Nibbles & Bits
April 3rd, 2014

Mel Dalebout, founder of DaleBoot, passes away

Earlier this week, Mel Dalebout, founder of ski boot company DaleBoot, passed away. Dalebout founded the company in 1969, and sold it to Rob Graham in 2007. Graham had this to say regarding Dalebout’s passing, and the contributions he’d made to the company:

“The impact Mel has had on the sport we all love so much as been both far reaching and dramatic. His drive, creativity, common sense approach and passion have been an inspiration to us at DaleBoot and will continue to live on within the fabric of our company. His contribution to our industry can be seen on the faces, and on the feet, of the countless satisfied DaleBoot riders, and more broadly, by the adaptation of many of his ideas and designs across the industry as a whole. He’ll be missed for sure, but his legacy will live on as we at DaleBoot continue to further develop and expand the DaleBoot brand.”

The ski industry certainly lost a good one.

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Dalebout in March of 1986.

March 31st, 2014

Find the best spots on and off the mountain this spring with SNOCRU

Spring is here and with that comes longer days, warmer temperatures, and slushy springtime conditions. There also tends to be a lot more après popping off in the springtime. When you’re done with your day, be it 11:00 AM or 4:30 PM, the SNOCRU app can help you find friends nearby for a cocktail. Don’t have any friends? SNOCRU can help you out there, too. Simply check-in at a bar or restaurant, order a bloody mary and watch the friend requests flood your inbox.

SNOCRU is a free smartphone app that caters to anyone who enjoys getting after it and competing with friends on the hill; we have grown to love the app through various powder days and gear testing.


March 31st, 2014

Will Hart wins Red Bull Slope Soakers ‘Design a Feature’ contest; see the entry here

This month, Freeskier joined forces with Red Bull, Copper Mountain, Woodward at Copper and Sol Republic to give one lucky entrant a VIP trip to the 2014 Red Bull Slope Soakers contest at Copper Mountain, along with a consulting gig for the 2015 Slope Soakers event.

Over 35 entries came in from across the United States, many of them quite worthy of consideration. But in the end, only one would claim the title; today, we’re excited to announce Will Hart of Austin, Texas has been selected as the winner.

While Will didn’t go so far as to utilize 3D animation, as some others did, it turns out good ol’ fashioned pen on paper does the trick, so long as the design is feasible. The “Skim Box,” as it’s called, certainly entertained the judges, all of which included Will’s entry in their top three design picks.

Here is Will’s entry, the “Skim Box:”

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Will Hart’s “Skim Box” was a big hit with judges.

Will wrote, “1 = the ‘Skim Box’ (pond skim to up-box) 2 = Flat rail to down rail 3 = C-Box unique. Feasible. The idea is that skiers and riders will be able to send it pretty far off the box. I haven’t seen a pond skim to an up-box before, so I think this would be the first ever. It will work. Trust me.”

The Freeskier team will be hangin’ with Will on Saturday, April 13, amid the 2014 Slope Soakers. For those of you in Colorado (and those willing to make a road trip from elsewhere, too), this is one heck of a solid spring bash; join us.


March 27th, 2014

Vote, vote, vote! for your favorite Orage Masters Hollywood Ridge edit


March 26th, 2014

Head to Breckenridge April 28 for a private slopestyle training camp

This spring, Team Breckenridge Sports Club is hosting a private slopestyle training camp at Breckenridge from April 28 -May 2.

In terms of training, campers will train for six hours a day throughout the five day camp, from approximately 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Breck’s Park Lane will be closed to all other customers, and campers have the option of bringing their own coaching staff, or utilizing the help of Team Breckenridge Sports Club. The camp also includes evening guest lectures and guest coaches. Training fees total $1350.

The camp includes a lodging and food package which includes accommodations at the Double Tree Hotel, breakfast and dinner and adult chaperones provided by Team Breckenridge Sports Club, all for $500.

To register, click here, or call 970-368-2644.

Ski Camp Fact Sheet


March 26th, 2014

Canada’s Highway 93 to be renamed the “Sarah Burke Memorial Highway”

The late, great Sarah Burke was instrumental in the inclusion of the sport of freeskiing in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. In remembrance of the skiing star, the Canadian province of Ontario is renaming Highway 93, which flows through Simcoe County, where Burke was born and raised, to the Sarah Burke Memorial Highway.

“The Sarah Burke Memorial Highway will provide a lasting reminder of her accomplishments,” Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, said in a press release. “It will remind girls everywhere of the amazing possibilities that are open to them.”

For more information, click here.

Related: Remembering Sarah Burke, two years after her passing


March 26th, 2014

Watch Mike Riddle take a nasty slam in the pipe at the SFR Tour in Tignes

Olympic halfpipe silver medalist Mike Riddle has been busy since Sochi, going through the media circus and continuing to compete in halfpipe events across the globe. At the SFR Tour in Tignes, France, he took this nasty spill in the pipe, but thankfully didn’t sustain any major injuries.

Also Watch: Skier doesn’t have the speed on gap-to-rail; it doesn’t end well


March 24th, 2014

Level 1′s Superunknown XI Wild Card poll now open

Level 1 has just unveiled the nine finalists for Superuknown XI. In addition to those nine, a “Wild Card” spot is still up for grabs, and Level 1 is holding an open vote to let its fans decide who will join the Superunknown fun this year. To vote, click here.


March 21st, 2014

Freeride World Tour finals postponed for incoming snow

The Freeride World Tour has had a challenging season in terms of snow conditions and the Xtreme Verbier finals are proving to be no different. The sun has been shining here in the Swiss Alps and while visitors are enjoying the spring-like conditions, the Bec des Rosses competition venue could use a little freshening up in terms of snow. The competition, originally slated for tomorrow, has been put on hold with hopes that mother nature will work her magic. Luckily, the forecast for the weekend is promising and event organizers are utilizing the schedule’s built-in weather window.

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The Bec des Rosses competition venue

While the event is on hold, athletes were able to get up on “The Bec” for an on-hill inspection today. This gave those who haven’t been there a good feel for the face, and those who are returning, a reminder of just how intense it is. This is the most demanding terrain on the tour and misjudging your line can have catastrophic consequences. With a venue like this, the the athletes were no doubt thankful to get on the hill and feel it out.

As the athletes mentally prepare for the big day, visitors are being treated to festivities in town that include live music, new products on display, slack line demos, and nightly parties.

The Junior competition will take place on the “Junior Bec” face (lookers left of the main face) tomorrow starting at 8 am. And if the weather cooperates, organizers are hoping to host the main competition on Tuesday or Wednesday. Stay tuned for updates.


March 20th, 2014

Telluride to hold homecoming celebration for Olympic silver medalist Gus Kenworthy

Men’s Olympic slopestyle silver medalist Gus Kenworthy grew up in Telluride, Colorado, located in the San Juan Mountains in the southwest part of the state. On March 21, the town of Telluride will be throwing a welcome home celebration for Kenworthy. The event schedule is as follows:

5:30 p.m. – Parade
6:15 p.m. – Speeches and special dedication
6:30 p.m. – Meet and greet, poster signing
7:45 p.m. – Fireworks on Main Street

Gus Event Hand Bill Merchants