Thursday, July 30, 2009

Only 1 Day Left! July Photo Contest ends tomorrow at midnight. Have you sumbitted your pic yet? These are some sweet Skullcandy headphones. You know you want 'em!

Just wait till our next contest starts in August... do you want to ski or ride free with

Sweet Deals For Winter

For those of us who crave constant snow, the summer season feels like it stays forever. The only good part about summer is that there are TONS of sweet deals floating around out there! You can get last season's boards for around 50% off at most shops, as well as boots, bindings, outerwear, and accessories. Who doesn't love a great deal, right? I've gotten some great deals on several items for next winter. Now... if only it would snow! =]

Here are some of my favorite websites that currently have some sweet deals:

There are tons of other websites out there, but these are my top 5.

Happy shopping!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Are You A Bitch?

Most girls I know don't like to be called 'bitches'. I especially don't want to ride a board with 'bitch' plastered over the bottom... with crappy tech and construction... and bad graphics. You can get WAY better technology in a board from Burton or K2 for half of what you would pay for a Bitchboard. I'll say no more and let you read a few articles from a few more 'bitch-haters'...

Angrysnowboarder - Hey Ladies: Avoid the Bullshit

Ashley Swan
son - Bitchboard's Rant

Desert's Don't Snow - Bitchboard's - How to Tell a Snowboard Company is Bad

Don't get me wrong... I'm totally supportive of any company that's all about the progression of women's snowboarding, but there's a fine line between a company that actually helps the sport progress and one that degrades the image of women on snowboards. I know there are people out there who absolutely LOVE Bitchboards. Alex Masterson seems like a very hardworking woman and her snowboard camps seem great as far as getting girls into the sport, but I just don't see how she thinks the word 'bitch' translates to an 'empowered and beautiful female snowboarder'. What parents would let their kid tote around a board with 'bitch' written all over it?

From what it seems like so far, she has successfully tapped into that 'daddy's girl who wants to show off her pretty expensive board and sit in the lodge sipping hot chocolate and boy-watching' market and pissed off those of us who actually do more than one run at a time. In other words... a fake snowboard chick's dream come true.

Ok, enough of my ranting. This company just baffles me.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Mountainboarding & High Ground Mountainboard Park

When the snow melts and our boards get that last coat of storage wax, we constantly think of ways to get better for next season. Some people surf, wakeboard, or skateboard to keep those snow skills in tune, but there’s a sport that is getting bigger and bigger every year and that sport is mountainboarding. I recently got my hands on a mountainboard and it’s been an exciting, yet sometimes painful thrill ride ever since. I had never set foot on a mountainboard till a few weeks ago and I’ve been addicted ever since. For those of you who are not familiar with the sport, a mountainboard is basically an oversized skateboard deck with inflatable tires that enable you go to through dirt, gravel, and grass, making it the ultimate all-terrain board sport. When riding a mountainboard, I highly suggest using a helmet, knee and elbow pads, and yes, you will get dirty! Dirt is not quite as forgiving as snow, so be prepared for a few falls the first few times. There are several different brands of mountainboards and most have different categories depending on what type of riding style you want. You can choose from boards designed for carving, racing or bombing the hill, park or freestyle riding, and everything in between… much like snowboarding. Some boards even come with brakes to help you learn the basics without getting out of control.

The resort I work at in the winter, Ski Beech in North Carolina, is now home to the High Ground Mountainboard Park. Built by Ground Industries, the park is one of the only mountainboard specific parks in the southeast and brings people from all around to test out their skills on the dirt. With 2 jumps, a hip, 2 log slides, 2 drops, and 2 wall rides, the park is aimed mostly toward intermediate and advanced riders. Since I’m a beginner, I stick mostly to carving on wide open grassy hills and rarely venture into the park. In time, I have faith that I will be doing 360’s and grabs with ease to help me stay in shape for the snow season.

Mountainboarding is a good cross-training sport for snowboarding because it uses many of the same muscles as snowboarding and helps with balance. Spins and grabs are popular among mountainboard riders, which keep those park skills in check till the snow starts to fall again. If you’re looking for an adrenaline packed downhill thrill ride after the snow melts, mountainboarding is a sport you should definitely check out!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Do you want to ride for free? has it's hands on a few season passes that we will give away within the next few months. These season passes are to local NC resorts, so sorry for those who live elsewhere :( But... if you do live in the area, stay tuned to for more info on the new contest! Who doesn't want free stuff?