Wednesday, April 20, 2011

SnowboardSecretsTV on YouTube Explodes in Popularity

YouTube Channel SnowboardSecretsTV Explodes in Popularity
Hits 200,000 Total Views

Westchester County, NY. April 22, 2011 - SnowboardSecretsTV Channel on YouTube hit the milestone of 200,000 views on April 22, 2011. 

The YouTube Channel created by internet entrepreneur Lauren Traub Teton has exploded in popularity, with channel views up a total of 50% since the recent US Open of Snowboarding in March 2011. 164 short videos are posted on the channel that encompasses snowboard events and parties, snowboard athlete interviews, skateboard events, music festivals, and more.

Begun in March 2009, the two year old grass-roots channel on snowboarding caters solidly to the Twifties demographic, that is the fun sporty people in their late 40s and up, with a total of 49% of viewers over age 44. 64% of viewers are over age 34 and 71% are male. The channel is considered grass-roots because it is guerilla marketed on a small budget via stickers handed out at live events, and internet word of mouth, instead of using traditional expensive advertising in magazines.

All videos posted at SnowboardSecretsTV on YouTube can also be viewed easily on the TV Channel Online at www.SnowboardSecrets.TV. Ms. Teton created the format for TV Channel Online out of a need to categorize her videos easily for viewers to find on the YouTube format. “Now you can click a category and see all our ‘US Open’ videos or ‘Snowboard Athlete and Coach Interviews’ easily, and users can search our site” says Ms. Teton. “The TV Channel Online format is so good and easy to use for viewers and video makers that it’s available to license” says Teton.

Video is a relatively new medium for Lauren Traub Teton. “I bought my first video camera, a Flip Video the moment I became aware of it, and then switched to my Canon Power Shot still camera which takes incredible video and is the perfect size.” Teton was awarded the Harold Hirsch Video Journalism award Honorable Mention with many favorable comments last month by NASJA (North American Snowsports Journalists Association.) 

The most popular videos on SnowboardSecrets.TV are “JR Celski, Olympic Speed Skater” interview, “US Open Snowboarding 2010 Men’s Halfpipe Interviews - Peetu, Kazu, Iouri, Scotty Lago and Janne Korpe,” “USASA Nationals 2010 Injuries from Snowboarding Slopestyle,” “Sarka Pancochova,” and “Buff Headwear at Belleayre Mountain.” A 28-second video from the US Open Snowboarding Championship in March 2011 called “Excuse me, R U Danny Davis” continues to gain in popularity on the site.

SnowboardSecrets.TV is a division of Sport Secrets LLC, which is also the parent of, the US importer and distributor of Flexmeter/Docmeter snowboard wrist guards and gloves designed by a doctor and proven to reduce snowboard and skateboard wrist injuries. Lauren Traub Teton is the inventor of these websites:, SnowboardSecrets.TV, SnowboardNews.TV,,,,, Twifties.TV,, (coming soon),,, and She says that telephones are the new TV and 3 minutes is the new 30 minute show.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Snowboard Deaths

This is not a happy topic, but also needs to be known in hopes that snowboard fatalities and serious injuries can be reduced. Headlines courtesy of Google.

See previous lists of snowboard deaths on
and Snowboard News Blog.

Snowboarding death: Santa Teresa High grad, 22, 'loved the outdoors'
San Jose Mercury News
Lt. Bryan Golmitz added that Philip Walker was found on a defined course, and said that even experienced skiers and snowboarders can fall into these "tree wells." It can be terrifying, Golmitz said, when the person in the hole sees glimmers of people ...
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Snowboarder killed in Stevens Pass avalanche was UW student
The Seattle Times
Urquhart said the four friends were snowboarding down the mountain when McCarthy veered off in a slightly different direction and was hit by the avalanche. ...
Stranded Snowboarder Found Safe
A snowboarder braved the elements before being found alive and well by search and rescue teams after being missing since Saturday evening. Authorities say Sean Voss of San Francisco went snowboarding with a friend in the back-country near Waterhouse ...
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3/15/11Dead child's parents solicit snowboard solution
The parents of a fallen snowboarder are putting up $20000 in reward money to ... the risk of death goes up exponentially in avalanche or tree well accidents .... Andrew Bailey's injury diagnosed as a strain · Danville teen wins Intel ...
Tree wells concealed and deadly on ski slopes
By Sharon Wootton Deaths by avalanche draw the most media attention, but there's another snow-related danger that is a threat to skiers, snowboarders and ...

