On-Snow Demo At Timberline Lodge – Sunday, March 6th

As the world turns and seasons shift, many of us find ourselves pondering the future; of what lies ahead and so on and so forth. But, why? The future can’t be told, assumed obviously, but assumptions will only get you the ass end of a bad deal, and bad deals aren’t something we’re accustom to at U.S. Outdoor. Instead, we would like to give you the chance to step into the future (quite literally) with a time honored ski and snowboard on-snow demo day!

On March 6th, 2016, U.S. Outdoor will be teaming up with Timberline Lodge and a battalion of brands so you can ride the wave of the future via next year’s quiver. GOOD deals will be made on 2016 and 2017 skis and snowboards! Fates will be sealed. Assumptions will be banished. Just make sure you register first! You can register online here or register at U.S. Outdoor. Registration prior to the event is free and will save you money! More details below.



Start Time: 9am

End Time: 4pm (Last demos out at 2:30pm)

Where: Timberline Lodge

When: Sunday, March 6th, 2016

How to register: REGISTRATION will be held ONLINE or IN-STORE at U.S. Outdoor. Registration will conclude at 6pm on Saturday, March 5th. Pre-registration is free and registered participants will not have to pay to demo.

Non registered participants will be charged a one time fee of $25 that will be donated to Portland Mountain Rescue.


Suburu Presents: Jeremy Jones’ Higher – A TGR Film

On September the 19th, at the Aladdin Theater in Portland, the third installment of the Deeper, Further, Higher trilogy will debut. Prepare to have your sensory receptors pummeled.

Jeremy Jones’ ‘Higher’ is a TGR film that takes you into the heart of Jeremy Jones and why it is he does what he does; from his childhood stomping grounds to his family life and on to hairball descents of the gnarliest lines in the remote regions of the Himalayas and AK, that will make you look at life a bit differently. But then again, that’s the point Jeremy Jones would like to make in theses films. He wants to be an example of how one can live a full life by challenging the limits and toeing the line with death. He is a pioneer; a Proenneke, who seeks out the wilderness and lives for it and in it, not against it. His model for life is not hard to buy into, but you have to have some grit and some moxie to accomplish the task.

Below is the trailer for ‘Higher.’ Get stoked and go see the film at the Aladdin Theater, Friday, September 19 – Doors at 7:00, Show at 8:00. You won’t be disappointed. Tickets available in-store at US Outdoor.

2014 Jones Hovercraft Splitboard

Why not trust a splitboard designed by one of the most iconic backcountry snowboarders of all time? WWJD (what would Jeremy do)? The Jones Hovercraft Splitboard opens up the door to the backcountry like the pearly gates open into Heaven. Lets face it, the backcountry IS Heaven. Metaphorically speaking, of course.

The 2014 Hovercraft Splitboard from Jones Snowboards delivers key features that maximize both areas of touring and snowboarding. A mellow Magne-traction and Karakoram clips are features that put the Hovercaraft at the head of the class.

2nd Annual Oregon Splitfest: Photo Recap

The 2nd Annual Oregon Splitfest has come and gone, but that doesn’t mean its not still soaking on the sun drenched and snowy memory banks of those who participated. Then again, who could forget exploring Mt. Hood’s Newton Canyon on a beautiful bluebird weekend? Setting up shop at Charlies Mountain View in Government Camp, brands like Venture Snowboards, Jones Snowboards, Arbor Snowboards, Karakoram and Spark R&D Bindings provided the gear that would take riders into the backcountry while PCNW Representatives: Matt Baker (Jones Snowboards) and Scott Davis (Arbor Snowboards) along side Abe Gilreath (Naklin) and US Outdoor’s George Bean and Paul Srofe helped get riders outfitted and organized.

The Gathering

Folks met on a Friday night at Charlies to get set-up and situated for the weekend’s ensuing adventure… and then a raffle happened! While adventurers were busy meeting and greeting each other they were also taking home prizes that will further their splitboard futures. One lucky winner even took home a new Venture Snowboard. Chalk that up to a win!

