K2 Snowboarding Introduces Genesis Pack

K2 Snowboarding Introduces Genesis Pack Featuring Biosonic Technology

The K2 Genesis Pack is a one-of-a-kind backpack with all-new Biosonic Technology. Available this fall, the Genesis provides high-quality sound without the headphones, keeping you in touch with sounds from the outside world.

The Flat-Speaker technology is actually in the straps.

K2’s Biosonic Technology is a wearable sound interface that uses proprietary Flat-Speaker technology paired with ergonomic placement. The flat speakers are directionally positioned, one on each shoulder strap, for optimal listening. Using the HLT (high linear technology edge structure), a diaphragm with 2 layered voice coils, non-woven air damper and rare-earth magnets, the flat speakers are efficient, low-profile, and water resistant. 4 AA batteries will run the world’s smallest solid state, 1.2 Watt Microamp for up to 6 hours.


Gart Sports Holds 47th Annual SNIAGRAB(R) Sale

DENVER, Aug. 24 /– Gart Sports’ SNIAGRAB(R) sale opens in Denver this Labor Day Weekend, continuing a 47-year tradition of unbelievable bargains. SNIAGRAB(R) (‘Bargains’ spelled backwards) officially opens to the public on Saturday, September 1, 2001, at 8am at the Gart Sports Sportscastle(R) Store located at 10th and Broadway in downtown Denver. Customers save up to 70% with incredible bargains on famous name skis, snowboards, boots, bindings, poles, snowshoes, Nordic equipment, and outerwear from over forty brand-name manufacturers.

“We’re pulling out all the stops to make this the most exciting SNIAGRAB(R) ever,” said President and CEO Doug Morton. “Whether you’re a first time boarder or a seasoned skier, we’ve got great deals on the equipment you want. The year 2001 will be a SNIAGRAB(R) to remember!”

Gart Sports can offer these phenomenal savings in part due to special factory purchases and European warehouse buyouts.

2001 showcases SNIAGRAB’s(R) largest ever selection of snowboards, featuring boards from K2, Ride, Rossignol, Lamar, Liquid, Santa Cruz, Burton and Airwalk.

A huge selection of clothing from Hard Corps, Spyder, Descente, Nils, Vans, Convert, and Bonfire will allow every customer to find the outerwear they need to hit the slopes.

With over $20 million in merchandise purchased for this event, customers can find amazing prices on the best equipment for a great winter season.

Representatives from Colorado’s resorts will be at the Sportscastle(R) over Labor Day Weekend, answering questions about lift tickets, season passes, and ski/snowboard lessons. Winter Park, Copper Mountain, Crested Butte, Arapahoe Basin, Steamboat, Ski Cooper, Monarch, Loveland, Eldora, Keystone, Breckenridge, Beaver Creek, and Vail will be in attendance, and customers can register to win lift tickets, lesson packages, weekend getaways, and season passes from these great resorts.

The first 100 people in line on Saturday, September 1 get a Winter Park lift ticket, and have a chance to win 1 of 6 Rocky Mountain Superpasses – the Winter Park and Copper Mountain Combo Pass! Other attractions will be live music, food and refreshments, and a trampoline ski-show featuring members of the US Ski Team.

SNIAGRAB(R) hours over the 2001 Labor Day Weekend are as follows:

— Saturday, September 1 8am-9pm

— Sunday, September 2 9am-7pm

— Monday, September 3 9am-9pm

SNIAGRAB(R) is the flagship sale of Gart Sports Company (Nasdaq: GRTS), the largest ski and snowboard retailer in the country. The full-line sporting goods retailer, established in 1928, is headquartered in Denver, Colorado. Gart Sports has built its business by offering the best and broadest selection of quality, brand name products for the best value. Gart Sports operates 178 stores in 25 states under the Gart Sports, Sportmart and Oshman’s names, and is traded on Nasdaq under GRTS.


