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Accepted Edits – The Pre Season Mash-up Edition

Another week (or maybe two) has wizzed by in our busy lives as adults who enjoy boarding, and with it came a bunch of videos we watched and didn’t hate. If you like snowboarding, you might like them too.

It’s a Canadian extravaganza, begining with a half-length movie full of inside jokes and some solid manuevers.

Edited by : Dawson McLachlan

Featuring Mark Goodall, Chris Fellner, Cooper Dykeman, Dawson McLachlan, Quin Ellul & Daniel Glibota

Music: 
Pink Floyd – Pigs
Kodak Black – My Wrist
6 Dogs – No Savage
Cousin Stizz – Headlock

Follow em

Proof that you can make an early season without the use of tubes. 

 This video was filmed outside Kelowna B.C. by the same boarders that are in it. Featuring: Aiden Hryciw, Mat Wanbon, Corey Kowalski, Dan Pandzic, Pat Hrivnak, Brayden Kirby, Seb Judge and Mike Rowan. The oven has been preheated, let’s get baked.

Song: Fuzz – Let It Live

If you can make it through three minutes of bullshit about living in a van, there are definitlely some shots worth watching in here from Boreal DAY UNO. 

FILM – @CASEY_WILLAX, @JAMAALSDANKHABITS

Ahh Okemo. Despite the cold and eastern ice, it’s always soft and cuddly like kitties.

Riders: Josh Barr Joe Gould Randall Reynolds John Garoutte 
Music: Will Steller

More Canadians, taking corrugated tubes to the next level. 

Pre season boardn with Geremy G, Bryce Bugera, Tommy Van, Aiden Hyrciw, Mathew Wonbon & Malcom Eppinger

Filming/Editing – Liam Hall

Meanwhile, in the land where the season never begins or ends, flips to rail seem to be the new indoor standard.

Event was hosted by Bart Falhaber, video by Kasper de Zoete – results HERE

An Incestual Hump Day with Yobeat CEO Brooke Geery

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Bitchin’ Boss Brooke Geery showing off her first cattoo.

Yobeat CEO and Publisher Brooke Geery would like to dedicate 2013 to herself. Or, that’s what I thought when I was asked to interview the boss on her own site. Apparently our staff blew it, the pros who were supposed to fill this spot blew it and the only interview we have is classified due to some sponsors requesting their rider not look like an asshole for like a minute or two. So, since you guys complain, bitch and moan whenever we don’t spoon feed you your precious Hump Day, here it is, a very incestual Hump Day with the Queen Bee herself, Brooke Geery.

What the fuck does Yobeat mean?

I started Yobeat when I was 15 with my friend Rachel, who I’d met in the Snowboarding Online Chat Room on AOL. This is when AOL cost $3 an hour and it wasn’t ok to meet people on the Internet yet. Anyway, Rachel lived in Boston, and I lived in Rutland, VT and we met inititally at a steakhouse in Woodstock while our parents nervously hovered over us. Fast forward a bit, we became really good friends and decided to start a zine. But since we didn’t have money, we used the 2GB — or maybe it was 2MB — of free space that AOL provided and it became a website. As for the name, it’s a joke based on trashy teen rags like Tiger Beat and Teen Beat. Since Rachel was from a real city, with actual black people, the joke was that they read “Yobeat” instead.

In the 15ish years of Yobeat glory, who are some of the most famed employees?

Employees is a bit of a misnomer and it’s always just kinda been friends helping out until now, but a short list of contributors people might give a shit about: Todd Richards, Danny Larsen, Colleen Quigley, Preston Strout, Seth Butler (who went on the start the Journal) and Sarah Morrison (who was famous on the Internet before being famous in the internet was a thing). Oh, and we were the first place to publish Tim Zimmerman‘s photos. I’m sure I’m missing some. Jeff Brushie wrote us a really angry email once. Does that count?

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Brooke Geery looking her absolute best.

How many angry emails have you gotten in your career?

