The kick-ass snowsports mobile app SNOCRU will be giving away some sweet summer prize packs via instagram this month, and the way to win is simple. First off, follow SNOCRU on Instagram. Second, re-post the image of the prize packs (as they are released) and tag @snocru. Winners will be selected randomly each week.
Also, users of the SNOCRU mobile app will now be able to tag CRU on all check ins and status updates within the app. All it takes is claiming your free upgrade here. So, don’t miss out on the free schwag, app update this summer and start following @snocru.
June 25th, 2014
Per usual, Momentum camps will be the host to some of the best shredding available in North America this summer. However, this year, the BC based summer camp will also add a plethora of Olympic athletes to the mix as coaches for the summer sessions atop Blackcomb Mountain. Names such as Joss Christensen, Mike Riddle, Justin Dorey, Matt Margetts, Dara Howell, Kim Lamarre, Noah Bowman, Gus Kenworthy, Roz Groenewoud, and Bobby Brown can be expected to be seen shredding and coaching throughout the next few weeks along with an array of other top pros. So, don’t miss your chance to learn from the best in beautiful BC this summer. For more info about the news from Momentum, click here, or see the press release below.
Press Release, Momentum Camps:
Many of the top Olympians from Sochi will be in Whistler over the next few weeks coaching the next generation of skiing stars at Momentum Summer Ski Camps.
Camp Director and two time Olympian John Smart says, “Our campers will have an amazing mix of inspirational coaches and mentors this summer. It’s the best line-up we have ever had in terms of number of Olympians and World Cup medalists – we know that giving the kids access to these high performance athletes really stokes their fire and inspires them to make their own dreams come true.” Over 60 of the world’s top park, pipe and bump skiers have signed up to coach this summer at Momentum’s five weeks of Mogul and Slopestyle sessions, which operate on the glacier at the top of Blackcomb Mountain, Whistler, BC, June 20 – July 28.
Momentum will offer a special Canadian Olympic Mogul focus during their 2nd Session, July 27 – July 4. 2014 Olympic Silver medalist Mik Kingsbury will be joining the team to coach for 9 days, along with Olympians Phil Marquis, Audrey Robichaud and local two time Olympian Tami Bradley. World Cup skiers Eddie Hicks, Chelsea Henitiuk, Bobby Aldighieri and Jackie Brown round out the world class roster.
Inaugural Slopestyle and Pipe 2014 Olympic Gold medalist Joss Christensen and Silver medalist Mike Riddle are headlining the men’s crew along with Olympians James Woods, ABM, Justin Dorey, Matt Margetts and Noah Bowman. Other big names in the sport such as Olympic Silver medalist Gus Kenworthy, Bobby Brown, Alex Schlopy, TJ Schiller, Rory Bushfield, Josh Bibby and Colby West will also be coaching over the next few weeks.
The Olympic theme continues into Momentum’s popular ‘Girls Week’ (July 4 – 12), when Canadian Olympic Slopestyle Gold and Bronze medalists Dara Howell and Kim Lamarre, along with teammates Roz Groenewoud, Meg Gunning, Yuki Tsubota and Keltie Hansen join Momentum’s experienced female crew.
Every summer Momentum builds the largest and most diverse private terrain park on the glacier, including two giant airbags, jumps, rails and a full length FIS spec mogul course. Momentum welcomes over 500 skiers from all over the world aged 9 to 65!
June 24th, 2014
Summer ski camp is the freakin’ best, there’s no denying it. Pristine terrain park set-ups, slushy snow, sunshine, blue skies, mountains of swag and top pros for teachers all equate to one hell of a summer. For the second year, Eira is sponsoring Camp of Champions, and the full team will be getting after it on the Whistler glacier from July 13-20. Don’t miss the chance to learn from pros like Mack Jones, Joe Schuster and Matt Walker; be sure to register today.
To get a better feel for camp, take a gander at the video below.
