YO BEAT MAGAZINE Presents Issue 6: The Ooh Baby I like it Raw Interview Issue

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EDITOR'S NOTE

This, the 6th action packed issue of YO BEAT Magazine, took a little longer then the expected 37 days, but we can make plenty of excuses for that.  If you'll notice the snazzy new, easy-to-remember adress, you will appreciate that I had to figure out how to use my new super cool server.  Also new in this issue, if you click on where you want to go in the Table Of Contents, it takes you there. Unfortunatly, that gives everyone an excuse not to read the whole thing, but I'm sure that our devoted public, will leave no word unread. Also, due to my sudden antisocialness, the interviews were a bit diffucult to get, and I had to wait until I felt like leaving the house to get them.  Here it is, now read, and improve your mind.

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Table of Contents

Letters to the Editor This month, for a change, we decided to print positivity.

Gossip For our lack of anything better to say, to our knowledge this is the truth, but you didn't hear it from us.

Events These are the only events that in my expert opinion are worth going out for. Most of them are more fun if you don't compete.

Interviews As dubbed in the title, this is our attempt at an interview issue.  Although, I am running out of friends to interview, so enjoy it while it lasts. Includes: Jason Chatfield, Jesse Burtner, Chris Novak, J.J. Thomas, Aurelie Sayers, Joe Curtes and more.

Resort Reviews Planning a trip? There are probably many many other sites that would be more helpful, but this is the strait dirt on all the resorts I've visited.

Movies: CB4 O.W.P. reviews a ghetto classic.

Concerts: Snocore '98 Last years Snocore was better, and you can read here why.

Snowboarding is fun Another rant from everyone's favorite one woman party, who is currently out of commission. Donations can be sent care of YO BEAT and we'll ahh...see that she gets them.  This month's column is on the sappy tip, so weak hearted folk beware.

Photos Our all method photo spread.

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Letters to the Editor

I just read the review of the Wachusett event you guys wrote, thanks, it
is good to have write ups from those who actually go (and participate)
at the event instead of just hearing about it and trying to revamp the
story for others through the written word. Right on!

Thanks for propping our MC Chris Dabica (he rules it), Flex Records,
Wachusett (even though they proved quite challenging to work with, the
event did go off - outdoor awards aside) and especially Kodak. It makes
it a lot easier to work with a big sponsor when they know you guys
appreciate their efforts.

Keep it real, always. Thanks again for the plug(s). and oh yeah, you
aren't the only ones saying our jumps have been small, so look for us
to redeem ourselves at Sugarbush this Friday!!!!

take care,

Davo, Stimilon International.

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Events

US Open
March 19th-22nd

Stratton VT
The US Open proves every year to be a good time for all, Whether your a little kid seeking autographs, or a rockstar pro filming the rail for the new Mack Dawg video, you will enjoy yourself. My personal recommendation is that you do not try too hard to catch the items thrown from the hotel rooms of the pros, because chances are you don't want the stuff as bad as you think.

Molson Canadian Series
April 4-5th

Mt. Tremblant, Que.
The supposed America Vs Canada, extremely biased pipe and big air competition. See a bunch of Canucks huck, fall and win, and drink at age 18.

Bud Light Big Air
April 4th

Sugarbowl CA
Brought to you by the fine folks at Stimilon, this is the first stop of the invitational big air series.

Bump Off/Triple Big Air
April 4-5th

Killington VT
What, you don't like to ride moguls on your snowboard? That must be because you've never done the Bump Off. I believe this would be the 4th annual blow out your knees fest. I really put this event on this list because of the pure hilarity of the whole thing, and the fact that the pros (all 1 that show up) get killed by the person that rides Killington everyday, but only on Outer Limits.


USASA Nationals
April 7-12th
Telluride CO
I don't care what they say, you do not have to qualify, if you are willing to pay the money, they will let you compete, although god only knows why you would want to.

Spring Fling
April 11-12th
Waterville Valley NH
I've never been to this event but I hear good things about it every time. With Matt Gormley in charge of the course I can understand why.

Bud Light Big Air
April 18th
Loon NH
Second stop on the tour. We're all taking bets as to whether Jeremy Baye with take it with his mad Mcbaye style, or if he can even still land them. We understand that picking up hoochies is taking up most of his time now.

Boarding for Breast Cancer
April 18th
Sierra at Tahoe, CA
BBC is a fourth year event, started to raise recognition for Breast cancer among young people. Includes live bands TBA. for more info: Boarding for Breast Cancer

Spring Loaded
April 18-19th
Killington VT
Everyone bring your kids and have a grand old drunken time. Even with Spring Loaded just missing 420 this year, we can still assume that most of the athletes will not be sober. Also, this is a great event to see who shows up, in past years we've seen the likes of Jeff Brushie, Terje Haakonseen, Barrett Christy and a host of others.

