Written by Jack Antal – Transworld Snowboarding
Snowboarding needs culture, community, passion, and creativity. It is so important that professionals give back to the sport by creating events that make people feel like they are part of something bigger than just snowboarding. Leanne gave back to women’s snowboarding in a big way, by throwing one of the best women’s events I have ever been to. The Early Bird Social sold out in just two days and had over 100 women participate in morning yoga, a group ride, avalanche awareness refresher, and an après fundraiser party.
The morning started with some much needed yoga at Lululemon’s Forlise. The instructor, Sarah Harvison, had everyone warmed up quickly with a series of chaturangas and downward dogs, ending with some much-needed shavasana (7am comes early!). After yoga, they surprised us with complimentary yoga mats, custom Early Bird Social Coleman flasks, and a yummy breakfast of Jules Fuel. After breakfast, there was an opportunity to demo K2 2015 boards and BCA backcountry gear. After everyone from yoga was geared up, more women continued to arrive for the event, quickly filling the room with countless familiar faces of women’s snowboarding.
Leanne split the large group of women into smaller groups for the morning ride. Leading the groups was: Leanne Pelosi, Annie Boulanger, Marie France Roy, Robin Van Gyn, Taylor Godber and Helen Schettini. Everyone then, headed to the lift and uploaded on the brand new Whistler gondolas. When we reached the top, the girls were eager to take some runs. Red chair laps, hit runs, and secret banked slaloms were attacked as everyone was riding at such a good level and excited to be around such a large group of inspiring women.
At noon, we all hopped on the Peak-To-Peak towards the Rendezvous Lodge on Blackcomb, to indulge in some much-needed lunch. After lunch, we met the Whistler Blackcomb Patrol to break off into our Avalanche Awareness groups. Our guide started out with the basics, learning about snowpack, dangerous slopes, and terrain traps. After we had a better understanding, our guide taught us about the equipment and what to do if ever someone was to be caught in an avalanche. We spent the afternoon practicing our skills and in the final beacon search the first person to save the buried beacon won sweet prizes from the sponsors. We finished the day with some runs through the terrain park and headed home to get ready for the nights fiestas.
The Early Bird Social Après gathering was held at Lululemon’s ForLise. The party featured photo booths and complimentary gluten free Beer from Corsa Beer, tasty Margaritas, Coronas, and super yummy tacos compliments of Lululemon. The room was filled with a collection of photos, outerwear, and art for the silent auction from: Ashley Barker, Phil Tifo, Justin L’Heureux, Erin Hogue, Taylor Godber, Roxy, Vans, Scandinave Spa and Airblaster, with all proceeds going to Protect Our Winters. The night featured so many great people and good times; it was awesome to see the community come together to support the early season stoke. Thanks so much to ABC Photo, Airblaster, The Circle, Coleman, Dakine, Hit Case, K2, Lululemon, Roxy, Scandinave Spa, Stance Socks, Vans, Vega, and Leanne Pelosi for putting on such an awesome event!
It’s the Christmas season, what better way to celebrate than to sit back, relax and watch snowboard videos to stoke for winter shredding. Enjoy episodes 1-3 from the Manboys out there in Whistler, dudes are having a blast.
Manboys: King of the Elephants Presented by Monster from TheManBoys on Vimeo.
The Manboys: Cooke City & Fatty Yogurts from TheManBoys on Vimeo.
The Manboys: Farewell Horses from TheManBoys on Vimeo.
…Dewey Ogg from Colorado. Congratulations man and thank you everyone for all the submissions. After two weeks of asking for your favorite road trip images, Tim Eddy has indeed chosen his favorite. As promised we will be flying Tim Eddy out to meet Dewey in his home town for a weekend at his home mountain during the 2015 season. Stoked!
THE CHILLDERNESS from Greg weaver on Vimeo.
