Black Diamond Jetforce Airbag Backpack

Jet Force

SIA 2014 Top Gear Pick

The SnowSports Industries of America Tradeshow has been revealing the latest and greatest advancements in winter mountain adventuring for the last 60 years. The Denver Convention Center was filled this past January 30 thru February 2 with exciting new gear. Among the standouts was Black Diamond’s Jetforce Airbag Backpack. As backcountry skiing has become more popular or rather more crowded, Airbag Backpack systems have seen improvements and refinements. The Jetforce is the sleekest and most refined system to date. Black Diamond worked with Pieps and the military to develop a cold weather lithium battery to power the fan used for inflation. Taking a mere 3 seconds to inflate one of the largest (200 liters) and burliest bags on the market, the hard wired battery offers something firing pin systems lack: the ability to deploy the bag with no additional cost. The battery allows up to 4 deployments on a single charge. The adventurer can practice life saving skills as one does with an avalanche beacon or re-inflate the bag in the event of a secondary slide or release of hangfire. At the SIA demo, the rep stated the bag can also stay inflated with up to a 6 inch gash and demonstrated the ease of packing the deflated bag. The backpack is also travel ready; without compressed air or a firing pin there is no need to stow the bag in the ski carrier outside the Helicopter or check it on a commercial airplane. The Black Diamond Jetforce Airbag Backpack was the best new innovation at the Snow Show and is the best system on the market. Read More

2015 Line and Full Tilt Sneak Peaks

A Look Behind the Curtain, Thanks to SIA2014

The ultimate industry trade show, SnowSports Industries of America, revealed all the goods for the 2015 Winter Season. Here is a sneak peak of some all new offerings to the snow gods from Line Skis and Full Tilt Ski Boots. Say goodbye to the Prophet Series but hello to the all new all mountain Supernatural Series. They are stone cold crushers. Eric Pollard refined his Mr. Pollard’s Opus and Sir Francis Bacon and added another to the quiver for next year. The new hyper-color Dropkick can be seen in Sochi. Dollo and BDog are killing them again with the super funky updated B&E Pro Model. Seth Morrison’s Pro Model is stiffer and primed for big, steep, deep powder lines.

Stay tuned to The House for more reveals, sneak peaks, and edits.

SIA 2014

PaddyO Checks Out New Gear, Things Get Weird

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!

We Are Skiing

A lil James Dean impression, starstruck with Glen Plake, and turnin’ it on with the bikini-clad Dot Dash girls

2015 Salomon Sneak Peak

SIA 2014 Previews The Goods From Salomon

 

Here is a sneak peak at a few of my favorite new offerings from Salomon for the 2015 season. Salomon just debuted new gear at the 60th SnowSports Industries of America Trade Show in Denver, CO. The show was incredible and filled with great new product. Salomon definitely caught my eye with updates to the award winning Q Series and Rocker2 Series. The Quest Pro 130 Ski Boot is incredibly lightweight but super burly. The standout for me was the updated Bobby Brown Pro Model, the 2015 NFX or No Fucking Excuses. It is sturdy and damp underfoot but lively in the tip and tail. It is the absolute park and pipe weapon for the 2015 Season. It also has the coolest name of any ski at the show.

Keep it locked with The House for more sneak peaks and edits premiering 2015 gear. Stay tuned!!!

PaddyO Shreds Copper Mountain

SIA 2014 On Snow Demo

I just got back from one of the most exciting and smile inducing trips of my life. I was sent out to SIA to check out all the sneak peaks of 2015 gear: skis, boots, bindings, apparel, you name it— it was there. The show in Denver was incredible and my skiing appetite was in a ravenous fervor. Mother Nature decided to tease us all as we were inside the Denver Convention Center talking about skiing. She deposited a huge storm across Colorado. Luckily for us Copper Mountain was hosting the On Snow Demo, had received a hefty fresh blanket of white, and was continuing to accumulate. The conditions were perfect to click into brand new skis for next years season. Here’s a quick little teaser edit. Keep it locked with The House to find out my picks and favorites for the 2015 Season. More to come!!!

Big thanks to Nick from K2, Nick and Sam from Nordica, and Mr. Matt Sterbenz himself from 4FRNT. It was a blast skiing with y’all…and oooohhhhweee those skis!!! Thanks Copper for hosting such an awesome event. Can’t wait to get back!