Bud Light Big Air
May 5th
Mt. Hood OR
The finals of the series, go Baye.

Huckfest
May 16th
Killington VT
Killington's legendary huck for bucks, and their only big air contest all year that includes landings. Not to mention they are the only place on the east coast still kickin at this time of year, so everyone comes out.

WEQX Games
May 23
Stratton VT
Stupid name, fun event. Last year the micro pipe provided much entertainment, as well as a skate park, climbing wall, and live band. Some of the east's best show up, and results should be good.

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Interviews

This section grew and grew as time went on, and I saw more people that I decided I could sucker into doing an interview.  All I really have to say is our Interview Issue has more interviews than Transworld's Interview Issue. sucka.

 



Jason Chatfield
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Jason Chatfield, Revelstoke B.C. PHOTO: Fat World Foto/ Fred Foto

Age?
My age is how long I've been snowboarding.
Location/Home Mountain?
Mt. Alyeska, Alaska.
Years riding?
eight shred year bra!
Sponsors?
Option, NFA, Duratech, Thirty two, Anarchy, Northwest Influence, Dr. Mott's, Boarderline Shop, AK, Lava Gloves.
Favorite Adam Sandler movie?
Who's that? Just kidding, every single one. Adam is a true rocker. Happy Gilmore is rad, but his new one is the bomb.
Did you see any of the Olympic Snowboarding? What did you think?
No, unfortunately I don't give a crap about the Olympics. I couldn't bare to see the beauty and fun of snowboarding destroyed for a little national pride. Haaken is the man, big respect!
If good Ol' Jakie hadn't made a snowboard way back when, what would you be doing with yourself?
That's kind of a personal question, your making me uncomfortable. Actually I'd be shreddin the rad with all my ski-blading bras!
Better representation of snowboarding, Playstation's Cool Boarders 2 or N64's 1080?
I'm pretty partial to Playstation. I think it's a much clearer representation of my personal abilities in amplitude and rotation.
Who do you look up to in snowboarding?
Peter Line, Haaken, Daniel Franke, Devun Walsh, and all my friends too. Anyone who is pushing the envelope to the next level, even if it is at a lower level then me.
Your not going to be able to snowboard for the rest of your life (obviously) what do you foresee in your future?
A pimp ass wheel chair! Dayton's, hydrous 15" subs, and dual exhaust.
Shout outs?
Everyone in AK keepin it real, Mommy, and to myself for making it this far. Also everyone who has helped me reach this point so far. Stoked.



Jesse Wright Burtner

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Age?
19
Location/Home Mountain?
Mt. Alyeska, AK/ Mt. Baker WA.
Years riding?
8
Sponsors?
Big Alaska Snowboards, Mantra Eyewear, Lava Gloves, Boarderline shop, Link, NFA.
Pick up line of choice?
Are those space pants? Cause your butt is out of this world.
Did you see any of the Olympic Snowboarding? What did you think?
No, I was riding pow. You ride pipe, I'll ride pow.
If good Ol' Jakie hadn't made a snowboard way back when, what would you be doing with yourself?
Trampoline Skateboarding.
Better representation of snowboarding, Playstation's Cool Boarders 2 or N64's 1080?
Better than both of those is "Red Snow" the snowboard action adventure movie. Rent it, you won't be let down.
Who do you look up to in snowboarding?
Pete Iverson, Scott Nelson, Nate Cole, Terd, and all my friends.
Your not going to be able to snowboard for the rest of your life (obviously) what do you foresee in your future?
Cardboard boxes and good times.
Shout outs?
Christina, Family, Sloth, Chris, Pete I., Liska's, Borgy, Chatty. Word is Bond.


Christopher Novak
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Chris Novak, Loon Mtn. New Hapshire

