The Daily Shake
March 3rd, 2014

Check this out: Stop Motion Snowboarding

From Andrew Santos via Vimeo:

A stop motion piece by Andrew Santos. Song courtesy of Sean Dimitrie. Shot at Grouse Mountain, Vancouver BC.

 


March 2nd, 2014

Snowboarder triggers avalanche in MT that knocks over a house and buries 3

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Here’s the full story, courtesy of NBC:

A snowboarder triggered the avalanche that buried three people — including an 8-year-old boy — in a home in a residential neighborhood of Missoula, Mont., investigators said Saturday.

St. Patrick Hospital identified two of the victims: Fred Allendorf, 66, a retired biology professor, and his wife, Michel Jo Colville, 68, an artist. The hospital told NBC News that Colville remained in critical condition, while Allendorf had been upgraded to serious condition.

The 8-year-old boy, identified as Phoenix Scoles, was listed in fair condition and was expected to recover.

Police, fire officials and search-and-rescue crews from around the region worked for more than three hours to recover the three after the wave of snow washed over two homes on Holly Street in Missoula’s Rattlesnake Valley neighborhood about 4 p.m. (6 p.m. ET) Friday. Rescuers said Saturday that the victims were able to survive only because of air pockets in the debris.

The West Central Montana Avalanche Center said the incident was caused when a snowboarder in a restricted area near the top of Mount Jumbo disturbed a layer of packed snow resting on looser snow beneath it. The snow rapidly tumbled down the mountain, gathering speed and bulk in what the center called a slab avalanche — the most dangerous kind.

“That continuous snowfall kind of keeps the snowpack at its tipping point, or breaking point, where it just takes the added weight of a skier or snowmobiler to tip the balance, and you get an avalanche,” said Mark Staples, an avalanche specialist with the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center.

Authorities were investigating, and the snowboarder hadn’t been identified or charged Saturday evening.

The Missoula Valley, Mount Jumbo and Mount Sentinel remained under a high avalanche danger advisory Saturday, indicating that natural avalanches were possible and that further human-triggered avalanches were likely.

No mandatory evacuations had been ordered, but many families had vacated on their own. Missoula police told NBC station KECI that they were going door to door to warn other residents of the danger.

 


February 27th, 2014

Sage Kotsenburg gets his very own Wheaties box

If you weren’t already aware that Sage Kotsenburg is a great snowboarder — winning that gold medal in the Olympics and all — you can now rest assured, as the kid has his own Wheaties box. You know you’ve made it when your the face of the “Breakfast of Champions”…
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February 26th, 2014

Photos that will make you wish you were in Whistler

The good people up at Whistler Blackcomb felt the need to show off how killer their week has been, and sent us a reel of photos from Coast Mountain Photography to rub it in. Mission: Accomplished. We are officially jealous.

P: Brad Kasselman

P: Brad Kasselman | Coast Mountain Photography

P: Brad Kasselman

P: Brad Kasselman | Coast Mountain Photography

P: Logan Swayze

P: Logan Swayze

P: Mitch Winton | Coast Mountain Photography

P: Mitch Winton | Coast Mountain Photography

P: Mitch Winton  | Coast Mountain Photography

P: Mitch Winton | Coast Mountain Photography


February 25th, 2014

Strength in Support brings vets out to experience Bear Mountain

Screen Shot 2014-02-25 at 3.17.33 PMStrength in Support, a non-profit that seeks to provide veterans with resources, mentorship, support & events, is heading to Bear Mountain Thursday, February 27, 2014. The workshop is for, and led by, veterans, a relaxing and healing day on the slopes.

For more info, check out the press release from Bear Mountain, below:

(Big Bear Lake, Calif. – February 25, 2014) – This Thursday, February 27, the Southern California-based nonprofit Strength in Support (SIS) will head to Bear Mountain for a one-of-a-kind snowboarding workshop designed to help veterans overcome challenges resulting from years of service and sacrifice.

Strength in Support was founded in 2013, and provides mental health services, including counseling, mentorship and workshops to active military, veterans and their families.

“We’re so happy that Strength in Support is hosting their workshop at Bear Mountain,” said Chris Riddle, Vice President of Marketing for Big Bear Mountain Resorts (BBMR). “We want to say thank you to our military service members, and welcoming groups like Strength in Support is one way we can do that.”

The snowboarding workshop is not only for veterans, but is also led by veterans. This “vet-to-vet” experience will allow participants to interact in a fun and relaxed setting, while receiving encouragement from one another to break down isolation issues and foster healthy and supportive relationships.

“Our recreational snowboarding workshop is being offered for the first time ever thanks to SIS’ board, donors and volunteers, as well as Big Bear Mountain Resorts,” said Jill Boultinghouse, Board Vice President of Strength in Support. “Our vets are looking forward to a fun and healing day on the slopes. We need more organizations like BBMR that are supportive of our veterans, and can help make these types of events a reality.”

Strength in Support is one of dozens of military groups that BBMR has welcomed this season. In addition, BBMR hosts a number of Uniform Days throughout the year. On these special days, all active duty military, firefighters, EMS and police officers can take their identification to any Snow Summit or Bear Mountain ticket window to receive $38 lift tickets. “It’s just one more way we can salute those who serve,” says Riddle. The remaining Uniform Days for the 2013-14 season are March 5-6 and April 2-3.

