On Friday December 20, Afton Alps Ski Area unveiled her new Terrain Park built by X Games Course creators Snow Park Technologies. This is just the cherry on top of the $10million in improvements Vail Resorts has constructed since acquiring the family run ski hill last winter. PaddyO and 3 of The House’s Team Riders, Todd Kirby, Brennen Swanson, and Jordan Daniels, were on hand to put the park to the test.
The House’s Team Riders had an emphatic positive reaction. The new tow rope provides numerous, quick laps. The features are clean and have a good flow. The new jump line is among the best in the Midwest and the one-of-a-kind SPT constructed Signature Feature Wall Ride is “great and gives the rider unlimited options.” However both need refinement. Kirby, Swanson, and Daniels expressed a desire for the Wall Ride to be moved uphill allowing for an easier traverse to the tow rope. The Jump Line could be reduced to 2 large hits instead of the current three.
Kirby stated ” The Jump Line is a great start but there is too much speed being carried from the second landing to the third jump. I would make either two jumps or else make the third jump bigger. The Jump Line is one of the best in the Midwest! No Joke! Little improvements like that will make them even better!”
All three Team Riders described the park as the best and most fun it has ever been while they kicked back in the comfortable and stylish new Landing Zone. PaddyO was seen dance fighting locals for burrito money. When asked to comment he barked “I’m the best gall darn ski boot dancer on this hill,” then consumed a burrito in two sloppy bites. He was last seen combing guacamole out of his mustache.
The most exciting and refreshing decision Afton has made in regards to the new park is their desire to work directly with the park rider. Afton understands this park is an on-going creation, merely version 1.0. They have been taking feedback from riders on hill and via their Facebook Page. If you have ideas, express them in a clean and thoughtful way. Afton Alps is ready to listen and create the most Epic Park the Midwest has ever seen.
Photos: Stephan Jende, http://stephanjende.com/
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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.
GFunk stylin the Trestle–Photo: Brad Foley; http://foleyphoto.wordpress.com/
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Steeze McQueen front flip.
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