Press Releases

West Elk Project Vision Quest

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[Press Release] Vision Quest Shred is pleased to announce a new event to take place this winter in the world class backcountry terrain surrounding Crested Butte, Colorado. The West Elk Project Vision Quest 2014 will feature a unique team format, with an extended event period (from the 7th to the 20th of February) and video judging.

The West Elk Project Vision Quest 2014 will bring together some of the best and brightest up an coming talent in ski and snowboarding for a backcountry showdown. Teams of 2-6 will have 12 days in the field to scout, shoot and edit a short video (5 minutes max). Videos will be reviewed by The Vision Quest Shred judging panel and social media fan voting. A $5000 cash purse and prizes will be awarded for the top three videos, stand out athlete, the fan vote, and more cate- gories to be announced.

Video judging will allow the West Elk Project Vision Quest 2014 to feature an extended event window. There are three primary advantages to this format including safety, snow quality and competitor flexibility/availability. The … Continued

Silverton Splitfest — Lodging Deadline 3/15!


[3/12/2013] The Silverton Splitfest is coming in hot, and the deadline for lodging registration is this Friday, March 15. If you don’t need accommodations the deadline to register is April 1.

More details from the organizers: The event will be held in the town of Silverton, Colorado. A house in town will host the nightly activities (slide shows, two nights catered dinner, free beer, free demo setups, place to hang out). During the day, people are free to explore the backcountry around Silverton. This is not a guided event although we will have Southwest Adventure Guides helping with a slide show and available for people if they want to hire a guide. We have a raffle with lots of swag donated. We are working out the details of how the raffle will work, but likely the first ticket is free with entry and people can buy additional ones for $10 each. We are going to try to use that to raise money for CAIC. It’s pretty cheap to attend ($70) and if people want three nights lodging included that’s only an extra $100.

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Knox Frank Avalanche Education Scholarship

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Knox Frank loved the mountains. His passion, combined with his charismatic wit, was simply contagious. The only thing that made the mountains better for Knox was sharing them with friends, of which he had many.

Knox died in an avalanche while skiing with a group of friends in the spring of 2012. To honor the memory of Knox and share his love for the backcountry experience with others, Crested Butte Mountain Guides is offering the Knox Frank Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship honors Knox’s memory as a skier, community member, mentor and friend. It provides an opportunity for a backcountry enthusiast to take an avalanche course in Crested Butte, Colorado. This scholarship is unique in that it offers the chosen participant to walk in Knox’s shoes, in his beloved backcountry community of Crested Butte, where his memory is still strong and alive. This is an incredible opportunity for someone to further his/her backcountry education while experiencing a memorable time in a true ski town community.   The chosen winner will receive a FREE avalanche education package in Crested Butte, Colorado which includes:

-Enrollment in any scheduled AIARE Level 1, Level … Continued

6th Annual Dirksen Derby!

Dates: December 14th-15th-16th, 2012

Location: New Course Location! Registration and Event will be out of Sunrise Lodge and Sunrise Chair at Mt. Bachelor, Oregon.

Reason: To raise money and stoke for our good friend and Derby competitor Tyler Eklund.

Format: Snowboard Parallel Banked Slalom.

7 Divisions: Mens Snowboard (14-49 years), Derby Elites Snowboard (invite only), Womens Snowboard (14-49 years), Groms Snowboard (13 and under), Older and Wiser Snowboard (50+ years), Splitboard (all ages), and Sit-Ski (all ages)

Racing and Party Schedule: Friday will be a practice day on the Derby courses at Mt. Bachelor followed by the Dirksen Derby Kick-Off Party (all ages) and Broken Board Art Auction on Friday evening at 6pm at the Century Center in Bend, Oregon. Racing will be held on Saturday 10:00am-2:00pm and Sunday 10:00am-2:00pm. Racing schedule is subject to change based on weather and snow conditions. Everyone should be available to race on Saturday and/or Sunday.

Price and Registration: Pre-register online and receive a free limited edition Dirksen Derby beanie from Patagonia! The price will be $35 per division. Online registration starts on November 27th, 2012 at or at the Mt. Bachelor … Continued

Kronicle’s Winter 2013 Edition is in the house!

Nothing gets us stoked for winter’s kickoff like a fresh copy of “Kronicle.” The new issue is in and shipping to the far reaches of planet earth, just in time for a big old storm to wack the mountain west. Get your copy via our online store or scope the newsstand nearest you. Thanks for the support fellow shredders, here’s to an awesome winter. -K

Never Summer ‘Brothers in Arms’ Military Charity Snowboard

We typically don’t post product promos, but we’ll make an exception for hooking up American soldiers.

This from Never Summer: The limited edition Never Summer ‘Brothers in Arms’ Military Charity Snowboards are only being sold to U.S. Veterans, Active Duty and Reserve Personnel at the steeply discounted price of $350.00! Boards are on sale now until October 15 and will be shipped by December 15 or sooner. Once our goal of a $50,000.00 charitable contribution is reached, sales will end on these made-to-order snowboards. For the men, the custom military-inspired graphic is placed on the new Never Summer Cobra, the newest model in the Never Summer Carbonium Series. For women, the “Brothers in Arms” Snowboard is being offered as the first ever woman’s Carbonium board with the custom graphic on our all mountain freestyle Infinity model. Net proceeds from the sale of these boards will be contributed to the military charities Operation First Response and the Armed Forces Foundation. Once the order is placed Never Summer will contact each recipient for proof of Military service. Please spread the word and help Never Summer help our true American heroes!

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