Nibbles & Bits
June 6th, 2014

Because it’s Friday…

Three dudes go to a ski lodge. There aren’t enough rooms for ‘em all, so they have to share a bed.

In the middle of the night, the guy on the right wakes up and says, “I had this wild, vivid dream of getting a hand job!”

The guy on the left wakes up, and unbelievably, he’s had the same dream, too.

Then the guy in the middle wakes up and says, “That’s funny, I dreamed I was skiing!”


June 5th, 2014

Take a #GoggleSelfie, win ski trip to South America from Ski.com

Yep, you read it correctly — Ski.com is hosting a “selfie” contest from now until June 16. Participate, and you could win a ski/snowboard trip to Valle Nevado, Chile. The rules are simple, all you’ve got to do is take your best selfie while wearing your ski goggles, post the photo to either Instagram or Twitter, and add “#GoggleSelfie” to the caption. Then, complete this contact form and you’re entered to win. Contest winners will be determined on July 1, 2014. The top five photos will receive a pair of POC Retina Big goggles and the winning photo will win an eight-day, seven-night trip to South America, which includes 50% off flights to boot. This is a frickin’ sweet deal, so don’t miss out — post a #GoggleSelfie. For more information, visit Ski.com or click here.

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June 4th, 2014

Christensen, Fostvedt and Herman to attend Freeskier Week at Windells

Freeskier Week invades Windells Camp June 11-17. That’s next week, folks. Joining us for the session: golden boy Joss Christensen, heavy-hitter Karl Fostvedt and queen of fun, Keri Herman. It’s not too late to register for camp; if good times under the sun on Mt. Hood sounds like your cup of tea, check out windells.com for info on how to join.

For now, enjoy the recap video from Freeskier Week, 2013 edition.

Highlights: Freeskier Week at Windells, summer 2013

June 3rd, 2014

Pre-order 2014/15 Saga Outerwear, enter to win limited edition duffel bag

Saga Outerwear has done us all a favor and started up the 2014/15 ski season with a mid-summer pre-order offer. Starting today, Saga will be offering its 2014/15 line at sagaouterwear.com along with an updated version of the Saga mobile app. Take advantage of the exclusive pre-order and you may receive free shipping, a mystery item, or even a limited edition duffel bag. The brand anticipates that many styles, colors, and sizes within its “most extensive collection to date” may sell out before the season even begins, so be sure to download the new app and get the goods while they last. For more details, read the press release, below.

Press Release, Saga Outerwear:

With the release of our most extensive collection to date we are anticipating many items to sell out before a single snowflake hits the ground. It is for this reason that we are launching our 2014/2015 presales today, Tuesday June 3rd in conjunction with an updated version of the Saga App.

The 2014/2015 collection reinforces the foundation of Saga: Quality and Exclusivity. Pre-Order benefits will be offered for a limited time and for a limited amount of inventory. After the Pre-Order period, many styles, color-ways and sizes will be unavailable direct from Saga’s online shop and will not be restocked. If you miss out on the pieces you want, we will have a certified dealer page that will direct you to the nearest shop that may have the items in stock.

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Photo provided by Saga Outerwear

Additionally we will be offering a variety of discounts and gifts for all Pre-Orders.

Free Shipping will be offered to:
o USA orders over $99
o Canadian orders over $199
o International orders over $399

Free Limited Edition Duffel Bags will be offered (while supplies last) to:
o All Pre-Orders over $499

Free Mystery Item will be offered to:
o All Pre-Orders

The update to the Saga App features all the previously favorite features such as the Video Feed, Saga Retailers locator, and a completely revamped Mix and Match feature that allows you to take photos and over lay the new products on the image with the ability to resize and adjust them to fit. From the app you can directly upload and share your images as well as link to the Saga Outerwear store page where you can purchase all of our products.


