Thursday, August 30, 2007
Catch us tonight at the Farmer's Market on Main St. We are helping LiveWell kick off another season of wellness in Mesa County. You can register to win a First Timer ski or snowboard lesson package, pick up a Powderhorn sticker, get season pass/plus card info, and check out some facts about how good skiing snowboarding is for your body!
Sept. 6 & 20
Mesa State College
$250 season pass for students, staff & faculty
MUST have valid MavCard and purchase on those days only to get that price
Order your season pass or plus card and check out all the new winter snowboard gear
Lift rides, season pass photos, live music, Alpine Trader sales, Loki demos/sales, great food at Wildewood Restaurant, BBQ at Sunset Grille, working artist demonstrations, disc golf, mountain biking, hiking, art gallery, and photography demos by 13 Photo & Gallery.
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Micah posing with his picture from last season
Waiting to drop in
Natasha gettin it done
Micah and all his smoothness
Thanks to everyone who came out!
Monday, August 27, 2007
Thursday, August 23, 2007
For example, we just finished the design of the lift tickets. This year's shot features a nice powder day with Andrew Cisneros ripping it up. The Plus Cards have just arrived. They feature a shot of Curt Lincoln breaking through the pillows in the Marshmallow Field. And today we are working on a design for the season passes. If you've ordered a pass, you probably just thought What! You haven't even made them yet?! We're designing them now so that when our ticket office staff comes on in September they can start printing and mailing your passes. You should start seeing your passes by late September. Currently we're having a creative block. I have gone off on a tangent designing a pass that parodies a Colorado Driver's License. We'll see how far I get with that one though.
Another major project is the design of the 07-08 brochures and trail map. This is a tedious but fun project. LOTS of proof-reading involved. It easily makes you go cross-eyed. Our ad agency has come up with a great look....and they probably want to kill me because I keep changing up the photos.
Other things being planned are the season's events, new items & apparel for the Alpine Trader, job fairs, stay & ski packages, ski shows, the list goes on. Look for some cool new tech stuff on the site this year like videos, desktops widgits, and mobile website downloads for your phone. Now if it would just cool off a bit...
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Monday, September 17
Thursday & Friday, September 20-21
For more info & materials list click here. To register, call us at 970-268-5700.
On Saturday and Sunday (22-23) there will be lift rides, live music, amazing food at the Wildewood, BBQ at the Sunset Grille, wine & beer tastings, disc golf, mountain biking, hiking, photography demos by 13 Photography, art gallery, sales at the Alpine Trader, season pass photos, and working artist demos by the Brush & Palette Society. Whew! It's going to be a fun weekend!
Monday, August 20, 2007
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Our lift maintenance crew has been busy this summer replacing parts and performing all sorts of safety checks on our lifts. Everything has to be inspected by the time anyone takes a ride. Every cable, grip, chair, wheel, motor, weight, etc gets special attention during the summer to make sure everything checks out.
We refer to our chairlifts as Lift 1, 2, 3 while they have a little snazier names for the public (Take Four, West End, and EZ Rider). Today they are performing some work on top of the towers of chair 3 (EZ Rider).
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
I come from a big ski family. A couple cousins and myself grew up on the 1,000ft vertical Antelope Butte in Wyoming (which has had to close since) and have ended up working in the ski industry in some form or another. My cousin Dan Allen is a freakishly good skier who travels around judging ski competitions in the winter. I asked him to answer a few questions so we could get inside a judge's head.
What competitions have you judged? I have judged the U.S. Open, the
Aspen Open, the Freeski Tour, and the Spring Massive. All these events
consist of slopestyle and halfpipe, while the US Open has a big air
event and the Spring Massive has big benefit rail jam.
What kinds of things are judges looking for? Anymore, skiing is getting
so competitive and so many people can do all the same tricks. So it
comes down to creativity, style, consistency, technicality, grabbing,
going big and of course landing. We really want to see kids spin
multiple directions both switch and forward, and to have good technical
rail tricks, all while having solid grabs and good clean style.
How many judges are typically judging a competition? In big events like
the US open we usually have 6 judges that all work together. It works
out well because it gets broken down into sections. So if someone kills
in the first and second sections, but messes up down in the last section
they aren't going to move on. Consistency is huge.
What all goes into an athlete's score? Well the scores are based out of
100pts, so we have to figure our average run, which is usually around a
50-55 and work from there. If someone has a clean run with technical
spins, solid grabs and good tech rail tricks they are obviously
going to go up from there. If someone goes through the course and spins
9's or 10's all four different ways with different corks, including a
double cork and kills the rails they are going to get somewhere in the
high 90's (Jon Olsson in last year's Open).
What is your favorite competition to judge? Definitely the US Open. It
is cool to see all the up and coming kids and see what they can put
together. I think last year on the 2 qualifying days we watched 600
runs. Also, being able to judge the men's slopestyle finals last year
was nuts, so technical, it was amazing. And then there is the big air,
that's always amazing.
What is the best trick you've seen so far in a comp? That is so hard to
say. I have seen so much cool stuff. TJ's (Schiller) sw 14 high mute 2 years ago in
the open big air was ridiculous. Jon's (Olsson) entire slopestyle run last year
was up there. As watching any run from PK Hunder is always amazing. I
just love smooth stylish spins.
What is most important to you (style, tech, etc)? ha, tech style. PK
Hunder's forward left 9's with a true nose is pretty much the definition
of style. But, I love anything that looks effortless. I would way rather
see someone spin a smooth 5 that they grab the entire thing rather than
someone huck a scary looking 9 or 10. The 5 is going to get way more
Thanks for the info Dan!
Paul had to climb a tree to retrieve this one!
What a view!
Some have the disc golf thing figured out a little more than the rest of us. That's why our pictures aren't on here.
Monday, August 13, 2007
This is what happens when we aren't around on the weekends!
Red Rock Racers
The next race will be September 2nd. Beginners to experts can race or just come watch the action!
Thursday, August 09, 2007
Watch for streaming video coming this season on the Powderhorn site. We'll feature a ride along with our groomers this winter!
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
I don't know what's happening but I have my eye on them. If I don't answer my phone maybe someone should come looking for me. Or maybe I'm just paranoid and need another vacation...
Monday, August 06, 2007
Thursday, August 02, 2007
If you're looking for a job that allows you to go to school and ski/snowboard while you work then chat with us at one of these events. We'll be looking for ski and snowboard instructors. If you know the difference between a pizza slice and french fries then you're good to go :)
$100 entry fee (includes $100 worth of DNA streetwear apparel)
Open session 4-6pm (cost $20)
1st place wins $500, 2nd & 3rd place win DNA outerwear jacket. Top 3 are invited to the finals.
If you win the finals you snag a pro contract and $3,000 signing bonus!
Video of this event in Ogden, UT
Powderhorn will be selling season passes, giving away stickers, and snapping your pictures for the blog. Even if you don't compete, come out to watch and reunite with everyone!
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
For those 80%, here is a picture that will put you in your "happy place" for the day.
Listen to KAFM 88.1 at noon today as I chat with John Rizzo about biking and activities at Powderhorn!