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Exploring Olympic National Park
Written By: Shayboarder
It’s sad to say but I haven’t really explored Olympic National Park as much as I’d like – or at all. So when I had some downtime this weekend, I figured I would head to Ocean Shores for the weekend and spend some quality time exploring the Quinault region of Olympic National Park. I ventured [...]




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Whistler Bike Park Opening Weekend 2014
Written By: Shayboarder
One of the perks of being back in the Northwest is being in close proximity to the Whistler Bike Park. Just a five hour drive means I can head up to Canada for the weekend and ride an amazing bike park with friends. I was pretty excited to know that I would be back in [...]




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Six years of Shayboarder
Written By: Shayboarder
Six years ago I sat in front of my computer writing my introduction to the World of Snowboarding on shayboarder.com. It began with a blog post, zero views and no expectations on where it would go or lead me. I never expected that shayboarder.com would change my life, lead me to amazing experiences or make [...]




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A Weekend in Wyoming
Written By: Shayboarder
When it came time to pick a location for a weekend getaway with my mom, Wyoming was a big contender with the abundance of parks, activities, rest, relaxation and breathtaking scenery. We started our journey to Wyoming on Thursday, taking our time with stops and staying overnight just a couple hours away from our final [...]




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Whistler Birthday Celebration + Bike Park 6/12/13
Written By: Shayboarder
All I wanted for my 30th birthday was laps in the Whistler bike park, good friends, a visit to the spa and sushi dinner. Whatever else was just a bonus to a fun day! The best part – I got everything I wanted for my birthday. We started the morning with a ride up Whistler [...]




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Whistler Bike Park 6/11/13
Written By: Shayboarder
When it came time to figure out where I wanted to spend my 30th birthday, it was an easy decision. I opted for a dirty thirty celebration in the actual dirt at Whistler Bike Park for a couple days to ring in the big day. It offered a chance to ride terrain I had accomplished [...]




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A Weekend in Moab
Written By: Shayboarder
It was a long winter in Colorado so when it kept snowing in May, I realized I needed to get out into some warm heat and sunshine. Moab, Utah offered up the camping, hiking, biking and heat without traveling too far to get it. Plus it was a far enough, it seemed like a mini [...]




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Friday Giveaway: Shock Doctor
Written By: Shayboarder
Now that it’s the end of the week, it’s time for the Friday Giveaway. This time I’m switching things up from facemasks and footbeds. Here’s your chance to win a Shockdoctor mouthguard to protect your teeth from gnarly crashes in the winter and summer. The best part is there will be two winners today! To [...]




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The mountains we love…
Written By: Shayboarder
For many of us, the mountains are our homes, our playgrounds and our lives. Unfortunately, the mountains we love can take us at any moment. For the second time in my life, the mountains have taken an incredible person who shared a passion for snowsports, the industry and everyone around them. I’m at a loss. [...]




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Snowboard Review: 12-13 Thrive Renegade
Written By: Shayboarder
Location: Keystone & Vail, CO Snow Conditions: Softpacked to hardpacked conditions, softer snow conditions with fresh snow in spots. Setup: I rode the Thrive Renegade with Burton Escapade bindings and Ride Cadence Focus boots. Size: 154 First Impression: Thrive delivers a quiver killer. One board you can ride anywhere that won’t cost an arm and [...]




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Goggle Review: Anon M1
Written By: Shayboarder
Intended Purpose: Taking goggle interchangeability to the next level, the M1 goggle makes it easy to change out lenses thanks to magnetic lenses. Beyond the interchangeability quickness, the goggles feature an assortment of technology to help your snow vision on the mountain. Location: I’ve been riding these goggles most of the season here at Keystone [...]




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Unity Snowboards 2013-2014
Written By: Shayboarder
Since 1995, Unity Snowboards has been building snowboards in the center of the Rocky Mountains. The boards are designed for a variety of riding, from big mountain lines to perfect parks to award winning pipes. For 2014, Unity adds the Kapow snowboard that is one part kicker and one part powder. The Whale, Dominion, Pride, [...]




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Snowboard Review: 13-14 Capita Ultrafear FK
Written By: Shayboarder
Location: Winter Park, CO Snow Conditions: Softpacked to hardpacked conditions. Setup: I rode the Capita Ultrafear FK with Union Force bindings and Vans aura boots. Size: 155 First Impression: It’s been a couple years since I’ve owned the Ultrafear but I remember why I loved it. Solid freestyle board! Weight: Average. Flex: On the spectrum, [...]




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Snowcial + Heavenly 3/2/13
Written By: Shayboarder
Snowcial was winding down on Saturday but it meant the perfect timing for a full day on the slopes with everyone who attended the conference. I worked in the morning before heading onto the slopes to join the group for lunch and Epic Mix Racing. I hadn’t tried Epic Mix Racing yet but after the [...]




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Sierra at Tahoe 2/27/13
Written By: Shayboarder
It’s been a busy last couple days of traveling but I finally made it to Lake Tahoe! It’s good to be back to return to the Snowcial Conference. My first stop was Sierra at Tahoe where I could spend the day lapping the mountain and getting my snowboard feet back under me. I have two [...]




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Snowcial + Heavenly 2/28/13
Written By: Shayboarder
When it came time to decide on what conference to attend this year, Snowcial was the one I really wanted to have happen. Mainly because it brings together many of the ski resorts and marketers whose passions lie in skiing and snowboarding. Not only that, Snowcial brings in incredible guest speakers that make you think [...]




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Snowcial + Heavenly 3/1/13
Written By: Shayboarder
From late nights to early mornings, Snowcial is one of the most fun conferences for winter sports marketing. It was definitely good to be hanging back with familiar faces and friends for the weekend. Friday was a morning of presentations before hitting the slopes in the afternoon. Friday morning speakers were Greg Cannon from Caesars [...]




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Bern 2013-2014
Written By: Shayboarder
There’s no reason not to keep your head protected on the slopes especially when companies like Bern give you helmet options focused on quality, design, engineering, style and fit. Their mission is to give revolutionized head protection for action sports enthusiasts that is dedicated to continuously improving the products. Basically Bern makes it so you [...]




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Shred for Stevens
Written By: Shayboarder
Last season, I was lost. I was about to move all my belongings into my truck and I needed to figure out where I would call home for the winter. I reached out to my friends at Stevens Pass and mentioned I was thinking of returning to the NW and wondered if Chris Rudolph the [...]




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Slash Snowboards 2013-2014
Written By: Shayboarder
Rider designed and driven, Slash Snowboards made their mark last year at SIA and has expanded into year two with their 13-14 snowboard line. Gigi Ruf says “from early on in my pro career I have always had an interest and fortunately an opportunity to design the boards I rode. From the artwork to the [...]




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Snowboard Review: 13-14 Lib Tech Trice C2 BTX
Written By: Shayboarder
Location: Winter Park, CO Snow Conditions: Softpacked to hardpacked conditions. Setup: I rode the Lib Tech Trice with Roxy Torah Bright bindings and Vans aura boots. Size: 153 First Impression: The Trice rides just like Travis Rice. Fast, charging and handles the mountain like a dream. Weight: Average. Flex:  The Trice offers a stiffer, stable [...]




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Binding Review: 13-14 Roxy Team Torah Bright
Written By: Shayboarder
Location: Winter Park, CO Snow Conditions: Softpacked to hardpacked groomers. Setup: I rode the Roxy Team bindings on the Lib Tech Trice with my Vans Aura size 8 boots. Time to set up the binding: Average time to set up on the board. Fit: I rocked the Team bindings in the M/L bindings which fit [...]




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SIA 2013 On-Snow Demo: Day 1
Written By: Shayboarder
After a couple days of SIA, it was time to stop checking out the gear and try it on the slopes at Winter Park. I carpooled out for the day with the girls so we could check out gear and lap the mountain for the day. Despite some cold on-snow’s in previous years, this year [...]




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Adidas Boots 2013-2014
Written By: Shayboarder
For 2014, Adidas is stepping into the snowboarding game with a well established team of riders, iconic designs and inspiration taken from their footwear to create snowboard boots with the technology to back it. Over the past two years, they have been planning, designing and developing the Winter 2014 line and it is finally going [...]




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Facemask Friday: Phunkshun
Written By: Shayboarder
When it comes to keeping your face warm on the mountain, facemasks do the job. On the deep powder days, they keep you from breathing in the snow. On the sunny days, they keep you from getting burnt. On windy days, they keep your face from going numb. Gone are the days that you have [...]




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SIA 2013: Day 3
Written By: Shayboarder
After an evening at the Riders Poll, day 3 was a good day to sleep in and hit the tradeshow floor ready to check out more gear. Day 3 was also a day to get in last rounds, hang out with friends and run into more friends around the show. Looking back on the show, [...]




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SIA 2013: Day 2
Written By: Shayboarder
The SIA Tradeshow continued on Friday with Day 2 of gear, parties and the industry gathering together in one place. One of the big questions of SIA is always what gear stands out from the crowd and it’s tough because you end up seeing a lot of gear so it really has to stand out. [...]




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SIA 2013: Day 1
Written By: Shayboarder
The snow industry is back in Denver for the SIA Tradeshow! This is where the next year’s gear is released and many of the buyers, media and industry flock to Denver to check it out while having a good time. My plan for the first day was to enjoy the show without being rushed like [...]




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Keystone 1/19/13
Written By: Shayboarder
Last weekend I had the opportunity to spend the morning in the park taking photos of a rider practicing a trick for the upcoming X-Games. The rider was Torstein Horgmo and the trick was the Switch Backside Triple Cork. It was an early morning in the park to meet up with everyone. The Shredbots would [...]




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SIA 2013: You Pick!
Written By: Shayboarder
Coming up at the end of the month will be the SIA Tradeshow, an industry event where the next year’s gear is released. A ton of ski and snowboard companies will be displaying their 2014 gear for industry buyers and media in Denver, Colorado. I’m looking forward to attending for a couple days to check [...]




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Friday Giveaway: Powder High
Written By: Shayboarder
Now that it’s the end of the week, it’s time for the Friday Giveaway. This time I’m switching things up from facemasks and footbeds. Here’s your chance to win a Powder High Prize with t-shirts, stickers, bag and neck gaiter. The best part is there will be two winners today! To enter the contest, read [...]




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Goggle Review: Smith I/OS
Written By: Shayboarder
Intended Purpose: Designed for smaller faces, the Smith I/OS is based off of the popular I/O model and features an easy interchangeable design so you can switch out lenses easily. Location: I’ve been riding these goggles most of the season here at Keystone Resort in Colorado. Conditions: The goggles have been ridden during the day [...]




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Keystone 1/9/13
Written By: Shayboarder
One of the best perks of my job is being able to really get out and explore the mountain. I wake up early, I get first turns on corduroy days, on powder days and on my favorite bluebird days. It helps when knowing what the mountain is actually like on any given day and to [...]




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Snowboard Review: 12-13 Never Summer Lotus
Written By: Shayboarder
Location: Keystone, CO Snow Conditions: Softpacked to hardpacked conditions, powder conditions from new snow to older snow. Setup: I rode the Never Summer Lotus with Burton Escapade bindings and Ride Cadence Focus boots. Size: 157 First Impression: The Lotus continues to be Never Summer’s women’s freeriding/charging snowboard. Weight: Average. Flex: Based off the men’s Premier [...]




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Vail 1/7/13
Written By: Shayboarder
I’ve been definitely overdue to ride the other Vail Resorts mountains this year so today’s trip to Vail was a great way to spend my day off. I headed down with Jess and Phil to meet up with Andy for the day and also got in laps with Scott, Wendy and Nick. We ended up [...]




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The end of 2012 and the beginning of 2013
Written By: Shayboarder
At this time last year, I had no idea what to expect for 2012. But I embraced the unknown and ended up traveling to many events, mountains and crossing many items off the bucket list. 2012 was an amazing year, definitely one for the books and I still can’t believe how lucky I was to [...]




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Binding Review: 12-13 Burton Escapade
Written By: Shayboarder
Location: Keystone, CO Snow Conditions: Softpacked to hardpacked groomers to fresh snow on the mountain. Setup: I rode the Burton Escapade Bindings on every snowboard this season but mostly the NS Lotus/Thrive Renegade with my Ride Cadence boots size 8. Time to set up the binding: Average time to set up on the board. Fit: [...]




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Facemask Friday: True Ninza
Written By: Shayboarder
When it comes to keeping your face warm on the mountain, facemasks do the job. On the deep powder days, they keep you from breathing in the snow. On the sunny days, they keep you from getting burnt. On windy days, they keep your face from going numb. Gone are the days that you have [...]




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Snowboard Review: 12-13 Arbor Coda
Written By: Shayboarder
Location: Keystone, CO Snow Conditions: Mostly soft packed snow to hardpacked groomers. Setup: I rode the Arbor Coda with my Burton Escapade bindings and Ride Cadence boots size 8. Size: 157cm. First Impression: The Coda continues to offer that all-mountain style of riding wherever you want to go. Weight: Average. Flex: The Coda is Arbor’s [...]




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Catching up with Danny Davis & Green Mountain Project
Written By: Shayboarder
When the Dew Tour rolled into Breckenridge, I had the opportunity to sit down with Danny Davis to find out more about the new 2012 Green Mountain Project outerwear collection. The outerwear will utilize fabric made from recycled plastic bottles. It’s part of the next phase of the Burton x Mountain Dew partnership which works [...]




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Dew Tour Nike Snowboarding Streetstyle 12/14/12
Written By: Shayboarder
It’s been a busy week in Colorado with the Dew Tour at Breckenridge but the perfect time to check out the action on the slopes and around town. This year Nike Snowboarding debuted a Streetstyle competition during the Dew Tour with urban inspired street features on Breckenridge’s Washington Street. The features were a van jib, [...]




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Keystone 12/9/12
Written By: Shayboarder
Finally the snow came back to Colorado! I left work on Saturday when it was puking snow and knew that we’d be having a powder day on Sunday which meant early to bed, early to rise! I was in the office at 6am to get snow photos and on the gondola by 7:30 to head [...]




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Goggle Review: Arnette Skylight
Written By: Shayboarder
Intended Purpose: The Skylight offers up a wide peripheral vision on a signature Arnette design. It offers an oversized lens, low-pro frame design and semi-flush lens geometry for vision in all directions. Location: I wore these goggles at Keystone Resort in Colorado. Conditions: Mix of sunny bluebird days and snowy overcast snowy days on the [...]




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Footbed Friday: Shredsoles
Written By: Shayboarder
When it comes to keeping your feet comfortable on the mountain, footbeds are the most important accessory to your snowboard boots. Sure you put them in your boots all winter and forget about them but they make your winter last longer with better foot protection. In the summer, they can even protect your feet in [...]




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Friday Giveaway: Powder High
Written By: Shayboarder
Now that it’s the end of the week, it’s time for the Friday Giveaway. This time I’m switching things up from facemasks and footbeds. Here’s your chance to win a Powder High Prize with t-shirts, stickers, bag and neck gaiter. The best part is there will be two winners today! To enter the contest, read [...]




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Keystone 12/3/12
Written By: Shayboarder
Since we’ve opened I’ve gotten into a routine with my days off. Typically I spend Sundays running errands, at home, relaxing while I let the weekend crowds enjoy the slopes but come Monday I’m geared up, working or riding on the mountain. It works for my job and still allows me to have a good [...]




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Keystone 12/4/12
Written By: Shayboarder
I’m not one to turn down a ride break especially when friends walk into my office geared up and ask. It was an easy decision to make a couple laps with Jess and Phil today. The mountain was a bit busier than yesterday but still fun to make laps and not crowded. We ended up [...]




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Keystone 11/30/12
Written By: Shayboarder
Can’t believe it’s the last day of November but it’s here and December is coming quickly. After a full day of work, I headed back out onto the mountain to meet up with Chris for some evening night laps. The fact that I can leave work from a long day and still make laps in [...]




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Facemask Friday: Pom Pom
Written By: Shayboarder
When it comes to keeping your face warm on the mountain, facemasks do the job. On the deep powder days, they keep you from breathing in the snow. On the sunny days, they keep you from getting burnt. On windy days, they keep your face from going numb. Gone are the days that you have [...]




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Review: Frends The Clip Headphones
Written By: Shayboarder
Intended Purpose: The Clip is Frends headphone offers a fun, creative take on snowboarding headphones. Designed with a mic and 3 sets of silicone tips they are customizable to fit your ears. Sound: I’ve been using the headphones for snowboarding and at work and on phone calls. The sound is clear and I’m able to [...]




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Keystone 11/26/12
Written By: Shayboarder
Until the snow comes, it means laps in the sunshine on the groomers. It’s still good that the mountain is open, there’s snow and snowboarding still makes me happy. Today was my day off, perfect for getting back into the easy park for a couple laps in between the big park and groomers. Thanks to [...]




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Snowboard Review: 12-13 Never Summer Pandora
Written By: Shayboarder
Location: Keystone, CO Snow Conditions: Softpacked corduroy to hard packed night riding. Setup: I rode the Never Summer Pandora with Burton Escapade bindings and Ride Cadence Focus boots. Size: 149 First Impression: The Pandora carries on the freestyle flare of the evo but built for women. Weight: Average. Flex: The Pandora is on the softer [...]




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Keystone 11/20/12
Written By: Shayboarder
With Keystone night riding starting on Wednesday, it was the perfect opportunity for Keystone to give employees a Thanksgiving dinner and pre-night shred only for Keystone employees. Definitely one of the perks of the job is enjoying an almost empty mountain to yourself on those rare occasions. It’s been a while since I’ve ridden nights [...]




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Happy Thanksgiving!
Written By: Shayboarder
Last year I was incredibly lucky to spend the holidays with my family in California and this year I’m incredibly lucky to spend the holidays in Colorado doing Friendsgiving. When you live in ski resort towns working for the mountains, holidays are days you spend with friends more often than family. I am so thankful [...]




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Keystone 11/17/12
Written By: Shayboarder
Typically on a Saturday I’m spending the day inside working and leaving the runs to our guests but today was a nice lunch break to head out for a couple laps with Phil. I work right near the gondola so laps are easy and fun during the day. Today I was trying out the Never [...]




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Hey Readers! Your 12-13 Review Input!
Written By: Shayboarder
It’s that time of year! Winter is back, Colorado is open for skiing and snowboarding and it’s time to start reviewing boards again! Here’s your chance to give input on what snowboards and bindings you’d like to see reviewed on Shayboarder.com Just remember I ride both men’s and women’s boards and bindings. I’ll be reviewing [...]




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Snowboard Review: 11-12 K2 Panoramic Splitboard
Written By: Shayboarder
Location: Mt. Baker, WA and Thompson Pass, Alaska Snow Conditions: Mixture of heavier fresh snow to lighter snow. Setup: I rode the K2 Panoramic with Spark R&D Burner bindings and Vans size 8 women’s boots. Size: 158cm. First Impression: I got this board blindly and it more than did the job for a splitboard setup. [...]




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Footbed Friday: Remind Insoles
Written By: Shayboarder
When it comes to keeping your feet comfortable on the mountain, footbeds are the most important accessory to your snowboard boots. Sure you put them in your boots all winter and forget about them but they make your winter last longer with better foot protection. Every couple weeks I’ll be throwing a Footbed Friday into [...]




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Keystone 11/9/12
Written By: Shayboarder
The Burton Super Clinic continued on the slopes Friday for a day of discussions. I ended up spending the morning with Scott Anfang’s group discussing Riglet Park and then Chris Hargrave’s group for the freestyle features segment. Scott explaining the layout of the Riglet Park. For the second portion, I headed up to the beginner [...]




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Loveland 11/11/12
Written By: Shayboarder
When I used to live in Steamboat, a trip to Loveland was always worth the effort; they offered a ton of demos, early and late seasons and a mellow environment that was always a fun day on the mountain. Now that I live in Summit County and since today was my day off, I headed [...]




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Keystone 11/7/12
Written By: Shayboarder
Early mornings on the mountain are worth it. Even if you go out to dinner the night before with the Transworld Snowboarding crew and don’t make it home till midnight. It’s still worth it. Even with groomers. I woke up early on Wednesday to head up to get some shots for social media. No complaints [...]




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Facemask Friday: True Ninza
Written By: Shayboarder
When it comes to keeping your face warm on the mountain, facemasks do the job. On the deep powder days, they keep you from breathing in the snow. On the sunny days, they keep you from getting burnt. On windy days, they keep your face from going numb. Gone are the days that you have [...]




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Keystone 11/5/12
Written By: Shayboarder
After a busy Opening Weekend, a relaxing Monday on the slopes was perfect. I headed up with the skier to make park laps with him and get back into the swing of winter. The A51 terrain park has about 25 features up right now and a whole line of box features for those seeking a [...]




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Enter to Win Jeremy Jones “Further”
Written By: Shayboarder
One of my favorite films this year is most definitely Teton Gravity Research + Jeremy Jones “Further.” It’s very clear how devoted and dedicated Jeremy Jones and his crew are to snowboarding and venturing into the unknown. They live their lives to truly bring snowboarding to the next level and it shows in the Deeper, [...]




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Back to the Grind Rail Jam 11-3-12
Written By: Shayboarder
Almost two months ago, I arrived in Colorado just in time to watch the first Rail Jam of the season and for Opening Weekend I got to help out at the second rail jam of the season. Last time I was meeting future co-workers and this time I was helping them out. I loaded up [...]




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Gearing up for the season: 686
Written By: Shayboarder
After I viewed the 2012/2013 winter outerwear line-up at SIA in January, I had to select what gear I would be rocking this season. It was a tough choice merely because I had absolutely no idea where I would be spending the 2012/2013 season at the time. In case I was in the Northwest, I [...]




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Goggle Review: Arnette Series 3
Written By: Shayboarder
Intended Purpose: The Series 3 goggles deliver vision, comfort and goggle technology that makes your mountain experience better. Location: I wore these goggles at Stevens Pass, WA and Mt Bachelor during Superpark. Conditions: Mix of sunny bluebird days to overcast cloudy days on the mountain. Color: I received the Series 3 goggles in the powder [...]




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Keystone Opening Day 11/2/12
Written By: Shayboarder
While Loveland and A-Basin raced to open and started turning lifts in October, I’ve been busy preparing and waiting for the Opening of Keystone in Colorado. Yesterday we got to sample the goods before the public did which was a great start to the season and today I was on the mountain working to capture [...]




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Facemask Friday: Phunkshun
Written By: Shayboarder
When it comes to keeping your face warm on the mountain, facemasks do the job. On the deep powder days, they keep you from breathing in the snow. On the sunny days, they keep you from getting burnt. On windy days, they keep your face from going numb. Gone are the days that you have [...]




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Goggle Review: Zeal Z3 GPS
Written By: Shayboarder
Intended Purpose: The Z3 GPS goggle combines Recon technology with clarity, strength and goggle technology. It’s also capable of tracking everything on the mountain, from your vertical to your speed to the temperature. Location: I wore the goggles in the summer at Timberline, OR while riding Windells Camp. Conditions: Sunny bluebird conditions Color: I rode [...]




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Shay’s Take on the 2013 Platinum Picks
Written By: Shayboarder
Each year the snowboard magazines decide their top snowboard choices by designing boards tests built around various methodologies. Snowboard Magazine has their Platinum Pick describes as the “best of the best. Here you find out our choices for best jib boards, best powder boards and just plain best things…” The test is ultimately “not a [...]




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Footbed Friday: Shredsoles
Written By: Shayboarder
When it comes to keeping your feet comfortable on the mountain, footbeds are the most important accessory to your snowboard boots. Sure you put them in your boots all winter and forget about them but they make your winter last longer with better foot protection. In the summer, they can even protect your feet in [...]




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2013 Season Goals
Written By: Shayboarder
It’s incredible to see the difference between last October living in California to this October living back in Colorado. The journey in-between the last year has been unexpected, the riding was amazing and I had one of those quality over quantity years. If there was one year to be in the Northwest and travel to [...]




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Glove Review: Swany Toast 3N1
Written By: Shayboarder
Intended Purpose: These women’s mittens have the warmth of a mitt with the flexibility of a glove. The inner fleece glove is touch screen compatible and perfect for varying temperatures. Location: I wore these throughout most of the winter in the Pacific Northwest at Stevens Pass, WA, Mt Baker, WA, Revelstoke, BC and Thompson Pass, [...]




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Friday Giveaway: Arnette Sunglasses
Written By: Shayboarder
Seems like the Friday giveaways need something new, something good looking and something that everyone could use. Whether you lost your last pair of glasses or they completely broke in half, here’s your chance to win a pair of new Arnette Fire Drill sunglasses. To enter the contest, read the directions below and leave your [...]




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Dakine Eric Jackson Backpack & Gloves Giveaway Winner!
Written By: Shayboarder
When it comes to Dakine international team rider Eric Jackson, you could say he has a signature look. It’s a cross between mountain man meets snowboarder that matches his gnarly mountain riding. In order to win his new signature Dakine backpack and gloves, all it took was taking your look to Eric Jackson’s level with [...]




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2012-2013 Binding Review
Written By: Shayboarder
Snowflakes have fallen, resorts have opened and all the 2012/2013 gear will be hitting the slopes soon! Each year I get the opportunity to ride and review gear before they hit the shops. Eventually this list will be expanded but here’s the collection of bindings I was able to try out so far! So far [...]




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Shayboarder’s 2013 Top Picks
Written By: Shayboarder
Each year hundreds of snowboard products are reviewed on Shayboarder.com but how do you know which ones stood out from the rest? That’s where the Top Picks come into play. Last year after much demand, I created the Shayboarder.com Top Picks in order to showcase the gear that ranks the highest out of reviews. On [...]




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Snowboard Review: 12-13 Endeavor Guerilla
Written By: Shayboarder
Location: White Pass and Stevens Pass, WA Snow Conditions: Mostly softpacked slushy groomer laps in the spring. Setup: I rode the Endeavor Guerilla with Union Atlas Team bindings and Flow Luxe Coiler boots size 8. Size: 155cm First Impression: The Guerilla offers more all-mountain freestyle packed with multi-camber Weight: average. Flex: All-around on the medium [...]




