Summer Snowboarding at Timberline: Not Just For Summer Camps

When it comes to summer snowboarding, most people think about snowboard camps and the southern hemisphere. A lot of people consider snowboarding at Timberline to just be a novelty in the summer due to the lack of terrain, but they’re just plain wrong. Summer snowboarding is so much more than a bunch of spoiled brats and pro snowboarders trying to one up each other. In fact, it has become one of my favorite times and places to ride, and this is why.


The only time the T-shirt and mittens look will fly.

1. T-Shirt Weather: Snowboarding in a t-shirt is fun. There is just something about feeling the cold radiate off of the ground and the sun beating down on top you.  Don’t lie, you enjoy spring skiing. Summer snowboarding on a glacier is the exact same thing, all summer long.


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2. Summer Halfpipe Riding: I got to ride half pipe through all of June this year.  You know those days when the pipe isn’t quite slush but isn’t quite ice?  Where you can go big and not die?  Imagine having that for weeks on end.


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3. No Kooks:  Hands down there are fewer people getting in your way.  In the summer, almost everyone on the mountain can rip.  Whether it’s gate bashing skiers or rail slaying snowboarders there aren’t many Jerry’s.  If you wake up late when the parks are opening, you don’t even have to deal with gate bashers.  They have to go to bed so they can be up early enough for firm snow.

Camping in the snow in May? Yep, that’s a thing.

4. Chairs Stop Early: While this one sounds shitty, it has its advantages.  Want to go mountain bike? Disc golf? Fishing?  You have plenty of time when the chairs stop turning at 2:00 in the afternoon. Hell, you can even take the last chair up and make the 45 minute hike to Illumination Rock or hike the park for an extra hour.  Just because the chairs stop doesn’t mean the riding has to.

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5. Butterflies:  Yeah, you read that right.  Mother fucking butterflies.  Yeah yeah.  All you fake core, wannabe tough guys out there are making fun of me for this one. You know what though, it’s pretty cool.  Even if you miss the migration you’ll still notice a few throughout the day.

Whatever your excuses have been to not ride Timberline in the summer, stop making them.  The next time the PNW gets hammered all winter, get here and shred.

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Yobeat’s Ultimate Guide to Summer Boarding: Europe

Ten years ago anyone who was anyone would head to the Europe to reek havoc on the quaint glacial villages and enjoy some off season park laps. Although many of the famous European camps of the past such as SPC and The Gap camp held their last camps many moons ago, all is not lost as a few premium spots remain. Here we chat to a few European locals who keep their faith in their home continent and the resorts on offer this Summer.

Folgefonna, Norway
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Folgefonna is a glacier on Norway’s west coast, about 1.5 hours away from Bergen. It has been the go-to for Norwegian snowboarders in the summertime for close to two decades. It might not be the biggest resort, but it’s jam-packed with park features and if you feel a bit more adventurous you can ride the backcountry until mid July easily. If you’re hungry for more hours on the snow it’s also worth mentioning that the sun sets around midnight in the summertime (the t-bar stops but you’re free to hike). If not you can always hang out on the beach (the water is about 70 degrees), skate, fish or other summer activities that sound more exciting than 12 hours of shredding a day.

Best place to Live: Rent a house in the Jondal village or close by. If you’re a bit tougher you can stay in a tent, Norway has a wilderness law that allows anyone to camp basically anywhere as long as it’s not private land (someone’s garden or a farmed field). Just remember that this on the west coast and has similar weather as the North West, i.e, it might get wet..

There is also a camp up there with small cabins, but you get a way better deal on getting together and renting a house.

Work: It’s possible to work as a digger up there, but I don’t know too much about that. Seeing how you can live for free in a tent, hike the features/ride the backcountry for no cost and hitchhike your way up the hill it’s not always necessary to have a job.

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Andreas Wiig, via Whitelines.

Ride: Most of those epic sunset park jump shots you have seen from the likes of Ståle, Torstein, Andreas, Ulrik and so on are from Folgefonna. There are a bunch of awesome features and is without a doubt my favorite park. Still I think all the really easily accessible backcountry is what stands out the most. Around the parking lot / resort there are tons of great backcountry spots if you’re willing to hike instead of using the t-bar.

Party: I don’t think I have ever been to Folgefonna without witnessing some sort of party every day. Norwegians love to drink beer/wine/booze/whatever in the summertime (well, in the winter as well) and we love to do it outdoors. There is a weird bar there, but it’s more of a last resort. Tent/cabin party is where it’s at.

