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Meet four women who shaped women’s snowboarding and paved the way for the new all-female snowboarding movie.

Women’s snowboarding is currently progressing faster than at any other time in its history: in a matter of a few short years female riders have upped the technical difficulty in freestyle by about 50 percent, and young riders like Anna Gasser and Chloe Kim aren’t stopping at 50 percent.

But without a past you don’t have a present, and without a present you don’t have a future, so who are the riders who helped bring the sport to where it is today?

Why, killing it in the backcountry – naturally. And that’s what Full Moon is all about, basically – iconic snowboarders reflecting on their status as role models, and looking back to the female stars who inspired them as young shredders. Meanwhile, they’re destroying some absolutely epic looking backcountry in BC, Alaska and Europe – just in case reflecting on role modelling wasn’t interesting enough by itself.

In Full Moon, the film’s starring riders come from the worlds of contest freestyle, big mountain riding and everything in between. Jamie Anderson, the Slopestyle queen; Marie France Roy, a multiple Rider Of The Year who raised the bar for backcountry by several notches; Leanne Pelosi, veteran all-terrain ripper who’s also the director of the movie.

But who were the pioneers who paved the way for Jamie, Marie-France and Leanne? Icons Tina Basich, Victoria Jealouse, Tara Dakides and Barrett Christy, that’s who. Girls who rode in on the wave of snowboarding’s first mid-nineties boom, and who were, for the most part, more famous and better paid than their successors!

So, in the spirit of knowing your roots, here’s the lowdown on some true legends of women’s snowboarding – the rider who inspired the inspirers.

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It’s a winter wonderland on Grouse Mountain right now. And no, we are not joking.

Grouse Mountain staff posted a picture of the snowy conditions on the resort’s Instagram account and it looks like Old Man Winter just won’t quit as 25 cm of the white stuff has fallen.

Grouse Mountain spokesperson Julia Grant told Daily Hive snow began falling on the mountain on Monday evening.

“We did receive snow overnight, which is great news for everyone wanting to get in a few more spring turns since we’re open for skiing (and) riding through May 22,” said Grant.

The weather is expected to warm up over the next few days, so try to catch the remnants of winter before the snow begins to melt.

And if not, don’t worry, Grouse Mountain will be launching their summer activities this May long weekend.

“It’s the best of both worlds!” said Grant.

So to be clear then–Grouse Mountain will soon potentially be open for winter activities and summer activities at the same time.

But this likely means that the Grouse Grind’s opening date will be further delayed due to slick ice and snow on the trail’s upper section. Last year, the trail opened on May 2 to hikers.

What is up with this year, already?!

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Four alpine skiers and two snowboarders will run to become the Athlete Representative on the Sport Technical Committee.

Bibian Mentel-Spee holds medal high
The Netherlands’ Bibian Mentel-Spee made history at Sochi 2014 as the first woman to win gold in para-snowboard at a Paralympic Games. She is the current snowboard Athlete Representative on the Sport Technical Committee.© •

World Para Alpine Skiing and World Para Snowboardhave announced the nominees who will run for election as athlete representatives on the Sport Technical Committee (STC) for the next two years.

Elections will be held at the upcoming World Championships for both sports, and all competing athletes are eligible to vote.

In Tarvisio, Italy, on 27 January alpine skiers can vote for their favourite candidate at an athletes’ meeting. Snowboarders can take part in elections on 5 February in Big White, Canada.


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Kelly Gallagher, Great Britain

Mitchell Gourley, Australia

Adam Hall, New Zealand

Claudia Loesch, Austria


Joany Badenhorst, Australia

Bibian Mentel-Spee

Both Gourley and Mentel-Spee are running for re-election having been voted in as the first athlete representative on the World Para Alpine Skiing and Snowboard STC in 2015.

The chosen candidates will serve a two-year term, acting as liaison between the athletes and the decision makers in the sports, as well as a direct link to the IPC Athletes’ Council.

The candidates were nominated by their National Paralympic Committees because they have strong qualities of leadership, accomplishment, knowledge and respect, both on and off the field of play.

World Para Nordic Skiing will also hold athlete representative elections at the World Championships in Finsterau, Germany, on 13 February. The nomination process closes on 12 January.

The 2017 World Para Alpine Skiing Championships get underway in Tarvisio, Italy, on 22 January, featuring 140 skiers from 30 countries in the last major competition ahead of the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games.

Big White will host the 2017 World Para Snowboard Championships from 1-8 February, where 80 athletes from 25 countries will compete for qualification slots for PyeongChang 2018.

