Front Range Riffraff

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Posts Tagged ‘SNOWBOARD’

Your toddler wants to snowboard

Posted by frontrangeriffraff on May 4, 2010


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Say it ain’t so, Jake: Burton to end Vermont snowboard manufacturing

Posted by frontrangeriffraff on March 19, 2010

Burton Snowboards has announced the impending closing of their Vermont snowboard manufacturing plant. From the Burlington Free Press:

“The environment here is not very manufacturing-friendly… a board costs more to make than you than you sell it for,” Burton CEO Laurent Potdevin said Tuesday. Burton will keep its global headquarters in Burlington.

Specifically, the CEO said, labor costs, real estate and utility expenses made it difficult to turn a profit with boards made in Vermont. Health care benefits are among the factors making manufacturing here expensive, he said. It costs “significantly less” to manufacture in Austria, where Burton has made boards for more than 25 years, he said.

I won’t even go into the “health care benefits” issue, being that Austria has tax-funded universal health care, and the health care debate is currently raging, and the main difference between health care in the U.S and health care in Austria is profit, and..oh, wait, I said I’d not go there.

Burton already makes most of their snowboards in Austria and China, but it’s sad that a company that once made all their boards in Vermont is totally pulling the plug on U.S. board manufacturing.

My second snowboard was a Burton. As was my third. And my fourth. But my fifth, a splitboard, was made by Voile in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. And my next snowboard purchase will likely be handcrafted by a backcountry-loving dude in Silverton, Colorado, USA.

Oh, and if any soon-to-be-laid-off Burton employees are looking to move out West, Voile and Venture are hiring:

Ski and snowboard production workers Looking for anyone with experience working with a combination of wood, fiberglass, and composite materials. Ski and snowboard building includes wet lay-up of wood, fiberglass, and composite materials. Hand bending and fitting of steel edge material. Router cut-out of plastic base material. Band saw cut-out and machine sanding and grinding of skis and snowboards. Email your resume to or call us at 801-973-8622.

PRODUCTION TECHNICIAN Full time seasonal worker needed to assist with all phases of the production process at our Silverton, Colorado factory from April through October. No experience necessary but a positive attitude, strong work ethic and passion for snowsliding are a must. For a complete job description and application email

Here’s a little old school Jeff Brushie to cheer you up:

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Reason number 467 why snowboarding is better than skiing

Posted by frontrangeriffraff on March 5, 2010

‘Cause your dog can’t ski…


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Loveland Ski Area to open on Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Posted by frontrangeriffraff on October 6, 2009

Loveland Ski Area has announced that they will be the first ski area in North America to open for the 2009/2010 ski season. Whoot!

Check the race to open updates on Twitter @LovelandSkiArea.

The view from the base as snowmaking operations continue at Loveland Ski Area in Coloradio on Tuesday, October 6, 2009.

The view from the base as snowmaking operations continue at Loveland Ski Area in Colorado on Tuesday, October 6, 2009.

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Mad Smithsonian props to Snurfer inventor Sherm Poppen

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.

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Sick brah! Brociety launches as snowboard version of Steep and Cheap

Posted by frontrangeriffraff on February 19, 2009


It was bound to happen. Brociety just launched as a snowboarders version of Steep and Cheap. It’s the latest online one-deal-at-a-time specialty store from, the same company that bought you the original SAC, plus Tramdock, Chainlove and Whisky Militia. It’s online marketing genius.

But I’m still waiting for somebody to open a photography-only version of SAC. That would be cool. I’d love to see this at 50% off.

Also, there are some really good gear sales going on right now, both online and in real stores. Seems to be the year of the markdown, and I predict more to come. Guess there is an upside to the recession.

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Copper announces opening terrain

Posted by frontrangeriffraff on November 6, 2008

The view at Copper Mountain, Thursday, Nov. 6, 2008. (Courtesy Copper Mountain)

The view at Copper Mountain, Thursday, Nov. 6, 2008. (Courtesy Copper Mountain)

Copper has announced planned terrain openings for this weekend. Press release below:

Copper Mountain is pleased to open one week ahead of its scheduled opening date – welcoming skiers and riders tomorrow Friday, Nov. 7.  Guests will enjoy terrain off the American Eagle lift as well as Opening Weekend specials throughout the Village at Copper.

On Friday, Nov. 7, Copper will open the intermediate Main Vein trail and the American Eagle lift, as well as the Eagle Jib Park with 10 box and rail features.  In addition, for those still perfecting their skiing and riding, Easy Rider lift and the enclosed learning area will also open.

For Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 8 and 9, Copper will also open the Excelerator lift servicing intermediate terrain on Ptarmigan trail.

All lifts will open at 9 a.m., seven days a week until Dec. 19, to give Copper’s on-hill teams more time to prepare the snow for the day ahead. Race training will take place from 6 – 9 a.m. daily on Main Vein trail.

Season Passes are available for the 08/09 Winter season including the Rocky Mountain Super Pass Plus.  New this season, Copper is offering a Woodward at Copper season pass upgrade, as well as the traditional Rocky Mountain Super Pass, Copper Season passes, Transfour Cards and Four Passes.

Copper Savers opening weekend lodging package, starting from $99 per night for a hotel room, is the best way to enjoy Opening Weekend and get out on the snow, without having to fight traffic or the weather.  Please call your Copper Vacation Specialists at 866-534-7443 to book your opening weekend lodging package.  This package is valid Nov. 7 – 8 only, is based on availability, and is not valid for group or conference stays.  Tax, surcharge and booking fee are not included.  Other restrictions may apply.

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Storm’s a-coming

Posted by frontrangeriffraff on November 3, 2008

So, October was warm and dry. Not good for skiing and snowboarding. But October’s so last month…

November is now the it month, and it looks like the first good storm of the season is heading to Colorado. Whoo-hoo. has a nice dynamic snowfall forecast map for the western U.S., so ya’ll can look busy at work while you plan to get some of that sweet, sweet powder.

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Opening Day, Opening Post – Hooray!

Posted by frontrangeriffraff on October 20, 2008

28 a.m., October 15, 2008.

Hours before "first chair," Brian Herrmann of Breckenridge, Colorado, hucks a jump at Loveland Ski Resort, 1:28 a.m., October 15, 2008.

Welcome to Front Range Riffraff. This blog is intended to keep my snow-riding friends up to date on all things skiing and snowboarding.

The name of this blog comes from a Colorado Confidential story published last spring. It touched on fears that the new Vail Resorts Epic Pass would bring too many Front Range skiers and snowboarders to Vail, and that those “Front Range riffraff” wouldn’t bring with them what most Vail merchants want – money. A follow-up story had some spin, a link to a denial, and “taken out of context” and “perhaps been off the record” fun. Either way, I like the name Front Range Riffraff. And since most of my friends live on the Front Range of Colorado, it was chosen.

I’ll be blogging about news and events that I think interest my fellow riders. You may read about a cheap hotel deal, or tips to score sweet powder, or resorts that allow Front Range riffraff to camp in their parking lots.

If this sounds of interest to you, I suggest you subscribe to Front Range Riffraff using your favorite RSS reader. Don’t have RSS? Just Google “RSS” to see what’s up. RSS is a great way to find all the webthings that you want to read. Safari users can use the built-in RSS reader, which is my preferred method.

Please feel free to give me your feedback, comments and questions. Look for “Ask Dude” posts in the future, providing answers to all your snow-related queries.

See ‘ya in the pow.


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