I couldn’t count so I’ll just tell the Jeff Brushie story. We used to have a gossip column called “vilification” in which I would write all the stuff I knew/cared about (which was limited as it was 1998) and at one point I called out Jeff Brushie for getting sympathy points from the judges because he was, “Old, fat and washed up.” Little did I know, people actually read Yobeat, including Brushie and he wrote me an all-caps email telling me to, “Learn to go over the lip before I talk all my shit.” It’s still online, let me find the link… http://yobeat.com/issue5.htm

Speaking of making it over the lip, is it a prerequisite that to work for Yobeat you have to suck at snowboarding? Is that why the site is so bitter?

I think you might be projecting your own feelings on to the site. “Bitterness” was never the intention. Yobeat has always just been real, and if something is wack, we’re going to call it out. As for being good or bad at snowboarding to work at the site, that doesn’t matter. I don’t hire pro snowboarders to write because pro snowboarders get paid to do 720s, not blog. Or at least, they used to. I think the new crop of kids coming up with have to do both…

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Brooke looking her absolute worst, and possibly pooping her pants.

You once ran the wakeskate world, correct? What was that like?

Yes, the rumors are true. After college got a job working for Alliance Wake, where I started and ran a wakeskate website. It was awesome, I got to travel to warm places, ride around on boats with tan, in shape dudes and stay with rich people all the time. However, when Yobeat started to take off, I realized that my attention would be better focused on that, so I passed the torch on. I don’t really miss standing in knee deep muck taking photos, but other than that, I have fond memories of the places and people.

What have been the best and worst memories of your time at Yobeat?

I’d have to say the best memory was when you sold our first ad. I never really imagined that Yobeat could work and that was the moment that I was like holy shit, this could be a real thing. Another great moment was when we took a trip to Whitefish last year and got the media hook up — comped tickets, room etc etc. As for worst, probably the fact that I wake up at 5 am every morning and can’t get back to sleep because I am driven to update the internet. But then again, most people probably don’t jump out of bed because they want to do their jobs, do they?

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The highest Brooke has ever been off the ground.

How many enemies have you made along the way?

I used to make a lot more enemies when Yobeat was smaller and I was just freelancing. People didn’t understand why this loud mouthed little girl was calling them out for being stupid, had opinions, or was anywhere other than the kitchen. But a wise man once said to me, “They only hate you until they realize you have power. Then they’re scared of you.”

So you don’t take credit for ruining Josh Sherman’s career?

Ha, I forgot about Josh Sherman. Yeah, he was not a fan of mine after we went on a trip to Quebec together, but I think we both learned something from that one. I learned I have NO DESIRE to be a snowboard photographer and I can’t speak for him, but he is now running his own company, which is maybe a better place for him than in front of the camera.

Where do you want to take Yobeat? Would you quit in an instant if someone offered you the right price?

That’s something I ask myself a lot. Right now, no, I’m not trying to sell it to the highest bidder. The reason I love doing Yobeat is because I get to do anything and everything I want (including giving myself a damn interview) and having to answer to someone would change that. But like they say, money talks, so never say never.

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The Yobeat staff would like to apologize on behalf of Brooke’s hands.

What’s the worst part about being the boss?

Dealing with you. Next question.

Is it true you’re also a tattoo artist?

Yes. I gave Jerm his first tattoo. I was going for a charcoal look, which is why the lines were so squiggly. Either that, or it was because I was drunk and had never given a tattoo before.

You live in Portland, Oregon so you must have tattoos, chickens and a drinking problem right?
I have a tattoo – which I actually got in Chicago, two chickens – which are Jared’s, and I wouldn’t call it a problem.


Brooke is proud of this for some reason, so we included it. Comment away.

Why hasn’t Yobeat adopted Facebook commenting to cool down the anonymous hate like every other site?
Because Yobeat is a community and anonymous commenting is why it’s grown so much. And we deal with trolls the old-fashioned way — by tracking their IP addresses and calling them out publicly.

Where does Yobeat draw the line? How far is too far?

I just told our managing editor this actually. If it makes you feel slightly uncomfortable, then it’s Internet gold. But everything is taken on a case-by-case basis and I abide by the old adage, if it doesn’t feel right, don’t do it.

Why aren’t there random drug tests at Yobeat?

