How To: Snowboard Without Buying a Lift Ticket

Tips and tricks for legal and illegal ways to snowboard without a lift ticket including hiking, clipping, shuffling, and sledding.

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Future Product: Eight 2019 Gloves We Like

From full Gore-Tex® offerings, to lightweight and minimalist designs, here are eight 2019 gloves we can’t wait to get our hands in.

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How Did Lift Tickets Become So Expensive?

With costs nearing $200 for a single-day pass at resorts like Vail, you have probably noticed an increase over the years.

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Future Product: Four 2019 Helmets We Like

With new styles, updated technology and unique fitting systems to dial in your helmet and goggle combo, here are four future picks that caught our attention.

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Limited Edition Baldface Lodge Collab Products Available

Check out the latest collab gear with Baldface Lodge from Volcom, Coal Headwear, Mizu and Union Binding Co.

Read the full Limited Edition Baldface Lodge Collab Products Available article on Snowboarder Magazine.

Future Product: Six Pairs of 2019 Goggles We Like

From lenses that change tint at the click of a button to eye-catching collaborations, here are six goggles that stood out among the rest.

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Future Product: Nine 2019 Snowboarding Jackets We Like

Finding the best snowboard jacket is a subjective process, but these are nine we’re hyped on.

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Future Product: Eight 2019 Snowboard Boots We Like

While wandering the seemingly endless miles of tradeshow aisles at the Colorado Convention Center, we found a grip of boots that should last well beyond the beyond the expiration date of these frayed-lace, flat-soled skate shoes we made the mistake of wearing again. From the massive flexibility offered in Vans’ new linerless option to Salomon’s plush heated model, below are a handful that caught our eye for the coming season.

Vans Hi-Standard Linerless DX

The Linerless Hi-Standard boot that Mike Rav has been buttering around in. PHOTO: Ben Gavelda

The linerless boot has gone the way of the landline. Pun intended. But if you’re old enough to remember a time when people communicated via home phone, you might have had a pair. Well, Vans is bringin’ ’em back. Now the softest option in the Vans lineup, this is for those looking for the most minimal in snowboard footwear for maximum tweakability.

DC Tucknee

Backed by Iikka Backstrom, the Tucknee is said to be perfect for just that. PHOTO: Ben Gavelda

Looking at the boot and hearing its name, the concept for the Tucknee becomes clear. It’s designed to tweak. Medial–that means toward the middle–flex is enhanced through an asymmetrical lacing pattern, while lateral support is maintained through support in the outside of the boot. Before you know it you could be tweakin’ like Iikka.

adidas Acerra ADV

The Acerra is adidas high-end dual-Boa option tuned for maximum support. PHOTO: Mike Yoshida

Ever watch Jake Blauvelt enter orbit off a pat-down? The dude needs a boot that holds up to that sort of behavior, and this Acerra is it. With adidas’ cushy yet lively Energy Boost sole adapted from their running shoe line, the Acerra ratchets you into a dual-density liner with two Boa dials, so you’re locked, loaded, and ready to launch.

Salomon Kiana Toast

A heater liner at the push of a button–the Kiana Toast. PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

The thing about feet and snow is that that one is cold and one gets cold. This boot from Salomon, however, can mitigate one of those things. Press a button and the Kiana will get toasty, as its name suggests. The battery will last through multiple frigid days on-hill on a single charge and, of course, when it’s balmy and there’s no need for subsidized heat you can forget about that feature altogether.

Rome Guide SRT

Rome’s Guide boot gets a design overhaul and an SRT suffix added. PHOTO: Ben Gavelda

The Guide has been a rugged force in the Rome line, but this coming season it gets even better, and its performance upgrades translate to improved aesthetic as well. A leather upper is completed with an ultra-durable toe box and an exposed molded backstay. This bad boy is ready for rugged times and ripping.

Nitro Capital

The Nitro Capital, pictured left, is a high-end bombproof boot that should hold up, and provide plenty of traction, wherever you can take it. PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

With an optional heated liner, Nitro’s new high-end Capital model can also provide manufactured to heat to your dogs. Durability and customization are the name(s) of the game for the Capital, and with an outer and sole as burly as they come, the Capital should carry you to completion of the most serious missions with support to boot.

Ride Fuse

Lick the Cat gets their own edition of Ride’s popular Fuse boot. PHOTO: Mike Yoshida

The Fuse has been a popular model from Ride since it was introduced two seasons ago, and more riders without a boot sponsor are gravitating toward this mid-flexing model with a hybrid of Boa and traditional lacing. For the coming season the Lick The Cat crew gets their own colorway. We’re curious to see whose feet we see the land on next.

K2 Taro Tamai Snow Surfer

Taro Tamai’s Snow Surfer boot from K2 gets even better next season. PHOTO: Mike Yoshida

Designed with the innovative Taro Tamai, founder of Gentemstick, K2’s Snow Surfer is the first of its kind. A boot designed specifically for the ocean-influenced style of riding that Taro is considered the godfather of. For the coming season, Taro’s boot gets a slight redesign to complete a package that’s becoming ever surfier.