It's been a grim week
On average each winter season up to 60000 people in Austria need hospital treatment as a result of an injury while skiing or snowboarding.

Another Snowboarding Fatality
San Francisco Chronicle (blog)
Like many of the other snowboarders who have perished, Halperin was found in a tree well, having fallen head-first into the dangerous pits that surround many trees after heavy snowfall. As always, our deepest condolences go out to Mr. Halperin's ...
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Body of British avalanche victim still not found
The men who survived described the avalanche as a huge wall of snow and it is ... With more snow forecast in The Alps skiers and snowboarders are being ...

Finnish snowboarder dies and another is injured in avalanche in ...
Helsingin Sanomat
A Finnish male snowboarder died on Thursday in an avalanche near the ski resort of Bansko ... One of them sustained injuries. ”I just spoke with the injured ...

Search resumes for missing snowboarder on Mount Hood
By Kimberly AC Wilson, The Oregonian Search and rescue volunteers and deputies from Clackamas County Sheriff's Office remain on Mount Hood this morning, planning a sunrise push to find a missing snowboarder. The rescue effort began shortly after 3:30 ...
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Great Falls Tribune
The Gallatin County Sheriff's office said Caleb Acker was snowboarding in the ... No other injuries were reported. The avalanche danger for the Bridgers was

Skier who collided with tree at Sun Valley Resort dies from ...
Bellingham Herald
Sibbach said the Wednesday fatality is the first and only death at Sun ... "Like any sport, there is a risk to skiing and snowboarding," Sibbach said. ...

Avalanche experts caution more big slides possible like Saturday's ...
A female snowboarder Saturday triggered an avalanche estimated at 800 feet wide and ... in Saturday's incident not resulting more serious injury or death, ...
Rider injured Saturday in avalanche near Vail Pass
Summit Daily News
In November, there were six human-associated slides and one death — a patroller at Wolf Creek Ski Area. October saw one slide involving a snowboarder. ...

Name released in Retallack death
Nelson Star
The woman killed in a snowboarding accident last month while staying at ... When their guide returned up the hill and used his avalanche transceiver to ...
California Ski and Snowboard Accidents and Injuries - California ...
Accidents caused by negligent maintenance or insufficient avalanche control; ... Skiers and snowboarders can protect themselves from serious head injury by ... has successfully handled California ski accident injury and wrongful death ...
Student killed at Lake Tahoe without Snowboard Helmet – SkiHelmets ...
A 22-year-old woman was killed Saturday afternoon in a snowboard accident at ... It is also the third death this winter at a Lake Tahoe ski resort. ... VIDEO: Ski Helmets reduce injury risk. Mr Private said: This article is ... Ski Vacations said: Helmets are useful expecially for extreme skiing and avalanches, ...
Snowboarder dies in accident at Lake Tahoe's Granlibakken resort
A young woman from Oakland died in a snowboarding accident on Saturday afternoon at Granlibakken resort in TahoeCity. Rahsheka Keith, 22, died when she hit ...
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Snowboarder seriously injured during Crotched Mountain event
Boston Globe
By Taylor M. Miles, Globe Correspondent A 21-year-old snowboarder from Billerica was flown to a Boston hospital with serious injuries after he fell ...
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Haines man recounts 21-hour brush with death
Doctors told him he would never snowboard again and that he may not be able to return to his job as a carpenter. "It might be time to go back to school. ...
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 Galena High teenager who died at Mount Rose Ski Tahoe remembered as 'nice ...
Reno Gazette Journal
By Steve Timko • and Jaclyn O'Malley • January 21, 2011 Relatives of a 15-year-old snowboarder who died Wednesday after an accident at Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe ...
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Avalanche, ski accidents claim 3 lives
Flathead Publishing Group
TRAGEDY STRUCK Whitefish Mountain Resort again last weekend when a snowboarder and skier were killed in separate incidents at the ski resort. ...
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North American Tree Well Fatalities Are Sober Start To Winter
Tree well deaths stand in a class by themselves known as Non-Avalanche Related Snow Immersion Deaths (NARSID). In short, a skier or snowboarder falls upside ...
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3 men die while recreating in northwestern Montana
Twenty-nine-year-old Scott Allen Meyer of Kalispell died in a snowboarding accident Saturday while a 68-year-old skier collapsed on an intermediate run and ...
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Weather Expected To Help In Search For Snowboarder
KCRA Sacramento
Clear weather today is expected to help searchers as they continue to look for a snowboarder missing in the Alpine Meadows area since Tuesday. ...
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Snowboarder was living his dream in Colo.
Northwest Herald
By SARAH SUTSCHEK - SPRING GROVE – The family of a Spring Grove snowboarder killed in an avalanche Wednesday said he had been living ...
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Grand Marais snowboarder's body found near Vail, Colo.
Duluth News Tribune (registration)
The worst fears have come true for family and friends of missing snowboarder Jasper “Jaz” McGrath, as Eagle County, Colo., authorities confirmed Thursday ...
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 Sketch of suspect in snowboard collision
Press-Enterprise (blog)
The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department has released a composite sketch of the suspect in a snowboarding collision that injured a 9-year-old girl ...
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Snowboarder Kevin Pearce is regaining consciousness; has been upgraded from ...
Los Angeles Times (blog)
Snowboarder Kevin Pearce has been upgraded from critical to serious condition, according to his doctors at the University of Utah hospital. ...
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Hofstra student killed in Vt. snowboard accident
Newsday (subscription)
Alex Westphal, 20, a sophomore business student at Hofstra University who played bass guitar and piano, died Christmas Eve in a snowboarding accident in ...
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Bangor sailor loses way on Mount Adams
Seattle Times - United States
Later he heard a rock fall from the peak and a rustling sound like a snowboard, and thought a rock formation was his friend Miller coming to rescue him. ...
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Body of snowboarder found - The Alps,UK
It's believed the man was walking with his snowboard when he triggered the avalanche. His body was found at the bottom of the Dar waterfall. ...