June 20th, 2014
Momentum Ski Camps has officially announced a new partnership with Giro Sport Design. This summer, Giro helmets will be featured as the official helmet sponsor of the Momentum Summer Camps experience in Whistler, British Columbia. The partnership will enable product testing, while showcasing Giro’s technologies for skiers and riders on some of the best terrain accessible in the summer months. For more info, see the press release provided by Momentum and Giro below, and be sure to wear a helmet, folks.
Press Release, Giro and Momentum Ski Camp:
Giro Sport Design, the industry leader in progressive snow helmet, snow goggles and innovative technologies, has announced a summer camp sponsorship partnership with Momentum Ski Camp as the official helmet partner for their 2014 sessions.
“Momentum Ski Camp defines progression in freestyle skiing, is the off-season training grounds of our top team athletes, and showcases the capabilities of Giro’s products,” said Brendan Murphey, Giro Brand Manager. “Momentum is the best freeski terrain park in North America and the summer hotbed of next-level freestyle skiing progression. Momentum Ski Camp embodies the same passion for progression and evolution of sport as we do at Giro. We are beyond excited to partner with the camp to help cultivate the next generation of freestyle skiers.”
Terrain parks and summer freestyle camps like Momentum Ski Camp is where Giro staff and team riders test and develop new products like the Combyn, the flagship Soft Shell helmet inspired by park and pipe riding where repeated impacts are the inevitable price of progression, and the Blok goggle, a versatile goggle designed with team rider input which blends superior EXV technology and function with classic style. The Momentum Ski Camp relationship brings Giro together with organizations committed to progressing freestyle skiing. Momentum Ski Camp attendees will see an increased Giro brand presence on the hill and on campers, camp staff and coaches in Giro helmets like the Combyn, during special events, as well as in marketing collateral and social media.
“Momentum Camps gives kids the opportunity to ski and learn from the best skiers in the world.” said John Smart, Momentum Ski Camps Director. “Our sponsors are partners in this operation and sponsors like Giro provides awesome prizes for these kids to win at camp. Giro sponsors many of our top coaches and supports our crew and diggers who are the backbone to building and maintaining our terrain park on a daily basis. And, we’re stoked that Giro will be building and adding their own unique feature to our terrain park this year.”
Momentum Ski Camp plans to have five camp sessions over the summer months beginning on June 20, 2014 through July 28, 2014. Camp attendees can expect to see Giro athlete and Sochi Olympic Gold Medalist Joss Christensen as a Momentum coach this summer. Additional Giro athlete coaches include Justin Dorey, Riley Leboe, Mike Riddle, and Alex Schlopy.
June 20th, 2014
Michelle Parker has been returning to Argentina for summer shred with SASS Global Travel for the past eight years. This year, she’s headed back to the South American ski destination and you can join her. Together, Parker and SASS Global Travel will host and introduce female rippers to the massive terrain available in the Andes Mountain Range through a program called SASS Argentina Women’Session. The program is scheduled for August 16-30 with two separate sessions, so don’t miss out: sign up to ski and learn from pro skier Michelle Parker in some of the best terrain accessible in South America. For more info on the Women’Session, Michelle Parker, and SASS Global Travel see the press release below.
Press Release, SASS Global Travel:
SASS Global Travel, the worldwide leader in surf and snow adventure travel, invites skiers and snowboarders who happen to be female down for a specialized women’s specific big mountain backcountry progression session in Argentina. 2014 will be the sixth year SASS has operated the Women’Session. Professional skier and SASS Argentina coach, Michelle Parker sat down in front of a camera recently to discuss the benefits of summer shredding in a group of like-minded women all looking to push their limits and have fun.
Video: SASS Global Travel | Women’Session
Michelle has been returning to SASS Argentina every summer for the past eight years. During the Women’Session it is her goal to introduce female skiers to the unreal terrain of the Andes and share her passion for Argentine culture. Clients are invited to join Michelle in her element and learn from one of the top female skiers in the world.