Blower – The Snowboarding Book

blow·er, noun 1: one that blows 2: a device for producing a current of air or gas 3: a loud arrogant boaster 4: a British TELEPHONE 5: Slang, term used to describe the actions of, and/or the conditions surrounding, the act of snowboarding. The riding was epic, I was making BLOWER powder turns all day.

Blower is a 256 page, full color hardback book which depicts all aspects of the sport and subculture, with a vivid edit of photography, design, illustration, prose and quotes. Included in the book is a full-featured DVD film of the behind the scenes lifestyle of professional snowboarding, as well as an artistic glimpse of the creative process of making Blower.

Blower was originally a very simple idea—an opportunity to display great photos of action snowboarding and the behind the scenes lifestyle shots that are produced by Burton Snowboards photographer Jeff Curtes, that go either unseen or are used inappropriately. The idea grew to be not that simple. Throughout its creative process, Blower evolved into so much more. The artistic team grew. The vision grew. The book grew. What evolved is something so much more than was originally planned. Blower is snowboarding from the inside out. It’s a journey into professional snowboarders’ lives and everything that surrounds them. From a rider’s obsession with weather and snow conditions and the constant pursuit of being at the right place at the right time, Blower pulsates with hectic travel schedules and the painful angst of waiting. The glossy pages of the shots that fill the pages of snowboarding magazines around the world come with a complete story that most viewers never appreciate unless they are living those moments. Many are involved: the riders, team managers, photographers, cinematographers, and magazine editors to name a few. Somewhere in its evolution, snowboarding became a lifestyle, and viewers became hungry for images of their heroes living the dream both on and off the snow. Snowboard photography has become a blend of documentary photographic style, action photography, and pseudo-fashion photography. Blower captures these stories of ‘being pro’ and tells the untold tales of the short yet glamorous lifestyles these athletes, and many involved, live. Complementing this lifestyle, Blower showcases several artists who have been a strong voice in creating the visual language of the artistic image of snowboarding, and who have provided the raw material for countless unbelievable board graphics. Furthermore, Blower taps into the unique relationship between JDK Design and Burton Snowboards, one that was forged and flourished by blurring the traditional client/creator barriers. And if you haven’t heard of ‘Shaving’, you will soon enough. Shave on.

Blower is made by Burton Snowboards photographer Jeff Curtes, Burton Director of Photography Eric Kotch and Art Director Jared Eberhardt. These three have worked for the better part of their professional lives on some project for Burton Snowboards. Jeff shooting a ridiculous number of photos he magically and amazingly focused correctly, Kotch blatantly telling it how is, and somehow finding time to make sense of all of the submitted photographs. And Jared, from the depths of his, not large nor small but Medium, Utah basement, sleeplessly designing award-winning print material at JDK for Burton. They brought along friend and film-maker Jon Boyer, who has made a few snowboarding videos, as well as provided Transworld Snowboarding Magazine and the entire snowboard industry with a wealth of useless information for which he is so well known, to .


Forest Fire at Montana’s Big Mountain

WHITEFISH, MONT. (August 16, 2001) — An afternoon lightening storm on Tuesday, August 14 that ignited a 250 acre fire below Werner Peak near Big Mountain Resort is currently being attacked by air and ground fire fighting crews.

The storm also ignited two small fires within the Big Mountain Ski Resort boundary that were immediately extinguished by Big Mountain employees and United States Forest Service (USFS) crews.

The Werner Peak Complex fire, which is approximately 6 air miles from the summit of Big Mountain is actively burning, but not moving very fast. Major resources assigned to the fire as of Thursday morning include over 80 ground fire fighters, five engines, one dozer, two helicopters, retardant support, and 5 smokejumpers. Three additional 20-person crews are also on order. Progress to-date includes a fire-line anchor point established on the lower Whitefish Lake Road and crews are working on constructing fire lines from the anchor point to both the north and south.

