Board Insiders Day 1 at Stevens Pass
24 Feb, 2009
The big reason I came out to Washington was to come join the Board Insiders team for reviewing some boards. Board Insiders is a new website
coming out that features board reviews and videos of each board by riders you get to know. I joined in a couple months ago and at SIA met the crew in person and committed to coming out for it. I am here for 3 days on snow at Stevens Pass to demo the 09-10 boards with a crew of other riders.
I’m on limited internet access so be patient with me returning comments and emails until Thursday night.
The best news was last night it finally started to snow in the Northwest and today by the time we hit up Stevens it was dumping on the mountain and no one was here!
Today was the first day, finally meeting everyone involved and getting to check out the boards. As a female rider for Board Insiders I kept to women’s specific boards to give my input on them. I rode the Ride Compact, Arbor Cadence and Roxy Envi today on the mountain.
So I gotta say, I’ve been spoiled in Colorado. Blue skies, light fluffy powder and coming back to Washington today definitely kicked my ass in getting back into the powder conditions and checking out how my gear would hold up for Washington….the true test.
Carlie my riding partner with the helmet cam
So each board we took through the powder, heavy powder and rode around the mountain. Occasionally we’d be riding on camera to capture us on each board in the moment. I swear for a couple times in the morning, each time I got on camera I’d eat shit right away. After we rode each board a bunch of runs, we’d come in off the snow and fill out our thoughts, write down and rate each board in how it handled in a variety of questions. Then we’d take the board and hit up the camera to talk about how we liked the board, what we didn’t like and how we felt it rode on camera. You can check out some of the reviews already on the Board Insiders Youtube.
Charlie riding through the Washington Trees on Stevens backside
Did I mention it finally snowed in Washington?
I gotta admit my gear is definitely needing to dry out. Luckily my gear wasn’t soaked but it was definitely feeling the heavy NW snow coming down on it all day. I haven’t had my hair soaked in a long time from riding.
I’ve got two more days of riding and reviewing boards for Board Insiders. The riders are fun to ride with and I’m having a great time doing it.