Indoor fridges, Netherlands

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Kas. Photo via the Mustachio

Holland doesn’t have real mountains, but we have 7 indoor slopes around the country. First thing you notice is that there are young kids killing it on rails. The scene is really small, there are maybe around 200 people in it. It’s cool because everyone knows each other and gets to see the other locals from different slopes again at events.

Best place to Live: The Hague, I think. There are 2 indoor slopes close by, good skate scene and also a good surf scene because of the beach in Scheveningen.

Work: If you want free lift tickets, you should look for a job at the rental or as a instructor at the indoor slope. Other than that, it’s not too hard to find an easy job in The Netherlands.

Party: Probably The Hague is the place to be, with loads of bars and clubs.

Ride: Indoor slopes are really good for riding rails and stuff like that, but if you like big jump lines, it’s probably not your thing. There are small jumps but probably icy, small and really steep.

Val Senales, Italy

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This pretty much sums things up. Giacomo Kratter, circa 1996. via Flickr

Val senates one of the best places I have been riding in summer.

Live:  The mountain refuge Bella Vista which is up on the glacier. The food is really good and they have a nice wine, the view is also amazing.

Work: I am not 100% about work but the shapers are super motivated to build stuff and they are really good for what they do. Maybe it’s possible to work with them, if you are talented enough to do so.

Ride: The big line in Val Senales is my favourite you can hit the small jump and then ride in to the big beast and finish up the line with the big hip at the bottom. It’s so much fun and you can take some fast laps.

Party: For parties there aren’t any super mega disco parties but they have few good pubs and I really like the bartenders over there as they are nice, helpful and friendly.

Insider tip: If you plan to go there go and visit the lake, have few beers and enjoy the view.

Yobeat’s Ultimate Guide to Summer Shredding: Argentina

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Words: Andrew Burns. Photos: Ben Girardi

Argentina is one of the coolest places ever. The riding is unreal, I mean how could shredding pow in the summer be bad, but the food, culture, party scene, and people there make it a seriously amazing place to be.

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Live as close to the mountain if you can, it dumps in meters sometimes and the roads will close while peeps at the base are snorkeling through the pow.

Working at SASS is the bomb! If you’re gringo and looking to make some extra loot… good luck… work is tough to find. Better bet, save up some loot and go as a camper. Adult camp at SGT is a nonstop party, and if you’re underage, you’ll still have a blast.

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Ride all day every day! There are a bunch of resorts there, but the sick ones are Las Lenas for high alpine, and Cerro Catedral in Bariloche offers EVERYTHING! Powder lasts a lot longer down in Argy than in N.A. Get those turns under the chair, shred some old trees, gullies, big alpine lines, and kickers! They have decent parks too if it hasn’t snowed in a bit.

I dare you not to party. Shit pops from the pares scene, all the way till 7am. Mountain bars, casinos, steak houses, reggae bars, and discos!

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Local knowledge: Don’t be a dumb gringo. Don’t speak English with a Spanish accent, you aren’t helping them understand, you’re just being an ass clown. Do hook up with some hot locals! They are bangin! Don’t forget: you aren’t at home! Respect these people cause they are the bomb. Go eat some steak and drink some wine, it’s the best in the world!

Need more proof Argentina is the shit? Read about Brooke’s trip down there here.

Yobeat’s Ultimate Guide to Summer Shredding: Australia

Words and photos: Louis Macindoe Threbo_mid_season Times can be tough down here, snow wise. Some time’s it’s on; some time’s it’s off. This was definitely one of the better days from last season.

It was Travis Rice that said “Australia is snowboarding’s last frontier. ”Well maybe I made that up and maybe Australia isn’t the last frontier, but it’s definitely a snowboarder’s last resort. But where else are you going to ride on a giant fuckin’ rock surround by an ocean full of man-eating sharks. If you consider yourself gnarly, you don’t know the meaning of gnarly till you’ve smashed your face on some mangled piece of metal found in one of our many fine terrain parks. Rip the scab off a tinny, we’re going snowboarding in Australia.

spring_riding Despite all of its setbacks, there’s nothing like riding in between the gumtrees in a pair of shorts mid spring.