There are. Next question

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Brooke plans on riding 100 days this year, at least. Her life is probably better than yours.

What’s the proudest moment of your snowboard career?

Beating Hannah Teter in a halfpipe contest at Okemo. She was 9, but whatever.

That beats owning Kyle Clancy’s virginity?

Definitely.

Do you think the kids that will read this even know who Kyle Clancy is?

I don’t care. I’m making you take that question out. I just got invited to a premiere in Austria; do you think they’ll fly me there?

No, you’re not that important.

Okemo Death Squad: Walmart Should be Closed forever

The okemo death squad is back and here to drink your beer.
In order of appearance – josh barr, john garoutte, lane lantas, jesse gomez, joey okesson, jason bayne, dan ciminno, casey savage, thomas wescott, tim major
okemo sugarbush mad river glen (poach!!!!) and killington

ONLY SUPERPIPE IN THE EAST NOW OPEN AT OKEMO MOUNTAIN RESORT

Consistently cold overnight temperatures paired with the unwavering dedication of Okemo Mountain Resort’s experienced snowmaking team resulted in the opening of the only Superpipe in the East this week. Featuring 18-foot walls and extending over 500 feet in length, Okemo’s AMP Energy Superpipe is now open daily.

Okemo’s 18-foot Superpipe is located in The Zone and accessible via The Pull surface lift. In addition to the Superpipe, the resort has also built seven terrain parks containing 66 jumps, rails and other creative features.

“The mountain operations team and terrain park crew are dedicated to offering our guests the best possible experience on snow when they visit Okemo. Our snowmaking efforts have been successful this season, and we are proud to be able to offer our guests access to the East’s only 18-foot Amp Energy Superpipe,” said Okemo Mountain Resort Vice President and General Manager Bruce Schmidt. “We will continue to take advantage of cold temperatures to make snow and continually refresh the surface conditions of the more than 500 acres of terrain already open.”

Construction of the Okemo AMP Energy Superpipe required 51 acre-feet of snow, approximately 12 hours of excavator time, and 145 hours of operators working in snowcats to complete the project. The resort is scheduled to host the 2016 USASA Revolution Tour East Coast Halfpipe Qualifier on February 21.

For more information about Okemo Mountain Resort and its parks, visit www.okemo.com, follow Okemo on Instagram @okemomtn and @okemoparks, or like Okemo on Facebook at www.facebook.com/okemomountain

Okemo: The Movie

Maybe it’s the shitty camera resolution, the punk rock or that it’s from Okemo, but this edit gives me a nostalgic feeling. Here’s to a simpler time!

Riders: john garoutte, josh barr, casey savage, brit stocker, charlie berry, jesse kendall, joe gould, lane lantas, and more (in no particular order)

The Making of a Superpipe

With a hefty price tag and minimal interest, you may wonder why resorts are even building halfpipes anymore. But as one of the original homes of halfpipe, Okemo Mountain spells it out for CNN – without using the word fun once.

Stunts: Jason Bayne

A Coupla’ Vermont Edits

Vermont kids are a lot like New Hampshire kids, except slightly less sure everyone’s out to get them. It seems in recent years the New Hampshire scene has really held it down for New England (ever since people gave up on riding halfpipe), but this year, between Carinthia and Sugarbush, we’ve been seeing a lot more of the ol’ Green Mountain State. First up, a “full flick” of sorts from the Okemo Death Squad, aka Josh Barr, John Garoutte, Joe Gould, Spencer Bell, Alex VonBraun, Casey Savage, Jesse Gomez, Brit Stocker, Max Lyons, Jesse Rand, Charlie Berry & Kai Lichtensteiger. It was filmed by Elliot Leonard and edited by Casey Savage.

Now hopefully you had time to get high during that last edit, cause this next one is REAAAAAALY trippy. (just kidding kids, drugs are bad.)

Gatorade Free Flow Tour Weekend Wrapup

Two more real-life Gatorade Free Flow tour events went down this weekend, earning six more riders free trips to Snow Basin to compete in the finals Feb 9-12. If you check your calendar, that makes tomorrow the LAST DAY to submit your video for the virtual stop right here, so don’t blow it.