June 3rd, 2014

SPY celebrates in style, releases new “Happy 20 Collection”

SPY has released a new line of rad sunglasses in celebration of its 20th year of “style and smiles.” The new “Happy 20 Collection” consists of three different frames, each in two color-ways – featuring recycled materials, new “Happy Lens” technology (allowing long-wave blue light in, while blocking bad UV rays through the lens), and range from $130-$170. Check ‘em out and treat yo’ self, here. For more info, see SPY’s press release, below.

Press Release, SPY:

SPY® is happy to introduce the Happy 20 Collection—three limited edition styles designed to celebrate two decades of putting Happy smiles on the faces of people everywhere. Pushing the research and development envelope both technologically and aesthetically, the Happy 20 Collection includes three unique sunglasses featuring the Happy Lens™ that reaffirm where we started, where we’re at, and what the future holds.
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Image provided by SPY

“SPY has now been on the vanguard of eyewear evolution for twenty years,” says Michael Marckx, SPY president and CEO. “The Happy 20 Collection combines our distinct design heritage with our current technologies to make something for people who have been with SPY all along and for those who are just hopping on the train. Plus, we give a nod to where we are all headed. In any form, we promise you’re in for a fun ride.”

A limited edition collection, Happy 20 is built with recycled metals and SPY’s 100% biodegradable Plantate™ frame material. Additionally, all three Happy 20 styles feature SPY’s Happy Lens—a lens technology that lets in the sun’s “good” rays that studies suggest create an uplift in mood and alertness, while still blocking the sun’s “bad” rays.

“With SPY being one of the last standing independent eyewear brands, we wanted to celebrate twenty years of innovation and Happy smiles with a unique collection,” says Juliette Koh, SPY product director. “Utilizing Plantate to create all three styles, we were able to transcend our design curve and create pieces that truly hit on SPY’s heritage—and what the future holds—while still staying in line with our environmentally conscious goals. Happy 20 truly embodies the SPY design language loud and clear.”

Paying homage to SPY heritage, the Fore is a full coverage classic wrap with aggressive styling and unique SPY bevels. A standout frame with a shape so distinct it could only live in the now, the Union is a medium-sized frame with lightweight temples to provide all-day comfort. Embodying our unusual approach in everything we do, the Heir is a fashion-forward sunglass featuring a strong bridge dip, unique temple shape and mixed materials.

Hitting stores this week, the Happy 20 Collection will be available in Matte Black and Woodgrain frame colors and available with Platinum or Emerald Mirror Happy Lenses. MSRP for the Happy 20 Collection ranges from $130 to $170.

For more information about the Happy 20 Collection, click here.


June 2nd, 2014

Summit Series reveals Powder Mountain Resort development plan

Powder Mountain, home to the most skiable acreage of any resort in North America at over 7,000 acres, is getting a resort upgrade, courtesy of new owners The Summit Series. The plan, which is still seeking approval, will consist of 500 homes at the base of “Pow Mow”, as well as luxury homesites at mid-mountain.

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Press Release, Eden, Utah, June 2, 2014:

The Summit Series, which purchased Powder Mountain ski resort here in 2013, has revealed its plan for a village and cultural/entrepreneurial paradise at the resort. If approved, Summit Powder Mountain will consist of 500 homesites and a village core.

Luxury homesites will sprout around the mid-mountain Hidden Lake; many will be a half acre or more. The village core at the mountain’s base will include restaurants, shops, and a variety of high-density residences. Some of these will offer “cultural residencies” for “artists, performers, scientists, activists, athletes and other change makers,” according to the Summit Powder Mountain website. The village will also host future Summit Series events, gatherings that aim to “build community, catalyze entrepreneurship, address global issues, and support artistic achievement, in an effort to make our world a more joyful place.”

Summit also plans to upgrade the lift system and to expand the trail network. It has said it has already installed a cell phone tower to improve communication and safety.

Summit purchased Powder Mountain for a reported $40 million through a crowdsourcing effort last year. It owns nearly 10,000 acres, with 7,000 skiable acres on six peaks.