Big Mountain is open for all of summer activities as usual and is taking every precaution for safe operations. USFS and State Lands personnel, as well as Big Mountain Fire Department will advise the resort if there is any significant change in the Werner Peak fire that would affect the resort.

Predicted weather for today calls for increasing temperatures and lower humidity with southwesterly winds at 4-8 miles per hour. The extended forecast calls for continued warmer and dryer weather with a chance of thunderstorms. A cold, dry front should move through the area this weekend. Any winds in excess of 10-15 miles per hour would accelerate burning conditions and crews would be pulled off the fire lines for safety reasons.

Level 1 fire restrictions are now in place throughout Flathead County. These restriction limit smoking and campfires in forested areas. All hikers, bikers and lift riders should be aware that smoking is not allowed except in the Village area and the Summit House area. Guests are asked to report any smoke to resort personnel.


Jackson Hole Opens Superpipe

It’s super! Thanks for asking!

In a classic example of Mother Nature’s good humor, Jackson Hole opened its eagerly anticipated first-ever superpipe in time for a snowstorm to drop over two feet of powder on the resort last week. As the snow continues to fall, interest in riding transition has been dwarfed by powder-lust, but once the skies clear local pipe and park authorities assure us, “It’s on.”

With 17-foot walls, measuring out at 265 feet in length, Jackson Hole is in possession of the biggest, yet shortest, halfpipe it’s ever had. “It’s a perfect training pipe for jaded pros who want to practice tricks without having to hike too much,” says park and pipe head, former pro snowboarder, JP Martin. “You can practice your combos on regulation-sized superpipe walls without having to hike a whole regulation-sized pipe length.”

The terrain park, located right next to the superpipe on Apres Vous, is also built on a smaller scale. The jumps are designed with both local pros and mini rippers in mind, and allows riders of all abilities to throw tricks.

The first JH superpipe competition is scheduled for Saturday February 16, 2002 when the Kahlua Halfpipe Jam comes to town. JHMR will host it’s own Huckfest Series as well, with a slopestyle competition on Saturday February 23, 2002 and a halfpipe competition on Saturday, March 16, 2002.

So come one, come all ? experience the joy of riding what is surely the least crowded superpipe in the country. Or come ride powder on the biggest mountain in the country. We’ve got it all now.

Questions? Contact Shannon Brooks, Communications Coordinator, at 307-739-2704 or For more information visit


Sessions Rock TWS Rider’s Poll After Party with Social D

After an evening of awards and respect for our sports superstars at The House Of Blues in Las Vegas, where Sessions’ own Hana Beaman grabbed Female Rookie of The Year, Social Distortion took the stage and kept the intensity alive with pounding sounds for an after party made possible by Sessions in conjunction with Transworld Snowboarding and co-sponsors Gore, 32 Boots, Palmer Snowboards and Giro Helmets. To the wild vibe and moshing support of the attendees, Social D performed a full-force set and was called back to the stage for five powerful encores.

Sessions Records’ Audio Crush played an awesome set of punk-pop-rock influenced music with transcending male and female vocals-while their drummer continued to play the full set undistracted, despite breaking his finger on the snare during the first song.

The evening overall embodied the hype and power of our industry’s top athletes, the culture and progressiveness of the sport and industry. Congratulations to all awardees, nominees, attendees and survivors. Look out for more Sessions events that continue to support and rock our industry’s culture.


Rebagliati Barred from Visiting Olympics by US Immigration

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Feb 5 (Reuters) – A controversy over marijuana did not stop Canadian snowboarder Ross Rebagliati from winning a gold medal in the 1998 Olympics, but it may be enough to keep him from going to this year’s competition in Salt Lake City as a spectator.

Rebagliati, whose medals will be on display in Utah, has run afoul of U.S. law that lets immigration officials bar entry for foreign citizens who have admitted past drug use, even if they have never been arrested or convicted of a crime.

