Rider Insider / Mark Wilson

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Mark Wilson Dropping In on the Fastplant – P: JP Walker

The Silent Killer. K2 Snowboard Team Rider Mark Wilson is a soft spoken ripper hailing from northern Minnesota after spending his young years in tropical Hawaii. Mark’s calm demeanor shows through in everything he does; whether he’s cooking you a meal, cruising around Portland, Oregon on his bike, or strapping into his snowboard. Mark’s the kind of friend you can count on to be by your side on those 5am wake up calls or those late night street missions. His work ethic is incredible and he pushes the envelope harder than most while remaining calm, collected, and friendly as can be.

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Keep The Change at Timberline

Timberline at Mount Hood is often seen as the holy grail of summer snowboarding (and for good reason), but what happens between the wet winter and the influx of summer camps is a mystery. The Keep The Change gang answers all of these questions and more in three minutes, and it’s safe to say that hot laps on Stormin’ Norman have never looked so good.

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Our Pro’s Favorite Spring Shred Spots

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Mark Wilson: Boreal Mountain, CA – Boreal is a really fun mountain all season, and definitely my favorite resort in the spring time. You can always count on sunny weather, and they have one of the best maintained terrain parks you will ever ride. It is a small resort, so with a high speed quad on the park you are getting a ton of laps in a day!

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Levi LuggenSaas-Fee is my favorite spring resort because of its elevation and the glacier you can find light pow until late in the season. At the same time there is a nice little snowpark and of course tons of slushy sidehits lower in the resort. Raddest thing about it: you can combine all these three things in one single lap.

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Leanne PelosiWhistler is my favorite resort since I first went to summer camp when I was 18. Something about it made me want to stay past my one year “break” in between finishing school. This is a picture of the creekside parking lot after shredding for the day just to show an example of when it dumps, it puuuuuukes!!! Even late in the spring this isn’t a rare occurrence.

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Antti JussilaRuka Ski Resort has been one of my favorite spring resorts since I started riding. Always tons of possibilities what to ride. Everyone gathers there for end of season to shred the best park in Finland.

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Tim Eddy – My favorite spring resort is the Sierra Nevada backcountry. With the long days, good weather, and stable snow pack you can splitboard amongst the mountains full of private peaks and glorious corn powder!

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Yo Amagai – My favorite spring resort is Niseko, and also it is wonderful during the Spring season in the Hokkaido area. In Hokkaido, the snow accumulation is plentiful and there are many mountains which have gentle slopes so you can enjoy a variety of lines. Such slopes become awesome terrain in Spring, many of which are very severe, with people getting stuck in the coldest period of winter.

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Jody Wachniak – Whistler Blackcomb is by far my favorite place to be boardin’ come spring. The vibes on and off the mountain are unreal and there’s so much different terrain to board in one lap. From side hits, to groomers, to surfy banks, to the park, Whistler Blackcomb has it all. Love this surfy paradise. 

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Janne Lipsanen – My favorite ski resort is Ruka, Finland. I live in Helsinki and every year when the weather gets too warm  and resorts close we’ll head up to north Finland. The park is always really fun and they keep it in the good shape. I just love the vibe in there. Really long daylight, many friends, slushy snow and always good parties.

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Taylor Godber – Whistler Blackcomb slushy hit laps with friends can’t be beat!

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Alex Rodway – My favorite place to ride in the spring, which is Brighton Resort. Brighton has some of the best nooks and trannys out of bounds or during spring laps in the resort. This place might seem small at times but it’s a never ending scavenger hunt with new terrain around every corner.

 

Splitboard Radical! Tips from Tim & Hannah Eddy

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With spring upon us, we wanted to get onto the proverbial right foot for spring splitboard season! We figured who better to chat with than splitboarding power couple Tim & Hannah Eddy. Their ongoing environmental awareness project Do Radical is one of the coolest things in not only snowboarding but the WORLD right now. Their current endeavor “Split the Difference” is a splitboarding photography book with all proceeds going to Protect Our Winters!

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With that in mind here is the chat we had with the duo.

-Why do you splitboard? 

It sums up our values in the world. You get to enjoy the moment. The pace is slower (no powder panic! 😱). It allows you to appreciate the natural world, it’s environmentally friendly, and provides countless moments of radical!

-What are your top 5 locations?

West Shore Lake Tahoe, Mt. Rose, Donner Summit, Eastern Sierras, and anywhere with soft snow!

-What are your top 10 splitboarding tips/things not to forget?

Be bold, start cold. By that we mean leave the trail head wearing minimal layers, because once you’re moving you’re going to get hot! Always pack a little more food and water than you think. Throw a couple ski straps in your pack in case of skin malfunction, that way you can strap ’em down. Skin management, keep ’em warm and dry. Know before you go, check avalanche reports and dig snow pits. Splitboarding is better with friends. Always pack backcountry tools and know how to use them. Favorite snack…PB&J! Bring a tool. Enjoy the journey, it’s not all about the ride down.