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Mount Charleston offers a variety of wintertime recreation from skiing and sledding to building snowmen and winter wildlife watching. The Resort on Mount Charleston, located right in the middle of all the action, is the best place to stay on Mount Charleston! Stay with us and enjoy all the wintertime activities Mt. Charleston has to offer!

Have fun and be safe. Remember to stop by our General Store before or after your hike to pick up any last minute sundries.

Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort

Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort (LVSSR), also known to locals as Lee Canyon, is located just minutes from The Resort on Mount Charleston. The base lodge is situated at the base of Lee Peak with an elevation of 11,289 feet to the north of Mt. Charleston, the eighth highest peak in Nevada at 11,916 feet. The snow season is roughly November through April, although can vary greatly year to year. For more accurate information, check their website at

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Where to Play in the Snow

Lee Canyon (HWY 156) is your best spot for sledding or playing in the snow! Foxtail Picnic Area is the designated snow play location. Other places include the Lee Meadows, Bristlecone Trail for snowshoe hiking and various pullouts on Deer Creek Highway (HWY 158) and Lee Canyon Road (HWY 156).

Parking is available free to guests of the Resort on Mount Charleston!

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Snow Play Tips

  • No snow play on private or “closed” areas
  • Do not sled near roads
  • Sled only in open areas without trees & fences
  • Sled on snow that is at least 12 inches deep
  • Do not make ramps
  • Do not leave broken sleds or other trash behind
  • Be aware of others so you do not run into them
  • Be respectful and mindful of winter wildlife

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Food & Gas

Food is available at the Resort on Mount Charleston. The restaurant, “A Cut Above”, is open from 7:00AM to 9:00PM Sunday through Thursday, 7:00AM to 10:00PM on Friday and Saturday. The Bistro General Store, also located inside the hotel, is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and offers boxed lunches, snacks and beverages, among other amenities.

There are no gas stations, so be sure to start with a full tank.

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Skiers and snowboarders have always had a tough time seeing eye to eye on much of anything. Both groups share a love of fresh powder of course, and they each enjoy gliding down the slopes at breakneck speed. But aside from that, there is little else to unite these two competing factions.However, if there is one thing that skiers have always been a bit jealous about, it is how comfortable snowboarding boots are compared to the ones they are forced to wear. Thankfully, a new product that recently launched on Kickstarter promises to ease this pain forever, and give skiers and snowboarders one more thing they can agree on.

MadJacks is a special adapter that has been designed to connect to the bindings that you already have on your skis, giving you the ability to use snowboard boots rather than the more uncomfortable and rigid ski boots. The system reportedly offers the same level of control that skiers have come to expect, but with the improved fit and feel that snowboarders have enjoyed for years.

The motivation behind the design of the MadJacks is three-fold. First, the product addresses issues with pain that many skiers are forced to deal with while wearing their boots. Secondly, the MadJacks system allows them to maintain a high level of performance without sacrificing comfort, and finally it offers a more affordable solution to traditional ski boots as well.

The system costs just $199 and since it utilizes less expensive snowboard boots, MadJacks owners could potentially save hundreds of dollars.

At its most basic level, MadJacks combines elements of a standard snowboard binding and properties from a ski boot, creating a hybrid of both. This results in a binding that accepts snowboard boots, but can — at least in theory — still provide the same level of performance that skiers expect. On top of that, those rare winter athletes who enjoy both sports can use the same boots no matter how they decide to shred the slopes.

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The IPC and PyeongChang agree to consolidate venue for Test Events and 2018 Paralympic Winter Games

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The Jeongseon Alpine Centre will host the Para Alpine Skiing and Snowboard competitions at the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games. © • PyeongChang 2018
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“This is a good move for everyone, especially spectators.”

The PyeongChang Organising Committee for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (POCOG) and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) have announced that Alpine Skiing and Snowboard events will share a venue, with both taking place at the Jeongseon Alpine Centre in March 2018.

By holding both competitions in the same venue, spectators will be able to enjoy more events in one place, creating a rousing atmosphere for everyone involved.

It also ensures easier access and a safer slope width for Alpine skiers and provides separate courses for the events, which eliminates the needs to convert the snowboard track to a Slalom slope during the Paralympic Winter Games.

The original proposal was for the Alpine Skiing Downhill, Alpine Super G and Super Combined to take place at the Jeongseon Alpine Centre, while the Giant Slalom, Slalom and Snowboard would be staged in Yongpyong Alpine Centre. The idea of consolidating the competitions was originally discussed at the IPC Alpine SkiingAsian Cup held at Yongpyong in March of this year, and since then the discussions have moved into feasibility studies, planning and logistics so that the Test Events can also be held at this venue as preparation for the Games.

