Submitted by Daniel on November 1, 2012 at 12:56 pm
We’ve had a lot of requests for larger sized snowboards and even sold out of a few, so we are happy to announce that we’ve made a new batch for this season! Now in stock are Traditional Camber boards in both black and white, sizes 158 and 163.
Submitted by Hannah on July 30, 2012 at 4:42 pm
If you are strapped for cash this year but you still feel the urge to hit the slopes this year you are in luck. You don’t worry about saving each precious penny this summer because we have some quick tips and cheap places to save your bank account from the nasty OD: overdraft.
Some tips for those low budget boarders to make every penny stretch:
Bring your own lunch: Don’t spend $6 on a slice of crappy pizza in the lodge cafeteria. Bring a good ol’ fashioned PB&J for the mid-day munchies. If you are going multiple times a week that six bucks will start to add up.
Car Pool: Save the environment, bring friends. Driving can become costly, especially if your hill is an hour or two away. Bring your friends and split the gas.
Buy your own gear: If you go snowboarding more than three times this winter, just splurge and buy the gear. Renting adds up quick.
Buy a pass: If you can lay day moolah right now buy a season pass. It’s costly at first but each individual day pass is costly and if you plan on going often make the plunge and become a pass holder. You get your picture on it and everything!
Those tips were free. You can take them to the bank. Now here is a list of the 10 best ski resorts for your buck. Based off price, powder and lift lines.
1. Grand Targhee, Wyoming: For the snow that is like from heaven the price isn’t too shabby. With 3,000 acres of skiing and an average or 500 inches per season, this resort is worth the money.
2. Loveland, Colorado: Being one of the highest ski resorts in North America it tends to open early. Plus the ticket price isn’t too high and the park is pretty good.
3. Bridger Bowl Montana: This non-profit mountain has prices that even you can handle. And the terrain and snowfall is some of North America’s finest.
4. Kirkwood Mountain Resort, California: One of the areas that gets the most snow in North America, the mountain has good powder and small lift lines.
5. Mount Baker, Washington: Covered in fresh snow this is the place to go if you like riding pow. It also has a lot of access to back country areas.
6. Stowe Mountain Resort, Vemont: One of the best mountains in the east coast, this resort actually gets plenty of fresh powder. They boast steep challenging boarding.
7. Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico: Although the powder is less, the terrain is challenging. This resort is not for the faint of heart but still worth the buck.
8. Lake Louise Mountain Resort, Alberta, Canada: Second largest resort in Canada, the light powder and smaller lines push this resort onto the list.
9. Snowmass Mountain, Colarado: The long runs and huge area of available with over 3,000 acres, this resort is easily worth the price.
10. Mount Bachelor, Washington: Good powder since it is located on the drier side of Washington and huge area coupled with cheap pricing makes this a northwestern favorite.
Let’s take snowboarding back from consumers by not breaking the bank this winter! Ride hard and cheap!
Submitted by Hannah on June 6, 2012 at 10:16 am
So I like to think of myself as a master road trip planner. I get routes, destinations and even gas prices all figured out. Then I leave the rest up for spontaneity. Although I go on about 1/10th of the road trips I actually plan, I feel like I am pretty good at figuring them out. So here are a few tricks to planning the best snowboard road trip extravaganza.
Fill up your car
Not with gas, but with people. If you have a five-seater, fill it. Yeah, it may seem uncomfortable but that will be the time to bond. Nothing bonds two people faster than a puddle of drool on your shoulder. Plus it doesn’t hurt to get a lot of people pitching in for gas. Make sure you have enough room for all your gear too. Which leads me to my next point:
Packing to perfection
Because your car is full of people, packing is no easy task. Pack only what is necessary. Here are some necessary items to bring on your trip:
- Extra shirts and sweaters: Nothing will be more miserable than running out of clean, dry clothes after spending all day in the snow.
- Snowshoes: If you want to pass on the lift tickets grab your snowshoes and just hike it.
- Shovel: For obvious reasons.
- Snacks: There is no such thing as a road trip without snacks, and especially not a snowboarding one. Keep snacks handy.
Do your research
Check road conditions and gas prices along the route you are planning. It would probably be a good idea to check the weather and snow conditions for the days you will be shredding. It would suck to get up there and it be too foggy to see or there be no snow on the mountain.
Round up on your budget
Don’t go into any sort of road trip thinking, “$350 is all I need.” You are kidding yourself. Even if you have all the hotels, gas, food and lift tickets figured out, there will always be hidden expenses. It’s just a part of life. Plan for the unexpected and you won’t find yourself stranded without the cash to get home.
Find the perfect balance
People are either too spontaneous or too rigid. Don’t be either. When it comes to the perfect road trip let your whims take over, but don’t end up spending hundreds more than you need to because you have no idea where you are going or what you are doing. Plan your route. Have an idea where you will stay each day or where you want to end up. If you are really digging a certain mountain, bag the itinerary and stay another day.