Caught on the ground with his pants off, Mason Aguirre talks about the K2 facilities as he gets dressed for his photo shoot. I think he may have been drinking when he packed his snowboard bag.
Quick low down on the NEW K2 Panoramic Splitboard
For 2011 we are introducing the Panoramic Splitboard complete with Voile splitkit, binding plates and integrated K2 custom skins.
K2 Snowboarding was born in America’s Pacific Northwest mountains in 1987. This season, the brand goes deeper into the backcountry with the new Panoramic split board. K2’s first split board is fortified with an indestructible, lightweight Bambooyah Blend core that comes with a 2-year warranty. Bambooyah features a bamboo-ply construction similar to a skateboard deck with crazy durability yet delivers pop and energy like no other.
- Integrated skins
- Voile split kit
- Ptex top sheet – no more snow sticking
- K2 All-Terrain Rocker – slight early lift in the tip and tail and flat under foot
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K2 Panoramic Complete: $899.95
K2 Panoramic [board only] $599.95
Tim Eddy – Panoramic Splitboarding Video
There is still plenty of snow in most parts of Montana. But with the schools out for summer, music festivals in full swing, tourist girls starting to show their pretty faces and temperatures soaring into the 80′s these past few days, we knew we had to get out and get some before it all melts.
- Brett, me and Turbo Dreams…..Mt Anneas in the background.
- little front 3 in the sun
Whereever you may be, there’s probably snow close enough to hike to and shred down….go do it. And stay posted for more posts from me throughout the rest of the summer…..I’m going to CHILE!! (in 3 weeks!!!)
Turns out it’s epic blower January snow!! We put in some turns, catch some airs and work our bootpack all afternoon.
We do the same thing here in the Jewel; put in some turns, a bootpack back up and lap a sick face of chutes, spines and senders.
It’s always a good feeling getting home after the winter’s travels, but when you can get home and ride powder it’s unreal. I feel so fortunate to have roots in this place and every time I’m here I’m overwhelmed by the soul that this place exudes…..
The road to Alaska is a long one, with many spectacular sights; the Canadian Rockies and Jasper Natl. Park to the prairies of Alberta, the northern rockies of BC and Toad River, hotsprings, wildlife in every direction, great people and only a handful of towns.
Skylar Thornton and I (Aaron Robinson) embarked on our journey to Alaska around the 25th of March with high expectations for the trip ahead of us. The plan was to go to Valdez for the 3rd annual TAILGATE ALASKA world freeride festival, participate in the oh-so-epic rebirth of King of the Hill, (the greatest contest to ever grace the snowboard industry….read up on it) and film with the Resourceful Gnome crew for their new movie “Respect Your Elders”
- Skylar picked me up around 9 pm from Whitefish, MT. Here we are in Eureka, MT at the infamous Ksanka store, loaded up and hyphy as hell. We drove all the way through the night, into the next day and well into the next night before our first sleep of the trip.
The stretch of the trip through southern BC/Alberta is very beautiful….but we had no time to go slow and enjoy the sites. We booked it all the way to Dawson Creek, the start of the Alaskan Highway, by mid-afternoon the next day and met up with the other half of our caravan crew, Ben Lynch and Brandon Cocard. We are officially on the Alcan, next stop Toad River and Liard Hotsprings!
Hours on the road turn into days on the road and time just lumps together into one droning 140km/hour drive through the most beautiful scenery imaginable. There’s more than enough time to ponder life, love, snowboarding and what the hell you’re doing driving multiple days and spending hundreds of dollars for who-knows-what.
Driving this road with some company is the way to do it though and I couldn’t have had a cooler crew of buddies to cruise with. The feeling of crossing back into American soil was unexplainable, especially since it’s AlaskAmerica; a seemingly lawless land of infinite opportunities.
- Skylar and Brandon get wicked on the guitars while Ben sings an impromptu border jam. We were waiting for the starter in the Blue Ox to cool down so it could start up. Ben was pushed by border patrol both into Canada and out of Canada due to his hot starter problem.
We finally made it Tailgate and were greeted by a number of friends and new friends alike. The scene at Tailgate Alaska is so unique to this party and this party only. Mark Sullivan and Nick Perata are the most welcoming two guys ever and many young people (including myself) owe the comfort and ease of their AK experiences to them.
Tailgate takes place at mile 29.5 of the Richardson highway in Thompson Pass outside of Valdez, Alaska. Alaska Backcountry Adventures (www. alaskabackcountry.com) is nice enough to let us tailgatin’ scabs overrun their parking lot for a whole 3 weeks. The snowmobile access is unreal, the heli operation (ABA) is top-notch and the terrain is world-class. With a who’s who of snowboarding lingering around the base camp, the buzz was high about the rebirth of King of the Hill, set to take place in 3 days. OMG I just saw Travis Rice!
With blue skies and some days to spare before KOTH, we got out and started shredding. Helicopters are ideal for riding limitless lines out here, but snowmachines get the job done for all the scabs not-so-wealthy.
King of the HIll went off without a hitch; blue skies all day, soft and stable snow, and limit-pushing snowboarding. The roster was stocked with everyone from legends to up and comers. Alaskan veterans and pro boarders Mikey Basich, Travis Rice, Rob Kingwill, Mark Landvik, Dave Short were in competition against legendary locals like Donnie Mills and Rydor as well as young bucks like Ralph Backstrom, Andy Bergin-Sperry, Brandon Reid and Alex Yoder. The level of snowboarding by the girls was next level as well. Everyone from big mountain ruler Shannon Yates to pros like Anne-Flore Marxer and young gun slayers like Iris Lazzerschi and Vera Jensen.
That day I witnessed and got to ride along-side some of the most amazing snowboarding I’ve seen in real life. From Travis Rice’s massive backside 7 with hecka exposure to Mikey Basich’s hair-raising double line billy-goating to Shawn Farmers huge backflip……..epic riding went down. This is without a doubt about to become the greatest contest in the world once again.
(check the 2nd photo below for an idea of the terrain we rode for the contest.)
Though the party is over for most people, we’re sticking around for the long haul, currently waiting out a storm that’s already dropped 2.5 feet!! The forecast looks good and we’re set to head out and get shown around by a much-respected elder Mikey Basich when the skies clear. Stay posted for a blog post of the rest of our trip within the month and check out www.tailgatealaska.com and ask yourself “whay am I not there??”
Boot ‘em up!!
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!
Is the economic downturn cutting your snowboard funds short? Don’t know how the heck you’re going buy some of this years K2 gear??
Well SnowboarderMag.com is giving you a chance to win some of this years Eero Niemela’s Snowboard gear!
His set-up includes the K2 Slayblade Snowboard, the Maysis Boot, and Auto Bindings. Also included is the Volcom’s Gigi Ruf Jacket, Condition Pant, and PC Glove. A pair of Spy Zed goggles and the Vestal Destroyer Watch.
What more could you ask for with a head-to-toe kit like this?
Check out the Videos Section for the Teasers.