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13.12.09

Take Care, My Friends !



In April of 2008 I drove from Lake Tahoe to Haines, Alaska up the Al-Can highway through British Columbia and the Yukon with an enclosed 4-snowmobile trailer and a ton of gear. I told myself the year before after a few years of getting "shut out" with heli time, that I wouldn't come back up without snowmobiles....instead of sitting around drinking myself into oblivion on a "down day."

Well thank God we did that because we definitely had down days again right from the get-go. The sledding up at Haines Pass is out of control good. Even staying closer to town like below Old Faithful is great. Can't say enough about how much fun it is to ride snowmobiles up there with no trees.

So the first legit day after that main snow storm cycle, we still went out snowmobiling one more time wanting to let the snow set up a bit more....while another part of our group went up in the bird. Actually two groups went up in the bird, and the first group did all the normal day-after-storm-cycle snow pit and snow quality tests.

The first group decided that while the dangers remained elevated, that it was good to go. They all made some of the sickest pow turns in their lives I was told. The next group then - a couple hundred meters or so over - set up for their descent.

The guy in the video was the first one to drop from their group and while not a guide, he had a lot of Utah and AK backcountry experience. He had a Black Diamond Avalung on, but as you can tell from the video while he's talking as he's dropping in, it wasn't in his mouth to start. He tried to shove it in the instant of starting to get sucked down, but it didn't stay in fully during his ragdoll descent. It was just off to the corner of his mouth he said, and he definitely got some snow / ice in his mouth still.

So as he drops in you can also see the sluff to the skier's right immediately start building....and that's actually the chute that was the intended route down. For whatever reason - well pure, unadulterated powder will do it to you - he didn't go make some strong "skier cuts" into the upper pack to do one final snow check as instructed by the main guide who was doing the "tail gunner" work.

Instead he just sent it. And it didn't take more than a few turns out on this big shoulder above this cliff band to break loose.

This was a decent sized avalanche. 1,500 feet the dude fell in a little over 20 seconds. The crown was about 1 - 1.5m. The chute that he got sucked through to the skier's right was flanked on either side by cliff bands that were about 30m tall. He luckily didn't break any bones and obviously didn't hit anything on the run out.

He was only buried for 4 and a half minutes which is incredibly short. I cannot stress these next sentences enough; that in and of itself to be unburied in ONLY 4:28 is miraculous if you have any understanding of being caught in an avalanche and what it takes to be found. It could literally be some kind of "world record" just on how good the guide and supporting cast of other skiers was in getting to him. It also shows why you should ALWAYS be going with people trained in avalanche rescue / first aid....as well as why you'd want to be going with a guided heli operation. Sure this was terrifying for him, but he would've probably been dead if not for going with a guide.

He also got very lucky to be honest. In the time that he's buried, you can hear his breathing already accelerate. The ruffling noise back and forth is his chest rising and falling and the noise that his jacket makes. The intermittent whimpering noise you hear is him trying to swallow and get some air since the avalung wasn't fully in his mouth and instead just to the corner of his mouth. Still sends chills up the back of my neck. Oh...the luck? They located him so fast because his right glove came off just before he came completley to rest and there was an excellent visual of course.

And then the digging out is utterly amazing. I don't think that you could've paid a Hollywood crew to stage something better. The fact that he could've been facing any 360 direction and yet he's looking right up into the sun-filled blue sky with that first full scoop away of the shovel is borderline spiritual.

This is simply a very sobering and unbelievable video. However, you should take away from this video all the positive things that you can learn from it. Yes there are risks to the backcountry - but with proper gear, training, and guide(s) with avalanche and EMT training - you can greatly lower your chances of getting caught in an avalanche in the first place.....and coming back alive if you ever were to get caught in a slide.