The Jeongseon Alpine Centre hosted the very first Test Event back in February for the men’s FIS Alpine World Cup but this will be the first time that the Para alpine skiers get to experience the venue and the atmosphere. The 2017 IPC Snowboard World Cup Finals will take place from 10-13 March while the 2017 IPC Alpine Skiing World Cup will be held from 11-18 March.

As a result of the consolidation there will be considerable cost savings for POCOG. The number of staff needed will be reduced from 682 to 332 and the overlay construction costs will also be reduced with less infrastructure needed in one venue instead of across two.

POCOG Secretary General, YEO Hyung Koo said: “We expect that this consolidation of events will bring about efficient Games preparation and operations at both the test events next year and the Paralympic Winter Games in 2018, as well as substantial savings.”

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Article by Xavier, for Madame Bulgaria, a french nomad guy passionate of sports of sliding and of travels around the world, based in Sofia, and cofounder of 2 successful companies : Tribway (a concept store of the best gifts of the web) and Tribway Consulting (helping you develop and launch your web projects). Distinctive sign : super cool. 

It has been snowing in Sofia for days, with temperatures between -10 and -20 C°. Fortunately, this Friday the weather finally announces sun and positive temperatures ! I jump at the opportunity to spend the day in Borovets, and enjoy this fresh snow. I leave with my friend Viki who recently won a season ticket to the raffle (which lucky !). Well equipped, we start to assault the pleasantly deserted trails on this weekday. As expected, the sun and the snow are at the rendezvous. We take full advantage of it! It is by bus that we return very tired but satisfied, in Sofia. We can not wait to go back! Situated at 1300 m, on the northern slopes of the mountain of Rila, the station of Borovets has 58 km of alpine ski runs (from 2560 to 1300 m) and 35 km of cross-country ski trails, all levels, grouped in 3 zones : Sitnjakovo (8 slopes); Jastrebec (3 slopes) and Markudžika (4 slopes). Borovets is providing very good conditions for snow sports during the winter : skiing, night-skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, ski jumps and biathlon, ski-doo, etc. While skiing, you can enjoy amazing views of the valley, with the Samokov town and the Iskar Lake. In the distance, you can also see the Vitosha mountain, and on the ot her side, you won’t miss the Musala peak, which is the highest peak of the whole Balkan Peninsula, at 2925m ! The resort itself is very pleasant, with many restaurants and bars. On a good day, you can enjoy a tasty lunch on a sunny terrace during your ski break. The fantastic Hotel Rila will make your stay unforgettable (although you won’t forget the price either). If you’re on a budget, you’ll find cheaper accommodation in the town of Samokov, which is only 20 minutes away. In summer, Borovets is also the starting point of many wonderful hikes, such as the ascents of the Musala and Malyovitsa peaks. Have fun !

Practical info : To get to Borovets : First, you have to take a bus from Sofia (station “south”) to Samokov. Travel time : 1h10 early in the morning, rather 1h30 on the return with traffic. Cost : 6 leva per journey. To enjoy the day it is advisable to take the first start at 7:00am. After that, leave every half hour (schedule details). Once in Samokov you have to take another bus to Borovets, which runs every half hour. Do not rely on the schedules displayed at Samokov, which are incorrect! Cost : 1.40 leva per journey. Duration : about 20 minutes. A taxi for the same journey costs about 15 leva. Otherwise by car : 73 km and about 1 hour 20 minutes. Start of the ski lifts : 8:30am/End of the ski lifts : 4:30pm-5:00pm, depending on the lifts. Price of the day package : 55 leva. Prices of equipment rentals : about 25 leva the day for a pair of ski / snowboard + shoes. Lessons: 35 leva / 2 Hours. I like : scenic views, runs for all skill levels, many food options. Could be better : a direct bus from Sofia would be great !

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The first ever World Para Alpine Skiing and snowboard events will come to Iran in January, signifying the development of winter sports in the country.

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Dizin will host Para snowboard competitions and later Para alpine skiing events for the first time in Iran. © • NPC Iran

“In the future we will witness the attraction of more athletes to winter sports and we will have the chance to hold regional and international winter Championships.”

Motivated by the next two Paralympic Winter Games being held in Asia, the National Paralympic Committee (NPC) of Iran has taken quick steps to develop winter Para sports in the country.

