20 Years of Burton and AASI – First Chair Podcast

By Chris / On / In Interviews, PSIA-AASI, PSIA-AASI Rocky Mountain

In this week’s First Chair Podcast George and I talked about the 20 year relationship between Burton and AASI, focused on improving snowboard education and equipment. We’ll be working together to tell that story and how it’s eliminated the barriers for 3-6 year olds who want to learn to snowboard. This podcast also dives in to the Burton Step-On binding which I’ve been riding for the last few weeks. Listen in to get my impressions!

Step On Up to Strapless Bindings

By Chris / On / In Gear

With Burton’s big reveal of the Step On, snowboarding’s worst kept secret of the last year is finally official – the step in binding is back.

Photo: Gabe L’Heureux / Transworld

For the last few decades, many of us have been deriding step-ins. They were heavy, clunky, unreliable, poor performing, pieces of junk that were just as likely to accidentally release as they were to ice up and refuse to attach. Similar to binding “advancements” that swivel the front binding, add levered brakes, or automatically close the ankle straps, step-ins were just another great intentioned, but overly complicated invention. As a result, they were unable to compete with the simplicity, weight, and reliability of traditional straps.

Despite the disdain mainstream snowboarding threw at them, step-ins found a niche of die-hard followers that put new liners in their beat up old boots, search for replacement binding parts online, seek out gear at garage sales, and post in forums about their love for step-ins.

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Burton Learn To Ride Super Clinic | Days 17 and 18 of 30 Days on the Road

By Chris / On / In Chris' Blog, Uncategorized

Originally posted on SnowboarderGuide.com

Burton invited me out to Keystone for a couple of days to learn a bit more about their Learn To Ride (LTR) program. The two-day “Super Clinic” was a chance to dig deeper into the LTR program, and get a behind-the-scenes look at where Burton is going with it. During the two-day event a bunch of on-snow and indoor clinics, with topics including new technology, tuning, learning progressions, Go Snowboarding, Get Lifted, and the Burton Academy at Northstar At Tahoe. Read more “Burton Learn To Ride Super Clinic | Days 17 and 18 of 30 Days on the Road”