The third weekend of the Gatorade Free Flow Tour hit mountain resorts across the country with slopestyle events at Mount Bachelor and Okemo and a superpipe event at Killington Resort. From Oregon to Vermont, the competitors came out gunning for a win and hoping to secure their spot in the Finals, taking place in conjunction with the Winter Dew Tour Toyota Championships this February in Utah. Victories went to Kent Callister and Devyn Schnake at Bachelor, while out East snowboarders Lauren Tamposi, Jack Dawe, Maggie Leon, and Owen Daytontook the top spots.

Following a recent record-setting snow, the park at Mt. Bachelor was primed for a heavy contest. What the snowboarders were putting down earned impressive marks from the judges, but at the end of the day local shredder Callister’s run, with a boardslide to fakie at the top, cab 7 indy, switch backside 9 and finished things off with a boardslide 270 out on the cannon rail stole the show. Close behind was Alex Kollar and Ben Ferguson, who completed the podium in second and third. The entire top five were Oregon-bred boarders.

“I can’t wait for the Finals,” said first-time Finalist Callister. “It’s going to be so much fun.”

Taking the win for the ladies and also hailing from Bend, Schnake used a boosty nose grab and backside 180 melon to lock herself into first, with Alexandra Morris, who took third place last weekend at Mt. High, and Kelly Underwood, a 2011 Finalist, her top competition for the spot. “Today was fun, I’m really looking forward to the Finals,” Schnake said after the day’s events.

Over 2,000 miles away on the East Coast, competitors vying for their shot into the pro circuits took to the slope course at Okemo and the superpipe at Killington, freshly used by the pros at the Winter Dew Tour. Snowboarders Tamposi and Dawe earned bragging rights at Okemo, facing tough competition from second and third place finishers Sophie Anderson and Maggie Leon in the women’s competition and Eric Cerra and Jed Sky in the men’s.

Eager to get to Utah, Tamposi was grateful for the opportunity, saying, “Big thanks to Gatorade for putting on this awesome contest!” Expressing similar sentiments, Dawe said, “Today was a super fun day. I’m so psyched Gatorade is sending me to compete with the Dew Tour at Snowbasin!”

Killington held a strong pipe contest Sunday, with contenders coming from all over the northeast and beyond for the contest. Leon earned her trip to the upcoming Finals with a frontside indy 360, topping Abby Lancour and Sophie Anderson in the pipe, while Dayton’s frontside 720 and 540 rounded out with a cork 540 landed him just above Randall Reynolds and thirteen-year-old Austin Rebetz, who finished second and third respectively.

Representing for the mountain, Leon feels comfortable advancing to more of the professional level pipes. “Since this is my home mountain, I felt pretty good about riding in a 22-foot pipe. I’m super psyched Gatorade puts on this contest and is sending me to Utah!”

“This was my first Gatorade Free Flow Tour event, and it was awesome!” said Dayton after his win. “This was a great event — the Gatorade Yowie is sweet — and I had a killer day.”

With their wins, all six contestants earn an automatic bid into the Gatorade Free Flow Tour Finals, taking place in conjunction with the Winter Dew Tour’s Toyota Championship, February 9-12, 2012 at Snowbasin Resort in Utah.

Saturday and Sunday, January 28-29, 2012

Mt. Bachelore, Ore.

Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle
1. Kent Callister, Bend, Ore. 2. Ben Ferguson, Bend, Ore. 3. Alex Kollar, Banks, Ore. 4. Jeff Hopkins, Clackamas, Ore. 5. Nathan Jacobson, Bend, Ore.

Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle
1. Devyn Schnake, Bend, Ore. 2. Alexandra Morris, Danville, Calif. 3. Kelly Underwood, Welches, Ore. 4. Zoe Kern, Bend, Ore. 5. Sage Allen, Bend, Ore.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Okemo, Vt.

Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle
1. Jack Dawe 2. Eric Cerra 3. Jed Sky 4. Erik Fahie 5. Jack Greffin

Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle
1. Lauren Tamposi, Holis, N.H. 2. Sophie Anderson, Littleton, Mass. 3. Maggie Leon, Simsbury, Conn.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Killington, Vt.

