We stopped by the West Mountain Factory to chat with Rob about the newest offering from Winterstick, The “Yute”. A one of a kind in the industry powder board made for kids. He also talks up the beautiful West Mountain Skis which you can customize right there at the only Ski and Snowboard factory with a lift right out the back door! [Read more…]
The Ski Museum of Maine organization made two very notable firsts this past Saturday which we hope have broken the barrier once & for all! After sixteen years elsewhere, the 17th banquet to induct Mainers into their Hall of Fame was held at Maine’s premier mountain, Sugarloaf, with an attendance that surprised the skeptics, of over 425 who (comfortably) packed the King Pine Room in the Baselodge with cocktails before & after at the newly renovated Widowmaker upstairs (you won’t recognize the place; it’s awesome!). Even more significantly appropriate was the induction of TWO-time Olympic GOLD Medal winner Seth Wescott to their Hall of Fame. For those of us who devote our lives to, & make our living from, ‘skiing’, seeing the evolution of snowboarding was a shot in the arm of rejuvenation at a time when new skiers numbers were declining. The injection of energy into the industry & steady growth of snowboarding that followed, added to the winter sports business in a much needed way. The earlier push back from some skiers, & some entire ski areas, should be well in the rear view mirror, but when Seth alluded to the prejudice he’s experienced throughout the years, such as being spit on by skiers in the chairlift above him, that makes me angry to be reminded that some skiers would believe only they deserve the right to enjoy downhill snow, gravity sports!! So after NINE years since his last Gold Medal, after two decades of riding the most extreme mountains around the world, representing Sugarloaf, Maine & the USA with not only physical prowess above all the others, but an intellect & personality that always makes us proud, all I can say is, “It’s about time!”. Congrats Seth. We really do love you & thank you for representing us so well!! Ski & SNOWBOARDING Museum of Maine is way more representative of what we do for a living & many Mainers do for fun; let’s hope we see the name change reflecting that reality really soon!
On this morning’s live show Seth Wescott took a break from working on the Banked Slalom course to talk to us about this year’s event. It’s the 9th annual event so check it out! [Read more…]
Seth stopped by the set to let us know and talk about the annual Sugarloaf Banked Slalom as well as what’s up with Winterstick Snowboards. Check it out!
OK, so we may be a little biased, but 2 Olympic Gold Medals pretty much puts anyone on the BEST List, for sure! The whole planet is celebrating the 10th annual World Snowboard day on this weekend to introduce new people to the snowport, and celebrate the camaraderie among riders. The weekend event will feature a free showing of the Transworld Snowboard’s new movie, Origins, & discounted learn-to-ride lessons for beginners, plus free snowboard demos at the Burton Signature Store (say Hi to our guy Jonny!), as well as an ollie contest on The Beach. Only at Sugarloaf will two-time Olympic snowboardcross gold medalist, Seth Wescott, be hosting group rides regularly throughout the day!