Author Archives: Joe G.

BRINGING IN SUMMER

A rare late May snow storm coated the spine of the Green’s over Memorial Day weekend and allowed us to celebrate the start of summer by enjoying the wet, cold, and windy weather.

NEW GEAR: 2014 BURTON LANDLORD AND SPARK R&D MAGNETO

We are really looking forward to getting our hands on the Burton/Voile/Spark collab project for 2014. The split version of Burton’s new Landlord (they should have named it the Slumlord…) incorporates the Channel system to make setting up and adjusting your stance fast and easy. The new puck mounting system is paired with custom Burton pucks from Voile and utilizes a thin plastic spacer to make setup simple. The Magneto binding from Spark creates a pin-less split setup that looks to significantly decrease changeover time. The simplicity and weight savings of this system look great, but what excites me most is that the Landlord has more taper than any split Burton has ever made.

Here are a few photos, courtesy of Geeks of Shred, from their trip to SIA.

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DTK 3.2 | WINTER’S RETURN

Episode 3.2 rewinds back to a few of our mid-winter 2013 splitboarding missions. With a solid snowpack in place, we dug deeper into spots that had previously left us broken and battered. From posting up in a remote cabin to pre and post workday missions, we’ve been burning the headlamps at both ends to take full advantage of the best conditions the east coast has seen all winter. Boot up checkyourpins.com for photos and more, and stay tuned for the Chic Chocs in episode three.

THE LAST OF THE STELLARS

We thought the last powder day of the season had already come and gone. Thankfully we were wrong. Tuesday April 2, 2013 was good.

LIFE AFTER UKKO.

Was this weekend Old Man Winter’s last fluffy dump? It sure was a wintery one in Northern VT, with no signs of spring.  Ukko was good, but the nameless flakes that fell this past weekend were better, deeper, and lighter. Fighting an Ukko induced allergic reaction to tracks, the only known cure was an unannounced weekend of White Chambers®.

Hey, shoot a photo with this in the background.

Hey, shoot a photo with this in the background.

Yeah, that ice.

Yeah, that ice.


Video from GoPro Hero3 & iPhone.

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THANKS, UKKO.

Winter Storm Ukko left a deep blanket of snow in New England on the first day of spring.
Snow + Sun + GoPro = Thanks, Ukko.

SPRING HAS SPRUNG… A LEAK

Traditionally, March is the most powdery month of the year. Over the past few seasons, this hasn’t been the case and the pre-mature demise of winter has left us yearning for more time in the White Chamber®. This March got off to another poor start, with over an inch of rain blanketing the mountains, followed by temps dropping close to 0ºF and locking up the snowpack. Thankfully, the cold temps have helped relaunch winter. This past weekend left close to a foot of stellars and the high elevation woods were riding great.

With the ice covered up, it looks like another storm this week could put us in great shape to close out March. Let’s hope this pattern keeps up!

The new snow was riding great if you knew where the wind piled it up.

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INTO THE FOREST | DTK 3.1

Winter is short enough on the East Coast. Add multiple thaws, every form of frozen precip, and shrapnel-filled forests and it’s enough to make us wonder why we even bother. Episode 3.1 documents the first half of the season splitboarding in Vermont—a season that’s been full of highs and lows, but then again any day on snow is a good one.

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POWDER PRESENTS

The mountains in northern Vermont were hammered with a very significant up-slope snow event last night. Snow fell at rates of up to 2″ per hour. The Jay Peak area got hit the hardest with almost two feet over night! The snow was super light and induced many White Chambers®. We will have a short GoPro edit coming soon, but until then, try to keep the saliva off you keyboard while you stare at this photo.

Jesse exiting the White Chamber® on his TJ Brand - straight from Japan.

Jesse exiting the White Chamber® on his TJ Brand – straight from Japan.

PRESIDENTIAL POWDER

Hour long lift lines? Logo riddled Starter jackets? Jeans and sunglasses? Step-ins and jester hats? Yup, its a holiday weekend. This Presidents Day weekend was preceded by a week long thaw that melted low elevation snow, but placed several feet of new snow along the spine of the Greens. Avoiding the crowds, we dipped into many high elevation nooks and crannies in search of a powder harvest fit for a president.

The valley was lost in the clouds.

The valley was lost in the clouds.

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