March 21, 2014– It was a warm, greybird day at Wild Mountain. In the early morning, the snow came down wet and heavy, in a furious choke. The Park Crew had spent the week building a channel gap, which had a 60ft transfer, and a Frankenstein rail feature. The snow was turning to sludge, concrete; antagonizing the group of skiers that had assembled to shred. House Team Riders Dan Hampton, Cody Thornberg, and Shane McNally, along with pals Kyle Thornberg, Craig Weiler, Mac Mitchell, Mitch Forsythe, Andrew Tolzmann, and a brief visit from the screamin’ Norwegian Kenny Jorgenson, hammered a stellar full-day session despite Mother Nature’s best efforts to trash the party. Nothing a couple sprays of RainX can’t solve (seriously, these bros sprayed the bases of their skis to make this happen). Big thanks to Kyle Thornberg and the Wild Mountain Park Crew, as well as the entire Wild Mountain Staff.
Music: “Feel The Heat,” WorldCAT Read More
On March 26, 2009, Shane McConkey was killed in a tragic ski-BASE jumping accident while filming for Red Bull and Matchstick Productions in the breathtaking Dolomites of Italy. Five years ago, the skiing world lost one of it’s most influential and charismatic characters. One of the fathers of rocker technology, Shane pushed skiing to challenge old ideals and reminded us all that at it’s core, Skiing is a pursuit of happiness. We all lost one of Life’s joy ambassadors and it seemed as though things became a bit darker.
However, it has become increasingly clear, especially with recent events in my life, that the ripple effects of tragic moments should be harnessed for happiness rather than a deployment for sorrow. These moments should stand as a reminder of the tenderness and fragility of life. Rather than using them for points of struggle and condemnation, we can move forward with the awareness of Life’s gentle nature and act out of love rather than anger, passion rather than fear. Let us use this day to act as if Shane would act. Smile and give a smile, live brilliantly and ferociously in every tender moment, lean into them and extract every drop of juice from their fruit, then give back twice as much as you took.
Thank you Shane. Today is your day. “You have one life. Live it.” Read More
No words are needed to explain why this is a must see. Enjoy this clip of powder skiing in Hakkaido, Japan with SASS Global Travel. This is the same guiding company that House Team Rider Garrett Russell works for. Seems like Garrett’s got the right idea… Read More
When Flow Snowboards pro rider Mike Basich gets and idea it’s usually a pretty good one. The idea was simple – start a shot holding a GoPro on a pole and then let it go and have it fly away on a drone collecting the rest of the shot. What does the future hold for shots like this?
As the hype surrounding the athletes of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics dies down, Gretchen Bleiler, Olympic and X-Games medalist, is trying to keep the buzz surrounding Russian Olympic construction, environmental destruction and subsequent fallout at more than a gentle hum. Bleiler is using her athletic celebrity and Protect Our Winters board membership as a platform to call out the Russian Government and the IOC. Russia spent $50billion on the Olympics…that is one expensive mask! Read More
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