Five years after noboarding founder Greg Todds was killed by an avalanche, riding without bindings is hitting new heights. A noboarding film, “Yes to the No,” premiered as the “Fan Favorite” at the 2006 Banff Mountain Film Festival. And people are noboarding progressively steeper lines, throwing inimitable tricks, and just pounding powder fields as snowboarding turns back to its surf-inspired roots.
Telluride, CO – August 28th, 2008 – Winterstick Snowboards, long known for high-quality, high-performance big mountain boards, has tapped legendary rider athlete Tom Burt to promote and bolster the brand’s presence nationwide. Burt has been the face of Winterstick since 2002, and now steps into a role as part-owner, dedicated rider, and stake-holding brand ambassador.
Bozeman, Montana. The Hans Saari Memorial Fund, a grant-giving organization established to honor the life and values of ski-mountaineer Hans Saari, has announced award recipients for its spring 2008 grant cycle, including the recipients of the newly launched Hans Saari Memorial Ski Exploration Grant
Another March has come and gone, and with it, the obligatory Backcountry ski test. Only this year it was the HUGE Backcountry gear test and for this we teamed up with Outside Magazine (hey, someone's got to kick down for the food!).
GIRDWOOD, Alaska - March 29, 2008 - Sunny days have dawned on the first ever World Telemark Freeskiing Championships at Alyeska Resort in Girdwood, Alaska. Featured as the new crowning glory of the 5TH Annual Telepalooza Telemark Festival, the Championships will showcase the rarely opened and highly technical Shadows Headwall. This terrain, not open to the public, will test the thighs, lungs and knee-bending skills of even the most accomplished freeskiing athletes.
With record snowfalls in Crested Butte, it has not been easy, but yesterday the solar electric panels donated by Evergreen/AEE Solar and a SMA Inverter donated by Sunsense were installed by Nunutak Alternative Energy Solutions in a ground breaking effort to power the first known PHEV SUV with solar electric power.
Alta, Utah — North America’s largest randonnée rally, the Powder Keg, saw 110 backcountry skiers skinning and skiing the slopes of Alta last Saturday, March 15th. Brandon French won the men’s race division with a time of 1:52:20 to climb and ski over 5200 vertical feet.
Crystal Mountain, WA – The second annual VertFest was a resounding success with 62 racers participating in a randonnée rally while hundreds of skiers checked out backcountry equipment from local retailers like Marmot Mountain in Bellevue, and manufacturers like Dynafit, Atomic, K2, Black Diamond, Fritschi, G3, Karhu, Scarpa, Rottefella, Garmont, Crispi, Osprey, MSR, and 7TM. The main sponsor and organizer of the event was Outdoor Research, along with host, Crystal Mountain Resort.