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Facemask Friday: Pom Pom
Written By: Shayboarder
When it comes to keeping your face warm on the mountain, facemasks do the job. On the deep powder days, they keep you from breathing in the snow. On the sunny days, they keep you from getting burnt. On windy days, they keep your face from going numb. Gone are the days that you have [...]




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Voleurz “Kill Your Boredom” in Aspen
Written By: Shayboarder
The Meeting 8 has been going on in Aspen over the past couple days and on Saturday, Voleurz kicked off the films at the Wheeler Opera House. It was hard to leave the Limelight pool patio but we managed to get inside just in time to watch the beginning of “Kill your Boredom.” I’ve known [...]




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Dakine Eric Jackson Signature Backpack & Gloves Giveaway!
Written By: Shayboarder
When it comes to Dakine international team rider Eric Jackson, you could say he has a signature look. It’s a cross between mountain man meets snowboarder that matches his gnarly mountain riding. Eric Jackson’s Winter 2013 Signature Series mitt and backpack is a collaborative effort between Eric and Dakine’s in-house designers, featuring unique colors, prints [...]




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TGR & Jeremy Jones “Further” in Aspen
Written By: Shayboarder
For the last two days, I’ve been holed up in a little town called Aspen for The Meeting 8. It’s where the beer flows like wine, where tons of ski and snowboard films are shown and where many from the skiing and snowboarding industry gather to discuss ideas/conversations and good times. This was my second [...]




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Downhill Mountain Biking Takes Over Summer
Written By: Shayboarder
I remember the moment when I told myself downhill mountain biking was not for me. I was standing in the base of Whistler Village many summers ago as I watched the mountain bikers walking by with monstrous expensive bikes, full face helmets and padding covered in dirt. I could see the features, the drops and [...]




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Snowboard Review: 12-13 Capita DBX
Written By: Shayboarder
Location: Mission Ridge, WA Snow Conditions: Softpacked to fresh snow on groomers. Setup: I rode the Capita DBX with Union Trilogy bindings and Vans Ferra boots size 8. Size: 157cm First Impression: The Dan Brisse Capita pro-model delivers a board that rides the whole mountain, packed with pop and built for fun freeriding. Weight: Average. [...]




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Review: 686 Smarty Original Cargo Pants
Written By: Shayboarder
Intended Purpose: A popular pant in the 686 line, the Smarty Original Cargo snowboard pants offer a pant with tons of pockets and layering that’s highly waterproof and breathable. Fit:  Definitely a more baggy fit on the original cargo pant but I like them a bit baggier and looser on the mountain. Appearance: In previous [...]




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Shay’s take on the 2013 Good Wood
Written By: Shayboarder
When it goes to magazine reviews, the Good Wood test is the most popular and longest running snowboard test. The Good Wood Test was designed to give the best performing park and all-mountain boards the chance to standout among the rest of the boards. For 2013, boards are split between men and women, over and [...]




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Footbed Friday: Shredsoles
Written By: Shayboarder
When it comes to keeping your feet comfortable on the mountain, footbeds are the most important accessory to your snowboard boots. Sure you put them in your boots all winter and forget about them but they make your winter last longer with better foot protection. In the summer, they can even protect your feet in [...]




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Industry Profile: Bluebird Wax Kurt Wastell
Written By: Shayboarder
Job Title: snowboarder/ landscaper Employer: myself and bluebird wax/wine/snowboards Years on snow: 21 years Days on snow: Way to many to count Currently Riding: Bluebird Wastell 155 Currently I am: Not in Utah anymore…Currently living in SoCal and sometimes in Jackson hole. Shay:Tell us a little bit about yourself Kurt: Born in Redding California, lived [...]




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Facemask Friday: Bula
Written By: Shayboarder
When it comes to keeping your face warm on the mountain, facemasks do the job. On the deep powder days, they keep you from breathing in the snow. On the sunny days, they keep you from getting burnt. On windy days, they keep your face from going numb. Gone are the days that you have [...]




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Backyard BBQ Rail Session at Keystone 9/15/12
Written By: Shayboarder
It’s hard to imagine a pile of snow, let alone 10 tons of snow on a 70 degree September day in Summit County, Colorado, but the first rail jam of the season kicked off at Keystone Resort with just that. The Keystone park crew built three rideable features for local skiers and snowboarders to have [...]




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evo is expanding!
Written By: Shayboarder
It’s pretty big news to hear that evo, the northwest ski/snowboard shop, is expanding rather than struggling in the economy. But it’s true! They’ll be growing their retail/art/gathering space but adding 50% more retail space that’ll be near two new restaurants and Seattle’s only skatepark. For anyone who has seen a movie premiere, art exhibit [...]




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Keystone Bike Park 9/16/12
Written By: Shayboarder
Yesterday was about kicking off winter with the Keystone Rail Jam but today was about finishing off the Bike Park closing day. I was pretty amped to get on the dirt, ride the trails and start to familarize myself with the Bike Park at Keystone. It felt great to finally be riding my new Norco [...]




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2012 Industry Profiles comes to an end!
Written By: Shayboarder
When it comes to the action sports industry, many people have their hand in the ideas, products and brands. The Industry Profile Series set out to interview people from all different backgrounds that work in a variety of companies, jobs and roles that impact action sports. The 2012 Industry Profile interviews composed of 28 individuals, [...]




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Goggle Review: Smith I/OX
Written By: Shayboarder
Intended Purpose: The Smith I/O packed in the performance but the Smith I/OX sets the standard with wider vision, interchangeability and performance in one goggle. Location: I wore the goggles at the Winter Park, Colorado on-snow. Conditions: Mix of sunny bluebird to overcast flat light on the mountain. Color: I tried the Smith I/OX goggle [...]




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Colorado Bound!
Written By: Shayboarder
Over the past 9 months I’ve been on an incredible journey. I spent the winter living out of my snowboard bag and luggage as I traveled around the Western United States and Canada on the hunt for powder. In those 9 months, I was scared and excited but I learned to embrace change. That journey [...]




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Industry Profile: Snowboard Mag Online Editor Jonathan Glass
Written By: Shayboarder
Job Title: Online Editor Employer: Snowboard Magazine Years on snow: 18 Days on snow: Roughly 50+ /year Currently Riding: Lib Tech Trice 157, Union Contact Pro, Flow HiLite Focus Boot Currently I am: Drinking Shay: Tell us a little bit about yourself Jon: I grew up just north of Boston in the quaint town of [...]




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Snowboard Review: 12-13 Never Summer Cobra
Written By: Shayboarder
Location: Stevens Pass, WA Snow Conditions: Softpacked to fresh powder. Setup: I rode the Never Summer Cobra with Union Atlas Team bindings and Vans Ferra boots size 8. Size: 155 First Impression:  Weight: Average. Flex: The Cobra is built for all mountain so it’s right in the middle of the flex/dampening scale alongside the SL/Proto. [...]




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Industry Profile: Standard Films Videographer Scott Studach
Written By: Shayboarder
Cover Photo: Cory Peasley Years on snow: 19 Days on snow: 200+ days per season. Currently Riding: 2013 Lib-Tech “TRS” 157, Bent Metal Bindings “Mortals”, 686 Outerwear, New Balance boots, POW gloves, Casual Industries clothing. Currently I am: Enjoying summer and waiting for it to start snowing. Shay: Tell us a little bit about yourself: [...]




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Industry Profile: Timebomb Trading Marketing Director David Birnie
Written By: Shayboarder
Job Title: Marketing Director/ Teams Manager Employer: Timebomb Trading Distribution (Canada 32/etnies,Dragon, Stance and LRG) Years on snow: 20 Days on snow: 70 chair days, -2 days hiking, split board still in the wrapper Currently Riding: Dinosaurswilldie jkwon 155 with Union Cobra Dogs Currently I am: Kidding myself on learning anything new on a skateboard, [...]




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Snowboard Review: 12-13 Endeavor Boyfriend
Written By: Shayboarder
Location: Whistler, BC Snow Conditions: Hardpacked to softpacked groomers. Setup: I rode the Endeavor Boyfriend with Union Atlas Team bindings and Flow Luxe Coiler boots size 8. Size: 151cm First Impression: Moving from camber to multi camber is a welcome addition to the Boyfriend. Weight: Lighter than average. Flex: The Boyfriend has a similar flex [...]




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Binding Review: 12-13 Union Force
Written By: Shayboarder
Location: Mission Ridge, WA Snow Conditions: Softpacked groomers to fresh snow on the mountain. Setup: I rode the Union Force Bindings on the Nitro Eero Ettala with my Vans Ferra Boots size 8. Time to set up the binding: Average time to set up on the board. Fit: I rocked the Forces in the M/L [...]




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Review: Google Nexus 7 Tablet
Written By: Shayboarder
Intended Purpose: Designed to be thin, light and portable, the Google Nexus 7 tablet offers the best of Google in a tablet that fits perfectly in your hand. When it came to blogging, I had either used my macbook or my iphone, one was big, the other was small. The Nexus came in the perfect [...]




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Snowboard Review: 12-13 Lobster Freestyle Baord
Written By: Shayboarder
Location: Mission Ridge, WA Snow Conditions: Hardpacked to softpacked groomers. Setup: I rode the Lobster Freestyle Baord with Flux DMCC bindings and Vans Ferra boots size 8. Size: 154cm First Impression: Lobster takes on TBT and delivers with a fun freestyle baord. Weight: Average. Flex: The Lobster Baord is on the stiffer medium flex of [...]




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NOW Binding Giveaway Completed in Vancouver, BC!
Written By: Shayboarder
After spending so many days in Canada this summer, it was only a matter of time before I had to do the first international Twitter Scavenger Hunt for shayboarder.com. Yesterday was the 6th twitter giveaway from shayboarder.com and it took place in the metro Vancouver area. I started posting clues at 12pm on twitter that [...]




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Industry Profile: Sports Marketer Mary Walsh
Written By: Shayboarder
Job Title: Self-Employed sports marketer, writer Employer: Gigs with Red Bull, Oakley, and Windells Years on snow: Since age 14 Days on snow: Counting is for iPhone apps Currently Riding: Loon and Waterville in New Hampshire whenever I am home, a Rome Lofi Rocker and Oakley goggles and outerwear Currently I am: in Welches, Oregon [...]




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NOW Binding Giveaway in Vancouver, BC Today!
Written By: Shayboarder
Today is the day for your chance to win the 12-13 NOW IPO Snowboard Bindings! I’m currently making my way to Vancouver, BC and at noon, I’ll be putting out clues on twitter that you’ll have to use to track me down! I will be checking @shayboarder replies if you have any questions during the [...]




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Whistler Bike Park & Women’s Bike Clinic 8/27/12
Written By: Shayboarder
I might have missed Crankworx but I didn’t wanna miss out on getting more laps in the Whistler Bike Park and experiencing one more women’s clinic night. Since I had been traveling through Vancouver so many times this summer, it was the perfect opportunity to come ride Bike Park and do a Vancouver twitter scavenger [...]




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Industry Profile: Eagle Pass Heliskiing Lead Guide Scott Newsome
Written By: Shayboarder
Job Title: Owner, Vice President of operations and Lead Guide Eagle Pass Heli Employer: Eagle Pass Heliskiing Years on snow: 34, years snowboarding 25 Days on snow: 180 per year Currently Riding: Trapper Snowboards made in Revelstoke, Scott Newsome proto type guide specific split promodel to be released this year. Currently I am: Tired of [...]




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Snowboard Review: 12-13 Jones Hovercraft
Written By: Shayboarder
Location: Revelstoke, BC and Thompson Pass, AK Snow Conditions: Deep powder and some crusty chopped powder days Setup: I rode the Jones Hovercraft with Union Atlas Team bindings and Vans Ferra boots size 8. Size: 156 cm First Impression: Taking this board to AK and BC for deep powder riding is exactly what it was [...]




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Industry Profile: Skullcandy Canadian Brand Director Luke Edgar
Written By: Shayboarder
Job Title: Canadian Brand Director Employer: Skullcandy Years on snow: 37yrs on snow, 27yrs on snowboard Days on snow: 50+ Currently Riding: Venture Split, tour more than area and K2 Gyrator for resort pow Currently I am: Riding better than ever…about to turn 50, but I feel 34. Planning on going to Banked Slalom again [...]




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Snowboard Review: 12-13 Endeavor Color
Written By: Shayboarder
Location: Whistler, BC Snow Conditions: Hardpacked to softpacked groomers. Setup: I rode the Endeavor Color with Union Atlas Team bindings and Flow Luxe Coiler boots size 8. Size: 152cm First Impression: The Color is on the prowl with an aggressive streak and fun riding. Weight: average. Flex: The Color is built for freestyle riding, so [...]




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Find Shayboarder in Vancouver, BC to win NOW Bindings!
Written By: Shayboarder
It’s about time the Canadians get some love, right? With Whistler legend JF Pelchat creating NOW Bindings, it’s the perfect time for some lucky snowboarder north of the border to get their hands on a pair. But it’s not that easy, you gotta track me down in Vancouver for the chance to win them! If you [...]




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Facemask Friday: Pom Pom
Written By: Shayboarder
When it comes to keeping your face warm on the mountain, facemasks do the job. On the deep powder days, they keep you from breathing in the snow. On the sunny days, they keep you from getting burnt. On windy days, they keep your face from going numb. Gone are the days that you have [...]




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Stevens Bike Park 8/17/12
Written By: Shayboarder
After spending the last couple weeks in California, it was good to come back home to the sunny northwest and hit the trails at Stevens Pass Bike Park. A lot has changed since I was up in July, both trails are now fully top to bottom with tons of features jam packed into them. I [...]




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Review: Airhole Airtube
Written By: Shayboarder
Intended Purpose: The Airhole Airtube offers the signature airhole design with the mouth opening for easy inhalig/exhaling while offering a traditional necktube design for coverage on the mountain. The airtube is a great necktube for spring conditions with the lighter air-stretch material. Appearance: I received the Party Panda airtube design with the partying Airhole panda [...]




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Happy 5 Year Anniversary!
Written By: Shayboarder
When I think back to this day five years ago, I still remember the reason I started this blog. I wanted to share my passion and world of snowboarding with the world (to whoever cared to listen). It wasn’t to make money, it wasn’t to be recognized by people and it certainly wasn’t to get [...]




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Footbed Friday: Shredsoles
Written By: Shayboarder
When it comes to keeping your feet comfortable on the mountain, footbeds are the most important accessory to your snowboard boots. Sure you put them in your boots all winter and forget about them but they make your winter last longer with better foot protection. In the summer, they can even protect your feet in [...]




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Binding Review: 12-13 Flux DMCC
Written By: Shayboarder
Location: Mission Ridge, WA Snow Conditions: Hardpacked to softpacked groomers. Setup: I rode the Flux DMCC Bindings on the Ride Buckwild with my Vans Ferra Boots size 8. Time to set up the binding: Average time to set up the bindings. I ended up using them on the Ride Buckwild and Lobster Freestyle Baord so [...]




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Industry Profile: Woodward Tahoe Digital Media Manager Paul Heran
Written By: Shayboarder
Job Title: Digital Media Program Manager Employer: Woodward Tahoe Years on snow: 13 Days on snow: Never enough! Currently Riding: my rollie chair in my office Currently I am: thoroughly drained from summer camp. Shay: Tell us a little bit about yourself Paul: I am just a human that somehow stumbled into a life that [...]




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Review: Burton AK 2L Cyclic Jacket
Written By: Shayboarder
Intended Purpose: The Burton AK 2L Cyclic Jacket delivers a lightweight shell with Gore-Tex to stay protected from the elements. Fit: The 2L Cyclic Jacket is designed to mimic the body’s natural movements so it’s not as loose fitting as other models in the Burton line. I found the fit fine if I didn’t need [...]




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Bonfire Outerwear 2012-2013
Written By: Shayboarder
When it comes to creating outerwear for the mountains, Bonfire has made quality riding gear for almost 25 years and they pride themselves on finely crafted outerwear tailored to destroy. Bonfire Outerwear is designed in the northwest to be the best and handle a variety of conditions, riding styles and tailored needs. When it comes [...]




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Industry Profile: Dakine Product Developer Dax Richey
Written By: Shayboarder
Job Title: Senior Product Developer for Packs and Bags Employer: DAKINE Years on snow: 21 solid seasons Days on snow: It’s never enough is it? Currently Riding: Capita Charlie Slasher and Capita Totally F’kn Awesome strapped with Union’s. Also running a Jones Solution Split w/ Spark’s. Currently I am: Riding bikes. Shay: Tell us a [...]




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Sessions Outerwear 2012-2013
Written By: Shayboarder
For over 25 years, Sessions has been at the forefront of functionality and style in snowboard outerwear while staying true to their authentic roots. They define their outerwear with technology that works but also helps riders in times of need on the mountain. Their snow line for 2013 continues with three lines: Summit Series with [...]




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Industry Profile: Eagle Point Resort Park Manager Garrett Hemmer
Written By: Shayboarder
Years on snow: 18 Days on snow: 90-100 days a year Currently riding: Revolution Snowboards Currently I am : Working on the projects for the 2012/2013 season and dreaming about Pow. Shay: Tell us a little bit about yourself Garrett: Just a snow bum that loves to be on my board making the best of [...]




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Binding Review: 12-13 Union Trilogy
Written By: Shayboarder
Location: Mission Ridge, WA Snow Conditions: Softpacked groomers to fresh snow on the mountain. Setup: I rode the Union Trilogy Bindings on the GNU B-Pro and Jones Mothership with my Vans Ferra Boots size 8. Time to set up the binding: The Union Trilogies were easy to set up and adjusted with the straps to [...]




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Snowboard Review: 12-13 Venture Helix
Written By: Shayboarder
Location: Winter Park, CO Snow Conditions: Hardpacked to softpacked groomers. Setup: I rode the Venture Helix with Salomon Absolute bindings and Vans Ferra boots size 8. Size: 158 cm First Impression: Don’t let the pretty snowflakes distract you, the Helix definitely rides tough and charges the mountain. Weight: Average. Flex: The Helix had a stiffer [...]




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Northstar Bike Park 8/2/12
Written By: Shayboarder
After spending Tuesday in the Bike Park with the bumps and bends clinic, today was about getting back on the same trails and motivating myself to continue to conquer them while working on my riding. Conditions were dry and sunny but the breeze up and down on the ride were perfect for mountain biking. I [...]




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Technine Snowboards 2012-2013
Written By: Shayboarder
Technine has been in snowboarding since 1993 to create products that follow a lifestyle, from their snowboards to bindings. Technine builds boards designed for all-mountain freestyle, park and urban riding. Just make your first turn and you’ll keep riding. For 2013, they offer a range of options to choose from: 9 rocks reverse camber, #9 [...]




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Industry Profile: 907 Snowcat Owner Nate Smith
Written By: Shayboarder
Years on snow: 38 Days on snow: Not enough Currently Riding: Powlaris RMK, Rossignol, Burton Currently I am: Wishing it was December Shay: Tell us a little bit about yourself Nate: An upstate New York born 38 year Alaskan resident working in the most remote areas within the State managing commercial construction and environmental remediation [...]




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Industry Profile: Contour UX/UI Designer Aimee Desaki
Written By: Shayboarder
Years on snow: 19 Days on snow: Weekend warrior status makes 33 this year Currently Riding: Gnu Jamie Anderson / K2 Auto Agogos / Salomon Lily Currently I am: Working late to surf tomorrow. Shay: Tell us a little bit about yourself Aimee: I grew up in the Seattle area skiing with my dad. My [...]




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Northstar Bike Park 7/31/12
Written By: Shayboarder
What a difference a resort looks like in the winter and the summer. In January I was lapping snow covered trails (even got a couple powder days) and here I am in July riding different trails on the same terrain at Northstar Resort. From boots to bike pads. Once I knew I’d be spending time [...]




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Rossignol Snowboards 2012-2013
Written By: Shayboarder
For 26 years, Rossignol Snowboards has been designing, building and collecting awards for their snowboards. Based around the Amptek Technology, Rossignol Snowboards delivers an effective and easily understood blend of technology with three variations for riding styles. For technology, Rossignol Snowboards offers Amptek, Magtek and magne traction. Amptek amplification technology offers three varieties: Amptek freestyle, [...]




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Binding Review: 12-13 K2 Formula
Written By: Shayboarder
Location: Mission Ridge, WA Snow Conditions: Softpacked groomers to fresh snow on the mountain. Setup: I rode the K2 Formula Bindings on the Lib Tech Attack Banana with my Vans Ferra Boots size 8. Time to set up the binding: These were pretty quick to set up and get going. I was able to step [...]




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Grenade 2012-2013
Written By: Shayboarder
What started as an idea on a chairlift has grown into one of the most popular logos in snowboarding and into mainstream apparel. Over the years, Grenade has evolved from a glove company into a softgoods company with gloves, outerwear, clothing and shoes. For 2013, they continue with their movement of peace, love and shredding [...]




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Industry Profile: Windells Counselor Stephanie Sue Feld
Written By: Shayboarder
Job Title: International Snow Chasing Liaison/ In-between Counselor Employer: Windells Ski and Snowboard Camp Years on snow: 2 sticks for 6 years, 1 stick for 13. Days on snow: Definitely more than one… Currently Riding: …as casually reckless as possible. Oh you want a brand? Gnu, Ladies Choice Currently I am: Wondering if the little [...]




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Binding Review: 12-13 Union Contact Pro
Written By: Shayboarder
Location: Winter Park, CO Snow Conditions: Hardpacked to softpacked groomers. Setup: I rode the Union Contact Pro Bindings on the Capita DOA with my Vans Ferra Boots size 8. Time to set up the binding: These were the first bindings of the day so easily set up and adjusted. With Unions, the heelcup gets adjusted [...]




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A Visit to Dakine
Written By: Shayboarder
Since 1979, Dakine has been making a variety of products from luggage to gloves, backpacks to accessories that are designed to be functional for any skateboarder, mountain biker, outdoorsmen, snowboarder or skier.  The basic principals are quality, function and style which are present throughout their entire line. The Dakine Headquarters are based in Hood River, [...]




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Industry Profile: NXTZ Brand Manager Dale Rehberg
Written By: Shayboarder
Job Title: NXTZ Brand Manager / Flow Snowboarding Team / Marketing Coordinator Employer: Flow Sports Years on snow: 24 big ones. Days on snow: undisclosed information Currently Riding: Flow Shifty 57, Flow M9 SE Bindings, Flow Rift Boots Currently I am: Happy Shay: Tell us a little bit about yourself Dale: Old School, passionate, responsible, [...]




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Goggle Review: Ashbury Warlock
Written By: Shayboarder
Intended Purpose: The Warlock goggles offer a wide vision in a simple, stylish package with proper venting for the mountain. Location: I wore the goggles earlier in the season at Mammoth Mountain, CA. Conditions: All the days I rode these goggles were sunny bluebird days on the mountain. Color: I rode the Warlock goggles in [...]




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Timberline 7/18/12
Written By: Shayboarder
After spending the last couple weeks mountain biking, I finally planned a trip to visit Mt Hood for some much needed shred time. For those seeking summer snowboarding in the US, Timberline Lodge has it and there are two popular summer camps that offer fun private parks for your enjoyment. The northwest had a good [...]




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Industry Profile: Dye Marketing Manager Joel Kramer
Written By: Shayboarder
Job Title: Marketing Manager Employer: Dye Years on snow: 16 years Days on snow: A lot, I don’t count anymore. Currently Riding: Bear, Mammoth, and frequent trips to Colorado. Currently I am: Working at the Dye office here in San Diego, CA. Shay: Tell us a little bit about yourself Joel: 3 random facts; I [...]




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Timberline + Windells Camp 7/19/12
Written By: Shayboarder
Today was a good day. The day that everything starts to come back that you forgot, the day that you have a good crew to ride with and the day that snowboarding is fun. My snowboard legs started to come back, making today a lot more comfortable on the boxes and back on the board. [...]




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Snowboard Review: 12-13 Ride Buckwild
Written By: Shayboarder
Location: Mission Ridge, WA Snow Conditions: Hardpacked to softpacked groomers. Setup: I rode the Ride Buckwild with Flux DMCC bindings and Vans Ferra boots size 8. Size: 157cm First Impression: The Buckwild probably has my favorite base graphic of 2013 and the actual ride of the board proves the fun you can have. Weight: Average. Flex: [...]




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NXTZ 2012-2013
Written By: Shayboarder
NXTZ brings together a collaboration of people, ideas, style and passion wrapped up in a product line for the active lifestyle. The core line of NXTZ focuses on making the outdoor experiences better with comfort, style and technology in a tubedana, balaclava, tube and bandanas. For 2013, NXTZ continues to offer their technology of Dry-Tx, [...]




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Adventuring on Orcas Island
Written By: Shayboarder
One of the best perks about launching a new version of shayboarder.com is being able to share travel experiences that go beyond snowboarding. It’s been years since I’ve been to the San Juan Islands and even longer since I was on Orcas Island so when I got the text that I was invited for a [...]




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Stevens Bike Park 7/15/12
Written By: Shayboarder
Having the Stevens Pass Bike Park in my backyard is a dream come true. I knew that I’d be busy organizing and re-doing the website this weekend but was counting down till I could head up to the Bike Park for an afternoon break of lap after lap to clear my head. I wasn’t sure [...]




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Industry Profile: Breckenridge Brand Marketing Coordinator Darren Riethmiller
Written By: Shayboarder
Job Title: Brand Marketing Coordinator Employer: Breckenridge Ski Resort Years on snow: 17 Days on snow: 100+ Currently Riding: Burton Process 155, Burton EST Missions, Vans Revere Boa, Analog. Currently I am: Getting packed to shred Hood for a couple of weeks Shay: Tell us a little bit about yourself Darren: I’ve been living and [...]




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Bataleon Snowboards 2012-2013
Written By: Shayboarder
For Triple Base Technology, Bataleon leads the charge by standing out from the crowd and doing a shape that works for a range of riders. TBT is flat between the bindings with angled side bases that are lifted with gradually increasing angles. TBT comes in many options with jib, twin, freestyle, all mountain and freeride. [...]