Ride: In case you’ve been living under a rock, Shaun White chose Australia as his exclusive training ground right before the Sochi games, and look at the wonders that did for him. So if you consider yourself a champion or a chump like big Shaun, Australia is the perfect place to hone your summer riding skills. There are a bunch of resorts spread throughout the Australian alps, however all pretty much sit on the same mountain range but are spread out over two states NSW (New South Wales) and VIC (Victoria).Whilst most Australian resorts have terrain parks, the most comprehensive set-ups can be found at the likes of either NSW resort – Perisher or Thredbo. Both have all the mod cons you’d expect from any world-class resort like dingo jibs, boomerang bonks and hay bail booters. Outside the park, most resorts offer a diverse range of terrain – Australia is the land of the cliff drop to flat. Our mountains are also littered in low lying ‘snow gum’ trees which makes those between-the-trees powder days all that more challenging. So pack a full face if you plan on going in there as the snow gums have a tendency to ‘coat-hanger’ riders.

mainrange The rooftop of Australia. Face melting winds and a cover that hides coarse rock – which is just waiting to rip holes in your base.

Australia’s highest mountain can be accessed on foot in a single day during the winter. Mount Kosciuszko is just at the backside of the NSW resorts and hosts a bunch of solid riding terrain however avalanches in Australia do happen and do claim lives, so wear wrist guards out there.

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Work:

Resort Just like everywhere else, working at the resort should always be the last ‘resort’. Beside the perks of a free season pass, working for the ‘man’ of the ski world blows. Resorts in Australia pay the lowest off all snow and snow town jobs here, they also require the most effort.

brewer_approved Australia has had the privilege to host many global snowboard stars, but none have immersed themselves in the scene like Andrew Brewer. Rumor is that he quit professional snowboarding to work as a lifty here sometime ago.

Industry If you’ve got a good set of kneepads and keen desire to work in the ‘Australian Snowboard Industry’ there is work here. A cushy’ industry’ job most likely consists of fixing core shots on Oxygen hire boards from the turn of the millennium.

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Entrepreneurs There are plenty of Australian start-ups pumping out homemade hoodies and doing a decent trade. So If your harboring some crappy snowboard business proposals, chances are that they might just work down here. Crocheted peanut beanies and fluorescent tall-tees are still hot property in Australia. goonsac Here was have the quintessential Australian Snowboard specimen doing what they do best – drinking from a ‘goon sack’ which hangs from a ceiling, wearing a home-made ‘hooey’ and sporting a saggy peanut beanie. You’d be mistaken in thinking doing a season in Australian is like doing a season is some fucked Canadian interior resort like Fernie. And you’d be right.

Everyone else For majority of the snowboarding vermin there are plenty of shifty cleaning jobs in nearby Mountain Towns, which you may or may NOT need a working visa for (favoring the later). They pay all right, around $22 an hour. Like all cleaning jobs you’ll be spending your days cleaning spew covered blankets, tiles covered in feces and fishing used rubbers out of vacuum wands.

vb There’s no better place to rip the scab off a green bastard like the shores of lake Jindabyne. If you plan on doing a season in Australia, you’ll more than likely be sharing this same view at some point. Cheers.

Eat: Given that you’ll most likely be working a fairly crap job with fairly crap pay your bound to obtain a fairly crap diet whilst doing a season in Australia. The order of the day is ‘Homebrand’ pies, these dull pastry pieces filled full of generic meat will become your staple meal combined with Mie Goreng – the South Pacific’s version of top ramen. But actually tastes better and contains a entire sachet of palm oil, which is kind of unethical since the habitats of orangutans are being destroyed for that stuff. In hindsight best replace the noodles with cheap garlic bread, stick it in your boot after a days riding to defrost it and your good to go. There are no fast food chains in Australian resort towns, which makes dining out a little bit of a squeeze. You’ll have to substitute jack-in-the-box for the local fish-n-chippery or pub meal. However none of these sell any ‘$1 sausage biscuits’. slednecks If you’re into sledding, Australia is your kind of place. Not only is recreational sledding banned in our entire alpine area, the only way you can actually go sledding is in Falls Creek, Victoria. And by ‘sledding’ I mean riding bitch on the back of these home made contraptions.

Live: If you choose to work for a resort they’ll offer you some kind of pay tradeoff for accommodation type deal. Living in staff accommodation is similar to being on a reality show, you’ll be stuck with all kinds of people – considering the migration of snow scum comes from all over Australia, chances are you’ll be stuck in the same room as some future serial killer who sniffs your underwear whilst you shower. Creepy. Best option is to pre-arrange a group of flat-mates and hire a place for the winter. You’ll be either up on the hill or down in the town depending on where you’ll be living. In NSW, you’ll want to find somewhere in Jindabyne – a quiet lakeside town that turns into the STD capital of Australia come winter.

piss To your dismay, no Australian drink Fosters – it’s not even for sale down here.