About SASS Argentina Women’ Session:
While in Argentina female clients will be guided by SASS Argentina’s expert staff of pro skiers and snowboarders into one of the most incredible backcountry environments in the world. Coaches will get clients shredding some of the most amazing terrain they’ve ever seen, let alone ridden, and do it in a customized progression that allows them to reach a new level in thier skiing/riding. SASS wants to pull back the curtain of intimidation and let ladies experience how the pros ride. Pro coaches Robin Van Gyn, Hana Beaman and Michelle Parker will be on hand to show small groups around the big mountain terrain that the Andes provide.
The SASS Argentina Women’Session 2014 will opperate during Session 1c and 2a running from August 16th through the 30th. Don’t worry, guys are invited during this time as well, and it just might be the perfect opportunity to avoid typical mountain-town ratios.
About SASS Global Travel:
SASS Global Travel is dedicated to the experience of travel and action sports. With roots dating back a decade in the Argentina backcountry, the present-day company seeks to create a community of passionate action sports travelers in both snow and surf. With the addition of SASS Japan and the Rincon Surf School in northwest Puerto Rico, SASS combines unparalleled access to the goods with the best guides, locations, education and professionals. Learn more about us online.
June 19th, 2014
After an eight-month winter season, Colorado’s Arapahoe Basin ski resort has announced that it will be officially closing Sunday, June 22. A-Basin has been apart of a record breaking 2013/14 ski and snowboard season in Colorado, but as they say, all good things must come to an end. The ski area will be open and accessible for skiers and snowboarders Friday, Saturday and Sunday (June 20, 21, 22) from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. So, if you happen to be in Colorado this weekend, be sure to get the goods at A-Bay while you still can. For more details on the closing weekend, check out the press release below.
Press Release, Arapahoe Basin, CO:
Eight months after kicking off Colorado’s record-breaking 2013-14 ski and ride season, Arapahoe Basin (A-Basin) announced that the mountain will close for winter operations on Sunday, June 22, 2014. The ski area will be open for lift-served skiing and riding this coming Friday, Saturday and Sunday (June 20-22) from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Arapahoe Basin was the first ski area to open in Colorado on October 13, 2013. Over the course of this season, A-Basin received over 440 inches of snow, allowing it to extend the season past the initial June 1, 2014, closing date. February was the snowiest month for the ski area this season with over 90 inches of recorded snowfall. On Sunday, A-Basin will have operated for 241 days, including the three “bonus” extension weekends. While not the longest season on record, this season stands as one of the busiest and most successful for A-Basin.
“From our October 13 opening to the 6th Alley Bar & Grill remodel, to those extraordinary mid-season powder days to the summer skiing – this has certainly been one of the most amazing ski seasons Arapahoe Basin has ever had,” said Alan Henceroth, A-Basin’s Chief Operating Officer.
Notable on-mountain improvements this season included a $1 million renovation to the 6th Alley Bar & Grill, the ski area’s popular après spot. In May 2014, A-Basin received the prestigious NSAA/Ski Magazine Golden Eagle Award for excellence in its waste-reduction program which focused on recycling and composting, as well as guest education. Currently, A-Basin is in the process of constructing a new Kids’ Center for its snowsports students, and expects that project to be completed in early 2015. By installing solar energy in this new building as well as other environmentally-friendly amenities, A-Basin remains committed to protecting its special mountain environment for generations to come.
Although summer is in full swing, A-Basin has already focused on creating low-cost lift ticket and pass products for next season. Arapahoe Basin will release its 2014-15 season pass and multi-day lift ticket products on July 1, 2014. Ticket packs will include a version of the ski area’s popular Elevation pass as well as a transferable lift ticket pack. Stay tuned to arapahoebasin.com for more information.
The Basin doesn’t shut down just because the ski season is over. From July 5 to August 31, the 6th Alley Bar & Grill will be open for lunch Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Arapahoe Basin’s summer events season kicks off July 13 with Yoga on the Mountain at Black Mountain Lodge. Other events include the Summit Challenge Trail Run, a mid-mountain BBQ, and several dining events at Black Mountain Lodge. You can find more information about our summer events by going to arapahoebasin.com/summer.