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Future Product: Five Pairs of 2019 Bindings We’re Stoked On

Some like ’em stiff, some like ’em loose, but whatever your preference, bindings are something you want to forget once you strap in. After making our rounds at the tradeshow, we identified five pairs coming out next season that we’re especially hyped to ratchet into.

Salomon District

A thinner highback and stiffened up chassis create an all-new District for the coming season. PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

Salomon’s unique ShadowFit concept that employs a flexible heelcup to allow for more lateral mobility gets an overhaul for the coming season. Overall, the system is stiffened up. But the bindings in the ShadowFit lineup–District, Defender, Hologram, Quantum, and Mirage–see new straps and/or highbacks as well. In the case of the District, the highback is significantly thinned out, creating an overall lighter binding.

Union Strata

With a completely new baseplate unlike anything we’ve seen before, Union’s new Strata is one of the most exciting bindings being introduced next season. PHOTO: Mike Yoshida

The Union Strata is a new addition to the brand’s ever-evolving lineup. Where a typical baseplate is layered–the bushing and baseplate glued together–the Strata uses a direct-injected one-piece system. The material is more rubbery than what we’re used to seeing used for this application, creating an especially damp ride that riders from Jacob Krugmire to Bryan Iguchi are backing.

Nitro Poison

The Nitro Poison is a responsive women’s binding that doesn’t sacrifice comfort. PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

Strap into the Poison, and you’re standing on air. Nitro’s Dual Air dampening system puts, you guessed it, air, below your toes and heels, but an adjustable aluminum heelcup and fairly rigid highback provide plenty of power transmission. Nitro calls the Poison “the perfect blend of response and comfort”–a phrase used so often it’s become all but meaningless, however, in this case it actually seems to apply.

Rome Crux

Rome’s Crux is a new freestyle-oriented binding with a price tag we can get behind. PHOTO: Ben Gavelda

The Rome Crux and women’s equivalent, the Flare, are a new binding offering from Rome that brings top-of-the-line tech to a binding with lower sticker shock. The bindings feature UnderWrap, where the heelcup ‘wraps under’ the toe of the binding–a design intended to increase edge-to-edge power while allowing torsional flex. Both models also employ Rome’s minimalist single-injection heelstraps.

Bent Metal Logic

Geno’s art is the cherry on top of a comfortable binding for those who don’t like to feel strapped in. PHOTO: Mike Yoshida

Bent Metal has a made a hell of a comeback since their realaunch in 2016. The Logic is a minimalist option backed by one of the realest in the game, Sean Genovese. What’s equally cool about this soft-flexing freestyle-oriented model is that it features Geno’s art. If you think strapping in is lame, maybe this is the binding for you.

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New 2019 Signature Snowboarding Product—SIA Tradeshow Exclusive

A sneak peek at the 2019 snowboard and outerwear gear from the SIA trade show in Denver, CO.

Read the full New 2019 Signature Snowboarding Product—SIA Tradeshow Exclusive article on Snowboarder Magazine.

Brand Spotlight: Roxy Outerwear 2018/2019 Product Preview

Product Preview of Roxy’s 2019 Outerwear Line

Roxy is led by a bold group of gals who are not afraid to push riding or style boundaries. Pro Riders Torah Bright and Robin Van Gyn have a heavy hand in shaping the outerwear and board line and it shows. For 2019 the Roxy’s outerwear is focused on more range of motion, built in moisturizing technology and a slew of eco-friendlier manufacturing processes. Roxy’s Hydrosmart moisturizing design puts skin healing fabrics where they’re needed most, in jacket collars around the neck and chin, inside neck warmers and glove and mitt liners.

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Hydrosmart works by enriching the fabric in these areas with micro-capsules filled with calendula extract, pomegranate oil, shea butter, sunflower oil, vitamin E and more antioxidants. Under normal wear and friction the capsules burst to deliver these healing goods to your skin. The enhanced range of motion comes from tailored fits and mechanical stretch fabrics that let you ride free. On the eco front, Roxy has implemented a number of processes to lessen their impact. Those actions include Repreve fabrics (which turns plastic bottles into polyester), Primaloft Eco insulation, Spindye waterless fabric dye, and Gore-Tex and Roxy PFC free water repellant treatment. Take a look at the styles in store for next season.

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Brand Spotlight: O’Neill Outerwear 2018/2019 Product Preview

For 2019 the brand continues to keep you warm and dry with Hyperdry fabric treatment and Firewall Magma lining.

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Six 2019 Snowboards We Like

Photos: Mike Yoshida

After riding a handful of next season’s best snowboards, here are several we’re hyped on.