Age?                                                                                                                                                         Just turned old enough to rent cars and get an insurance break. the last of the awaited age milestones. 25 to be exact.
Location/Home Mountain?
Burlington, Stowe (although K-town will always be my home mountain)
Years riding?                                                                                                                                               9 or so, back since '88.                                                                                                                
Sponsors?
K2, Dragon Optical, Quiksilver, Shimano snow technologies, and myself
Did you see any of the Olympic Snowboarding? What did you think?
I think that it wasn't quite ready for the Olympics. Another 2 years it would have had a better introduction into the Olympic world. The whole FIS, ISF deal proved that it wasn't ready for the big spotlight just yet. USSA still was too team focused, yeah which in some cases is good but not for a sport that has such an individualistic way about it.
I think the next one the world will be more prepared to accept snowboarding as a real sport and not give it such a surreal feel that it had at these Nagano games.
If good Ol' Jakie hadn't made a snowboard way back when, what would you be doing with yourself?   I'd be riding Stevie D's Flite boards. Well that was the first of my snowboard sponsors. Actually I'd been riding my mountain bike, wakeboarding, surfing, a little skateboarding. I'd probably would live closer to the ocean then the mountain in reality.
Better representation of snowboarding, Playstation's Cool Boarders 2 or N64's 1080?                          Well I'll be honest I've only seen the Playstation one but I've seen enough of the N64 games to think that it might have a sort of blocky kind of look and appeal. All's I know that my roommate Pete Brinkerhoff has added a couple of K2 boards to the coolboarders lineup to make the boards..... cooler.
Who do you look up to in snowboarding?
Noah Brandon (nicest person you could ever meet), Travis Parker and Tim Manning the funest duo on this planet (K2 represent), Mark Reiley (the next gold medal pipe winner), Barrett Christy (for bustin big old backside 3's), Auralie Sayers (for getting more air than most guys)
Your not going to be able to snowboard for the rest of your life (obviously) what do you foresee in your future?
I'll tell you that I will come pretty close to that. I would love to Race cars or off road trucks for a living, or fly planes start with the Cessna's and move on to stunt planes.
send it back to me.
Shout outs?
All those who snowboard for one reason. and that is to have fun and enjoy yourself.
Dave B at K2, Brian H at Dragon, Todd P at Quiksilver, John T at Shimano, and everyone else who's believed in me.

 


J.J. Thomas

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J.J. Thomas, Mt. Hood PHOTO: Lee Crane

Age?
16
Location/Home Mountain?
Vail, CO.
Years riding?
7
Sponsors?
Burton, Volcom, Oakley, Red.
Did you see any of the Olympic Snowboarding? What did you think?
It was cool. Conditions looked kind of bad. Utah will be better.
If good Ol' Jakie hadn't made a snowboard way back when, what would you be doing with yourself?
I'd be playing basketball.
Better representation of snowboarding, Playstation's Cool Boarders 2 or N64's 1080?
Not Sure.
Who do you look up to in snowboarding?
Joe Curtes
Your not going to be able to snowboard for the rest of your life (obviously) what do you foresee in your future?
Cute girls!
Shout outs?
Colorado Represent baby, baby, huh!

 


Aurelie Sayers

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Aurelie Sayers, Mt. Hood PHOTO: Lee Crane


Age?
20
Location/Home Mountain?
Mt. Batchelor, OR.
Years riding?
10
Sponsors?
Burton, Oakley
Did you see any of the Olympic Snowboarding? What did you think?
Oops, I missed it.
If good Ol' Jakie hadn't made a snowboard way back when, what would you be doing with yourself?
That's top secret.
Better representation of snowboarding, Playstation's Cool Boarders 2 or N64's 1080?
Playstation
Who do you look up to in snowboarding?
My roommates Brittney and Shannon.
Your not going to be able to snowboard for the rest of your life (obviously) what do you foresee in your future?
That's also top secret.


Joe Curtes

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Joe Curtes, Mt. Hood PHOTO: Lee Crane

Age?
25
Location/Home Mountain?
Vail, CO.
Years riding?
16
Sponsors?
Burton, Vail, Tag Heuer, Smith, Red
Did you see any of the Olympic Snowboarding? What did you think?
Yep- Lame, the guy who won gold sucked. Daniel should have won, Ross 2nd, Sebu 3rd.
If good Ol' Jakie hadn't made a snowboard way back when, what would you be doing with yourself?
Probably some other professional sport. Motocross.
Better representation of snowboarding, Playstation's Cool Boarders 2 or N64's 1080?
Playstation- I haven't checked out N64.
Who do you look up to in snowboarding?
Craig Kelly
Your not going to be able to snowboard for the rest of your life (obviously) what do you foresee in your future?
Working for Burton or something in the Industry.

 


Chauncey McDougal Tauton

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Whoever took this picture must have been smoking crack or some other mind altering substance. Notice how it is not even close to being in frame, and there is a finger infront of the lense. Oh wait, I took this picture, SHUT UP.


Age?
20
Location/Home Mountain?
Vail, CO.
Years riding?
8
Sponsors?
Burton, One Track Mind.
Did you see any of the Olympic Snowboarding? What did you think?
I thought it was funny that the first time snowboarding goes to the Olympics, there is a huge controversy.
If good Ol' Jakie hadn't made a snowboard way back when, what would you be doing with yourself?
Surfing, going to school.
Better representation of snowboarding, Playstation's Cool Boarders 2 or N64's 1080?
I don't beleive in video games.
Who do you look up to in snowboarding?
Soul dudes like Craig Kelly.
Your not going to be able to snowboard for the rest of your life (obviously) what do you forsee in your future?
Surfing competitvley.
Shout outs?
Word to Big Bird and the gang.



