Riding Journal

SIA 2012 On-Snow Demo: Day 1

After four days of being at the SIA Tradeshow in Denver, getting back into snow boots and hitting the slopes always feels great! We headed up to Winter Park last night for a good nights sleep night during SIA (very rare) and hit the slopes early this morning for the on-snow portion. Tons of companies were out on the slopes with their latest 2013 gear for retailers, media and industry. [singlepic id=12987 w=500 h=500...

30 Jan 6:33 PM 2 Read More...

Snowcial + Heavenly 1/19/12

You can always count on Snowcial to bring together creative minds, social skills and skiers/snowboarders to Heavenly Resort. Last year I got my first taste of it and this year, I attended the welcome party and one day of snowboarding to celebrate the fun event. Unfortunately I couldn't attend the whole weekend of events since I'm traveling up to Washington but the 24 hours with everyone was a blast. Last night, Sn...

19 Jan 8:12 PM 3 Read More...

Northstar 1/18/12

Things are about to change in Tahoe; the sunshine has disappeared and clouds are starting to reappear on the mountains. It's a sign that snow is coming. After the dismal conditions at Mammoth, I headed north to get in soft groomer laps at Northstar today. The decision paid off with long laps, runs through the park and a fun day riding by myself at Northstar. It was a colder day on the slopes, I brought my facemask...

18 Jan 4:58 PM 0 Read More...

Northstar 1/11/12

After a late night with the ShreddyTimes crew, today started with a beautiful view of Lake Tahoe and a fun day of shred on the slopes. Sometimes the best cure for a late night is getting moving and turning again. Ashley and I headed back to Northstar to get in a couple midday laps together before I headed back to Mammoth and she headed back to South Lake Tahoe. We headed into the Village and grabbed coffee before hi...

11 Jan 9:25 PM 0 Read More...

Northstar 1/10/12

With no new snow in California and the roads clear to explore, it meant heading up to Northstar for a couple days to get in riding time. I was really stoked because it meant being able to hang out with the Shreddy Times crew when we got off the mountain. I made the drive from Mammoth to Northstar in the morning just in time to meet my friend Ashley on the slopes for a day of shred. Conditions since the last time I...

11 Jan 9:47 AM 4 Read More...

Mammoth 1/7/12

It's the second day of the Burton demo tour, so today meant an early start to make the most of the mountain with the early groomed conditions. The crowds have died down from the holidays so most of the day wasn't too busy in the Chair 6 lift line. My camera battery died early in the day so most of the photos were taken on my iphone. Demo collage photo [singlepic id=12834 w=500 h=500 float=] The demo tent kept busy...

07 Jan 9:05 PM 0 Read More...

Mammoth 1/6/12

It's a good time of year when the Burton demo tour rolls into town. It means getting on the snow to try out a bunch of gear in three days. Today was busy in the tents as the masses came up to try out the 2012 gear and get a feel for what Burton offers. It was an interesting day to demo on the icy, hardpacked snow and get a good feel for the board handling. While in line for demos, I heard from the girl working the t...

06 Jan 7:20 PM 0 Read More...

Heavenly 1/5/12

Two days in heaven. That's exactly what I needed and received at Heavenly Mountain. Today was even better than yesterday, which I thought wasn't possible since I couldn't wipe the smile off my face yesterday. It's amazing how good, fun people can make a day on the mountain the best. This morning the timing worked out to my advantage. I parked and had walked only 10 feet before I ran into fellow Windells crew Scott...

05 Jan 8:09 PM 3 Read More...

Heavenly 1/4/12

With the lack of snow in Mammoth, it was an easy decision to visit my friend Ashley at Heavenly for two days of riding. Tahoe seems to be better off with snow coverage and snowmaking capabilities so you don't get too much impact damage on the mountain. It's been a couple years since I've visited Heavenly but it's always been a memorable mountain. The views of Lake Tahoe while riding is quite heavenly and you can ride...

04 Jan 5:49 PM 0 Read More...

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...