Thursday, December 30, 2010

The SnowboardSecrets Szine - Rail Jam, Discount Lift Tickets, Costa Rica...

The Snowboard Szine (say "zeen)
By Lauren Traub Teton

        Issue  #60   12/30/10
         In This Issue
1. 3rd Rail Jam – 8 Stops – Killington and Mountain Creek Now
2. SnowboardSecrets.TV.
3. Discounted Snowboard Lift Tickets
4. Flexmeters Snowboard Wrist Guard Video
5. Twifties – Costa Rica Trip

Partner with us on your project, whatever it is. We’re always open to ideas. Just hit “reply.” And health, abundance and happiness in 2011.
1. 3rd Rail Jam – 8 Stops – Killington and Mountain Creek Now

You may already know from my writing and videos that I consider rail jams the best snowboard spectator event and the most fun to watch. The action is close, the tricks are unbelievable, there’s music, and great vibe from the crowd. You don’t have to be a snowboarder or skier to get close to the action because it’s at the base of the mountain unlike at most other snowboard events. But do wear thick soled warm boots with tread!

SnowboardSecrets.TV, my video channel, is proud to be a sponsor of the 3rd Rail Jam Tour, with 8 stops nationwide. The tour encompasses a freestyle hip-hop concert judged by top DJs and urban graffiti as well as the rail jam. The “Battle Below Zero” will have as many as eight MCs performing their best tracks and being judged on their swagger, flow, style, lyricism, and their ability to rock the crowd.

I am headed to Killington, Vermont for the first stop, this Saturday New Year’s Day, at the main base by the Gondola. Action starts at noon. Sign up on the site for the after-party, at the Wobbly Barn at 9 p.m. You know there will be some great music and dancing there!

Next Sat. Jan. 8 the 3rd Rail Jam action is at Mountain Creek, Vernon NJ. Come over and say hi to me and get some stickers. I’ll be wearing the crazy jacket from Grenade that you’ve seen on

Rider registration is open and the other stops on the tour are:
·  January 22, Raging Buffalo, Ill.
·  January 29, Echo Mountain, Colo.
·  February 5, Arizona Snowbowl, Ariz.
·  February 12, Bogus Basin, Idaho
·  February 19, Mountain High, Calif.
·  February 26, Beech Mountain, N.C.
2. SnowboardSecrets.TV.

Speaking of www.SnowboardSecrets.TV, the site is absolutely rocking! I’ve posted 132 videos of snowboard life, athlete interviews, event and party coverage, favorite lodgings. snowboard safety and comfort tips, USASA, snowboard fashion, and more!

We’ve had almost 150,000 views. Check it out, it’s organized so you can find things easily, using the TV Channel Online (TVCOL.TV) interface template that we developed (and can license to you so you can get a video or article indexing site like this up in a week! And posting videos is super easy!)

Want to see inside the Xandau Snow Park in the Meadowlands, NJ, that’s in the news? We have the ONLY video online of the inside at
Rails to Riches 2010 Rail Jam at Killington? It’s there. Snow Film Festival NYC, it’s there too on www.SnowboardSecrets.TV!

We also launched a new TVCOL.TV site YESTERDAY called www.SnowboardNews.TV. If you’ve got news and/or video on a resort, product, event, or other, we’ll post it! It’s $20 and your item will be seen!

Partner with us on your project, whatever it is. We’re always open to ideas. Just hit “reply.”

3. Discounted Snowboard Lift Tickets and Lodging from Mountain Sports Club - Save $10 Here Now!

See the video where we interview the founder of Mountain Sports Club, and John Siewierski shows you how to save money on lift tickets, lodging, dining, golf and more. Then click the link and use the code below the video to save $10 on the card. It pays for itself and saves you real money the fist time out!

 4. Flexmeters Snowboard Wrist Guard Video

Don’t wait until AFTER you sustain a wrist injury to wear wrist guards!!

I have been the importer and distributor of Flexmeter Snowboard Wrist Guards and Gloves for over 5 years. Flexmeters, by Docmeter, are a line of snowboard wrist guards recommended on where it says:

“My personal preferences would be the Flexmeter or [other] systems - both of these have been designed by doctors active in the management of snow sports injuries and both have considerable data to support their effectiveness.”

I get tons of testimonials from my customers on the Flexmeter Wrist Guards and Gloves and excellent customer service we provide and many of my first customers are now coming back for upgrades.
Testimonials here:

We sell Azzpadz tailbone protector which are almost invisible beneath your snow pants. You can see how the Azzpadz saved MY butt in the halfpipe at USASA Nationals last spring when I fell off the halfpipe wall, in the video.

See our videos on Flexmeter and Azzpadz and they will answer most of your questions on which product to choose and sizing at

We are the only ones who sell a wrist guard with DOUBLE protection, on the palm and dorsal side, as well as stand-alone wrist guards for skateboarding, Trikke, and other sports.

