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The Snowboard Szine Vol. 1, Issue 50

1/17/07

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In This Issue:

1. Snowboarding Diary - there IS snow in the Northeast


2. Chevrolet Grand Prix pulled from Mountain Creek due to No Snow

3. Huckfestproductions DVD "Back to Zero"

4. Adjust Your Riding to the Weather - Soft snow is for jumping

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1. Snowboarding Diary - there IS snow in the Northeast

Dear Readers,

Wow, this is the 50th issue of the Szine!
Don't think that just because you haven't heard much from me this winter, I'm not out riding. I've been out 6 times so far in the Northeast US, which as you probably know is having a "no snow" season, as are parts of Europe and Japan.

But there is snow on the mountains and I've had a lot of fun and variety. I've been to rail jams at Hunter Mountain and Killington.
http://www.snowboardsecrets.com/Articles/hunter07.htm http://www.snowboardsecrets.com/Articles/Rails2Riches06.htm

I've ridden moguls, and spring snow this winter. I've practiced jumping, riding switch, and some flatland tricks, that I wouldn't do on harder snow. I've ridden until 2 a.m. at Crotched Mountain, NH's Midnight Madness and watched the pros gap a bonfire jump there. Crotched's fan guns blowing snow under the lights looked spectacularly beautiful and produced fresh powder to ride. I've watched beginner snowboard lessons at Smuggler's Notch.

If you are sitting in your house grumbling because there's no snow outside your window, you are missing out on this season, Pal. You are losing the snowboard skills you gained last season while your friends are out on the hill progressing! Read on for some reasons to RIDE NOW!! And for some deals in VT, check here and then verify it on the mountain's website.

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East Coast Snowboard News online
Read the Blog to stay on top of events and happenings

Snowboard tidbits, with a decidedly East Coast US slant. Short and to the point. For snowboarders = anyone who loves snowboarding

http://snowboardshorty.com/

Use the RSS feed button to put the blog on your www.My.Yahoo page for easy reading.

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2. Chevrolet Grand Prix pulled from Mountain Creek due to No Snow
* See pictures of Last Year's Super Fun Event Here
* Mountain Creek Plans to re-open January 19

Every state in the Northeastern US has plenty of mountains open with snow on the trails right now, except poor NJ. Mountain Creek was scheduled to host the Grand Prix Feb. 2-4, but since they're not even open now for riding, there's no chance of re-creating their world class halfpipe in time, and the Grand Prix will be relocated.

This is a big blow for us in the East because we only have 2 really big events, with the US Open being the other. And the Grand Prix was certainly a great party last season. I danced until 3 and slept for 16 hours straight after I got home,

See lots of pix of the world class athletes up close - like Shaun White, Danny Kass, Andy Finch (dimples!), Gretchen Blleiler, Lindsey Jacobellis, Clair Bidez, Chad Otterstrom and Scotty Lago, Kelly Clark, Tricia Byrnes, Ross Powers, Flow Team Manager Andrew Mutty (dancing) and the infamous White Party bikini'd Go Go dancers here. Also a vid clip of Danny Kass and Shaun White in the pipe by Huckfestproductions.

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3. Huckfestproductions DVD "Back to Zero"

The Huckfestproductions.com film "Back to Zero" is a thoroughly enjoyable new film showing the East Coast Grit of a bunch of great riders, some of whom you don't know yet. Lots of rails. Some West Coast action. Yale Cousino has a juicy part at the end.

We've got an interview with Tom Vayianos, the young auteur behind it. Interview at http://www.snowboardsecrets.com/Videos/huckfest.htm

The film is for sale for $19.95 at www.Huckfestproductions.com.

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4. Adjust your Riding to the Weather
* Soft Snow is for Jumping

In the cold winter I usually practice my freeriding, aspiring to big smooth c-turns on the hill in the snowprint of my stylish friend Lance Thomkins, snowboarder and surfer extraordinaire, out of New Jersey. The usual icy hardpack of a Northeast winter is not the place to be practicing jumps by choice.

In the spring, one takes to jumping. The soft snow piles lend send their siren call and are irresistible. But this season the snow is sometimes soft enough to make you want to get some air, even in January. So go for it!

I finally find someone of my own maturity level to ride with, two 10 year olds and a 12 year old, at Smuggler's Notch, VT. Adam of Essex Junction, VT, and the 2 boys from San Juan, PR. were my jumping pals.

We had the good fortune to session a 12 inch jump scraped together by a snowboard instructor at Smuggler's Notch, VT on Sunday January 7. I saw that jump and it was love at first sight, just the right size for me. The air temp was 40 degrees, the snow was soft, the sky was blue, I had my near-teen jumping buds, I was wearing my padding and helmet (as ALWAYS) and everything was suddenly in place.

We hiked up the tiny hill and hit the kicker over and over. Even though this jump was miniscule, it required all the same skills a bigger hit would have. We had to gauge where to start the run, when to speed check, gauge where to lay the board flat before the jump, practice getting the air itself, and of course, the MOST IMPORTANT part, stomping the landing and riding away. My success built my confidence. This was one of the best days I've had out this season. I wouldn't have been ready to jump if I hadn't had 5 days on snow already this season to get warmed up and conditioned.

The point is, with the unseasonably warm winter, you can be working on the tricks that you normally wouldn't get to until spring NOW. Then you can use them this season, and be a season ahead in your progression!
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East Coast Snowboard News online
Read the Blog to stay on top of events and happenings

Snowboard tidbits, with a decidedly East Coast US slant. Short and to the point. For snowboarders = anyone who loves snowboarding

http://snowboardshorty.com/

Use the RSS feed button to put the blog on your www.My.Yahoo page for easy reading. ==========================================

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