The USOPEN at Vail this year enjoyed perfect event weather. Sunny and no wind is perfect for Slopestyle and Pipe. I had a blast riding around Vail with Retailers and following my buddy Joe Curtes around his Local Mountain. We did a Minturn Mile run where we had 86 people and that was Nuts. The Japanese riders brought the Heat and ended up taking 1st in Slope and Pipe. Great Event.
Joe Curtes and I with Retro Customs , Available Nov 2015
There is a really cool event in Jackson Hole called the Pow Wow. Rob Kingwill is the man putting on this event and its really cool. Basically its just a bunch of people (120+) getting together to ride and enjoy some cool new Shapes from the 25 Brands that are there. The Snow this year wasn't that great, but man it was fun riding around with People and getting people stoked on riding directional shape boards. Hope Next year there is some deep Pow Pow :-)
I've been split-boarding for a long time now. I first discovered this gadget when i was living in Utah in 1995. My Friend Brad Scheuffele was working at Salty Peaks at the time and they had a Voile Split-board as a demo. I took it out in the Wasatch to a place i was Snowshoeing before and i was blown away at the ease of Skinning up instead of lifting your foot and climbing. I got in like 5 runs and normally i would have gotten maybe 2. Another Thing i was blown away was that the fact that you didn't have to carry your board up,, The same thing you were using to climb up was the same thing you were riding down on. I ended up Filming a Whole Video Part on a Burton Split-board for TB9. I wanted to show people that these boards could be ridden in all typed of terrain in the backcountry. Today I still Love when i get a chance to get out and skin around in the backcountry, but i don't get to do it as much as i'd like. The new setup i'm riding is a Landlord split, Hitchhiker bindings ( Colabaraton between Spark R&D and Burton ) G3 Skins and Black Diamond Poles. The puck system with Volie/Burton for the Channel is so easy to adjust and get your correct stance. These photos were from a Day in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in early Feb 2015.
I've been on the road for two weeks going to a bunch of Retailer On-snow demos. People are loving the new 2016 Burton Hardgoods lineup. (Colorado, Utah, Mammoth, Tahoe) were all great demos with good snow and great People to ride with. I love talking snowboarding with people on the Chairlift. Best office in the world :-)
It was really fun bringing some Retailers out to Mammoth Mountain that haven't ever been there. I'm pretty used to that place and have been riding there for over 25 years. It was really cool seeing how much fun they were having even thought the snow wasn't to good. I love spreading the West Coast love :-)
Shawn from Zombie taking a photo of Mono Lake
Steve gets a Selfie
Homies on the Lift
Shot atop of Mammoth with Tim from Wave Rave and Zach from Burton
We had some snow where I live in San Diego county. I've never really been home when it snowed like this, so it was super fun to take my Family up to the Local hills near my house and go Sledding with Friends. It was weird driving around with White stuff on the Ground. Hope this happens again this year.
I've been traveling around with some new 2016 Hardgoods from Burton, and getting some retailers
out on the snow and having a good time. The Snow has been great at almost every spot i've been to and 2015 is shaping up to be a great winter I think.
Coffee is the right way to start the day , George (USOutdoor)