Beer has long been the standard après ski drink, and seemingly every ski town has a microbrewery or two. The micro-distillery is slowly infiltrating mountain towns and taking over for the microbrewery as the hippest place to grab a fresh, local libation after a hard day on the slopes. You can get both your thighs and chest burning in many major ski towns.
Though you probably haven’t heard of them unless you’re an out-of-this-world snowboard nerd or from the New England area of the United States, Bean Snowboards is one of the coolest snowboarding companies around.
These days, it seems like there is an app for almost everything – even for snowboarding. Yep, that’s right, this season more snowboarding apps than ever are available for smartphone users who hit the mountain on a regular basis. And get this: some of them are actually good. We’ve taken the time to weed through the good, the bad, and the plain ugly as far as apps go and have picked out the 10 best that every snowboarder must have before heading out to the hill this winter.
One of the truly great things about being a snowboarder – at least in the northern hemisphere – is that they have the biggest gifting day of the year toward the beginning of the season. It’s the perfect time to spread (and receive) some holiday cheer in the form of new ride gear, clothes and accessories. We believe in picking out our own boards, boots and bindings, so we’ve focused on the best gadget, accessory and clothing gifts for 2012. May your days be merry and white!
While it’s nothing like the world-renowned Whistler Blackcomb ski resort only a few hours’ drive to the north, Washington State’s Mount Baker and Mt. Baker Ski Area provide some of the best snowboarding in the Pacific Northwest.
The best ski resort for snowboarding is the one you happen to be carving lines in on any given day. A day of snowboarding is 100 percent better than a day of sitting on your couch pondering or reading about the best resort.
Outside of that simple rule, however, there are a few resorts that excel beyond all others. Since riders differ as to their tastes, we’ve kept things loose, focusing on resorts that are good for freeriding, park and pipe, or both. While we’re a bit biased to our North American base, we’ve tried to cover all corners of the world, including the winter-in-summer Southern Hemisphere. Bottom line: You’re unlikely to have a bad day at any of these worldly hot spots.
Pow Mow, as it’s called by locals and loyals, is a huge mass of rolling bowls, plummeting valleys and perfectly spaced trees tucked away in the small, sleepy town of Eden. It comprises close to 5,000 acres of terrain accessible to day skiers, making it one of the largest resorts in North America.
Mark Fawcett may not be as household as Craig Kelly or T-Rice, but he’s been on a board for nearly three decades and has ridden with some of the biggest names out there. During a pro stint in the 1990s, Fawcett developed his love for powder, later nurturing it as a guide on the fabled terrain around BC’s Baldface Lodge. He founded a board company to spread the passion of pow through meticulous, single-purpose design.
Definitely a fun-oriented video, the teaser for “Must Be Nice,” DC Shoe’s newest full-lengther, gives you a glimpse at the wild lifestyle that many professional snowboarders live while traveling.
Burton’s newest film, 13, has been out for just over a month now, but its trailer is as relevant as ever. For those of you who are too broke to head down to the local shop to pick up a copy, the trailer provides a quick – but temporary – fix.