Respect Mother Nature for sure. Learn from this. But just like a Craig Kelly in the snowboard world or a Shane McConkey in the ski world who died out in the backcountry (Craig via avalanche and Shane via ski B.A.S.E. jumping), they left this earth while doing the things that they were truly passionate about. And while they would stress the need for the proper gear and training....neither one would want backcountry enthusiasts to curtail their adventures because of their accidents....or this video.

Please check with your local resort for classes on backcountry training, or try starting with a place like AIARE - the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Training. Their website is avtraining.org.

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Teaser Nimbus Bad Quality Productions


"Nimbus" es la ultima película de BQP o Bad Quality Producciones.
Lejos de la "Mala Calidad" BQP estuvo recorriendo Europa y Sudamérica tratando de conseguir la mejor calidad posible con riders como: mati radaelli, fer natalucci, nico natalucci, facu huarriz, marc salas, dani sastre, tincho bisi, suray fernandez, pepe sanchez, manu dominguez, fran belaustegui, tomi materi.
En Febrero podrán conseguir Nimbus en Surfer Rule mag o descargar el video completo en HD en www.nimbus-snowboard.com

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24.11.09

TGR gear 35% off!


Just wanted to let you guys know about a limited time, 8 hour sale in the TGR Shop online. The Teton Collection, beanies, and the Re:Session DVD will all be 35% off on Friday Nov. 27th from 6am to 2pm MST (only 8 hrs so be on it). So set your alarm, shake off the food coma from Thanksgiving and score some new TGR gear 35% off! http://shop.tetongravity.com/Black-Friday-Sale.aspx

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9.10.09

Hard To Earn Movie Premier

by Cole Taylor, MFM and Finga On Da Trigga
Snowboard Movie Premier


Also showing "Big Trouble in Lil Truckee"
All Ages show, at Grand Sierra Resort

Autographs from the pros, and tons of FREE GEAR! - including snowboards, outerwear, lift tickets and more.

Show starts at 7:00 - so be early!

Afterparty at Xtreme inside the Grand Sierra - 21+ only!
Featuring guest DJ MARK FRANK MONTOYA
Drink specials and more giveaways.

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1.3.09

VANS FILM AWARDS 2009

Tienes 24horas para crear un corto de unos 3 minutos
por equipos de 3 personas...

start: viernes 6 de marzo 10h am
end: sabado 7 de marzo 10h am

Viernes noche fiesta con sorteos de material en NEMO el tarter a partir de las 22h
y el sabado a partir de las 21h visionado y la entrega de premios en NEMO el tarter.

Para inscriptiones, publicar un mensage en el evento en facebook

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12.11.08

Ambiance HD by HO5









"Ambiance..." en HD via Zapiks

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Moving Pictures









Moving Pictures HD via Zapiks

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Jamski 3 - film completo!









Jamski 3 via Zapiks

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29.9.08

Totally Freaky

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31.7.08

LIVE @ Go211: Burton New Zealand Open


Go211's LIVE coverage of the Burton New Zealand Open begins tomorrow, only at Go211.com! Tune in as the slopestyle, halfpipe and quarterpipe competition is webcasted live from Snowpark, NZ.

SCHEDULE:
  • Friday, July 31 5:00 PM EST: Coverage begins with the slopestyle competition. Slopestyle finals are to begin at 8:30 PM EST.
  • Friday, July 31 2AM EST: Coverage of the Quarterpipe competition.
  • Saturday, August 1 5:30 PM EST: Coverage of the halfpipe competition semifinals.
  • Saturday, August 1 9:30 PM EST: Halfpipe finals
Please check back at Go211 often for the latest updates. The competition schedule may vary due to weather conditions on the ground in New Zealand.

http://www.go211.com/burton/nzo

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9.2.08

Honda Session at Vail - TTR 5*

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24.1.08

LINES d'Axel Pauporté


#3 International Freeride Film Festival de Saint Lary-Soulan
Flocon du Meilleur Film 2008 : LINES

"LINES" est un film documentaire d'Axel Pauporté au sujet du snowboarding de grande montagne en Alaska. Il suit un crew pendant 6 semaines dans les montagnes de Chugach et présente ce qu'il faut pour rider ces uniques montagnes et filmer une vidéo de snowboard : l'attente, le stress, les dangers, tout ce qu'est le film et qui n'est habituellement jamais montré. Il retrace également une partie de l'histoire de cette discipline inconnue et rend hommage aux pionniers. Mais le film se concentre vraiment sur l'aspect humain et pourquoi ces personnes font ça. Un accent est également mis sur l'aspect visuel des scènes et une approche plus cinématographique au documentaire. Une pure merveille.