Play: The Australian Alps are subject to really harsh storms, which can often make riding unpleasant. On these ‘down-days’, there’s not a whole heap to do in the townships of Australian resorts other than to ‘sink piss’. By ‘sinking piss’ what your actually doing is rallying together a bunch of other fellow ‘piss sinkers’ and having a good old fashion ‘piss up’. An event involving the excessive drinking of ‘goon sacks’ – a foil bag filled with cheap wine. The ‘Goon Sack’ is arguably one of Australia’s greatest inventions. Despite what you think, no one drinks or sells Fosters beer in Australia, so get that out of your head and pick up a slab of green bastards – which is the technical term for a case of Victoria Bitter (VB). The Drinking age is 18 here, but most Australian’s start punishing their liver around the start of high school.

Yobeat’s Ultimate Guide To Summer Boarding: Mt. Hood

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Why wasn’t Jesus born in Government Camp? Because there aren’t three wise men and a Virgin in the whole place. BADUMP CHAAAAA!!! But seriously, Govy is America’s summer snowboard mecca and a right of passage to many who hold snowboarding in the highest regards. If you are plotting a trip to the promised land, these are some good things to know.

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You know what they say, “Come to Mount Hood, and live in a van.” Well, no one says that but a lot of people live in their vans. Many other  people’s choice is camping in the woods.The airstrip is free, but it’s just a giant dust field and when ever anyone drives in you are engulfed in a sandstorm that likely contains at least one cigarette butt. It’s kind of the noob’s choice, but hey! It might be a good place to meet other noobs and eventually get hated on by the diggers at HCSC! As for other camping options, avoid wherever you can avoid getting caught by the forest service, so be weary, and try to not to cause a scene. Oh ya, session 1 and 2 it sometimes snows, so…..that would suck.

Oh you mean you actually want walls and a place to take a dump? Why didn’t you say so!

The taco shop apartments:

$400 a month. Basically a college dorm room with a sink, and if I recall my hazy nights in there, shared bathrooms. Not a big deal if you know everyone in there, but I imagine sharing a shitter with some middle aged woman who worships NASCAR could gets weird… or fun… who knows!

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I know some people hang around Windells and wait until someone inevitably gets fired. With one day inbetweens this year, some one is bound to crack! My personal recommendation would be to work at the adventure park at Ski Bowl. Run a zip line, say “shaka” to tourists, who knows you might enjoy yourself. I think you also get a discounted pass. You could also try Timberline Lodge running lifts, or try your luck at the many hotel jobs.

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Public park is poppin’. Christian Hobush. 

Public Park is really your only option. You are not legally allowed to hike up with a snowboard without a lift ticket (people do it…sneakily) so hiking up and riding is fine and dandy until you get caught. I don’t know if “dig to ride” is still a thing, but there was once a time where you could be the kid who has to put up all the sponsor banners (the banner bitch) at 7 am and they would let you ride other park when you weren’t salting. If you don’t know a digger personally and you don’t have the intention of staying through the summer, I assure you, dig to ride is not worth it. I repeat, If you are only going to be there for a few days and you are not good enough at snowboarding to convince HCSC to just give you pass, It would be a better use of your time to ride public.

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Charlie’s, the woods, or the Ratskellar are your choices. If you want to hang with the locals go to Charlies, if you’re looking for tourist babes, world cup games, growlers or infused liquor creations, go to the Rat.  If you’ve seen one night out in Gov’y though, you’ve probably seen them all. Beer. Fried food. Cig party outside. You know the drill.

Local Knowledge

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Silent rock is REAL. Don’t sell things to the campers and not expect to get yelled at. Huckleberry shakes are overrated and too expensive. Their are no girls, but sometimes there are. But they are taken. This might matter. Probably doesn’t. Also, clean up your campsite and don’t be an asshole.

For more tips, check out the ones we wrote in 2012. Not that much has changed.

Yobeat’s Ultimate Guide to Summer Shredding: Chile

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The season is Chile is underway and if you’re after culture and powder, you should probably get your ass down there. If you’re brave, use this guide and do it on your own, or if you’re smart, hit up Steep and Deep Powder Tours, the purveyor of which, Ian Gil, is about to give you the details.

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The Three Valleys: La Parva, El Colorado, Valle Nevado

Live: Farellones, Santiago

Work: Spanish is a must. If you’re looking for work probably the best place to start would be at the mountain. From there you’d have to look at some of the local hotels/lodges and if that fails there’s always Santiago.

