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Image, for a second, getting the chance to close down one of the best trails on the mountain so that only you and your friends could ride it when you got around to it. Well, on April 13th, 2013, that’s exactly what happened at Timberline Lodge on glorious Mt. Hood. Thanks to the local knowledge and authority of Ricky Hower, Bob Elmer remained mostly pristine until 12 noon on a Saturday, when 15 teams of serious boarders took turns making figure eights through the fresh snow, while being judged by local celebrities Shane Flood and Johnnie Paxson.

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The Hesh mob moves in perfect harmony.

Logic or meteorology might tell you that mid April is an odd time to plan a powder boarding competition, but this is Oregon. It’s a strange fantasy land where when Ricky snaps his fingers, a few inches of light, fresh snow fall on top of the groomed trail. Add a deceivingly short kicker, and you have the perfect recipe for the inaugural Yobeat Powder 8, an event inspired by the classic movie Aspen Extreme.

thedudesThe dudes were all there!

On the slopes, teams of locals including the Nipple Draggers (Collin Whallen and Joey Carnera), Hesh Mob (Chris Classen and Cameron Dean) Righteous Disciples (Janessa Bork and Matty Guitierez), I’ll leave this up to you Brooke (Cale Meyer and Kharma Vella), Team Party Time (Nate Betteker, Scotty Keating and Dustin) Team Clam Slam, (Carson Schubert and Kyle Irvin), Team Pup n’ Suds (Cam Weeg and Alex Drinkard), Team OJC (Richard Sweet and Cooper Harringon), Cool Runnings (Curran Shaw and Ryan Irvin) — joined the Airblaster crew and other visiting teams from as far away as Tahoe, including Super Duper Snowboards (Erik Leon and Jay Hergert), Team Dopey John (Aaron Cardwell and John Olmsted, Master B8ters (Tim Eddy and Tucker Mandrews), The Crazy 8’s (Brandon Cocard and Ben Lynch), The Underbelly Toasers (Jackson Folwer and Taylor Carlton) and Bonerz Fully Loaded (Max Warbington and Jesse Gouviea.)

When the clock struck noon, DJ Ricky Hower chose a unique song for each run, and the teams were let loose on the snow one at a time. The rules were there were no rules, and the judges had the difficult task of deciding who used mother nature’s canvas the best based on team work, creativity and overall impression.

powcarvesbroOJC goes for the gold!

Aside from the snow getting torn to shreds, the only real carnage was on the mini booter, when a few riders backflipped way past the landing, but since the contest was mostly based on turning, it didn’t really matter. After each pair took one glorious run each, the judges were torn between two teams. Super Duper Snowboards had mobbed down from top to bottom, doing pow butters mid 8 and synchronized methods including a mid-air collision on the kicker. Bonerz Fully loaded went for full synchronization in turning, and on the booter Jesse kicked up a spray while Max did a method through it. After much deliberation, it was decided everyone won, but Eric Leon and Jay Hergert won a little more and were officially named the best snowboarders in the universe taking home custom engraved trophies.

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The secret is there is no secret. These dudes just know how to board powder.

The entire competition lasted less than an hour, and for the rest of the day, there were plenty more pow turns to be had around Timberline and everyone involved agreed it was the “best contest ever.” Special thanks to Ricky Hower and Brian Reed at Timberline for making this event possible and if you missed it, I’m sure we’ll get more pow next year! (ps. Timberline is open until the end of May, so if you are thinking about getting a spring pass, we would recommend it.)

 


Those chairlifts are a-turning. Photo: Ricky Hower

Technically Winter begins December 21, but for snowboarders, it starts as soon as the first snow flies — whether from guns or the sky — and we get to go snowboarding. Right? But in a magical place called Oregon, it’s almost like it’s always winter. In fact, snow permitting, Timberline reopens before it starts snowing, but after the summer camp-hype has gone away, in other words, it’s open on weekends, RIGHT NOW. Though powder is nonexistent and getting there is a hike, it’s worth every turn.


Just a buncha bros, riding in the middle of October. photo: Ricky Hower

Because it’s not really the season yet, and the summer camps are long gone, Fall may actually be one of the best times to hit Timberline. The biggest reason: no kooks. Imagine riding alongside only people who are as into snowboarding/skiing as you are. That’s Timberline in the Fall. Add in the fact that it’s often above the Oregon clouds (way better than a rainy day in Portland), and riding the Magic Mile is so damn pretty it’s something people pay to do even without ‘boarding once they get to the top, it’s a unique experience every one should have at least once.


They even have rails! Photo: Ricky Hower

If you’re in Oregon or considering make the trek, we offer a few quick tips for making the most out of your fall-boarding experience.