Luke Wynen

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                             I know we used this photo last issue, but my scanner broke, so sue me.                                                                  Luke Wynen, Killington VT. PHOTO: Tim Zimmerman


Age?
21
Location/Home Mountain?
Killington VT.
Years riding?
6
Sponsors?
Option, 686 Enterprises, Arnette, Northwave.
Did you see any of the Olympic Snowboarding? What did you think?
Yes, BEAT! Daniel should have won and Mike Michaelchuck should have done well.
If good Ol' Jakie hadn't made a snowboard way back when, what would you be doing with yourself?
SNOWBOARD! I would have invented it.
Better representation of snowboarding, Playstation's Cool Boarders 2 or N64's 1080?
Playstation Coolboarders 2
Who do you look up to in snowboarding?
Mike Michaelchuck, Brushie, Anyone who goes for it.
Your not going to be able to snowboard for the rest of your life (obviously) what do you forsee in your future?
Nice house, wife, kids, living off my intrest.
Shout outs?
Dad, Mom, Sponsors.


Keir Dillon

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Kier Dillon, Bear Mtn. CA PHOTO: Lee Crane


Age?
20
Location/Home Mountain?
Pennsylvania/Shawnee
Years riding?
Not Enough
Sponsors?
Burton, Arnette.
Did you see any of the Olympic Snowboarding? What did you think?
Not til Vegas, I thought Daniel ruled it and should have won, but whatever.
If good Ol' Jakie hadn't made a snowboard way back when, what would you be doing with yourself?
Snowboarding anyway, it was bound to happen.
Better representation of snowboarding, Playstation's Cool Boarders 2 or N64's 1080?
N64's 1080 is like Mortal Combat and takes all the fun out of it. Never really played Coolboarders but I heard it's the shit.
Who do you look up to in snowboarding?
Anyone who's pushing the sport and fun to hang with.
Your not going to be able to snowboard for the rest of your life (obviously) what do you forsee in your future?
Hot tubs and big house with tons of maids.
Shout outs?
To all my boys back home, family, Mike Hoefer and all my sponsors.


Greg Goulet

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Greg Goulet PHOTO: Bud Fawcett


Age?
20
Location/Home Mountain?
Boise, ID./Bogus Basin
Years riding?
9
Sponsors?
Palmer, Split, Arnette, Northewest Snowboards
Did you see any of the Olympic Snowboarding? What did you think?
No, I don't think it did one thing for snowboarding. I thought it was sorta silly! The coverage was awful.
If good Ol' Jakie hadn't made a snowboard way back when, what would you be doing with yourself?
School near the beach, I'd be tanner too!
Who do you look up to in snowboarding?
The Cummins Brothers (Matt & Temple), Ross Peterson, Peter Line, Jamie Lynn.
Your not going to be able to snowboard for the rest of your life (obviously) what do you forsee in your future?
I'd like to surf more.
Shout outs?
I love my family.




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Resort Reviews

Loon Mountain                                                                                                                     Mount Baker                                                                                                                                                         Killington                                                                                                                               The Summit @ Snoqualmie                                                                                                                                      Okemo                                                                                                                                   Stratton                                                                                                                                                                           Mt. Snow                                                                                                                              Sugarbush                                                                                                                                                                 Sunday River                                                                                                                       Wachusett                                                                                                                                                             Waterville Valley                                                                                                                   Mt Hood: Timberline

 

Loon Mountain
Plymouth, New Hampshire.

Mountains in New Hampshire are notorious for their parks, and Loon is no exception. With a rather extensive trail entirely devoted to the snowboard population, it lives up to it's reputation. As freeriding goes, its extremely mellow, with lots of rollers. The mountain itself is not steep at all, so if your looking to get radical and extreme it's not the place for you. The wackest thing about Loon is the gondola which pretty much starts in the lodge. Other cool things include the train to take you from one lodge to another. Definite downfalls of the mountain are the parking situation, which entails parking about 10 miles away and taking a shuttle bus if you get there too late. Loon definitely cares about snowboarders, which makes it an excellent choice for your riding dollar.
Board of Choice: any Burton made before 1996.
Local Know-how: Rather than parking where they tell you too, you can park in a tennis court behind the resort hotel, and save yourself a shuttle bus ride.

Mount Baker
Glacier, Washington
Located conveniently up the most treacherous access road in Washington, Mt. Baker hosts a huge amount of ridable gnarnage. It is primarily a "snowboard mountain", with the snowboarders out numbering the skiers at all times. Whether you choose to stay inbounds and ride sick wall hits and natural Q.P.s, or venture backcountry to ride wide open bowls and rad drops, cornices, etc, Baker offers something for everyone. great steeps, small crowds, and not to mention constant snowfall make Baker a great mountain to ride, but don;t bring your rockstar lenses, because sunshine is a bit of a rarity.
Board Of choice: Mervin
Ticket Price: Super Ghetto Cheap!