From Tuesday (3 January), Iran will host three events in the Alborz mountain range near Tehran featuring around 10 Iranian athletes. These mark the first time Iran will host World Alpine Skiing and World Para Snowboardcompetitions and were a culmination of a talent identification programme held in the Asian nation two years ago.

“We began and also continue planning to support athletes’ activities in winter sports through participation in Nagano 1998Salt Lake City 2002Torino 2006Vancouver 2010, and Sochi 2014,” NPC Iran Secretary General Masoud Ashrafi said.

“For the last two years we tried to develop, encourage and attract more athletes to winter sports in our country. At this time, we are hosting three winter sports events in Iran, which is the result of our efforts to develop winter sports with the help of World Para Alpine Skiing and World Para Snowboard.”

The first event – a World Para Snowboard sanctioned event in Dizin – will take place 3-4 January; followed by two World Para Alpine Skiing competitions in Darbandsar (8-9 January) and then Dizin (16-17 January).

The competitions are modelled on other winter Para sport competitions, including athlete classification. Education and training workshops will also run alongside each event, aimed at strengthening coaches and officials in Iran. Ultimately, the NPC hopes the January events will lay a platform for development ahead of PyeongChang 2018, Beijing 2022 and beyond.

“In the future we will witness the attraction of more athletes to winter sports and we will have the chance to hold regional and international winter Championships,” Ashrafi said about his expectations of January’s competitions.

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Last month, six crews went head-to-head for the Intersection film competition, part of the esteemed Whistler Ski and Snowboard Festival. The grand prize: $10,000… So what do you do to come out on top? Make this gem: Jerry’s Day—starring Stan Rey as “Jerry.”

ALSO WATCH: Last year’s winning submission by The Big Picture crew

There’s a reason Colorado is among the most recognized snowboard destinations in the country, and the reason is Summit County. There’s better freeriding elsewhere in the state, but the caliber of freestyle terrain and general convenience are what set Summit apart. This accessibility and proximity to Denver and the Front Range has also contributed to the traffic and lift lines you should be prepared for during peak season. But only two other places in the country, Utah and Tahoe, rival the variety and quality of terrain parks in Summit, and if you’re looking for the location to experience the quintessential snowboard trip, this fabled county off I-70 just might be the spot. – Taylor Boyd

Getting there

If you’re coming from out of state or outside the country, chances are you’re flying, as opposed to driving, into Colorado. In that case, Denver International Airport will be where you touch down. It’s obnoxiously far from downtown but a great place to indulge in conspiracy theory. Keep an eye out for the spooky murals near baggage claim and the demonic horse statue. There is now a train that will take you from DIA to Denver’s recently revamped Union Station. Located on the west end of downtown, food, drink, lodging, and entertainment options are a walk or Uber away from. Not far from the station lies a skate and snowboard shop called Emage, which is a great to get your gear for the gear for the trip dialed or get a quick tune. But no matter how you slice it, you’ve got to brave the I-70 gauntlet to get to the mountains.

Dylan Alito takes off, airs, and lands in Denver all the time. PHOTO: Dave Lehl

Renting a car

There are advantages to having your own car when you’re on a snowboard trip, and if you’re going to rent one, you’ll take a shuttle from the terminal to the rental car spot. Once you’ve got your car, hop on Peña Boulevard, which will put you on I-70 West, where you’ll stay until you’re in Summit County. If conditions are snowy, and you want a rig with four-wheel-drive, make sure the SUV you book comes with four-wheel, as many of the more budget options—Budget is one of them—will rent you a two-wheel drive SUV without saying a word. You know what they say about assumptions—they make an ass out of the driver who thought he got a four-wheel-drive vehicle. Or something like that.

Matt Ladley with a backside air above Copper’s precision cut pipe.

Taking a shuttle

If you want to avoid the stress of I-70 traffic, or at least not deal with it from behind the wheel, you can be picked up at DIA and driven to your destination in Summit County via shuttle. CME is the most popular option, and one-way to Summit costs around $65. They have WiFi onboard, and the drivers are often relatable skiers or snowboarders.

Where to ride

The ultimate question. Within Summit, there are five resorts. Well, technically four: Arapahoe Basin, Breckenridge, Copper, and Keystone. Loveland is on the east side of the county line. Breckenridge and Keystone are likely the first resorts that come to mind. Thus, they are the most crowded. Both places have a lot going for them, especially in terms of terrain parks, and they’re on the same pass, so you can ride during the day at Breck then take night laps at Keystone. Despite the often excessive liftlines and overbearing ownership—and the Bumblebee speed cops and rules that come with—the parks at these places are top-notch, and the town of Breckenridge is a fun place. But don’t limit yourself. There are other options.