Don’t get there until noon. There’s no powder. And the glacier will be a nice solid block of ice if you race up there for first chair. Chill out and wait until it gets good and slushy.

Bring water. Much like summer, once you’re up there, you’re not coming down ’til the day is over, so bring whatever you’ll need. Fast laps on the Palmer Glacier are surprisingly dehydrating, and you can leave your stuff in the lift stand at the bottom of the Palmer chair. Same goes with sunscreen and extra gear.

Dress warmish. It’s not summer anymore, but it’s also not winter yet. Don’t plan on rocking your hoodie when the wind is whipping across the glacier, but it can also heat up if the sun is out. Your best bet is to wear layers you can easily ditch once you get up there.


See those clouds, yeah, you might even be above them. Photo: Ricky Hower.

Leave your expectations at home. The conditions change fast this time of year and just because there was a sweet ass jump on Saturday, doesn’t mean it will still be there Sunday. But chances are, if the lifts are running, there’s something worth doing up there.

Buy a Fusion Pass. Not to sound like too much of a salesmen, but hot damn, the Fusion Pass is a good deal — probably the only pass in the country that gives you literally 8 months of shredding (plus you get to ride Ski Bowl in the winter.)

There’s a dude turning in there. Squint, you’ll see him

I wonder what the first Mt. Baker Banked Slalom was like. You know, before it became legendary and all that. Chances are it was a small and incredibly disorganized event. Some of the participants probably had the best time ever, and others were upset because it took too long to take their runs, or whatever gripe people can come up with at a contest. And of course, there was most likely tons of pow to be shredded between runs.

The first-ever Bone Zone Banked Slalom at Timberline was a lot like that. However, it had a few advantages over that inaugural event at Mt. Baker so many years ago. For one: better equipment. And also, the Banked Slalom formula is pretty much set at this point: duct tape on the bibs, provide food and goodies for the participants, and see who goes the fastest. They also had iPhones, serving as sophisticated timing system, which I’m willing to bet weren’t part of the LBS 1 (hell, they still barely work up there.)

Jimmy, preparing to get a slower time than some of the girls.

Apparently no one told Mother Nature spring has started, because the conditions were basically whiteout for the pro division’s runs. After a feeble attempt at taking photos, I soon opted to ride powder instead. It was awesome. So awesome that when it finally cleared up and the sun came out, my camera was already in the car and I decided to keep riding instead of getting some better photos. I did make it back after the event had wrapped up to take a run on the 2-minute long course. Verdict: it would have been really hard to ride with no visibility. I’m impressed pro winner Gabe Triplette actually made it down in 1:56. Let’s just say it took me longer than that.

Twenty-something years from now I’m sure the crew at Shred Northwest will look back at the event with the fondest of memories. They’ll laugh at the fact the weather didn’t cooperate. They’ll have a much better timing system worked out. And maybe, by then, they’ll even have added “legendary” to the name.

Visibility: approximately 5 feet.

John Laing, Ahmon Stamps and other cool dudes await their runs

The snow was good for lots of things

Cash money for the pros

Product toss for the fans!

Bone Zone Banked Slalom Official times

Mens Pro:
1 Gabe Triplette 156.42
2 Joel Fuquay 158.34
3 John Ragozzino 158.69
4 Allister Schultz 159.75
5 Aaron Sales 201.40
6 Corey Caswell 201.97
7 Ben Covolt 202.78
8 Ricky Hower 202.94
9 Kenny Strope 203.06
10 Ben Beavon 203.60
11 Rick Millet 204.07
12 Ahmon Stamps 204.66
13 Tyler Osland 205.19
14 Logan Fuquay 205.35
15 Clint Ghram 205.47
16 Trent Brashier 205.53
17 Josh Kaiser 205.94
18 Corey Noble 206.31
19 Rob Walsh 206.60
20 John Sischo 206.72
21 Joey Bruce 207.69
22 Andy Berginsperry 207.81
23 Scotty Body 207.93
24 Jesse “Wetrat” Johnson 208.63
25 John Laing 208.50
26 Will Dam 208.62
27 Brandon Clark 211.50
28 Ryan Gossett 212.18
29 Jim Wizvenzberger 214.12
30 Jovian Peters 217.15
31 Grant Miller 217.87
32 Josh Zawaskw 222.00
33 – 666The Beast 222.94
34 Ed Jewell 224.36
35 Chad McQuein 224.64
36 Nick Konine 227.66
37 Brad Trouter 235.87