Park: If you’re into park this is by far the best region to chill at. All three mountains have parks with El Colorado claiming king. But watch out for La Parva’s new park opening up this season, park designer Pepe Martinez is claiming big things for this season!!

Party: There’s always a Brazilian party going on at Valle Nevado! Your other options are the two bars located in Farellones or get in with the locals and hit up a house party.

Terrain: All three resorts are a little bit different. With La Parva having the best backcountry, El Colorado has the best park and Valle Nevado a combo of the two.

Local knowledge: If you’ve got your avalanche gear and a guide Santa Teresa is one of the best runs on the planet. But beware many have fallen on this epic backcountry run…

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Nevados De Chillán

Live: Las Trancas

Work: As Always start with the mountain and work your way down the road through the town of Las Trancas. The town is small but has several hotels, lodges and restaurants. No Spanish equals no job-o as well-o here-o.

Park: Although they do have a “park” we’d rather say the entire mountain is one big park. There’s a couple small rails, boxes and small jumps…in our opinion don’t waste your time and go enjoy the natural park that is the mountain.

Party: Las Trancas has a couple different bars to party at with the most historical one being the Snow Pub. If you get in with the locals enjoy a local “asado” or as gringos call it amazing BBQ party.

Terrain: In our opinion this mountain has the best terrain of all the resorts in Chile. So vast it would take us a month to show you all the goods.

Local knowledge: Pirigallo is one of the easiest and most accessible sidecountry runs Nevados has to offer. Beware though as it often avalanches and that’s one deadly ride you don’t want to take to the bottom.

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Live: Pucón

Work: Probably the easiest of all the zones to get a job in. The town of Pucón has plenty of restaurants, hotels, hostels, and just about everything.

Park: A little bit better than Nevados de Chillán the park is full of small fun features with Lake Villarica as an amazing backdrop.

Party: Pucón has a ton of bars and even a couple clubs. Mamas y Tapas is a local favorite, has been around forever and even has awesome food to eat.

Terrain: The one thing Pucón lacks is its terrain on the actual resort. If you’re willing to hike there are a ton of backcountry spots where you can build as big a jump as your little heart desires.

Local knowledge:
If you have the guts and want the glory there’s the 4-5 hour hike to the top of the active volcano. Make sure you have a local or a guide with you, as the last thing you want to do is end up frozen and dead in a crevasse.

Yobeat’s Ultimate Guide to Summer Boarding: Colorado Part 1

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Cory Arola, Jones Pass, CO

Words: Paul Bourdon

Colorado gets a bad rap, and perhaps deservedly so. Winters here are long, cold, and windy; and while it does snow here, there are places along the west coast that’ll see more snow in six weeks than Colorado can get all season. That being said, something special tends to happen from mid-February through the end of May. It warms up….a little, the winds relax….a bit, and it starts to snow….a lot. Just about the time that all the kooks Colorado is known for trade in their NeverSummers for flat brimmed caps and tank tops, the riding starts to get really good. If you’re motivated and willing a lifetime of amazing summer riding awaits costing you only a little sweat and the gas money to get to the trail head.

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Loveland pass. Photo:  Italo Carn  

Live: If you wanna chase the white wave through the summer in Colorado, you’d be wise to live in Clear Creek County, Summit County, Leadville, Buena Vista, Aspen,or Gunnison/Crested Butte. From any of these areas stout alpine lines can be accessed with as little as 20-40mins of driving in some instances.

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Colin Walters at Woodward Copper. Photo: Chad Otterstrom

Work: While riding big lines all summer is cheap compared to a session at Woodward, you’ll still have some expenses, so you’re gonna have to get a job ya dirtbag. White water rafting is big business in Colorado, if you’re already a certified raft guide, you can pull down some serious coin by dumping Texans into the drink. If you’re not a card carrying river rat many operations will train you for around $3000. If being stuck on an oversized innertube with a bunch of southerners doesn’t sound like your idea of fun, there’s always the service or labor industries that’ll get you by while you bag lines.