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Footbed Friday: Shredsoles
Written By: Shayboarder
When it comes to keeping your feet comfortable on the mountain, footbeds are the most important accessory to your snowboard boots. Sure you put them in your boots all winter and forget about them but they make your winter last longer with better foot protection. In the summer, they can even protect your feet in [...]




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Industry Profile: Recon Instruments QA Tester Mike Jensen
Written By: Shayboarder
Job Title: Quality Assurance Tester at Recon & budding musician Employer: Recon Instruments Years on snow: 14 Days on snow: More than your average bear Currently Riding: Forum Eddie Wall Destroyer 156 with Burton Customs Currently I am: In the office looking out the window and wishing I was out cliff jumping on this glorious [...]




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Spacecraft 2012-2013
Written By: Shayboarder
From the beaches of Bali to the mountains in Seattle, Spacecraft continues to be fine hat makers and purveyors of art. After 10 years of striving to seek out the most progressive styles and manufacturing techniques in men’s and women’s head wear, Spacecraft finds themselves reflecting back beyond the trends to create a collection that [...]




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Industry Profile: Swell Photography Coordinator Heather Baker
Written By: Shayboarder
Job Title: Photography Coordinator Employer: Swell Years on snow: 22 years Days on snow: anywhere from 10-80 Currently Riding: Roxy Ollie Pop 148, Burton Stiletto, Burton Bootique or my Flow Myriad and Prima bindings, depending on the day. Currently I am: Living beachside in San Clemente. Shay: Tell us a little bit about yourself Heather: [...]




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Aerial 7 2012-2013
Written By: Shayboarder
Aerial 7 was born from a common vision of building unique audio products influenced by a passion in art, music, street culture, fashion and the active lifestyle. From headphones to ear buds to beanies, you can combine your sense of sound style with you everywhere you go. For 2013, Aerial 7 continues to build on [...]




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Stevens Pass Bike Park Opening Day 7/6/12
Written By: Shayboarder
When the Stevens Pass Bike Park opened late last summer, I was living out of state but still stoked to hear my home mountain opened lift accessed downhill trails. Since moving back to Washington earlier this winter, I’ve been anxiously awaiting for the snow to melt since Stevens closed for winter operations and today was [...]




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Industry Profile: YES/Jones/NOW Rep Joe Timlin
Written By: Shayboarder
Job Title: Rocky Mountain Sales Manager Employer: YES., Jones, NOW, Karakoram, Sandbox, Ifound Years on snow: 16 Days on snow: Still pushin 80!! Currently Riding: YES. Pick Your Line 159 and Jones Mtn Twin Split 160 Currently I am: Doing the Discount Double Check. Shay: Tell us a little bit about yourself Joe: I am [...]




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Facemask Friday: Phunkshun
Written By: Shayboarder
When it comes to keeping your face warm on the mountain, facemasks do the job. On the deep powder days, they keep you from breathing in the snow. On the sunny days, they keep you from getting burnt. On windy days, they keep your face from going numb. Gone are the days that you have [...]




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Launch Snowboards 2012-2013
Written By: Shayboarder
Launch Snowboards has taken a dream and turned it into reality. They strive to improve all things snowboarding, they recognize the snowboard progression and continue to shred with no boundaries. For 2012, they offer a range of boards for men and women. For technology, Launch keeps it simple with true twin and directional twin shapes. [...]




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Industry Profile: Dinosaurs Will Die Co-Owner & Pro Snowboarder Sean Genovese
Written By: Shayboarder
Name: Sean Genovese Employer: Life Years on snow: 20+ Days on snow: 100+ Currently Riding: Dinosaurs Will Die Genovese 157 and maeT 152 Currently I am: Wondering what I should type here. Shay: How has snowboarding changed your life? Sean: I’m not sure how it’s changed it, but I’m not sure how my life would [...]




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Footbed Friday: Remind Insoles
Written By: Shayboarder
When it comes to keeping your feet comfortable on the mountain, footbeds are the most important accessory to your snowboard boots. Sure you put them in your boots all winter and forget about them but they make your winter last longer with better foot protection. Every couple weeks I’ll be throwing a Footbed Friday into [...]




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Goggle Review: Spy Platoon
Written By: Shayboarder
Intended Purpose: The Spy Platoon offers oversized vision for your pleasure with all the features of Spy goggles. Location: I wore the goggles at Stevens Pass throughout the winter season, mostly on overcast, snowy powder days. Conditions: Mix of overcast to snowy powder days. Color: I received the Platoons in the Herschel colorway which is [...]




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Whistler Bike Park 6/26/12
Written By: Shayboarder
The last day of my Whistler trip finally arrived. Cue the sad sappy music. On a good note, the sun was shining, the lines were short and the trails offered up a more loose ride for the day. Today was a day to ride by myself, fast lap with the singles line and work on [...]




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Industry Profile: Writer Natalie Langmann
Written By: Shayboarder
Job Title: Writer Employer: Freelancer for Push.ca, SBC Media, Transworld, etc… Years on snow: 18 full-time winter seasons a Days on snow: Anywhere over 150 Currently Riding: Whistler/Blackcomb, Burton Feelgood (thanks to Jeff Martino), NoFish, and a Ski-Doo Rev with a Cheetah Factory Racing Rack that straps my boards to the back of my sled. [...]




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Whistler Bike Park 6/24/12
Written By: Shayboarder
It felt really good to return to the promised land of bikes and boards aka Whistler to be able to work on my Bike Park progression. I’ve been missing the carefree environment, friendly atmosphere and all-around fun that goes on in resort towns so it’s been my main mission to return as much as possible. [...]




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Whistler Bike Park & Women’s Bike Clinic 6/25/12
Written By: Shayboarder
For the past month, I’ve been progressing in the Bike Park. Sometimes it’s been baby steps, sometimes huge leaps. I’m still moving forward, gaining confidence (and losing it on some days) but I’m always having fun. This trip to Whistler was based around coming up just in time to experience the Whistler women’s night clinics [...]




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Industry Profile: Niche Snowboards Creative Director Ana Van Pelt
Written By: Shayboarder
Job Title: Creative Director Employer: Niche Snowboards Years on snow: 6.5 Days on snow: I used to count them all, but lost track after the 3rd year. Currently Riding: Niche Minx, Flux GU30′s, Nitro Crown TLS boots Currently I am: wanting to be outside, but relieved I’m not being blown around by the chaos that [...]




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Review: Pro-Tec Scandal BOA Helmet
Written By: Shayboarder
Intended Purpose: The Scandal BOA helmet delivers a feather light, low profile helmet with the option of the BOA fit system for a more custom fit. Appearance: I ended up demoing the Scandal BOA helmet in the pearl white colorway which is definitely white and clean. I would have preferred the purple or black option [...]




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Facemask Friday: Bula
Written By: Shayboarder
When it comes to keeping your face warm on the mountain, facemasks do the job. On the deep powder days, they keep you from breathing in the snow. On the sunny days, they keep you from getting burnt. On windy days, they keep your face from going numb. Gone are the days that you have [...]




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Snowboard Review: 12-13 YES Greats
Written By: Shayboarder
Location: Winter Park, CO Snow Conditions: Hardpacked to softpacked groomers. Setup: I rode the YES Greats with Salomon Absolute bindings and Vans Ferra boots size 8. Size: 158 cm First Impression: This is the closest I’ll get to riding with Craig Kelly. Great board with a damn good graphic series to pay tribute to snowboarding’s [...]




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Industry Profile: Stepchild Snowboarders Marketing & Design Sami Shams
Written By: Shayboarder
Job Title: Marketing, design, development Employer: StepChild Snowboards / Boozy the clown Years on snow: 10 years or so. 2 years at Step. Days on snow: as many as I can get Currently Riding: Latchkey 48, Sleazy rider 152, union teams, 32 boots Currently I am: Enjoying a Red stripe Shay: Tell us a little [...]




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Industry Profile: Sierra-at-Tahoe Communications and PR Manager Steven Hemphill
Written By: Shayboarder
Job Title: Communication and PR Manager Employer: Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort Years on snow: 19 yrs. Days on snow: 70+ days a season. Currently Riding: Two planks Currently I am: Traveling… In Colorado for some family fun, then off to South America for a little beach time, then back home to Tahoe. Shay: Tell us a little [...]




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Facemask Friday: Pom Pom
Written By: Shayboarder
When it comes to keeping your face warm on the mountain, facemasks do the job.  On the deep powder days, they keep you from breathing in the snow.  On the sunny days, they keep you from getting burnt.  On windy days, they keep your face from going numb.  Gone are the days that you have [...]




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Roxy Snowboards 2012-2013
Written By: Shayboarder
When it comes to Roxy Snowboards, don’t let the name and looks deceive you. These boards are built tough, designed for a range of female shredders and rip down the mountain. Ecologically friendly and handbuilt in the USA by Mervin Manufacturing (same as Lib and GNU), these boars are created and designed by women for [...]




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Whistler Bike Park 6/12/12
Written By: Shayboarder
When it comes to Birthdays, I’ve found that doing something that makes me happy is the best way to spend them. In the past I’ve gone snowboarding for birthdays so this year I decided to go mountain biking and spend a couple days in Whistler. It was exactly where I wanted to spend my birthday, [...]




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Whistler Bike Park 6/13/12
Written By: Shayboarder
It was a relief to see the sunshine come out after yesterday’s wet and muddy riding day. It meant the trails would be a bit drier, easier to grip and just as much fun. I headed back to the Whistler Bike Park to get in my laps and work on technique. Since I learned to [...]




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Industry Profile: Photographer Jordan Ingmire
Written By: Shayboarder
Job Title: Photographer Employer: Self employed Years on snow: 15 Days on snow: I don’t do drugs Currently Riding: C3 stuff Currently I am: Regrouping after a rousing game of Balderdash Shay: Tell us a little bit about yourself Jordan: I am not a fan of bills or money for that matter. I can’t work [...]




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Snowboard Review: 12-13 Never Summer SL
Written By: Shayboarder
Location: Steamboat and Vail, CO Snow Conditions: Hardpacked to softpacked snow on the groomers, some heavier powder. Setup: I rode the Never Summer SL with Union Force bindings and Vans Ferra boots size 8. Size: 155 cm First Impression: The SL gets some new upgrades but it’s still that all mountain board it was built [...]




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Goggle Review: Oakley Elevate
Written By: Shayboarder
Intended Purpose: The Oakley Elevate goggle are designed with performance in mind for those needing a smaller face fit on a goggle. Location: I wore the goggles at the Mission Ridge on-snow in Washington. Conditions: It was the perfect conditions to really test goggles. The weather was changing during the day for a complete range [...]




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Industry Profile: Pro Snowboarder Seth Hill
Written By: Shayboarder
Job Title: Snowboarder Employer: Sims Years on snow: 22 Days on snow: this season? 120, whole life? too many to count Currently Riding: 10 Currently I am: Living my dream! Photo: Snowboarder Magazine/Laura Austin Shay: Tell us a little bit about yourself Seth: Let’s see, I grew up in Jacksonville OR, riding our local mountain, [...]




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Footbed Friday: Shredsoles
Written By: Shayboarder
When it comes to keeping your feet comfortable on the mountain, footbeds are the most important accessory to your snowboard boots. Sure you put them in your boots all winter and forget about them but they make your winter last longer with better foot protection. Every couple weeks I’ll be throwing a Footbed Friday into [...]




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Industry Profile: Vail Communications Coordinator Sara Lococo
Written By: Shayboarder
Job Title: Communications Coordinator, Vail Mountain Employer: Vail Resorts Years on snow: 16 Days on snow: 60 Currently Riding: 148 Smokin Vixen and 149 Never Summer Infinity Shay: Tell us a little bit about yourself Sara: Lover of snowboarding, the outdoors, live music, good friends and family, wine, and my pit bull pup, Lola. I [...]




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A look back at my 2011-2012 season
Written By: Shayboarder
When it comes to inspiration for this year, all it took was Steve Jobs Stanford Commencement Speech. It was a reminder that there will be highs and lows, loss and love, lessons and experiences. It’s part of our journey. His simple question of “If today were the last day of my life, would I want [...]




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Industry Profile: One Ball Jay Owner Matt Cummins
Written By: Shayboarder
Job Title: Snowboarder, Designer, Business owner Employer: Oneballjay, Northwest Snowboards, Mervin Mfg Years on snow: 25 yrs Days on snow: Thousands Currently Riding: Lib Tech La Nina 156 Currently I am: Ready for summer. Surfing, Biking, and trips Photo: Endo Shay: Tell us a little bit about yourself Matt: Hi, my name is Matt Cummins. [...]




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Whistler Bike Park 6/3/12
Written By: Shayboarder
Spending a weekend in Whistler is exactly the right amount of fun regardless if it’s winter or summer. Last night we met up with a crew in Squamish for dinner before watching the Whistler vs Squamish roller derby match. Despite sore muscles from riding hard on Saturday, we headed back to the mountain to get [...]




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Salomon Snowboards 2012-2013
Written By: Shayboarder
Play like a Champion. That’s Salomon Snowboards for 2013 and they want you to get loose on the mountain. Their line-up includes everything from all mountain access to park and freestyle to powderific fun. Their board technology camber profiles feature rock out camber (flat between the bindings, camber under the feet and rocker on the [...]




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Whistler Bike Park 6/2/12
Written By: Shayboarder
After riding Whistler Bike Park Opening Weekend a couple weeks ago, I knew I’d be returning as soon as I could for more downhill time. It felt really good to be back on the mountain bike getting my fix of adrenaline, heart pounding fun as I rode down the mountain. After spending the holiday weekend [...]




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Snowboard Review: 12-13 GNU B-Pro C2 BTX
Written By: Shayboarder
Location: Mission Ridge, WA Snow Conditions:  Softpacked to fresh snow on groomers. Setup: I rode the GNU B-Pro with Union Trilogy bindings and Vans Ferra boots size 8. Size: 155 First Impression: There’s good reason why this is the longest running women’s pro model board but seriously the 2013 graphics are AMAZING. Weight: Average. Flex: [...]




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Facemask Friday: NXTZ
Written By: Shayboarder
When it comes to keeping your face warm on the mountain, facemasks do the job. On the deep powder days, they keep you from breathing in the snow. On the sunny days, they keep you from getting burnt. On windy days, they keep your face from going numb. Gone are the days that you have [...]




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Snowboard Review: 12-13 Endeavor Diamond
Written By: Shayboarder
Location: Winter Park, CO Snow Conditions: Hardpacked to softpacked groomers. Setup: I rode the Endeavor Diamond with Flux GM30 bindings and Vans Ferra boots size 8. Size: 152cm First Impression: Pretty damn good diamond for a girl to ride the mountain with. Weight: average. Flex: Longitudinally the Diamond varies, it’s stiffer towards the nose and [...]




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Technine Bindings 2012-2013
Written By: Shayboarder
Technine has been designing bindings to be innovative and built tough for maximum comfort, support and responsiveness. When it comes to binding progression, Technine has been at the forefront of developing new ideas to take to the snow. First with baseless bindings in 93, then in 2000 with the Baltimore toe strap, in 2008 with [...]




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Spy Goggles 2012-2013
Written By: Shayboarder
“We live fast lives…stretching ourselves, with one foot in the grave and one in the stars; we see evolution through darkness, revolution, passion, strength and a heritage we hold to loosely. We exceed the throught-out and provide fun where serious typically resides. When the others are hard-faced, we smile and laugh, giving nothing but the [...]




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Snowboard Review: 12-13 Jones Carbon Flagship
Written By: Shayboarder
Location: Winter Park, CO Snow Conditions: Hardpacked to softpacked groomers. Setup: I rode the Jones Carbon Flagship with Union Charger bindings and Vans Ferra boots size 8. Size: 161 cm First Impression: Wow, the carbon combination definitely makes for a lightning fast, aggressive board for charging riders. Weight: Lighter than average. Flex: The Carbon Flagship [...]




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Review: Dakine Girls Heli Pro DLX
Written By: Shayboarder
Intended Purpose: The Girls Heli Pro is designed specifically for women riders who want a serious backpack to take out snowboarding. Size: The Girls Heli Pro is 18L which keeps it pretty simple for the mountain. It’s not bulky, it’s a sleek design that won’t take over your back on the mountain. There is a [...]




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Facemask Friday: Airhole
Written By: Shayboarder
When it comes to keeping your face warm on the mountain, facemasks do the job. On the deep powder days, they keep you from breathing in the snow. On the sunny days, they keep you from getting burnt. On windy days, they keep your face from going numb. Gone are the days that you have [...]




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Dinosaurs Will Die Snowboards 2012-2013
Written By: Shayboarder
When it comes to rider driven brands that have created their own path in snowboarding, Dinosaurs Will Die is it. From the inner depths of Sean Genovese and Jeff Keenan, DWD has been around the block and continues to drive creativity from themeselves and the riders behind them. This is going to be a big [...]




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Binding Review: 12-13 Union Milan
Written By: Shayboarder
Location: Winter Park, CO Snow Conditions: Hardpacked to softpacked groomers. Setup: I rode the Union Milans on the Bataleon Whatever with my Vans Ferra Boots size 8. Time to set up the binding: No time at all, I grabbed the bindings from Union and brought them over to Bataleon to get them mounted. They were [...]




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Whistler Bike Park 5/20/12
Written By: Shayboarder
After a great first day of riding Whistler Bike Park yesterday, I was ready for more. The weather today called for a chance of showers which meant good grip on the trails and a real chance to get muddy and dirty on the mountain. Today was just me, which meant loading up the singles line [...]




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Coming soon: Industry Profiles 2012
Written By: Shayboarder
Each summer the Industry Profile Interviews take over to give a glimpse into the jobs, people and experience it takes to work in the snowboard industry. Each of them have been drawn to snowboarding and hooked but found different routes to make their jobs in the snowboard industry. You’ll hear from a range of people, [...]




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Whistler Bike Park 5/19/12
Written By: Shayboarder
Last summer I got hooked on downhill mountain biking and began my progression into something new. Maybe it was the adrenaline, heart-pumping fun that came with it but I loved riding in the dirt and craving to ride better. As winter was winding down, I started dreaming about the trails in the Northwest most specifically [...]




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Stevens Pass 5/17/12
Written By: Shayboarder
I thought I had closed out Stevens Pass for the season when Closing Day went down on May 6 but turns out, the snow is still there and it’s too hard to resist playing on it. The mountain looked as if Closing Day never happened, there are few rock spots and still a ton of [...]




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Facemask Friday: Phunkshun
Written By: Shayboarder
When it comes to keeping your face warm on the mountain, facemasks do the job. On the deep powder days, they keep you from breathing in the snow. On the sunny days, they keep you from getting burnt. On windy days, they keep your face from going numb. Gone are the days that you have [...]




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Snowboarder Magazine Superpark 16: Day 4
Written By: Shayboarder
Superpark has been going strong all week long with daily shred stoke, massive features and tons of invited pros that make everything look easy. Day 4 was a long day for many riders as the week was starting to catch up but those willing to keep upping the stakes proved it with another day of [...]




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Snowboarder Magazine Superpark 16: Day 5
Written By: Shayboarder
As Superpark was starting the wind down, the vibe was changing on the mountain to a much more relaxed, shred, have fun and get the last shots/filming done. Most of the riders who weren’t wrecked or hungover, took to the slopes to get their final shots. The day went by quickly and it wasn’t long [...]




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Snowboard Review: 12-13 Lib Tech Attack Banana EC2
Written By: Shayboarder
Location: Mission Ridge, WA Snow Conditions: Softpacked groomers to fresh snow on the mountain. Setup: I rode the Lib Tech Attack Banana with K2 Formula bindings and Vans Ferra boots size 8. Size: 156cm First Impression: The Attack Banana continues to charge the entire mountain. Weight: average. Flex: Longitudinally it’s stiffer from nose to tail [...]




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Stepchild Snowboards 2012-2013
Written By: Shayboarder
After 11 years Stepchild Snowboards is still an independent brand with the heart and soul of riders involved behind it.  With team riders Joe Sexton, Simon Chamberlain and JP Walker holding it down on Stepchild boards, it’s no surprise they’ve secured a place in snowboarding with park/urban destroyers and hilarious graphics. Stepchild Snowboards continues to [...]




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Goggle Review: Zeal Voyageur
Written By: Shayboarder
Intended Purpose: The Voyageur is a new design for 2013 that delivers a rimless design with the quick step lens system built for maximum versatility on the mountain. Location: I wore the goggles at Stevens Pass, Alaska and Whistler/Blackcomb. They’ve been taken on a couple trips with me so far this year. Conditions: Mix of [...]




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Footbed Friday: Shredsoles
Written By: Shayboarder
When it comes to keeping your feet comfortable on the mountain, footbeds are the most important accessory to your snowboard boots. Sure you put them in your boots all winter and forget about them but they make your winter last longer with better foot protection. Every couple weeks I’ll be throwing a Footbed Friday into [...]




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Snowboarder Magazine Superpark 16: Day 2
Written By: Shayboarder
What happens when you bring talented and creative park builders, pro riders and media together in one place? A park riders dream full of park pleasure for the taking. This year marks the 16th year of Superpark and plenty of talent are in the house at Mt Bachelor to stomp tricks, make videos and get [...]




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Snowboarder Magazine Superpark 16: Day 3
Written By: Shayboarder
Superpark 16 is well underway at Mt Bachelor with invited pros, massive features and plenty of action going on around the mountain. Day three continued with the trend of riders going big, bigger and getting creative. With the help of four parks: Mt Bachelor, OR, Seven Springs, PA, Loon Mountain, NH and Boreal, CA there [...]




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Sandbox Helmets 2012-2013
Written By: Shayboarder
Rider owned, rider driven and providing cool, tough-as-hell helmets for riders that want protection on the mountain. Sandbox helmets developed by Kevin Sansalone continue to offer a variety of features with protection for snowboarding. Sandbox helmet features are a low profile design with a custom48 that helps with fit padding combos, goggle fit friendly, all [...]




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Footbed Friday: Shredsoles
Written By: Shayboarder
When it comes to keeping your feet comfortable on the mountain, footbeds are the most important accessory to your snowboard boots. Sure you put them in your boots all winter and forget about them but they make your winter last longer with better foot protection. Every couple weeks I’ll be throwing a Footbed Friday into [...]




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Goggle Review: Oakley Canopy
Written By: Shayboarder
Intended Purpose: The Oakley Canopy gives you a huge field of vision on the mountain with all the features you’ve come to know from Oakley: unrestricted airflow, full helmet compatibility, dual vented lenses with anti-fog coating. Location: I wore the goggles at the Winter Park, Colorado on-snow. Conditions: Mix of sunny bluebird to overcast flat [...]




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Stevens Pass Closing Day 5/6/12
Written By: Shayboarder
It was an amazing season for snowfall at Stevens Pass; 564″ total snowfall for the 2011/12 season, plenty of powder days and an extended season through May for riding. But it was also a rough season for Stevens Pass. Amazing people were taken from us and the local watering hole was burned down towards the [...]




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Binding Review: 12-13 K2 Agogo
Written By: Shayboarder
Location: Winter Park, CO Snow Conditions: Hardpacked to softpacked groomers. Setup: I rode the K2 Agogo bindings on the K2 Highlite with my Vans Ferra Boots size 8. Time to set up the binding: Pretty normal time to set up the bindings. It was more about making sure the adjustments for the auto strap fit [...]




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Coal 2012-2013
Written By: Shayboarder
From 2002 to 2012, Coal has been delivering headwear that’s more than an accessory – an extension of you, your identity and your lifestyle designed around fit, fashion and function. Now after 10 years, they continue to bring a range of headwear from beanies to brims, hats to headbands and all the much needed scarfs, [...]




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Pow Gloves 2012-2013
Written By: Shayboarder
Pow Gloves has been focused on making a variety of gloves and mitts that are built to last, capable of a variety of conditions and guaranteed to satisfy your needs on the mountain with fit, feel and dexterity. For 2013, POW continues to partner up with GORE-TEX with the guaranteed to keep you dry promise. [...]




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Rome Snowboards 2012-2013
Written By: Shayboarder
From urban jib sticks to backcountry powder machines, Rome Snowboards continues to revolutionize their collection year after year with boards that suit all riders.  For 2013, Rome continues to add to the collection most noticeably with the new Double Agent and Powder Room splitboards, for park destroyers the new Hammerhead. For board tech, there’s a [...]




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Rhythm N Bruise – White Pass 4/29/12
Written By: Shayboarder
A snowboarding rhythm section that would be longer, higher and smoother. That was the motto for the Rhythm N Bruise contest at White Pass this year. Snowboarders from around Washington, Oregon and even California came up for the event to come get their rhythm on and have a good time in the northwest. I was [...]




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Whistler 4/21/12
Written By: Shayboarder
One of the best perks of being in Whistler for the Telus Festival is the demo days that go on each weekend. Anyone with a ID and credit card can check out the 2013 snowboards from a ton of brands at Whistler Mountain. I headed up despite all the crew riding Blackcomb and lapped Whistler [...]




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Inside Endeavor Snowboards
Written By: Shayboarder
2013 marks the 10 year anniversary of Endeavor Snowboards and a year committed to the future. This Canadian snowboard company has continued to grow their brand and make their mark on snowboarding. Big steps have been taken for Endeavor in the past year. They’ve grown their office space to build the Archtype Snowboard Lab and [...]




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25 days in Alaska
Written By: Shayboarder
The first day I fell in love with Valdez was when I walked around town and took in the breathtaking harbor in the middle of the peaks that surround the town. The next day I fell more in love when I was standing on the top of my first run at Thompson Pass by myself [...]




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Rome Bindings 2012-2013
Written By: Shayboarder
Rome Snowboards continues to build bindings based on quality, comfort and durability for the 100 day rider. The names Targa, 390 and Madisons have won over riders hearts and taken their place in the line-up for quality bindings that work. Other bindings have been added to the line-up of the years and now you can [...]




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Snowboard Review: 12-13 Bataleon Whatever
Written By: Shayboarder
Location: Winter Park, CO Snow Conditions: Hardpacked to softpacked groomers. Setup: I rode the Bataleon Whatever with Union milan bindings and Vans Ferra boots size 8. Size: 159cm First Impression: Wow there’s no flat basing on this board, you are either carving or carving. Weight: average. Flex: The Whatever is on the more playful side [...]