U.S. Snowboarding Mourns Death of Karine Ruby | Solspot
By Snowboard Mag
PARK CITY, Utah (May 30) - U.S. Snowboarding officials and athletes mourned the death of French Olympic champion Karine Ruby, 31, who was killed May 29 in a climing accident on Mont Blanc near Chamonix, France. Ruby, one of the great ...
Solspot -


Pro Ride End of Season Newsletter 2009

Pro Ride's toughest season is drawing to a close. On January 20th 2009 Anthony Crute; founder of Pro Ride, coach, friend and inspiration to us all, passed away in St John's hospital, Vancouver. To any of you who ever met Anthony you will know that this has been a tragic loss to family, friends, campers and the snowboarding community worldwide. You will also know that after 11 years of hard work making the camp what it is today Anthony would have wanted Pro Ride to keep on rocking. Let's use his inspiration, guidance and zest for life as motivation to push our limits and live life to the max... through us all, Ants rides on.

Snowboard champ dies in climbing accident, aged 31
Taipei Times - Taiwan
Ruby, who had competed at the highest level since she was a teenager, won two Olympic medals, six world championship titles and 67 snowboard World Cup ...
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Giving New Meaning to Snowboarding
Bostonist - Boston,MA,USA
Two unfortunate—or lucky, depending on how you look at it—fellows rode an avalanche down Mount Washington this weekend. The climbers slid 800 feet ...

EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Rescued Snowboarder
Wednesday morning, Euteneier had parked at Mount Bachelor, heading on foot towards Todd Lake for some back country snowboarding and to celebrate his 30th ...
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Lost backcountry snowboarder rescued near Todd Lake
Bend Weekly - Bend,OR,USA
... disoriented during a snowboarding and hiking trip, Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue (SAR) Coordinator Sgt. Scott Shelton reported. ...
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Hypothermia killed Hatcher Pass boarder
Anchorage Daily News - Anchorage,AK,USA
25 when he fell behind his brother while the two were snowboarding, Matthew D. Theodore, 25, for reasons that remain unknown. Troopers say they found a 750 ...
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Snowboarder's death ruled misadventure
The Dominion Post - Wellington,New Zealand
Adele Sawyer, 29, a graphic designer originally from Manchester in England, was snowboarding with two others in the Organ Pipes, an advanced section of ...
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CORRECTION: Man critically injured in snowboarding accident at at ...
New Richmond News - New Richmond,WI,USA
Although we do not have any obligation to monitor this board, we reserve the right at all times to check this board and to remove any information or ...
Lake Elmo man seriously injured in snowboarding accident
Lake Elmo Leader - Lake Elmo,MN,USA
A Lake Elmo man has suffered serious injuries following a snowboarding accident late Saturday afternoon. Caleb Szajner, 22, of Lake Elmo was at Trollhaugen ...
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Snowboarder dies following fall at Trollhaugen
River Towns - River Falls,WI,USA
Szajner was snowboarding at Trollhaugen Ski Area in Dresser, Wis. on Saturday when he attempted a stunt with his board. According to reports, he landed in ...
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Autopsy Conducted On Snowboarder - Sonora,CA,USA
More details are known about the death of snowboarder Aline Christina Martins at Dodge Ridge Monday afternoon. Deputy Paul Tualla with the Sheriff's Office ...
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Name of snowboarder who died at Bridger released
Billings Gazette - MT, USA
By AP BOZEMAN - The name of a 32-year-old Bozeman man who died while snowboarding at Bridger Bowl has been released. Garden City Mortuary said Russell T. ...
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Snowboarding death defied odds
Olean Times Herald - olean,New york,USA
By Brian Lothridge ISCHUA - A 19-year-old Ischua man who was killed Tuesday after he was struck on Miller Hill Road while snowboarding was “in the wrong ...
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Mother of Snowboarder Killed in Accident Remembers her Son.
WKBW-TV - Buffalo,NY,USA
It is a sad reminder what happened on this road, a snowboard still on the side of it. Snowboarding was a passion of Adam O'Neill's. ...
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See previous lists of snowboard deaths on
and Snowboard News Blog.



Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Snowboard Contest in Vancouver - $20,000 Purse!

The Quiksilver Showdown Over the City is s Grouse Mountain’s marquee snowboard event and one of Canada’s top snowboarding events, It returns to the Peak of Vancouver this weekend (March 25 and 26). The public is encouraged to come up and watch top international and local snowboard talent competing for $20K in cash and prizes. This year’s event has a 4-Star ranking as part of the Swatch TTR World Snowboard Tour, which is the premier event circuit in the world. The weekend consists of Friday Qualifiers, Friday Night Jib Session, the Saturday Park Session, and many other festivities throughout the weekend.

Showdown Over the City i Returning for the fourth time after taking an Olympic break in 2010 the event will showcase the very best in men’s snowboarding.

The Contest is broken down into two male specific categories: amateur and pro. Amateurs will compete on Friday, March 25 to earn a spot competing against the pro category Saturday, March 26. There is $20,000 total prize money up for grabs- $10,000 for first place, $5,000 for second, $2,000 for third and $3,000 for a rider judged best trick.

Showdown Over the City is a TTR World Snowboard Tour sanctioned event. It is a ‘4 Star’ event helping it garner increased media exposure and access to the world’s best snowboarders.  TTR is the world’s foremost governing body for professional snowboarding. 

New this year is for spectators is an onsite BBQ and Beer Garden. Additionally, Ford will be activating a test drive program at the base of the Skyride and Mervin Manufacturing and DC will be offering on mountain demos.  Mountain guests who are looking to pick up some great new gear will receive up to 50% off all Quiksilver and Roxy products in Outfitters. Customers who spend over $50.00 will also receive a free gift with purchase.

See our exclusive video Slopestyle Battle 2011 - Willet vs. McMorris, US Open Snowboard Championship on SnowboardSecrets.TV and don't forget to subscribe to us on YouTube for more goodies like this!
We've got a video interview with Eric Willet and Mark McMorris who will be competing in the Showdown.

Monday, March 14, 2011

US Open 2011 Snowboarding Championships VIDEOS posted!

