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The Retro Pipe Lives at the 2015 Vermont Open

You’d be hard pressed to meet a snowboarder from the East Coast without some sort of US Open memory. For nearly 30 years, the event was a annual gathering of debauchery and progression, which any self-respecting snowboarding enthusiast would be a fool to miss. As the Open grew at Stratton, bag checks tightened, the halfpipe walls doubled in size, and legends were made year after year. That is, until three years ago – when the Open moved to Colorado. The decision was based on many factors including money, terrain, weather, but mostly money, leaving Stratton locals with nothing but memories and the Stratton staff with a few less headaches.

But now that the US Open is just another snowboard contest in Vail, and the east coast spring party has moved to New Hampshire for Last Call, some worried Vermont’s legacy as the home of competitive snowboarding would soon become a distant memory. However, something much more magical has happened. Stevie Hayes and a group of dedicated Southern Vermonters have kept the dream alive with the Vermont Open, a three-day event that features a rail jam, slopestyle, banked slalom, snufer races and concerts, on par with those of the US Open glory days. For 2015, instead of a big air, the retro pipe was reborn.

Much to my delight, the hand-dug dude tube was on East Byrneside – otherwise known as the original location of the US Open halfpipe – before it was moved to Sunrise, out of the way of the general skiing public, or whatever. With walls topping out at 12 feet and several man-made one hitters carved into the uneven surface – the chances of anyone being able to double cork were slim (although those Japanese kids probably could do it.) It was a specimen straight out of the late 80s, which riders young and old struggled equally to negotiate, but still managed to put on a show and finish with smiles on their faces.

In the tradition of classic Vermont weather, mist fell from the sky on March 14, 2015, and fog shrouded the well-lit halfpipe, illuminating the scene, which no matter if you were there or not, harkened back to the good old days. Local legends like Jerry Tucker, Seth Neary, Charlie Cavanaugh and Ross Powers joined the new guard of Vermonters such as Jack Kyle for a perfect lesson in “how things used to be.” Some riders opted for retro boards, or dressed in classic Craig Kelly attire, and the only thing there to really reminded you it was twenty years later were the ubiquitous GoPros. There were no 1620s and no rehearsed routines. Just tweaks, grabs and the occasional 720.

The Vermont Open is still small, but as history has a tendancy to repeat itself, growth is inevitable. If you know what’s good for you, you’ll get there next year so that you can be the one who says, “Remember when?” Maybe we’ll bring the cage.

On the Road Again with Windells

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For its second year, On The Road with Windells Camp will be delivering an affordable snowboard and ski day camp experience to local mountains nationwide with one weekend of professional coaching, awesome activities, and a little taste of the “funnest” place on earth. Not only will participants walk away with tons free gear from the sponsors, and a bag of new tricks, all campers will be entered to win a FREE SESSION to Summer 2014 at Windells Camp in Mt. Hood!

Windells’ facilities in Mt.Hood Oregon are synonymous with progression and excellence, and they will be working with resorts across the country that are focused on those same ideals! Check out the 2014 dates and locations and make sure to meet Windells On The Road at a mountain near you!

Brighton, UT – January 25 & 26

Hunter, NY – February 22 & 23

Stratton, VT – March 1 & 2

Snoqualmie, WA – March 15 & 16

All camps are $349 (or $299 with season pass)

Space is limited! 21 snowboard, and 21 ski spots available. Act fast!

Package includes:
Two (2) resort lift tickets
Professional snowboard and ski coaching for all abilities
Windells private park
Activities and contests with On The Road sponsors
Daily resort lunch vouchers
Visits from local pro athletes
GoPro video review with coach
Tons of giveaway gear
Discounts on lodging in the area (*if available)
Session closing pizza party
Exclusive discounts to Summer Camp
Automatic entry for a chance to win a FREE Summer Session at Windells!