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Facemask Friday: Wrong Gear
Written By: Shayboarder
When it comes to keeping your face warm on the mountain, facemasks do the job. On the deep powder days, they keep you from breathing in the snow. On the sunny days, they keep you from getting burnt. On windy days, they keep your face from going numb. Gone are the days that you have [...]




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Checking In: Mountain Sky Hotel
Written By: Shayboarder
A home away from home. For the past month, that was the Mountain Sky Hotel in Valdez, Alaska. It came with all the amenities you expect from a hotel; complimentary breakfast, coffee, comfy beds, swimming pool, hot tub and daily cleaning service. But it also came with a new watering hole called the 32° Lounge [...]




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WSSF Pro Photographer Showdown
Written By: Shayboarder
There are many reasons to come to Whistler for the Telus Festival but one of the biggest reasons for me (besides the snowboarding) is the Pro Photographer Showdown. Photographers are able to capture so many amazing moments and at this event, they can compose their best images into a slideshow tuned perfectly with music that [...]




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Flow Friday Giveaway!
Written By: Shayboarder
It was a quiet couple of weeks for Friday giveaways when I was in Alaska but I’m back! Flow Snowboarding was the main sponsor of Tailgate Alaska and has offered up an assortment of Flow goodies for one lucky winner. Every Friday I’ll be giving away some kind of prize (usually a footbed or facemask) [...]




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Blackcomb 4/20/12
Written By: Shayboarder
After a couple days of much needed rest, I hit the highway north to Whistler. Whistler Blackcomb has had an amazing winter and it’s still in full force! I always try to come up for the Telus Festival because it’s always such a good time on the mountain, apres around town and at the parties [...]




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Smokin Snowboards 2012-2013
Written By: Shayboarder
Smokin Snowboards has been marching to their own beat for over 15 years. Their snowboards has been a labor of love with Smokin Jay at the realm and they continue to be committed to building quality handmade snowboards in the USA just outside of Lake Tahoe. For technology, Smokin continues to offer a variety of [...]




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Flow Bindings 2012-2013
Written By: Shayboarder
Over 15 years ago, Flow Snowboards began building bindings with the speed entry system to make getting in and out of bindings easier. For 2013, they continue to improve their binding system and bring out new technology to make it better than ever. New for 2013 is the NX2 series with N.A.S.T.Y new active strap [...]




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Snowboard Review: 12-13 Flow Rush
Written By: Shayboarder
Location: Winter Park, CO Snow Conditions: Hardpacked to softpacked groomers. Setup: I rode the Flow Rush with Flow Minx SE bindings and Vans Ferra boots size 8. Size: 156cm First Impression: Augmented Base Technology actually works on the Rush. Weight: average. Flex:  Softer nose and tail on the Rush so you have some playfulness but [...]




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Binding Review: GNU B-Free
Written By: Shayboarder
Location: Winter Park, CO Snow Conditions: Hardpacked to softpacked groomers. Setup: I rode the GNU B-Free bindings on the GNU Ladies Choice with my Vans Ferra Boots size 8. Time to set up the binding: Normal time to set up the bindings and adjust them to my boots. Fit: I tried the GNU B-Free bindings [...]




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Tailgate Alaska + Flow World Freeride Championship Finals 4/11/12
Written By: Shayboarder
After a day off to rest, it was time for Tailgate Alaska and Flow Snowboarding to host the Flow World Freeride Championship Finals. The final location was determined late the night before so even riders didn’t know what they would be battling out on. The end result was heli and sled access to the backside [...]




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Tailgate Alaska + Flow World Freeride Championship Qualifiers 4/9/12
Written By: Shayboarder
The best freeriders took to the mountain yesterday for a chance to qualify for the Flow World Freeride Championship Qualifiers in a midst of steeps, rocks, drops and powder. Instead of riding the mountains around them, everyone gathered at Bro Bowl to watch the qualifiers go down with over 20 athletes taking two runs to [...]




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Unity Snowboards 2012-2013
Written By: Shayboarder
Unity Snowboards has been building snowboards in the heart of the Rocky Mountains since 1995 and continues to develop boards built for everything you want to ride. From big mountain peaks to splitboarding outside the boundaries to riding the perfect pipes, Unity handcrafts their boards in Colorado just minutes from the mountains they ride. For [...]




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Tailgate Alaska: 907 Snowcat 4/8/12
Written By: Shayboarder
The past couple days in Alaska have been “down days” when the weather comes in and you take a break from the mountains till the snow piles up and the sun comes out. It was a good break and time to figure out the next plan of attack. A couple of the Flow guys mentioned [...]




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Lobster Snowboards 2012-2013
Written By: Shayboarder
Eat Kebab and headbang – That’s the motto behind Lobster Snowboards. The company was started by pros Eiki Helgason and Halldor Helgason. For their first year at SIA, they introduced a small collection of baords to showcase the upcoming line for 2013. For technology, the boards are brought to you with Bataleon standards including Triple [...]




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Snowboard Review: 12-13 K2 Highlite
Written By: Shayboarder
Location: Winter Park, CO Snow Conditions: Hardpacked to softpacked groomers. Setup: I rode the K2 Highlite with K2 Auto Agogo bindings and Vans Ferra boots size 8. Size: 152cm First Impression: Light but aggressive and built for charging. Weight: Lighter than average. Flex: Stiffer flex underneath the bindings, torsionally has some forgiveness to the board [...]




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686 2012-2013
Written By: Shayboarder
For 20 years, 686 has been about providing the riding community with innovative, fashionable outerwear and technical apparel. To commemorate their double decade of outerwear progression, the catalog is a mix of history with riders, stories and featuring the next generation of 686 outerwear. For 2013, 686 partners with Dickies for a signature urban background [...]




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Splitboarding Thompson Pass 4/2/12
Written By: Shayboarder
It took a while for splitboarding to get kicked into full gear but now that I’m in Alaska it’s finally happening. It’s the cheapest way up the mountain and a great way to explore around the mountain. I ended up heading out with Tony, Peter and Jordan for a morning trek to the ice cave. [...]




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Tailgate Alaska: Snowboarding Thompson Pass 4/3/12
Written By: Shayboarder
Tailgate Alaska is well underway at Thompson Pass. It’s been beautiful every day and today was a great day to get out on the mountain. Gilly was kind enough to bump us with his sled so we could get in our laps for the day. We headed up to below Bro Bowl to get in [...]




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Snowboarding with 907 Snowcat 3/30/12
Written By: Shayboarder
It’s been an incredible season of firsts. First Baker Banked Slalom, first heli, first backcountry turns in Alaska and now my first cat day of snowboarding. When I first arrived in Valdez, I met Nate from 907 snowcat and decided that a day of cat boarding would be a great way to start the Tailgate [...]




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Never Summer Snowboards 2012-2013
Written By: Shayboarder
Since 1991, Never Summer has been building snowboards out of Colorado designed for quality and durability.  They’ve built up a solid reputation and now with their RC Technology, continue to grow the brand into more than a popular company out of the Rockies.  Their Rocker + Camber technology was introduced a couple years ago and [...]




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Flux Bindings 2012-2013
Written By: Shayboarder
Twenty years of designing bindings built on performance, comfort and durability. Flux Bindings celebrates their double decade collection with 20 years of history and perspective. New for 2013 is the Ultima highback that comes in FS and FR. The FS is the ultimate lightweight design for freestyle flex and versatility. The FR highback offers freeride [...]




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Binding Review: 12-13 Salomon Absolute Premium
Written By: Shayboarder
Location: Winter Park, CO Snow Conditions: Hardpacked to softpacked groomers. Setup: I rode the Salomon Absolute Premium bindings on the YES Greats/Venture Helix with my Vans Ferra Boots size 8. Time to set up the binding: Pretty normal time to set up the bindings. Fit: I tried the Salomon Absolute Premium bindings in the medium [...]




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Ashbury Goggles 2012-2013
Written By: Shayboarder
In only a matter of years, Ashbury has created a brand with a distinct look and quality with their goggle designs. Their riders signature style is showcased in their signature goggles and they continue to offer a range of goggles, softgoods and sunglasses for riders. For 2013, Ashbury introduces a wider peripheral goggle with the [...]




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Thompson Pass 3/29/12
Written By: Shayboarder
After spending the last couple days exploring Valdez, it was finally time to head up to Thompson Pass and get the full scale of Alaska mountains. I headed up bright and early with my gear to see what work needed to be done and ended up getting in a couple laps to warm-up for this [...]




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Footbed Friday: Shredsoles
Written By: Shayboarder
When it comes to keeping your feet comfortable on the mountain, footbeds are the most important accessory to your snowboard boots. Sure you put them in your boots all winter and forget about them but they make your winter last longer with better foot protection. Every couple weeks I’ll be throwing a Footbed Friday into [...]




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Academy Snowboards 2012-2013
Written By: Shayboarder
Since 2003, Academy Snowboards has focused on building quality snowboards built around progression and technology. Academy knows we have one thing in common:  the love for snowboarding and riding with our friends.  They continue to offer the scholarship program to help kids learn something new and get out and shred which means 1% of sales [...]




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Shayboarder.com: Over 4 Million Served
Written By: Shayboarder
It’s pretty incredible. I’m sitting in Valdez, Alaska staring out at these massive snowcapped mountains that surround me while thinking of life’s adventures and yesterday I passed a milestone on Shayboarder.com. Watching this site grow into something beyond my dreams has been amazing and it’s allowed me to grow leaps and bounds into the world [...]




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Win a Stretched Canvas Print from The Canvas Wave!
Written By: Shayboarder
Do you wish you could own some of those amazing photos you see in the snowboarding magazines?  Here’s your chance!  The Canvas Wave offers amazing snowboarding and other action sports photography on stretched canvas prints ready to hang on your wall. They are giving away one of their large 20×30″ canvas prints (valued at $129) [...]




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Vans Boots 2012-2013
Written By: Shayboarder
Since the winter of 1994, Vans has been utilizing their footwear experience to build snowboard boots that are a reflection of Vans deep boardsports heritage.  Vans understands the need to ride but also a boot that will perform for you so you can enjoy each turn.  The boots continue to be developed and durable to [...]




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Binding Review: 12-13 Burton Genesis
Written By: Shayboarder
Location: Winter Park, CO Snow Conditions: Hardpacked to softpacked groomers. Setup: I rode the Burton Genesis on the Burton Root with my Vans Ferra Boots size 8. Time to set up the binding: Pretty normal time to set up the bindings. Fit: I don’t remember what size the Genesis bindings were, either a small or [...]




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Endeavor Snowboards 2012-2013
Written By: Shayboarder
10 years is quite an accomplishment but for Endeavor it’s only the beginning. They’ve had challenges, they’ve been tested and they’ve fought through it. Snowboarder owned and operated, Endeavor Snowboards is still closed on a powder day. They’ve taken their dreams to new levels with the Archetype Snowboard Lab for R&D, new ideas and the [...]




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Snowboard Review: 12-13 Capita Defenders of Awesome FK
Written By: Shayboarder
Location: Winter Park, CO Snow Conditions: Hardpacked to softpacked groomers. Setup: I rode the Capita DOA with Union Contact Pro bindings and Vans Ferra boots size 8. Size: 156cm. First Impression: Stability of camber meets the fun of freestyle. DOA just like the film keeps snowboarding fun and flowing for the mountain. Weight: Average. Flex: [...]




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Stevens Pass 3/16/12
Written By: Shayboarder
It’s been a stormy week for the Northwest. Lots of rain in town and snow in the mountains. Stevens Pass has been getting snowfall that kept delivering powder days on the mountain. I waited for Erik to start the day on the slopes we could carpool up together. Even by the time we arrived in [...]




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NOW Bindings 2012-2013
Written By: Shayboarder
It’s not every year that a pro snowboarder comes to SIA to deliver up a new design, new brand and new ideas to snowboarding. For 2013, JF Pelchat is doing just that with his latest creation, NOW bindings. The design takes inspiration from skateboard trucks and delivers connection back into snowboard bindings for the ultimate [...]




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Facemask Friday: NXTZ
Written By: Shayboarder
When it comes to keeping your face warm on the mountain, facemasks do the job. On the deep powder days, they keep you from breathing in the snow. On the sunny days, they keep you from getting burnt. On windy days, they keep your face from going numb. Gone are the days that you have [...]




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Stevens Pass 3/14/12
Written By: Shayboarder
It was great to arrive back in Washington to fresh snow falling from the sky. The Northwest has certainly been the place for snowfall this year and it’s still coming down! I took yesterday off for a much needed down day and hoped that today would still deliver the snowfall. It did, the snow was [...]




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Goggle Review: Dragon APXs
Written By: Shayboarder
Intended Purpose: The APXs goggle is designed off of the Dragon APX but in a smaller frame option for those wanting the Infinity Lens Technology (full peripheral vision and easy interchangeability). Location: I wore the goggles at the Winter Park, Colorado on-snow. Conditions: Mix of sunny bluebird to overcast flat light on the mountain. Color: [...]




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Lib Tech Snowboards 2012-2013
Written By: Shayboarder
For Lib Tech, it’s been about experimenting, creating and designing snowboards for a range of snowboarders from the small to the big, from the mountain to the park. The concept of the banana has spread like wildfire and is a common tie among the snowboard styles they produce. For 2013, Lib Tech continues to offer [...]




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Venture Snowboards 2012-2013
Written By: Shayboarder
Deep in the rugged Rocky Mountains near a little town called Silverton, Venture builds and designs snowboards for the mountains that surround them. Their operations use 100% windpower and take pride in the fact that they are built in the US and use Forest Stewardship Council certified hardwoods to make their cores. They build boards [...]




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Flow Tailgate BC Day 3
Written By: Shayboarder
Sometimes there are much needed down days, that was day 4 at Tailgate BC. The weather was stormy at basecamp and a bit of writing was calling my name. Plus it gave me the chance to really meet, greet and hang out for the afternoon/evening. I’m still pretty sore from snowmobiling so a down day [...]




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Flow Tailgate BC Day 4: Eagle Pass Heliskiing!
Written By: Shayboarder
To say I was excited to win a day of Eagle Pass Heliskiing was an understatement. It was a dream come true and I was so excited, so stoked and so ready for my first experience on a heli. Despite all the excitement, I made sure to get a good night’s sleep to prepare myself [...]




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Capita Snowboards 2012-2013
Written By: Shayboarder
For more than a decade, Capita Snowboards has been building, designing and devouring snowboards with a brand image that sticks out from the rest of the crowd. Highly regarded for their captivating snowboard graphics, they’ve remained a top company in snowboarding without losing their roots. They continue to grow with their technology, team additions and [...]




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On the Way to Tailgate BC!
Written By: Shayboarder
The next adventure is just beginning! Yesterday I intentionally stayed off the slopes so I could have a day to myself, catch up on blogging and get everything clean and packed for traveling. Today I’m hitting the highway with Andy and Nico so we can make our way to Canada for the inaugural Tailgate BC [...]




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Flow Tailgate BC Day 1
Written By: Shayboarder
After weeks of anticipation, Tailgate BC has finally arrived in Revelstoke, British Columbia. The next five days offer up a party in the parking lot mixed with a range of snow sports from the backcountry to the resort. We arrived late last night into Revelstoke and woke up bright and early to get a feel [...]




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Footbed Friday: Remind Insoles
Written By: Shayboarder
When it comes to keeping your feet comfortable on the mountain, footbeds are the most important accessory to your snowboard boots. Sure you put them in your boots all winter and forget about them but they make your winter last longer with better foot protection. Every couple weeks I’ll be throwing a Footbed Friday into [...]




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Flow Tailgate BC Day 2
Written By: Shayboarder
The Flow Tailgate BC is underway in Revelstoke, British Columbia and it’s pretty fun to be part of the experience. Thursday was arrival, setting up, meeting new faces and riding Revelstoke Mountain Resort. Today was getting out into the backcountry, back on the sled and going over avalanche safety in the BC backcountry. It’s a [...]




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GNU Snowboards 2012-2013
Written By: Shayboarder
GNU snowboards are handbuilt in the US by snowboarders with jobs and designed for snowboarders who rip pow, parks and pipes. For 2013, GNU continues to offer men’s and women’s snowboards featuring a variety of technology from straight up BTX for park riders to C2 for freeriders and EC2 for those wanting something more. For [...]




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Binding Review: 12-13 Rome Mob Boss
Written By: Shayboarder
Location: Winter Park, CO Snow Conditions: Hardpacked to softpacked groomers. Setup: I rode the Rome Mob Boss Bindings on the Rome Hammerhead with my Vans Ferra Boots size 8. Time to set up the binding: Pretty normal time to set up the bindings. Fit: I tried the Rome Mob Bosses in the small binding option and [...]




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AAI Avalanche 1 Course – Day 2
Written By: Shayboarder
As soon as I got confirmation that I would be heading up to BC and AK this year, I knew it was time to take the avalanche level I course. I checked out a couple options for course providers in the NW and eventually found the American Alpine Institute out of Bellingham and Mt Baker. [...]




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AAI Avalanche 1 Course – Day 3
Written By: Shayboarder
The third day with the American Alpine Institute (and second day on snow) meant taking all the education, on-snow practices and really applying it to our experience in the backcountry. It was focused on us enjoying the snow while remaining safe and watching for terrain that could be avalanche prone. We had made a trip [...]




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Stevens Pass 3/1/12
Written By: Shayboarder
If you’re wondering what mountain has been getting hammered this season, I can tell you Stevens Pass has been getting the goods. The snowbanks are high, the coverage is amazing and today was another powder day. Despite the backside not being open (due to avy danger), the front of the mountain and especially the trees [...]




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Facemask Friday: Pom Pom
Written By: Shayboarder
When it comes to keeping your face warm on the mountain, facemasks do the job.  On the deep powder days, they keep you from breathing in the snow.  On the sunny days, they keep you from getting burnt.  On windy days, they keep your face from going numb.  Gone are the days that you have [...]




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Northstar 2/28/12
Written By: Shayboarder
There are good days and then there are great days. The past two days in Tahoe have been great days, the snow finally arrived and delivered amazing powder runs. I couldn’t believe how quickly the conditions changed on the mountain and just in time for my last day in Tahoe. After dropping off my rental [...]




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Binding Review: 12-13 Flux GM30
Written By: Shayboarder
Location: Winter Park, CO Snow Conditions: Hardpacked to softpacked groomers. Setup: I rode the Flux GM30 Bindings on the Endeavor Diamond with my Vans Ferra Boots size 8. Time to set up the binding: Pretty normal time to set up the bindings. Fit: I tried the Flux GM30 bindings in the small size which fit [...]




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Slash Snowboards 2012-2013
Written By: Shayboarder
Pro Snowboarders are starting to make their mark in snowboard companies and designs. With Nidecker producing the boards, Gigi Ruf set out to launch Slash Snowboards at the SIA tradeshow in January. For 2013, Slash will launch with four different models including Gigi’s pro model (ATV Hub) and a pro model for Johnnie Paxson (Slash [...]




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Sierra at Tahoe 2/27/12
Written By: Shayboarder
The weather in Lake Tahoe can switch rapidly. One day it’ll be bare roads with spring like slushy conditions and a couple days later it’ll be dumping snow with a total winter appearance. I made sure that I was in Tahoe for Monday morning’s storm and heading to Sierra at Tahoe for the day. Sierra [...]




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Arnette Goggles 2012-2013
Written By: Shayboarder
Last year, Arnette came back into snowboarding and started making waves. This year they continue riding with a signature collection of goggles and a team of rad riders to represent them. Arnette goggles have a variety of features including three layers of face foam for comfort, no-bs (no blind spot) for the best field of [...]




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Heavenly 2/25/12
Written By: Shayboarder
If you’ve ever been to Lake Tahoe, you know what a beautiful place it is. The lake ties together so many different mountains, communities and offers so much fun in one place. This morning, I woke up to a beautiful North Lake Tahoe view from the Shreddytimes house and was ready for another day of [...]




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Oakley Goggles 2012-2013
Written By: Shayboarder
Oakley has a deep history in snowboarding and ski goggles, for over 30 years they’ve been producing goggles built for performance, vision and functionality. Riders can take their pick from the classic A-Frame series, to the popular Crowbars to the wide view new Canopy goggles. For 12-13, Oakley continues with the switchlock technology, an interchangeable [...]




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Snowboard Review: 12-13 Burton Root
Written By: Shayboarder
Location: Winter Park, CO Snow Conditions: Hardpacked to softpacked groomers. Setup: I rode the Burton Root with Burton Genesis bindings and Vans Ferra boots size 8. Size: 144cm First Impression: Want something more all mountain than the Nug, this is it. Weight: Average. Flex:  The Root continues where the Nug left off. Similar in flex, [...]




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Shay Update: Flow Tailgate BC + AK!
Written By: Shayboarder
Earlier this winter I had two options: 1. to stay in California and figure things out or 2. travel the world, live my dreams and figure things out. The decision was pretty easy, I was gonna travel, have fun and do what I wanted. It’s been everything I’ve dreamed of and this winter is about [...]




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Facemask Friday: Phunkshun
Written By: Shayboarder
When it comes to keeping your face warm on the mountain, facemasks do the job.  On the deep powder days, they keep you from breathing in the snow.  On the sunny days, they keep you from getting burnt.  On windy days, they keep your face from going numb.  Gone are the days that you have [...]




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Northstar 2/24/11
Written By: Shayboarder
I had been hoping to return to Tahoe before the season ended since I had my Tahoe Pass and wanted to spend time on the mountain with friends. The time finally came when flights were affordable, access was easy into Reno and my friends had time off from work to ride and hang out. It’s [...]




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Snowboard Review: 12-13 GNU Ladies Choice
Written By: Shayboarder
Location: Winter Park, CO Snow Conditions: Hardpacked to softpacked groomers. Setup: I rode the GNU Ladies Choice with GNU B-Free bindings and Vans Ferra boots size 8. Size: 151.5cm. First Impression: Offering up the whole mountain on a platter and giving you a deck that can handle whatever you give it. Weight: Average. Flex: The [...]




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Dragon 2012-2013
Written By: Shayboarder
Dragon has been in the goggle game long enough to know performance, technical features and design elements matter. It doesn’t hurt that they’ve created a testing facility at 12,000 feet in the remote backcountry of Silverton. Their philosphy is smart design from the smart to finish and they’ve led the way with their advanced performance [...]




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Red Bull Third Shift at Snoqualmie Central 2/18/12
Written By: Shayboarder
When I first saw the mock-up drawing for the Third Shift contest, I was pretty much blown away. It meant constructing a town square in the terrain park that was literally a urban jump/jib contest over and onto buildings. For the northwest, it was pretty rad to see freestyle progression come here and be on [...]




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K2 Snowboards 2012-2013
Written By: Shayboarder
Twenty-five years of enjoying the mountains. K2 Snowboarding’s deep history in snowboarding started in the Northwest and has now grown to be a major worldwide brand. Their technology focuses on different riders needs, from catch free for beginners to rocker for park or pow or just flatline for the perfect balance. For 2013, K2 introduces [...]




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Snowboard Review: 12-13 Salomon Powder Snake
Written By: Shayboarder
Location: Mission Ridge, WA Snow Conditions: Hardpacked to softpacked groomers. Setup: I rode the Salomon Powder Snake with Salomon Halogram bindings and Vans Ferra boots size 8. Size: 156 cm First Impression: I was hesitant about how this would handle on groomers but the Powder Snake could ride the groomers with ease and a bit [...]




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Stevens Pass 2/20/12
Written By: Shayboarder
Yesterday was a hard day for the northwest. Avalanches took three lives in the backcountry at Stevens Pass and one life at Alpental. As the events would unfold yesterday, texts came in that said it was Chris Rudolph in the avalanche. I’ve known Chris from Stevens, the industry and he was an amazing guy to [...]




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Stance Socks 2012-2013
Written By: Shayboarder
No matter what kind of rider you are, socks keep you warm on the mountain. That’s where Stance socks comes in, they create socks that keep you warm, dry and ready to rock. But there’s more than just that, they aim to blend form and function with art and collaborations. The Winter 2012-2013 series include: [...]




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Snowboard Review: 12-13 Jones Mothership
Written By: Shayboarder
Location: Mission Ridge, WA Snow Conditions: Hardpacked to softpacked groomers. Setup: I rode the Jones Mothership with Union Trilogy bindings and Vans Ferra boots size 8. Size: 154 cm (but technically this size doesn’t exist, it’ll be 152 or 156) First Impression: I started laughing out of excitement when I realized how fast, stable and [...]




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Snowboard Review: 12-13 Rome Hammerhead
Written By: Shayboarder
Location: Winter Park, CO Snow Conditions: Hardpacked to softpacked groomers. Setup: I rode the Rome Hammerhead with the Mob Bosses bindings and Vans Ferra boots size 8. Size: 153cm. First Impression: Woah crazy shape but you don’t notice it when you are riding. Weight: Average. Flex:  The Hammerhead is definitely built to be a softer [...]




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Stevens Pass 2/16/12
Written By: Shayboarder
I forgot how much I missed snowbanks until I drove up to Stevens Pass, parked the truck and realized that the looming height of them was back in my life. The northwest has gotten most of the storms in the US, riding powder while the rest of us were riding parks and groomers. So far [...]




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Footbed Friday: Shredsoles
Written By: Shayboarder
When it comes to keeping your feet comfortable on the mountain, footbeds are the most important accessory to your snowboard boots. Sure you put them in your boots all winter and forget about them but they make your winter last longer with better foot protection. Every couple weeks I’ll be throwing a Footbed Friday into [...]




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Mt Baker Legendary Banked Slalom Qualifiers 2/11/12
Written By: Shayboarder
There are few contests in snowboarding that create legends, stories and memories like the Legendary Banked Slalom at Mt Baker. The backdrop of the Shuksan overlooks the banked course with a stacked list of riders competing for duct tape and the ultimate riders contest. All types of riders from parks, pipes and pow compete for [...]