Summit Powder Mountain is both an extension of and home for the Summit Series itself, a series of invitation-only retreats and discussions focused on business practices, technological innovation, and raising awareness and funds for various charitable causes. “Over the past six years, Summit’s flagship event series has connected and inspired thousands of thought leaders. The collaborative, supportive, and passionate individuals who attend these Summit Series events now have a permanent place to gather year round,” the website says.


June 2nd, 2014

POW and SNOCRU drop film project MOMENTA in effort to save winter

Protect our Winters and SNOCRU (creators of the badass snow sports app) have teamed up and completed a new short film project titledMOMENTA in an effort to save winter by raising awareness about the harsh realities of fossil fuels’ impact on our climate. The film focuses specifically on the influence of coal in the Pacific Northwest through words from winter sports icons, including professional snowboarder Jeremy Jones. Both Protect our Winters and SNOCRU continue to innovate and progress the snow sports industry, and we give two thumbs up to that. Check ‘em out, watch the video, and spread the knowledge.


May 30th, 2014

Olympic gold medalists to appear at Woodward camps this summer

Freeski slopestyle Olympic gold medalist Joss Christensen will be attending both Woodward Copper and Woodward Tahoe this summer. Campers can expect to hang out and train with Christensen at Woodward Copper July 14-15, and at Woodward Tahoe July 16-17. Alongside Christensen, fellow Olympic athlete and American teammate, snowboard slopestyle gold medalist Sage Kotsenberg will also be appearing at camp to session with campers. So, if you haven’t signed up for summer camp yet, you might want to check out this “golden” opportunity. For more information, see the press release provided below.

Press Release, Woodward:

Woodward is thrilled to welcome the first-ever Olympic gold medalists in men’s slopestyle to camp this summer as Sage Kotsenburg and Joss Christensen hit Woodward Copper July 14-15. Campers will get the opportunity to hang out, train and grab photo ops with the Olympians.

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Photo Credit – Robert Mathis

The two Park City locales and members of the “I Ride Park City” All Stars team both made history in the debut of slopestyle this year at the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. Kotsenburg won men’s snowboard slopestyle and Christensen took men’s slopestyle skiing. They’ve been on cereal boxes, early morning talk shows, late-night television, landed in the pages of Rolling Stone and their next stop is camp at Woodward Copper.

“We are excited to welcome Woodward Copper passholders Sage and Joss back to Colorado’s only ski and snowboard camp,” said Morrison Hsieh, General Manager of Woodward Copper. “Campers will enjoy a ton of snow with Sage and Joss learning new tricks with Woodward’s exclusive Parkskis and Parkboards and some exciting new features we’ve installed for camp this summer.”

Coming off a winter season with more than 29 feet of snow and with a record-breaking number of campers signed up, Woodward Copper is gearing up for a great summer season. Along with lots of snow, campers will get to take advantage of faster and easier laps during on-snow terrain park sessions thanks to the installation of a new surface lift in Central Park. Additionally, campers will be greeted with a new BagJump Freestyle Airbag, which will make aerials possible for campers of all ages and skill levels.

There is still time to sign up to join Sage and Joss at Woodward in July. If you can’t make these dates, there are always pros dropping in. To register or find out more information, click here.


May 29th, 2014

Attitash to follow suit of sister resort with off-season improvements

Attitash Mountain Resort will follow in the footsteps of its sister resort and will undergo a snowmaking makeover this summer. Attitash, located in Bartlett, NH has begun working on a new off-season capital investment project that includes new snowmaking pipe, pump and motor reconstruction, as well as 100 new high efficiency snow guns to add to their arsenal. The venture, which will be completed for the beginning of the 2014-15 season, follows on the heels of last year’s $1.3 million dollar improvement of the resort’s main water resource. Executives anticipate that the project will improve snowmaking efficiency and in turn create higher quality snow at the ski area. Learn more in the press release from Attitash below.