*All registration and questions should be directed to Windells Camp: windells.com, [email protected], 800.765.7669

Vermont Open Official Results

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Juniors — 12 and Under
1. Gray Kateo (bib #24)
2. Miles Recchia (bib #21)
3. Shea Kelley (bib #5)
4. Oscar Loomis (bib #4)
5. Jack Hayes (bib #1)

Amateur — Female
1. Lucy Ann Murry (bib #17)
2. Laura Fratkin (bib #126)
3. Erin Becker (bib #80)

Amateur — Male
1. Rakai Tate (bib #26)
2. Evan Sheridan (bib #19)
3. Matt Behre (bib #42)
4. Mark Martinez (bib #14)
5. Jake Gaudet (bib #99)

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Pro — Female

Mary Randy won, but here are the official results.
1. Elen Tortorice (bib #114)
2. Amanda Barnhart (bib #94)
3. Ericka Bingioni (bib #3)
4. Noelle Edwards (bib #53)
5. Jocelyn Gianmarino (bib #103)

Pro — Male
1. Sean Murphy (bib #30)
2. Max Lyons (bib #84)
3. Casey Savage (bib #91)
4. Peter Cerelo (bib #55)
5. Zack Wilmot (bib #34)

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Halfpipe Results

Junior Finals
Bib # Name Total Score Place
81 Charles Recchia 106 1
4 Oscar Loomis 90 2
24 Greh Katko 87 3
21 Miles Recchia 84 4
1 Jack Hayes 65 5

Mens Amateurs
Bib # Name Total Score Place
26 Rakai Tate 183 1
58 Evan Warner 171 2
42 Matt Behre 146 3
75 Luke Hahn 105 4
68 Mischa Greenslet 35 5

Womens Amateurs

Bib # Name Total Score Place
11 Victoria Powers 70 1
3 ? 57 2
2 Margon Gage 41 3
Womens Legends
Bib # Name Total Score Place
? Amy Herman 107 1

Mens Legends
Bib # Name Total Score Place
25 Jerry Tucker 185 1
35 Matt Fortuna 154 2
36 Charles Cavanagh 142 3
37 Luke Bonang 129 4
73 Pete Riley 47 5

Mens Pros
Bib # Name Total Score Place
33 Ross Powers 209 1
66 Shaun Murphy 181 2
84 Max Lyons 163 3
69 Leon Townsend 154 4
129 Tyler Emond 118 5

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Washed Up Cup Banked Slalom
Junior Women

1 Margon Gage
2 Sophie Nywiede
3 Azurah Gage

Junior Men

1 Charlie Recchia
2 Jack Hayes
3 Miles Recchia

Mens Amateur

1 Richie Verost $500
2 Louis Davala $400
3 Evan Werner $ 200

Womens Amateur

1 Allie Nowicki $ 400
2 Olivia Clement $  250
3 Sarah Nelb $ 125

Womens Pro

1 Amy Gan $ 200
2 Mary Rand $125
3 Jess Trimble $ 75

Mens Pro
1 Josh Wiley $1,000
2 Ross Powers $ 700
3 Jason Burrill $ 300

Womens Legend

1 Krissy Krieg $200
2 Laurie Asperas $ 125

Mens Legend
1 Mark Billy $ 1,000
2 Luke Bonang $ 500
3 Charles Cavanaugh $  400
4 Curt Gurry $   300
5 Jason Goldsmith $   250
6 Kevin McMahon $  200
7 Kris Swierz $   175
8 Aaron Diamond $  150
9 Jonathan Smallwood $  125
10 Michael Sullivan $  100

 

20k Up for Grabs at the Vermont Open

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STRATTON MOUNTAIN, Vt. — Stratton Mountain Resort and the Vermont Open have put a total cash prize of $20,000 on the line for top riders at the competition.

Stratton Mountain stepped up to match the prize purse set forth by the Vermont Open organizers, doubling the cash prize to $20,000.

“Stratton has had the rare opportunity to watch some of the nation’s best riders grow, train and compete on our slopes,” said Sky Foulkes, President of Stratton Mountain. “With the Vermont Open, we are excited to launch the next chapter of big competition in southern Vermont.”