5. Twifties – Costa Rica Trip

Twifties are the FUN people around age 50 and UP! Fifty is the new 20, Twenty, 50, Twifty!

My friends and I are going to Nosara, Costa Rica for for yoga, relaxation, deep breathing, sun, surf, dancing, food, fun evolved people, and adventure!!
Want to come? It’s not an organized trip, just an invitation.
Travel in your own style, when, where, you like. Meet us there. Dates approximately 2/25 to March 6. Go to and sign up for the Twifties list and check the calendar. You can get links there to see videos of our NJ hike and Catamount Zip Line adventures.
Press reply and drop a line if you’re interested!

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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Sugarloaf Chairlift Derailment - 6 People Injured

CARRABASSETT VALLEY, MAINE (Tuesday, December 28, 2010) - Today, at approximately 10:30am, the Spillway East Chairlift experienced a rope derailment. At this time, we have 6 injured guests who have been treated and transported from the mountain.

All available mountain safety personnel are at the scene. The injured parties have been taken off the mountain. Additionally, the remaining guests on the lift have all been successfully evacuated from the lift.

As of now, the cause of the incident is still unknown and is under investigation.

The Spillway East chair is A 2 passenger monocable fixed grip chair manufactured and installed by Borvig in 1975. This lift was modified in 1983. Spillway East is 4,013 feet long with a vertical of 1,454 feet. This chair moves at a speed of 500 feet per minute and the chairs are 50 feet apart. Their are 162 chairs on this lift each weighing 140lbs. Spillway East has a 250 horsepower motor and has a capacity for 1,200 skiers per hour. The Spillway Chairs run parallel up the Spillway trail. Spillway East runs to the top of the Sluice Headwall and you can access all terrain below the Spillway X-Cut.

The chairlift receives routine daily inspections for safety. Additionally, the chairlift receives weekly, monthly and yearly maintenance and testing. The lift is also inspected annually for it’s safety from the State of Maine Board of Elevator and Tramway Safety.

Sugarloaf Mountain and it’s employees are concerned for the people involved, additionally the resort like to express gratitude to all the safety personnel that have responded to this incident.

Sugarloaf Mountainis absolutely committed to the safety of its guests and employees.

Sugarloaf Mountain will issue updates as more information becomes available.

Note from Lauren Traub Teton, editor Blog:
Media were alerted of this incident by Sugarloaf's communication department within 90 minutes. We applaud Sugarloaf's handling of this unfortunate event in every way.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Under Armour 3rd Rail Jam Competition has Eight Stops on its “Snow Meets Hip-Hop” Nationwide Party Tour with DJ Image

Under Armour 3rd Rail Jam Competition has Eight Stops on its “Snow Meets Hip-Hop” Nationwide Party Tour with DJ Image

Hip-hop parties on snow. Snowboard and ski rail contest and party with art and hip-hop music contest on the slopes. Eight resort stops nationwide starting with Killington Vermont on New Years Day 2011 and Mountain Creek, Vernon, NJ on January 8.

By Lauren Traub Teton

Under Armour 3rd Rail Jam Winter Tour invites all to join the excitement as the nation’s best amateur skiers and snowboarders compete at eight national rail jam contest parties at ski resorts across the nation. “This is the only contest series that includes a live hip-hop music contest all day called The “Battle Below Zero,” and on-snow graffiti” says tour impresario and multi-entrepreneur Timmy Grins.

Up to 150 riders and skiers will compete at each stop in a competition conducted in true jam format, meaning contestants take as many turns as they can fit in riding the handrail setup during the contest. Judges are stationed at each feature to provide the best scoring coverage possible. Each of four divisions will be competing for cash and prizes and there are music and dance after-parties at each stop on the tour.

“Rail Jams are the best event going for snow sport spectators” says Lauren Traub Teton, editor of SnowboardSecrets.TV and a sponsor of the tour. “Non-stop snowboard and ski derring-do riding on handrails, irresistible dance music, everyone dressed to the nines, and tons of swagger, all right before your eyes. It’s better than Cirque du Soleil! You don’t even have to be a skier or snowboarder to come out and check out this action, the rail jam is usually a short walk from the base lodge” says Ms. Teton. She adds “dress warmly and wear thick soled boots.”
The eight stops this season are:
  • January 1, Killington, VT
  • January 8, Mountain Creek, N.J.
  • January 22, Raging Buffalo, Ill.
  • January 29, Echo Mountain, Colo.*
  • February 5, Arizona Snowbowl, Ariz.*
  • February 12, Bogus Basin, Idaho*
  • February 19, Mountain High, Calif.
  • February 26, Beech Mountain, N.C.
New venues to the 3rd Rail Jam this year are Killington, VT, Echo Mountain, CO, Arizona Snowbowl, and Bogus Basin, in Boise, Idaho. Each resort will design its own rail setup, and Under Armour will be awarding gear to the resort terrain park teams who create the sickest rail array. In past years Mountain Creek, NJ, Mountain High, CA, and Beech Mountain, NC had outstanding rail designs for the 3rd Rail Jam.