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Teton Gravity Research :: TGR TV


From industry leader Teton Gravity Research comes a must have cinematic epic. Shot entirely on 16mm and HiDef, LOST AND FOUND is the story of the extraordinary season of 2007 as seen through the eyes of world-class skiers and snowboarders.

With global drought persisting and ski resorts closing around the globe, athletes are forced to follow the snow, sending them deep into the uncharted north country of Alaska and Canada. Filmed almost entirely in North America, LOST AND FOUND is a testament to the terrain and conditions that only exist in the Western Hemisphere. This film will take you into the vast, unexplored Tordrillo Range of Alaska, proving that some of the best big mountain skiing in the world is still completely undiscovered.

Athletes take advantage of the bountiful winter in BC, hit disturbing park features in Aspen and rip over-the-head powder pillows at Skeena Heli Skiing. Jeremy Jones and Sage Cattabriga-Alosa revel in the record snow year in Alaska, finding the scariest spine lines ever captured on film. The winter of 2007 was feast or famine; LOST AND FOUND documents the feast.

PEOPLE: Seth MORRISON, Jeremy JONES, Sage CATTABRIGA-ALOSA, Ian McINTOSH, Candide THOVEX, Dash LONGE, Jeremy NOBIS, Erik RONER, Dana FLAHR, Chris COLLINS, Victoria JEALOUSE, Kye PETERSEN, Mark CARTER, Shroder BAKER, Dylan HOOD, Cody BARNHILL, Alex SCHLOPY, Gigi RUF, Eric THEMEL, Lynsey DYER, Marc Andre BELLIVEAU and many more….

PLACES: Tordrillo Mountains AK, Skeena Heliskiing BC, Jackson Hole, Utah, Montana, Aspen, Pemberton BC, Kicking Horse BC, Austria, Switzerland and The Candide Invitational.

Teton Gravity Research (TGR) is the premier action sports entertainment and production house. Founded in 1996, TGR's elite team consists of award winning producers, directors, and cinematographers. The team includes the most recognized professional athletes in skiing, snowboarding, surfing, and related action sports.

TGR has filmed, directed and produced 18 internationally acclaimed and award winning films. TGR produces and creates original series television for NBC, Fuel TV, Showtime and more. TGR has directed, casted for, consulted on, and filmed for national commercial spots for clients including Nissan, Energizer, HP, Sprite, and Gatorade

TGR shoots in 16mm, 35mm and digital film formats and has a stock library of hundreds of hours of world class action. Our state of the art post facilities include four Hi Definition offline and online editing suites, allowing us to work in various formats from DV to HDCAM to 2k film.

+ videos & info

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29.10.07

Mostra snowBOart Nivalia 2007 - Fira de Barcelona



La Asociación Cultural snowBOart presenta la Mostra snowBOart en Barcelona.

El objetivo del certamen es mostrar y fomentar la creatividad en el mundo de la nieve así como promocionar y exponer este deporte a los que surfean en el mundo de las artes. snowBOart presenta en esta edición 10 películas de primicia mundial conjuntamente de una instalación de videoarte audiovisual-sonoro de producción propia, dirigido por el cineasta francés Tierry Saint-Paul junto a el músico HOLEG.