The prize money will be divided among top riders in each rider division.

Sponsors of the Vermont Open include Stratton Mountain Resort, Foley Caterpillar, Vermont Country Store, Thebault Design, Vew-Do Boards, Science Apparel. Individual sponsors are Tim Ward, Greg Gawlick and Sarah Garay.

The Vermont Open is a three event snowboarding competition on Stratton Mountain’s main face. Over three days, riders will compete in halfpipe, rail jam and banked slalom events with prizes awarded to the top scorers. Registration is open to everyone in the categories of junior (12 and under), amateur, pro and washed up. Register for the Vermont Open at www.vermontopen.com. The highest value prize will go to the overall winner, the male and female riders who earn the highest overall score across all three events.

Terrible Tuesday: US Open Slopestyle 2011

Just Kidding! It’s My friend Brendan Gouin and I riding the mini-park at Stratton, VT during the Open. Brendan is the guy who makes awesome videos at Yawgoo Valley and Loon. I’m pretty sure we had more fun than anyone in the contest. And we both won.

Shot with the GoPro® HD Helmet HERO™ Camera

US Open 2011 Semi Final Results

Apparently the US Open is going on right now? Seems early, no? Anyway, if you’re into that sort of thing, here’s the official recap of today, and if you’re really interested, it’s being live webcast every day. Sounds like a great excuse to play our US Open drinking game at your desk.

Stratton Mountain, VT (March 9, 2011) Temperatures dipped to a frigid low today at Stratton Mountain, but that didn’t keep the competition from heating up in the men’s and women’s slopestyle semi-finals at the 29th annual Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships presented by MINI. Ten men and six women advanced to the US Open slopestyle finals, which take place this Friday, March 11th.

The big news from today’s competition is that Jamie Anderson qualified in first place, so she has officially secured the women’s TTR World Tour Championship title by amassing the most TTR points for the season. Spencer O’Brien, Silje Norendal, Enni Rukajarvi, Jordie Karlinski and Kjersti Buaas also earned a spot in the women’s slopestyle finals.

On the men’s side, Eric Willet led the field after nailing his first run, consisting of a 270 to boardslide, backside tailside 450 out, Cab double cork 900, tailside 270 out, frontside 900 tail grab and capped with a switch backside double cork 1080. Also advancing to the men’s slopestyle finals are Mark McMorris, Chas Guldemond, Torgeir Bergrem, Jeremy Thompson, Emil UIlsletten, Ulrik Badertscher, Jason Dubois, Janne Korpi and Sondre Tiller.

Tomorrow holds no shortage of action at the US Open, as the top men and women take to the halfpipe for semi-finals.

If you can’t make it to Stratton, check out four days of live webcasts starting today on burton.com or metacafe.com. The US Open, presented by MINI, will also air on ESPN2 on March 13 at 4:30 p.m. EST.

2011 US Open Competition & Entertainment Schedule
Thursday, March 10 — Halfpipe Semi-Finals
Friday, March 11 — Slopestyle Finals; The Jam Finals & FREE ‘Flosstradamus’ show
Saturday, March 12 — Halfpipe Finals & FREE performance by ‘The Sounds’
Sunday, March 13 — Junior Jam

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.

Celebrate Dirty Snow This Memorial Day Weekend

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Mount Snow will host its 3rd Annual Peace Pipe Jam on Saturday, May 29th of Memorial Day weekend.  The event has become a fixture to the end of “on snow” season for park riders all over the northeast.  A non-judged event with a relaxed atmosphere, the Peace Pipe Jam is the brainchild of Mount Snow Freestyle Terrain Manager Ken Gaitor.  Gaitor came up with the event name trying to incorporate respect for the tradition of Memorial Day with a theme of peace in relevance to a freestyle terrain event.

