Here’s a little video of todays feature. Enjoy and get featuristic!
Transworld Business also put together a list of 2010/2011 binding preview from some of the best snowboarding brands, including K2. Read the interview from K2’s Director of sales, John O’Connor as he discusses the boot lines and the trends shaping them.
John O’Connor, Director of Sales:
What are the top three developments and trends in next year’s bindings?
1. Decreasing weight while increasing functionality.
2. New independently adjusting toe-strap threads for 100% custom fit.
3. New Tweakback™ highback – a super-flexible urethane highback available on the Hurrithane™ and Cassette™ LTD bindings.
Are you going to new materials?
The Tweakback™ urethane highback is the most high-profile new material. Overall, there are minor adjustments to materials and carbon-infused chassis but as the saying goes, “if it ain’t broke…”
What new technologies are being used in your line?
The use of canted and Harshmellow™-equipped footbeds has expanded. Ongoing refining of the highbacks – category specific and ultra-light. Tool-Less adjustment is another big push, where possible.
On the fashion side, what are the themes of your bindings and how are these translating as far as look and feel?
Themes for bindings are definitely inspired from our boards in graphic and color applications. From there it’s taking fresh softgood stylings while adding flavor and compressing them into a hardgoods product. K2 offers a ton of unique and creative embellishments that accent the offering. Appliques, embroidery details, translucent materials, water-dips , metal badges, perf patterns, footbed and high back art and printing, creative use of materials from neoprene to leathers, pretty much something for all at every pricepoint.
Super fun rainy day at Snoqualmie part 2 featuring Ivan Marcinko and friends.
2010 Olympic Snowboarding Team
It’s finally official! K2 pro rider Gretchen Bleiler will be going to Vancouver for the 2010 Winter Olympics. Congrats Gretch! We’re super excited to watch you in the games, Go for Gold!
Final Sprint U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix Standings
Average of best two results (ties broken)
1. Shaun White, Carlsbad, CA, 1000
2. Scotty Lago, Seabrook, NH, 800
3. Louie Vito, Sandy, UT, 800
4. Danny Davis, Detroit, MI, 645
5. Greg Bretz, Mammoth Lakes, CA, 550
6. JJ Thomas, Golden, CO, 550
7. Luke Mitrani, Mammoth Lakes, CA, 550
8. Zack Black, Breckenridge, CO, 525
9. Elijah Teter, South Lake Tahoe, CA, 475
10. Steve Fisher, Breckenridge, CO, 400
1. Kelly Clark, Mt. Snow, VT, 1000
2. Gretchen Bleiler, Aspen, CO, 900
3. Hannah Teter, Belmont, VT, 800
4. Elena Hight, South Lake Tahoe, CA, 650
5. Ellery Hollingsworth, Stratton, VT, 600
6. Kaitlyn Farrington, Sun Valley, ID, 500
7. Maddy Schaffrick, Steamboat Springs, CO, 500
8. Clair Bidez, Minturn, CO, 425
9. Kelly Marren, Hillsborough, CA, 32
To check out some pictures from the event or to watch some video check out Transworld Snowboarding
Early January, our girls crew (Hana,Kimmy,me) planned to meet Aaron Whitley, Standard Films filmer in his home town of Nelson BC. The crew arrived on January 3rd, in hopes of finding some fresh powder and get our stomping legs going for the season! We struck gold powder wise, as a major storm had spread through the Kootenays during the holidays and was waiting for us to shralp it. So we headed off to Baldface for 2 days for a warm-up. We’d heard of a skier death that week from getting dragged through the trees in a small avalanche, so we were relieved to have the expertise of our guides, who took us the safest way possible down the mountain at Baldface. Thanks Jeff and Mark! The powder was epic, the perfect way to refresh the excitement for the season ahead.
One of the coolest things about Baldface, is that they are nestled in the middle of nowhere, so you can take a helicopter over the mountains and arrive at the 7 lodges, or you can take a boat from Nelson to a truck ride, to a sled ride to the cabins. There is so much logistically to think about, just for simple things like how they get their food up there. I kept re-iterating that I felt like I was a queen. Gourmet food, no hiking, deep pow, massage treatments, funny jokes from the guides, scrabble and pillow lines! No complaints here. That was the fanciest trip I’ve ever been on!
It was awesome, we made some jumps in the fog, snow, rain. Kimmy and I tried backflips and rodeos, Hana got a sick 7. Good practice for the coming months, yeahoo!
Spring camp at Terrain Park Zugspitze from March 27th to April 11th
Spring In The Park 2010 in Germany is a Spring camp where snowboarders and freeskiers can get useful tips from pros. So far K2 riders Julia Baumgartner (AUT), Colin Frei (SUI), Mone Monsberger (AUT) and Sebi Schmitz (GER) have already confirmed to come as coaches.
There will be a Kids-Park with freestyle coaching as well as free coaching for all freeskiers and snowboarders. There will also be a RIDE Bag-Jump during Easter weekend so you can test your tricks without any risk. You can test out any K2, RIDE, or Line equipment to get a feel for the 2010/2011 line. There’s also a photo session at the terrain park, and a Rookie Contest for a chance to showcase your new learned trick and win some sick prizes.