Killington
Sherburne, Vermont

Killington, Vermont's 7 Mountain Resort ( or is it 8 now?) is notorious for having the most consistently good pipe around. With their new dragon, and finally convincing their grooming staff that bong hits do not enhance performance, they don't fall short of that reputation. However, the rest of the mountain tends to be lacking. Due to regulations so that the herbs wont get hurt, the park is so small that if you have any amount of skill at all you will kill yourself on the jumps. The mountain is not all that well laid out, with several long traverses from mountain area to mountain area, unstrapping, or incredible leg burn is often inevitable. During the spring, Bear Mountain boasted the funest terrain and constant sunshine, but the removal of the has made it less snowboard orientated. The permanent boardercross course on dream maker has it's days. The newly redone half pipe does make up for what the mountain lacks, even if the surface lift leaves something to be desired. The other main downfall of Killington would have to be the crowd, with the entire state of New Jersey making it their weekend home. If you plan to go to Killington, bring several pairs of goggles to change between pipe runs, and one hitters are always preferable.
Board of Choice: Burton
Local Superstars: Rich Nessoever, Rahm Klampert, Mark Reilly.
Local Know-how: K Rock, the lights, Jay's woods
Ticket Price: Hella overpriced

The Summit @ Snoqualmie
Washington

Located just outside of Seattle, Snoqualmie is a weekend getaway for most of the cities residents. if you plan to visit the resort, make sure you bring your golf clubs as well as your snowboard, because especially in west coast standards, it is a golf course. Even with a scorpion, these left coasters are not skilled on the half pipe tip. The park was simple, but fun, and one of the four mountain areas, Alpental, did have some terrain to put the east to shame. The resort is open, fully lit, until 10pm everyday except Sunday, and is the perfect mountain for night riding.
Board of Choice: Ride (Preston City, home of ride manufacturing is just minutes away)
Ticket: reasonable
Super Rockstars you might see: Peter Line mentions this mountain as one of his local areas.

Okemo
Ludlow, Vermont

Okemo is cool for two reasons. The rad helmet crew that calls it home, and the fact that the half pipe is 420' long (or so they say.) Other ups include a surface lift that encourages extreme laziness, and multitudes of rollers for everyone's jibbing pleasure. they are even equip with "no jumping" signs to make you feel like a badass. The mountain itself is extremely mellow, but the half pipe is in such a place where you have to ride a lift to get to it. Midweek you can drive up the access roads and park in the no parking zone to avoid paying for a ticket, because once you are at the pipe they don't check., The probable worst part about Okemo is the parking situation, which requires you to take shuttle busses from the red of blue lots, and after shredding the rad all day it becomes troublesome to remember where you're at. Also on weekends most of the state of Connecticut calls this place home.
Board of Choice: Burton, Salomon
Super Locals: Greg Wilson, Abe Teeter, Adam Petraska.
Ticket Price: Overpriced

Stratton
Southern Vermont

Dubbed Flatton by everyone but the locals, Stratton's motto seems to be, "come to Stratton and learn to be a pro." As host of the US Open and the notorious On Snow Demo, the mountain is really more hype then anything else. Yet another VT mountain with a super sick pipe (some will argue the best), Stratton also boasts one of the funest parks around, minus the east coast style landing. The amount of variation in the terrain
is lacking, however it is the only mountain that seems to be able to successfully host a Green Mountain Series. The newly redone pipe/park trail is a vast improvement, thought we all have to wonder what happen to the supposed three half pipes. But hey, Ross Powers is from Stratton so it must be good.
Board of Choice: Burton
Rockstar Pros: Ross Powers, Ron Chiodi, Trisha Byrnes, Aurelie Sayers, Matty Kass.
Ticket Price: East Coast Expensive

Mt. Snow                                                                                                                                                  Dover VT                                                                                                                                                     While in all other reviews I have attempted to put a positive spin on things, such is not possible when it comes to Mt. Snow.  It is poorly laid out, it's the the middle of nowhere, the pipe and park are booty, I've never been there when it wasn't boiler plate, and the snowboard staff (namely Chris Blutto) have no clue.  The only positive thing I can really say is they have dope-ass lodges, with TV's, which come in handy, because riding gets real boring real fast.  Also, the Mt. Snow team would not autograph the ride guide for me.                     Tickets: OVERPRICED!!! and not worth it.                                                                                              Local Heros: The female member of the Ride On! Mt Snow team rides for goddess, and her shot in the ride guide could very well be a Goddess ad.