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SIA12 All Stacked Up Giveaway Winner
Written By: Shayboarder
After attending four days of SIA, you walk away with a ton of catalogs and a ton of free stickers from visiting the booths. Last year I started to give the stickers away and am continuing the tradition this season with one lucky winner who will take home all the stickers from SIA. All it [...]




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Mt Baker Legendary Banked Slalom Finals 2/12/12
Written By: Shayboarder
The Legendary Banked Slalom brings out the best in snowboarding. Sure it’s a race with times and competitive streaks and bets but it also brings snowboarding together as a family. The best riders in snowboarding come to be part of this weekend because it is about snowboarding. There are no tv cameras, no commercials and [...]




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Union Bindings 2012-2013
Written By: Shayboarder
In eight years, Union Binding Company has become a major player in snowboard bindings for design, functionality and keeping it fun. As SIA was getting started, they added another big player to their team lineup…Travis Rice now joins the ranks of Union Binding riders. For 2013, Union keeps it fresh and continues with their new [...]




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Jones Snowboards 2012-2013
Written By: Shayboarder
“Come ride with me and escape the chaos of the world are you. No matter which board you choose, you’ll find freedom and the perfect line” – Jeremy Jones. For year three, Jones Snowboards continues to be a strong dominating company for the soul of snowboarding – freeriding. For 2013, Jones introduces three women’s boards [...]




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Snowboard Review: 12-13 Arbor Swoon
Written By: Shayboarder
Location: Winter Park, CO Snow Conditions: Hardpacked to softpacked groomers. Setup: I rode the Arbor Swoon with NOW IPO bindings and Vans Ferra boots size 8. Size: 155cm. First Impression: Offering up easy all mountain riding that you can count on. Weight: Average. Flex:  The Swoon fits the medium flex description to a T. It’s [...]




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SIA12 All Stacked Up Giveaway
Written By: Shayboarder
Each year I fly to SIA with a suitcase with only the basics and I come back with my suitcase and a duffle bag filled to the brim with catalogs and swag. The catalogs become my bible of information for the next couple months as I read through, learn and indulge myself in the latest [...]




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Binding Review: 12-13 Union Charger
Written By: Shayboarder
Location: Winter Park, CO Snow Conditions: Hardpacked to softpacked groomers. Setup: I rode the Union Charger on the Jones Flagship Carbon with my Vans Ferra Boots size 8. Time to set up the binding: This was the second setup of the day and Parker took care of it, he’s a magician when it comes to demos and [...]




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WWSRA On-Snow Demo at Mission Ridge Day 1
Written By: Shayboarder
Right after the SIA Tradeshow,retailers and industry don’t have to go far to check out the latest gear on the mountain. The WWSRA hosts a bunch of on-snow demos around the US with alot of the brands from SIA being present.  The Northwest demo was just east of Stevens Pass at Mission Ridge, WA. It’s a [...]




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WWSRA On-Snow Demo at Mission Ridge Day 2
Written By: Shayboarder
On the first day of demos I apologized for bringing the sun to Washington but yesterday the Northwest was back in full action. There was new snow on Mission Ridge for day two of the demos and a storming day on the mountain with cloudy conditions. Some runs you’d be riding through foggy clouds and [...]




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Binding Review: 12-13 NOW IPO
Written By: Shayboarder
Location: Winter Park, CO Snow Conditions: Hardpacked to softpacked groomers. Setup: I rode the NOW IPO Bindings on the Arbor Swoon with my Vans Ferra Boots size 8. Time to set up the binding: JF Pelchat was on hand to make sure the bindings went out with good fit for the sizing options he had at the [...]




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Facemask Friday: Pom Pom
Written By: Shayboarder
When it comes to keeping your face warm on the mountain, facemasks do the job.  On the deep powder days, they keep you from breathing in the snow.  On the sunny days, they keep you from getting burnt.  On windy days, they keep your face from going numb.  Gone are the days that you have [...]




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Vail 2/3/12
Written By: Shayboarder
After taking a day off to relax at the Vail Cascade Resort and Spa, it was time to hit the slopes today to finally explore Vail Mountain. One of the most amazing parts about Vail is when you look at it from hwy 70, it doesn’t look like much but what’s hidden behind that first [...]




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YES Snowboards 2012-2013
Written By: Shayboarder
Instead of saying no, snowboarders are now saying YES. It is a passion, a way of living life, of being in a natural habitat, of snowboarding and having fun. JP, DCP and Romain are the riders behind the brand and pour their heart and soul into YES. Snowboards. For 2013, YES honors the greats of snowboarding [...]




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SIA 2012: Day 3
Written By: Shayboarder
After a long night of partying, Day three kicked off with a much needed can of Red Bull, comfortable shoes and something permanent that I’ll never forget. By the time the third day generally hits, you are a bit more tired but it’s well worth the lack of sleep for a whole lotta fun at [...]




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Shayboarder + Action Sport Optics Giveaway Winner!
Written By: Shayboarder
Being on the mountain requires a great pair of goggles and the support of a shop to get them to you. Action Sport Optics out of Vermont knows that and offered up a pair of Spy Zeds for a lucky Shayboarder reader. All it took was two likes and a comment to be entered in [...]




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SIA 2012: Day 4
Written By: Shayboarder
I can always count on the SIA Tradeshow to be an amazing experience. SIA at Denver keeps products close to the mountain and fun parties with great people. Day four of the show was finishing up booth visits, getting the last catalogs and photos before heading out to the on-snow for the next couple days [...]




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Snowboard Review: 11-12 Dinosaurs Will Die Genovese
Written By: Shayboarder
Location: Heavenly, CA, Northstar, CA and Mammoth, CA Snow Conditions: Hardpacked to soft conditions. Setup: I rode the DWD Genovese with Union Atlas Team bindings and Vans Ferra boots size 8. Size: 157cm. First Impression: Flat Camber makes this board really handle everything you throw at it. Weight: Average. Flex:  Pretty consistent flex, it’s on [...]




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SIA 2012 On-Snow Demo: Day 1
Written By: Shayboarder
After four days of being at the SIA Tradeshow in Denver, getting back into snow boots and hitting the slopes always feels great! We headed up to Winter Park last night for a good nights sleep night during SIA (very rare) and hit the slopes early this morning for the on-snow portion. Tons of companies [...]




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SIA 2012 On-Snow Demo: Day 2
Written By: Shayboarder
It’s pretty fun to come to Winter Park when the industry takes over the resort, the base is filled with friends from different companies and there are good times on and off the snow. Last night I enjoyed the Mervin party for the last party of the SIA Snow show and had a later start [...]




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SIA 2012 Highlights
Written By: Shayboarder
It’s pretty amazing to attend the SIA Tradeshow each year. It really boils down to a great experience because of the people you meet who run the industry, the products that come out after years of hard work and the amount of fun each night at the parties. By the time the on-snow rolls around, [...]




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Steamboat 2/1/12
Written By: Shayboarder
For four years I lived in a beautiful mountain town called Steamboat Springs, Colorado and I still consider it an amazing place to live. The mountain offers up some of the best aspen riding on more mellow terrain, the town has a great relaxed vibe and everyone loves to be in the outdoors. I was [...]




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Arbor Snowboards 2012-2013
Written By: Shayboarder
Arbor continues to build on their 17 year legacy by supporting the experience of the mountain with the most environmentally responsible, next-level product possible. Their System technology gives riders combinations from jib, park and mountain but they still offer camber for true mountain riders. Combined with their system, you get grip-tech for added contact points [...]




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Checking In: Vail Cascade Resort & Spa
Written By: Shayboarder
Rest. Relaxation. Luxury. That was my light at the end of the SIA tunnel. Six days of tradeshow is fun but exhausting. Instead of leaving Colorado tired, I opted for a relaxing vacation that was well worth the wait. The invite to experience Vail Cascade Resort & Spa in Vail, Colorado couldn’t have come at [...]




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Binding Review: 11-12 Burton Stiletto
Written By: Shayboarder
Location: Mammoth Mountain, CA Snow Conditions: Hardpacked to icy groomers. Setup: I rode the Burton Stilettos on the Burton Lipstick with my Vans Ferra Boots size 8. Time to set up the binding: This was an easy set up for my boots. Probably one of the easier bindings to get going and didn’t require much [...]




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Shayboarder + Action Sport Optics Giveaway!
Written By: Shayboarder
When it comes to action sports, having clear vision means everything. That’s where Action Sport Optics came in; to carry everything you need, nothing you don’t and focus on the best in sport and lifestyle eyewear. Based out of Vermont, they are backed up by great service and fast shipping. Here’s your chance to make [...]




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Roadtrippin: California to Washington
Written By: Shayboarder
After weeks of planning, organizing and getting ready for a move…it was finally time. Since I can no longer call Mammoth Lakes home, I packed up my truck and hit the open highway to bring my belongings up to Washington. I’m not quite sure where the end of the road is yet but Washington is [...]




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Shay Update: Colorado + SIA!
Written By: Shayboarder
Hard to believe it’s that time of year but things are about to get crazy in Colorado! For the next 10 days I’ll be on the road, in the tradeshow for four days, on the snow demos for two days and finally relaxing towards the end of the trip. I’ll be attending the SIA Tradeshow [...]




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Snowboard Review: 11-12 Burton Feelgood
Written By: Shayboarder
Location: Mammoth, CA Snow Conditions: Hardpacked to icy conditions. Setup: I rode the Burton Feelgood Flying V with Burton Diode bindings and Vans Ferra boots size 8. Size: 155cm. First Impression: Continues to be a great board for all mountain female riders Weight: Average. Flex:  Softer torsional flex between the bindings so the board is [...]




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SIA 2012: Day 1
Written By: Shayboarder
Four days of 2013 snowboard gear. That’s what SIA is about in Denver, Colorado. Today it all went down, the opening speeches, the first glimpses at what’s coming out for next year and a whole lotta high fives and hugs on the tradeshow floor. This is my favorite time of year and the busiest since [...]




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Snowcial + Heavenly 1/19/12
Written By: Shayboarder
You can always count on Snowcial to bring together creative minds, social skills and skiers/snowboarders to Heavenly Resort. Last year I got my first taste of it and this year, I attended the welcome party and one day of snowboarding to celebrate the fun event. Unfortunately I couldn’t attend the whole weekend of events since [...]




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Footbed Friday: Shredsoles
Written By: Shayboarder
When it comes to keeping your feet comfortable on the mountain, footbeds are the most important accessory to your snowboard boots. Sure you put them in your boots all winter and forget about them but they make your winter last longer with better foot protection. Every couple weeks I’ll be throwing a Footbed Friday into [...]




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Snowboard Review: 11-12 Burton Lip-Stick LTD
Written By: Shayboarder
Location: Mammoth, CA Snow Conditions: Hardpacked to icy conditions. Setup: I rode the Burton Lip-Stick with Burton Stilletto bindings and Vans Ferra boots size 8. Size: 149cm. First Impression: Flat Top definitely suits the Lip-Stick! Weight: Average. Flex:  Now that the Lip-Stick is a Flat Top, the board still offers a fun playful park flex [...]




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Review: Pom Pom 2-Ply Necktube
Written By: Shayboarder
Intended Purpose: Stay covered up on the slopes with a breathable, moisture wicking neck tube that protects your face and isn’t the  same old boring black design everyone else is rocking. The Pom Pom 2 ply necktube gives you bright options that work for coverage on the slopes. Appearance: I received the Pom Pom 2-Ply in [...]




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Snowboard Review: 11-12 Burton Aftermath
Written By: Shayboarder
Location: Mammoth, CA Snow Conditions: Hardpacked to icy conditions. Setup: I rode the Burton Aftermath with Burton Malavita Restricted bindings and Vans Ferra boots size 8. Size: 155cm. First Impression: I was warned this board is aggressive and stiff for a park board but dang it’s fun! Weight: Average. Flex: For a park board, the [...]




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Binding Review: 11-12 Burton Diode
Written By: Shayboarder
Location: Mammoth Mountain, CA Snow Conditions: Hardpacked to icy groomers. Setup: I rode the Burton Diode bindings on the Burton Feelgood Flying V with my Vans Ferra Boots size 8. Time to set up the binding: This setup was average time to set up for the demo. Once we knew the size, it was easy to [...]




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Binding Review: 11-12 Burton Scribe
Written By: Shayboarder
Location: Mammoth Mountain, CA Snow Conditions: Hardpacked to icy groomers. Setup: I rode the Burton Scribes on the Burton Nug with my Vans Ferra Boots size 8. Time to set up the binding: This was a pretty quick setup to get going thanks to the knowledgable demo guy. He grabbed the Nug, the Scribe bindings [...]




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Northstar 1/18/12
Written By: Shayboarder
Things are about to change in Tahoe; the sunshine has disappeared and clouds are starting to reappear on the mountains. It’s a sign that snow is coming. After the dismal conditions at Mammoth, I headed north to get in soft groomer laps at Northstar today. The decision paid off with long laps, runs through the [...]




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Goggle Review: Arnette Mercenary
Written By: Shayboarder
Intended Purpose: The Mercenary is Arnette’s ultimate goggle for style and performance technology to meet the demands on the mountain. Location: I wore the goggle at Mammoth and June in California and Park City in Utah. Conditions: Mix of sunny bluebird days to overcast cloudy days on the mountain. Color: I received the Mercenary goggles [...]




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Facemask Friday: Airhole
Written By: Shayboarder
When it comes to keeping your face warm on the mountain, facemasks do the job.  On the deep powder days, they keep you from breathing in the snow.  On the sunny days, they keep you from getting burnt.  On windy days, they keep your face from going numb.  Gone are the days that you have [...]




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Northstar 1/11/12
Written By: Shayboarder
After a late night with the ShreddyTimes crew, today started with a beautiful view of Lake Tahoe and a fun day of shred on the slopes. Sometimes the best cure for a late night is getting moving and turning again. Ashley and I headed back to Northstar to get in a couple midday laps together before [...]




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Snowboard Review: 11-12 Burton Nug
Written By: Shayboarder
Location: Mammoth, CA Snow Conditions: Hardpacked to icy conditions. Setup: I rode the Burton Nug with Burton Scribe bindings and Vans Ferra boots size 8. Size: 142cm. First Impression: As long as I don’t look down, I feel pretty good on this thing and it’s just plain fun to ride. Weight: Average. Flex: The Nug [...]




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Northstar 1/10/12
Written By: Shayboarder
With no new snow in California and the roads clear to explore, it meant heading up to Northstar for a couple days to get in riding time. I was really stoked because it meant being able to hang out with the Shreddy Times crew when we got off the mountain. I made the drive from [...]




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Binding Review: 11-12 Malavita Restricted
Written By: Shayboarder
Location: Mammoth Mountain, CA Snow Conditions: Hardpacked to icy groomers. Setup: I rode the Burton Malavita Restricted bindings on the Burton Aftermath with my Vans Ferra Boots size 8. Time to set up the binding: This setup was average time to set up for the demo. Once we knew the size, it was easy to get [...]




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Binding Review: 11-12 Burton Escapades
Written By: Shayboarder
Location: Mammoth Mountain, CA Snow Conditions: Hardpacked to icy groomers. Setup: I rode the Burton Escapades on the Burton Fortress with my Vans Ferra Boots size 8. Time to set up the binding: This setup took the longest time because of the demo guy not knowing how to properly. Halfway through I noticed the bindings were [...]




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Mammoth 1/7/12
Written By: Shayboarder
It’s the second day of the Burton demo tour, so today meant an early start to make the most of the mountain with the early groomed conditions. The crowds have died down from the holidays so most of the day wasn’t too busy in the Chair 6 lift line. My camera battery died early in [...]




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Snowboard Review: 11-12 Burton Fortress
Written By: Shayboarder
Location: Mammoth, CA Snow Conditions: Hardpacked to icy conditions. Setup: I rode the Burton Fortress with Burton Escapades bindings and Vans Ferra boots size 8. Size: 154cm. First Impression: Camber compliments the Fortress with a charging handling for the whole mountain. Weight: Lighter than average. Flex: The Fortress rode longitudinally stiffer with a slight torsional [...]




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Goggle Review: Spy + Les Ettes Bias
Written By: Shayboarder
Intended Purpose: The sleek smaller frame of the Spy Bias meets the fashion mavens at Les Ettes for a fun signature model. The Spy + Les Ettes Bias is packed full of Spy’s features like Carl Zeiss vision and Scoop ventilation system with fresh matte accents, a signature multi-colored polka dot strap and “you stink” [...]




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Get your shred fix from your phone
Written By: Shayboarder
In this day and age, boredom is when you turn to your smartphone to check out the latest updates on social media, play on Words with Friends or go for the win with Angry Birds. But for snowboarders, there’s a new game in town that lets you get your shred fix while hanging around. SummitX [...]




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Mammoth 1/6/12
Written By: Shayboarder
It’s a good time of year when the Burton demo tour rolls into town. It means getting on the snow to try out a bunch of gear in three days. Today was busy in the tents as the masses came up to try out the 2012 gear and get a feel for what Burton offers. It [...]




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Heavenly 1/4/12
Written By: Shayboarder
With the lack of snow in Mammoth, it was an easy decision to visit my friend Ashley at Heavenly for two days of riding. Tahoe seems to be better off with snow coverage and snowmaking capabilities so you don’t get too much impact damage on the mountain. It’s been a couple years since I’ve visited [...]




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Get Decked with Arnette Contest Winner!
Written By: Shayboarder
2011 was a great year for Arnette but 2012 is going to be an even better year for a lucky winner who gets to rock Arnette all season! Thanks to Arnette, we offered up a rad prize pack with sunglasses, goggles and goodies to one lucky winner! All it took was three likes by midnight [...]




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Heavenly 1/5/12
Written By: Shayboarder
Two days in heaven. That’s exactly what I needed and received at Heavenly Mountain. Today was even better than yesterday, which I thought wasn’t possible since I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face yesterday. It’s amazing how good, fun people can make a day on the mountain the best. This morning the timing worked out [...]




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Facemask Friday: Wrong Gear
Written By: Shayboarder
When it comes to keeping your face warm on the mountain, facemasks do the job. On the deep powder days, they keep you from breathing in the snow. On the sunny days, they keep you from getting burnt. On windy days, they keep your face from going numb. Gone are the days that you have [...]




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June Mountain 1/3/11
Written By: Shayboarder
The vibe at June Mountain has always been great. It’s a mountain that is full of good times. I finally talked the skier into joining me for a June day despite the park not being insanely huge right now. We ended up having a great day on the slopes, working on tricks in the mini [...]




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Goggle Review: Oakley Airbrake
Written By: Shayboarder
Intended Purpose: Ease and comfort – that’s the Airbrake goggle. With the SwitchLock™ Technology you can switch out lenses quickly with the push of a lever and the goggle is packed full of comfort to eliminate pressure. Location: I wore the goggle at Mammoth and June in California, Canyons in Utah and Keystone in Colorado. Conditions: Majority of [...]




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The end of 2011 and the beginning of 2012
Written By: Shayboarder
Happy New Year! Things don’t quite always go as planned. That was definitely true for 2011. For 2012, I’m hoping for the best and optimistic for the future. Last year I found a new passion with mountain biking and I kept writing on this amazing snowboard blog. 2012 brings the unknown but change can mean new [...]




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June Mountain 1/1/12
Written By: Shayboarder
It felt really good to start 2012 on the slopes. Snowboarding makes me happy. It might not have been powder or a ton of terrain, but sometimes it can be one run doing something you love to make it matter. I hope everyone else enjoyed a good start to 2012. This time of year means new [...]




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Review: Smith Allure Helmet
Written By: Shayboarder
Intended Purpose: The Allure helmet is designed for women wanting a lightweight helmet with super plush comfort and style. Appearance: I ended up with the Allure helmet in the black pearl colorway. It’s a shiny gloss helmet with the black color option, the inside fleece tricot liner is a grey/silver ish coloring with a super plush [...]




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Win a dream trip + gear from evo!
Written By: Shayboarder
2011 is almost over but 2012 could be a great New Year…especially if you win a ripping good time vacation from evo to Red Mountain Resort. All it takes is an entry into the evo contest and you can skip the resort experience for a thousand of acres of terrain all to yourself. Many more famous [...]




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Snowboard Review: 11-12 Arbor Coda
Written By: Shayboarder
Location: Mammoth, CA Snow Conditions: Mostly hardpacked conditions with some soft spots. Setup: I rode the Arbor Coda with my Union Team and Bent Metal Mortal bindings and Vans Veil Boots size 8. Size: 155cm. First Impression: The Mountain System gave the Coda a lot more life Weight: Average. Flex: The Coda is built for all mountain riding so the flex [...]




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Footbed Friday: Remind Insoles
Written By: Shayboarder
When it comes to keeping your feet comfortable on the mountain, footbeds are the most important accessory to your snowboard boots. Sure you put them in your boots all winter and forget about them but they make your winter last longer with better foot protection. Every couple weeks I’ll be throwing a Footbed Friday into the [...]




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Mammoth 12/27/11
Written By: Shayboarder
Snow matters. Good snow conditions can help bring out skiers and snowboarders while bad conditions can mean finding other things to do instead of skiing/riding. I got back yesterday into town with a clear drive over Yosemite which is insane that there is no snow on that pass right now. I knew what to expect today: [...]




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Get Decked with Arnette Contest!
Written By: Shayboarder
2011 was certainly a good year for Arnette. They came back into the spotlight, rounded up a rad team of riders to represent them and brought back their signature goggles to snowboarding. Now it’s your chance to get decked out with Arnette and rock a variety of shades from them plus keep them protected this [...]




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Merry Christmas!
Written By: Shayboarder
With the Yosemite highway passes open (normally snowed in) it was an easy decision to leave Mammoth Lakes for a Christmas in San Jose with my family. I just want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas! I hope you get to be with your friends and family over the holidays. Merry Christmas from Capitadog and myself!




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Binding Review: Bent Metal Mortal
Written By: Shayboarder
Location: Mammoth Mountain and June Mountain, CA Snow Conditions: Hardpacked to icy groomers. Setup: I rode the Bent Metal Mortal on the Arbor Coda with my Vans Veil Boots size 8. Time to set up the binding: Took a couple minutes to familiarize myself with the Bent Metal bindings, then it was just dialing in the bindings to [...]




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Ride Snowboards Backpack Giveaway Winner!
Written By: Shayboarder
Just in case you didn’t get what you wanted for Christmas, I wanted to make sure someone had a chance to win a rad backpack to kick off the 2012 season.The 2012 Ride Rucksac backpack was up for grabs and all it took to be entered was a comment and you were entered to win. [...]




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June Mountain 12/21/11
Written By: Shayboarder
After the madness at Mammoth yesterday, I opted to take a 15 minute drive down to the highway to June Mountain. Termed “California’s best kept secret,” it really is a hidden gem of a mountain. Last season I had my best powder days at June, so deep and never tracked out so you had endless [...]




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Review: Bonfire Banked Fleece Jacket
Written By: Shayboarder
Intended Purpose: The Bonfire Banked Fleece is essential for the mountains. The jacket is designed with a fleece lining for snowboarding (or around town) and an accented hood. It’s a great collection for layering on the mountain during the cold winter or warm spring conditions. Fit: It was designed to be a layering piece in the [...]




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Facemask Friday: Phunkshun
Written By: Shayboarder
When it comes to keeping your face warm on the mountain, facemasks do the job.  On the deep powder days, they keep you from breathing in the snow.  On the sunny days, they keep you from getting burnt.  On windy days, they keep your face from going numb.  Gone are the days that you have [...]




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Mammoth 12/19/11
Written By: Shayboarder
Exactly one year ago today, I was riding over three feet of snow and this year I’m riding manmade snow with really sketchy conditions. It’s pretty crazy the variety of seasons that can come to Mammoth. I’ve been out of town the last couple days to spend time with family and came back to a [...]




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Glove Review: 686 Fracture
Written By: Shayboarder
Intended Purpose: These women’s gloves are designed to be a pipe glove for spring conditions. But I disagree, they offer a warmer fit than I think pipe gloves should be. I consider them an all around glove that could be used on cold days and warmer days. Location: I’ve been wearing these gloves during the early [...]




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Mammoth 12/20/11
Written By: Shayboarder
The good news? The mountain is open. The bad news? Holiday crowds are riding limited terrain and manmade snow conditions. Today we headed up together for laps but stuck to South Park to ride the park. It’s frustrating because I’d love to ride other stuff but there’s really nothing open other than parks and riding [...]




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Goggle Review: Smith I/O
Written By: Shayboarder
Intended Purpose: Interchangeable ease meets stylish functionality for the mountain. The I/O goggles are popular for good reason, good visibility with great functionality. Location: I rode the goggles mostly at Mammoth during early season and Copper, Colorado for the Grand Prix. Conditions: Since these goggles arrived for early season, I’ve ridden them on a majority of sunny [...]




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Ride Snowboards Backpack Giveaway!
Written By: Shayboarder
Christmas is a giving time of year. To celebrate the Christmas spirit, I’d like to make sure someone has a rad backpack to kick off the 2012 season and a pack they could use for anything from snowboarding to school to work. Here’s your chance to win a 2011/12 Ride Rucksac backpack, with tons of space [...]




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Snowboard Review: 11-12 Arbor Blacklist
Written By: Shayboarder
Location: Mammoth, CA Snow Conditions: Mostly hardpacked conditions with some soft spots. Setup: I rode the Arbor Blacklist with my Union Team, Flux GU15 and GNU B-Famous bindings and Vans Veil Boots size 8. Size: 154cm. First Impression: Very fun and playful mid-wide park board without being a noodle Weight: Average. Flex: The Blacklist is on the softer side of the [...]




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Facemask Friday: Pom Pom
Written By: Shayboarder
When it comes to keeping your face warm on the mountain, facemasks do the job.  On the deep powder days, they keep you from breathing in the snow.  On the sunny days, they keep you from getting burnt.  On windy days, they keep your face from going numb.  Gone are the days that you have [...]