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Paul at y-rag couloir Mt. Evans. Photo: David Gidley  

Ride: Everyone already knows about Woodward at Copper; but you might not know they offer some weekly public access sessions through the summer. (as of press date prices were not posted on the Woodward site for this summer). Abasin is generally a safe bet through early June, and in the best years will keep em turning until early July. If you wanna get away from the lift served scene, places like Loveland Pass can have you standing on top of classic summer lines like Daves Wave or Marjorie Bowl with only about an hour or two of walking. Closer to Aspen, Independence pass also hosts a cadre of impressive lines a short distance from the lot situated at 12,000ft. If that sounds like too much walking for you, check out the Mt. Evans Highway. Topping out at 14,264ft the Mount Evans highway is not only the highest paved road in North America, but it will leave you standing on top of one of Colorado’s fifty-four 14,000ft peaks. Below you await several 1000+ft couloirs that’ll put your balls in your throat. If you’re not Jeremy Jones, St. Marys glacier is a great call. Just watch for the sun cups that transition into death bowls as the summer wears on. Still, the unique surface texture of the dirty death bowls of St. Marys in late summer is one that I think any snowboarder should experience, if only for the laughter that will ensue. With 11,150 square miles of land over 10,000ft the options are literally endless if you’re willing to work a bit. Besides it’s summer, what better excuse do you need to throw on a back pack, camp, and shred? It doesn’t get much better.

 

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Loveland Pass in June

Party: Winter is the true party season here, since that’s when everyone is around; but summer is a great time for a little day drinking in the lot at Abasin. Mother’s Saloon in Georgetown and the West Winds aka the Meth Winds in Idaho Springs are great places to go have a couple beers, shoot some pool, and not feel a strong urge to punch someone in the face. These spots have that upper midwest vibe going for them with big beer mirrors on the walls, patrons who talk mostly into their own drinks, and a pool table that is just level enough to work. In Summit, Ollie’s is also rad for many of the same reasons. Plus, you can’t beat the $5 loaded potato skins during happy hour.

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Local Knowledge: As a general rule of thumb, you want to have a night or two of as close to freezing (ideally below) temps as you can get. Wet slides are a very real possibility this time of year and you want that shit locked up if you’re going to be in heavy terrain. It’s also a good idea to be done for the day by noon which often means starting your day with the sunrise. Be sure to check with CAIC (through the end of May) for regular avy conditions updates.

Yobeat’s Ultimate Guide to Summer Boarding: New Zealand

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You could ride slush this summer. Or you could ride this. 

Words: Alex Stewart, Photos Will Linstead

New Zealand is a shred paradise, The last of its kind, Where no one is too cool for Hi-fives or to busy for a little aprés “brewski.” Where we shred active volcanos and use tractors instead of chairlifts. We are the nation of binge drinking and bad haircuts but just on day shredding here will reignite all the stoke you didn’t know you had already lost.

Live:

You have 3 choices:

-Buy a camper and live life on the road, hitting the club fields dotted around the country.

-If you’re a little wild there’s only one place to go. Be it one week or the whole season, Queenstown with more then 100 bars clubs and restaurants in a town now bigger then the palm of your hand and placed perfectly in the centre of the southern alps its the MECCA for snowboard lifestyle

-If you’re a little more reclusive you want to try find yourself a place in Wanaka a sweet little shed town just an hour far from Queenstown, but super close to some epic resorts

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Work:

If you’ve come to NZ to shred then steer clear of working for a resort, they are New Zealand’s modern day slave drivers, and you’ll be lucky to get 1 day a week to ride. Get into town early season around the end of may start of June, the job hunt can be pretty cut throat so I recommend you apply a little creative license to your resumé where you can.

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Ride:

Backcountry anywhere in NZ is the bomb when it’s on, but you better be keen to get up early because split boarders here have nothing but cocaine and Red Bull flowing through their veins.

Cardronna – Near to Wanaka is the home of high, steep rails, a big triple line, 2 pipes, and a speedy quad chair. If you’re invested in really stepping your game up shredding, there is the key.

Remarkables – Near to Queenstown, the park with the best vibes and most creative setup. Unfortunately an outdated lift makes lapping painful, but bearable.

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They don’t call it the Remarkables for nothing. 

Party:
Go to Queenstown. The alcohol is cheaper then the water and everyday is a Saturday. You’ll find mechanical bulls, ice bars, Tequila Hardman’s and the occasional Wednesdays, people with mustaches or ginger hair drink for free.

Local Knowledge: You can Hitch hike EVERYWHERE! No one’s going to kidnap you and it’s a more reliable means of transport then buying a Subaru.

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Yobeat’s Ultimate Guide to Summer Boarding: France

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Felix Carlier handplanting with a view.

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Warm weather, snowboarding in the morning, tons of activities in the afternoon and crazy parties at night : that’s what Les 2 Alpes will treat you with. As the only french resort with a decent park in the summer, most of the scene gather there. Frenchies but also tons of noisy Italian and Spanish guys, with a few Swiss riders.

