Friday, October 4, 2013. The afternoon was overcast and cold, anticipation hung in the air like linen fresh from the wash bin. The base of Afton Alps Ski Resort was teeming with skiers young and old. Were they there to envision future shlooshing, schmearing, and carving only a few short weeks away? Possibly. Were they there for an electric boogaloo 80s style dance fight in the parking lot? Probably not. More than likely, they were there to see me…standing next to the only American woman to bag Olympic Gold in downhill, achieve four World Cup overall titles, and come away with 59 World Cup wins; none other than Minnesota Native Lindsey Vonn.
Afton Alps was recently purchased by Vail Resorts, becoming the 26th mountain in their new Epic Pass. To promote this and the 10 million dollar capital campaign Vail has in place for improvements to Afton; Vail Ski Ambassador and the Greatest American Skier of All Time, Lindsey Vonn visited with locals at the family oriented ski hill. Under the shadow of more than 70 new snowmaking guns recently acquired by Afton, Vonn met with children from Afton’s Development Team. She graciously signed autographs and took pictures with all the young racers then met with media before addressing the crowd of locals.
Ms. Vonn answered questions about being home and back at Afton, rehabbing her knee after a devastating injury last season, and her goals for 2014. Very informative and very captivating. Yet, something was missing. What makes Lindsey Vonn, Lindsey Vonn? Sensing this void of pertinent information I pounced on the opportunity to discuss such pressing issues as early 90s hair design and prepubescent childhood sitcoms. Finally, the people would get answers to questions keeping them up at night. Finally, there would be peace of ski mind. Friday, October 4, 2013 will be a day that lives on forever. Pulitzer, Emmy; yes I expect these awards but is that the reason for such a hard hitting and fact finding interview? No. I am a man of the people and for the people. A man…of action.
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OUTDOOR ADVENTURERS UNITE AT THE AMONG THE WILD FUNDRAISER
To Support Adventure Sports In Minnesota And Learn Which Athletes Will Be Profiled In The Independent Film Series.
Join Adventure Minnesota Films for an afternoon on the trails and an evening in the park with live music, food, beverages, prizes, an orienteering scavenger hunt and more!
At 5:00 PM, four local athletes will be announced for the Among the Wild film series. The four winners will be featured in a short documentary that will profile the athletes in fierce pursuit of outdoor adventure sports in Minnesota.The fundraiser is expected to draw hundreds of outdoor enthusiasts from across the state, including kayakers, climbers, cyclists, kite boarders, adventure racers and more. Among the Wild was created to unite the adventure community, make a positiveimpact on the world at-large and revitalize Minnesota’s national reputation as an adventure-worthy destination by showcasing our finest athletes and locations.
If you can ride it in MN… you can ride it anywhere. Bam.
This Sunday, Feb 13th, is the third annual Winchfest at the Miller Snow Compound in Mendota Heights across from the skatepark. There will be beer, food, music, prizes and of course the best part – watching people rip it up minnesota style! There’s a high powered winch that tows in snowboarders through what I can only compare to a slopestyle/street course with a GIANT multifeature at the end. We had a great turnout last year and can keep this free event going as long as the people keep coming! This year is the biggest and best yet so be sure to stop by, it will be going on throughout the afternoon. Bring your family and friends, kids welcome too of course! Check out the preview video and details below! Lean more at winchfest.com
**Interested riders bring your stuff, rider eligibility determined at sign up (noon sharp) – under 18 must have parent/guardian signature
The House Boardshop’s own Brett Spurr got out with his crew for the first Minnesota snowfall and put together this legit edit for all you folks to enjoy. These guys are already killing it and the season has only just begun.
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