The Peace Pipe Jam became an instant favorite for jibbers throughout the northeast with over 200 participants in its first year and almost 500 in year two.  It is a free event with music and a barbeque on the Carinthia deck from 11am — 3pm.  The event takes place on the bottom section of Inferno where a huge snow pile has been plowed and will be transformed into a virtual oasis of rails, boxes and perhaps jumps for the May 29th event.

New this season Mount Snow and Stratton are cross promoting Memorial Day weekend park events.  On Sunday, May 30th Stratton hosts its first Mountain Mayhem jam at Sun Bowl with registration beginning at 9am.  You can also pre-register online at active.com for just $20.  There will be a DJ, free giveaways and cash prizes for the winners.

With Mount Snow and Stratton being a mere 20 miles apart, Memorial Day weekend in southern Vermont stands to be a testament of freestyle terrain dedication.

For more information on the Peace Pipe Jam at Mount Snow please visit carinthiaparks.com and for the Mountain Mayhem jam at Stratton go to stratton.com.

The 2001 US Open

by Rachel Cotton

This is taken from messy notes written in dark corners and fast cars. Thanks to Tom Bishop for all the pictures and to myself for the grotesque things I have done with them.

03.16.01 4:05 PM WITH PLANS TO TAKE PHOTOGRAPHS

Mitko and I went riding for an hour at Killington. After days of late lab reports, filled with lentil soup and seemingly endless misunderstandings about environmental activism, we left. But we first made sure to capture ourselves in goofy romantic poses overlooking the mountain. (Evidence to come).

6:00-10:00 PM QUARTERPIPE!

Cavity (MEtttTAl) is on the radio. The quarterpipe is icy and large (it’s still daylight). Aside from all the idiots around me, I noticed a woman from Canada (Anne Boulanger) busting huge tweaked indys, later to stomp a fs 540: big news and a win. Pauline Richon couldn’t land 540s, although they looked pretty good in the air, good enough for third. Men are sick. Terje did one-footed mctwists and some fine 900 degree backside rotations. Tom Gilles 21 foot airs to fakie, later death drops to mat. James Beach did very nice switch mctwists. Romain Demarchi is insane. Everyone who snowboards is a white male frat boy who hates women and is rich. People are throwing snowballs at each other’s heads because they have no brains. Loud obnoxious drunks, the parking lot is muddy. Minor threat is on the intercom.

GUYZ

1. Terje Haakonsen
2. Gian Simmen
3. James Beach

GIRLZ

1. Annie Boulanger
2. Dorian Vidal
3. Pauline Richon


Tom Gilles or Kyle Clancy? I just don’t know.

CHANGE OF CLOTHES/CHEESELESS PIZZA

During dinner an amusing family from Connecticut sat right next to us. Discussion centered around whether or not their kids masturbate (one guy reasoned that they must because they’re in the 8th grade). Mom swore that middleschoolers in her neighborhood have giant blowjob parties (to practice SAFE SEX) “fucking Connecticut,” I said, and then I moved in closer to get a better listen. Next was something about stores that sell condoms and trying not to look at friend’s 16 year old daughter’s breasts, nice clothes and designer shoes. This was the most valuable part of the weekend by far. Puberty is a constant topic of conversation all over the world and thank god because it makes my life interesting.

11:50 PM BARTERING FOR FLOOR SPACE

Never go to Stratton without a place to stay and the idea that the world is a friendly place. In reality, the world is evil and filled with cops. We let ourselves into a nice, white hotel with plans to sleep on leather sofas and shiny conference tables. Everything was free. Then I stole three months worth of laundry detergent from the maid’s cart; people with horrible tattoos got out of the jacuzzi, made some lame jokes about poverty, sleeping bags and us and called the cops. Soon after, we were pinpointed as riffraff and thrown out onto the street.

