The first stop of the 2010 Sierra Snowboard World Tour – Bruizzapalooza, at Steamboat ski resort in Colorado – wrapped up Sunday, Jan. 24, with cloudy skies and fresh snow for the 100+ attendees from the Sierra Snowboard community and staff.
As you can see from the two Bruizzapalooza recap threads in the Forums (below), good times were had, new tricks were learned, a couple of wrists were broken, and plenty of online friendships were converted to the real thing as Sierra Snowboard community members and staff got to meet up in person, some for the first time.
We caught up with Sierra Snowboard Social Media Director Jenn Mahoney (aka Little Ole Me, aka Megabitch)
(And after your're done reading, be sure to check out the slideshow of photos from the weekend at the bottom.)
Sierra Snowboard: How many staff and community members total made it out to Bruizzapalooza?
JM: We ended up with right around 105 after a few people ended up not being able to make it at the last minute.
SS: Buizza, Since your name is on this event, did you feel any extra pressure to
be a good host? To rock the latest fashions in snowboarding apparel on
the hill? To represent Colorado well to all the out-of-town riders?
BM: I definitely felt some extra pressure to be a good host. With 25 people riding Keystone on Friday, I had to coordinate the tickets and lodging for that which turned out to be a huge PITA. At Steamboat I really only felt the extra pressure of trying to make sure I met everyone. I hope I did as it was pretty hectic on Friday night and I only caught about the last 20 minutes of the cocktail party. I always try and have some new gear lined up for the Sierra events, so that wasn't a big deal. And Colorado has some legendary terrain so I didn't feel the need to rep Colorado too hard for the out of towners. The resorts out here do a great job of speaking for themselves.
SS: How much work did you have to do pulling this event together?
(Coordinating rides for people, organizing the pre-BP meet-up? Etc.)
BM: I had to put in quite a bit of work of trying to make things run smoothly. I had a TON of help though from Jenn (aka little ole me) and the other expert members. It is a good thing we have such a tight knit family here at Sierra or my head might have exploded from trying to get everything planned and running smoothly. I would just like to say THANKS to EVERYONE who came out and made the weekend such a success!!!
SS: What was your favorite moment of the weekend? Why?
JM: Riding 7 inches of powder on Sunday with Brody and Shaka all day, as well as the many others that we took a run or two with throughout the day. It was the first good dump they had had in a while, and we were with a great group of people.
BM: Getting to ride with at least 50 different community members. It was good to get to meet new people with varying styles and get to ride with them.
SS: What community member(s) were you most looking forward to meeting in-person?
JM: Definitely DLaw and KMorrison were two that I was most looking forward to meeting. I had already met most of the regulars, with the exception of a few, so it was nice to add a few more to the running list.
BM: DLaw and KMorrison as well.
SS: Who was the most entertaining guest/staff member in attendance?
JM: Wow, well, there's a whole lot that went on that can't be posted, but overall, I'd say that once again Bruizza and Doug both take the cake on this.
BM: Myself. You had to be here to get the explanation :)
SS: Funniest moment of the weekend?
JM: Definitely Levi's catwalk in his speedo, as well as the synchronized swimming in the pool between Brody and Rzero. And definitely Shaka shoving Zoe's head into his crotch when Mike told people to say the dirtiest thing into Zoe's ear to win some free headphones - Shaka went up, took Zoe's head with his hand and shoved it into his crotch while wearing the Allen outfit from The Hangover.
BM: Levi in his speedo. He did a catwalk for us during our four hours in the hot tub drinking copious amounts of beer, making the bar restock twice and get cups from the cafeteria.
SS: Best outfit of the trip?
JM: Shaka as Allen. Mattaleao was supposed to do the wolf pack speech (from The Hangover), but wouldn't, so Shaka took it upon himself to make sure it happened... the outfit anyway, but not the wolfpack speech.
BM: Shaka in Allen's outfit from the hangover.
SS: What was it like having that many Sierra community members in one hotel?
JM: It actually wasn't as crazy as I had anticipated. I thought there would be more trouble and more partying from room to room, but it was actually pretty mellow. The hotel gave us a conference room to use, so we had almost all 100 in there at a few points in time and definitely had some fun with groups partying, but overall it wasn't too crazy.
BM: (shrugs shoulders) It was awesome.
SS: How destroyed are the hotel’s hot tubs right about now?
JM: Hot tubbing actually was kept pretty clean. Other than beer being spilled in there, it didn't get too dirty. We did at one point have an entire hot tub taken over by Sierra staff and members alone with roughly 40 people in there.
BM: We were actually pretty respectful. We didn't really mess the hot tubs up, but we definitely kept the staff busy with bringing us beer each time.
SS: Most unexpected thing to happen?
JM: I can't say much, but Bruizza's extra curricular activities were pretty unexpected. And a handfull of people getting injured was unexpected and a bit of a bummer – Stass broke her wrist on Friday at Keystone, Wingnutx broke his wrist on Saturday, EMoney got concussed on Saturday, and J Leong got her shins sliced and diced by the edge of another person's board in the halfpipe and ended up with 13 stitches between her two shins on Saturday as well.
BM: Steve Rodriguez showing up with 16 brand new Sierra boards. (JM: He brought out 16 of the new Burton collaboration boards that we just got in at the store – The Stunt, Reverse Crew, and women's V Spot). And both my vehicles getting wrecked. (JM: Bru backed into a pole in his truck, and his buddy Drew backed into a telephone pole in his Camry.)
SS: How about the most predictable thing (that did actually happen)?
JM: Us getting into trouble. Doug almost had the cops called on him for shit talking to a Security Guard on Friday night. And Bru and company getting kicked out of his room for partying too loud at roughly 3 a.m. Although I did expect more people to get into trouble.
BM: Bruizza got drunk.
SS: Anything that will be different at the upcoming Sierra World Tour stops or at next year’s Bruizzapalooza?
JM: There may be a few changes now that we now what it's like to host that many people in one spot, and some might be smaller since this is a great central location for many people, but overall, I don't think that much needs to be changed seeing as it went off so well without a hitch!