Men’s Snowboard Superpipe
1. Owen Dayton, Bradford, N.H. 2. Randall Reynolds, Higganun, Conn. 3. Austin Rebetz, Ludlow, Vt. 4. Jack Valentine, Sparta, N.J. 5. Emmett Ellmaker, Erwinna, Pa.

Women’s Snowboard Superpipe
1. Maggie Leon, Simsbury, Conn. 2. Abby Lancour, Rutland, Vt. 3. Sophie Anderson, Littleton, Mass.

The winners in each of the 28 contests (16 slopestyle and 12 superpipe) will be flown to the Gatorade Free Flow Tour Finals, taking place in conjunction with the Winter Dew Tour Toyota Championship, February 12-13 at Snowbasin Resort in Utah. Encompassing the “Flow to Pro” theme that is the cornerstone of the Gatorade Free Flow Tour, the two overall snowboard superpipe and slopestyle Champions will earn a spot to compete against the pros at the first stop of the 2012-13 Winter Dew Tour the following season.

State of Shred: Vermont


Jay Peak. Photo: Johndavidgeery.com

For such a tiny state, Vermont certainly packs a punch when it comes to East Coast snowboarding. It’s not just sitcoms based in NY that travel there for the goods, but aspiring pipe jocks, wanna be Burton employees, and just about anyone else in a five hundred mile radius. And for good reason: as far as the east coast goes, it doesn’t totally suck! We’ve taken the liberty of breaking it into Northern and Southern, which, for being about 15 feet apart, really are very different.

Northern Vermont

If you mention Northern Vermont and snowboarding most people think Stowe and Burton. These two are undoubtedly very popular but by no means all northern Vermont has to offer. Northern Vermont and snowboarding to me means dirt parking lots, frigid winds, run down lodges and old snow mobiles. Almost into Canada you have the deep, cold Jay peak and just outside of Burlington you have the often over looked Bolton valley. Northern Vermont gives you the option of riding 5 (sorry Burke you didn’t make the cut) great areas all within 2 hrs of wherever you are, or go creep around for some urban delights.– Jeremiah Paquette


Best snow: Jay Peak
Best park: Stowe
Best parking lot: Bolton Valley, park in the hotel guest only lot.
Best food: Jay Peak, they gave my class free pizza one day.
Best pipe: Stowe, however many years ago Jay Peak had a curved halfpipe.
Best run: Shermans Pass at Bolton Valley, its got it all: flats, hips, jumps, steeps, and logs.
Best babes: Stowe, college girls out for their 4 days a year looking to meet rad dudes busting moves.
Best dudes: Smugglers Notch, no scene just backwoods guys doing their thing.
Best event: They all suck, go to NH. They know how to throw a snowboard event.
Best Post season riding: Bolton valley, they leave the features out all summer.
Worst Babes: Tie between Jay Peak and Bolton, Jay has smelly granola eating hippy women and Bolton has 13 year olds with cigs.
Worst Dudes: Stowe, Frat boys and Burton bros.
Worst Drive: Jay Peak, its within 5 miles of the Canadian boarder in north eastern Vermont.
Worst employees: Bolton, they are either old grouchy hicks or South Americans tricked into working there with a promise of winter in the mountains.
Best place to get your gear jacked: Bolton
Best lift: Smuggs T bar.
Worst lift: Jay Peak


Jay Peak

It’s a little bit of a drive to get all the way up into the North East Kingdom, but with an annual snowfall rivaling many more western mountains (350 inches) it’s well worth it. In years past, Jay Peak maintained a fairly decent park with large smooth jumps and solid rail features. The park has since lost its luster and is no longer its once great self. At Jay Peak you will find a much more rugged type of skier or snowboarder, one that is there for the snow and not the spa. So if you can handle blistering cold and lots of Canadians, head to Jay Peak for what could most likely be the deepest and best powder you will ever ride on the east coast.
The goods: find someone who can show you to Big Jay