Round 2:
In need of warmth and entertainment, I started offering people sips of vodka in exchange for bad jokes and floor space. Since the only people I indulged in conversation with happened to be German businessmen, I soon lost hope. Sitting by a fire listening to cops talk about trailer trash, thinking in front of a bar is a good place to find drunk people with lonely hearts: Jamie from The Real World New Orleans showed up and I became embarrassed because I’m not supposed to recognize famous people from TV.


The ‘copter flew around a lot. People thought they could make it crash by throwing snowballs at it. Next year I’m painting a landing pad on my chest.

12:30 AM. WHAT HAPPENS NEXT

Professional snowboarders wear nice clothes like wrinkle free jeans and black sweatshirts. They look tired. Success! We have broken into a small kindergarten complex gently nestled within an intricate web of hotel/recreation. This means free crackers and apple juice plus endless access to a child sized trampoline. I’m in heaven. Mitko mixed us drinks. We talked about books in Bulgarian. I took Polaroids.


This is a good picture. Stare at it.

3.17.01 THE NEXT DAY

Barely escaped the kindergarten complex alive.
Thank god for back doors and hand held alarm clocks.

Stratton is a horrible place for everything, as evidenced by an overabundance of ticket checkers and loud, whiny children with androgynous parents. We hiked the park and I broke my wrist. It was great, so I took some percoset! I put my entire arm in a sling and then went to watch the pipe finals as a crazy, possessed cripple. I must thank my kindhearted bulgarian guides for being utilitarian and NICE armholds during this whole ordeal.

(At this point, I was on drugs and the writing gets funny.)


Keir Dillon. Bruce Lee. Chris Tucker. Tza Tza Gabor.

WRIST SET. LET’S PARTY! THIS IS THE ACTUAL PART ABOUT SNOWBOARDING, SO GET STOKED.

Natasza Zurek killed: style in black and blue, late 180s to complete nice nice bs 540s. Mctwists. Kelley Clark went high. I like her. Men’s finals were like nothing I had ever seen before, progression with a time constraint. Danny Kass won because of a personal disregard for safety, order, everything, coupled with some smooth and effortless landings and a charming sense of humor. (run: method, Kasserole, cab7, lein, stalefish, something like that ). An Italian guy named Giacomo (Kratter) was wild and crazy in the pipe, young and insane. Abe Teter tweaks everything. People seem to like the way he is strong and angular in the air. Jonas Emery poached and ruled. Daniel Frank is European and has a Mohawk. He can certainly still get it up. Snowboarding fans remain as the most annoying people on the planet.

This is what the guy I was standing next to said: “You keep sliding over and taking up room. I got here at eight to get this spot.

This is what I said to him: “Dude, shut up.”

To end, I hate everyone and I’m in love with life. For the past two days, I have subsisted entirely on iced tea, and chips and salsa. There was a lot of boardslide action in the parking lot, nighttime revelry, x rays, vodka and secret clandestine hijinks that went on at Stratton. It was a special time. Nothing means anything anymore. Quit while you’re ahead. Love, Rachel


Geoff Farina, rock and roll.

HALFPIPE RESULTS

MEN
1. Danny Kass
2. Abe Teter
3. Daniel Franck

WOMEN
1. Natasza Zurek
2. Shannon Dunn
3. Gretchen Bleiler


I’ll be back next year. And I won’t break my wrist. Gian Simmen?

Stratton Pipe Returns

STRATTON, VT — It’s back! The original Stratton halfpipe is back and better than it ever was. After close to a ten year absence Stratton decided to re-dig this little piece of snowboarding history. The Stratton pipe was one of the first pipes to be permanent to a resort even way back in the day when only a handful of resorts allowed snowboarding. Of course, keeping up with current technology the pipe is no longer hand dug and there is even a small park at the entrance. It isn’t as large as the main pipe but should help take some of the traffic away from it, and for those of you who live in the pipe this is welcome news. It is off to the left at the start of “Lower Standard” on the lower mountain, just look for the orange gate that
is the entrance. The main pipe remains mid-way down “Suntanner” on the left side, in clear view from just about anywhere in the base area.

– Chris Stepanek (ur13)