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Copper Mountain is beautiful at any time of year.

Copper Mountain
Just a bit further down I-70, but no longer of a drive than the aforementioned resorts, Copper Mountain is one of those options. Typically less crowded, and full of fun natural and freestyle terrain, Copper is, in my opinion, the gem of Summit County. Lift lines rarely exceed the “what the fuck?” mark, the park is always one of the best in the country, the mountain is naturally laid out with steep terrain on looker’s left, gradually mellowing out to the right, and the tree riding is the best in Summit. Typically, their superpipe is open before the rest of the country, so early season is prime time to watch the best pipe riders ripping while you sip a cool one on the sundeck at Jack’s. Or get in there blast out of those perfectly manicured 22-foot walls.

Just fifteen minutes up the road from Keystone sits the legendary Arapahoe Basin.

Arapahoe Basin
Arapahoe Basin refers to itself as The Legend, and it is a bit legendary. Nestled fifteen minutes up the road from Keytsone, A-Basin’s mom and pop vibe couldn’t be further from the contrived resort village down the hill, and your Epic Pass will work here. They always start their season early and stay open late. Don’t anticipate a world-class park, but do expect people drinking beers in Hawaiian shirts behind cars lined up on “The Beach”—the edge of the lot closest to the mountain. Arrive early to get a Beach spot.

Breckenridge epitomizes Summit County. The town is lively, and the resort is large. A convenient gondola will take you from downtown to the base of Peaks 7 and 8, the latter being home to the famed Freeway and Park Lane terrain parks, which boast some of the best-built jumps you’ll ever hit. The mountain is relatively flat and often windy, a slice of pizza from the cafeteria will set you back about $14, and the lines are absurd during peak season, but if you’re looking for the quintessential Summit experience, Breck might be your spot. Nowhere else in Summit do you have a town—not a resort village—right at the base of the mountain.

Jade Phelan enjoying some time at Keystone. PHOTO: Chip Proulx

Like Breckenridge, Keystone is part of the Epic Pass. Their A-51 terrain park is consistently ranked among the top in country—for good reason—and it is expansive. Don’t be surprised to see some of your favorite pros sending the massive jump line below the dedicated park chair. The crowds, costs, and speed control constraints at Keystone can feel similar to that of sister resort Breckenridge. But it’s the only resort in the area that offers night riding, and lapping a world-class park at under the lights is damn fun.

Yet another option lies just before you enter Summit. It’s called Loveland, and the fact that the majority of traffic drives right past is to your advantage if what you’re after is snowboarding in its pure, stripped-down form—sans the luxury resort village and overpriced food, drinks, and lift tickets that subsidize it. If you’re making a day trip up from the city, this is ideal, as you can be in the parking lot 45 minutes after leaving downtown Denver, so long as the roads are dry and traffic is light.

Loveland Pass:
If you want to ride for free, you can shuttle Loveland Pass. Drive past the ski area, and wind your way up to a large and defined lefthand turn with a sizeable parking area on the left side. You’ll likely see hitchhikers here. Park your car, get in the queue and follow suit. We recommend backcountry equipment and knowledge no matter what, but if you’re going to ride beyond the well-traveled trail that follows the fall-line, it’s essential.

Not to toot our own horn, but we like to think TransWorld contributes to the nightlife in Summit County during Riders’ Poll. PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

Where to stay

Like most places, Airbnb can be your best bet to find a unique place for a reasonable price. Breckenridge, Keystone, and Copper all have traditional lodging options, and your best bet is do your own research to find the best deal. Here’s a breakdown of the scene to expect in each Summit County town.

The epitome of Summit County, Breckenridge, has insane snow, nightlife, and is the perfect spot to watch top level snowboarding. Seb Toots taking advantage of Breckenridge at last year’s Dew Tour. PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

Breckenridge: Stay here if you want to be in a lively town with plenty of lodging, dining, and nightlife options. Riding Breckenridge will be the most convenient, but you can easily commute to Keystone, Copper, and A-Basin.

Silverthorne/Dillon: Silverthorne and Dillon are divided by I-70, the former on the is on the east side, the latter on the west, but they’re pretty much the same place. They both have a more commercial—as opposed to quaint—feel than other towns in the county but are a great option for affordability, amenities, and close proximity to Keystone.

Frisco: Frisco is the most central of all towns in Summit. From here, Copper, Breckenridge, Keystone, and A-Basin are all a mellow drive away. 10 minutes west on I-70, Copper is especially close. This is a great place to stay if you want to ride there but prefer to stay in a town instead of a resort village.

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