Words and photos by Colton Jacobs: Howdy friends, it was a good time at this years LBS 31. It started off looking sketchy with a massive storm that destroyed the forest heading up to the mountain and closing the road for multiple days (read about the lucky guy that was snowed in here). We had a variety of weather throughout the weekend bringing snow Friday, clouds Saturday and bluebird on Sunday.
The atmosphere at the LBS is unmatched, everyone in the industry is there like a giant high school reunion where the food is delicious, and the stoke is high. Maxx had the Traeger BBQ RV down in the lower lot so at the end of the day we had some premium smoked meats!
In between races we rode the Shuksan arm and hemisphere’s to warm up the legs and enjoy the abundance of untracked lines still available if you were willing to hike.
Matt Belzile ready to drop…
Kael and Leanne made finals but the rest did not. It was a stiff competition as always and the regulars were on top of their game. Josh Dirksen, Curtis Ciszek, Temple Cummins, and Terje were all super fast but it was Nils Mindnich who won pro mens.
Regardless of the the competitive aspect the course was so fun and smooth, it was impossible to ride it and not enjoy yourself. Snowboarding is fun weather you win or lose. I think thats the whole vibe of the LBS in general, good times enjoying the art of snowboarding in a form thats very relatable to just about anyone who can snowboard, no triple corks needed…. however if you did figure out a way to invert down the course and still make a fast time you’d be a legend.
To wrap things up, don’t miss our edit TURN from last year’s LBS! Featuring not just the slalom but some fantastic Mt. Baker all mountain ripping.
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!
Greg, Jay and Kael
Greg sending a backflip. The landing didn’t quite work out, but it still looked cool.
Sometimes you get bit by the pit ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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).
When we weren’t hitting the side stashes, the slopes were a medley of slashes, bashes, carves and airs.
Kael with a nice carve.
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.
Greg and Kael hidin’ in the white room.
We’re stoked on what’s to come, hope your season is also off to a great start!
The Transworld Snowboarding 2017 gear guide is live and we got top marks across the board! Check out our award-winning gear below and follow individual links to read the full review. We’re stoked to help every snowboarder out there enjoy the sport to the fullest!
K2 Eighty Seven: ““Congratulations, K2, you’ve crafted my dream board,” declared one tester, who followed it up by saying, “The directional shape really dials in what you want it to do, and the tail is loaded with energy. The torsional flex enables great edge-to-edge transitions, and the shape really charges through bumps and berms.” Full review here!
K2 Wild Heart: “I’m a fan of this twin tip’s setback stance because of its floatability, but I also loved how it made quick turns through the bumps.” Full review here!
TESTED AND APPROVED—BOOTS
K2 Ender: “The K2 Ender lives up to its name as testers’ favorite freestyle boot for 2017. It’s a lightweight, low-volume, mid-flex killer with about everything one could want in an all-around playful boot.” Full review here!
K2 Sapera: “A redesign in the K2 line, the Sapera’s Intuition liner quickly molded to testers’ feet, and its contoured footbed, in combination with an efficient inner lacing harness that stayed snug with one pull, kept heels in place.” Full Review here!
K2 Aspect: “With help from Lucas Debari, the K2 Aspect was designed to take on the world’s gnarliest mountains and is one of, if not the best splitboarding boot going into 2017.” Full review here!
TESTED AND APPROVED—BINDINGS
K2 Lien AT: “Testers saw room for improvement in last year’s Lien AT, and K2 stepped it up for the 2017 edition. They were pleasantly surprised by how stiff and supportive the highback was—and according to K2, it’s 25 percent lighter than last year’s model.” Full review here!
K2 Hue: “The women’s Hue is an easygoing ride. All of the straps offer hassle-free, tool-less adjustments, and the binding is low on weight. It should appeal to exploratory riders who like to throw down in the park but also lay out soul carves across the rest of the mountain.” Full review here!
K2 Vandal:”The K2 Vandal boot with Boa lacing kept our grom testers carving and jumping all over the mountain when they weren’t laughing from all the fun they were having.” Full review here!
TESTED AND APPROVED—HELMETS
K2 Diversion: “As part of K2’s helmet line overhaul, the Diversion was updated with a hybrid hard-shell and in-mold construction. The new-look Diversion was the testers’ favorite K2 helmet to date, due to its low-profile shell, low weight, and honeycomb-patterned venting.” Full review here!
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 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.
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.
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.
We’ve all been on the chairlift before, hungry, tired, but wanting to stay on the mountain. We’ve finally got something for you! We are excited to announce the K2 and STRONG & KIND partnership. What’s it all about? Here’s the need-to-know: Read the rest of this entry »
In the market for a new binding? Looking for one with a free and natural connection to your board? We’ve got ya covered. K2 is stoked to introduce Tripod Technology, the most bio-mechanically correct snowboard binding baseplate possible. One that naturally flexes enhancing the connection and force applied to your board and features three contact point pods that coincide with the three points of contact in your foot provide direct connection for toe and heel side turning and pressure. The end result an incredible connection to your board providing you the ultimate riding experience with support where it’s needed most. Read the rest of this entry »