The Chillderness is the chilliest of wildernesses. It is located with in a forest of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. It consists of Pines, Firs, Manzanita, Juniper, and granite of all shapes and sizes. I live there with my girlfriend Hannah and all of the wildlife abound. Our closest friends are the deer, chipmunks, nighthawks, and bears. Generally the conversations go one way but from time to time a response is felt.
We moved onto the raw land with dreams of a most excellent life of creative simplicity. We first began by camping in order to make friends and familiarize with the land. The next step was shelter. There’s a west-facing slope with views of the pacific crest, a lake, and sunset, which was the obvious choice for a cabin. The cabin we built is 192 square feet with a shed roof and deck that equally matches the size of the house. We used trees from the property as the post foundation. The windows, door, roofing, and siding were all reclaimed with recycled cotton insulation. The electricity is provided by a solar panel to charge a laptop computer, our cellular telephones, a few LED lights, and a small music speaker. A well on the property produces all the water. During the winter the woodstove heats the house, the water, and is used for all of the cooking. During the summer months we heat our water with the sun through our solar shower and cook primarily on the outdoor grill. We have a five star state of the art deluxe toilet set up consisting of a 5-gallon bucket with a toilet seat. It’s portable so in the summer it can be placed outside in front of your view of choice and during the winter it can be placed right next to the warmth of the woodstove. Its gets emptied in to our compost pile along with our sink grey water and food scraps. No bad days and no utility bills! Just down a path from the house we constructed a concrete creation for skateboarding. With help some from some skilled friends in the art of concrete park building we now have about an 850 square foot, 4ft tall with a 6ft extension, concrete wave. It has pool coping, steel coping, slappy curbs, hips, love seats, pump bumps, banks, and mind melting lines!
There’s a bright future for the Chillderness. Now that our main priority of shelter and skateable terrain is done we are planning the next projects. Swimming hole, wood fired hot tub, greenhouse, zip line, and farm animals. A section of the land has a radical slope that will be turned into a rhythm section, slalom course, log jamming run of glorious snowboarding action. After all of these projects are finished we will never have to leave the chilliest of wilderness.
K2’s Turbo Dream, Fastplant and Raygun have all been awarded TWSnow Good Wood awards for 2014. If you dream of snowboarding hard enough maybe Santa will put one under the tree this winter.
K2 Snowboarding Presents: Road Rage from K2 Snowboarding on Vimeo.
K2 SNOWBOARDING PRESENTS: “ROAD RAGE WITH TIM EDDY” A PHOTO BASED DEFINITION OF YOUR FAVORITE ROAD TRIP
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON (November 6, 2014) The snow is flying and Christmas is right around the corner. In the spirit of the
season, K2 Snowboarding is sending Tim Eddy on one lucky Grand Prize winner’s next snowboarding road trip during the 2015 season while hooking up three others with pieces of Tim’s Road Rage K2 gear.
We’re requesting photos of your most memorable road trip and we’re leaving Tim Eddy in charge of choosing the photo he likes best, essentially the photo that displays the raddest vibe in Tim’s eyes. After all, he will be joining for a weekend…
Here’s how it works:
Email your photo to firstname.lastname@example.org between November 6 – November 20th, 2014. We’ll load all of the entries to K2’s Facebook page and on Friday, November 21st Tim Eddy will choose his favorite photo. The winner will be notified via email and announced on K2’s Facebook and Instagram page.
But we’re not stopping there; in an effort to include all those stuck in school or a 9-5 job we are also hooking up the first, fifteenth and twenty-fifth entries with pieces of Tim’s Road Rage setup from K2.
Prize breakdowns look like this:
Grand Prize (Tim’s favorite photo) – Surprise pack from K2 and Tim Eddy in your car for a weekend of shredding during winter 2015.
1st Overall Entry – Happy Hour board from K2.
15th Overall Entry – Maysis boots from K2.
25th Overall Entry – Lien FS bindings from K2.