We're back from the US Open Snowboarding Championships this weekend, and we've posted EIGHT videos of our adventures there.
You can see them on www.SnowboardSecrets.TV and it would be great if you can check out one or more. Our videos are currently among the highest ranking ones for the Open this year (and last) and we're trying to stay up their in the rankings by having lots of happy viewers like you! And if you like them, please spread the word! THANKS! Lauren
Our favorite of the videos is the absurd sounding "Excuse me, R U Danny Davis?? @ US Open Snowboard 2011  It's just 28 seconds, but Danny's kind friendly smile just caught me off guard and I couldn't think of anything else to say!
This video "pre-cap" takes us through Friday at the Burton US Open Snowboarding Championship 2011 at Stratton Mountain, VT. We meet Slopestyle Winners Eric Willet and Jamie Anderson for a chat before their contests. Luke Haddock, Ulrik Badertscher, Yale Cousino, and Sondre Tiller say a few words. We have a word with Slopestyle men's winners Mark McMorris, Chas Guldemond and near winner Jason Dubois as well as ladies winners Enni Rukajarvi and Silje Norendal. New " voice of the US Open" John Weaver tells us how he got his gig in the longer interview version. Lauren asks the mustachioed man the absurd question of the day "Are you Danny Davis?" and ... he is! We check out the rail jam set-up by daylight and "The Jam" action outdoors and in after dark. Then it's blacklight and dancing at the Burton Rider's Party. Video by Lauren Traub Teton exclusive for SnowboardSecrets.TV.

Saturday at the US Open. See what happened besides the main halfpipe comp! A glimpse of Kazu Kohibo's unheard of victory lap down the MIDDLE of the halfpipe. Junior Jam practice. A drum circle in the red Burton tent. American Flatbread Company's yummy pizza and Smoking Bowls brings the soup shack to the slope. OP - aka Chris Toupence tours us around his 2012 Turbine Boardwear jacket in sunny lemon and lime and DaKine gloves.He drops hints about upcoming projects Haywire and American Snowboard Training Center - ASTC.And we dip into the show by The Sound onstage. Video by Lauren Traub Teton exclusive for SnowboardSecrets.TV.

US Open Snowboard Championship Slopestyle Battle 2011 - Willet vs. McMorris Eric Willet and Mark McMorris battle it out in the last runs of the Slopestyle. Before that Eric Willet gives us the low-down on the next day's upcomng US Open Slopestyle Comp and gives a shout out to his home mountain of Breckenridge, CO. This summer he plans to swing through Windell's, Camp of Champions, and hopefully New Zealand. He's on an Omatic Snowboard and got his start competing in USASA. Mark McMorris has been riding for Burton since October and stunned the world last week by landing the first backside triple cork 1440 trick at a TransWorld Snowboarding shoot, called "The Park Session," at Snowmass, Colo., on March 2, 2011. More at Video by Lauren Traub Teton exclusive for SnowboardSecrets.TV.

Meet Michaela Davis-Meehan, Slope Styler from New Castle, Australia, who competes in the Rev Tour, Junior World Competition. European Open, and Australian Open. She rides for Billabong, K2, and Smith. Meet John Weaver, new "Voice of the US Open, who shares his secrets on the career path to announcing the Worldwide Opens. And meet local favorite and 3rd place winner in the 2011 slopestyle here, Chas Guldemond (at 3:17) Video by Lauren Traub Teton exclusive for SnowboardSecrets.TV

Luke Haddock interviewed by Ralph C. about The Jam plan, Jason Dubois from Quebec who came in 4th in Slopestyle. Meet Slopestyle ladies winners Enni Rukajarvi and Silje Norendal, and TTR Women's overall winner Jamie Anderson, at this breakfast interview. Video by Lauren Traub Teton exclusive for SnowboardSecrets.TV

Meet Meghan Tierney who has appeared in our video "USASA Nationals 2010 Injuries from Snowboarding Slopestyle". Also Elijah from Manchester, Mary Kay from North Bennington, Jordan, Emily, Jaf/Elliot from North Bennington, and Mr. Green Jacket. See Meghan's debut on SnowboardSecrets.TV at Video by Lauren Traub Teton exclusive for SnowboardSecrets.TV

We show you the setup by daylight, and in action after dark. We talk to Sean Ryan, on crutches, Shaun Murphy, Chris Rotax, Brandon Reis, and Kade Madsen about the rail jam. And get an unsolicited shout out for wearing tailbone protection! Azzpadz at Video by Lauren Traub Teton exclusive for SnowboardSecrets.TV

The  videos we posted are:
Prevent Sports Wrist Injuries.
Flexmeters, designed  by a doctor.
Wrist guards, gloves. Azzpadz Tailbone Protectors.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Shaun White Drops Out, Mark McMorris Blazes New Ground

Breaking Snowboard News - See it all on SnowboardNews.TV!

