Ursina Haller Wins O’Neill Evolution Halfpipe!!

Yeah Ursina! Congratulations to your first TTR 6 Star Victory!
So stoked!
Next stop – Olympics?!
Foto Remo Kaelin
Foto Bernhard Ritzer/ O’Neil

1. ursina haller, sui, 84.5
2. cilka sadar, slo, 83.83
3. manuela pesko, sui, 83
4. kjersti buaas, nor, 81.17
5. caroline beliard, fra, 73
6. sarka pancochova, cze, 66.33
7. nadja purtschert, sui, 45.67

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O'Neill Evolution Women's Halpipe prizegiving 2010  evo10 (photographed by O'Neill)

Manuela, Cilka, and Ursina on the podium - Photo: O'Neill

K2’s own Ursina Haller takes home her second win on the TTR Tour in Davos with her impressive halfpipe skills! Way ta’ go gal!

Her winning run of 84.5 from her first run of the final, consisted of a FS 5 into a BS 5, a Stalefish, a BS air, and a FS 7 at the bottom.

The Swiss gal states: “I didn?t expect to win, I was hoping for top five or top three – so I am even more stoked with the win!”

Walking home with 1000 Swatch TTR ranking points and $8000USD. That’s a nice hunk of cash!


1. Ursina Haller, SUI, 1000.00
2. Cilka Sadar SLO 942.30
3. Manuela Laura Pesko, SUI 900.00
4. Kjersti Ostgaard Buaas, NOR 868.06
5. Caroline Beliard FRA 842.41
6. Sarka Pancochova CZE 820.00

K2 Pink Chase 2009 Raises 30k For Breast Cancer Research


With over $30,000 fundraised for the breast cancer research, 687,260 vertical feet logged, and an assortment of creative pink costumes, the Pink Chase was a huge success! 19 teams combining a total of 57 women-skiers, snowboarders, tele skiers of varying ages– youthful 23 year olds to bright eyed 56 year olds participated in the Pink Chase Fundraiser at Keystone Resort, CO on December 12th. Despite the frigid temperatures, the women arrived in the early hours, energetic, and dressed from head to toe in an array of pink costumes—full piece bunny suits to Lady Gaga impersonators (Gaga for Gnar of course!), snow angels, and pink capes ready for a day of riding. Apres started promptly at 3PM at Parrot Eyes, followed by the awards ceremony (and raffle), mc’ed by K2’s very own Michael Powell. Tons of giveaways from our sponsors. PINK Hats were the hit, and the party didn’t stop till DJ Shares turned off his turn tables.

Be sure to check out the photos from the event! Hope to see you all and your friends back next year! Check back in the spring for details on PINK CHASE 2010!

We would also like to thank all of the sponsors and volunteers for making this event possible. We couldn’t have done it without you!

The PINK CHASE FUNDRAISER offers women of all ages and disciplines: the opportunity to be involved in an all women’s snow event, make a difference by fundraising for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF), win great prizes and have a ton of fun skiing and riding with the K2 Alliance, their friends and other women teams for a day!

K2 Japan Women’s Team Featured on New PS3 Game

K2 Japan Team Rider Yukie Ueda gets the cover of the New Play Station Winter Sports 2010 video game on the 2010 VVV Rocker, Virtue Bindings and Affair Boot.


Also featured in the games promotions are K2 Riders Sachi Tanaka and Reika Nomura. Click Here: http://www.arcsystemworks.jp/ws2010/ to check out the site.

Gretchen Takes Second at First Grand Prix Stop in Copper

This past weekend marked one of the first major stops in the run for the 2010 Olympics with the first stop of the Grand Prix at Copper Mountain. I followed it via the massive amounts of twittering that was happening throughout the event, sad that I was not down there to cheer on the K2 riders in person…and that I was missing all the fresh new CO snow. However there was no short of coverage from our friends at Trasworld Snowboarding, Snowboarder Magazine and Snowboard Mag. But all in-all it was by far one of the heaviest pipe sessions North America has seen yet to date and proved that this is going to be no easy race.

Of course our eyes were glued to Gretchen who qualified first on Friday with a huge score of 47.1 (see below) who in the end started the season off with a second place finish behind Kelly Clark after a very heated battle. Check out all the coverage from the links above or read what Gretchen had to sa about it herself here: Gretchen Bleiler.com. Here is an outlay of Gretchen’s final run from TWS:050_gretchen

Gretchen Bleiler Takes First at Grand Prix Qualifiers in Copper

After all the media hype, summer shred ramp up, and speculation of who is in the running for this year’s US Olympic Snowboard Team the time for answers is finally upon us. This weekend marks the beginning of rush to Gold as Olympic hopefuls compete against one another in the US Grand Prix in Copper and Gretchen Bleiler did not start off slow. Taking first in the qualifiers today with a 47.10 she is on her way straight to the finals. Check out TRANSWORLD SNOWBOARDING for more pics…Screen-shot-2009-12-10-at-8.40.34-PM

Behind The Scenes with Leanne and Standard Films

PHOTO: Christy Chaloux

Check out some behind-the-scenes still shots of Ms. Pelosi rippen’ it up for the Standard Film’s crew in Montreal.  Click right here!

Photos by: Christy Chaloux

Gretchen Bleiler Gears Up for the Olympic Qualifiers

K2’s Gretchen Bleiler has been training all year for the Olympic qualifiers which kick off this week.  She is a past silver medalist in the 2006 Winter Olympic’s and this year she’s going for the gold!

Our support goes out to her as she plans ahead for the Olympic Qualifiers!

The 2010 Grand Prix Olympic Qualifiers will be making three stops with a total of five competitions which will determine the 2010 U.S. Olympic Halfpipe Team. Follow Gretchen and get additional Grand Prix coverage on FuelTV. Or check out her new Facebook Fan Page at http://www.facebook.com/GretchenBleiler.

The U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix TV schedule:

U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix – Copper Mountain, CO airdates:
NBC – 12/13/09 – 2pm est
Versus – 12/27/09 – 4pm est

U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix – Mammoth, CA airdates:
NBC – 1/10/10 – 1:30pm est
Versus – 1/17/10 – 4pm est

U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix – Park City, UT airdates:
NBC – 1/24/10 – 3pm est
Versus – 1/31/10 – 6pm est hp#1
2/7/10 – 3pm est hp#2

Paul Mitchell Progression Session airdates:
Copper Mountain – 12/27/09 – 5pm est
Telluride – 1/10/10 – 5pm est
Mammoth – 1/17/10 – 5pm est

I made a must have gear list on backcountry.com

Oh what great xmas ideas! Happy Ho Ho Ho! Enjoy..

Leanne’s Backcountry Shred Must Haves:

Gretchen Bleiler on The Tonight Show!!!

If you missed last Wednesday’s episode of The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien, we have  Gretchen Bleiler’s interview right here for your viewing pleasure.  Before her appearance on the show K2 rider and Silver Olympic Medal winner said, “I am super excited to be going to the Conan O’Brien show. I think he is the man and I love watching his show. It is going to be an awesome experience to be on the couch myself.” Enjoy!

Leanne Pelosi’s “Whistler SNOWvember” Playlist

Get pumped on the hill the way Ms. Pelosi does! These party mixes will sure get you in the Party Pelosi mood and add fuel to your powder days!

Click here for her entire play list