Rebagliati, 30, and retired from Olympic competition, said he found out last month he was on a list of people barred from entry, when a U.S. immigration officer refused to let him to go to Las Vegas on a business trip and warned he could be arrested if he attempted to enter the United States again.

“It is frustrating, that’s for sure,” Rebagliati told CBC Radio.

The U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service said on Friday that people without criminal convictions can submit drug test evidence “to prove they’re clean.” But Rebagliati has told reporters that will not help him in time to attend the games that open on Friday.

The Whistler, British Columbia, resident shot to fame in the 1998 Winter Games in Nagano, Japan when he won the first-ever Olympic gold medal in snowboarding competition, only to have the medal taken away when a post-race drug test found traces of marijuana in his blood.

An International Olympic Committee arbitration panel quickly restored the medal because there had never been an agreement between the IOC and the International Ski Federation that marijuana should be treated as a banned substance.

Rebagliati said at the time he had given up smoking pot before he decided to compete in the Olympics. He argued the drug traces in his blood probably came from second-hand smoke at a party he attended in Whistler before traveling to Japan.

Canadian officials will have Rebagliati’s medals on display at the Canadian pavilion in Salt Lake City, and an audio recording of his voice is scheduled to be played during the snowboarding competition.


Mount Snow’s 6th Annual Reggae Festival

After wrapping up a weekend full of swimsuit wearing skiers/riders, Mount Snow is gearing up for yet another festival weekend. The Sixth Annual Mount Snow Spring Reggae Festival returns to Mount Snow March 30th and 31st. The weekend also includes the 12th Annual Snow Tire Slalom on Saturday and the 4th Annual Dummy Downhill and an Easter Sunday celebration capping off the weekend on Sunday.

Friday night kicks off the Reggae Festival with a live performance at the Snow Barn by One People. Featuring a powerful sound derived from a fusion of reggae, rap, funk and soul music, One People has provided Reggae Festival entertainment for the past six years.

Included in the weekend festivities will be an outdoor beer garden and barbecue on Cuzzins deck in the Main Base area. Live entertainment begins Saturday on Cuzzins deck featuring the smooth reggae sounds of One People and Anthem. The party continues at the Snow Barn Saturday night with more live reggae music in the form of John Brown’s Body. On Sunday afternoon it’s back to Cuzzins Deck for your listening pleasure with Jamm Down.

Also on Saturday, come participate in or check out the 12th Annual Snow Tire Slalom. Who says you can’t mountain bike in the winter? The 12th Annual Snow Tire Slalom features mountain bikers competing in a head-to-head dual slalom race on snow for cash and prizes. This year’s race takes place on Countdown on the Main Face. Registration takes place from 8-9:30am that morning in the Main Base Lodge.

On Sunday, Mount Snow invites all to the 4th Annual Dummy Downhill competition. Dummy Downhill features guest and employee made “crash test dummies” on skis or snowboards, which ride down a slope in attempt of catching “big air”. Prizes will be awarded to the most creative dummies and other categories. Requirements to compete: competitors must supply their own dummy (nothing alive) as well as equipment. Explosives are not allowed. This is a spectator favorite, so arrive early. Competition begins at 11am on Lower Exhibition on the Main Face.

To cap off the weekend, celebrate Easter Sunday on the slopes. Activities include an Easter egg hunt for children all ages and a Golden Easter egg hunt for all the adults with great prizes and giveaways. For more information on weekend events call 802-464-4191 or log onto

Headquartered in Newry, Maine, the American Skiing Company is the largest operator of alpine ski, snowboard and golf resorts in the United States. Its resorts include Steamboat in Colorado; Killington, Mount Snow in Vermont; Sunday River and Sugarloaf/USA in Maine; Attitash Bear Peak in New Hampshire; The Canyons in Utah; and Heavenly in California/Nevada. More information is available on the company’s website at


Adult Snowboard Camps at Mt. Bachelor with HCSC

High Cascade Snowboard Camp has recently expanded its program to provide new openings in up coming SPRING CAMP, April 13th – 19th 2002. For a first hand look into why so many people are coming back to these adult camps year after year read on.

