We’re digging the “Because of Snowboarding” series that Ride is producing this year, especially these segments from Hana Beaman and Jake Blauvelt.
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
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.
Go behind the boards with Never Summer at their Denver, Colorado factory.
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
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.
Athletes: Luca Pandolfi, Ben Briggs, Ross Hewitt, Tom Grant, Mikko Heimonen
Story by Phil Schlieder
Washington’s Mt. Adams is one of the most powerful mountains to behold in the Pacific Northwest. It boasts the second highest peak in the state only to be outdone by its rival behemoth, Mt. Rainier. Sitting at 12,540 feet, it is a destination for any avid rider looking to test his mental fortitude against its ever-changing conditions.
This climb was less about cutting thick lines in powder, but instead a memorial for two lost family members. It was a celebration of life. What better way to celebrate a life than to celebrate in one of the happiest places on earth, in the backcountry with a board strapped to your feet. Josh Smith, Joey Martin, and Phil Schlieder all set out on this expedition to remember Joey’s Grandmother Guadalupe Martin, and Josh’s brother Steven Smith. Both passed this past year and will surely be missed.
The climb started out in an ominous landscape of blackened tree trunks and scarred bark due to the forest fire that took place at the entrance of the South Spur Route in 2012. A climber who had … Continued
We’re deeply saddened to learn about the passing of Patrick Orton this last weekend. Patrick was an incredibly talented photographer, and his imagery—including last winter’s Kronicle cover photo with Elliott Bernhagen—inspired us to chase our dreams in the mountains. Much love to Patrick’s family and friends, you are in our thoughts.
The backcountry community lost some truly great, beloved people to the avalanche at Loveland Pass this spring. In response to the tragedy, and to honor the memory of Ian Lamphere, a non profit is being created to aid children of avalanche accidents. Make your way to Nectar’s in Burlington, VT on July 19th to help launch the International Avalanche Nest-Egg (IAN).