Nibbles & Bits
July 18th, 2014

Woodward at Copper adds a new toy to its already awesome arsenal

Woodward Copper has increased value to its 2013/14 summer ski setup. Recently, the summer camp has added a brand new bag jump to its already awesome action sports playground. The new jump is showcased just below the summer park setup on Copper Mountain and ready to be stomped on. Throughout the summer, campers and coaches alike will enjoy learning new tricks with a super soft landing. Check out the video of the first session on the jump, below.

Related: Gallery: #FreeskierFest invades Woodward at Copper Barn, wild action ensues


July 18th, 2014

Party on, Wayne: Brand new Hard Rock Hotel and Casino to open in South Lake Tahoe, winter 2014/15

It was announced today that the brand new Hard Rock Hotel and Casino will open in South Lake Tahoe’s casino core in late 2014 or early 2015. Can you say, “Party?” Consider the 4,800 acres of skiable terrain at nearby Heavenly Mountain Resort, the mind blowing views of Lake Tahoe, steep 1,600 vertical foot chutes and over 360 inches of average annual snowfall—throw Hard Rock into the mix and South Lake Tahoe should certainly be on your radar for an upcoming ski getaway.

Press Release, Heavenly Mountain Resort, July 18, 2014:

At a press conference at Heavenly Mountain Resort, the Park Family and Warner Hospitality announced that Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe will open in late December 2014 or early 2015 in South Lake Tahoe’s casino core. In addition to a 25,000 square foot casino, the property will include over 500 renovated hotel rooms, new restaurants and bars, the largest outdoor pool experience in South Lake Tahoe, and an assortment of live entertainment venues both indoors and out.

“The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino brand is iconic for its musical soul and high energy entertainment, which is what we are all about here at Heavenly,” said John Wagnon, senior director of marketing for Vail Resorts, Lake Tahoe. “This will continue to propel the renaissance of South Lake Tahoe as a premier entertainment and recreation destination in the world, and Heavenly is excited to support this brand that is so well aligned with our own. Heavenly skiers and snowboarders will love cruising through a hotel entry bedecked with electric guitars after ripping it up on the mountain all day!”

Other upcoming openings in South Lake Tahoe include The Chateau, a 30,000 square foot retail space across from Heavenly Village, and Azul Latin Kitchen located within Heavenly Village.


July 17th, 2014

A new backcountry device that you’ll want in your pack next season

Thanks to the folks at goTenna, there’s a new backcountry device in town. The communication tool pairs with iPhone or Android devices via bluetoothLE and enables users to send and receive text messages (160 characters or less) and share GPS locations, all without utilizing cell reception. Depending on interference from terrain, the small device allows for users to communicate up to 50 miles apart and provides a “shout” message that will send to all users within range in an emergency. The goTenna product is re-chargeable via a USB cable, weather resistant and easily attachable to other gear. The kicker? You get two of these bad boys for the small price of $150. At such a small cost, the goTenna is incredibly affordable, compact and crucial in case of an emergency situation. For more info, visit gotenna.com

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July 16th, 2014

Enjoy an array of action snow-sport photos from the ESPY awards

It was quite a night for action snow-sports at the ESPY awards this evening. Freeskiing’s own Joss Christensen and David Wise were nominated for “Best Male Olympian” alongside snowboarding’s Olympic gold medalist, Sage Kotsenburg. Olympic champ’ Maddie Bowman was nominated for “Best Female Olympian” along with snowboarding’s Jamie Anderson and Kaitlyn Farrington; Anderson was also nominated for “Best Female Action Sports Athlete.” Cool-boarders Kotsenburg and Anderson ended up taking home ESPYs for Best Male Olympian and Best Female Action Sports Athlete, but as far as I’m concerned, all in attendance were winners. I mean, even Drake aka “Drizzy” turned out to be a much better host than anticipated. Congrats to all of the athletes representing action-snow tonight—you did us proud. Enjoy an array of ESPY pics from the Red Carpet and beyond, below.


