Breck’s 4th of July Bowl 7/11/09

11 Jul, 2009

The plan was to hit St Mary’s Glacier this weekend but we knew Breck had features set up and was less of a drive/hike to get to.  I met up in Frisco with everyone (Lauren, Adrian and Scott), we packed our gear into the truck and headed back to 4th of July Bowl on the top of Breck for a shred session.

When we arrived today there were more features set up.  Now we had the tube, a double barrel rail, a metal pole, plastic tube set up on the log and a foam barrel used to cover the snowblowing hoses on the mountain.

Scott’s frontslide boardslide on the metal pole

Adrian on the plastic to log ollie’ing off

Lauren showing her rail skills

Scott ollied over and tail tapped the foam barrel

I’m not much of a rail rider, I hit the mini rails but I’m slowly getting back into getting comfortable on rails again.  Lauren and Adrian are pushing me to be better and work on it.  Today I spent some time hiking the tube, getting pointers from the crew to look at the end of the tube and not my feet, so after some good crashes (ouch right knee is bruised) I made it out alive and felt better on it. 

I did make a video today that shows the drive up and fun clips of the day of each of us, including a clip of me on the tube.   On a positive note, once I figure out how to get my Canon Vixia camcorder set up I’ll be getting a lot better quality filming done than my tiny digi cam seen here.

Breck 4th of July Bowl 7/11/09 from Shayboarder on Vimeo.

On the top of Breck the weather is constantly changing, sunny to thunderstorms is common.  Today we went through a couple lightning/thunder storms and when needed hung out in the truck until it passed. 

Scott found a new place to hide from the rain

The road up to the 4th of July bowl is not easy, it requires 4wd and even with 4wd you are climbing over rocks, making tight turns and going through an insane puddle at the top.  A vehicle with high clearance is good, luckily my toyota is great for that and I encountered no problems today.  One of the other cars that made it up, made it through the insane puddle the first time but on the way back got stuck…which required emergency services to come up and pull them out.  After pulling them out, Emergency services charged through the entire length of the puddle twice and really proved their point.

Unfortunately I won’t be out riding tomorrow, back in Steamboat with some stuff to finish up.  It’ll be sweet to have more friends coming along for the shredding as we continue up every chance we get.  I’m looking forward to going back and working on my skills as the summer progresses and before I head to Windell’s in August.  

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  1. Mac
    July 12, 2009

    That looks like so much fun… god i need 2 head up 2 the 4th of july bowl and get my summer fix.

  2. k
    July 12, 2009

    I hate your website, and I hate all of you.

  3. B-rad
    July 12, 2009

    God damn, I wish I was as lucky as you. Somewhere to shred year round is a wet dream to me.

    Damn southern ontario!

  4. lee pace
    July 12, 2009

    K??? Why the hate??? I think im in love with Shay..Girl gets her shred on year round…Thanks for sharing

  5. A. Nony Mouse
    July 12, 2009

    grr i hate people who get snow while i get brutal heat

  6. July 12, 2009

    Definitely getting the summer fix is good, I enjoy the patch of snow because it’s fun and mellow.

    B-rad it is nice having snow that lasts year round, I used to live in WA and drive to Mt Hood to ride every chance I got. Always fun to be snowboarding in July, August, September.

    Lee, K is a friend of mine that is currently on the East Coast so he has been missing out on all of these trips with our friends. Thanks for the love!

    A, I hate brutal heat…above 80 kills me so bummer you have to deal with it.

  7. Dan
    July 12, 2009

    Awesome. I’m jealousvthat you guys get to ride during summer on real snow haha . What model vixia do you have? I’m filming with the hv30 And the quality is awesome. If you need help or pointers on shooting HD check the forums on vimeo they are super helpful!

  8. July 12, 2009

    Dan, I got the Vixia HF200 and the quality has been awesome when I look at it in the camcorder. My issue is when I take the memory stick out and use a memory card reader or plug the camera into my macbook…it opens with the canon folder but doesn’t let me grab the footage in the camera, like it doesn’t show it. But it’s says it’s writing to the card and reads the memory card when I am looking at each clip…somehow I can’t get it to my macbook. I’m sure it’s me just doing something wrong, but yeah frustrating to get this figured out so I can get footage with it to my computer. Good to know on the vimeo forums, I’ll definitely peruse there.

  9. Dan
    July 12, 2009

    open imovie and go to import, navigate to your sd card in the import window, and import each file one at a time. this should work. make sure your imovie project settings match the video settings though,

  10. July 13, 2009


    It took a while to figure out but my imovieHD was not recognizing it, so I tried my Imovie08 and it finally saw the canon and got the clips. Yay now time to film!

  11. July 14, 2009

    I just really liked Adrian’s switch screaming cheetah wheelie 540 gnarbucket out..

  12. MikeMaresca
    July 14, 2009

    Did Adrian get tight pants after maing fun of me for havin em?

  13. July 14, 2009

    Adrian only makes fun of tight pants because he makes fun of everything xavier does, Adrian wore tight pants snowboarding 20 years ago, but that was all they made was tight pants! Sometimes tight sometimes baggy, sometimes none!!