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The Snowboard Szine Vol. 1, Issue 27



In This Issue

1. Killington SATURDAY Spring Loaded!

2. US Open on the Telly Saturday

3. Dave Matthews Band at Stowe Sat.

4. Snowboard Diary - Spring Pros and Cons


1. Killington SATURDAY Spring Loaded!

I'm setting my Tivo to record the US Open on NBC Saturday, 'cause I'm heading out to one of the last snowboard bashes of the season at Killington, VT. It's the 12th Annual Hayes Brothers Spring Loaded Pro/Am.

Created by long-time snowboard industry rep and Grenade rep Jeff Schorr, this event is the "un-U.S. Open" with an emphasis more on getting together and having fun than actual competition. Jeff says " We wanted to create something where the amateur riders could ride and interact with the pros. It's also about extending and enjoying the best part of the season. There's still great snow in April at Killington, long after most people have put away their boards."

There's a Superpipe competition on Sat. and Slopestyle on Sunday. 200 competitors can enter, and this event usually fills up with online registration before Sat., so if you're interested to enter or come and watch, check here for detes NOW:

The pipe format is a jam, not one at a time. More like everybody is going down at the same time. Judging is on "overall impression." Jeff says that means "Maybe you'll do a sick trick, or fall on your butt, and the judges won't see it. But it all evens out in the end."

There are tons of prizes. The pro- division competes for cash prizes, while the amateurs compete for prizes from sponsors which include: Hayes Brothers Boards, Grenade, Black Flys, Creation Skateboard, One Ball Jay, I Path, Satori Wheels, Odessa, and Capix.

Unlike other events, this event gives great prizes in a huge raffle. Jeff Schorr says "Why give a new board to a top competitor, who already has lots of boards. We want the fans to win the big prizes too." There's live music both days, Sunday by Little Feat.


2. US Open on the Telly Saturday

The 2005 US Open will air on NBC for the second consecutive year. You can catch the best snowboarding of the season on NBC this Saturday, April 9th from 2:00pm to 4:00pm EST as the world's best riders battle for a coveted US Open title in the rail jam, halfpipe and slopestyle competitions.

(See our pix of the Open here, including NBC filming the event!

As a part of the two-hour US Open show, NBC will be airing a half-hour special focusing on the lives of Burton professional snowboarders. Following top riders including Shaun White, Kelly Clark, Jeremy Jones (rails) and JP Solberg through their days filming, competing at contests and riding with friends on a powder day, the show takes an inside look at what it's really like to be a professional snowboarder.

The special Burton segment during the US Open show is the first result of a long-term joint venture between Burton and leading Hollywood production company Mandalay Entertainment. In addition to future television specials and reality programming, Burton and Mandalay are developing a feature film that combines the storytelling aspect of major Hollywood productions with the excitement of the snowboarding lifestyle.


3. Dave Matthews Band at Stowe Sat.

Stowe Mountain Resort is helping the Dave Mathew's Band launch their forthcoming new album 'Stand Up' with a fun day on the slopes of Mount Mansfield, Saturday April 9, 2005.

Stowe will offer $25 lift tickets (inc. tax) for every resort visitor Saturday, and every ticket purchased includes an optional 1-year subscription to Rolling Stone Magazine!

There will be snowboard. ski and music industry companies on hand with products, demos and samples. A listening party to hear the new album will also take place, with great prize giveaways - including a limited edition Stefan Lessard-designed Dave Mathews's Band snowboard!

Saturday April 9 is also the finale of Stowe's Spring Summit Celebration, with barbeques, lots of fun under the sun and fantastic spring riding conditions. The day's activities will also include a free Halfpipe Jam and Vermont Specialty Foods.

Everyone's invited; you don't have to be a DMB fan to appreciate an epic day at Stowe. For more information and a daily conditions report visit


4. Snowboard Diary - Spring Pro and Con

I was out riding for 2 glorious days at Stratton, VT last week.

The downside realities of Spring riding are:

The snow is no longer pristine, and you will probably end up with black gunk on the bottom of your board that will slow you to a halt on the flats.

And not all the trails and lifts are open.

The Upsides are:

It's warm! Yay!

It's uncrowded!

It's cheaper!

The snow doesn't hurt when you try new things and fall.

So get some orange solvent and wipe the black gunk off your board each day. Use warm weather wax. Take a group lesson on a weekday and you'll probably be the only one in your class.

Jump! Even I was jumping all over the place for the first time this season. Practicing ollies and little jumps is great on soft snow. Ride the pipe. It was so soft and slow that even *I* wanted to go higher and faster. I'm the one always trying to ride the pipe slower and lower when it's cold and icy.

Go Spring Riding while you can!


Thanks for reading The Snowboard Szine!

Lauren, Editor -


"Let's Ride!"






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