July 16th, 2014

Don’t miss out on DPS Skis’ Dreamtime summer event

DPS skis’ Dreamtime event allows for skiers to purchase 2014/15 products at a mega discount. For a limited time, take advantage of sick deals on special edition skis and shaping creations from the Powderworks lab, as well as shipping, mounting, and gift specials. The Dreamtime event will be offered now until August 1, 2014 on dpsskis.com and through select dealers. So make sure to jump on the discount quickly to ensure you get awesome DPS products at a one-time price. For more info, click here.

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Related: APO skis set to relocate to the Rocky Mountain range


July 16th, 2014

Rory Bushfield is winning this summer, big time

Seriously. Bushy, you’re an animal. Sky diving into Momentum Camps’ lane on the Horstman Glacier, dropping care packages from the plane, backflipping up a storm… Way to crush it to the max. Keep up the good work.


July 16th, 2014

Øystein Bråten joins team Red Bull; watch this sick-ass triple cork

Norwegian Øystein Bråten has joined the Red Bull program. The soon-to-be 19-year-old has been on the come-up for the past few seasons, mixing insane technicality with super-fluid style. FREESKIER extends big congratulations to all parties involved on the new partnership. In honor of the news, Field Productions dropped this bomb on Instagram:

To keep up with Bråten, be sure to follow him on Instagram.


July 10th, 2014

Candide’s “Few Words” is available online; get it here

In case you weren’t aware, Candide Thovex’s 2012 documentary Few Words is available for immediate download online. This isn’t a new thing. It’s been available since 2012. If you are one of the few skiers who doesn’t own this movie, you can buy it on iTunes, by following this link.

Related: Watch badass GoPro footage of Candide Thovex shredding his home resort


July 9th, 2014

APO skis set to relocate to the Rocky Mountain range

The ski and snowboard brand APO has announced that it will officially be relocating it’s headquarters to Denver, CO. APO has decided to make the move to the “Mile High City” in an effort to be more centrally located to the Rocky Mountain Range and more accessible for APO athletes Sammy Carlson, 2014 Snowboard Slopestyle Olympic Gold Medalist Sage Kotsenberg and company, while working closely with its US media partners. The gang here at FREESKIER is surely excited to hear this news, as product developments and APO news will now be based locally in Colorado. For more info on the move, see the press release provided by our friends at APO below.

Press Release, APO:

APO is excited to announce it will be centralizing it’s US headquarters to Denver this month. The move reflects Snowide’s commitment to the US market and allows the group to operate inside of a snowsports industry hotbed with APO continuing to offer a full range of skis, snowboards, and technical outerwear.

Cedric LeCordoch, APO’s Global Marketing Manager stated, “Moving to Denver will create a synergy within the US market for APO as all of our sales and marketing associates will be in one location. This move will also allow us to work closely with our US media partners to further enhance the APO brand image.”

Denver’s close proximity to numerous world-class ski resorts will be advantageous for APO, allowing for easy product testing and content generation. The group’s US sales headquarters will be located in the Battery 621 building, which already houses several other action sports brands. The office will feature a full product showroom, allowing buyers to see the group’s full product offers and developments. In addition, Big Fish Media Group will continue to handle all PR activity out of it’s Denver office.

“A US headquarters in Denver will make it possible for us to spend more time with our partners at Sales Guys Inc. where we will focus on creating strong relationships with our specialty retailers and buying groups,” said APO’s Director of Sales Yann Zaccaro.

APO’s riders will now be able to visit the office en route to the mountains in one easy trip to the “Mile High City.” Olympic gold medalist Sage Kotsenburg, Sammy Carlson, Kai Mahler, Eero Niemela, and Spencer O’Brien are some of the APO athletes and product testers that will enjoy the close proximity to the heart of the Rocky Mountains.


July 3rd, 2014

Think you could get up after a slam like this?

Twelve-year-olds can bounce back from pretty much anything. These kids definitely throw down, but they also slam really, really hard. Think you’d be able to get up after a yard sale like this one from Tahoe youngster Cody LaPlante?

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Related: Twelve-year-old Cody LaPlante goes huge, slams hard in season edit