También se podrán ver documentales de nieve y referencias a otros deportes de deslizamiento, así como dos proyecciones fijas de obras varias (foto-comic-animación) de autores participantes en las pasadas ediciones del propio Concurso. La muestra de las obras se podrá ver en la Feria NIVALIA los días 16-17-18 de noviembre (Palacio 2 - Fira de Barcelona) durante todo el día de 11:00h. a 21:00h.



20 Aniversari NIVALIA - SKI SHOW.
Salón del ocio en la nieve y las actividades de montaña. Fira de Barcelona. Recinto Montjuïc. 16-18 Noviembre 2007. Nivalia 2006 ocupó 10.000 m2. y tuvo 21.000 visitantes interesados en conocer las novedades y tendencias del sector.



Actividades:
Concurso Internacional snowBOart.
A cargo de la Associació Cultural snowBOart.
Proyecciones de videos de snow.
A cargo de la Escuela de Snowboard de la Vall d’Aran.



Qué es snowBOart?
snowBOart es una iniciativa que se desarrolla en el ámbito de los deportes de deslizamiento de invierno, las artes ilustrativas, audiovisuales y las nuevas tecnologías de la información.

Creado en Salardú (Val d'Aran) a finales del año 1997 por la ESVA (Escola de Snowboard Val d’Aran) con la promoción de un concurso de dibujo escolar cuyo tema principal era el vínculo entre el surf de nieve y la promoción cultural, con el objetivo de promover este deporte de un modo directo (clases de iniciación al snowboard para los niños participantes) y diferente de como se había realizado hasta entonces. La intención era fomentar el deporte y la creatividad ilustrativa a los niños de primaria y secundaria realizando muchos esfuerzos desinteresados para ofrecer un servicio cultural a la comarca y al mundo de la nieve.

Más allá de los aspectos puramente deportivos, el surf de nieve genera todo un estilo de vida y una estética joven y moderna. Este manifiesto que a principios de los 90 se convierte en una moda, actualmente, es una manera de vivir donde los jóvenes encuentran un punto de comunicación con la nieve.

A finales de los años 90 el concurso se centra en el mundo del cómic y se presenta a nivel nacional como SnowboART-Comic, haciendo exposiciones temporales en el ámbito catalán y hasta editando el primer cómic de surf de nieve de autor.

En la actualidad snowBOart se abre a las nuevas posibilidades de creación de los usuarios del mundo de la nieve en todas sus modalidades: snowboard, esqui, freeski, telemark... integrando las nuevas tecnologías de captura de imágen: foto digital, video, prestaciones de telefónos móbiles... y las posibilidad de publicar, compartir y visualizar sin límites que nos ofrece internet y las TI a través del proyecto snowBOart.TV.

A nivel territorial con las raices bien firmes en la Val d'Aran snowBOart se ha extendido con nuevos miembros y la Mostra Itinerante en Barcelona, Val d'Aran, el Pirineo francés y Andorra.

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20.8.07

Apocalypse Snow - Le Retour

Descubri el snowboard en un film promocional de la estacion francesa de Les Arcs reloco: Apocalypse Snow (1983). Fue el despertar de la glisse. Regis Rolland rayaba mi cerebro con sus trazas redondeadas y armoniosas de un modo irreversible.
Al poco tiempo se iniciaba la invasión y apoyado por las secuelas Apocalypse Snow II y III las tiendas de alquiler de las estaciones alpinas empezaban a ser conquistadas por LA TABLA y de ahi a todos los rincones de la vieja y aburrida Europa. Ya nada volvería a ser como antes...
Hoy casi 25 años despues vuelve la gran secuela: "Apocalypse Snow - Le Retour" un film que lejos de regocijarse en el pasado pone toda la carne en el asador para seguir mostrándonos el camino.
Si al verlo sientes sudores frios y temblores que estremecen tu cuerpo... tranquilo es el virus de la nieve y no tiene remedio.




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15.8.07

exclusiva : The Candide Invitational Story

Esta próxima temporada promete ser muy blanca y fría... aquí teneis un poquito de nieve de lata para ir abriendo boca...




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