Mark McMorris lands first backside triple cork 1440

Snowboarder Mark McMorris, from Regina, Canada and riding for Max Henault's O'Neill Snowboard Team, has landed the first-ever backside triple cork 1440 at a TransWorld Snowboarding shoot, called "The Park Session," at Snowmass, Colo., on March 2, according to 

Leading the progession in spins besides McMorris are Sebastien Toutant, also riding for O'Neill. Torstein Horgmo, and Sage Kotsenberg are pushing spin progression bigtime as well as Kevin Jones, laying it down in the backcountry. Click these links to see interviews.

Shaun White Drops OUT of U.S. Open 2011

ESPN March 7, 2011 Two-time Olympic gold medal winner Shaun White will not compete at the U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships in Stratton, VT., this week, because he requires foot surgery.
More Shaun White videos hereShaun White Photos on here.

Friday, February 25, 2011

US Open 2010 Videos and US Open 2011 Coming March 11- March 13

We've got interviews with Kade Madsen, Tim Humphries, Brandon Reis, Jeremy Thomson, Gabe McGovern, Shane Fortier, Ryan Paris, Graham Hoffman. 
Also featuring Forest Bailey at the rail jam, and interview with Johnny Lazz after the rail jam (collision.) We've got Bud Keene, who was Shaun White's and the rest of the US Snowboard Team's Olympic Coach. And we've got Scotty Lago moments after he won and on his way to and from the podium. 
Also an interview with Peetu Piiroinen who is TTR Ticket to Ride Winner for the 2nd year in a row, Kazuhiro Kokubo, Janne Korpi, and Scotty Lago. Cameos by IPod Iouri Podladtchikov, and Jake Burton.
info from the Burton US Open site:
General Event Info
 Welcome to the 29th annual US Open Snowboarding Championships website. Be sure to check the schedule and formats as we have made a few changes. Also, the Mammoth Grand Prix has changed their schedule and Sunday is now their weather day. Remember, HELMETS ARE MANDATORY.

The 29th annual US Open Snowboarding Championships is the event of the season and one that you don’t want to miss!

Whether you are a competitor or a spectator, come take part in the longstanding US Open tradition at Stratton Mountain, Vermont.

But, be sure to keep reading as there are some cool new things going on this year that you won’t want to miss.

*First, be sure to mark your calendar because the USO is a WEEK EARLIER THIS YEAR!! The USO will take place on March 7-13, 2011.

*There is a whole new schedule, with the event kicking off with competition starting on MONDAY and the semi finals and finals for both halfpipe and slopestyle will be on DIFFERENT DAYS!


*Judges will be using the new Snowboard Live Scoring System (“SLS”) for the halfpipe and slopestyle semifinals and finals. Spectators on site will be able to see the SLS system first hand on the big screen, while viewers at home will be able to see SLS on the webcast. For more info on SLS, check the SLS overview in the “Info” section.

*New Formats! All of the BGOS events are using new formats for the finals. Now, finals for both slopestyle and halfpipe will consist of 10 men and 6 women, where the best of three runs wins.  Men's Qualifiers for both HP and SS now consists of 30 riders.

*The Halfpipe and Slopestyle courses are MOVING! Both venues will be moving down the hill towards the sponsor village for better spectator viewing!

*Mini is the new presenting sponsor of the USO. They will be onsite with cool cars to check out and will be providing some great awards to the riders.

*The sponsor village will have a whole new look and feel. Food vendors, bigger sponsor set ups….all creating a more festival-like vibe.

As in year’s past, the USO is not only the final stop of the Burton Global Open Series, where the top 3 male and top 3 female riders in the series will split the $200,000 BGOS cash purse, but the USO is also the culminating stop on the men’s and women’s TTR World Snowboard Tour titles.

The USO is an “open” event, which means anyone can enter! Preference is given to the top 250 riders on the TTR ranking list. So if you have not taken part in a TTR event, be sure to check one out! Registration runs from December 7, 2010 to February 1, 2011. Click here for more details!

