Shay Update

04 Nov, 2008

Today is Election Day so I hope everyone is planning to vote or already has. I mailed in my ballot a couple weeks ago so I feel good about it.

Winter is almost here, I am anxiously awaiting snow here in Steamboat Springs but until then I am spending the weekends in Summit County for my snowboarding needs.

I am glad to be out on the slopes again, this photo was taken on Saturday at Loveland.

This month is the start of the on-snow demo’s offering up the chance to ride more boards and bindings to review. Earlier I asked for reader input on what to ride and what people want reviews on. Feel free to add to the comments with your own suggestions. Some companies are harder to get and offer very limited demos so I will try my hardest to get on them and in some cases, I am working to borrow the boards to review and then send them back.

In the test riding world, should be trying out new Never Summer prototypes within the next month or two. I have heard about them but I am keeping it a secret. Looking forward to when I can give out more information and updates on upcoming products for Never Summer or other companies.

I am looking forward to some changes with It’ll be a step in the right direction and I hope my readers welcome it. I’ll put out more information when I can. I appreciate any input from the readers, any suggestions or changes you’d like to see are welcome.

Finally got some great interviews planned and coming up, articles that I am currently working on and will continue to be hitting the slopes, riding gear and lots to talk about from Shay World.

Here’s a look at the winter ahead:


  • I was supposed to be in Vermont next week but the trip got rescheduled so I’m waiting to hear when I’ll be making my way east.
  • Most of this month will be demo’s and snowboarding.
  • Steamboat doesn’t open till November 26th if the snow cooperates so I am planning to ride opening day and spend the holidays in Colorado.


  • I’ll be back in the Northwest from December 11-14th, shredding Stevens Pass on the 12th. Maybe I’ll call it “SHAY DAY” to shred with friends and readers of the blog.
  • Waiting to hear if I am going to Vermont in December. I am looking forward to this trip and getting to ride the east coast.


  • I’m heading back at SIA to check out the 09-10 products, already booked my hotel, flight and registered. I’ll be there Jan 26th to 30th.


  • Checking out the 09-10 products at the on-snow demo at Keystone.


  • Ride and review more 09-10 products.


  • Mtnops Tailgate…possibly
  • Telus Festival…possibly


  • Will I continue to stay in Steamboat Springs or move onto another location? That is up in the air.

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From the beginning of time, I was Shannon. From the beginning of snowboarding, I was Shay. From the beginning of online communities, I was Shayboarder. In the end, I’m the writer, photographer, editor, publisher, guru of sorts, product tester, curvy girl, and most importantly the snowboarder behind it all. Follow me on this journey through snowboarding, mountain biking, traveling and fun experiences!

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  1. martinboards
    November 04, 2008

    Ohh I totally have some stuff I want to hear reviews on:

    Boards with rocker technology
    Boards with magna track
    the new Ride Contraband bindings

    Sorry if I seem particularly needy but those are the 3 things I am considering buying this season and I would like to hear what you have to say about them. 🙂

    I am up in Washington State, are you planning on coming out to the east side during your trip? If so you should hit me up for some riding

  2. Anonymous
    November 05, 2008

    i´d like to hear some reviews on some big mountain boards, its very hard to find reviews on them…

    i´m thinkin:
    NS premier and titan
    GNU billy goat, alterd genetics
    lib tech mullet
    k2 zeppelin and podium
    bataleon undisputable
    rome design
    and so on…

  3. marc
    November 05, 2008

    You have to come to Telus. The absinthe fairy won’t be as mischievous, nor the chopters quite so funny otherwise.

  4. Shayboarder
    November 05, 2008

    Gonna try to make it to Telus Festival again…that is always so much fun to pass up.

    Thanks for the list of boards and equipment to ride. Definitely going to try to cover as much reverse camber technology as possible.

    Big mountain boards are in my list and the ride contrabands if they will fit my boots.

    During my Washington state trip, I’ll remain on the west side of the state. Furthest east I’ll go is Leavenworth. It’s a really quick trip and I only get one day of riding.

  5. Anonymous
    November 05, 2008

    do you know anything about the snowboarding community in Leavenworth? thinking of moving near there but i’ve never been in winter…

  6. Shayboarder
    November 05, 2008

    I used to live in leavenworth, lived there for a season while working at Stevens Pass. Definitely some snowboarders living there, pretty secluded but you never have traffic on the east side of Stevens Pass to the mountain (unlike the west side). Plus you aren’t far from Mission Ridge either.

    Winter in leavenworth is beautiful, busier time with all the lights. Still a quiet town, just a couple bars and run into the same people.