The entire A-Basin family thanks all of our guests and friends for making this one of the best seasons on record. We’ll see you on the mountain again soon.
June 19th, 2014
The time has finally come. On Saturday, June 21, Whistler’s Horstman Glacier is set to open for summer shred. If you’re looking for a kick-ass place to have a kick-ass time this summer, Whistler should be on your list of places to check out. The glacier will be open and accessible for skiing and snowboarding from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. daily until Sunday, July 27 and will feature an outdoor BBQ (essential for summertime shredding). For more info on Whistler and/or the glacier skiing and riding available this summer, see the press release below.
Press Release, Whistler, BC:
On Saturday, June 21 the Wizard Express Chairlift will start to shuttle skiers and snowboarders up to Blackcomb Mountain’s Horstman Glacier for one of the most unique experiences Whistler has to offer; summer skiing and snowboarding.
Less than a month after the end of the winter season, Whistler welcomes skiers and snowboarders from all over the world who are chomping at the bit to get back on the snow. Completely out of sight from the valley floor, the action on Blackcomb Mountain from mid-June to the end of July draws today’s best winter athletes as well as skiers and riders simply looking to get their snow fix.
Supported by two T-bars, the glacier plays host to a public terrain park as well as private areas reserved by a long list of summer camps including Momentum Ski Camps and Camp of Champions, who both build their own massive parks.
“The Grooming and Glacier Operational teams have been busy transforming Blackcomb’s Horstman Glacier into the ultimate summer playground where the best in the world come to train, coach, and play in the summer.” says Adam Francis, Whistler Blackcomb’s Summer Glacier Operations Supervisor. “Our crews have been expertly pushing and sculpting the various terrain features, and installing the latest in rail, tube, bonk, and box features.”
Glacier operating hours are 12pm-3pm daily with the first upload at 11am. The journey to the glacier takes two chairlifts, the Wizard Express and Solar Coaster, and a bus ride across to ride up the 7th Heaven chair. The views on the way up are spectacular, with black bears and other wildlife often spotted from above. The Horstman Hut will be open to the public for snacks, and an outdoor barbeque with a stunning 360 degree view of the surrounding mountains and glacier action. Glacier skiing and riding will run until Sunday, July 27.
Glacier skiing and riding seasons passes can be purchased at a special Early Bird rate of $415 until June 20, with regular price passes available for $485. Winter seasons pass holders are eligible to purchase a pass for $290, with winter EDGE Cardholders eligible to purchase a pass for $335. Single day glacier skiing and riding tickets are available for adults $64, youth/seniors $56, and children $32. Tickets and passes can be purchased online or by calling 1.800.766.0449.
For more information on summer activities at Whistler Blackcomb, visit www.whistlerblackcomb.com.
June 19th, 2014
Sony has officially upped the ante with its Action Cam series in an effort to take its product to the next level. As of this week, the newest firmware updates on the POV camera series will include live streaming, motion shot mode, burst shooting, self-timing, and more. For more details on the updates for the Action Cam series, check out the press release below.
Press Release, Sony Electronics:
Sony Electronics has released a series of firmware updates for their Action Cam lineup that add a variety of new functionality including the ability to live stream video from the flagship AS100V cameras.
In addition to live streaming, the new firmware adds motion shot mode, burst shooting, and a self-timer to the Action Cam AS100V model.
There is also an update available for the AS30V model which gives the Sony Live View Remote (model RMT-VR1) the ability to control multiple AS30V cameras, improves the auto exposure and allows Wi-Fi to operate without requiring a memory card to be installed.
Formal summary of firmware updates below:
Live Streaming Capabilities via Internet (AS100V only): The AS100V will have the ability to utilize U-Stream® for live steaming content via the internet. Now you can link your favorite social accounts with the streaming to notify your friends when you’re live streaming from your camera.
