words and photos: Mary Walsh From downtown Vancouver, Cypress Mountain is just over thirty minutes away by car. It boats winding trails, technical tree runs, and terrain parks that span the peaks of both Black Mountain and Mount Strachan–and of course, we can’t forget the views of Howe Sound and Vancouver Island that are visible
Beyond the Boundaries Women’s Snowboard Camp is heading to Sunshine Village in Banff for spring riding in Alberta, Canada! Saturday-Sunday, April 21-22, 2018, join BTBounds for a weekend of park riding at one of North America’s most magical mountains! Meet up with a crew of like-minded, shredding ladies for two days of small group, ability-level
Sunshine, spring conditions, and New York pizza.
January 27-28, 2018, Beyond the Boundaries women’s snowboard camp headed to the Garden State at one of the East Coast’s favorite resorts, Mountain Creek. South Mountain at this New Jersey institution is a top-to-bottom terrain park, accessed by a high speed chair and with plentiful rails, tubes and jumps cascading down the fall line. For
Read the full Beyond the Boundaries at Mountain Creek 2018 – Event Video article on Snowboarder Magazine.
Beyond the Boundaries Women’s Snowboard Camp at Cypress Mountain March 31-April 1, 2018 – offers park lessons and sessions!
With an Olympic gold medal, a cover on Sports Illustrated, and her face on the box of Kellogg’s Corn Flakes, Chloe Kim is giving Red Gerard a run for his money with all her mainstream media hype. Tune in to this clip from The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and Chloe Kim, the other 17 year-old gold medalist riding for USA!
Whether it’s your first time in the terrain park or you want to add to your bag of tricks, BTBounds has you covered.
A day at Breckenridge with Olympic Slopestyle gold medalist Red Gerard, but there’s a catch. This was filmed eight years ago, and Red was merely nine years old. By watching him ride back then, anyone could tell snowboarding would take him places, but who knew it would be on set with Jimmy Kimmel?
Video by Colin Walters.
Welcome to the real PyeongChang!
Read the full A Peek Behind the Olympic Curtain with Stale Sandbech article on Snowboarder Magazine.
With best two-out-of-three scoring, Anna Gasser dropped for her third-and-final run sitting in the silver medal position. After landing a flawless backside double cork 1080 and waiting for an eventual 96.00 to flash across the scoring screen, she officially overtook Jamie Anderson, who had been leading the whole time, for the first ever gold awarded in Snowboard Big Air on the Olympic stage. Jamie Anderson did all that she could to stay in the lead until the final rider on the day, Gasser, put together a combined score of 185.00, which was over seven points higher than her total of 177.25.
New Zealand’s young rider, Zoi Sadowski-Synnott, had a strong showing on the day ending up with a bronze along the two freestyle giants. For the first ever Olympic Big Air final, we’d say it was quite the story, filled with progression, drama, and another third-and-final drop winner. Check back soon for more coverage from the 2018 Winter Olympics right here on TransWorld SNOWboarding!
Anna Gasser edges out the United States’ Jamie Anderson for gold on her third-and-final drop in the 2018 Winter Olympic Big Air Snowboard final.
Read the full Anna Gasser Wins First Ever Big Air Final at 2018 Winter Olympics With 96.00 on Last Run article on Snowboarder Magazine.
Following Anna Gasser’s performance in the women’s qualifier earlier this week, Big Air debuted for the men as at the 2018 Winter Olympics under sunny skies and a large crowd. Canada’s Max Parrot lead the pack in the first heat with a score of 92.50 after landing a textbook frontside triple cork 1440, followed closely behind Niklas Mattson of Sweden and the USA’s Kyle Mack.
Mack chose a different route, going backside triple 1440 with a Japan grab that was easily one of our highlights from the whole Olympics. Rounding out the six to qualify from the first heat was USA’s Chris Corning, Switzerland’s Michael Schaerer, and the golden boy from slopestyle, Red Gerard.
For the second heat, the group of riders arguably threw down a bit harder with Carlos Garcia Knight scoring the highest on the day with a huge 97.50 on a massive switch backside 1620 on his second run. The lowest score advancing from the second heat was a 90.50 (posted by Billy Morgan), which was higher than 5 out of 6 qualifiers making it out of the first. Notably, one of the favorites to win it all, Marcus Kleveland, did not advance to the finals after he was unable to land a run on either of his two tries.
