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Artist Behind the Graphics: Amy Ruppel

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We all know the saying “looks aren’t everything”. But doesn’t it make you happy when the the board you desperately want has some sweet looking
graphics too? The reality is that many people will buy their board for how it looks rather than any of the technical features. These days some of the board graphics can be so impressive that you want to hang your new pride and joy on the wall instead of ride it!

Could Slopestyle Be The Next Olympic Sport?

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Could we be seeing Slopestyle in the Olympics? Well,  the FIS (International Ski Federation) who govern skiing and snowboarding in the Olympics are meeting at the end of this month at the FIS congress in Turkey and one topic on the agenda will be the inclusion of slopestyle as a recognised event.

So far the the U.S., Canadian, and New Zealand snowsports organizations all have propositions for slopestyle to be recognized as an official FIS Snowboard World Championship event.

If it is recognized, according to U.S. Snowboarding Program Director Jeremy Forester,“ it could then potentially be forwarded by the FIS to the IOC (International Olympic Committee) for evaluation as a new Olympic event.”

Torah hospitalised and withdraws from the X-Games.

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I read in The Age that Olympic gold medal hopeful, Aussie Torah Bright was hospitalised last week with her second concussion in three days. Officials said snowboarder Bright was taken to hospital for evaluation after a crash forced her to withdraw from the Winter X Games Superpipe in Aspen.

Just days after Powderroom reported in this here blog about her double cork attempts. It seems Bright was reportedly injured trying this risky double cork trick – a first in a women’s SuperPipe competition – which she was rumoured to be working on for Vancouver.

The wonderful world of Shaun White

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Well not content with dominating Men’s halfpipe competition, Shaun White has gone another step further, teaming up with Red Bull to create a really intriguing new project. Red Bull Project X is a new movie coming out in 2010, featuring Shaun and a secret halfpipe in Silverton, Colorado.

This guy really does have it all….check out the latest clip here


Two days at the New Zealand Winter Games

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The inaugural 100% Pure Winter Games came to a close last weekend amid wintry weather at Coronet Peak. The closing ceremony marked the end of an exciting 10 days of competition, including ice skating, curling, skiing and of course snowboarding. A mini Winter Olympics of sorts, attracting some of the most elite international athletes.

This new event will be held every two years in the Southern Otago Region of New Zealand, using some of the areas best resorts and facilities. Every 4 years the Winter Games will act as a direct lead up to the Winter Olympics – as it is this year. With over 800 athletes, 40 countries and 37 events, it seems its the start of things to come in the Southern Hemisphere where world class Winter sports events have been few and far between.

Jobs for the girls: Vanessa Andrieux

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Can you tell us a little about how you got started – what came first snowboarding or photography?I was passionate about snowboarding and I wanted to do something that would make me ride as much as possible. With my best friend we decided to make a snowboard website like a magazine. I was in charge of the photos and he was in charge of the articles.

Australian snow resorts open with a snowy weekend

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The Aussie snow season has kicked off this long weekend with some early snowfalls, which hopefully can only mean good things for the season ahead.

Down in Victoria, there has been some great falls, with 15cm reported at Mt. Buller, up in New South Wales they have had a little more with Perisher reporting 21cm in the last 24hrs. Its seems the forecast is good and the snow is still falling, building a good base early on. With snowfall predicted through til Wednesday, I think I may be getting a little excited, the maiden voyage for my new snowboard is not far off…

Snow Park NZ launch Hailey Holt Snowboard Camps

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Back this year coaching at Snow Park NZ with her own coaching program is Hayley Holt. Hayley has been one of New Zealand’s top snowboarding talents and now makes her return from other pursuits to her true passion.

Hayley intends to share her passion and skills with other girls with three camps each running for two days. The camps will focus on having fun on the snow and developing skills on freestyle terrain in a fun and relaxed environment.  

Each camp will have morning and afternoon coaching sessions for both days and Hayley will join the participants for lunch on both days. The cost for coaching will be $350 with day passes for over 18’s at $125 for both days and $75 for U18’s.

Burton NZ Open heads back to Cardrona

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It seems Burton have decided to return to Cardrona for this years Burton NZ Snowboard Open.After three years of tremendous competition at Snow Park NZ, the Burton NZ Open will step back across the valley to where it all began.

With Cardrona having invested heavily in new facilities over the past couple of years and with 22-foot pipes now being the ‘standard’ globally for high level events, this is a strategic move for the organisers of the Burton NZ Open.

Snowpark NZ scales down operations this season

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Snow Park in New Zealand will be scaling back its operations for the upcoming 2009 season, as a result of the knock on effect of the economic situation worldwide.

Snow Park General Manager, Sam Lee said "This is a temporary measure to ensure that the Park remains financially viable and can continue to operate through this very tough time. We have some great industry support and really value the hard work put in by so many over the past 8 years. We are considering all options moving forward."