Sugarbush

Sugarbush gives you the option of riding two separate, but connected via chairlift, peaks. Lincoln peak offers the more traditional ski resort base with lodging, dining, and a few shops. Lincoln peak also lays claim to the majority of Sugarbush’s terrain. Mt. Ellen on the other hand is where I spent my time at Sugarbush. The base area is much less developed, perfect for the patron who just wants to park, throw back a drink or two and get on the chairlift. Home to the highest chairlift in Vermont, Mt. Ellen tends to open their upper mountain section early in the season (downloading is required to get back to your car). Mt. Ellen is also the location of the Sugarbush terrain park where you can find anyone from local legends Yale Cousino and Chris Rotax to Lukas and Jesse Huffman cruising around. Every time I’ve been to Mt. Ellen there’s rarely been a line and I’ve had a great time casually cruising with friends.
The goods: Harwood Highschool rail and the Lincoln notch.

Smugglers Notch

Off somewhere near Underhill, VT is Smugglers Notch, or “Smuggs.” Smuggs is keeping the rustic Vermont look alive and well with a fleet of double chairlifts and dirt parking lots. If you feel like testing your skills make your way up to the Black Hole, the East’s only triple black diamond. Once you’ve conquered the triple black cruise over to the T bar accessed park where you can hot lap for hours without having to unstrap once. Try not to have fun riding a slew of rails followed by a fairly stellar jump line. As a bonus Smugglers Notch, like some other northern Vermont locations, tends to leave features unattended once the season ends. So when may hits and you’re not ready to pack away the gear drive over and drag a rail onto the patches of snow left to melt.
The goods: Ride to the T bar from the parking lot and don’t unstrap until you ride back to your car. Somewhere in the woods there’s a mellow 25 foot handrail, I was never able to find.

Stowe

So you want to stand in big crowds of tourists, college students and Burton employees? Then Stowe’s the mountain for you. To be fair Stowe has quite the snowboard legacy. Kyle Clancy, Jake Blauvelt, Travis Kennedy, and even Jeremy Jones (big mtn) have all called Stowe home at one point in time. For you adventurous types, take the gondola to the summit and get hiking. Rumor has it the chin is pretty awesome. I personally never explored this section of the mountain, something about hiking for “back country” in Vermont just didn’t make sense to me. Stowe keeps itsparks spread across the mountain in 4 different zones. This type of set up keeps your park laps fresh by allowing you to get some trail/tree time in between all the man made features.
The goods: Cabot cheese/ Champlain chocolate store on the way home. More free samples than you’ll know what to do with.

Bolton Valley

The often over looked and driven past, Bolton Valley is my favorite northern Vermont spot (probably because I worked coaching there for 4 years). Notorious for old lifts, night riding, and stolen gear, Bolton offers up an old school feeling with crusty old Vermont hick type employees and a run down base lodge. As it is the closest mountain to Burlington most weeknights you’ll find the slopes filled with 11 to 15 year olds sneaking into the woods to make out and smoke or trying to steal your gear. Grab yourself a few drinks and head to the top where you’ll find Sherman’s pass, a mellow, winding, side hit filled top to bottom run. Bolton also has the only lit terrain park in Vermont. Perfect for the student or the lazy guy who cant seem to leave the house until 3pm and still wants to hit some ice block jumps.
The goods: Great booze hill. I liken it to the Ski Bowl of the east, but in place of powder you have ice.

If the thought of buying a lift ticket or getting caught poaching is too much for you Northern Vermont also has quite the selection of urban zones. Burlington, Johnson state, and Middlebury all have a wealth of popular and still unseen spots to get your street cred up on.


K Rock in all it’s glory.

