Snowboarding 101

Snowboarding 101Although relatively new in comparison to other winter sports, snowboarding is hugely popular. In fact, many people who may never have thought about taking up the sport in the past watch an exciting performance of a snowboarding event and then hope to take it up as a hobby.

The common question many will ask is where they should start. Taking up snowboarding is not all that difficult once you understand a few basic starting point steps. The very first step is to get the right clothes for the sport.

You definitely do not want to just wear normal winter clothes when you head out to the mountains for your first snowboarding session. There is a specific type of jacket and pants combination that work best with snowboarding adventures. The pants and the jacket are designed not only to keep you warm, they also are completely waterproof, which is an attribute that is going to make your time on the slopes a lot more enjoyable. Taking a trip to a good snowboard shop in Atlanta can ensure you can get the very best attire for your adventures. And yes, this includes a good pair of gloves.

The boots and the accompanying snowboard do have to be selected much more carefully. Reading up about which ones to purchase is advised, but do not assume performing a little basic research is all you are going to need to be able to buy the right ones. Instead, tell the person working in the shop you are new to snowboarding and would like not only the right fit in boots, but also a good beginner snowboard to use. Many shops rent snowboards so you do not necessarily have to buy one your first time out. In fact, you can wait quite a bit of time before making a decision to buy and rent boots and boards until you do. Once again, you do want to have an expert’s opinion on what snowboard and matching boots would be best.

Never do what some novices are prone to doing, which is simply try and teach themselves how to snowboard. Injuries occur this way. There are instructors who can offer a great introduction to snowboarding at a very fair prices. In order to ensure you do get all the basics down and you learn proper snowboarding safety, you do want to have a skilled instructor start you out on the right foot.

You can then use that foot to push your snowboard to the ski life and onto your new winter time hobby.

Picking the Perfect Board

Picking the Perfect BoardAre you new to the world of snowboarding? How can you find an awesome board to take up and enjoy this season? It helps to have an experienced boarder help you out as they can help you find a board that you can use for basic boarding, or one that is set for some hammer chutes, rail riding, and other fun things. Here are some tips you can use to pick out the perfect board.

Know your Board Type

When you head in for a board, you need to have an idea of the board type you want. Are you planning to do some all-mountain boarding? This board is used to do just about anything from groomed runs to some back-country boarding. Most boarders will pick an all-mountain board as it can do just about everything you need. If you are a boarder that is big into rail grinding, opt for a freestyle board. People that links to do some backcountry boarding can opt for the splitboard. Then there is the freeride boards which is perfect for the clumpy snow in the backcountry areas. If you spend a lot of time in the fluffy powder, you need the right powder board to ride on.

Pick Your Boots

The important part of boarding comes down to your feet. You need a good pair of boots that you are really comfortable wearing. Once you have a good set of boots, it is easy to match them up to a board that fits your needs.

Camber or Rocker?

When you are looking at the board types, you need to figure out if you are a camber or rocker. The camber will give you a stable ride on the hardpack and groomed runs. The camber is a good board for the hard turns and is very responsive. The rocker is a little different as it has upturned noses and tails. This is used to give you the right responsiveness for riding the rails and going through powder.

Length

This is the part that is hard for some people to figure out. You want to stand a board on its tail and then determine where the nose of the board reaches. It should rest between your nose and chin to be the right size. A longer board is used for the boarders that want to go faster. If you are in for tricks and other things, opt for a board that is a little shorter.

Choose your Stance

One of the things that is important when choosing a board is figuring out your stance. Do you like to ride goofy? You need to look at the bolt holes to see how far apart they are, and how your binding and boots fit on them. If you are buying a brand like Burton, you won’t have bolt holes, they use slots instead of the bolt holes.

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Winter activities in Jackson Hole

jackson holeWelcome to beautiful Wyoming and the fantastic scenery of Jackson Hole. You’ve come for the fun and excitement offered here for all winter time enthusiasts.

Just think of all the fun you’ll have on the thousands of acres of skiable area surrounding the Jackson Hole hotels and resorts. You’ll find nearly 400 acres right next to the town of Jackson and over 4000 acres just 12 miles away at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. That includes a large sway of in bounds and back country area. Plenty of lifts are also there to get you up where you belong – on the slopes!

Fine dining and carousing await any traveler in the town bars and saloons. Prepare yourself for a night of line dancing, drinking, social highlights and more as you wind your way through these numerous, and reputable, locations. You’ll never want for things to do while in town or on the mountainsides. Also, if you are feeling a little lazier than the average skier, than consider taking a break and enjoying a slow morning with a cup of hot cocoa or a comfortable evening sleigh ride snuggled up with a partner. You’ll discover that there is no end to the fun and life-enhancing experiences found in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Then you stop and think: sometimes, despite it being a vacation from life, we’ve brought the children along for the ride. Worst off, you dragged then with you, but forgot to make a few destination stops for them. Have no fear because Jackson Hole is packed with excitement for them too. Consider the following options of things to do with the little bambinos while in the area.

