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The Snowboard Szine Vol. 1, Issue 38

In This Issue

1. Rail Jam in NY CITY TIMES SQUARE - Wednesday March 8

2. Roxy Camp - Report from Waterville Valley Resort, New Hampshire

3. Staying Warm

4. New Articles on

5. Pete Seeger Skis at Belleayre

1. Rail Jam in NY CITY TIMES SQUARE - Wednesday March 8

You know, the place where the New Year's Eve ball drops? I don't know how they managed this, but a rail jam with some of the East Coast's best up and coming riders flying down a scaffolding onto a rail, in the "center of the center" is going down this WEDNESDAY!

There are 2 sessions scheduled: 7-10 a.m. is the morning demo, and 2-5 p.m. is the afternoon one. Shaun White and Hannah Teter are scheduled to appear, but not ride.

Neil Korn, publisher of Eastcoast Snowboarding in VT is in charge of procuring the talent. Tucker Speer, Keith Bennett, Hans Mindnich, Connor Arnot, George Carpenter, Rily Nickerson, Tyler Lynch, Nico Coiffi AND Chris Rotax will ride, along with some Loon, NH riders. Yale Cousino is off competing at the Van's Cup.

Dennis Gogg, of Portable Storm, Woodstock NY (who made snow for the Central Park Jam will turn 22 tons of ice into snow to cover the 150 ft. long and 20 foot wide ramp. The take-off is16.5 feet high and the feature was designed by Jack Murphy of skateboard ramp fame. These are the guys that did the Tara Dakides/ David Letterman set-up. (See why I say Tara set a bad example, here: and the Soldier's Field in Chicago event in March 2004 using 600 tons of ice.

I hear this is taking place across from the ESPN Zone, on the little traffic island where the military recruitment building is. If we hear of any changes we'll post them on the so keep an eye there and check before you go.

2. Roxy Camp - Report

I attended Roxy Camp at Waterville Valley Resort, in New Hampshire last Sunday. This is one of the only 2 Roxy Camps held in the Eastern US, and one of six camps held each year nationwide. (Sunday River, Maine is holding the camp on March 26, 2006 for beginner to intermediate levels.)

It was super to ride and work on park tricks with the girls and have great coaching. I worked on my long-suffering ollie, rode the fun box, jumped, and generally had a great time. Read more about my experience here.

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3. Staying Warm

When I went to Roxy Camp, the temperature was 4-8 degrees F, and that was before wind chill. Seems every time I go to camp it's that cold. You want to dress for the elements because you certainly don't want to miss some of the camp (or regular riding) you've been looking forward to. But if you are just freezing, do go indoors to warm up and meet up with your group later.

This is how I dressed for warmth at Roxy Camp and it worked. Oh, and by the way, we hiked the park after riding a J-bar, and all that did a lot to keep us warmed up too!

1. long sleeve Hot Chilly's thermal shirt as bottom layer
2. sleeveless thermal v-neck over it
3. long sleeve moisture wicking shirt
4. Polar Fleece jacket
5. snowboard jacket on top. Mine is not a short cutesy girl jacket. It's long enough to cover my butt and sit on, on the lift.

My head wore a balaclava (head and face mask) under my helmet. Under my heavy snowboard pants I had thick thermal long underwear. Socks, the usual, man-made fibers, not too thick or you will reduce circulation.

I had disposable foot-bed shaped heat packs in my boots for the first time, and they seemed to help. I wore my Flexmeter Gloves, with heat packs on my palm, and they did the trick to keep my hands warm. I tried the gloves first with liners, but my fingers got really cold quickly. I think the separate liners did reduce the circulation, so I took them out.

4. New Articles on

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* Riding the Half Pipe for Your First Time
* Volunteering at Pro Events: A Great Way to Learn and Have Fun While Doing It!
* Fitting Snowboard Boots to your Feet.
* Progression at Loon Mountain

THANKS Chickie, Mary, Kevin, Drew, and Karen for your articles!

5. Pete Seeger Skis at Belleayre

I ran into Pete Seeger recently at Belleayre Mountain, NY where he was enjoying a day of skiing. He is 85 years old and quipped that he "used to be an intermediate skier, but now he's a beginner."

Ask your parents (or grandparents) who he is. Renowned songwriter who wrote "If I had a Hammer" and "Turn Turn Turn." Political and environmental activist, he started the Clearwater group for the Hudson River.


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Thanks for reading The Snowboard Szine!

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Westchester County, NY

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