High Cascade has been operating snowboard camps for the adult market at Mt. Bachelor, Oregon, for the past 10 years. While these camps continue to increase in popularity, Mt. Bachelor remains a well-kept secret. MT BACHELOR has had a quiet victory this winter with close to 160 inches, endless days of clean powder runs, and wind lip slashers being served up everywhere: the victory being seen by locals as the non-existent lift lines, crowds and traffic. Mt Bachelor resort features 7 express quad chairs, 3,700 acres of lift served terrain, 3,365 feet of vertical drop, 2 snowboard parks, varied rails and a superpipe!

Adult camps run for a week and attract snowboarders of all adult ages, occupations and lifestyles. With a maximum of four snowboarders to every coach, HCSC Coaches offer a high level of instruction and teach all the elements of snowboarding: freeriding, basic to advanced freestyle in the park, pipe and using natural terrain, as well as finding the optimum board/boot/binding setup.

Lodging is provided at Mt Bachelor Village Resort, which offers a variety of rooms and condos, year round outdoor pool and spa, riverside nature trail, access to the adjacent Athletic Club of Bend and tennis courts. All in a tranquil setting just 20 minutes from the mountain and 5 minutes from downtown Bend. Breakfast and lunch are provided at the on-mountain restaurants at Mt. Bachelor and dinners at some of Bend’s finest restaurants. Vegetarian options are included.

Once campers get themselves to Bend, Oregon, everything is taken care of; One price includes: coaching, lift tickets, snowboarding demo gear, all in-camp transportation, resort style accommodation, meals and off-snow activities. Activities include whitewater rafting on the Deschutes River, horseback riding, Golf, snowmobiling, single track mountain biking, bar hopping and a lot more! A “NO FRILLS” DAY CAMP OPTION
A “no frills” option is available. This option is less expensive and covers coaching and lift tickets only

“The unique High Cascade experience is many things. It’s a vacation at one of the country’s finest ski mountains in one of the world’s most beautiful places. It’s meeting new friends from all over the world. It’s an unrivalled atmosphere of camaraderie, enthusiasm and mutual support. It’s a touch of luxury in four-star resort accommodations. And it’s the thrill of making rapid progress under the instruction of some of the top snowboard coaches in the business. ” – Excerpt from adult camper evaluation, 2001.

For more information call 1-800-334-4272.


College Students Ride for $36 at Squaw Valley

College Students Ski & Ride for $36 at Squaw Valley USA

[Squaw Valley USA] College students from Northern California and Nevada ski and snowboard for only $36 during Squaw Valley USA’s Spring College Weeks – March 25-29, April 1-5 and daily April 8 through the end of the season (excluding Saturdays).

Taking advantage of the offer is easy. Simply visit Squaw Valley USA’s web site at, register and print the online coupon. Redeem the coupon at Squaw Valley USA’s Cable Car lobby ticket window, along with a valid photo college ID, and a second photo ID. (Limit, one coupon per student, per day. Not valid with other offers, programs or discounts.)

Squaw Valley USA is North America’s Spring Skiing Capital with the most skiable acres in Lake Tahoe, two terrain parks and a new spring half pipe (opening soon), and the mountain-top Swimming Lagoon and Spa overlooking Lake Tahoe, open daily all spring and summer.

For more information about Squaw Valley’s Spring College Weeks, visit or call 530-583-6985.

Site of the VIII Winter Olympic Games, Squaw Valley USA is located five miles north of Lake Tahoe along the Truckee River on Highway 89. The year-round resort offers 4,000 acres of lift served terrain including two half pipes and two terrain parks, ice-skating, snowtubing, indoor rock climbing, an Olympic Winter Games Museum, shopping, dining and more. For more information call 530-583-6985, or visit