The most fun part of the annual snowsports tradeshow that goes down each January in Denver is not in Denver. It is the on-snow demo portion that takes place at Copper Mountain. The chance to be in the mountains and ride the upcoming season’s product is a welcome reprieve following days of fluorescent lights that bleed into neon ones during late nights. On the days following those spent in the convention center talking about snowboarding we did some of that and found a ton of rigs we’re psyched on for the 2018/2019 season. Below are six of them.

Salomon Speedway

Built with Nils Mindnich’s style of riding in mind–fast is probably the best way to describe it–the Speedway is stiff, narrow, and ready to point it. Shunning the stubby ‘size down’ trend seen over the last five years, the Speedway is actually designed to be ridden longer than your standard board. It rode aggressive, held its edge, and felt increasingly comfortable the more gas we gave it. This board means business and performs best with the throttle wide open.

Bataleon Goliath BYND x MDLS

Bataleon boards are not like the others. The brand’s unique Triple Base Technology, 3BT for short, lifts the contact points of the board. The result takes a run or so to get used to, but once you understand its advantages, it can be quite confidence inspiring. The Goliath felt catch-free across the mountain, in the park and out, and its mid flex seemed appropriate everywhere we took it, which makes sense given the riding style of the man endorsing it–Tor Lundstrom.

Never Summer Insta/Gator

Part of Never Summer’s Shaper Series, a surf-inspired collection of boards designed to be ridden accordingly and made in the brand’s Colorado factory, the Insta/Gator is intended to be ridden 10 centimeters shorter than your traditional board. 12 centimeters of taper compensate for lack of length in terms of float, but that same absence of centimeters creates a nimble ride that spins like a top and dips through the trees with ease.

Lib Tech Tittyfish

Mervin Manufacturing is undeniably among the most innovative brands–or three brands–in snowboarding. But what about those who appreciate Lib Tech’s bombproof made-in-the-USA construction yet want to ride a fully regular rig: traditional camber with radial sidecut and no Magne-Traction? Jamie Lynn is one of those people, and the Tittyfish is one his boards. It’s got a weird nose and a regular design. A little taper and a lot of rigidity. It’s the type of board you take to Baker to point it.

DC Ply

The DC Ply is a park board, but it can do more than that. Its predominantly positive camber profile–it has a bit of early rise–helps it hold an edge on hardpack like some of its noodley counterparts can’t. We ripped slashes, snapped ollies, and pressed rails and couldn’t find much that it didn’t like. Its sub $400 price tag makes the deal even sweeter.

Burton Stungun

The Stungun is a mashup of just about every board in Burton’s Family Tree line. And with its wide, spooned out nose and short stubby tail this thing is designed to float. Unfortunately we didn’t get to experience that, but what we did realize is that the Stungun is fun just about anywhere you take it. It’s the mark of a great powder board because fresh snow doesn’t fall every day.

Brand Spotlight: Dragon Alliance 2018/2019 Product Preview

Dragon Alliance 2019 Goggle Preview

Words & Photos: Ben Gavelda

This new collection marks Dragon’s 25th year of optics. With humble beginnings in a Southern California garage and passion towards snowboarding, surfing and riding dirt bikes, Dragon has created goggles and sunglasses to match these pursuits since day one. Their heritage runs deep in snowboarding and for 2019 they’ve pushed the limit of lens and goggle technology once more. Their new PXV goggle offers unmatched peripheral visibility to eliminate blind spots and deliver a better field of view.

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Their Lumalens technology is now found in every lens tint and proves to increase contrast, enhance depth perception and color recognition, and reduce eye fatigue. Further, their new Lumalens Photochromic lenses automatically adjust to changing light conditions so you never have to swap out dark and light lenses again. With an array of models to fit all faces and a stack of signature team designs, welcome to 25 years of Dragon.

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Brand Spotlight: 686 Outerwear 2018/2019 Product Preview

686 Snowboarding Outerwear 2019 Preview

Words & Photos: Ben Gavelda

The clothing innovations and partnerships that 686 presents each year are stunning. Their 2019 line is no let down either. They have collab creations with legendary metal band Motorhead, a coozie jacket with Coors Light and a ground-breaking Hydrastash jacket. Beyond snowboarding, they’ve come up with functional and high performance pieces for other outdoor pursuits, too. Their award-winning Gore-Tex Paclite jacket is the “jacket quiver killer” they claim and ready for any adventure.

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Their new Everywhere Pant is about the most comfortable pant that can go from backpacking to coffee shop. The new Hydrastash technology introduces a removable water bladder so you can stay hydrated on hill easier. Classics like the Smarty 3-in-1 layering system and Thermagraph insulation technology are still in the line. Take a peek at what 686 has in store for next season here.

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Brand Spotlight: Vans Snowboarding 2018/2019 Product Preview

From premium fit and adjustability to Ultracush cushioning and rugged soles, take a look at what Vans has been up to for 2019.

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Brand Spotlight: DC Snowboarding 2018/2019 Product Preview

From award-winning boards & boots, to leading materials like SympaTex 45k waterproofing fabric found in their outerwear, DC has it all.

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