-Could you both tell us your split setup and why you like it?

Tim: 165 Joy Driver Split, long effective edge for traction on the climb up and rips through all kinds of snow conditions on the way down!

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Hannah: 152 Northern Lite, stiff enough to handle the mountain but still has a surfy and fun feel.

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The Radical Roamer!

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Now’s your chance to come up on your own Splitboard! Enter below to win a 158 Joy Driver Split Package if you’re a dude or a 152 Northern Lite package if you’re a lady. Powabunga friends! Full contest rules here

CRUISE — Starting the Season Off Right.


Words & Video by Nick Meilleur | Photos by Colton Jacobs /// What an opening month of shredding December was. Mother Nature arrived in the PNW with a resounding blizzard and did not let up for quite some time. Kael Martin, Greg Phillips, Jay Kelly and John Shaw set out to enjoy the goods on opening day at The Summit at Snoqualmie and Alpental. It was pretty hard to find any part of the mountain that wasn’t a ripping good time!

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Hotlapping some of our favorite zones, everyone was real stoked at how light the snow was thanks to lower than average temps we are seeing this winter. Perfect for getting our shred legs back up and running!

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Greg sending a backflip. The landing didn't quite work out, but it still looked cool.

Greg sending a backflip. The landing didn’t quite work out, but it still looked cool.

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The northwest is known for its interesting vegetation, and accumulation of features: pillows, stunt ditches, tree jibs, the list goes on. While the early snowfall did provide excellent coverage, it was fun seeing trees, shrubs and sticks that are usually completely covered up showing their heads (amidst deep pow).

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Kael gettin' twiggy wit it.

When we weren’t hitting the side stashes, the slopes were a medley of slashes, bashes, carves and airs.

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Kael with a nice carve.

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Jay serving up some style on the Party Platter. This tail grab 3 was a particular beauty.

At the end of the day, we just wanted to keep ridin’ powder. Lucky for us, the snow came back and free refills became the new policy.

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Greg and Kael hidin’ in the white room.

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We’re stoked on what’s to come, hope your season is also off to a great start!

 

 

 

#Japandwagon

Last season Lucas Debari, Tim Eddy, and Matt Belzile headed to Japan. The results, an amazing adventure throughout Japan including multiple powder days, interesting foods, and good vibes. Shoutout to K2 Japan for hooking it up and providing us with a great experience. Arigato. #Japandwagon

The Manboys Return!

The boys are back again for another season of chasing snow and finding weird places to snowboard on said snow. Planes, trains, bails and flails, Monster cans, and broken-down vans. They’re all a part of the adventure in a very unplanned way so stay tuned to have some fun watching the new edits from the best friends in snowboarding.

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Adrian Krainer 2015 Season Edit

Need motivation to shred this season? Adrian Krainer will inspire you. His 2015 season edit has us psyched to shred. Also, keep your eyes and ears peeled for Mr. Krainer this upcoming winter. He’s doing big things. Check out the edit below and enjoy.

Hood to Coast – K2 Women’s Alliance shreds Oregon.

Join the K2 Women’s Alliance on a journey from Mt. Hood to the coast of Oregon. Whether snow or surf these ladies draw inspiration from their surroundings and it translates into the latest K2 products. Enjoy the edit below and learn more at www.k2snowboarding.com/womens-alliance.

K2 Snowboarding Welcomes Jody Wachniak to Canadian Pro Team

K2 Snowboarding is pumped to announce the addition of versatile rider Jody Wachniak to its Canadian Pro Team. With roots in Whistler, British Columbia, Jody’s flawless style and technique make him a versatile rider who crushes urban riding, as well as park and backcountry shredding.

“I couldn’t be more hyped to have Jody on the team,” said Taylor Ricci, K2 Canadian Team Manager. “The kid is one of the good guys and his positive personality is contagious. Welcome to the family Jody, it’s been a long time coming.”

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Hailing from Oakbank, Manitoba, with fellow K2 athlete Jake Kuyzk, Jody and Jake grew up shredding their local hill – Springhill Winter Park – together through high school and ride together as much as they possibly can.

“Jody is one of my oldest friends and we grew up snowboarding together,” said Jake. “As years went on and our snowboarding progressed, we were led in different directions with different sponsors. I’m so hyped to see Jody on K2. We are finally on the same team now.”

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Graduating early from high school thanks to the extra credits he earned from playing in jazz band, Jody moved straight to Whistler to take his riding to the next level. His versatile skills and charismatic personality make him the perfect addition to the talented K2 Canadian Team.

“I’m so hyped to be part of a company and team that promotes snowboarding as a good time and has been supporting snowboarding for over 25 years,” said Jody. “I’m looking forward to being a part of this family – thanks K2.”

Riding the Fastplant and Lien Bindings, Jody joins the Canadian team that includes: Blair McKinney, Matts Kulisek and Taylor Godber.

For more information on the K2 Snowboarding team, check: k2snowboarding.com/team