Southern Vermont

Geographically, Southern Vermont is made up of pretty much anything that isn’t adjacent to Burlington. As far as snowboarding is concerned, it gets less snow and bigger crowds, but if you’re into parks and pipes, the mountains down south are for you. You can trust me on this, since I haven’t lived there since the 90s. I’m sure not much as changed. –Brooke Geery


Best snow: Northern VT
Best park: Mt. Snow
Dumbest lift: There is a super high speed 6-person chair to nowhere at Stratton. Seriously, it takes you to the middle of nowhere.
Best food: Okemo french fries
Best pipe: Killington, circa 1996
Best run: The one at Okemo with all the rollers. Ignore the no jumping signs.
Best babes: Probably Stratton, if you’re into babes who do boardercross
Best dudes: These days rumor is Mt. Snow
Best event: The US Open, Circa 1996
Best post season riding: Stratton. They used to save a pile of snow.
Best Bar: Rutland as a whole, do the tour!
Worst Drive: Mt Snow was the furthest from my parents house. Let’s go with that one.
Worst lift line: K1 Gondola


Killington

Killington has gone through many ownership and management changes over the years, but the one consistent piece of the puzzle is Jay Rosenbaum, who has literally kept the park and pipe in tip top shape since I started snowboarding (and I’m old.) Rosey is pretty much the only reason to go to Killington anymore, as the latest owner’s approach is “quality” guests, meaning the prices have been jacked up monumentally high on everything. Beware of the Juggernaut two, the worst traverse ever made into a trail, and skip the K1 on the weekends (guaranteed longest line ever.) In the spring, Bear Mountain is the spot, and you’ll probably run into at least one old dude who will tell you how awesome the park there was in 1994. Now they have a “Stash” but let’s face it, it’ll never be the same. If you’re not into sharing the trails with every idiot from NYC, check out Pico for shorter lines, and an overall mellower scene.

Mt. Snow

Somewhere between birthing Kelly Clark and hosting the Dew Tour, Mt. Snow became the spot for snowboarding in Southern Vt. Personally, I don’t get it, as it’s still flat and spread out, but if you’re into park stunting, this is the spot thanks to the advent of Carinithia. It’s an all park mountain (the only on the east coast) with tons of options and nothing but jib zones and half tubes.

Stratton

Stratton is the kinda of mountain you either go to school at, or go to once a year. Maybe twice if you’re into On Snow demos. However mediocre the hill itself is, many memories have been made at Stratton, such as getting kicked out of hotel hallways late at night, sneaking into the Green Door at age 15, or seeing a member of the Wu Tang Clan at Mulligans. If you want to be a world class Olympian, they do take pride in their halfpipe, but the $85 day tickets might dissuade you. If they haven’t changed it, you used to be able to find a ticket stub on the ground and turn it in for a free one, although we would never recommend doing that!

Okemo

Okemo was actually closer to my house growing up, yet we drove the extra 10 minutes to go to Killington. Why? I have no idea. Okemo actually caters fairly well to snowboarding, and is usually the first in VT to open a real park with actual jumps. Aside from the longest walk ever to get to the lift, and then the fact that you have to take a lift to get to the real lift, it’s a fun mountain with lots of natural rollers that you’re not supposed to jump off of. They also must have a decent pipe, since the Teters grew up there.

An Interview with Ross Powers

Are you totally sick of interviews yet?
Actually, I haven’t had many lately. This year it’s been real mellow, not like last year. I don’t have people waking me up at seven in the morning and stuff, like last year.

What made you become primarily a pipe rider, as opposed to other disciplines?
Actually I started out as a racer, and then five years ago, I won national and they put me on the US Snowboard team for freestyle. I tried to race a little, but it was just too hard to do both, and then I just started doing freestyle, and that’s what I do. if you do it all the time, you should be pretty good at something.

Do you ever wish you got into big air so you could ride for Forum and be a rockstar?
I do big air’s once in awhile, but I don know. I definitely like to freeride and stuff, but big airs are always kinda risky, and they always try to do them at night and crappy jumps and stuff. Definitely halfpipe, instead of just one hit, it takes a whole run. Halfpipe’s more competitive than big air. People who do big air, they just freeride all the time, they don’t really practice big air, they just pop in and rule it, and those Forum guys do rule it, for sure.

What do you think of your blond fan club that seems to be following you around?
Oh, they’re nice.

Do you honestly like being called “The Boss”?
No, I think Chris Copeley started that, and I don’t like it at all, but it’s better then what they call some people.

This interview was performed at Okemo by Brooke Geery.  It was actually done for SOLTV, but we’re using it anyway.  Go to SOLTV if you want to see video clips.  Stay here if you want to be cool.