It is time to dust off your water wings and pond scum snorkel set as we approach the 2012 Sno-Kona Pond Skim hosted by Mt. Hood Meadows. This annual tradition sends land based humans cascading down a snowy runway in hopes that they will generate enough speed and have enough control to cross the pond without falling in the drink. Of course it is not just making it across that earns you points.
Criteria for this sacred event is based on a three tier scale: Making it across; Costume; and Style/Crowd response. So if you’re planning on entering, don’t forget to dress in your “Sunday best” and by that I mean the most outlandish thing you can think of (as you will be judged on appearance). However shallow that might sound it helps to ease the tension when you catch an edge and belly flop mid pond dressed as a transsexual Batman or a giant burrito or Betty Boop or, well you get the idea. It is like that one guy said in the movie ‘Gladiator’ “… win the crowd, and you’ll win your freedom.” In this case it is win a grand prize trip for two to Hawaii!
Registration for the event concludes on the 26th or after 100 participants have signed up. To sign up and learn more please visit Ski Hood. GOOD LUCK!
The Pain McShlonkey Classic honors the great Shane McConkey in a competition that sums up the man’s creativeness and gut busting sense of humor. With Sled Dogs secure and a congregation of free-willing powder hounds dressed in their “Sunday best,” the Pain McShlonkey Classic got underway atop Squaw Valley Resort to raise money for the new Shane McConkey Foundation; a foundation based upon the inspiration and kindness of Shane McConkey and dedicated “to carry on this legacy through random acts of kindness and charitable giving and to inspire others to make a difference in the world at large.”
City folk (especially here in Portland) love their pub crawls. With more Micro Breweries per capita than any other city in the USA, Portland lends itself to the idea. But in Utah, the accessibility of ski resorts lent its hand to a group of skiers and snowboarders for a different type of crawl, a crawl that set a record pace to cover a far greater area than modest Portland, Oregon, and it also raised funds for the Huntsman Cancer Institute and Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. In association with Ski Utah, 14 skiers and snowboarders set out from Brain Head Resort at 3am the morning of March 15th, in an attempt to ski every resort (14 in total) in the state of Utah. This was no “get on you bikes and ride” kind of crawl witch usually results to eyelids half cocked and slurred speech by nights end; no this took the efforts and determination of Ski Utah, Canyon Transportation and the 14 individuals who heeded a noble cause. The group concluded their successful mission at approximately 7:45pm at Beaver Mountain Resort. Although there is no account of whether or not the group partook in pub festivities upon mission fruition, one can assume that they tipped their glasses to victory! If not then let us all raise our glasses to: Jim Schulte, Steven Aderholt, Mike Tonneson, Jack Amiel, Ken Jacquin, Vanessa Pierce, Ryan Patano, Jessica Kunzer, Norm Slauenwhite, Jeff Whiting, ‘Powderhound’ Cat Killfoil, Mike Bova, Michael Pantzer and Chris Pearson, the noble group that skied the whole of Utah for a far greater purpose than just to have fun. Cheers!
Your Instagram photo upload could win you a free pair of Gravis shoes! It’s simple: follow @gravisfootwear on Instagram and tag your best photo #gravisphotocontest. Every month pro skater Arto Saari will choose the best photo and the photographer will win a pair of Gravis shoes.
Check out brand new ski and snowboard demos from your favorite companies this weekend at Mt. Hood Meadows!
The NW Ski & Snowboard Demo Village sets up shop at Mt. Hood Meadows this Sunday, March 18th. Dive into fresh tracks with skis and snowboards that don’t hit the market until next year. From 9 am to 1 pm, or even as late as 3 pm, manufacturers from all over the globe will be sending you into the future in hopes that you will put their shred sleds on your wishlist. Manufacturers present will include: Volkl, Rossignol, Dynastar, K2, Line, 4FRNT, Atomic, Armada, Fischer, Icelantic, Blizzard, Nordica, Salomon, K2 Boards, Capita, Never Summer, Lib Tech, Gnu, and Arbor and possibly a few more. Don’t miss out! This is your chance to experience first hand the newest lines for 2013.
Red Bull has done its best to bring freeskiing center stage with competitions like the Red Bull Cold Rush. Big mountain is one thing, park is another, but Red Bull looks to put the skiing world under the freeskiing microscope. The spawn of big mountain and freestyle has risen to the forefront with its radical blend of the two. On one hand you have Dr. Jekyl and the other Mr. Hyde, but you don’t see one or the other, you see them both jockeying for position in one run of the Red Bull Cold Rush. What’s not to love about a competition that splices the DNA of two styles? That question is rhetorical. Why, you ask? Because the Red Bull Cold Rush competition is a spectacle that brings so much more to the table. The talent is higher, the stakes are higher, the elevation is… well the same, but you get the point. Watch the highlights of this years Cold Rush and decide for yourself whether or not you can ever go back…