Sugarbush                                                                                                                                            Northern VT                                                                                                                                              The nice thing about Sugarbush is that the two peaks are separated by a few miles, so if one is really bad, there's a good chance that the conditions will be intirely different on the other peak.  While I myself am not privileged to all the local know-how, word is that Sugarbush (the more southern peak) boasts epic tree runs.  Sugarbush north is also known for it's woods and superior snowfall.  The last I was at the Bush the pipe was on the flattest possible trail, but I assume, since that pipe was built of snow they scraped off the top of the hill, that they moved it since then.  They do have a pipe dragon, and a seemingly knowledgeable staff.               Tickets: It's a ASC mountain, need I say more.                                                                                       Locals: Jason Evans

Sunday River                                                                                                                                         ME                                                                                                                                                          This mountain gets another point for the poorly laid out side.  With 8 mountain areas, each a convenient 7 minute walk from public transportation.  It is not only easy to get lost, but easy to get stuck as well.  the snowboard staff is informed, but also easily led, i.e. just because it's good for ski jumpers, doesn't make it good for snowboarders.  The pipe was far too out of the way for me to visit, but it is lit for night riding.  Sunday River has many marked parks, none of which I happened to come across, but due to east location I am prediction FLAT LANDINGS!                                                                                                          Board of Choice: Surprizingly little Burton                                                                                               Tickets: Yet another ASC mountain                                                                                                          Locals: Amber Stackhouse, Eric Brenton

Wachusett                                                                                                                                         Massachusetts                                                                                                                                        Yet another city resort, just 45 minutes outside of Boston, this small area is known to fill up on Saturdays, so much so that they have to turn people away.  The entire area is lit for night time.  The parallels between this mountain and Snoqualmie are too numerous to name, because they are alike in terrain and attitude.  Wachusett also has a pipe dragon, which they really do not know how to use, but I will commend them for trying.  This Massachusetts mountain is also home to FAT night every Wednesday, which might just be worth going out for.                                                                                                                                                                Board of choice: They rent Rossignol, and since S.P.O.R.E.s regulate this hill, I'm sure that it is the most popular brand.                                                                                                                                           Tickets: If your from Boston, they are worth it.

Waterville Valley                                                                                                                                        New Hampshire                                                                                                                                          With Matt Gormley in tow, Waterville is truly a park mountain.  It is super-specialized towards snowboarding, even though they might not admit it.  There is little to no un-groomed terrain and they are plenty of jib-stacles for your enjoyment.  "The Boneyard" is extremely fun, because of the wide variety, and skill of the jump making.  The halfpipe, which is rather inconveniently on the other side of the mountain, is small but well maintained.  This mountain is easy tog et around, so having the pipe far away if only really bad if your trying to scam.  I think the most fun I had at Waterville, however, was the t-bar the the ski-racers take to get up to their course.                                                                                                                                                    Local Heros: Matt Gormley                                                                                                                     Tickets: Average for East Coast

YO GORMLEY. I want my comp tickets.

Mt Hood: Timberline                                                                                                                   Government Camp OR (Summer)                                                                                                      During the summer, this is where everyone goes to film their video parts or just be a bro-bra.   The public facilities are lacking, with the pipe disappearing somewhere around June, and the park never having landings at all.  The camps, however keep their million dollar pipes perfect and their parks equally as good.  The basic moral in this is if your not going to camp, or down with a camp, its definitely not worth it.   The mountain itself is flat, and so freeriding is never an option.  This especially becomes a problem during the winter when they get 20 feet of snow that you can't ride because there is no vertical drop.  Mt. Hood is a great place to meet new people and hang with your friends, but for riding, its not all that.                                                                  Board Of Choice: Demo Anything                                                                                                          Tickets: Reasonable

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Movies: CB4


Seeing as the movie store was disappointingly out of Phat Beach, (motto: Life ain't nothing but a g-string) exposing a rotund young stud's adventures on the sand, and Cops Too Hot For TV, I convinced my boy to rent my third choice, CB4. The description on the back, something about a mock rap group's life story, which included the actual phrase "being chased by hoods in the hood," easily sold me on it. I must say I was not at all disappointed with this ghetto near-classic.
Starting with a nostalgic walk through someone's impressive old skool rap hall of fame, including paraphernalia from such timeless acts as Grandmaster Flash and the Furious 5, RUN DMC, The Fat Boys, N.W.A., The Sugar Hill Gang, and many more, this movie began on quite a positive note. It got even better within the next minute, as Gansta Rap legends Ice's Cube and T and Easy-E commented on the fictitious Rap act CB4, whose story is the focus of the movie. Flava Flav, rockin a huge clock and hat, even added his personal sentiments, something about them being wack, along with Shaq-Fu and Kazaam legend Shaq. The movie soon moved on to the life and times of CB4.
It went a little something like this:Three boring guys, after unsuccessful stints as shower cap sportin and fat rappers at Club Gusto, decide they need a little extra uumph in their act. Naturally, they figure out that the most uumph is provided by being thug lifes, so they become exactly that. Their leader, Anthony, bites this guy, Gusto's (owner of Club Gusto, thug-life extraordinaire, arrested for suspicious dealings of the rock), steez, after he's gets put on lock-down, adopting the name MC Gusto and forms a rap group, CB4, named after the cell-block in which the original Gusto is imprisoned Then, Ant and his 2 boys, the CB4 crew, get gold teeth and gherri curls (read: ghetto), lose all respect for women, take their act to the stage, performing their one hit wonder "Straight Outta Locash," strikingly similar to N.W.A's "Straight Outta Compton," and mack on everyone. Next comes your typical ghetto movie content, consisting of a few days in the life of the Cell-Block 4 posse. I do not wish to give away the classic moments of the movie, but to get you all excited , I will mention that CB4 dines at "big ass biscuit," there is a hilarious scene about "976-GAYS," a "King Of Rock" Wayne's World car scene, and the obvious highlight of highlights, the ill figga of the flick, is this such guy named 40 dogg, Gusto's boy, who has a voice box, so every time he has to talk or laugh, he has to press it, which is quite entertaining.See this rather good piece of ghetto filmage.