Hip-hop culture reigns supreme at the Under Armour 3rd Rail Jam with live painting demos by graffiti crews and a freestyle music competition. The “Battle Below Zero” will have as many as eight MCs performing their best tracks and being judged on their swagger, flow, style, lyricism, and their ability to rock the crowd. Snowboarder Joe Valerie of Milford, NJ is the on-snow Master of Ceremonies.
Judges of the music competition are D.J. Dolamarx of “the coffin” radio show, DJ Image, a Bum Squad DJ, meaning he is one of the top 400 DJs in America and the world, and Timmy Grins, artist, entrepreneur and Tour Producer. A customized online radio station has been created for the tour with Slacker. The 3rd Rail Jam station is filled with original hip-hop, rock, funk, and soul taken completely from DJ Image’s impressive 20,000-plus record collection. Listen at

Event sponsors include some of the biggest names in fashion, action sports and technology such as Under Armour, Kangol, Bern, Beats by Dr. Dre, 33Third, Grenade, Launch Snowboards, and SnowboardSecrets.TV. The event’s energy continues as each rail jam is followed by pulsating after-parties that feature hot DJs, break dance crews and live hip-hop performances At each stop of the tour, sponsors will showcase their latest product lines and conduct giveaways for attendees.

Tour Promoter Timmy Grins throws down the gauntlet when he says “We intend to upset the set-up. We're carving out our own lane. For those who want to get in, we've got plenty of room for you. And if you don't, that's fine, you just won't be on the V.I.P. list for the after-party. But your girl will!”

The competition has four divisions: 15 and under, all girls, best of breed and skiers. Entry fee is $25, and $5 of each fee is donated to Amped 4-A-Cure, Cancer Research Foundation that uses music to help fight Cancer To register for the 3rd Rail events, go to
When asked how the contest came to be, Timmy Grins said “Patrick Hession, had an idea about trying to create a hip-hop/snow sport competition back in 2008. I do a lot of hip hop based events, and I always looked at skate and snow culture as a seamless progression of the hip hop lifestyle. You can see hip hop on the mountain and in the skate parks, and it's just a matter of giving it a forum. Which is what we’re doing with the 3rdRail Jam Series.

How to Do the Rail Jam” video by SnowboardSecrets.TV tells you what to wear and where to stand to enhance your rail jam spectator experience.

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

2010 Winter Dew Tour Breckenridge – Snowboarding

2010 Winter Dew Tour Recap – Snowboarding

By Jackie Williams

The Nike 6.0 Winter Dew Tour finished up this past weekend in Breckenridge, Colorado with some awesome highlights. First, riders got to compete on Breck’s brand new 22-ft Superpipe. All of the athletes I talked to were super stoked about it; it enabled them to progress as riders and to be able to throw harder tricks. Another highlight is Jamie Anderson’s fifth 1st place win in the Winter Dew Tour, first in the contest’s history. Everyone welcomed back Kevin Pearce, who was there to cheer on all the riders. He seemed the most excited to be there, making it the first competition he’s gone to since his accident last year before the Olympics.

For anyone not in the competition, they were enjoying the huge amount of powder that was falling all weekend. For those who were competing, it just meant a little frustration. All the fresh snow made the Superpipe super slow. But crowd favorite, Louie Vito dominated the Superpipe Finals and received a score of 90.25, while Queralt Castellet won the women’s Finals with her barrage of back 3, front 9, back 3 grab, front 5, back 5 and front 7.



1. Queralt Castellet 85.25

2. Elena Hight 80.50

3. Kaitlyn Farrington 74.25


1. Louie Vito 90.25

2. Matt Ladley 75.00

3. Greg Bretz 73.75

The next day was the Snowboard Slopestyle Finals, along with more snow. Riders had to choose which drops, rails, and jumps they’d work for the best score. Slopestyle is the event to watch and really see the riders’ skills, from double cork 10s, backside 9s, you name it. They just come hurling themselves over these huge jumps like it’s nothing. When you’re there you really see how amazing and crazy they are. The talent is getting better and younger every day. Makes you want to step up your game after seeing what these teenagers can do!



1. Jamie Anderson 93.00

2. Charlotte Van Gils 84.50

3. Cheryl Maas 70.00


1. Torstein Horgmo 96.50

2. Mark McMorris 93.75

3. Chas Guldemond 88.50

Next stop for the Winter Dew Tour will be Killington, Vermont, January 20-23 and then finishing up the series in Ogden, Utah February 10-13.