Motion Shot Mode (AS100V only): The Motion Shot LE mode will be added to the AS100V to allow users to capture traces of a moving subject in one image so that it appears to be a continuous picture. Sample screen shots below:
1. Burst Shooting and Self-Timer (AS100V only): This new update enables burst still shooting up to 10fps as well as a self-timer with an option for a delay of either 2 seconds or 10 seconds.
2. Multi Camera Control, Wi-Fi, and Improved Auto Exposure (AS30V only): Another update allows for the AS30V to have multi camera control (up to five cameras) via an optional Sony Live Remote Control RMT-LVR1. Wi-Fi capabilities will now be available without a memory card inserted as well as significantly improved auto exposure.
The Action Cam firmware updates can be downloaded immediately from the following links:
HDR-AS100V Update – LINKS:
Mac OS: http://esupport.sony.com/swu/9899/US
HDR-AS30V Update – LINKS:
Mac OS: http://esupport.sony.com/swu/9895/US
June 16th, 2014
Despite less than ideal conditions up at Windells for #FreeskierWeek, the crew continues to get down. One of the more impressive maneuevers came from Crazy Karl: a switch on, front swap, back three swap, front 270 out. Can’t quite fathom that? Enjoy the Instagram vid below.
June 12th, 2014
Valle Nevado is not the only resort in the Andes Mountain range getting battered with snow right now. However, due to a massive amount of recent snowfall, the Chilean resort has made the announcement that it will be opening for the 2014 ski season two weeks ahead of schedule. That’s right, as the Southern Hemisphere gets dumped on in the early part of its El Nino season, Valle Nevado, Chile will now officially open on Friday, June 13. So, if you happen to be in South America tomorrow, leave the superstitions about Friday the 13th aside and break out your boots and poles, the 2014 season in Chile is officially underway.
For more info, see the press release provided by Valle Nevado, below.
Press Release, Valle Nevado, Chile:
Valle Nevado announces that due to heavy early snowfall, the ski resort will open two weeks before the scheduled date for the 2014 season, this Friday, June 13. While El Niño weather patterns have forecasted favorable weather conditions for the central Andes this year, the amount of snow received in the past few weeks has already exceeded expectations, and promises an even better season than previously rumored. Valle Nevado currently has nearly three feet of snow, with more flurries predicted in this week’s forecast. Valle Nevado’s hotels will remain closed until June 27, however most trails, select restaurants and other services will open for day skiers and those lodging in condominiums.
This year there are more reasons than ever to visit Valle Nevado, Chile’s premiere ski resort. Earlier this year Chile joined the U.S. visa waiver program and the $160 reciprocity fee for U.S. visitors has been lifted, making air travel to Chile more convenient and affordable than before. In addition, Valle Nevado just became one of the very first southern hemisphere members of the Mountain Collective Pass, joining the ranks of legendary resorts Alta Snowbird, Aspen Snowmass, Jackson Hole, Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows, Whistler/Blackcomb and Mammoth Mountain. U.S. Mountain Collective pass holders for 2014-15 receive 2 free lift tickets during Valle Nevado’s 2014 season, and “top-tier” pass holders from member resorts receive 50% lift tickets for up to 7 days.
North American residents have even more ways to save this 2014 season. Skiers can receive up to 35% off hotel reservations for the week of July 11-18, with half board and lift tickets included. Travelers looking for a more independent experience receive up to 25% off apartment rental rates for the same week, July 11-18, with rates starting at just USD $309 per apartment per night in participating condominiums. Plus, an additional 25% discount is available on lift tickets when booked along with your room reservation.
Lastly, as part of Valle Nevado’s USD $150 million Master Development Project that seeks to turn Valle Nevado into the first full service mountain village in the region, the resort announces the inauguration of a new restaurant, La Leñera, serving hearty mountain fare in a cozy lodge setting, as well as two new apartment buildings, El Plomo and Tupungato.