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.
Hurry up winter, our patience is waining.
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If you know snowboarding, you know your season never really has to end. Many of us here at K2 Snowboarding have done back-to-back-to back winters, and the experience is a game changer. Whether you want to lap world class parks, work on your goggle tan cruising glaciers in the northern hemisphere, or break out the powder snorkel down south, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite summer boarding locations to help you narrow your search for an endless winter.
Mammoth Mountain has had a killer season this year. If you saw any clips from Super Park, you know what we’re talking about. The features in Mammoth’s parks are well maintained and meticulously shaped, and are sure to be dialed in into early summer.
Perisher is the premier park destination in Australia with seven terrain parks and Australia’s biggest halfpipe. The park crew have been busy in the workshop building new features to add to the rail fleet, which is already the largest in the southern hemisphere.
Timberline has been a freestyle leader from the start thanks to multiple terrain parks with enough jibs, jumps and pipes to keep even the hardest of the hardcore happy. Much of Timberline’s terrain is dedicated to freestyle and race camps, but their public park is maintained and should be prime all summer long.
Cardrona offers the Southern Hemisphere’s most extensive terrain park facilities. From monster pro style features to beginner jumps and boxes, Cardrona’s park is easily one of the best in the southern hemisphere.
Treble Cone is the the largest ski area and has the most vertical drop on the South Island. With 45% advanced terrain, there’s plenty of steeps and drops to get the legs pumping and the face shots coming. Not to mention, the view from Treble Cone is all-time.
Mt Hutt provides prime conditions for knee deep pow turns with a altitude of close to 7000 ft and an ideal southeast aspect. Located just 30 minutes from the laid back town of Methven, Mt. Hutt is a big bowl shaped mountain with steep sidewalls and caters to advanced riders.
“The average annual snowfall at Portillo ski resort is about 25 feet. Portillo’s snow storms are typically short and intense, followed by bluebird days when the spectacular vistas can be fully appreciated. As a result, the quality of the powder is often dry and the riding is unbelievably fantastic.”
Nevados de Chillan boasts the most annual average snowfall in South America, and the biggest vertical drop in Chile. Volcanic eruptions and rivers of lava have left a playground of mounds, bowls, natural half pipes, steep pitches, and drop-offs spread across the resort to get those creative riding juices pumping.
2016/17 at Squaw has been one for the record books. The conditions are going to be prime for summer boarding through the 4th of July, maybe even longer. If you have never wakeboarded, snowboarded, bbq’d, and watched fireworks all on the same day, now is your chance. Head to Reno after the on-hill Apres for a night you might not remember…
Zermatt is known all over the world for its mountain parties and summer boarding, and its 50+ bars offer plenty of choice and variety. If you’ve never shredded in Europe, Zermatt is a fantastic introduction to the European mountain scene.
Down the road from Hintertux, Mayrhofen offers up one of the best apres summer boarding experiences in Europe. The atmosphere in the umbrella bars and apres ski pubs are sensational. The town also has a huge summer draw so there is never a shortage of events to attend.
Located on the South Island of New Zealand, Queenstown is the jumping off point for two ski areas, The Remarkables and Coronet Peak. Fantastic scenery, a lively bar scene, and a host of thrilling outdoor activities combine to make one week or an entire season in Queenstown one you’ll never forget.
Okay that’s it, we are over summer! It’s time for winter. Heading down to South America, specifically Bariloche, Argentina and
to shoot our 2010/2011 catalog. Meeting up with Gretchen, Eero, and Mckay in LA and then off to Bariloche to meet up with Yoshida and Brinson who have been busy scouting out spots for us while we are there. And did someone say the Shark is coming as well? Uh oh. Oh and maybe a sighting with Miss Leanne Pelosi as well. Dang this is going to be fun.
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Heyo from sunny Oregon, k2 house at High Cascade! Just spending some time working on some new tricks, getting old tricks better, and having fun with campers and friends. Tomorrow Christy Chaloux, pro photographer gets to town and we are going to be starting a shoot for Spare Magazine. It’s a euro fashion shoot, so I’m going to try and put together something half fashionable to wear. yeye! It’ll be out next fall/winter. Ok peace out! Going to go for a hike to a cool waterfall soon!
Oh yeah, if you haven’t seen the Hangover, its NUTSO! AMAZING! Best movie of the summer!