SBG: Where we’ve been, where we’re at, where we are going

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This is the original business card we hit the road with in 1999

Originally posted on SnowboarderGuide.com

I started SBG with two good friends in the fall of 1998 as we prepared to hit the road on a snowboard roadtrip. It’s been more than a decade since I started cobbling together bits of code to make a website that would catalog our trip as we traveled from Alaska into Canada and then down through Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Utah, and Colorado during what was to be one of the best seasons on record. Read more “SBG: Where we’ve been, where we’re at, where we are going”

Introduction to Grabs

By Chris / On / In Chris' Blog, Uncategorized

Originally Published on SnowboarderGuide.com

Learning to grab your board is a big step from airing over jumps, but it’s a great way to improve your style when you’re in the air. Before you start grabbing, you should be comfortable going over jumps, getting some air, and landing. This article will go through some of the basic steps and teach you some of the terminology you’ll want to know. Soon you’ll be grabbing like a pro, and you’ll even know which grabs you’re doing. Read more “Introduction to Grabs”

Andreas Wiig- A Quick Interview with the Backcountry Machine

By Chris / On / In Interviews

Originally posted on SnowboarderGuide.com

Andreas Wiig is a driven, powerful snowboarder who’s smooth style stands out on all types of terrain. Snowboarding first captured Andreas at a young age in Norway where rough snow and ice conditions did not deter him from learning, but instead pushed him to focus himself and thrive in any condition. Now, in his professional career, he takes snowboarding to a new level. He charges anything he is going to hit and does it with machine-like force and precision. Andreas spends time in both Norway and the US and continues to be an inspiration to many worldwide. If you aren’t lucky enough to catch up with him on a snowboard, you may find him bartending in wild Alaska. Read more “Andreas Wiig- A Quick Interview with the Backcountry Machine”

Well wasted time, an interview with Kevin Sansalone

By Chris / On / In Chris' Blog, Uncategorized

Originally posted on SnowboarderGuide.com

I’m not sure exactly when I first heard of Kevin Sansalone, but it would have been around 15 years ago when I was growing up in Alaska, riding for a snowboard dealer who’s primary brand was Option. That shop sponsorship was my means to accessing Option pro-forms, and at start of every season a new Kevin Sansalone pro model would appear in the mail. At that point in time Kevin was holding down banger-filled parts in Alterna Action films like The Struggle and Still Struggling, movies that can still hold their own against the onslaught of modern videos. Since then, he’s expanded his role to encompass pretty much every aspect of the snowboard industry, juggling between riding, producing, and starting new ventures. Last week Kevin sat down with SBG to fill us in on life and his latest flick “Time Well Wasted.” Read more “Well wasted time, an interview with Kevin Sansalone”

A few minutes in the mind of Andrew Hardingham

By Chris / On / In Chris' Blog, Interviews

Originally posted on SnowboarderGuide.com

Andrew Hardingham is a rare breed, one of those free spirits that isn’t just trying to seem cool by being all “out there.” He’s been slaying it in Sandbox and Skids videos for years, but “Time Well Wasted” set a new bar for Canadian shred-flick excellence, and Andrew was kind enough to give us an inside track on the film, life as he sees it, and escaping clone armies. Read more “A few minutes in the mind of Andrew Hardingham”

Arctic Man, March 2002

By Chris / On / In Chris' Blog, Uncategorized

Originally posted on SnowboarderGuide.com

Arctic Man is a party; a damn big party. During the weekend, Arctic Man weighs in at around 20,000 people, making it the 4th largest city in Alaska. (Anchorage is at 350,000, Fairbanks at 85,000, and Juneau has close to 30,000.). The original concept was for a team race, the team consisting of a skier/boarder and a puller on a snowmachine. The puller races up a mountain, links up with a skier/boarder, tows him/her across the top, and then the skier drops the rope and books down the other side of the mountain. This is done one team at a time, and the fastest overall time wins the purse for their division. There are men and women divisions for both skiers and boarders, and the total purse was over $100K last year. The race is one day, the party almost a week. Of course there are tons of other events throughout the week; including snowmachine and snowboard big air competitions, and pretty much anything else you can think of. Read more “Arctic Man, March 2002”

Breckenridge Grand Prix, Jan 2002

By Chris / On / In Chris' Blog, Uncategorized

Originally posted on SnowboarderGuide.com

The drive from Boulder, CO to Breckenridge is only a couple of hours including traffic, but the anxiety makes it seem longer. Snowboarderguide was in the mountains for the Breckenridge Grand Prix, the final qualifying event for the 2002 Olympics. The main event was the halfpipe competition, but there was also a nighttime big air and the video premier of 411 Snow #3. Read more “Breckenridge Grand Prix, Jan 2002”