Remember France is almost a socialist country, so there is no such thing as “Private park”. Once you have your lift ticket, you can ride 100% of the features.

Les 2 Alpes is a small mountain city with easy access to the lifts. Once there, you won’t need your car to ride, eat, shop or get drunk, and it’s only one hour drive from Grenoble. Here is what you need to know.

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Thomas Delfino, Anouck Grau and Tom Picamoles eating baguettes and drinking water.

Live:

Camping can be an option, but be warned: nights can be cold at 1650m. Just rent one of those cheap apartments and spend your day (and night) outside.

Eat at the “Creperie du centre” for cheap and good stuff (or “Les Sagnes” if you have more money) after riding, and try the best raclette in town at “Le Paellou”. Avoid the glacier restaurant : super expensive and not so good.

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Work:

The snowpark crew used to give free tickets for the next day against a few hours of shaping, but those days are gone. If you want to work up there, just go hassle the bars, camps, shops and restaurants, but it might not be an easy task if you don’t already know someone up there.

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Kazu killed the hip (2010).

Ride:

PROS : The park is pretty cool with several lines, from beginners mini-jumps and boxes to pro features. Two lift lines run through the park. Snow harvesting is forbidden here, so people do not get ecoli in their water.

French people tend to complain about the price of the lift tickets but you know frenchies : complaining is what they do best. €37,50 ($51) is what you will pay for a day, with full access to the parks. Snowboarding is shut down at 1pm, but your pass will give you access to the lifts in the afternoon for mountain biking if that’s your thing. If you buy your pass after 9am, it will be only 30€, a good option.

CONS: The lifts can break down and get crowded. Do not expect a mid-session reshape. On very windy days, the glacier might not open at all. Tons of freestyle skiers.

Party:

The party scene is pretty easy to navigate through. Start your evening at “Les Bleuets,” then get a few drinks at the “Smithy’s” before getting wasted at the “Avalanche Club.” The three joints are only a few meters away from each other.

Try the arranged rhums at Les Bleuets, and it might already be your final stop.

Local knowledge:

– Count on a good 45 minutes travel between the time you get in the first gondola to the time you hit your first rail.

– Early in the summer, you don’t need to get to the park early — everything is just hard-blue ice until 10am. After July 10, get yourself early on the glacier, or the whole park will be already melt down when you arrive. Avoid late August.

– Kumi Yama, the only event of the summer, is going on July 4th to 6th. It’s a cool team contest, parties, free stuff, decent riders (Danny Kass, Kazu Kokubo, Sage Kotsenburg, Victor de le Rue were there the previous years). Note that the biggest jumps are closed to public during the Kumi Yama weekend.

– If you speak Spanish, check out the Dalton camps managed by former Burton pro rider Iker Fernandez. Es el hombre de la situation.

– Take a minute to watch the view from the top of the glacier. Tons of mythic mountains around and on clear weather day, you can see the Mt Blanc, highest European peak, more 100km away.

– If you want to chill in the sun in the afternoon, there is a small artificial lake by the entry of the resort. Bring your own beers.

– Do not buy bread at the supermarket. Bread MUST be bought in a boulangerie.

– Bring water and your own meat, there is a disposable BBQ in the chill zone.

– Respect the locals.

Yobeat’s Ultimate Guide to Summer Boarding: Whistler

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Words: Dale Bailey/Shoulda Danished
Photos: Jordan MacDonald/Footyfiend

Park down in the free lots: 4 & 5, walk into the village, grab some Fat Tony’s za, load up the free ranch and then go sit in the square and watch all of the wild people and the endless array of adorable puppies that Whistler has to offer in the summer time. But, DON’T forget your wallet people! Heck yeah, Whis is definitely one of the most epic summer boarding zones, but it’s pricey on all accounts.

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Ride: The lift passes to get up to the glacier are 60 bucks a day, or if you’re in it for the long run it’s $485 for the month. If you’re extra cool for whatever reason, or know one of the gatekeepers at the summer camps that are up there, you could ride some of the best summer park set-ups that there are these days. If not, public park is decently fun. When you come off the mountain, you had better start swapping your boots for flip flops and see how many beers you can get in while downloading the chair back to the village. This is when it starts to get tough, there are way too many lakes to choose from. Where are you going to chill in the sun while keeping up that buzz? If you’re not too lazy at this point, Loggers Lake is a decent adventure away from the centre of town, but you will definitely be rewarded. I don’t want to rave about it too much because then you will all be more likely to go there and disrupt its peacefulness.