Men AM
1 Alex Scagliotti 200.12
2 Nolan David 201.87
3 Jay Herger 203.53
4 Owen Brown 203.90
5 Jake Copeck 204.39
6 Keaton Rogers 206.78
7 Dustin Reed 206.90
8 Cameron Weeg 209.63
10 Mark Jasor 209.78
11 Cody Prickett 210.31
12 Alex Lovell 211.41
13 Chris Moore 212.78
14 Bryce Yamasaki 213.03
15 Kevin Swarner 214.20
16 Chris Light 215.28
17 Zach Johnson 221.33
18 Joe Newlander 253.44

Masters:
1 Karma Vella 200.38
2 Sean Aiken 203.43
3 Andy Cross 212.19
4 Tim Snail 214.00
5 Ryan Estep 240.06

Industry/Media
1 Enzo Plati 208.69
2 Scott Auviq 208.78
3 Tanner Salsman 208.81
4 Collin Whalen 210.31
5 Richard Williams 229.40

Girls
1 Marissa Krauiczak 211.62
2 Randa Shahin 211.75
3 Sally Butler 212.06
4 Mimi Charter 212.22
5 Nicole McNullty 213.00
6 Geneva Lyon 225.82
7 Marissa Newberry 229.15
8 Georgia Hall 240.22
9 Destiny Covinginton 257.87

Grom
1 Sean Fitzsimons 212.56

Token Ski
1 Ryan Chapman 204.47
2 Nick Stanton 204.62
3 Chad McKean 224.44

I really had high hopes for this season, even hailing it as the BEST EVER but I swear, it’s almost like there is some greater force trying to prevent me from riding lately. You may remember the pass-pulling incident of 2010. That didn’t help things. Then it turns out the “Super Value” element of my Ski Bowl pass is actually sort of annoying, seeing as today seemed like a mighty nice day to snowboarding in honor of MLK, but alas, it’s blacked out.

I’ve concocted a scheme to get tickets at Tline by giving them coverage. The only thing, I’m trying to make it look good up there and every time I’ve tried to go, well, it hasn’t been. One day it was arguably the worst conditions I’ve ever ridden on the west coast (those frozen ridges that happen when the groomer tracks freeze) and the next, raining. But I decided to make the best of it, take advantage of the waterproof nature of my ever-growing collection of GoPros and Shane Flood’s sweet skills and make a video. Since the pineapple express proceeded to drop about 8 more inches of rain, needless to say, if I want to keep the stream of GoPro edits going, I’ll have to post it here as well as on YoBeat. So here ya go.

It would be great if every day you went snowboarding was sunny, bluebird and knee deep. Ski resorts would never have to resort to tricky language, and you’d never have to think about if it’s going to be worth the drive. Unfortunately, that is not the way the world works. In fact, more often than not, the strings of bluebird pow days happen while you’re at work, and then your one day off ends up being cold and rainy. So you have a decision to make: do you sit at home, watch some reality TV and maybe play some video games, or, do you get off your ass, break out your most waterproof gear and just tough it out? We recommend the latter, so here are a few tips for making the most of a shitty day.

Don’t be a sissy

First of all, it’s just rain and you’re not the wicked witch of the west. Deal with it.

Think Positive

There are good things about rain days. You don’t have to get up early (you’re not missing anything) and you won’t have to wait in line. If you hate crowds and aggro lift lines, you’ll love riding on a rain day.

Dress for it

The right goggles can make all the difference. For the record, the right goggles are not mirrored lenses — one run in they will be a smeary mess, and potentially ruined forever. Clear lenses are a good call for minimal visual obstruction. Rain days are not good days to wear jeans, in fact, you may want to grab one of those sweet rain bags, not only good for keeping you dry-ish, but also for sliding around on your back, which is always fun.

Do Stupid Tricks

It’s not pow, but in general, if it’s warm enough to rain, the snow is nice and soft. Add in the fact that rain usually dissuades the park lurkers from hanging out at the top of jumps, and it’s a great day to try new, potentially embarrassing tricks (either completely ridiculous on purpose, or just cause you suck at them) in the park with no judgment.

Ride the gondola

If your mountain has one, enclosed lifts are god’s gift to rain days. Sitting on the lift is by far the worst part of riding in the rain, so if that portion of your day is spent in a comfy car, you really have NO reason not to ride.

Of course, riding in the rain is not all lollipops and unicorns. It’s hard to see, and it will probably take your clothes three days to dry. But 99% of the time, if you go snowboarding, you’ll be glad you did, so suck it up and go shred.

Video filmed with the GoPro® HD Helmet HERO™ Camera on location at Timberline.