Stop by the Jackson Hole Children’s Museum. It contains plenty of interesting fun for the kids. Until the end of December they feature a river exhibit which is comprised of a large tank filled with the local aquatic life. You’ll even see the rare blue cutthroat trout that is indigenous to the area. During the winter months the museum sports a Snow Patrol exhibit with hands on fun like the drivable snowplow, mock pro-skiing, and a model of ski resorts. There’s even a club house with cooking and other activities on Saturdays.

Like the adults, of course, the children are welcome to join in the skiing and other winter sport fun. With milder slopes available for beginners and more advanced slopes for the experienced downhill runners, the kids can be safely entertained, and get exercise, right nearby. They can ice skate in the local rinks, snowshoe along the winter trails and creeks, go snow tubing, and take a sleigh ride through the elk herds.

Naturally after all that fun, they like yourself will be hankering for some grub. Luckily with the resorts, Jackson Hole hotels, and local diners, your crew will be maintained and more through top notch local cuisine and good old fashioned American grilling (yep, we mean hamburgers ’cause what kid wants a fancy meal?). These family friendly dining locals will make sure you are fed and content every day.

Into the Mind Film Trailer

Apparently now is the time that everybody releases their skiing videos, I guess I should have assumed that. They all find a way to seem unique and get me excited, but I’m a sucker for trailers of any kind so I guess that’s not saying much. Sherpa’s Cinema put this one together, the same guys who made “All.I.Can,”- the now famous video of JP Auclair skiing down side streets.

This new video was shot in Alaska, Costa Rica, Himalayas, Canada and Bolivia. It boasts some amazing cinematography and effects- the film will come out in Fall 2013. So for now, we must wait.

Few Words- Candide Thovex

Ski legend Candide Thovex’s new movie Few Words debuted recently after much anticipation. It’s more or less a documentary about Candide’s life while including some incredible footage of the man himself. The french native has a long storied career, including battling a broken back a few years ago. The Quik Silver video got a lot of hype after the trailer below was released. They will be announcing North American tour dates on their facebook page. The DVD will be released in December so get ready!

California Snow Tubing Really Does Exist!

snow-tubingSnow and California go together about as well as a peanut butter and roast beef sandwich; however, with the use of high-tech snow creation equipment, California snow tubing is becoming a favorite of snow sport enthusiasts from every part of the nation. You would think that one of the main things a state would need to be able to hold snow sports. California businesses have taken this fact into consideration and came up with revolutionary measures to overcome this obstacle. Their snow making equipment is capable of producing an amount of snow that’s on par with what you would see in states that are known for their winter weather. The addition of winter sports to the already varied amount of choices in this state makes California a state that tourists won’t want to miss. Imagine going from the beach to the slopes within the course of a single day. No state in the union is as eclectic as this one.

When you consider taking advantage of something that a state is not known for, it’s understandable if you have some suspicion. These companies have thought about everything needed to replicate the experience you will find when you go to a state with natural winter weather. You will have a difficult time distinguishing the experience that you will have in both situations. As this way of doing things becomes more prevalent, you have as broad of an amount of resorts to choose from as you would in other areas of the country. Until then, you’re left to choose between a few companies who are definitely ahead of their time. Resorts like Mountain High rank at the top of the winter tourism industry in California because they got in on the ground floor and excel in what’s a largely unproven venture. You will be able to find other organizations that do nearly as good of a job, but you’re guaranteed to have as good of a time as possible when you decide on Mountain High.

Grab your tube and book a ticket to California today. As soon as you get tired of the snow, you can go elsewhere to find other things to do. It’s a great time to be a fan of winter sports in this country. You have all of the options under the sun and very few areas are off limits. Pretty soon other states will follow California’s lead and start to come up with their own ways of recreating a winter wonderland. If you’re a fan of winter sports, you will agree that the urge to hit the slopes at any given moment is overpowering. You shouldn’t have to travel to another state or country to get that urge satisfied. It should be a matter of taking a small drive to a nearby destination with all your gear loading in your car. Companies in your state should follow the example of what’s going on in California and produce the same experience. It’s only right and has the potential to be very good for business.

Shaun White Lands New Trick

Well he’s done it again folks. Shaun White, the best snowboarder on the planet has landed a new trick that’s been giving him trouble for quite some time. The double alley-oop backside rodeo, is a mouthful but its a pretty legite trick. White landed the trick in a private training session recently, and odds are we’ll be seeing it show up in the Olympics or the X-games pretty soon.

 

National Geographics Top Adventurers of 2013

It’s getting to the end of the year when everybody is coming out with lists of the best whatever and so on; so if you spend time to vote for anything this year make it the Top Adventurer. The polling goes through National Geographic but here is the list and a quick synopsis of what they’ve done.