Press Release, Attitash Mountain Resort:

Following recent news that it is constructing and will open a new ZipTour attraction this summer, Attitash Mountain Resort has also begun an off-season capital investment project to further improve the efficiency of its snowmaking system for the coming 2014/15 winter season. A majority of the improvements will take place on Bear Peak, including Morning Star, Snowdancer, and Mythmaker trails, as well as the Abenaki Terrain Park.

“The quality of our winter product is a priority,” said John Lowell, President of Attitash Mountain Resort and Wildcat Mountain. “Investing in the snowmaking infrastructure at our ski areas and utilizing newer snow gun technology continues to put us in a position to produce ideal base depths and conditions for skiers and riders early in the winter season that will last until spring.”

The project includes new snowmaking pipe, scheduled pump and motor rebuilds, and a combination of 100 new, high efficiency, low-energy HKD and Snow Logic brand snow guns that will further improve the ability to produce greater amounts of snow while increasing the efficiency of the snowmaking system. These guns produce more snow in both marginal and ideal cold temperatures using less energy and are easier to operate than older snow gun technology. This summer’s improvements follow up the previous year’s 1.3 million dollar Thorne Pond rejuvenation project, a major snowmaking water resource for Attitash.

Attitash Mountain Resort, located in the Mount Washington Valley, will celebrate its 50th Anniversary during the 2014/15 ski season having first opened for skiing in January 26, 1965. Offering two distinct mountains, Attitash and Bear Peak, it is known for its signature terrain parks, ski school and children’s programs, open-glade terrain, après entertainment, family value, and quality slope side accommodations featuring the Attitash Grand Summit Hotel.


May 29th, 2014

Travel to South America, ski with pros and earn college credit. Wait, what?

Looking for a cool way to earn college credit? This summer, Sierra Nevada College and SASS Global Travel are providing the opportunity for students from any college to ski with top skiers, while learning from avalanche researchers and professionals to receive college credit. The program, based in San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina, will be offered August 2-16, 2014 and will feature professional skiers such as Michelle Parker and researchers from The American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education. This is definitely a pretty unique way to expand your mountain awareness (in a damn cool locale, we might add), ski with the best, and get a little bit closer to that diploma. Learn more about the program in the press release below.

Press Release, SASS Global Travel and Sierra Nevada College:

After a two year hiatus, Sierra Nevada College announced on Wednesday that Tahoe’s only four-year accredited liberal arts college would be reigniting an international educational partnership with SASS Global Travel for the 2014 summer ski and snowboard season in South America.

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Photo courtesy of SASS Global Travel

Students from any college can enroll and earn SNC credits while receiving internationally recognized certificates from the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education, led by the region’s foremost avalanche scientists and educators. Taking place in the Northern Patagonian town of San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina; the SASS Argentina program will host college students and professors as they ski and snowboard with South America’s largest guided backcountry program. Nicole Ferguson, Vice President for Sierra Nevada College was excited at the opportunity the new partnership presents: “This will allow students from any college to earn summer college credits with SNC while learning from avalanche safety professionals in real winter conditions… all while skiing or snowboarding and experiencing a new culture and language.”

SASS Argentina is a full service, big-mountain, backcountry, skiing and snowboarding camp for all ages. SASS takes advantage of the full-on winter conditions to experience powder in the middle of the North American summer. Operating from the base of Catedral Alta Patagonia, South America’s largest single resort, SASS boasts an all-star lineup of pro coaches and guides (including Garrett Russell, Robin van Gyn, Andrew Burns and Tahoe’s own Michelle Parker). Students will gain big-mountain experience and accomplish their goals while skiing or snowboarding in small guided groups, all while earning credits and developing avalanche safety skills.

Courses are offered during the first two weeks of the SASS Argentina program, from August 2nd to August 16, 2014. Program information and registration is available online.