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!

THE MUSTACHE

Mankind’s Face Ornament

Happy MoVemeber my friends! What a wonderful opportunity we all have to totally kick cancer’s ass by growing the greatest gift life has…The Mustache. It’s like putting a bow on the present that is your face. It’s like a DeLorean; only there’s no need for a Flux Capacitor, no need to gun it to 88mph’s…one must only gaze into fury stare to be whisked away to a classier time. . Click on the links below to get classy and get involved. Enjoy the hilarious pump up videos as well. Find Out MO Here!!! The House Team Mo-Manly Tee Shirt

It’s Mustache Season!

Join Us Mo-Brothers and M0-Sisters

Movember is here and you know what that means, it’s  Mustache Season! This year The House is teaming up to help raise awareness for men’s health. Now, we’re on the hunt for a few fearless MO-Brothers and MO-Sisters to Join Our Team! Together we can change the face of men’s health! (Raise $50 and get 10% off your next order raise $100 and get a House Mo Manly T-Shirt for FREE!)

We grow for our families, our fathers, our friends, and our futures. We grow to ensure that we and every person on the planet gets the chance to live life to the fullest.  By Supporting The House’s team, Mo-Sota, and Movember you’re really supporting yourself, your family, and your future. So Mo-on, my Mo-Bros and Mo-Sistas, Mo-on…

If you’re not into team activities, that’s ok. You can always pick up a Movember Tee Shirt for $25 and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to Movember.

Ways to Help!

  1. Grow a Mo and Join Our Team. Help raise some funds for nuts and butts. If you raise 50 dollars  you’ll receive 10% off your next order. Raise $100 and we will send you a Free Movember Mo-Manly Tee.
  2. Buy a Mo Manly T-Shirt and 100% of the proceeds will be donated  to Team Mo-Sota.
  3. Donate to the team and help kick cancer’s ass!

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Wicked Slopes – What to do on Halloween

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Halloween falls on a Thursday this year, which means responsibilities await us the morning after.  So instead of staying up into the wee hours of Friday morning snacking on Snickers and sipping on Zombies, we recommend doing something different… something you might consider classic.  This year, do the Halloween partying at the slopes!

Before Halloween arrives, contact your local ski resorts or visit their websites to see if anything is going down on the 31st.  Throughout the states, it’s common for resorts to shy away from standards and fill their hills with the walking dead and ghoulish freaks.  Some ski areas that get scary for Halloween include Sundance Resort in Utah, Crystal Mountain in Michigan, the Cranmore Mountain Resort in New Hampshire and Buck Hill in Minnesota.

At these places and other resorts throughout the states, you can find everything from haunted lift rides (sounds dangerous, right?), haunted forests, and playgrounds.  At Buck Hill, a ski resort in our neck of the woods, you can walk through the haunted outdoor pathways while experiencing Frightmares, the name of the resort’s haunted adventures.

After you partake in one of these ghoulish events, you can keep the spooky resort theme going in the comfort of your home with any of these top 5 winter inspired movies of horror:

  1. The Shining (1980)

    The only thing better than Jack Nicholson’s craze and humor in this movie is the vastness of the setting.  Called The Overlook Hotel in the movie, the setting is actually based on The Timberline Lodge in Oregon.  The aerial shots of this hotel and ski resort in The Shining evoke an eeriness in viewers unlike any other movie.  It does not take long for the viewer to feel as isolated as the Torrance family.

  2. Frozen (2010)

    We’re not talking about the magical Disney princess movie here!  We’re talking about three skiers stuck on a chairlift and forced to make a few tough decisions.  The Utah run where the film was shot was apparently haunted by a suicide victim who had killed himself in that very spot a year before.  This movie is the reason why I put Snickers in my pocket before I snowboarding.  Trailer

  3. Dead Snow (2009)

    Once they combined Nazis with zombies they knew they had gold. The rest are just trivial details. You’ll pee your pants laughing and call Mommy for help all at the same time. This preview says it all: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWQ-pc9YDsA

  4. Iced (1988)

    Directing and acting are not this movie’s strong points but this still is a winter slasher classic and it is high-larry-us!  This movie has everything including sex, drugs and cheesiness!  Read this fine review.

  5. Avalanche Sharks (2013)

    There are no words to describe this movie.  You must watch the trailer to believe!   Interesting fact about this movie (can’t be verified) but we’re pretty sure all scenes were shot on the first take.

Do you plan on going or already have experienced  haunted slopes this Halloween?  Want to recommend a movie?  If so, let us and our readers know by leaving a comment.

 

McConkey and A Ski Day To Remember

Full Day Event Is Ready To Rock Minneapolis

When Derrick Taylor; avid skier, professional Gnarologist, and Minnesota native, heard that McConkey was coming to Minneapolis his first thought was “How can I help?!” His brainchild: A Ski Day to Remember. Taylor has created a full day event that leads up to the screening of the film at the Pantages Theatre. The plan includes a “Goof Troop” bus ride to Buck Hill, extreme shred fest, a fundraiser, a PoorHouse Happy Hour, the sickest Raffle of all time, and a full day of hyping the documentary. Proceeds from A Ski Day to Remember go to The Shane McConkey Foundation. Not only is McConkey the MUST SEE FILM OF THE YEAR but A Ski Day to Remember is THE MUST ATTEND EVENT OF THE WINTER!!! The amount of hi5′s on Novemeber 8, 2013 will be as endless as Shane’s passion for life. Be there or be square!

To find out how you can get involved with this rad event click here.