RJ enjoys a nice cold glass of milk on a YoBeat field trip to Patti’s Homeplate

It’s the dream of many young snowboarders: the industry internship. We established awhile ago that interns will save the snowboard industry, and with the inexplicable increased popularity of YoBeat these days, we were in need of some extra help. So we hired a young chap named RJ Sweet. He comes in every day after school and does all the crap we don’t want to deal with. However, before we could really admit to having RJ on staff, he needed a little hazing. So we brought him up to Timberline for a day of intern training.

Despite all my yelling, RJ passed. He did a great job lacing my boots, and it sure was nice having someone other than Jared to yell at. So for his first official YoBeat assignment, I asked him to write a report on his internship, and let everyone know what the experience is really like.

Coming into Yobeat as an intern I was clueless on what to expect. What would they want me to do, and more importantly, would my boss be an overly-serious, uptight jerk?

After nearly a month at YoBeat, I have come to the conclusion that my boss and I have a relationship that most don’t have.  I get to water her flowers, put on her boots, and carry everyone’s gear to the designated destination. I also get yelled at for not landing my “stunts” or not performing the “stunt” that was intended. Finally I’m crammed in the back of the car with all the snowboards and gear.

When we’re not snowboarding, I am tweeted about on a daily basis. Usually my comical remarks are quoted, but I’m still too young to understand why most of them are funny. Brooke also gives me the jobs she doesn’t like doing, like going to the post office almost every day. If you jerks could stop ordering stuff it would really make my life easier.

On a good note though, I do get hooked up with Yobeat apparel, as well as free meals here and there, so be jealous. Sure do think I’m going to enjoy my time here at Yobeat, so hopefully I don’t get fired because this story sucks.

Oh RJ, I’m not gonna fire you. I really hate going to the post office. However, I don’t appreciate you telling people not to buy stuff, in fact, to ensure you have lots of do at the post office today, I just put the gold die cuts featured in the video in the store. For the rest of you: If you want one, get em while they last, they are SUPER LIMITED. OMG.
http://yobeat.bigcartel.com/product/limited-edition-gold-die-cut


Damn, I look good going small! Photo: Tim Zimmerman

In the annual “race for first,” even the resort that opens first is still a loser thanks to a little place called Timberline in Oregon. But while Timberline has had its lifts running for the past few weekends, October 29th marked the officially start of the season, with the lifts on the lower mountain cranking up for the first time in the 2010/11 season. With over three feet of snow falling in the last week, and a forecast calling for sun, I didn’t even need to be coerced a little bit to get up there. However, preparing for the joyous first day of the season may have been better done sober, rather than after an especially rowdy wing night. Apparently over the summer I completely forgot snowboarding basics, so in hopes of keeping you from doing the same, I present some first-day pointers.

It’s really here! (Winter, that is)

1. Just because you didn’t like the bindings you were riding last year, and the only other pair you have are size men’s large (and you have a women’s size seven foot) doesn’t mean it’s a good idea to set them up. If the toe strap doesn’t tighten down enough to hold your foot in, it’s actually useless.

2. If you happen to set up said bindings after wing night, it may be wise to double check them in the morning to make sure they are not set up pigeon toed, or slightly set forward. Neither of these things will help you ride.

3. It’s ok to make a few turns before attempting to ollie.

4. Apparently if you actually work out before the season like you say you are going to every year, your first day will be more fun and less painful.

5. If you want to use your new GoPro to film a sweet first person edit (and you know you do), it’s wise to actually charge it before you bring it to the mountain.

Aside from that, get a couple friends, and make it happen. The smooth mashed potatoey conditions on Opening Day at Lower Timberline were a blast to ride, and we met a kid in the park that made us snow cones. Definitely a banner day of boarding, and what should be the start to an amazing season. Let’s go La Nina!

I was nice enough to get Tim Zimmerman his own official YoBeat ticket, and then he went and shot a gallery for ESPN. Traitor.

Mashed potato bashing. He’s actually about to catch some air, but I am a shitty photographer.

Random park shredder. Shredding.

Cakeater Jeremy, between snow cones. (Yes, Zim’s photo is probably better than mine)

Pretty sure this is a chick. Sweet.

Oh, yeah, and check out my sweet air time. PERFECT TRACK. Photo: Zimmerman

Every since I moved to Portland, I’ve had a basic understanding of the snowboard scene. You ride Meadows in the winter and Timerberline in the summer. As it turns out, I was grossly misinformed, as if you want to ride sweet jib lines, Tline is the spot. Thankfully, my new friend Jeff cleared it up for me. Jeff, Mike, Brad, Nate and Charlie do Timerberline.