The lone Norwegian to advance to the finals will be Torgeir Bergrem, who posted a 94.25 on his first run and then proceeded to set the snowboarding world on fire with a switch back 540 method that despite its score, had everyone claiming the best drop of the night. Canadian heavyweights Mark McMorris and Seb Toots had strong showings to qualify, while their fellow countryman Tyler Nicholson just missed the finals by a point. If that was just the qualifiers, we can’t wait to see what goes down in finals. Full results below:
Heat 1 Qualifiers:
Max Parrot – 92.50
Niklas Mattsson – 90.00
Kyle Mack – 88.75
Chris Corning — 88.00
Michael Schaerer — 87.00
Red Gerard — 85.00
Heat 2 Qualifiers:
Carlos Garcia Knight — 97.50
Jonas Boesiger — 96.00
Mark McMorris — 95.75
Torgeir Bergrem — 94.25
Seb Toots — 91.00
Billy Morgan — 90.50
With the men about to drop for Big Air in a few hours, we shot over some texts to U.S. team rider Kyle Mack while he was hanging in the athlete village to check in with how his Olympic experience has gone so far. He competed in slopestyle, just missing out on finals, but looks to make a name for himself in Big Air later tonight. Keep an eye out as he drops in with Mark McMorris, Marcus Kleveland, Torgeir Bergrem, Chris Corning, Red Gerard, Stale Sandbech, Sebbe de Buck, and the rest of the stacked field at the Alpensia venue in PyeongChang tonight! (Check out more 2018 Winter Olympic coverage here!)
So how is it being a first time Olympian?
It’s been amazing! It’s like nothing I’ve ever experienced before.
Everything you thought it would be?
Yeah, so far has just been a crazy journey.
How is the food?
I love Korean food so I’ve been really enjoying it, but the McDonald’s here has been on point as well.
How’s the athlete village?
It’s crazy! So many different people and country’s that all want to do the best. It’s been a pretty serious vibe but I’ve tried to be as cheerful as I can be.
Who are you rooming with?
I’ve been rooming with Red Gerard.
What was it like seeing Red medal?
It was crazy. Seeing one of my closest friends win has been so much fun.
What do you like more, slope or big air?
I like slope more because it shows more of an all around rider, but still very excited for big air.
Thoughts on the jump/landing?
The jump is really good and not too much impact on the landing. Mellow.
Were you a fan of the Olympics before?
I have always been a fan. I’ve wanted to go to the Olympics since I was a kid.
Does the arena feel different with the Olympic rings overshadowing it or is it just a normal contest?
It’s a normal contest! I compete with all the same kids all year long and it has added more pressure to some of them but for me, I’ve just been doing the same thing as I’ve always done.
What are some differences between the Olympics and X Games or other contests this past year?
It’s bigger then any other contest I’ve been to, and more people watching then I could ever imagine. Pretty insane.
What do you think about snowboarding in the Olympics?
It’s a huge showcase. Most people don’t get it like other sports, but it’s awesome to show what we do to the world.
What would it mean to medal in South Korea?
It would mean a lot. It’s a huge thing to do and would be a crazy experience.
Any tricks we can plan on seeing from you?
You’ll have to wait and see…
We normally don’t report on skiing events, but this is just too good to be true. Primarily a snowboarder, 22-year-old Ester Ledecka of the Czech Republic won the women’s super-G gold on skis at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea against Lindsey Vonn and a bunch of other skiers that we have never heard of. Most importantly, she beat Lindsey Vonn, which now makes us understand why Lindsey was so adamant about separating skiing and snowboarding in her statements last year. She was afraid of losing, and that fear has officially come to fruition, getting knocked off the podium and ending up in sixth place while Ledecka claimed gold with a time of 1:21.11.
It was a historic first, marking Ester as the first athlete to ever compete in both skiing and snowboarding at the Olympics, and what a way to come out swinging. Vonn was quoted after saying, “I wish I had as much athleticism as she has that I could just hop from sport to sport and just, like, win everything. But unfortunately, I’m only good at ski racing – and she still beat me.”
The story just keeps getting better. Already focusing on another event, NBC supposedly reported that an Austrian had won, not even giving the 26th position skier a chance to pull off the upset. And then the 26th position skier, or snowboarder we should say (Ledecka), borrowed a pair of American phenom Mikaela Shiffrin’s skis, and proceeded to create arguably the biggest upset of the 2018 Winter Olympics. “I was probably the only snowboarder on site. All the other girls didn’t risk a lot. There must be a lot of pressure on them. I was just trying to do my best run.” -Ester Ledecka.
From all of snowboarding, we would just like to say thanks Ester, and good luck in your next race!
NYC skate feels at Loon in Ryan Finder’s latest drop.
Read the full Ryan Pluche, Demetri Bales, and Brian Pracht at Loon article on Snowboarder Magazine.
Big Air has officially made it into the 2018 Winter Olympics, and although the riders have been stuck in athlete village for the past three weeks, it looks like finals is going to go off. Anna Gasser steps up from her first run to qualify first heading into finals later this week with a Cab Double Cork 1080, expertly called by none other than the nicest man in snowboarding, DC. Check out all the coverage from snowboarding in the 2018 Winter Olympics here on TransWorld SNOWboarding!
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Enough is enough, this is how we feel watching the mainstream media’s coverage of snowboarding in the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Read the full Getty A Clue: A Mainstream Photographer’s Guide To Snowboard Photography article on Snowboarder Magazine.