Monthly Archives: March 2011
The other day, evo, along with members of the Seattle media and one lucky winner of our Facebook friends got to go down to the Ride Snowboards Global Headquarters and take a tour of their offices and R&D Facility. Before we got into the tour we met with Brendan O’Dowd, co-founder of the Ride Shakedown, which will be happening at the Summit at Snoqualmie March 18-19, and got to learn a little more about this upcoming contest.
The Shakedown has been one of the biggest contests in snowboarding the last few years and this will be the second year that the three-stop international contest will be in Washington. We are pretty fortunate to have a contest of this magnitude in the Pacific Northwest as the other stops are in Europe and Montreal Canada. The Shakedown has a unique jam format that combines a big air jump with a jib feature and riders have to call their tricks before their runs in order to be judged.
There were probably about 20 people on the tour and you most-likely were not there, but follow along for a photo-tour of Ride’s headquarters and maybe get a peek at some of next years or next-next years product.
This spring’s end-of-the-season celebration and fundraiser for the Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center, will be at St. Demetrios Hall in the Montlake neighborhood of Seattle. Tickets are $65 before March 15, and $70 after – buy yours soon, this event sold out last year! Join your friends and familiar faces at this evening of live and silent auctions, as well as a delicious dinner, all for a great cause!
For more information:
* 2011 Snowball invitation/poster
* Event info on Facebook
* Buy tickets – go to Brown Paper Tickets, and search for Snowball
* 2010 Auction items list - see last year’s Auction Item Catalog!
Get first-hand knowledge from people who deal with ski and snowboard product all day long but still manage to get to the mountain more than the rest of us.
(Photo courtesy of Marilyn Poon)
We’re wrapping up the last Winter Staff Picks with a good one. By day Courtney holds down the desk at evo’s infamous Customer Service department, and by night (and some days also) she tears the mountain apart and qualifies at freeskiing world tours. No big deal. We are not saying that getting all the gear that Courtney has will make you a better skier, but we’re also not, not saying that either.
Attention snowskaters: After a hiatus, the Snowskate Roundup is returning to Stevens Pass.
Saturday March 12 at Noon
Entry Fee and Lift ticket: $35
No bindings allowed. Helmets and Leashes Required.
What do you do after the RIDE SHAKEDOWN at The Summit at Snoqualmie? Still totally jacked up from all those free energy drinks you’ve been pounding all day long? Take that extra energy and harness it at the official RIDE SHAKEDOWN AFTER PARTY.
Saturday March 19th at the Snoqualmie Casino
Live show by Del the Funky Homosapien
Doors at 10pm. 21 years old + (bring yer ID)
Tickets: $10 pre sale/ $15 at the door
Do you love gloves or are you smitten by mittens? Maybe you flirt with each? It used to be a pretty hot topic that varied by region and sport, now it’s a hand-covering free-for-all these days. There are gloves and mitts for all occasions and conditions, but choosing can be the hardest part. Sometimes it’s alright to sacrifice looking “cool” for being warm and comfortable. We are going to highlight a few different types of gloves and mittens and why you might want one over the other. So ditch that pair of gardening gloves you’ve been rocking and make a positive lifestyle choice.
A huge thank you to everyone who attended the opening reception of “Breaking the Cycle of Poverty in the Ixil“, Friday, March 4th at evo’s Times Infinity Gallery in Seattle. The exhibition featured photo essays from a July 2010, self funded, citizen journalism mission with SalaamGarage to the Ixil Area of Guatemala, documenting efforts being made by Agros International to break the cycle of poverty there. The seven, self-funded, citizen journalists visited 3 villages that Agros supports and interviewed several families and community leaders to share stories of success from these war torn areas.
Who doesn’t want to be sponsored? You get paid to ski or snowboard, get free gear, and travel all around the world. That was a rhetorical question, because we think that everyone does, even if they don’t know it yet. But not everyone can be sponsored. Firstly, because…well… everyone isn’t that great at skiing or snowboarding. Secondly, who would we look up to? Everybody? And lastly, who’s going to write the blogs or design product?
That being said, there are still a lot of amazing skiers and snowboarders in the world who have yet to be discovered. Being discovered is one of the hardest parts, you can be the best ripper ever, but if no one has ever heard of you then they cannot sponsor you. We are going to give you a few tips to help you get “sponsed”.
Our Seattle-buddies Casual Industrees have been killing it softly in the Northwest for some time now and it looks like their reach is growing. Growing through the one channel you might expect the least, American Idol. Super-fan Dano got some shirts on the right people, yet again.