Posted by frontrangeriffraff on August 31, 2010
Long time, no bloggy. See, last March, after 18 years of hardtail riding, I finally got a full-squish mountain bike, and, well, let’s just say I’ve been riding my ass off.
Anywhoos, the Provo brothers Neil and Ian of the Beehive State known as Utah have been having a pretty epic life. Their videos always get me stoked. You’ll want to watch this sweet schralping action from last season more than once:
Posted in Backcountry, SNOWBOARDING, Video | Tagged: gnar, Ian Provo, Neil Provo, schralp, splitboarding, Utah, Video | 2 Comments »
Posted by frontrangeriffraff on March 5, 2010
‘Cause your dog can’t ski…
Posted in Cute n fuzzy, Video | Tagged: bulldog, cute, doggie, fuzzy, Mountain High Resort, SNOWBOARD, sweet, Tillman | 1 Comment »
Posted by frontrangeriffraff on November 2, 2009
I know it’s a little early to be thinking about Christmas, but this is all I want:
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Posted by frontrangeriffraff on September 5, 2009
You can almost taste it, that approaching change in the weather each September that surely leads to the first fall snowfall up in the hills.
Here’s a sweet video from Zimtstern that should further fuel your winter stoke. (Warning: This video may cause you to run outside and try riding on any available slidable medium.) And then check how they made it.
Posted in SNOWBOARDING, Video | Tagged: fall, leaves, seasons, slide, SNOWBOARDING, stoke, Zimtstern | Leave a Comment »
Posted by frontrangeriffraff on July 23, 2009
Never say never, but I’m finally calling it on my 2008-2009 snowboard season. I was hoping to get in a day in July, but it didn’t come together, and the ocean beckons me until August. So Sunday, June 28, 2009, will go down as day #32, my final run on the slopes until fall.
I’m fully surrendering to summer, with it’s warm backpacking, surfing, camping, river running, stargazing, berry picking, coyote chasing, cruiser riding, ice cream eating, mountain biking, thunderstorm watching, barefoot existence. My solace from the fact that summer saunters quickly away is that the sweet glistening snows of winter get closer with every sunset.
It was a damn fine season of shredding, with good friends, good trips and good snow. From opening day at Loveland Ski Resort, to an epic powder day for the opening of Blue Sky Basin at Vail, to roadtrips to Crested Butte and Wolf Creek, to my first full moon night ride down Loveland Pass, to “short” hikes in Keystone’s back bowls, to riding the snirty snow at Beaver Creek, to an untold number of powder turns and corduroy carves, to pond skimming at A-Basin, to my purchase of a splitboard for even more powder access, its been a sweet one. Oh, and I also started this little ol’ blog, which has been a blast.
I’ll leave you with a little video of my final outing, a solo day with a run down a couloir off the south side of Sawtooth Mountain in the Indian Peaks Wilderness, Colorado. See you next opening day.
Posted in Backcountry, SNOWBOARDING, Video | Tagged: #32, couloir, season, SNOWBOARDING, solo, summer | Leave a Comment »
Posted by frontrangeriffraff on June 16, 2009
Eric Gaertner of the Muskegon Chronicle has a sweet story on Sherm Poppen, the man who built the first mass-produced snowboard, the Snurfer. Poppen’s invention is headed to the Smithsonian. Props.
From the story:
“Poppen built the first Snurfer in 1965, a board similar to a water ski, but better suited for the snow for his children. His idea was picked up by the local Brunswick Corp., which manufactured Snurfers for distribution around the country. It would be almost 20 years later before snowboarding really took off, but Poppen’s original idea was never forgotten.
Much love for Sherm. I owe my winter happiness to him.
Here’s some seriously old-school Snurfing action on the Tubes, which looks much like the modern NoBoard. Funny thing, history. What goes down goes around.
Posted in News, SNOWBOARDING, Video | Tagged: history, invention, Muskegon, Sherm Poppen, Smithsonian, SNOWBOARD, SNOWBOARDING, Snurfer | Leave a Comment »
Posted by frontrangeriffraff on May 28, 2009
On Saturday, May 30, 2009, Arapahoe Basin will host their Spring Splash pond skimming festivities. From the A-Basin webz:
Join us Saturday, May 30, 2009 for the official Spring Splash at Lake Reveal.
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Lake Reveal is the natural lake currently forming mid-way up the mountain. Ski or snowboard across the lake and win all kinds of cool prizes.
Registration is FREE and starts at the top of the course on Lenawee Face at 1:00 p.m. Just look for the big, orange Sobe flag.
Win prizes for best costume, best run, best dunk, best trick and many more.
Bring your camera, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to photograph this one!
This pond skimming event puts all others to shame, ’cause it’s free and easy, and anyone who shows up early can probably skim their ass off before the competition begins at 1 p.m. Plus, the pond is a real temporary pond that forms, unlike all the man-made ponds with plastic liners that other ski resorts build for their pond skimming events.
The pond has been slowly forming for a few weeks, and should be large and in prime shape by Saturday. Last year there was so much snow that the pond never formed before A-Basin closed. The last time the pond was this good was 2006.
A couple of quick tips: The skimming is easier in the mid-morning before the sun and warmer temps cause the snow to get softer and slower. And the crowd is smaller earlier in the day, so there’s less intimidation factor for noobs to give it a whirl. Scope out the pond before your first skim to size it up and pick a smooth exit spot to ride out of. Remember to stay loose and keep your weight back a little. Also, don’t feel like you have to skim the whole pond on your first try, just bite off a piece of it before you go long and impress your brahs on your next run.
Check this video from last weekend for some pointers (and sweet liquid yard sales):
Posted in Cheap Thrills, Resort Events, Video | Tagged: a-basin, Arapahoe Basin, Colorado, crash, faceplant, pond, skimming, splash, spring, Video, wet, YouTube | 4 Comments »
Posted by frontrangeriffraff on May 2, 2009
Posted in Backcountry, Snow, Video | Tagged: April, Backcountry, skiing, splitboard, spring, Uinta Ridge, Utah, Video, Vimeo | Leave a Comment »
Posted by frontrangeriffraff on March 5, 2009
A moose at Steamboat went for a stroll across the resort recently, and a guy from Tennessee got some video.
Warning! The song in the video may cause you to want to strangle yourself.
Posted in Cute n fuzzy, Video | Tagged: animal, Colorado, mammal, moose, ski, Steamboat, stroll, Video, YouTube | 1 Comment »