For more information on Uniform Days, visit BBMR’s discounts and specials page. For further information on Strength and Support’s mission and workshop programs, including the Snowboarding Recreational Workshop, please visit the official Strength in Support website.


February 19th, 2014

Want to work and ride in the French Alps? Check this out…

APO is on the hunt for a social media intern to be based in the French Alps for a year. The brand is seeking a snowboarder that has both an interest in social media and a desire to get into the action sports industry. If you have a passion for the sport, a love for travel and are a social media guru this is a great opportunity! The internship will start August 1, 2014 at APO headquarters in Annecy, France.

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February 19th, 2014

Liftopia offering huge deals to celebrate National Play Hooky & Ride Week

Another dose of deals from Liftopia. Check them out, and get back to the snow!

SAN FRANCISCO – (Feb. 19, 2014) – Who needs an official holiday to sneak in a powder day? Celebrate the third annual National Play Hooky & Ski Week from Monday, March 3 to Friday, March 7, and get more skiing or boarding in this year with the help of Liftopia – the largest online and mobile marketplace for lift tickets and other mountain activities.

“With resorts in every part of the country getting serious snow the past few weeks, the second half of the season is shaping up to be a great time to embrace winter and get out on the hill,” said Evan Reece, co-founder and CEO of Liftopia. “Our customers – but probably not their employers – love our Play Hooky Sale due to fewer crowds and wide-open trails that can be found when hitting the slopes mid-week.”

The official proclamation for National Play Hooky & Ski Week reads as follows:
Whereas the American worker has been experiencing undue stress in the workplace; and, whereas it is generally accepted that engaging in awesome activities outside of the workplace decreases undue stress; and, whereas skiing and snowboarding are proven to be awesome activities. Henceforth, it is proclaimed that the first Monday in March shall be the start of the third annual National Play Hooky & Ski Week.

During National Play Hooky & Ski Week, skiers and boarders can find prices on lift tickets starting at $7.50 – as much as 78 percent off walk-up window rates – at Liftopia.com and via the Liftopia mobile app. Below are examples, with more available on the Liftopia website:

California:
— Save 76% at Mt. Baldy with two-day lift tickets starting at $33.00
— At Mt. Rose save 43% with two-day lift tickets starting at $67.99
— At Diamond Peak save 38% with three-day lift tickets starting at $102
— Save 35% at Sierra-at-Tahoe with lift tickets starting at $56.99

Colorado:
— At Arapahoe Basin save 44% on an Elevation Three Pack with prices starting at $139.00
— At Sunlight Mountain save 37% with lift tickets starting at $35.99
— Save 35% at Copper Mountain with three of five day lift tickets starting at $230

New England/New York:
— Save 60% at Crotched Mountain with lift tickets starting at $19.99
— At Ragged Mountain save 60% with two-day lift tickets starting at $53.99
— Save 54% at Waterville Valley with lift tickets starting at $30
— Save 48% at Plattekill Mountain with lift tickets starting at $29.99
— At Whiteface save 42% with a three of four day pass starting at $136.99

Utah:
— Save 44% at Sundance with lift tickets starting at $30.99
— Save 34% at Snowbird with three-day lift tickets starting at $154.99
— At Park City save 30% with four of seven day lift tickets starting at $277.20

Midwest:
— Save 78% at Caberfae Peaks with lift tickets starting at $7.50
— Save 51% at Blackjack with three-day lift tickets starting at $64.99
— Save 38% at Grand Geneva with lift tickets starting at $28.99
— At Devils Head save 31% on two-day lift tickets with prices starting at $58.99

Other Regions:
— At Mt. Hood save 53% with lift tickets starting at $37.00
— Save 44% at Canaan Valley with two-day lift tickets starting at $31.00
— Save 41% at Owl’s Head with two-day lift tickets starting at $41.06
— Save 37% at Sun Valley with five of seven day passes starting at $307.99
— Save 34% at Tamarack Resort with lift tickets starting at $64.99
— Save 33% at Tremblant with three-day lift tickets starting at $144.93


February 17th, 2014

Check this out: Nanotips makes all gloves touchscreen compatible

Introducing, the end of the uber-expensive touch-screen compatible glove. Tony Yu, an entrepreneur in Vancouver who decided one day he was sick of pulling off his gloves to check his texts, has created a liquid solution called Nanotips that can apparently make any pair of gloves touchscreen friendly. A “conductive polyamide liquid solution,” Nanotips mimics the touch of human skin, meaning you’ll never have to take off your gloves, or invest in a higher price-point pair, to stay connected again.

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Check out Nanotips’ Kickstarter page and see for yourself…


February 12th, 2014

Jimmy Kimmel Live – Russians translate American snowboarder Sage Kotsenburg

Classic Jimmy!

From Jimmy Kimmel Live on Youtube:

Translators in Russia have been having a tough time converting the slang of American snowboarders into something Russians will understand. After they translated the latest press conference from English to Russian, we translated it back to English to see how they did.

Jimmy Kimmel Live – Russians Translate American Snowboarder


February 11th, 2014

Twitter Olympics: The best darn tweets from men’s Olympic snowboard halfpipe

Probably the most entertaining part of watching the finals of the Men’s Snowboard Halfpipe at the Olympics in Sochi was following along on twitter to see who was tweeting what when shit went down.

Here is a list of my favorite tweets from Men’s Halpipe finals in somewhat of a chronological order from when it started: