Glowing Man – L.E.D Night Snowboarding

Matt Chase The Next Kid Out Of The Midwest

2:23 is a Hammer!

Matt Chase may be young but he has skills of a seasoned veteran.  Matt, a local rider from Minnesota  has only been riding for 3 seasons and has achieve much more than the average shredder.  From winning the USASA National Championship’s Cholula Trick of the Day to killing it everyday in every condition.  This 15 year old mad child is unstoppable!  Make sure to keep your eyes out for this little ripper in the future.

 

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History of Snowboarding Photography

Open Shutter with Andy Wright

Part 1 of 2 gives you a glimpse into the vaults of Andy’s early work. From his first published photo of Jason Brown in 1997 to the end of the film era, Andy recalls a few stories behind his favorite shots before life went digital.

Andy Wright – a living legend in the world of snowboard photography. Andy has been around the world on a 15 year streak shooting with the best snowboarders along the way. If you have thumbed through a snowboard magazine in the past decade and a half and not seen a shot by Andy…chances are, you could be blind. Currently, as a senior photographer for Transworld Snowboarding, his photos keep your eyes wide open and drooling over style. With no signs of burning out, Andy will continue to please your brain for many years to come, bringing only the best of the best.

Part 2- Takes you behind the computer screen. Sit down with Andy and hear his thoughts on digital photography, along with a few stories behind his favorite photos from 2009/2010.

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Why Snowboarding is Dangerous | Hero Hour pt. II

underage drinking causes snowboarding crash

***from the archives. You, circa 1999

Ladies and gentlemen, the highly-anticipated pt. II of Why Snowboarding is Dangerous | Hero Hour

 

Those kids are the other half of the family problem. Everyone knows that ski school is really just on-hill babysitting, but that hasn’t stopped some imported instructor from pumping kids full of the idea that two hours under their teaching has put them straight onto the heels of Shaun White.

 

When the fathers pick up their kids, each has the desire to show off burning inside them hotter than the fireplace back at the cabin. The aftermath of all this results in Dads hanging over rails like wet laundry while his kid is stuck on a nearby takeoff, looking like a detached segment of a human centipede attempting to crawl to safety.

 

Then, there are the heroes who get hurt in the park no matter what their ability level may be. These are the supermen of snow who have found their kryptonite…the lodge bar. Drinking at the elevations where resorts reside tones down everyone’s tolerance. Combine this phenomenon with an entire day of watching girls leave the bar with guys that can actually shred and suddenly those jumps look a lot smaller from the view of the barstool. The coming catastrophe is aided by the fact that the only thing keeping these guys out of the drop zone is a comfortably seated ride on a chairlift.

 

Most kids out there look up to heroes of all sorts, but beware young friends, these are not the ideal idols. Park crew and ski patrol are in charge of cleaning up these injuries. Since it takes a while to load up the meat cart and get the injured down to first aid, any employee getting involved in the rescue effort also risks a lengthened day. For this reason alone you are assured rookie treatment, on account of the experienced diggers and patrollers having already untied their boots and placed their gloves in front of the heater.

 

So how should an informed snowboarder like yourself avoid the pitfalls of Hero Hour? It’s the easiest trick tip ever; Know your ability. And if you don’t know it, one-drink some hot toddies and step up to a shot-ski before you strap in.

Why Snowboarding is Dangerous | Hero Hour pt. 1

snowboarding superhero crash

"Mom! Are you getting this?"

There is a time when every mountain experiences a period of simultaneous terror and joy; dependant on whether you’re there to pay the bills of living in a ski town, or for some R & R from that 9- 5 that’s got your hair turning grey at 24.  This interesting epoch always occurs during the last sixty minutes of any resort’s operating hours, when visitors see their last chance to squeeze all the value out of that $70 day pass dangling from their zipper. This is Hero Hour, when boys try to become men, but usually just end up standing on a takeoff or splattered across the knuckle of a jump. Meanwhile, resort employees must deal with the nightmare of controlling this chaos.

It’s no secret that the mountain worker is a rare breed on many fronts, but Hero Hour really exemplifies the sacrifice they make in order to live where others vacation.  Statistics show that 99.7% of the entire workforce prefers the last hour of the work day to any other, so you can deduce that the remaining .3% must be the diggers and patrollers that make your ski trip possible. Why is the mountain man not a fan of the last hour? Simple. The day ticket holder sees this on-snow span as a holy grail equivalent to the way that locals revere a midweek, bluebird powder day. When these folks reach the closing hour, it is not uncommon to see them tangled in slow fences, stuck in tree wells, or participating in the occasional liftline brawl.

Elementary math and vacation-minded reasoning are what feed this phenomenon. At 9am, a ticket has its full face value–whatever dollar amount the chosen mountain has charged for a day on their slopes.  As hours pass and daylight dwindles, less time is left on the ticket, therefore risk equals reward to the hero as less time missed due to injury is being gambled with each risky maneuver.

Most of every hour’s heroes can be divided into two subgroups; the families and the drunks. Father figures tend to be the impetus for family participation in Hero Hour. A morning of ripping corduroy has got Dad reliving his glory days from the ol’ college ski team and now he’s ready to show those hoodlums in the board park what used to be the meanest double daffy this side of the Rockies. However, Dad will soon find out that two kids and a desk job have not left him as limber as he was in the days of keg and one-night stands…

Check back on Friday for pt. II of Hero Hour!