1. Felix Baumgartner- Clearly the most well known of the top ten but just to recap- Baumgartner jumped from a small helium balloon 128,100 feet, or about 23.5 miles. He became the first human to break the sound barrier without mechanical help-ever.   Delivering one of the best quotes of 2012 he said- “I wish the whole world could see what I see,” said Baumgartner. “Sometimes you have to go up really high to understand how small you really are.” Full interview here

2. Renan Ozturk- Artist, film-maker, and mountain climber- Renan Ozturk has been documenting trips for quite some time. Recently he and two others were the first to ever climb Mount Meru aka the Shark Fin- in the Himalayas. Meru is viewed as a religious symbol of the center of the universe and had never been successfully climbed along the steep ascent. In 2008 Ozturk attempted the climb and documented it only to be forced to turn back 150 meters from the top. He returned in 2011 and finished the climb, scaling the sheer cliff and going down in the history books.

3. Steve Fisher- A native of South Africa, Fisher became the first ever to navigate through the legendary Inga rapids in the Congo- the most difficult rapids in the world. Second only to the Amazon river as far as volume is concerned, the Inga is also in the war torn country of the Democratic Republic of Congo. A group of seven adventurers had attempted the rapids in 1985 but disappeared- either because of the river or perhaps being caught in the crossfire.

4. David Lama-  The mountain of Cerro Torre in Italy has quite a history- saturated with controversy stemming back to Cesare Maestri who put in many bolts on the mountain and launched the issue of ethical climbing behavior. No one has ever been able to climb the peak without the help of Maestri’s bolts until David Lama. At the spry age of 22 Lama free climbed the mountain.

5. Mike Libecki- This guy has a whole slew of firsts and adventures that he accomplished this year- here they are in rapid fire succession.

  • First ascent of Borneo’s West Kalimantan
  • Snowboard in Afghanistan’s (that’s right Afghanistan) Koh-e Baba Mountains and then kite skied over some mountain lakes.
  • Stand-up paddleboarded in Franz Josef Land, right by the North Pole- paddling in between islands and climbing mountains solo that had never before been climbed.
  • Made a new climb on a granite mountain on Greenland’s coast.
  • He is currently heading to Antartica to climb more stuff that has never been climbed before

This guy loves the adventure and the unknown,  his favorite saying is:

“Death and/or old age is coming…..we must live sweet.
The time is now. Why ration passion?
Dream big…..and climb those dreams.
After all, it is not only life, but the quality of this life.”

6. Lizzy Hawker- Trail runners, I give you your Michael Jordan, Mohammad Ali, and or Jackie Robinson of running. Hawker recently ran the Ultra Trail du Mont-Blanc; it’s a French race if you couldn’t tell. It’s a 103- mile race that puts runners traveling through the mountains of France, Italy, and Switzerland.  Oh ya, and she won it- five years in a row- which as you probably have guessed by now is unprecedented. Last year she set the world record for women’s distance run in a 24 hour period with 153.5 miles.

7. Josh Dueck– This story is more about just being the first to do something, it’s about not letting a disability slow you down. Dueck became a parapalegic after a skiing accident- refusing to let that stand in his way Dueck became a pioneer in a new sport. This year he became the first person to do a back flip in a sit-ski.

8. Shannon Galpin- Mountain biker and humanitarian Galpin has been bringing attention to woman’s rights in the war-torn country of Afghanistan. Teamed up with a group of photographers, she is a voice for change using art and photographs. She is also the founder of Mountain2Mountain, a nonprofit organization dedicated to expanding woman’s rights and oppurtunities for education. Galpin has taken advantage of bike riding and rode 140 miles in the Panjshir Valley to raise money.

9. Jeremy Jones- For years Jones has been an inspiration to snowboarders and skiiers alike for his innovation and seeming fearless desire to push his sport farther. He has now become the face of backcountry snowboarding, making several films and founding his own company dedicated to the sport. Jones took these risks in 2009 and now they are starting to pay off, the sport is growing thanks to the help of two films he put out Deeper, and Further. Always pushing the envelope, Jones is the face of backcountry snowboarding.

10. Ramon Navarro- Chilean surfer Navarro rode what he and many others are calling the perfect wave, this past summer in Fiji. His ride is being deemed the best tube ride ever, and even though I could describe it to you- the video below is way better.

 

I personally don’t know who I’m gonna vote for, with so many history making accomplishments it’s hard to say but if you want to vote click here, oh and you can vote everyday. The competition is run through national geographic and if you want more info about the nominees or honorable mentions you can go here. http://goo.gl/vMJYg

Avalanche Slides Happening Already

Three people in Montana were caught up in an avalanche yesterday. Now is a dangerous time because the snow is thin. Read up on the story and some wise words of warning check it out- http://www.adventure-journal.com/2012/10/in-the-news-october-30-2012/

 

Frankenstorm brings early snow- go figure

Another prime example of taking advantage of a hurricane- first kite-boarding and now early snow has fallen over the eastern seaboard. Particularly around the Appalachian Mountains in Tennessee and North Carolina area. So for those of you itching to get out there and have some way of getting there I am officially declaring that the season has begun! For more of the story click here.