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Concerts: Snocore '98                                                                                                                   Memorial Auditorium, Burlington VT
March 7, 1998

Originally, the Snocore tour was scheduled to immediately follow the Swatch Boardercross at Mt. Snow, but because Mt. Snow is super ghetto, the venue was moved up to Burlington. For some reason I think that the Boardercross footage in between bands was lost on the prominently 12 year old audience.
The east coast leg of the tour consisted of four bands, the Aquabats, the Alcohlics, Blink 182, and Primus. Due to my need to sleep in front of the television, I was unable to make it to the first two bands, however, I showed up somewhere near the beginning of Blink, and still managed to see them play 95% of the repertoire, because when all your songs are 2 minutes or less you have to play all of them to make a complete set. While in general I am extremely fond of "14 year olds with guitars" talking about masturbation and playing the only 3 chords they know in rapid repetition, I was not overly impressed with their performance. They insisted upon changing every song so that it had something to do with incest, and their attempts at humor in-between songs, had no continuance. Their childish antics were amusing at first, but annoying after a bit. The music was good, they do know how to play those three chords, and it is happy music. The best part about Blink 182's set was that they were obviously having fun throughout the entire thing, which is really the most important part.
Primus finished off the show, with a set that was mostly older material, which was probably again lost on the younger crowd. My escort seemed to enjoy it however, when he proceeded to make whooping noises at the beginning of each song. Les Claypool is a true show man, and so to go a bad Primus show would probably be a great challenge. They are also excellent musicians, and even if you do not enjoy the music, watching Les play bass, is entertainment enough. The main highlight of the show for me, was the DJ who they brought out to scratch a solo along with the drummer. I do not understand however, all bands obsessions with masturbation jokes, especially Primus.
All in all, last years tour, consisting of more bands, more free stuff, and events actually scheduled after competitions, was much better. However the tour is a great idea, and I believe that even under the not-so-great conditions, the bands, and the crowd had a good time.