Newton Canyon Adventure

Head count: Matt Baker, George Bean, Paul Srofe, Har Rai Khalsa (photographer), Bean Dickey (Mt. Hood Ski Patrol), Trevor Lane, Abe Gilreath, Haley Bergstrom and Scott Davis.

Newton Canyon Mt. Hood Splitfest The sun arose Saturday morning and blessed this litter of powder hounds with bluebird conditions. You couldn’t have asked for a more perfect setting to go gallivanting through the Oregon backcountry. Hi fives were had, coffee was consumed. By 9am they were suited up and ready to roll out from Hood River Meadows to connect with the Newton Clark Moraine in search of fresh tracks and good times…

… And so the adventure begins.

Paul Srofe Oregon Splitfest Newton CanyonPictured to the right: Paul Srofe. Paul is a buyer here at US Outdoor and has been in and around the Pacific Northwest snowboard scene for many years. Look at his face as he chugs up the Newton Clark Moraine. That there my friends could be the Websters Dictionary definition of focus. He’s got hungry eyes ladies and gentlemen, and he’s going to get that first track.

Dressed down in his Airblaster Ninja Suit, a pair of sweet shades and a rocking mustache, Paul is ready to carve the proverbial turkey.

George Bean Abe Gilreath Newton CanyonNaturally, there comes a time in every adventure when the dogs start barking and you need to give them a little rest. Outings like Splitfest take a lot out of you, so you have to take some time to refuel so that you are in peak shape when you reach the top. Write that down. Anywho…

Pictured to the left (sitting on their duffs): George “Grizzly Adams” Bean and Abe Gilreath of Naklin. These two might differ tremendously in appearance but splitboarding helps mend the bridge. What transpired in the following moments is a beautiful thing that I will let speak for itself. Check it out…3…2…1…

US Outdoor Paul Srofe air into bowl Newton Canyon Mt. Hood Naklin Abe Gilreath air into bowl Newton Canyon Mt. Hood US Outdoor George Bean air into bowl Newton Canyon Mt. Hood Air into bowl Newton Canyon Mt. Hood US Outdoor Paul Srofe carving Newton Canyon Mt. Hood Oregon Naklin Abe Gilreath carve Newton Canyon Mt. Hood Oregon US Outdoor George Bean carve Newton Canyon Mt. Hood Oregon US Outdoor Haley Bergstrom Newton Canyon Mt. Hood Oregon

As you can see, the 2nd Annual Oregon Splitfest yielded some awesome results. A very special thanks to Geoff Guillory and NWAC for creating and presenting this event and to all the brands that participated and donated prizes. Make sure to tag along next year!

Newton Canyon carve Mt. Hood Oregon

All photos taken by and credited to Har Rai Khalsa

2013 Best Snowboards

While others are still enjoying the dwindling heat of fall, you have other priorities. The maturing tradition of anticipating the release of winter’s newest snowboards is timeless among snowboarders. As the fresh models roll off the line and swoop into shops, knowing which snowboard to get your hands on can be a bit overwhelming. That is why we have taken the liberty of identifying this year’s best snowboards. Read up on the low down for what you can call 2013’s Prime Nine.

Burton Custom Flying V SnowboardWhy not kick things off with a classic? The Burton Custom Flying V has become a benchmark that other snowboards can only dream of living up to. Terrain type does not matter as this slick stick has an answer to any and everything on the mountain. Technological evolutions known as the Squeezebox and Lightning Bolts electrify your ride. Amped up and ready to take it all on with a cunning aggression, the Burton Custom Flying V returns for another victory lap. Viva La Burton!


That fella Travis Rice knows a thing or two about snowboarding. It would only make sense Lib Tech Travis Rice Pro Snowboardthat his Lib Tech Travis Rice Pro snowboard would also be well versed in launching an assault all over the hill. From the powder packed backcountry to the gnarliest set-ups in the park, it’s easy to see how this all-mountain quiver killer makes the list for one of the best snowboards in 2013, this snowboard is primed to conduct some serious business. Equipped with the renowned C2 Power Banana/Camber Combo Tech, intense Magne-Traction, and an explosive H-Pop Core, Travis Rice’s Pro model from Lib Tech feasts on features of all shapes, sizes, and flavors.

