Not The Beach: Summer Snowboarding at Mt. Hood

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We kept it loose. We went to Mount Hood to go snowboarding, hang with campers at High Cascade, talk shop, and test some new product. Filming wasn’t priority, but we passed the camera around and decided that we should show the world what we were up to. With the exception of the incredible meals, heavy-flowing beers, and endless laughs around the dinner table, this is what our trip to Oregon looked like this summer. Snowboarding in it’s purest form.

Hannah Eddy goes red on red with a frontside air. | P: Colton Jacobs

Mount Hood is our second home. The environment is variable and demands ultimate versatility out of boards, boots, and bindings – lending to an incredible testing grounds for product. The snow is soft and wet, the trails are wide open (for carving up a storm), and the parks are on-point. That aside, there’s something extra special about summer snowboarding; maybe it’s the sun, or the soft snow, or the mini-pipe, or maybe a combination of all three. It’s a feeling that can’t be described, and certainly can’t be beat.

Jake Kuzyk tests out a new board, and a newer look. | P: Colton Jacobs

Team riders Leanne Pelosi, Jake Kuzyk, Tim Eddy, Jody Wachniak, Matt Belzile, Parker Szumowski, Alex Rodway, and Kael Martin were all on hand the first night to help us surprise Mark Wilson by officially welcome him to the pro ranks. A house packed with friends and teammates made for an amazing night of high fives, good times, and may have lended to the next day’s late start.

Couple of boards ready to hit the waxing iron.

The parks were incredible. Perfectly manicured rails, boxes, jumps, and pipes from both Timberline and High Cascade made for smiles lasting from  top-to-bottom. We took turns passing the camera between the crew in between features, watching footage on the chairlifts, and laughing ’til our faces hurt because Jody or Parker were cracking everyone up.

Alex Rodway Frontside Airs himself on a snowboard from the future. | P: Colton Jacobs

Afternoons were met with tons of lot-lurking that spilled over to the house. Heavy post-boarding hangout Sessions had K2 Team riders (past and present) snacking galore, telling stories from past winters, talking about product, and arguing about what was for dinner. After a quick re-charge, a skate Session with the HCSC Campers or a trip to Windells was never out of the question.

HEAVY Hangin’ with Parker, Mark, Jake, and Bryan.

Departure day lended to hugs, high fives, and “see ya laters” as everyone headed their separate ways. After a little break from life, some riders went back to work, some headed out for a vacation, and some dove in head-first to a new project. Grab a snack and check out our new edit, Not The Beach, we hope that you enjoy it as much as we did.


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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 is Rolling deep at Tom Sims Retro World Championships

 

Gray Thompson blasting that retro steez in 2014. Photo: @tackittphoto Provided by Snowboard Mag

The day before the day has come and here I sit at home in California before a wave of vintage stoke consumes Boreal Mountain Resort on Tahoe’s Donner Summit. It wont be long before K2’s team of rippers join snowboard lovers old and new in the legendary hand dug Donner half pipe to celebrate the roots of freestyle snowboarding which run deep here in Northern California. Inspired by the surf and skate lifestyle, snowboarding in Tahoe took on a personality of its own and this year rather tomorrow, March, 27 2015 we’ll see a glimpse of what started this whole passion we share called snowboarding. Stay tuned for blog updates, social media insights and shenanigans along the way as we pay our respects to the OG and help foster a history we all appreciate so much.

Lookout for your favorite K2 athletes: Jake Kuzyk, Mat Belzile, Tim Eddy, Leanne Pelosi, Johnny Brady, Mark Wilson, Chris Beresford, Alex Rodway, Danika Duffy and a full on K2 legend we’ll keep anonymous for now…

 

K2 Snowboarding Presents “Our Backyard” Episode 3

As we speak. “Our Backyard” and the majority of the winter climates are starting to see more and more snow so quite watching these videos and get out there it’ll be the best move you make all week.

Our Backyard Chapter 3 from K2 Snowboarding on Vimeo.

Shaun McKay, Leanne Pelosi, A Rob & Friends 11/12 Re-edit

The Grand Finale of 2012 will culminate with footage from Shaun McKay, Leanne Pelosi and our great friend and brother Aaron Robinson and the Manifest crew. Plain and simple, snowboarding kicks ass and anyone lucky enough to ride is blessed with the opportunity. Enjoy snowboarding my friends because it straight up rules!

More from Shaun in PEOPLE’s “Pretty Wise,” Leanne in P.S. Reports’ “Intervals.” Rest in Peace A-Rob, we love you homie!

K2 Snowboarding Presents “Our Backyard” Teaser

Snowboarding is passion, snowboarding is inspiring and creative; it’s high fives and powder mustaches. Many of the best days to be had are in white out conditions, in the heart of the storm, yet fully comforted by the solitude of the trees. This is snowboarding in the Pacific Northwest, in our own backyard. 

The true beauty of snowboarding, though, is that every person has they’re unique outlook and whether your backyard is Mt. Baker or a golf course in West Virginia we encourage you to explore that territory and reacquaint yourself with the comfort that snowboarding brings. The friendships that it strengthens and the excitement it instills.

Follow along as we portray our season every other Tuesday from now until the start of January. This is “Our Backyard,” where’s yours?

K2 Our Backyard Trailer from Nate Laverty on Vimeo.

Intervals Full Movie featuring Leanne Pelosi

Leanne Pelosi crushed it with Hana Beaman and Robyn Van Gyn this year. Collectively this movie speaks volumes of the current state of women’s backcountry riding so check it out.

Leanne Pelosi in P.S. Revelstoked at Tailgate BC

Hana, Robin and Leanne head to Tailgate BC for some deep pow riding and man games.

P.S. It’s Legenday episode from the Mt Baker Banked Slalom.

Even the 5-0 couldn’t stop the girls from reaching the 27th Legendary Banked Slalom. With speeding on their minds the ladies were in great form for their first time competing. The course was rough and tuff but no doubt an enjoyable time was had by all!


Leanne Pelosi in P.S. We Love Trees shredding pillows in Whistler

There’s tons of snow, but It’s a race to beat the inversion in Whistler! Robin, Annie and Hana end up finding some good snow and the jumping begins. Plus, a bonus pillow day with Leanne Pelosi, David Melancon and Claudia Avon.