Tech Talk: A tuned board is a happy board.

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Winter is coming into swing at last, and by now many of the resorts have opened up. This means it is time to jump back on your board. Just because you are set and ready to go, doesn’t always mean your equipment feels the same way. So lets get into proper care of your shred stick. This is an important part of snowboarding, a well tuned, up-kept snowboard will preform better and lead a longer life. Translation: Happy board= Happy rider <- everyone wins.

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Too Hard Presents: Still Hard

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The second film from the ladies of Too Hard, Still Hard is Danyale Patterson’s brain child. This film features soon to be legends like Danyale, as well as many up and coming ladies, all of whom worked super hard for this 2013 release. Enjoy some good tunes and trippy editing while watching these ladies raise the bar for women’s snowboarding.

Elissa Steamer

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This Vice documentary, Epicly Later’d, features the career of Elissa Steamer and her skating with Toy Machine. Elissa was the first female to ever make such an impression on skateboarding, she absolutely kills it. Her style remains unique to this day and this 4 part documentary follows her career plateau.

Vice puts out some great videos in general, definitely check their site out!

STO[we]KED!

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Up here in the North corner of the Green Mountains, we have befallen cool temperatures, and pretty heavy snowfall on the mountain tops. This is pretty exciting news to a bunch of ski shop bums (such as myself and co-workers) so after keeping close eyes on the weather and mountain web cams, we decided to go for a morning hike before work on Tuesday morning.

My alarm went off at 645, I was already awake. The excitement kept me up for a good portion of the night. Breakfast, coffee and out the door. I met up with three other guys from the shop in Richmond, and off to Stowe we went.

Getting out of the car at the base parking lot, I looked up to the snow-covered mountain and was hit with a fierce, cold wind. Winter wind. We bundled up and headed for the hill (Mount Mansfield, more appropriately). After a short amount of time, we all warmed right up. The snow was DEEP (not complaining) but for my short little legs, a work out and a half. In most places, we’re talking knee to waist deep in POW!

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Women Responsible for $1B in Snow Sports Purchases in 2012/13 Season

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Women Responsible for $1B in Snow Sports Purchases in 2012/13 Season

This article is a useful tool in showing us the exact numbers with which women economically influence the world of snow sports. These numbers not only help show the money spent, but also the fact that women are a big supporting part of the industry, and a big influence.

And so it begins…Early season riding!

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Lookout point on the traverse back to the gondola

Its the most wonderful time of the year! Or at least it feels like Christmas morning to those of us jonesing for snow. Seeing flakes falling from the sky for the first time last week gave quite a few of us a reason to grin, as well as the pictures and posts from the mountains reporting steady snowfall.

Good news continued when Killington resort announced it’s opening weekend for October 25th. That Friday the lifts started spinning for pass holders, and the next day the public. I was lucky enough to make the trip Saturday and hit the slopes.

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Girls Gone “Wilder” (A film by Roxy)

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Roxy released their newest snowboard flick a few weeks ago, and you can watch it all thanks to Vimeo. These ladies are going wild, but not in a way you’d expect. You can find them absolutely destroying the urban scenes around Quebec, Utah and several other hometown spots. The flick does an excellent job showing us you don’t always need to be on a mountain to enjoy snowboarding.

Smoothie Operator

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As we all know, getting in shape before winter hits is a great idea. A helpful way to supplement all of your hard work is obviously by eating well. Smoothies are a great way to fuel up post work-out, or a great start to your day. Read on for some great recipes.

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Keeping the Stoke: More Shred flicks

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Hopefully you snow lovers have been out there preparing for winter. I’ve been doing some skating, working out and enjoying all the great snow porn out there.

If you didn’t make it to Jake Blauvelt’s new film premiere, Naturally here in Burlington on September 27th, you missed a showing of some amazing powder turns 2 years in the making (in part due to a shoulder injury). The film focused on Blauvelt’s back country riding mainly taking part in untracked British Columbia, while intertwining a story line on his road to recovery. A great documentary, it also introduces the snowboarder’s newly formed non-profit cause, Mountain Light Project which focuses on getting kids snowboarding who would not normally have the opportunity to do so.  Definitely worth a watch, check it out!

Another premiere is happening this Friday at UVM. Celebrating 10 years of shred, Think Thank Productions; Think Thank is Brain Dead and Having a Heart Attack is being shown at 7:30 (doors at 7). It is sure to be one of the best freestyle videos this year, so if you are interested, get on this opportunity. Below is a Facebook link to the event.

https://www.facebook.com/events/512660032160500/

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Welcome: Forest Bailey

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Figured your hump day could probably use a little pick me up. So for some pre-snow inspiration, heres a video of a local Vermonter killing it. Forest Bailey was just added to Adidas team, and will most certainly continue using his unique style  to do amazing things.

If you are looking for something to do this weekend and are going to be around the Burlington area, Jake Blauvelt’s new flick, Naturally will be premiering at the Roxy theatre downtown. Come have a good time and support another local Vermont rider!

Rome snowboards annual tent sale will also be this weekend. If you need anything, head to Waterbury for some good gear deals.

Have a good weekend!