Riding Journal

June Mountain 1/3/12

The vibe at June Mountain has always been great. It's a mountain that is full of good times. I finally talked the skier into joining me for a June day despite the park not being insanely huge right now. We ended up having a great day on the slopes, working on tricks in the mini park. He worked on spins and I worked on hitting more features. The skier and myself on the J1 lift [singlepic id=12787 w=500 h=281 float=]...

03 Jan 7:47 PM 1 Read More...

Mammoth 1/2/12

Most of the holiday crowds have taken off so the mountain is almost back to normal for January. We headed up a little early in the morning to get the most of the conditions. It was the first time in a week that I was finally able to check out how the mountain conditions are holding up and the lack of snow is starting to show. You could see dirt in spots and there were a lot more rocks on the mountain. The jumps were...

02 Jan 6:35 PM 0 Read More...

June Mountain 1/1/12

It felt really good to start 2012 on the slopes. Snowboarding makes me happy. It might not have been powder or a ton of terrain, but sometimes it can be one run doing something you love to make it matter. I hope everyone else enjoyed a good start to 2012. This time of year means new boots, specifically 12-13 Vans Boots to test out. Last year I got on board with their wear test to offer feedback (like I had with th...

01 Jan 7:57 PM 0 Read More...

June Mountain 12/30/11

Hard to believe the year is coming to an end but at the same time 2012 means unlimited possibilities for the future. Friday on the snow meant heading over to June Mountain to avoid the crowds and have a run practically to myself. Luckily for me, the June park crew was out riding so I didn't have to ride alone. The one run open is Mambo but it's in great condition for snow. It's soft, easy to ride and isn't bumped ou...

30 Dec 7:32 PM 0 Read More...

Mammoth 12/27/11

Snow matters. Good snow conditions can help bring out skiers and snowboarders while bad conditions can mean finding other things to do instead of skiing/riding. I got back yesterday into town with a clear drive over Yosemite which is insane that there is no snow on that pass right now. I knew what to expect today: lift lines, manmade snow and a higher injury of collisions because of packed people on slim runs. Aft...

27 Dec 10:13 PM 4 Read More...

June Mountain 12/21/11

After the madness at Mammoth yesterday, I opted to take a 15 minute drive down to the highway to June Mountain. Termed "California's best kept secret," it really is a hidden gem of a mountain. Last season I had my best powder days at June, so deep and never tracked out so you had endless runs to yourself. This year June's been working hard to make snow and get the mountain up and running, they only opened last weeken...

21 Dec 4:31 PM 1 Read More...

Mammoth 12/20/11

The good news? The mountain is open. The bad news? Holiday crowds are riding limited terrain and manmade snow conditions. Today we headed up together for laps but stuck to South Park to ride the park. It's frustrating because I'd love to ride other stuff but there's really nothing open other than parks and riding outside of parks in my opinion is a recipe for injury. There are so many people on the limited runs that ...

20 Dec 7:59 PM 0 Read More...

Mammoth 12/19/11

Exactly one year ago today, I was riding over three feet of snow and this year I'm riding manmade snow with really sketchy conditions. It's pretty crazy the variety of seasons that can come to Mammoth. I've been out of town the last couple days to spend time with family and came back to a busy Mammoth Mountain. Kicked off the shoes and put on the boots at chair 4 to avoid the crowds. Instead of walking on snow to ge...

19 Dec 7:06 PM 2 Read More...

Park City Mountain Resort 12/11/11

In my opinion, Park City Mountain Resort has it all. You have amazing parks with tons of jumps and features built to perfection, tons of acreage for freeriders to play on and a vibe that makes you feel welcome and want to come back for more. Plus you can also get a Cobradog. It was a long drive back to Cali from Colorado but a stop at PCMR was definitely worth it. We stayed in Sandy at the Gandee household before cru...

12 Dec 10:00 AM 12 Read More...

Grand Prix Copper: Men's & Women's Superpipe Finals

A couple weeks ago I was watching Copper put the finishing touch on their always perfect Superpipe and now I"m seeing the best riders in the world completely dominant it. Today was the Grand Prix Superpipe Finals at Copper Mountain in Colorado. The best pipe riders throwing down for their chance at winning cash, getting points and proving their skills in the stunt ditch. In previous years at Grand Prix, the weather h...

10 Dec 11:37 PM 0 Read More...