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Snowboarding is fun

If you are reading this and are, therefore, exist, you have probably heard some hypocrite say "treasure each day like it was your last." (In reality, 99% of the people who realize its truth are dead and can no longer preach.) Although I'm sure none of you feel like hearing why this quotation has so much merit, I will tell you anyway because I honestly do not have anything better to do.
At the moment, I cannot walk without the aid of crutches and my snowboarding season is over. The walking part is almost tolerable, but the knowledge that I will probably not snowboard for at least another 7 months is really hard for me to deal with. For me, snowboarding is a release from everything wrong in my life. Hence, no snowboarding entails quite a problem; I have no outlet from the negative aspects of my life, and I am sad, to say the least, that I will not be able to partake in one of the activities which I enjoy most in the world for at least another 7 months.
I don't claim extraordinary talent or admirable ability when I take it to the snow. In fact, the only exemplary aspect of my snowboarding is my overall attitude. I truly treasure every moment I am out on the hill, and to me that's more important than any physical capability. I love being on the mountain; first tracks in E.C. pow (read: 4 inches), that inexplicable feeling, to anyone who has never experienced it, of the drifty flight of freeriding on a perfect day, landing that trick I never quite had, effortlessly, FORWARD LEAN!!!, and the look on the faces of friends as they are captured in my same heaven. This, to me, is the essence and beauty of snowboarding, a privately spiritual experience, something which has no fault. I urge all of you who have lost sight of this essence, to unenjoyable photo shoots or contests or whatever the case may be, to step back for a moment and remember why snowboarding is beautiful to you because it is, no doubt, or once was, or you would never have reached the contests or photo shoots. While the tedious, commercial side to snowboarding is necessary in the lives of some, obviously, to make a living and a name for themselves in "the industry, " that's not what it's about, to me at least. Remember those times of peaceful serenity, when time stood still and you floated through the day, oblivious to the outside world. At that moment, there was nothing better in the world. (I believe the butchered term for this feeling, if it had to be put into words, is "stoke", used in its true meaning.) Not a complaint was heard about the day or any of its brilliant aspects except, naturally, that it did not last long enough. Stoke, that's what it's all about.
I'm not going to lie to you and say that I never complain about snowboarding because I certainly do. I hate ice more than just about anything, and seeing as I reside on the east coast, I dish out a lot of hate in the direction of mother nature when she has not been generous. Except when the conditions are ridiculous and completely unridable, a la ice-rink-straightshoot-do-anything-not-to-fall-because-it-hurts for the ENTIRE day, however, I always find something fun and amusing to occupy my time on the mountain. While I will probably not experience an epic day (Who knows, though. The best days are usually unexpected), I generally have somewhat of an enjoyable time in the rink. If I can make fun out of these seemingly horrid days, you can too! (We won't get into the fact that I am easily amused, mostly by my own personal antics, because that doesn't;t always translate to snowboarding.) Complain about the conditions, if you must, but do so only after your first run. Afterwards, find something fun to do, even if it does not involve snowboarding in the least and entails the building of ice sculpture turtles under the chairlift. After all, a day of fun, whatever one must do to experience it, is much better than a tedious day of icy complaints. Make the best of a situation, rather than the worst.
Maybe it's because I don't get to snowboard a great deal (city-folk represent!) that I enjoy the meager amount of days I spend on the mountain so much. I don't think this is the case, though. I think that snowboarding is an enjoyable activity, if you make it one, of course, and, therefore, any time spent snowboarding is enjoyable. In the days leading up to my injury, most of which dealt less than favorable conditions, I was stoked on the mountain experience, thanks mostly to perfection that is Pico. I had a great time, and few complaints were heard out of my mouth. In fact, a mere two days before fate dealt me a blow below the belt, I had an incredible day, the day that made me truly realize why I love snowboarding and what is its essence and beauty. Even on the fateful day of my injury, navigating through absolutely no visibility whatsoever, I was having a good time. I was simply unlucky, though. A flat lading dealt more than a little discomfort, I won't bore you with the details, and I am out for six to eight months too long. At the moment when I knew that my day and, possibly,my season was over, the emotional pain of realizing that I would not be able to snowboard for much too long was far greater than any physical pain I experienced. What makes the incredibly unpleasant reality of my injury a little less tedious, though, is the knowledge that in the days and weeks leading up to it, I treasured almost every moment I spent on the snow.
If snowboarding is no longer fun and more of a job or a chore than a privilege to you, change what you're doing, somehow, and make it again beautiful, for your own sake or, at least, for that of others who are not able to snowboard. Stop complaining and start enjoying it because this day, and I would not hope this on anyone, could be your last.

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Photos

Methods are the raddest trick in the world.  You can do them completely different from everyone else if you so choose, and they still look damn good, with the exception of "the girl method". Besides, what other trick can you compare to the WU TANG Clan? It is for these reasons, along with many others that this phot spread is devoted to nothing but method airs.

qpmeth.jpg (24631 bytes)Eerik Ilves knows you don't need a mountain to build you a shitty jump to do a method (although that does tend to be a popular place for them.) Seen here at a super-secret backcounty quaterpipe. Voorhesville, NY.
jkramer12.jpg (6586 bytes)John Kramer appears to be doing a method in this photo, while in all actuality, he's perfecting his newest disco move. Killington, VT. PHOTO: Tim Zimmerman amoran.jpg (22196 bytes)Jeff "Da Mullet" Moran wears his one color Wave Rave fruit suits because they because they help him spin and tweak like a champ.  Waterville Valley NH.    PHOTO: John Geery
Right: Hannah Grant does booty methods that that rock out the Kodak Air & Style challenge.  Waterville Valley, NH. PHOTO: John Geery hgrant.jpg (10833 bytes)
jbrushie.jpg (34521 bytes)     The Culprit of this HUGE backside method wishes to remain nameless, but you can't go that big and expect not get coverage. Mt. Snow, VT PHOTO: Brooke Geery jsmallwood.jpg (20140 bytes)

Jimi Scott was mad because he couldn't quite touch John Smallwood's ass from where he was on the deck. Mt. Snow VT PHOTO: Brooke Geery

jbayne.jpg (21832 bytes)Jason Bayne is a pioneer of a sort. Here he is seen doing his own innovation, the Crystal Method. Waterville Valley, NH. PHOTO: John Geery

swescott.jpg (29049 bytes)When you grab between your tail and an indy its called a tindy. Would that make this a Nethod? Maybe. Seth Wescott, Mt. Snow VT. PHOTO: Brooke Geery  


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Editor: Brooke Geery

Assistant Editor: Rachel Cotton

Graphic Artist: Seth Butler

Contributing Photographers (whether they know it or not):

Tim Zimmerman                                                                                                                                         Lee Crane                                                                                                                                                 Bud Fawcett                                                                                                                                                John Geery                                                                                                                                                  Brooke Geery                                                                                                                                          FAT World Foto

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