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Party: Forget the party scene, all of the clubs are the same and all of the clubs are expensive. Grab a growler from Whistler brewery and go have a fire in any discrete place in the wilderness or go drink at the skatepark with the homies.

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Work/Live: Work is most commonly done in the restaurant biz, and the best place to stay would probably be in a van parked in your friend’s driveway to avoid the insanely high rent for rooms smaller than your van would be anyways.

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Local knowledge: On your initial arrival, be sure to stock up with alcohol as best you can before leaving Alberta or the States, and bring as much food from Mom’s fridge that fits in the cooler; if there is room amongst all of the beer. When you run out Mom food, you’re probably better off hitting The Furniture Warehouse instead of the expensive grocery stores. They’ve got that $4.95 menu for everything on the menu, and when you get the burger, you’re definitely saving, with regards to what it would cost to make your own at home.

Yobeat’s Ultimate Guide to Summer Snowboarding: Tahoe

Ahh Summer. A time when most people want to do nothing more the lounge by the pool, grill up some grub and soak in the sun. But some of us demand more. Some of want to snowboard, dammit! So for you hardcores, we’ve assembled the ultimate guide to summer boarding and over the next few weeks we’ll be filling you in on everywhere from Canada to Dubai (and everywhere in between.) To start things off, here’s the skinny on Tahoe, cause let’s face it, that snow ain’t gonna last too long. 

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Words and photos: Danny Kern

Snowboarding at Woodward Tahoe during the summer is difficult in a few ways, but it can be done. First off you can be really good at snowboarding or be homies with multiple people that work at the summer camp. Gotta have those connects, you know. Secondly you could just be young and rich and pay your way into a week of camp. A better alternative would to be a junior counselor. This way you get to ride, eat, and sleep for free, with full access to the camp. The con is that you are working for no pay, doing all the dirty work for the camp. It’s actually not much work so it’s a pretty good gig. Lastly you can just work as an employee at Woodward Tahoe. It’s your average camp salary with the perks of free food and lodging. If you’re really lucky, you can even lodge with a bunch of crazy kids who try not to shower the entire week they’re at camp. So if you’re trying to snowboard a terrain park in Tahoe during the summer, those are your choices. If you’re looking to just slide down dirt stained white patches with all your friends there are a few alternatives. Depending on the season there are a few spots around the lake where there will be know one to bug you, but no chairlifts to carry you.

Live

Some of the employees and guest pros of Woodward Tahoe live in Truckee and the Northern lake area during the summer. (Kings Beach, Incline, Tahoe Vista) Most of the employees reside on the Donner Summit in the guest housing, or the Boreal Inn, which is where all the campers stay. The Boreal Inn is a great place for the campers because first off it is at the bottom of the ski hill. It sits at the end of a pump track that passes an outdoor skatepark, a pond, dirt jumps, and a sick concrete skate bowl on the way to the bunker. It’s a lil groms paradise.

Work

Working at Woodward Tahoe is pretty simple. Hang out with kids, make sure they don’t do anything crazy or stupid, and be a straight edge, or at least on the camp’s grounds. The worst part about working at the camp is the hours, but this is expected at almost any summer camp job. Generally you get around 24 hours off, starting Saturday afternoon and ending hung-over on a Sunday afternoon.

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Ride

They claim to call it Boreal Magic. No one really understands how Woodward seems to hold their snow for so long but they do. Harvesting snow is the key to Woodward’s success when building its summer park. This process isn’t the best on the environment and being located right next to one of the US’s most used highways, I-80, doesn’t help the snow last very long either. The park is a blast though and everything is built to help you excel your snowboarding. The rollerboards are a hoot when the snow is gone, and of course there is indoor and outdoor skateboarding, BMX, and now sadly to say, scooters.

Party

If you like getting drunk on the beach with your bros, and the babes with the big butts, where the lake is so blue you have no clue how it’s even possible, Tahoe is the place to be. If you’re looking for your generic nightclub scene, Reno is only half an hour away. Though the most popular place for employees to escape to is Truckee Thursdays. Once a week, Downtown Truckee fills with local business and vendors. The bars go off and the live music on the street never disappoints.

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Local knowledge

-Weekend traffic is a bitch.
-The public docks on Donner Lake are tru
– Hitchhiking is kosher
– Eat At Jax at the Tracks
-T-club
-Truckee skate park
-Frisbee golf
-Truckee river
-Kooks
-Poach the Best Western pool
-Emerald Pools
-Auburn skate park