If you are in search of an all-terrain vehicle that has more versatility than a Swiss Army knife with a fold out light saber, look no further than the limited edition Slash ATV-HUB by Gigi Ruf. A progressive shape and rockered design let you push your ride game to unfathomable boundaries. Never have to distinguish between a park or powder day again with the all mountain freestyle skills engrained in the ATV-HUB.

Gnu Park Pickle SnowboardThere are no secrets when it comes to the intended use of the Gnu Park Pickle. Crafted to lay waste to any and everything in the park, this asymmetric freestyle twin banana mashes rails, jibs, boxes, barrels, jumps, and pipes of all shapes and sizes. The reverse camber and Magne-Traction let you venture outside the park too, so you can seek and destroy natural features on the regular. Unparalleled freestyle performance is fresh out of the jar with this season’s Park Pickle.

With the mountain as your infinite canvas, grab the brush known as the K2 Parkstar and K2 Parkstar Snowboardpaint a masterpiece. Loaded up with a Tweakend baseline for enhanced stability and pressing powers, this jib rocker has been built for any snowboarder who calls the park home, but envisions the entire bump as their playground. Get creative and put your best on display with the K2 Parkstar.


Capita Indoor Survival FK SnowboardThe Indoor Survival FK has become a popular pick for anyone who rides Capita and is in the business of converting others. It’s really hard not to like a deck that’s durable, responsive, and able to excel anywhere you put it to the test. This season, the Indoor Survival FK continues its evolution and features a shape that is flat between the bindings, but kicks up at the ends so you won’t get any catchy hang ups. Made with an eco friendly sustainable core and empowered with rods to increase pop, this freestyle board doesn’t know how to quit.

Sure, it has won some awards, but the Ride Machete is still out to win your heart. Hop on Ride Machete Snowboardthis sweet blade and track straight thanks to the flat shape through the feet, but feel free to get playful with the LowRize rocker shape out towards the nose and tail. Pop Rods deliver an extra boost while the crazy durable Cleave Edge lets you knock this board around a fair bit. The aggressive, fun, surfy twin known as the Machete was built by Ride to last.


The Basic from Yes is everything you need in an all mountain snowboard with nothing unnecessary cramping your style. A true twin set up and a centered stance team with the Camrock design to equip you perfectly for an all out assault anywhere on the mountain. The soft to mid flex flows well across varied terrain so no matter what sort of obstacles come your way, all you have to do is say Yes to The Basic.

Jones Snowboards Flagship SnowboardDestined to make some noise this winter, Jones Snowboards is unleashing a slew of sticks that promise to redefine epic. Drawing balance between power and agility, the Flagship thirsts for endless big mountain freeriding. In fact, this board is unfamiliar with limits as it embraces both high speeds and deep snow so you can charge hard and leave nothing left to be desired. This deck is also available in a splitboard version for both men and women. It’s called the Solution, and it’s just that when it comes to backcountry dominance. Jeremy Jones is obviously legendary. So are his snowboards.

It’s clear there will be no shortage of loaded boards to choose from this season. The only sad part is that there is assuredly not going to be enough days of winter. Embrace all 89 of them and happy shredding everyone!

By Jennifer Frost

Further: A Teton Gravity Research Film Presented by Oneill Staring Jeremy Jones, Terje Haakonsen

It is video premiere season and TGR (Teton Gravity Research) travels to Portland Oregon, a far more domesticated landscape than is to be on display in ‘Further’, the second expedition that leads Jeremy Jones and company into the treacherous backcountry where they cut fresh lines into the most remote snow laden landscapes on earth.

Come on in to US OUTDOOR and pick up your ticket today! Witness the wonder that will take you ‘Further’ into the realm of solitude September 15th at the Bagdad Theater. If the middle child of the Deeper, Further, Higher trilogy is as magnificent as the trailer you will not want to miss seeing it on the big screen.