View official contest rules and regulations
Halloween is one of our favorite holidays. Not only does it mean winter is right around the corner, but it also gives us a chance to dress up in incredibly stupid costumes, consume massive amounts of sugar, and scare our friends and family. To celebrate this wonderful holiday we’re celebrating by giving away a pair of LIEN bindings and calling it HallowLIEN.
HalloLIEN Binding Contest
Grab your best costume, throw in some snowboarding flare, and use the hashtag #K2HallowLIEN on Facebook or Instagram for a chance to win. Over a large bowl of candy and some spiked cider the crew at K2 will choose the winner based off of creativity and originality. Who said Frankenstein or the sexy nurse doesn’t snowboard? Give us your best for a chance to win! Entries must be in by midnight PST on Nov. 1, 2014.*
*Rules and Regulations
From Snowboard Mag:
Sometimes you’ll see a kid wearing little more than a cape and a pair of boots. This is because they know what’s important. At Snowboard Magazine we also value the importance of good boots — and capes for that matter. The point is, you should want to wear your boots as much as possible, not dread putting them on.
Highlites Photo Show at EVO Seattle from K2 Snowboarding on Vimeo.
There is so much more to be told in the story of a season. Forty-five minute snowboard movies and monthly publications certainly do justice but often times many of the photos, video clips, early wake ups, sled blowups, injuries and rag dolls are lost in the mere glimpse of A-grade content released to the public every Fall. Even the photos and video elements that do make final production tend to get lost these days quicker than ever before given our content consumption rate as humans in the 21st century.
It is with this concept in mind that K2 Snowboarding decided to Highlite moments both present and past as a way of preserving what our athletes and photographer <a href=”http://www.justinlheureux.com”>Justin L’Heureux</a> have accomplished over the years. With great pleasure we introduced the first annual Highlites photo show here in Seattle back on September 25th. The K2 team was on hand signing autographs for a sold out, all-ages show which included Seattle’s premier showing of Mayday, the new movie from <a href=”http://vgsnow.com “>Video Grass</a>. Mayday is now available on the iTunes store, download it <a href=”https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/id920747898″>here</a>.
Danny Larsen can’t wait to drop in
We’re officially in a transition period between summer shred and the snowy winter months we call “Home.” To help pass the time we reached out to fellow Minnesota snowboarder Dylan Cook for support in passing the time.
By Dylan Cook:
After an amazing few months of summer riding, warm weather snowboarding has come to an end. Many annual events took place this summer at Mt. Hood such as the Merrill Mini-Pipe Invitational, the Drink Water Rat Race, Ollies for Alzheimers, and the new Team Sports event sponsored by K2 and Ride snowboards. Now that the all the summer fun has come to an end, we are faced with the long and always agonizing wait for pow to fly and lifts to start cranking again.
Lucky for us, there are many ways to help make the wait less painful and feel just a bit quicker and easier. Nationwide there are kick off events to fuel our desire to ride and load us up on inspiration. Some events to help get your snowboard fix will be taking place in the upcoming months. Make sure to keep your eye out for the Red Bull Hot Dawgz and Hand Rails at Bear Mountain on September 27th. This event will be streaming the webcast so everyone can watch it live to get their fix of rails and tricks. Along with that, there is the DownTown ThrowDown on October 11th happening this year in Boston, Massachusetts. Nationally that’s all good but don’t forget to check in with your local spots. It is very common for local resorts to have rail jams and events to kick off the season and get riders in the mood. Here in the midwest we have killer jams on ice rink snow with the sun shining and rail hits going down all around.
A staple in snowboarding has always been snowboard videos and this in-between period is when many videos premiere. Some videos to look forward to are Think Thank’s Right Turn Left Turn, Brothers Factory’s LosBum, Absinthe’s Heavy Mental, and Videograss’s Mayday just to name a few. Every season the level of riding is raised and this season you can expect some heavy parts from rookies and legends alike.
The fix is on month after month and the season has only just begun! Combine all this with the wide array of summer and season edits to watch and you should be able to survive this long and agonizing wait.