smile while your looking to find your own. It’s a game and a vibe which reaches further than Squaw, though the term was coined there. It exists in all mountain ski towns. It evokes the inspirational stoke of one of it’s founders; the late and great Shane McConkey. McConkey was the most influential skier of all time and the goofiest. His extreme humor almost overshadowed his creative skiing. He still serves as a reminder that skiing at its core is an activity for pure enjoyment, pure fun. G.N.A.R. reminds us all not to take ourselves too seriously and to never act like Joe Extreme Cool Ski Guy. Have fun, kick ass, smile, and above all else get GNARly!

By the way, I’m the best skier on this blog. I stick uphill ice…every time. (500 G.N.A.R. points!!!)

Brush up on your G.N.A.R!!!

Check out the GNARly celebration!