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Binding Review: 11-12 GNU B-Famous
Written By: Shayboarder
Location: Mammoth Mountain, CA Snow Conditions: Hardpacked to icy groomers. Setup: I rode the GNU B-Famous on the Arbor Wasteland with my Vans Veil Boots size 8. Time to set up the binding: Mounted the bindings up, then grabbed my boots to make sure they fit in the bindings and adjusted the straps to work with my boots. [...]




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Park City Mountain Resort 12/11/11
Written By: Shayboarder
In my opinion, Park City Mountain Resort has it all. You have amazing parks with tons of jumps and features built to perfection, tons of acreage for freeriders to play on and a vibe that makes you feel welcome and want to come back for more. Plus you can also get a Cobradog. It was [...]




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Binding Review: 11-12 Flux GU15
Written By: Shayboarder
Location: Mammoth Mountain, CA Snow Conditions: Hardpacked to icy groomers. Setup: I rode the Flux GU15 on the Arbor Wasteland with my Vans Veil Boots size 8. Time to set up the binding: Pretty average time to set up the bindings. Adjusted the binding straps to fit my boots better but that didn’t take more than a couple [...]




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Grand Prix Copper: Men’s & Women’s Superpipe Finals
Written By: Shayboarder
A couple weeks ago I was watching Copper put the finishing touch on their always perfect Superpipe and now I”m seeing the best riders in the world completely dominant it. Today was the Grand Prix Superpipe Finals at Copper Mountain in Colorado. The best pipe riders throwing down for their chance at winning cash, getting [...]




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Keystone 12/9/11
Written By: Shayboarder
It feels great to be back in Colorado. It’s well worth the drive from California for a ton of events going on, seeing friends and better conditions. Today we headed to Keystone to get in some early morning laps before the Grand Prix at Copper in the afternoon. The snow conditions had good coverage, parks [...]




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Represent the Cottonwoods
Written By: Shayboarder
Utah snowboarders already get some amazing snow, great local shops and now a rad collaboration that represents the Utah snowboard scene. For those whose heart, soul and snowboard are inspired by the Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons in Utah, can now own a limited edition Crowbar goggle collaboration from Oakley and Milosport designed by Jared [...]




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Canyons 12/8/11
Written By: Shayboarder
A detour can lead to many great things. Today’s detour included a morning stop at the Canyons Resort in Utah to get our fix of skiing and snowboarding. The best part of today was the resort to ourselves, soft snow groomers and fun turns with friends. We woke up in Park City and headed to [...]




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Colorado Snowboard Archive Grand Opening
Written By: Shayboarder
Colorado has played a pivotal role in snowboarding. There is so much history of snowboard production, riding and resorts in this area that it was only a matter of time before it was collected and shown to the masses. Thanks to Trent Bush, David Allen and Kurt Olesek there is finally a place in the [...]




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Footbed Friday: Shredsoles
Written By: Shayboarder
When it comes to keeping your feet comfortable on the mountain, footbeds are the most important accessory to your snowboard boots. Sure you put them in your boots all winter and forget about them but they make your winter last longer with better foot protection. Every couple weeks I’ll be throwing a Footbed Friday into the [...]




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Shay Update: Grand Prix at Copper!
Written By: Shayboarder
You know sometimes when life gives you lemons, you just make lemonade and rally through to something better. That’s what is currently going on with myself so rather than sit around and do nothing, I’m making the most of my current situation and heading out to Colorado for the Copper Grand Prix. It’s the first [...]




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Shayboarder and Zion – Wonk Snowboard Giveaway!
Written By: Shayboarder
“The Wonk is Zion’s all mountain jibbing board. It’s built tough despite the softer flexing jibber attitude it’s designed for. This is a great option for those wanting a all mountain freestyle board that isn’t overpriced. It’s quality built and it shows in how it handles.” Last month I reviewed the Zion Wonk snowboard and [...]




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Shay’s Snowboarding Holiday Gift Guide!
Written By: Shayboarder
Wondering what to get the special skier or snowboarder for the holidays? Look no further, here are 10 gift ideas that won’t break your bank account and they’ll be stoked to use on the mountain. From the ease of comfortable socks, to keeping goggles protected to rocking a new hat, here’s a couple options for [...]




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Review: Coal V-Neck Gator
Written By: Shayboarder
Intended Purpose: The Coal V-Neck Gator is a two sided micro tech fleece designed to be lightweight and bandana style for the mountain. Appearance: I received the V-Neck Gator in the purple colorway which is entirely purple with the coal branding all over. I like the bright color but there are other options that aren’t as [...]




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Lifetime Collective Gear Giveaway Winner!
Written By: Shayboarder
What do women want when it comes to snowboard outerwear? All the ladies had a chance to give their input on Solstice Supply’s fanpage to be entered to win a box of Lifetime Collective Gear. Tons of women put in their favorite brands and reasons why they rock them. But now it’s time to announce [...]




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Boreal 11/26/11
Written By: Shayboarder
I had spent Thanksgiving in Mammoth but an invite to Tahoe for the weekend was hard to turn down. We headed up on Friday night after a day of rest to visit the Tahoe family house and hang out with my brother’s extended family. Thanks to Jon at Boreal we were all able to spend [...]




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Northstar 11/27/11
Written By: Shayboarder
What a day. Today made my Thanksgiving weekend. Maybe it was the lack of crowds, the good conditions, the sunshine or maybe it was all those combined with good people. Ever since visiting Northstar last weekend, it just keeps getting better and better. Today we woke up early, left a sleeping house in North Tahoe and [...]




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Ladies! Enter to win Lifetime Collective Gear!
Written By: Shayboarder
After a weekend of stuffing your face full of food, it’s time for a giveaway! The crew from Solstice Supply want to hear what the ladies think for this contest. Here’s your chance to win a whole box of Lifetime Collective Gear goodies from Solstice Supply so you can be decked out this winter! This [...]




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Gearing up for the Season: Backcountry Gear!
Written By: Shayboarder
My first taste of the backcountry was years ago when a friend took me out on a borrowed splitboard and backcountry gear to “earn my turns.” It was tough with lots of sweat but it was also a blast and it felt amazing to ride terrain I hadn’t dreamed of. Since then I’ve slowly been [...]




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Mammoth 11/29/11
Written By: Shayboarder
It was hard to believe it is almost December on the mountain, the conditions are like spring and the warm weather was out in full blast. Luckily the winds helped cool you down but it was definitely a hoodie kind of riding day on the slopes. I headed out for a ride break with the [...]




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Snowboard Review: 11-12 Arbor Poparazzi
Written By: Shayboarder
Location: Mammoth, CA + Boreal, CA + Northstar, CA Snow Conditions: Hardpacked to softpacked snow. Setup: I rode the Arbor Poparazzi with Union Atlas Team bindings and Vans Veil Boots size 8. Size: 152cm. First Impression: Camber isn’t dead – it feels too good to get back on it. Weight: Average Flex: On the softer side longitudinally with some stiffer flex [...]




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Mammoth 11/30/11
Written By: Shayboarder
In my opinion, a good park chair offers up the best views, quickest laps and good people. Chair 6 at Mammoth definitely offers up all three of that list. I hit Chair 6 to get my park fix today, a little disgruntled at the lack of snow so the rest of the mountain can open [...]




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Lapping the mountain with AlpineReplay
Written By: Shayboarder
In October I upgraded to a new phone and started using apps to make my mountain experience better. One of those apps was AlpineReplay, a free app designed to track the mountain experience on any mountain that delivers your riding stats from vertical feet, to mph, to calories burned. AlpineReplay works on any iPhone or [...]




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Facemask Friday: Airhole
Written By: Shayboarder
When it comes to keeping your face warm on the mountain, facemasks do the job.  On the deep powder days, they keep you from breathing in the snow.  On the sunny days, they keep you from getting burnt.  On windy days, they keep your face from going numb.  Gone are the days that you have [...]




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Facemask Friday: Wrong Gear
Written By: Shayboarder
When it comes to keeping your face warm on the mountain, facemasks do the job. On the deep powder days, they keep you from breathing in the snow. On the sunny days, they keep you from getting burnt. On windy days, they keep your face from going numb. Gone are the days that you have [...]




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Mammoth 11/23/11
Written By: Shayboarder
Last year I believe it was almost January before the pipe was completed. This year it’s November and the Mammoth 22′ pipe opened today, a whole month before last season. It helped make the mountain look a little bit more like winter but we still need more snow to make for a total winter experience. I [...]




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Mammoth 11/24/11: Happy Thanksgiving!
Written By: Shayboarder
When you work for a ski resort, you get used to working holidays and never enjoying the day off. This year, I was expecting to spend Thanksgiving with family so I asked for the time off but I ended up staying in Mammoth instead for my days off. I wasn’t sure about riding on Thanksgiving [...]




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Review: Aerial 7 Neo Headphones
Written By: Shayboarder
Intended Purpose: Feel your music while blocking out the rest of the world. Good for the mountain or whatever else you need them for. The Neo ear buds have a built in microphone so you can use them for phone calls. Sound: Pretty clear sound but I’m no sound expert. They work, they play my songs [...]




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Mammoth 11/17/11
Written By: Shayboarder
On Thursday, the winds were starting to pick up on the slopes just in time for a lunch ride break with friends. I texted around to see who was coming up and got the girls together for a couple laps. There was a brief detour of snowboarding since Liz and I got stuck on Chair [...]




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Northstar 11/20/11
Written By: Shayboarder
One of my goals this season has been to explore and ride a variety of other mountains in California. Tahoe received new snow yesterday just in time for Northstar’s Opening Weekend so we packed up the car and headed to Tahoe last night so we could get first tracks this morning. The best part was [...]




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Gearing up for the Season: Oakley
Written By: Shayboarder
Typically I wear one set of outerwear each year but this season, I’m able to try out multiple brands on the slopes. After meeting with Oakley at SIA last season, I got in touch with them to see about goggles and ended up with a whole kit from head to toe for the season. I [...]




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Mammoth 11/21/11
Written By: Shayboarder
Only a couple days till Thanksgiving and it’s starting to pick up around town and the mountain already. My Monday morning started with bluebird skies and leftover powder from the weekend. By the time I made it onto the slopes to meet up with friends, the winds had picked up and more terrain had opened [...]




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These boots were made for boardin’
Written By: Shayboarder
One of the most important components to a good day on the mountain is what protects and cushions your feet. Determined by fit, a suitable snowboard boots gives you an amazing day on the mountain without knowing it. Of course quality and durability go hand in hand with the decision process. Since I won’t review [...]




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Facemask Friday: Pom Pom
Written By: Shayboarder
When it comes to keeping your face warm on the mountain, facemasks do the job.  On the deep powder days, they keep you from breathing in the snow.  On the sunny days, they keep you from getting burnt.  On windy days, they keep your face from going numb.  Gone are the days that you have [...]




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Boreal 11/11/11
Written By: Shayboarder
As I made my way up to Northern California to visit family, a stop at Boreal was the most logical choice for a detour. They opened in October for the season but I missed opening weekend since I was in San Francisco. Today it was an easy stop off the highway for a couple park [...]




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Shayboarder on Instagram
Written By: Shayboarder
Since becoming an iPhone owner, I’ve loved being able to capture daily moments and post them up on Instagram. It’s becoming addicting and allows me to share my life in new ways. I’ve also been sharing them more frequently on Twitter and Facebook but the majority are still posted to Instagram. If you have an instagram account, [...]




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Help the hottest brands get to ISPO!
Written By: Shayboarder
Getting to the ISPO Tradeshow is a pretty big deal for small brands and each year, the ISPO does a brand new award for the hottest brands in the industry. This year a couple familiar faces are in the running and need your vote to make sure they have a chance to show at ISPO [...]




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Review: Dakine Carry-on Roller
Written By: Shayboarder
Intended Purpose: The carry-on roller matches its name. It’s built for traveling by plane, easy to carry on and quick to roll through the airport with. It’s compact and lightweight with enough room for your travel needs. It comes in women’s designs and men’s designs so you don’t have to sport the basic black carry-on [...]




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Gearing up for the season: 686
Written By: Shayboarder
Usually I know exactly what outerwear I want the second I see it at the SIA Tradeshow but 686 was hard to choose from this year. They really do a good job of making designs for every style of rider. But there were so many options to consider: going bright, going snaggletooth or just going [...]




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Mammoth 11/15/11
Written By: Shayboarder
We opened last Thursday for the season but I was gone for an extended weekend so didn’t get to ride Mammoth till today. Conditions were hardpacked still early season snow with bluebird skies. There weren’t too many people on the slopes so each run you pretty much went right up to the gates. I headed [...]




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Moving forward with Danny
Written By: Shayboarder
When I think of Danny Toumarkine, I think of his laugh, his smile and seeing him snowboarding in the summer. He’s an awesome person to be around and I was lucky to spend the summer at Windells Camp watching him kill it on the mountain. Last winter Danny suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) during [...]




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Snowboard Review: 11-12 Zion Wonk
Written By: Shayboarder
Location: Mammoth, CA and Boreal, CA Snow Conditions: Mostly hardpacked conditions with some soft spots. Setup: I rode the Zion Wonk with my Union Team bindings and Vans Veil Boots size 8. Size: 152cm. First Impression: The Wonk’s full of fun without paying a ton. Weight: Average. Flex: The Wonk is built for all mountain jibbing so it’s on the softer [...]




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Mammoth Opening Day 11/10/11
Written By: Shayboarder
You know it’s a good day when the season finally kicks off at your home mountain. It means first turns, powder turns and tons of fun ahead. I was really forward to today, it was finally my mountain that was opening up for the season. After the last snowfall and snowmaking, there was more than [...]




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Footbed Friday: Shredsoles
Written By: Shayboarder
When it comes to keeping your feet comfortable on the mountain, footbeds are the most important accessory to your snowboard boots. Sure you put them in your boots all winter and forget about them but they make your winter last longer with better foot protection. Every couple weeks I’ll be throwing a Footbed Friday into the [...]




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Shay Update: Opening Day + Family Weekend
Written By: Shayboarder
A couple years ago, I would have chosen snowboarding over my family. I was younger and needed the freedom to be away, make my own decisions and follow my own path. As I’ve grown older and experienced the freedom, it has pushed me closer to my family and was part of the reason I was [...]




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Gearing up for the season: Snow Boots!
Written By: Shayboarder
When you live in the mountains, dealing with snow becomes everyday life. Often before the plows or shovels come out, you are wading around in deep snow to get to your vehicle, to get to work and to get around town. When I first moved to the mountains years ago, I bought a pair of [...]




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100 Day Perspective: Union Team Forces
Written By: Shayboarder
100 days is the true test of wear and tear on snowboard gear. It determines whether a company builds gear for the 100 day rider or builds gear for the average snowday rider. Over the past couple years, only a couple products have made the 100 day test. After 100 days, they get the perspectives [...]




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Goggle Review: Bollé Simmer
Written By: Shayboarder
Intended Purpose: The Bolle Simmer is designed to fit small to medium face in a compact design with distortion free vision. Location: I rode these goggles in the early season at Mammoth Mountain. Conditions: The early season conditions were a lot of stormy days with overcast skies, crappy flatlight and a couple rare bluebird moments. Color: I received [...]




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Adidas Style Your Own Goggle Giveaway Winner!
Written By: Shayboarder
Rather than have people blend in on the mountain, it was time to reward creativity and standing out. That’s where the Adidas Style Your Own goggles came into play. It’s a goggle you could design and transform to your own creativity. For this week’s contest, all it took was a comment to describe what you would [...]




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Mammoth Opens this Week!
Written By: Shayboarder
After being jealous of the early season in Colorado the past couple weeks, it’s finally time for Mammoth to open for the 2011/12 season. Opening Day is this Thursday, November 10. It’s my second season here in California so definitely looking forward to the slopes opening nearby and being able to ride around the state [...]




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K2 Snowboards Backpack Giveaway Winner!
Written By: Shayboarder
Whether it’s your first time in the backcountry or you just need a pack to carry your gear around; having a snowboard specific backpack makes all the difference. K2 Snowboards offered up the 11-12 K2 Sentinel backpack for a giveaway, so I asked you guys why you needed it. The comments were a good mix of [...]




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Adidas Style Your Own Goggle Giveaway!
Written By: Shayboarder
It can be easy to blend in on the mountain but how about standing out and creating your own style? Adidas Goggles makes it easy with their ID2 Style Your Own goggles, designed for those wanting a bit more creative when it comes to their eyewear. Here’s your chance to win the Adidas Style Your Own [...]




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Review: Airhole Tie Up Mask
Written By: Shayboarder
Intended Purpose: Airhole designs their masks with a signature airhole design at the mouth so you can inhale/exhale easily, drink water through it and shred all day with good breathability. Appearance: I received the Tie Up Mask with the gigantic logo print but with a mix of blue/purple/pinkish stripes. Some of the other masks are crazy [...]




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Start the Season Right!
Written By: Shayboarder
For many of us, our local mountains haven’t opened and we haven’t quite leaped into the full blown winter season yet. But it’s coming and it’ll be before you know it. If you were like me this year, you probably stored your gear away without thinking twice about it. But it’s time to bring your [...]




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Review: Speck x Burton Fitted iPhone Case
Written By: Shayboarder
Intended Purpose: The Speck x Burton Fitted iPhone case is a collaboration between Speck and Burton that delivers the protective quality of Speck and the visually stimulating patterns from Burton. It makes your iPhone look better with a better feel to it. Fit: This is a two piece hard shell design that snaps and locks [...]




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Footbed Friday: Remind Insoles
Written By: Shayboarder
When it comes to keeping your feet comfortable on the mountain, footbeds are the most important accessory to your snowboard boots. Sure you put them in your boots all winter and forget about them but they make your winter last longer with better foot protection. Every couple weeks I’ll be throwing a Footbed Friday into the [...]




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San Francisco Downtown Throwdown
Written By: Shayboarder
It all started in Seattle and from there it took off. The Downtown Throwdown has been about urban jibbing from the beginning, bringing the snow to people in the cities who might have ever seen anything like it. Over the past couple years Snowboy Productions has grown the contest into the big event it is [...]




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Facemask Friday: Pom Pom
Written By: Shayboarder
When it comes to keeping your face warm on the mountain, facemasks do the job.  On the deep powder days, they keep you from breathing in the snow.  On the sunny days, they keep you from getting burnt.  On windy days, they keep your face from going numb.  Gone are the days that you have [...]




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Review: Remind Insoles
Written By: Shayboarder
Intended Purpose: The Remind insoles offer the cush version meant for those hard days on the mountain and keeping your feet comfortable on the slopes, in the air and on the landings when you want more cushion for you feet. Appearance: There are definitely other options that I love the designs more but the blue cush [...]




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2012 Season Goals
Written By: Shayboarder
Time flies when you are having fun! That’s certainly the case considering this winter will be my 18th season snowboarding (crazy huh!). Each year I try to progress my snowboarding, share the journey and have fun doing it. This year I’m looking forward to another winter in California, riding new mountains and progress my own [...]




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Downtown Throwdown in San Francisco this Weekend!
Written By: Shayboarder
The streets of San Francisco are getting a touch of snowboarding this weekend.  Snowboy Productions is bringing the Downtown Throwdown to San Francisco this weekend, Saturday October 29 for four hours of the best of urban shredding. For the past five years, the Downtown Throwdown has grown from a small local contest to one of [...]




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100 Day Perspective: Vans Veil
Written By: Shayboarder
100 days can seem like a lot or a little depending on how many days you ride each season. Over the past couple years, only a couple products have endured the 100 day mark. After 100 days they get the perspectives post to identify how they look after so many days, how durable they are [...]




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K2 Snowboards Backpack Giveaway!
Written By: Shayboarder
When it comes to snowboarding on the mountain, sometimes all your stuff can’t fit in your pockets and you need the extra space of a backpack.  It keeps everything in one place and allows you to bring the essentials especially when traveling in the backcountry. If you’ve been thinking about playing in the backcountry or [...]




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Boston Art of Flight Premiere Ticket Winners!
Written By: Shayboarder
This year’s biggest film is about to land in Massachuesetts which meant it was the perfect timing to give away tickets to see it!  I received five pairs of tickets to the Art of Flight premiere in Boston for Thursday night and gave people two chances to be winners.  Three pairs of tickets were set [...]




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A Visit to Mimi’s Cookie Bar!
Written By: Shayboarder
When it comes to skiing and snowboarding, cookies are probably the last thing to be considered alongside our favorite outdoor activity. But in Mammoth Lakes, CA cookies are being served up near the slopes in an assortment of flavors with a variety of healthy options. It was only last month that Mimi’s Cookie Bar went [...]




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1 in 4
Written By: Shayboarder
Everyday I open myself up as a snowboarder to the world but I still remain closed off on the interior of who I am. I’ve been meaning to share my story for years but still never have. Maybe it was feeling ashamed, scared or just trying to let time heal wounds…who knows.  It’s October, [...]




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Footbed Friday: Shredsoles
Written By: Shayboarder
When it comes to keeping your feet comfortable on the mountain, footbeds are the most important accessory to your snowboard boots. Sure you put them in your boots all winter and forget about them but they make your winter last longer with better foot protection. Every couple weeks I’ll be throwing a Footbed Friday into the [...]




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Review: Coal Frena NWA
Written By: Shayboarder
Intended Purpose: This knitted neckwarmer is built for the rugged cold of the mountains. It’s best for the chilly negative temp days because the material in thick but breathable. Appearance: I received the Frena in the turquoise color choice which happens to be my favorite option. The rest of the color choices are bright colors that [...]




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Snowboard Review: 11-12 Venture Storm Splitboard
Written By: Shayboarder
Location: Mammoth, CA Snow Conditions: Mixture of slushy snow to leftover soft snow to hardpacked conditions. Setup: I rode the Venture Storm splitboard with Spark R&D Blaze bindings and Vans Veil Boots size 8. Size: 156cm. First Impression: A good trek on the way up, even better on the way down the mountain. Weight: Average Ease of Use: Setting up the [...]




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2011-2012 Snowboard Review
Written By: Shayboarder
Each year, the goal is the same. To ride, review and describe how a snowboard rides to the average snowboarder. These aren’t boards put through Alaska powder riding or 80 foot jumps, these are boards ridden at resorts in varying conditions and reviewed by the same standards each time. Each season I hit the slopes [...]




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Review: NXTZ Dual Layer Neck Tube
Written By: Shayboarder
Intended Purpose: Designed to keep your neck ultra warm and protected on the slopes. Meant for unpleasant weather conditions and those cold days on the slopes. Appearance: I received the Markovich 2 artwork necktube, it’s pretty rad to check out the art up close and rock something that’s totally different than the standard colors/prints. It’s original [...]




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Snowboard Review: 11-12 Never Summer Premier F1
Written By: Shayboarder
Location: Mammoth, CA Snow Conditions: Mixture of hardpacked icy conditions to soft packed slushy conditions. Setup: I rode the Never Summer Premier F1 with my Union Team bindings and Vans Veil Boots size 8. Size: 159cm. First Impression: The Premier has always been that board for freeriders to the core. Weight: Average. Flex: The Premier F1 is on the stiffer side [...]




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Win Tickets to the Boston Art of Flight Premiere!
Written By: Shayboarder
There’s no doubt that Art of Flight is one of those films that’s meant for the big screen. The scenery, the riding and the sound effects are much bigger than your laptop or home tv can really showcase.  For those on the east coast, Art of Flight will be premiering in Massachusetts next week and [...]




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Glove Review: Swany Arctic
Written By: Shayboarder
Intended Purpose: These women’s mittens are part of the Swany Toaster Collection that help generate heat to keep your hands warm. They have the warmth of a mitt with the flexibility of a glove. Location: I wore these throughout most of the winter at Mammoth and June Mountain. Conditions: I used these mittens on powder days and [...]




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Support Snowboard Films
Written By: Shayboarder
Within minutes, a snowboard film can be downloaded and watched. Instead of the anticipation of waiting weeks for your local shop to get the much requested video; you can now bypass them and get every video that’s released that year without thinking twice. But you should think twice. Think about the film crew that worked hard [...]




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evo Celebrates 10 years!
Written By: Shayboarder
Over the past 10 years, evo has gone from online shop to brick ‘n mortar to becoming more than just a snowboard shop. Over the years evo has hosted many ski/snowboard film premieres, art exhibits in the gallery and many other fun events. When I lived in Seattle, evo was my local shop and it’s [...]




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2011-2012 Binding Review
Written By: Shayboarder
The first snow has fallen, resorts around the US are opening up and all the 2011/12 gear will be hitting the slopes soon!  Each year before the season begins, I get to test and try out different bindings to review.  Eventually this list will be expanded but here’s the collection of bindings I was able [...]




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Snow in Mammoth!
Written By: Shayboarder
Yesterday the mountain received a fresh dusting of white and kept up cold temperatures for most of the day.  Today I woke up to a blanket of white and headed outside to walk the dog in a snowy wonderland.  It’s pretty amazing to think that less than 3 months ago we were open for riding [...]




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Hey Readers! Your 11-12 Review Input!
Written By: Shayboarder
It’s a great feeling to know that winter is almost here!  A fresh blanket of snow was seen on the mountain yesterday that helped brighten my day and made me realize I need to hear your input on reviews for this upcoming season!  I want to hear from you what boards/bindings to ride and review [...]




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Facemask Friday: Wrong Gear
Written By: Shayboarder
When it comes to keeping your face warm on the mountain, facemasks do the job. On the deep powder days, they keep you from breathing in the snow. On the sunny days, they keep you from getting burnt. On windy days, they keep your face from going numb. Gone are the [...]




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Review: DC Amo Jacket
Written By: Shayboarder
Intended Purpose: The DC Amo Jacket is an insulated snowboard jacket with 5k/5k and critically taped seams.  It’s a great option for drier snowboard climates while still protecting you from wind and snow conditions. Fit: The DC Amo comes in standard fit which I thought still offered a baggy loose fitting fit to the jacket.  It [...]




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Snowboard Review: 11-12 YES Big City
Written By: Shayboarder
Location: Mammoth, CA Snow Conditions: Hardpacked morning snow to softpacked slushy afternoon snow. Setup: I rode the YES Big City with Union Team bindings and Vans Veil Boots size 8. Size: 156cm. First Impression: Don’t let the graphics or name fool you.  This board is not meant for city riders, it’s an aggressive mountain board. Weight: Average Flex: The Big City [...]




