Travels

AAI Avalanche 1 Course - Day 3

The third day with the American Alpine Institute (and second day on snow) meant taking all the education, on-snow practices and really applying it to our experience in the backcountry. It was focused on us enjoying the snow while remaining safe and watching for terrain that could be avalanche prone. We had made a trip plan on Saturday to explore farther out in the backcountry but at our morning meeting, we discuss...

04 Mar 6:13 PM 1 Read More...

AAI Avalanche 1 Course - Day 2

As soon as I got confirmation that I would be heading up to BC and AK this year, I knew it was time to take the avalanche level I course. I checked out a couple options for course providers in the NW and eventually found the American Alpine Institute out of Bellingham and Mt Baker. I signed up and paid my fees so I could finally get a better understanding and more practice in the backcountry. The first day was Fri...

03 Mar 5:50 PM 0 Read More...

Checking In: Vail Cascade Resort & Spa

Rest. Relaxation. Luxury. That was my light at the end of the SIA tunnel. Six days of tradeshow is fun but exhausting. Instead of leaving Colorado tired, I opted for a relaxing vacation that was well worth the wait. The invite to experience Vail Cascade Resort & Spa in Vail, Colorado couldn't have come at a better time. Two nights and three days was the magical number for a quick vacation, enough time to put y...

03 Feb 7:15 AM 3 Read More...

SIA 2012: Day 4

I can always count on the SIA Tradeshow to be an amazing experience. SIA at Denver keeps products close to the mountain and fun parties with great people. Day four of the show was finishing up booth visits, getting the last catalogs and photos before heading out to the on-snow for the next couple days at Winter Park. POW gloves keeping up with rad designs and gloves that offer Gore Tex so your hands stay dry on the ...

29 Jan 9:06 PM 0 Read More...

SIA 2012: Day 3

After a long night of partying, Day three kicked off with a much needed can of Red Bull, comfortable shoes and something permanent that I'll never forget. By the time the third day generally hits, you are a bit more tired but it's well worth the lack of sleep for a whole lotta fun at SIA. Arnette is hosting the beats, brews and tattoos at SIA during the show. I watched the tattoo artist do his work and checked out t...

28 Jan 9:34 PM 4 Read More...

SIA 2012: Day 2

At SIA, the days are long but well worth it because of the amount of fun that's going to happen. Day two started early with a SIA seminar, continued throughout with appointments and ended into the night with the Transworld Riders Poll. It was the longest day of the tradeshow and probably the most fun with everyone attending. I arrived early at the tradeshow at 7:30am to listen to the SIA breakfast seminar on women...

28 Jan 8:06 PM 0 Read More...

SIA 2012: Day 1

Four days of 2013 snowboard gear. That's what SIA is about in Denver, Colorado. Today it all went down, the opening speeches, the first glimpses at what's coming out for next year and a whole lotta high fives and hugs on the tradeshow floor. This is my favorite time of year and the busiest since I'm a one-woman show but the show must go on! Each day means appointments and meetings to check out the latest gear. Don...

26 Jan 8:23 PM 9 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...

Colorado Snowboard Archive Grand Opening

Colorado has played a pivotal role in snowboarding. There is so much history of snowboard production, riding and resorts in this area that it was only a matter of time before it was collected and shown to the masses. Thanks to Trent Bush, David Allen and Kurt Olesek there is finally a place in the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Museum for the history of snowboarding. Tonight was the Grand Opening at the museum in Vail an...

08 Dec 11:29 PM 3 Read More...

Shay Update: Grand Prix at Copper!

You know sometimes when life gives you lemons, you just make lemonade and rally through to something better. That's what is currently going on with myself so rather than sit around and do nothing, I'm making the most of my current situation and heading out to Colorado for the Copper Grand Prix. It's the first stop on the Grand Prix and I'll get to watch the best freeskiers and snowboarders throw down over a couple da...

07 Dec 8:23 AM 2 Read More...