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The Silverton Story

What’s life like in one of the last great outlaw towns in the West? Here’s a glimpse into Venture’s day-to-day life in Silverton, where horses run down the streets and epic snowfall can leave residents isolated from the outside world for days at a time.

Silverton Avy Class

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It was a beautiful, albeit crispy cold time to take an avy class in Silverton this past weekend. There’s definitely something to be said for taking a course with people you actually ride with on a regular basis, so Venture Snowboards decided to bring a tight crew together for the custom course. Great way to get in the right headspace for the backcountry season.

Because of Snowboarding

We’re digging the “Because of Snowboarding” series that Ride is producing this year, especially these segments from Hana Beaman and Jake Blauvelt.

Amplid LAB Carbon Split

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A few weeks ago, Amplid announced the release of what they’re claiming as the “Lightest splitboard on Planet Earth.” They’re only making 25 of the limited edition carbon split. Read on for the tech details and more info on the project from Amplid.

[Press Release] Weighing just 2.3kg, the Amplid LAB Carbon Split is the lightest splitboard on Planet Earth. Designed by company founder and owner Peter Bauer as the first release of the hyper-limited LAB series, the Carbon Split uses the most innovative technologies available to shave-off unnecessary weight. Peter, who is no stranger to designing lightweight, high performance snowboards said:

“Experimenting is always exciting; you can’t really predict the outcome. We really didn’t expect to reach such a new weight-benchmark. Cutting weight is easy, losing grams and keeping durability is really tough. Our R&D team feels like alchemists who have discovered the perfect splitboard formula – awesome!!!”

Combining pioneering weight saving materials including a Birch, Balsa and Paulownia wood core and aerospace grade low viscosity epoxy with topsheet free construction has enabled Amplid to skim 200 grams off the previous title holder. The raw, stealth aesthetics … Continued

NS Scavenger Hunt

Here’s the lowdown on Never Summer’s Scavenger Hunt. Registration is underway and ends Nov. 29, so get your team together and sign up for this cool comp. Teams of 3 send in weekly edits of 5 tasks they have completed. For each task points are given, and in the end, the team with the most points will win. First place gets $250 and a choice of snowboard for each team member, 2nd gets a snowboard of choice, and 3rd gets a longboard of choice. One of the teams will also be chosen to join in on the Never Summer X Steamboat Powdercats trip.

Kronicle: Winter 2014

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Cool to see the Kronicles starting to stack up as we enter year three. The new issue [Winter 2014] is just hitting newsstands and we’re cranking away on a stacked Photo Annual that won’t disappoint. Stay tuned….

 

Valhalla, Revisited

Two winters ago I visited Nelson, B.C. for the first time, and was fortunate to hunker down for over a week with the Sweetgrass Productions crew during their first season of filming for Valhalla. It remains one of the best trips I’ve ever taken—the snow was downright epic as was the crew. The story was published in last year’s edition of Kronicle (see below), and “Valhalla” premiered earlier this month to rave reviews. Be sure to check it out at a theater near you. —MH

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Shredding Chamonix with Luca Pandolfi

Luca Pandolfi takes us up the mountain and into perfect powder conditions in his series, “Lines Through Luca’s Lens.”

Due to the exceptional snow conditions we were able to ski this beautiful line from the top of Les Courtes (which is rarely skied from the top). This line is complete – you drop into the North face from the top of one of the best ridable big mountains in Chamonix, you ski an airy ridge, endure some technical mixed passes, ride a big open hanging field and end with a steep exit couloir. The big radius free ride turns and the face-shots you experience on the hanging field are some of the best you’ll ever get.

Big thanks to my friends Ben Briggs, Tom Grant, Mikko Heimonen and Ross Hewitt for the great day out.

—Luca

Athletes: Luca Pandolfi, Ben Briggs, Ross Hewitt, Tom Grant, Mikko Heimonen