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Footbed Friday: Remind Insoles
Written By: Shayboarder
When it comes to keeping your feet comfortable on the mountain, footbeds are the most important accessory to your snowboard boots. Sure you put them in your boots all winter and forget about them but they make your winter last longer with better foot protection. Every couple weeks I’ll be throwing a Footbed Friday [...]




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Atomic Snowboards 2011-2012
Written By: Shayboarder
Atomic Snowboards feature a product line focused on the ride from backcountry to freestyle snowboards. The boards are built in Altenmarkt with a focus on being environmentally friendly to help protect the playground we love to play in. The environmental efforts feature the Renu board construction on the Poacher Renu and Alibi. [...]




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Ride Snowboards Board Bag Giveaway Winner!
Written By: Shayboarder
Having a snowboard board bag is a necessity when it comes to traveling with your snowboard gear for a quick weekend getaway or an around the world trip. To stoke someone up for their most exciting travel plans this winter, Ride Snowboards offered up the 11-12 battery board bag for a giveaway.  To enter, you just [...]




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Omatic Snowboards 2011-2012
Written By: Shayboarder
No companies are exempt from issues whether it’s during manufacturing, business deals and just plan things not working out the way you wanted them to.  The past couple months, there’s been a lot of unknown and silence from Omatic Snowboards.  No sneak peaks into their upcoming line or news from the brand, but now you [...]




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A new way to ride…
Written By: Shayboarder
For as long as I can remember, snowboarding has been my main passion.  I’ve made my dreams come true with year round riding and never thinking twice about it.  I figured since I was so passionate about snowboarding, I’d probably wouldn’t find another sport that would make me feel the same way. In reality,  I [...]




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Goggle Review: Roxy Isis
Written By: Shayboarder
Intended Purpose: The Roxy Isis offers a wide panoramic visibility for women in a quality goggle. Location: I rode these goggles from March to July at Mammoth and June Mountain. Conditions: These goggle lenses are meant for sunny days and that’s what I rode for the majority of days.  Always bright sunny days with few clouds in [...]




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Ride Snowboards Board Bag Giveaway!
Written By: Shayboarder
When it comes to traveling with your snowboard gear for a quick weekend getaway or an around the world trip, having a snowboard board bag is necessary.  It keeps everything in one place, lets you fly around the world at a moment’s notice and makes traveling a whole lot easier.  If you’ve been thinking about [...]




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2011 Industry Profiles comes to an end!
Written By: Shayboarder
Long before this blog, I wondered about the people behind the snowboard brands, companies and ideas. Those questions turned out to become the Industry Profile series. For the past three summers, countless companies, jobs and people from all different backgrounds have told their stories in these interviews. The 2011 Industry Profiles composed of 33 individuals, [...]




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Industry Profile: Axis Media Founder Mike Basher
Written By: Shayboarder
Job Title: Owner in training. Employer: Self and AXIS Media. Years on snow: 22. Days on snow: Not enough. Currently Riding: Whatever’s free. Currently I am: Watching cartoons. Shay: Who was your first kiss? Mike: Joy Bernice Parrish. Next door neighbor when I was a kid. She’s moved on… Shay: Have you ever worn a thong? Basher: No, but my wife bought me [...]




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Facemask Friday: Airhole
Written By: Shayboarder
When it comes to keeping your face warm on the mountain, facemasks do the job.  On the deep powder days, they keep you from breathing in the snow.  On the sunny days, they keep you from getting burnt.  On windy days, they keep your face from going numb.  Gone are the days that you have [...]




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Shay’s Take on the 2012 Platinum Picks
Written By: Shayboarder
Each year the snowboard magazines decide their top snowboard choices by designing boards tests built around various methodologies.   Snowboard Magazine  has their Platinum Pick describes as the “best of the best.  Here you find out our choices for best jib boards, best powder boards and just plain best things…” Despite discussing methodology in previous Platinum [...]




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Industry Profile: Video Producer Tyler Malay
Written By: Shayboarder
Job Title: Video Producer / Designer Employer: Self / Workhorse Collective Years on snow: 15 Days on snow: Not enough… Currently Riding: Gnu Pickle 156 Currently I am: Back in MN planning out the next step. Shay: Tell us a little bit about yourself Tyler: I was born and raised in Mississippi River valley of Winona, MN, where [...]




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Binding Review: 11-12 Sparks R&D Blaze
Written By: Shayboarder
Location: Mammoth, CA Snow Conditions: Hardpacked groomers to softer slushy runs. Setup: I rode the Sparks Blaze bindings on the Venture Storm splitboard with my Vans Veil Boots size 8. Time to set up the binding: I set up the Sparks R&D Blaze bindings with the stainless steel pins for the voile touring brackets on the Venture [...]




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The 2nd Annual Shit Club Golf Tournament
Written By: Shayboarder
Imagine pre-1995 clubs, old school outfits and lots of adult beverages mixed in with nine holes of golf at Sierra Star Golf Course in Mammoth Lakes, CA.  That was the 2nd Annual Golf Tournament today.  Mammoth Snowboard Team coach Ben Wisner and Mammoth Sponsorship Manager Rob Hewett started the golf tournament last year and kept [...]




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Facemask Friday: Bula
Written By: Shayboarder
When it comes to keeping your face warm on the mountain, facemasks do the job. On the deep powder days, they keep you from breathing in the snow. On the sunny days, they keep you from getting burnt. On windy days, they keep your face from going numb. Gone are the days that you have [...]




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Snowboard Review: 11-12 Never Summer Raptor
Written By: Shayboarder
Location: Mammoth, CA Snow Conditions: Mixture of hardpacked icy conditions to soft packed slushy conditions. Setup: I rode the Never Summer Raptor with my Union Team bindings and Vans Veil Boots size 8. Size: 159cm. First Impression: The Raptor tears alive the mountain…one carve at a time. Weight: Lighter than average. Flex: The Never Summer Raptor is designed to be carved, it’s [...]




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Industry Profile: AM Snowboarder Emily Blewitt
Written By: Shayboarder
Job Title: Barista, Competitive Snowboarder Employer: Right now I work at Cool River Coffee House in Breckenridge. Years on snow: Since the new millenium. I think. Days on snow: Over 100 days. Currently Riding: 147 Bataleon Distortia, Flux Titans Currently I am: Waiting for A-Basin to open! Then Keystone, then Copper, then Breck. Come on snow! Shay: Tell us a little [...]




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Industry Profile: Yobeat Creative Director Jared Souney
Written By: Shayboarder
Job Title: Creative Director Employer: YoBeat.com Years on snow: If you count old skateboard decks, 25 or so. Days on snow: 20 maybe? I’m not sure. Currently Riding: K2 Raygun w/ Union Bindings. Graphically the Raygun was my favorite board at SIA, because RayGun magazine which inspired it, is what got me into design. I’m stoked to have one. [...]




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Shay’s take on the 2012 Good Wood
Written By: Shayboarder
In the grand scheme of snowboard tests, the Transworld Snowboarding Good Wood test is the longest running and the most well known test that defines a list of boards to consider each season.  I’ve tagged along with the Good Wood Test a couple times to see how they test each snowboard and got to see [...]




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Industry Profile: BOA Technology Testing Program Coordinator Rob Peterson
Written By: Shayboarder
Job Title: Testing Program Coordinator Employer: Boa Technology Inc. Years on snow: 18 years Days on snow: 70 per season / prior to BOA over 100. Currently Riding: Salomon and Bonfire products Currently I am: a single speed mountain biking fool Shay: Tell us a little bit about yourself Rob: I grew up in New Jersey then lived in [...]




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Facemask Friday: Pom Pom
Written By: Shayboarder
When it comes to keeping your face warm on the mountain, facemasks do the job.  On the deep powder days, they keep you from breathing in the snow.  On the sunny days, they keep you from getting burnt.  On windy days, they keep your face from going numb.  Gone are the days that you have [...]




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Arbor Snowboard Giveaway in Los Angeles Today!
Written By: Shayboarder
Today is the day for your chance to win the 11-12 Arbor Formula Snowboard Snowboard! I’m currently in Los Angeles, CA and at noon, I’ll be putting out clues on twitter that you’ll have to use to track me down! I will be checking @shayboarder replies if you have any questions during the [...]




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Arbor Snowboard Giveaway in Los Angeles Completed!
Written By: Shayboarder
Of all the contests I’ve done on Shayboarder.com, the twitter giveaways have been a great way to get people in various cities to win a snowboard.  Today was the 5th twitter givewaway from shayboarder.com, which took place in Los Angeles proper.  I started posting clues at 12pm on twitter that would help people find my [...]




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Art of Flight Premiere at Red Bull Headquarters
Written By: Shayboarder
Last week was a pretty big week for snowboarding, the Red Bull Media House and the Art of Flight.  The film premiered in NYC on Wednesday, hit the #1 sports download on itunes soon after and is still in the top 10 for movies on itunes.  You could say that the Art of Flight has [...]




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Industry Profile: Pro Snowboarder Gabe Taylor
Written By: Shayboarder
Job Title: Professional Snowboarder/Dragon Ambassador/Creative Director for 2 of Mammoth’s Snowboarding videos/Writer Employer: Artec Snowboards, Billabong, Dragon, Mammoth, Val Surf, 32, Etnies, HDX, Purl, Coal, Grenade, Years on snow: 13 Days on snow: 150ish Currently Riding: At Mammoth on a Gabe Taylor 151 and sometimes 155 Currently I am: Golfing and riding my bicycle. Looking forward to [...]




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Binding Review: 11-12 Flow NXT-AT
Written By: Shayboarder
Location: Mammoth, CA Snow Conditions: Hardpacked groomers to softer slushy runs. Setup: I rode the Flow NXT-AT bindings on the Flow Era with my Vans Veil Boots size 8. Time to set up the binding: I set up the NXT-AT bindings at work right before I went out riding.  It was actually the quickest I’ve adjusted them [...]




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Review: Ride Rucksac Backpack
Written By: Shayboarder
Intended Purpose: The Rucksac backpack is Ride’s metro pack designed to fit everything you need in one pack.  It features lot of pocket  and organization space which makes it perfect for traveling with lot of items. Size: The Rucksac backpack is 20L which is a decent size.  I like the separate zones for gear, I [...]




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Find Shayboarder in Los Angeles to win a 11-12 Arbor Formula!
Written By: Shayboarder
It’s been a long time coming!  After living in California for almost a year, it’s time for a So-Cal snowboard giveaway!  I’ll be making my way down to Los Angeles and have some time to leisurely stroll around with a 11-12 Arbor Formula that is yours to keep if you find me first!  This is [...]




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Review: RED Hi-Fi Helmet
Written By: Shayboarder
Intended Purpose: The RED Hi-Fi comes with a customizable women’s fit in a low profile lightweight helmet designed to protect your head on the mountain. Appearance: I ended up with the Hi-Fi helmet in the Haze colorway which looks like a cream color choice.  There’s some pink on the earflap strap and a small mix of [...]




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Find Shayboarder in Los Angeles to win a 11-12 Arbor Formula!
Written By: Shayboarder
It’s been a long time coming!  After living in California for almost a year, it’s time for a So-Cal snowboard giveaway!  I’ll be making my way down to Los Angeles and have some time to leisurely stroll around with a 11-12 Arbor Formula that is yours to keep if you find me first!  This is [...]




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Industry Profile: Technine TM & FODT Filmmaker Cole Taylor
Written By: Shayboarder
Job Title: Technine TM/Designer and Film maker Employer: Brandbase/MFM Years on snow: 23 ish Days on snow: Not what they used to be, unless standing there filming counts. Currently Riding: Technine Re Enforcer/ Elements bindings/Magoon Jacket and pant/JSLV/Electric/Skullcandy Currently I am: Working on the last of some T9 designs and editing our 11th movie, Familia 2! Shay: Tell us a little [...]




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Shay’s take on the 2012 Best of Test
Written By: Shayboarder
When it comes to deciding the top boards of the season, each magazine defines their own lists and how they collect the results.  For Snowboarder Magazine, it means talking to the industry and shop employees to find out their favorites from the industry on-snow demos.  These on-snow demos were hosted  at a mix of mountains [...]




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Industry Profile: Steamboat Guide Chris Rogers
Written By: Shayboarder
Job Title: Snowboard Instructor/Coach/Guide Employer: Steamboat Guides and Steamboat Resort Years on snow: 21 Days on snow: Ever? More than 2,000. Close to 150 last year. Currently Riding: For 2012 Riding/Teaching: 155 Burton Process Flying V Jib Park: 155 Burton Hero Pow: 157 Burton Sherlock Bindings: Burton Malavita EST Boots: Burton Ion When I’m not in my instructor uniform, 686 Outerwear. Shay: Tell us a little [...]




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Facemask Friday: Wrong Gear
Written By: Shayboarder
When it comes to keeping your face warm on the mountain, facemasks do the job. On the deep powder days, they keep you from breathing in the snow. On the sunny days, they keep you from getting burnt. On windy days, they keep your face from going numb. Gone are the [...]




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Happy 4 Year Anniversary!
Written By: Shayboarder
Today I read a quote from Terry Kidwell that said, “I never started snowboarding to make money. It was always about having fun, riding with friends…and the same stands today.” That quote made me think alot about snowboarding, myself and this blog. When I started this blog on August 20 four years ago, it was [...]




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Facemask Friday: Airhole
Written By: Shayboarder
When it comes to keeping your face warm on the mountain, facemasks do the job.  On the deep powder days, they keep you from breathing in the snow.  On the sunny days, they keep you from getting burnt.  On windy days, they keep your face from going numb.  Gone are the days that you have [...]




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Goggle Review: 11-12 Anon Solace
Written By: Shayboarder
Intended Purpose: The Anon Solace goggles features comfort and style in a small frame for women. Location: I rode these goggles during day two of the SIA on-snow at Winter Park, CO. Conditions: The conditions were brutal for temperatures.  My own Smith goggles had frozen up from moisture on the lens so I borrowed the Solace’s and [...]




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Industry Profile: Snowboarder Magazine Associate Photo Editor Mike Yoshida
Written By: Shayboarder
Job Title: Associate Photo Editor Employer: Snowboarder Magazine Years on snow: 19 years Days on snow: 150 a year Currently Riding: Dinosaurs Will Die 158 Genovese Shay: Tell us a little bit about yourself Mike: I was born and raised up in Alaska, and decided to move south when I graduated from High School. I lived in Seattle for a bit, [...]




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Industry Profile: Armada Apparel Designer & Product Art Manager Jackie Myers
Written By: Shayboarder
Job Title: Apparel Designer/Product Art Manager Employer: Armada Years on snow: Pretty much my whole life. Skiing first, and then snowboarding since highschool. Days on snow: 75ish? The number doesn’t really matter because it’s never enough! Currently Riding: Burton Feelgood 153. Armada TSTw Currently I am: In the office making prototype revisions… or rather avoiding proto revisions by doing this [...]




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Snowboard Review: 11-12 Flow Drifter
Written By: Shayboarder
Location: Mammoth, CA Snow Conditions: Hardpacked groomers to softer slushy runs. Setup: I rode the Flow Drifter with my Union Team bindings and Vans Veil Boots size 8. Size: 159cm. First Impression: This is not the same board I rode at the SIA on-snow – which is a great thing! Weight: average Flex: Right in the middle of the board flex [...]




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Shayboarder’s 2012 Top Picks
Written By: Shayboarder
Hundreds of snowboard products have been reviewed on Shayboarder.com but how do you give recognition to those that stand out from the rest of the pack? It was easy, I listened to your input on the recent survey for improvements and worked to create a way to showcase the gear that rank highest in [...]




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Glove Review: POW Verlot GTX
Written By: Shayboarder
Intended Purpose: Women’s glove designed for cold weather days and guaranteed to keep you dry with Gore-Tex. Location: I wore these gloves at the SIA On-Snow in Winter Park and throughout most of the winter at Mammoth and June Mountain. Conditions: I used these gloves in very cold temperature days (-20 in Winter Park) and anytime it [...]




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Industry Profile: June Mountain Terrain Park Manager Sam Poffley
Written By: Shayboarder
Job Title: Terrain Park Manager Employer: June Mountain Years on snow: 18 years Days on snow: 5-7 days a week Currently Riding: 156 Signal Omni Currently I am: Basking in the summer sun, thinking about winter. Photo: Gabe Taylor Shay: Tell us a little bit about yourself Sam: Well…I grew up skiing and snowboarding in Pennsylvania. By the time I was [...]




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Facemask Friday: Bula
Written By: Shayboarder
When it comes to keeping your face warm on the mountain, facemasks do the job. On the deep powder days, they keep you from breathing in the snow. On the sunny days, they keep you from getting burnt. On windy days, they keep your face from going numb. Gone are the days that you have [...]




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Flow Snowboards 2011-2012
Written By: Shayboarder
Sick since ‘96, that’s the motto Flow stands by when it comes to building their snowboards. They design products that allow you to just go out, ride and forget about your gear. For 11-12, Flow expands the Whiskey technology using basalt, revolutionary carbon designs and forever perfecting the art of shaping a board for the [...]




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Facemask Friday: Pom Pom
Written By: Shayboarder
When it comes to keeping your face warm on the mountain, facemasks do the job.  On the deep powder days, they keep you from breathing in the snow.  On the sunny days, they keep you from getting burnt.  On windy days, they keep your face from going numb.  Gone are the days that you have [...]




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McLeod Lake Snow Patch 8/13/11
Written By: Shayboarder
When Mammoth closed on July 4, I wasn’t sure if It’d snowboard again this summer but today the opportunity arose when my friend Daniel talked me into a shred sesh.  We headed up to a snow patch we heard about and found that we could have a blast creating our own features.  I definitely miss [...]




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Snowboard Review: 11-12 Flow Infinite
Written By: Shayboarder
Location: Mammoth, CA Snow Conditions: Hardpacked groomers to softer slushy runs. Setup: I rode the Flow Infinite with my Union Team bindings and Vans Veil Boots size 8. Size: 159cm. First Impression: Solid freeride board – just wish it wasn’t spring conditions to ride this board. Weight: average Flex: Longitudinally the Infinite felt stiffer with a more forgiving torsional flex [...]




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Head Snowboards 2011-2012
Written By: Shayboarder
When it comes to building snowboards, Head is about people, innovative and high quality products. The passion from riding meets technology so that a product rides better. For technologies, Head uses a chip placed close to the front of the board that absorbs vibrations and within five-thousandths of a second stiffens the board [...]




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Industry Profile: BNQT Content Director James Sullivan
Written By: Shayboarder
Job Title: Content Director – BNQT Media Group Employer: USA Today Years on snow: Learned to ski at 3. Been on a snowboard 19 years. Days on snow: Lost count – average 20-30 days a season since moving to So Cal from Vermont five years ago. Currently Riding: Less than I used to, but more than most of my [...]




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Industry Profile: Ink Monstr Owner Reed Silberman
Written By: Shayboarder
Job Title: Owner / Ink Monstr Custom Graphics Employer: Ink Monstr Years on snow: 20 Days on snow: Up until last yr I was getting 200+ a yr (now I’m a workin stiff) Currently Riding: Lib Tech Board, Ride Bindings, Vans Boots, Smith Goggs, POW Gloves Shay: Tell us a little bit about yourself Reed: I’m [...]




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Goggle Review: Smith I/OS
Written By: Shayboarder
Intended Purpose: Designed for smaller faces, the Smith I/OS is based off of the popular I/O model and features an easy interchangeable design so you can switch out lenses easily. Location: I rode these goggles most of the winter at Mammoth Mountain with some days at June Mountain and Sugarbowl. Conditions: Since these goggles came with two [...]




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Facemask Friday: Wrong Gear
Written By: Shayboarder
When it comes to keeping your face warm on the mountain, facemasks do the job. On the deep powder days, they keep you from breathing in the snow. On the sunny days, they keep you from getting burnt. On windy days, they keep your face from going numb. Gone are the [...]




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Monument Snowboards 2011-2012
Written By: Shayboarder
Since 2001, Monument has delivered the visual impact of art with high performance technical features into their snowboards.  The 2011-2012 snowboard collection continues with a diverse collection of artwork from artists and continues to build on their snowboard performance. The 11-12 collection marks Monuments fifth year using renewable resources like bamboo in the cores and on [...]




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Review: Ride Messiah Backpack
Written By: Shayboarder
Intended Purpose: The Messiah Backpack is designed to carry everything, go anywhere and pack everything kind of bag.  It’s simplistic in design, functional without too many bells and whistles. Size: The Messiah backpack is 23L which makes it a good enough size for packing what you need.  I’ve used the pack to carry my spring [...]




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Make Shayboarder.com better!
Written By: Shayboarder
Hard to believe that we’re only a couple months away from snowboard season again! I’m enjoying the summer but also looking for ideas/feedback on how to make shayboarder.com a better place so I’d love for everyone to take the survey! The feedback has been great so far and really eye-opening on what you guys want [...]




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Burton Snowboards 2011-2012
Written By: Shayboarder
Burton continues to be a leading force in the snowboard industry with their offering of snowboards built around every rider in mind; for backcountry, park, pipe, freeriders or just beginning snowboarders.  The 2012 collection also marks the return of Jake Burton running the show. For board bends, Burton offers two types of rocker EZ V and [...]




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Industry Profile: Mervin Manufacturing VP Marketing & Creative Pete Saari
Written By: Shayboarder
Job Title: VP Marketing and Creative Employer: Mervin MFG Years on snow: Started on skis when I was 5 Days on snow: Never quite enough Currently Riding: Gnu Park Pickle Currently I am: Still getting better Photo:  Tim Zimmerman Shay: Tell us a little bit about yourself Pete: I like long walks on the beach, cobblestones back up to the [...]




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Snowboard Review: 11-12 Lib Tech T.Rice Horsepower C2BTX
Written By: Shayboarder
Location: Mammoth, CA Snow Conditions: Hardpacked to softpacked groomed runs. Setup: I rode the Lib Tech T.Rice with my Union Team bindings and Vans Veil Boots size 8. Size: 157cm. First Impression: Pop, check.  Stability, check. Charging, check.  Ride a little more like Trice in your head?  Sure. Weight: Tad heavier than average Flex: I was expecting a stiffer ride [...]




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Industry Profile: Mimi’s Cookie Bar Owner Mimi Kurz
Written By: Shayboarder
Job Title: Owner, baker Employer: Mimi’s Cookie Bar Years on snow: 13 Days on snow: I can’t even try to count those Currently Riding: A Burton Lipstick 141, courtesy of Gabi Viteri. A Roxy Torah Bright 149 for pow and I was just given a DC board that I’m stoked to try out for this coming winter, [...]




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Industry Profile: GoPro Production Artist Abe Kislevitz
Written By: Shayboarder
Job Title: Production Artist Employer: GoPro Years on snow: 10 Days on snow: 100/yr Currently Riding: …skis? 4FRNTs of all types! Currently I am: In the office, editing GoPro commercials Photo: Brad Schmidt Shay: Tell us a little bit about yourself Abe: I’m 24 years old, grew up near Portland, Oregon skiing Hood through high school. Always had [...]




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Review: K2 Pilchuck Backside Kit
Written By: Shayboarder
Intended Purpose: The Pilchuck backpack keeps it short and sweet and is designed for short hikes or sidecountry adventures.  It is ready for backcountry and comes with a aluminum probe and rescue shovel.  All you need is your beacon. Size: The Pilchuck kit is 11L, definitely a smaller backpack for only the essentials.  When I [...]




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Oakley 2011-2012
Written By: Shayboarder
Oakley continues to set the stage for goggle designs and signature series.  Riders can take their pick from the classic A-Frame series, to the women’s stockholms to the popular Crowbars.  Their pro riders have their signature touch on everything from goggles to outerwear to softgoods in the collection. It’s remarkable to see the variety of riders [...]




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Facemask Friday: Airhole
Written By: Shayboarder
When it comes to keeping your face warm on the mountain, facemasks do the job.  On the deep powder days, they keep you from breathing in the snow.  On the sunny days, they keep you from getting burnt.  On windy days, they keep your face from going numb.  Gone are the days that you have [...]




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Snowboard Review: 11-12 Arbor Draft
Written By: Shayboarder
Location: Mammoth, CA Snow Conditions: Hardpacked groomers to softpacked slush. Setup: I rode the Arbor Draft with Union Team bindings and Vans Veil Boots size 8. Size: 155cm. First Impression: Ideal for spring park laps. Weight: Average Flex: Definitely the softest men’s board in the Arbor line, it’s overall a soft jib board.  The nose and tail are softer making for [...]




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MTN Approach 2011-2012
Written By: Shayboarder
The growth of backcountry riders is apparent in snowsports but there’s also a need for an affordable option (other than snowshoes) to get you up the mountains and that’s where MTN Approach comes in.  In January, they  debuted at SIA and introduced a ski device that allows skiers/snowboarders to get up the mountain without paying [...]




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Snowboard Review: 11-12 Flow Verve
Written By: Shayboarder
Location: Mammoth, CA Snow Conditions: Hardpacked groomers to softer slushy runs. Setup: I rode the Flow Verve with my Union Team and Vans Veil Boots size 8. Size: 155cm. First Impression: Freestyle fun – that’s the Verve snowboard Weight: average Flex: The Verve has a softer freestyle flex to it.  Torsionally it’s not as soft but that helps give it more [...]




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Snowboard Review: 11-12 Never Summer Infinity
Written By: Shayboarder
Location: Mammoth, CA Snow Conditions: Mixture of hardpacked icy conditions to soft packed slushy conditions. Setup: I rode the Never Summer Infinity with my Union Team bindings and Vans Veil Boots size 8. Size: 154cm. First Impression: Continues to be the women’s SL – ride anything board Weight: average. Flex: The Never Summer Infinity is NS’s all mountain freestyle board for [...]




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Industry Profile: Pitcrew Manager and Shred Soles Founder Nate Musson
Written By: Shayboarder
Job Title: Owner, Manager, Buyer, Marketing Director, Sales Director, Snowboarder Employer: Shred Soles Performance Snowboard Boot Insoles & Pitcrew Skateboards and Snowboards Years on snow: 22 Days on snow: I don’t count… Many but, never enough. Lots of the guys at the shop have started logging hours instead of days. It’s kinda like a joke because [...]




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Inside Spy Optic
Written By: Shayboarder
“It’s not seeing different things, it’s seeing the same things differently” – that simple thought helped define Spy Optics.  In 1994, a group of action sports and motorsports enthusiasts wanted to make sunglasses better and Spy Optics was born to fulfill that demand.  Now you can live through their lens to fulfill your passion whether [...]




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Industry Profile: Northern Escape Heli-Skiing GM & President John Forrest
Written By: Shayboarder
Job Title: General Manager & President Employer: Northern Escape Heli-Skiing Years on snow: 40 years Days on snow: 120 days/year Currently Riding: Prior Overlords (sorry, I’m a skier…) Currently I am: Getting ready for winter once again Shay: Tell us a little bit about yourself John: I started skiing and climbing when I was quite young and [...]




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Facemask Friday: Bula
Written By: Shayboarder
When it comes to keeping your face warm on the mountain, facemasks do the job.  On the deep powder days, they keep you from breathing in the snow.  On the sunny days, they keep you from getting burnt.  On windy days, they keep your face from going numb.  Gone are the days that you have [...]




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Industry Profile: Akinz Founder Suzanne Akin
Written By: Shayboarder
Job Title: Founder/Designer of Akinz Employer: myself — Akinz Years on snow: 4 (5 if you count the 3 snowboard trips the year before I moved to CO) Days on snow: Somewhere between 40 and 100, depending on how busy I am that season. Currently Riding: Capita Space Metal Fantasy Currently I am: Printing bike t-shirts [...]




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Snowboard Review: 11-12 Endeavor B.O.D
Written By: Shayboarder
Location: Mammoth, CA Snow Conditions: Hardpacked to softpacked to icy groomers to powder. Setup: I rode the Endeavor BOD with Union Team bindings and Vans Veil Boots size 8. Size: 155cm. First Impression: Weight: Average Flex: Noticeably stiffer than the previous Endeavor boards I rode (Color and Boyfriend) and more aggressive than them.  The B.O.D was stiffer longitudinally with a [...]




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A look back at my 2010-2011 season
Written By: Shayboarder
What a winter!  My California winter began in October and it ended in July with 126 days on the mountain.  It was an amazing season in Mammoth – record-breaking to be exact.  In December when I was clearing out up to 3 feet of snow for 3 days in a row, I started to realize [...]




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A look inside the Vans Headquarters
Written By: Shayboarder
Since 1966, Vans has stood for authenticity in lifestyle, music and action sports through their footwear.  Over the years, the brand has gone through different owners and is now owned by VF Corp.  Under the umbrella lies Pro-Tec which was founded in 1973 and is the original action sports protective gear brand.   The same [...]




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Industry Profile: Rome SDS Rep John Graham
Written By: Shayboarder
Job Title: California Rome Rep Employer: Rome Snowboard Design Syndicate Years on snow: 28 Years Days on snow: 2000+ Currently Riding: Mod Rocker 156 with Mob Bindings Currently I am: Feeding my 4-month-old daughter Zoe! Shay: Tell us a little bit about yourself John: I’m into long walks in the village and coffee by the ice skating rink, I enjoy [...]




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Snowboard Review: 11-12 Stepchild Simon Chamberlain
Written By: Shayboarder
Location: Mammoth, CA Snow Conditions: Hardpacked to softpacked to ice chunks to slushfests. Setup: I rode the Stepchild Simon Chamberlain with Union Team bindings and Vans Veil Boots size 8. Size: 152cm. First Impression: The Simon Chamberlain steps it up with changes and it’s a damn fine ride. Weight: Average Flex: Softer flex torsionally between the bindings with a stiffer [...]




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Industry Profile: Milosport Co-Owner Ben Pellegrino
Written By: Shayboarder
Job Title: Co-Owner of Milosport Employer: Other owners are Todd Mitchell, Calvin Egbert, George Egbert and George Johnston Years on snow: 26 years on snow Days of snow: 80-100 days a year (avg 90?) Currently riding: 09/10 Capita Black Death Inc 156cm, 09/10 DC Devun Walsh 158cm, 10/11 Capita Charlie Slasher 158cm Currently I am: Staring at [...]




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Burton Softgoods 2011-2012
Written By: Shayboarder
Burton has it all when it comes to outerwear.  There are collections for both men and women as well as the standard Burton’s outerwear for both.  For the charging core rider, the AK series dominates with Gore-Tex and their lifetime warranty.  The White Collection offers White’s signature style through outerwear options.  The Restricted collection for [...]




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Industry Profile: evo Founder Bryce Phillips
Written By: Shayboarder
Job Title: Founder Employer: evo Years on snow: about 20 Days on snow: 50-70 depending on the year Currently Riding: K2 Pontoons (yes, two snowboards) Currently I am: Looking out at the Olympics getting some work done on a Sunday evening Shay: Tell us a little bit about yourself Bryce: I started evo just about 10 years ago out of [...]




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Facemask Friday: Pom Pom
Written By: Shayboarder
When it comes to keeping your face warm on the mountain, facemasks do the job.  On the deep powder days, they keep you from breathing in the snow.  On the sunny days, they keep you from getting burnt.  On windy days, they keep your face from going numb.  Gone are the days that you have [...]




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Snowboard Review: 11-12 Flow Era
Written By: Shayboarder
Location: Mammoth, CA Snow Conditions: Hardpacked groomers to softer slushy runs. Setup: I rode the Flow Era with my Union Team and Flow NXT-AT bindings and Vans Veil Boots size 8. Size: 155cm. First Impression: Easy does it, that’s the Era just relax and enjoy the ride Weight: average Flex: I felt that the Era was a softer flexing park [...]




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A visit to Red Bull
Written By: Shayboarder
Red Bull needs no introduction; the energy drink company makes the most popular energy drink in the world with 4 billion cans sold each year, their name and logo is recognizable and they are one of the biggest non-endemic companies to promote action sports.  Their promotion of a fun and active lifestyle is linked harmoniously [...]




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Facemask Friday: Wrong Gear
Written By: Shayboarder
When it comes to keeping your face warm on the mountain, facemasks do the job. On the deep powder days, they keep you from breathing in the snow. On the sunny days, they keep you from getting burnt. On windy days, they keep your face from going numb. Gone are the [...]




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Industry Profile: Seven Springs Park Head Digger Jordan Soohy
Written By: Shayboarder
Job Title: Lead Hand Crew/Head Digger Employer: Seven Springs Mountain Resort Years on snow: 8 Days on snow: 100+ every year Currently Riding: Rome Artifact Rocker 150 Currently I am: Keeping it real Shay: Tell us a little bit about yourself Jordan: I grew up in Virginia, but moved to Pittsburgh, PA when I was 12. My dad [...]




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TREW 2011-2012
Written By: Shayboarder
Just beyond the shadows of Mt Hood, lies TREW Outerwear in Hood River, Oregon where they create outerwear for the true riders.  The collection focuses on a high demand of performance, function and style to the dedicated riders who need functional and highly durable gear.  All of the pieces offer a 20,000 waterproofing and breathability [...]




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Snowboard Review: 11-12 Endeavor Boyfriend
Written By: Shayboarder
Location: Mammoth, CA + June, CA Snow Conditions: Hardpacked to softpacked groomers. Setup: I rode the Endeavor Boyfriend with Union Team bindings and Vans Veil Boots size 8. Size: 148cm. First Impression: I could love this thing like a boyfriend on the mountain – it rips and doesn’t talk back. Weight: Lighter than average Flex: The Boyfriend was longitudinally more stable [...]




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Mammoth 7/4/11
Written By: Shayboarder
It didn’t feel like the last day of the season but today was the last day of operations at Mammoth Mountain.  Daily till July 4 and we stuck with it.  The mountain ended with incredible conditions, top to bottom snowboarding and tons of people on the mountain.  Like any holiday for a ski resort, I [...]




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Industry Profile: O’Neill Director of Marketing Cedar Carter
Written By: Shayboarder
Job Title: Director of Marketing Employer: O’Neill Years on snow: Around 20 Days on snow: Not enough! Currently Riding: one of the new BTX boards from Mervin Manufacturing Currently I am: wishing I wasn’t sitting at my desk Shay: Tell us a little bit about yourself Cedar: I grew up in Washington and went to college [...]




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Snowboard Review: 11-12 K2 Eco Pop
Written By: Shayboarder
Location: Mammoth, CA Snow Conditions: Hardpacked to softpacked groomers. Setup: I rode the K2 Eco Pop with my Union Team bindings and Vans Veil Boots size 8. Size: 155cm. First Impression: The Eco Pop is an aggressive pipe board and it’s quick. Weight: Lighter than average Flex: Stiffer flex longitudinally from nose to tail that helped give it stability on the [...]




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Facemask Friday: Bula
Written By: Shayboarder
When it comes to keeping your face warm on the mountain, facemasks do the job.  On the deep powder days, they keep you from breathing in the snow.  On the sunny days, they keep you from getting burnt.  On windy days, they keep your face from going numb.  Gone are the days that you have [...]




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Snowboard Review: 11-12 Flow Quantum
Written By: Shayboarder
Location: Mammoth, CA Snow Conditions: Hardpacked groomers to softer slushy runs. Setup: I rode the Flow Quantum with my Union Team bindings and Vans Veil Boots size 8. Size: 155cm. First Impression: This board is why I don’t review graphics.  The graphics aren’t for me but it’s the board from Flow that I’d ride all the time. Weight: average Flex: [...]




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Industry Profile: Holden Account Relations/Logistics Nate Betteker
Written By: Shayboarder
Job Title: Account Relations/Logistics Employer: Holden Outerwear Years on snow: 17 Days on snow: This season. Ha. One. Sadly Currently Riding: 1970’s Red Raleigh with a basket Currently I am: Putting the last touches on my backyard chicken coop Photo:  Yobeat Halloween Spectacular Shay: Tell us a little bit about yourself Nate: I am an aries male that enjoys working on [...]




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Mammoth 6/28/11
Written By: Shayboarder
Today started like any other day.  I woke up, took my dog for a walk, made breakfast and loaded up my gear for another day’s work.  This time my snowboard gear was already at work and I carpooled up with my bike gear so that I could snowboard and bike in the same day.  I’ve [...]




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Binding Review: 11-12 Union Force
Written By: Shayboarder
Location: Snoqualmie Summit, WA Snow Conditions: Hardpacked to softpacked to heavy leftover powder. Setup: I rode the Union Forces on the Capita Indoor Survival with my Vans Veil Boots size 8. Time to set up the binding: The forces were easy to mount and only took a matter of minutes with adjustments. Fit: I normally use men’s Union bindings [...]




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Facemask Friday: Cold Avenger
Written By: Shayboarder
When it comes to keeping your face warm on the mountain, facemasks do the job.  On the deep powder days, they keep you from breathing in the snow.  On the sunny days, they keep you from getting burnt.  On windy days, they keep your face from going numb.  Gone are the days that you have [...]




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Mammoth 6/24/11
Written By: Shayboarder
Mammoth is known for its spring skiing and riding which means capturing that essence on the mountain.  A couple of us headed out onto the snow to showcase the warm weather and get in some photos/videos of the amazing warm spring conditions. Newest Marketing employee Delaney in the 4th of July spirit going through Forest Trail [...]




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Shayboarder interview on Snomie.com
Written By: Shayboarder
Earlier this week I sat down with Jed from Snomie for an interview about shayboarder.com to find out more about blogging and how my blog has become so successful.  The interview just got posted up, so if you want to hear the background behind shayboarder.com, what inspires me and how I continue to make this [...]




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Goggle Review: Spy Soldier
Written By: Shayboarder
Intended Purpose: The Spy Soldier’s combine sophistication, clean designs and superior optical performance to handle the mountain with. Location: I rode these goggles at the WWSRA Mammoth on-snow and then continued to ride them in February conditions. Conditions: I’ve spent the majority of time riding these goggles on sunny bluebird days and the occasional overcast day. Color: I [...]




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Dakine 2011-2012
Written By: Shayboarder
Since 1979, Dakine has been making a variety of products from luggage to gloves, backpacks to accessories.  They are designed to be functional for any skateboarder, snowboarder or skier.  The basic principals are quality, function and style which is present in their entire line.  For 2012, all Dakine pack and bag materials are PVC free. For [...]




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Industry Profile: POW Gloves Marketing Promotions Director John Kaiser
Written By: Shayboarder
Job Title: Promotions Director Employer: POW Gloves Years on snow: 21 Days on snow: midweek Currently Riding: Capita Stairmaster Extreme (2013) Currently I am: Wishing I was outside (the sun is out in seattle!) Shay: Tell us a little bit about yourself and how snowboarding has changed your life? John: Born and raised in Philly, snowboarding was/is what [...]




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Industry Profile: NW! Snowboards Communications + Art Director Andrew Guddat
Written By: Shayboarder
Job Title: Communications + Art Director Employer: NW! snowboards Years on snow: about 8 Days on snow: I average about 50 days a year. Currently Riding: Tahoe on a NW! Catalyst 156 Reverse Currently I am: Young, Naïve and Passionate. Shay: Tell us a little bit about yourself Andrew: I am a snowboarder, an artist, a videographer, a photographer and [...]




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DC Snowboards 2011-2012
Written By: Shayboarder
Four years ago, DC introduced snowboards to their collection and they continue to step up the technology, design and materials that define their snowboards.  Inspiration for this winter’s DC snowboard line comes directly from the snow team’s needs and DC’s history in skateboarding. For 2012, DC introduces the Ply snowboardsthat have a skate twin geometry, lock [...]




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Snowboard Review: 11-12 Endeavor Color
Written By: Shayboarder
Location: Mammoth, CA Snow Conditions: Hardpacked to softpacked snow. Setup: I rode the Endeavor Color with Union Team bindings and Vans Veil Boots size 8. Size: 155cm. First Impression: Quick to rip and ready for jumps! Weight: Average Flex: I’ve been on the Color series before and it still kept the similar ride with some upgrades to it.  The flex didn’t [...]




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Drop 2011-2012
Written By: Shayboarder
For over 10 years, Drop has been focused on bringing technical accessories to snowboarders with a commitment to riding good and looking good on the mountain.  Their glove line brings a variety of styles for riders to choose from and offer many mitt/glove options.  The variety of models allow for each rider to choose from [...]




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Industry Profile: The House Social Media/Marketing Manager Adryan Roane Ritter
Written By: Shayboarder
Job Title: Social Media/Marketing Manager and Team Coordinator Employer: The House Boardshop Years on snow: 18 on a snowboard. 27 total. Days on snow: A lot Currently I am: Sitting in my backyard in Portland with my MacBook and my roommate’s dog Gaper. Shay: Tell us a little bit about yourself Adryan: Born and raised in Steamboat Springs, [...]




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Snowboard Review: 11-12 Never Summer Lotus
Written By: Shayboarder
Location: Mammoth, CA & June, CA Snow Conditions: Mixture of fresh powder to hardpacked to soft groomers. Setup: I rode the Never Summer Lotus with my Union Team bindings and Vans Veil Boots size 8. Size: 157cm. First Impression: Rides like the same board as last year, dominant freeride board for women. Weight: average. Flex: The Lotus is the women’s freeride [...]




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Shayboarder.com: Over 3 million served
Written By: Shayboarder
I started Shayboarder.com in August 2007. In November 2009 shayboarder.com passed 1 million, in October 2010 it passed 2 million and now only 8 months later the 3 million mark has arrived!  What an insane journey this blog has become.  When I began writing, I never expected to become a leader in snowboard blogs and [...]




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Mammoth 6/13/11
Written By: Shayboarder
Most Mondays I never get out onto the slopes but when I shadow the lifts, it means a couple laps to myself for an afternoon of helping out.  Today was that day, getting turns on chair #3 before heading to chair #23 for the afternoon. Amazing how much the snow has started to melt since the [...]




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Industry Profile: Boreal Marketing Director Jon Slaughter
Written By: Shayboarder
Job Title: Marketing Director Employer: Boreal Mountain Resort Years on snow: 18 Days on snow: 80+ Currently Riding: Academy Collective 158 Currently I am: Broke. Not sure what you are looking for here. Shay: Tell us a little bit about yourself Jon: I claim North Carolina as home, even though I have now lived in [...]




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Mammoth 6/14/11
Written By: Shayboarder
It felt really good to get out on the slopes today.  Just a much needed break, relaxation and fun being outside working as a liftie for the afternoon.  The riding was excellent even though it was a slushy day but that meant fun park laps to end out the day.  I met up with the [...]




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Snowboard Review: 11-12 Capita Indoor Survival FK
Written By: Shayboarder
Location: Snoqualmie Summit, WA Snow Conditions: Hardpacked to softpacked to heavy leftover powder. Setup: I rode the Capita Indoor Survival FK with Union Force bindings and Vans Veil Boots size 8. Size: 156cm. First Impression: I forgot what NW concrete felt like but the Indoor didn’t. Weight: Average Flex: Overall a playful board with the reverse camber on the Indoor Survival [...]




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Mammoth 6/15/11
Written By: Shayboarder
It’s June 15 and I’m still walking out on the snow to go snowboarding.  That’s pretty rad considering most resorts have closed for the season or aren’t open daily.  Last summer I was riding Timberline and now I’m at Mammoth enjoying the summer conditions.  But it’s also a reminder that the season will end on [...]




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Industry Profile: C3 Credit & Customer Service Manager Jessica Placek
Written By: Shayboarder
Job Title: Credit and Customer Service Manager Employer: C3 Worldwide; home of Capita Snowboards, Union Bindings and Coal Headwear Years on snow: 10 non-commited, 2 committed Days on snow: not enough, but I managed to get in around 20? last season Currently Riding: 154 Capita Indoor Survival FK, Union Atlas Bindings, 32 Lashed boots, Bern Baker helmet and VZ [...]




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Facemask Friday: Airhole
Written By: Shayboarder
When it comes to keeping your face warm on the mountain, facemasks do the job.  On the deep powder days, they keep you from breathing in the snow.  On the sunny days, they keep you from getting burnt.  On windy days, they keep your face from going numb.  Gone are the days that you have [...]




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Binding Review: 11-12 Rome Madison
Written By: Shayboarder
Location: Mammoth, CA & June, CA Snow Conditions: Hardpacked to deep powder conditions Setup: I rode the Rome Madison bindings on the Never Summer SL & Lotus with my Vans Veil Boots size 8. Time to set up the binding: It’s been a while since I mounted Rome’s by my own hands and at first I thought the [...]




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Mammoth 6/10/11
Written By: Shayboarder
When it comes to snowboarding for Mammoth Mountain, I will always offer my services.  Mostly because it’s fun to get out on the hill and get to help out when they need snowboarders to film for uplinks and videos.  This morning, we were getting footage of our amazing spring conditions to send out.  I headed [...]




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Snowboard Review: 11-12 Lib Tech Banana Magic BTX
Written By: Shayboarder
Location: Mammoth, CA Snow Conditions: Hardpacked to softpacked groomed runs. Setup: I rode the Lib Tech Magic Banana with my Union Team bindings and Vans Veil Boots size 8. Size: 157cm. First Impression: It rips up the mountain with all mountain freestyle flare to it. Weight: average Flex: The Banana Magic is that all mountain freestyle board that is on the [...]




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Ashbury 2011-2012
Written By: Shayboarder
In the three years since Ashbury first debuted at SIA, they’ve grown from a small hipster goggle company to a brand that’s recognizable and known for their look. It’s no easy feat to start a company especially during a down economy but with brothers Mike and Lance Hakker and Nima Jalali behind the brand, [...]




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Facemask Friday: Pom Pom
Written By: Shayboarder
When it comes to keeping your face warm on the mountain, facemasks do the job.  On the deep powder days, they keep you from breathing in the snow.  On the sunny days, they keep you from getting burnt.  On windy days, they keep your face from going numb.  Gone are the days that you have [...]




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Mammoth 6/7/11
Written By: Shayboarder
Finally spring arrived…even though it’s almost summer in Mammoth!  The sun came out, warmer temps were on the mountain and the snow got softer.  The mountain’s coverage is exceptional for a resort in June, our snow base is still 9-17 feet in spots which means good luck finding dirt patches on the mountain. I headed out [...]




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DC Boots 2011-2012
Written By: Shayboarder
When it comes to designing snowboard boots, DC designers blend advancements in their snowboard boot technology with a skate inspired focus on styling.  They understand a boots true performance can only be felt when you have a seamless fit from your foot in the liner and in in the liner in the shell which you [...]




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Mammoth 6/8/11
Written By: Shayboarder
Perfect day for ride lunch laps at Mammoth.  I love days like this because I just grab the board, gear up and hit the mountain with the ipod (which of course dies about 10 minutes into riding). Luckily, it didn’t faze me and I just lapped pipe and park to have fun. Today I tested the [...]




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Industry Profile: Backcountry.com Communications Manager Marit Fischer
Written By: Shayboarder
Job Title: Communications Manager Employer: Backcountry.com Years on snow: 30 Days on snow: Just asking the years made me sound old. Don’t push your luck. Currently Riding: BD Kilowatts Currently I am: Watching my baby daughter traipse around naked trying like hell to bust into a Lara Bar. Shay: Tell us a little bit about yourself Marit: [...]




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Mammoth 6/5/11
Written By: Shayboarder
There are days when you show up to the mountain and everything syncs up for you:  front row parking, no lines, no one hitting the features in front of you and just jamming along.  As much as today seemed like that with the front row parking and no one on the mountain, it was deceiving [...]




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Ride Snowboards 2011-2012
Written By: Shayboarder
In 1992, Ride Snowboards started with four snowboard models.  Now twenty years later, they have grown their collection of boards, boots and bindings that stays true to their roots.  When it comes to designing snowboard gear, Ride focuses on innovation, quality and style. For snowboards, Ride offers the best of both worlds with their technology.  For [...]




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Industry Profile: Porters Tahoe Web Developer Lars Ames
Written By: Shayboarder
Lars recently left his position at Porters Tahoe but this interview will live on! Job Title: Web Developer, Web Guy, Lead Web Nerd… All applicable Employer: Porters Sports / PortersTahoe.com Years on snow: 20 (on a snowboard) I skied for three years but who really counts those days anyway. Days on snow: 30 and I know that [...]




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Industry Profile: DC Snow Marketing Manager Adam Hawes
Written By: Shayboarder
Job Title: Marketing Manager Employer: DC Years On Snow: Hooked since the 5th Grade. Days On Snow: Never enough. Currently Riding: Mammoth/Bachelor/Snowbird/Hood over the next few weeks. Current Set-Up: DC Devun Walsh 157, DC Lauri Heiskari 153, DC Torstein Horgmo Ply 150.5, DC SuperPark Boots, DC Outerwear and Layering Currently I am: Mildly hungover? Eating a grapefruit and watching the hockey [...]




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Mammoth 6/2/11
Written By: Shayboarder
Winter hasn’t ended.  Weird huh but nope hasn’t ended in Mammoth yet.  The mountain looks and feels like January conditions but my mind/body knows it’s June. Last weekend was pretty packed in town so I hid inside to catch up on launching Industry Profiles and blogging time.  But today it was quiet and I had [...]




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Facemask Friday: Bula
Written By: Shayboarder
When it comes to keeping your face warm on the mountain, facemasks do the job.  On the deep powder days, they keep you from breathing in the snow.  On the sunny days, they keep you from getting burnt.  On windy days, they keep your face from going numb.  Gone are the days that you have [...]




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Rome Gloves 2011-2012
Written By: Shayboarder
It’s no secret that Rome Snowboards designs for the 100 day rider and it stays the same motto when it comes to their gloves.  They continue to create gloves for a range of snowboarding days from the tough winters to the warm summers. For 11-12, Rome Gloves have a lot to offer with a variety of [...]




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Binding Review: 11-12 Technine Jib
Written By: Shayboarder
Location: Winter Park, CO Snow Conditions: Hardpacked to softpacked to icy groomers. Setup: I rode the Technine Jibs on the Unity Reverse with my Vans Veil Boots size 8. Time to set up the binding: Average time to set up since I grabbed the bindings from Technine and took them to Unity to mount up. Fit: The Technine Jibs [...]




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Burton Luggage & Bags 2011-2012
Written By: Shayboarder
When it comes to backpacks, the possibilities are endless with Burton.  Packs for sled rats, backcountry riders, photographers, students, traveling, snowboarding or just having a good time drinking packs.  For packs,  there are many options depending on your needs and many features like skate/board carry or just protecting your laptop.  Their luggage is designed to [...]




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Betty Rides 2011-2012
Written By: Shayboarder
When it comes to snowboard outerwear designed specifically for women, Betty Rides has been doing it since 1994 and continues to bring quality and fashion to the snowboard scene.  For 2011-2012, Betty Rides has seven series for women riders depending on their styles and taste:  Classic (8k/8k), Lucky Plaid (10k/8k), Mosaic (10k,8k), Day Dream (10k,8k), [...]




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Binding Review: 11-12 Rome Targa
Written By: Shayboarder
Location: Mammoth, CA Snow Conditions: Hardpacked to deep powder conditions Setup: I rode the Rome Targa bindings on the Rome Mod Rocker with my Vans Veil Boots size 8. Time to set up the binding: Pretty quick timing to mount up the Targa’s during the demo.  I figured that they might take some time with adjustments but for [...]




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Frends 2011-2012
Written By: Shayboarder
There is no “I” in Frends.  That’s certainly the case with the Frends headphone collection, it’s a collaborative effort driven by imagination and the ability to translate ideas into a reality.  Frends is a crew of pro and bro snowboarders who welcome new frends, who have your back and won’t leave you out in the [...]




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Facemask Friday: Wrong Gear
Written By: Shayboarder
When it comes to keeping your face warm on the mountain, facemasks do the job.  On the deep powder days, they keep you from breathing in the snow.  On the sunny days, they keep you from getting burnt.  On windy days, they keep your face from going numb.  Gone are the days that you have [...]




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