Schedules, formats, prize breakdown, venue info can all be found within this site. And be sure to check back for updates as they are posted.

See you at Stratton for the 2011 US Open Snowboarding Championships!
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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Steppin' Out with Lauren

Alan Tecchio's column "SnoNation" in Steppin' Out, February 16, 2011

Enjoyed this issue! Besides the wonderful coverage of SnowboardSecrets.TV and the MountainCreek Switch Academy Video, and Tom Weiss Videos in Alan Tecchio's colum SnoNation, there was a no -holds barred interview with Capri Anderson talking about Charlie Sheen. Seldom do we see such candor. Nice photos of her too.
You can read Steppin' Out online in their easy flip format here.

Flexmeter Wrist Guards, Letters from Customers

Flexmeter Wrist Guards, Letters from Customers

As the sole importer and distributor of Flexmeter Wrist Guards and Gloves for snowboarding and other sports, I receive hundreds of letters from customers and soon to be customers. The injury letters written by people who were not wearing wrist protection and are now ready to start are heart-wrenching and I have decided to share them.

And fortunately, a lot of the letters are from happy Flexmeter and Azzpadz Tailbone Protector customers, so they will lighten up the mix. Some are far away! Read on!

and SnowboardSecrets.TV

Dear Lauren,
     My son Jake is an avid snowboarder and a very active kid in general. He is almost eighteen years old and has broken nine bones in his life so far. However, he has been wearing flexmeter wrist protecting gloves for about five, maybe six years now and has never and I repeat never had a wrist problem since wearing them. He will sometime do a jump as high as thirty to thirty five feet and has at times taken falls and never hurt his wrists. He is amazed at the protection the flexmeters give him. It has really made a difference in how he feels when he snowboards. He just feels better when he wears them. Also, dealing with your company has been a real pleasure. We feel that someone really cares about the safety of snowboarders and skiers in general and the service has been amazing! Thanks for all of your help.

Billy Weber

Lauren, I LOVE the gloves. Am returning the unused wrist guards to you for credit. Thank you again! TP, 2/23/11

 Tell you what those guards are awesome!  I could hardly feel them when  I had them on!  Definately a must for park riders! I couldn't imagine
 riding without wearing these!

Thanks again!
Russ 1/8/10
Hi Lauren,

I recently ordered a pair of flexmeter single wrist guards (size medium) from and I love them! I feel so much more confident as a beginner snowboarder with these wrist guards!

Unfortunately, during my second time using them, I lost one of the guards (the lefthand one). I was wondering if there is anyway I can purchase just one replacement guard?

Thank you,

Good day, how much will be the shipping cost for the Flexmeter All Season Wrist Guards with dorsal splint AND light palm protection (medium) specifically in Cebu City, Philippines and how many estimated days will it arrive?
Can I use these while wearing a sliding glove while I longboard??
-V.S., 2.22.11
I am currently writing you with a recently repaired broken wrist (4 days ago pins and a plate) from a snowboarding accident.  I did not even realize there were wrist guards but now i do and have placed an order for the flexmeter guards and the azzguards as I fell ALOT on my tailbone too!  I plan on getting back on my board as soon as ai can but are there any other body protectors (besides a helmet) that you reccommend for a newbie so I don"t end up in this predeicament again?  Thanks for your help.

A. 2.2.11
awesome, thank you Lauren!   I don't recall the Fed Ex email but it might have slipped into my junk email folder.

I'm gonna be safer on the mountain this time, with these wrist guards in place. 

Bill 1.11.11
That is more than fair.. I swear by the gloves and am excited about having a 2nd pair now!  I just .sent you a payment of $xx  through PayPal..The pair of Large gloves I use are a perfect fit.
R.S. 1.4.11 
I can't tell you how happy we are with the Flexmeter wrist guards.  This is my son's second pair because he grew out of his first set.  I never get any complaints from him about wearing them because they fit right under his snowboard gloves.  So many of his friends have broken their wrists snowboarding, but, it's worth the price for a little piece of mind to know that, in the long run, I'm going to save a lot of money on medical costs, due to a broken wrist.
Thanks again for your great service.
S.H. 11.29.11
Hi ya

Need another AZZPADZ Large...will pay pal next week...$56US plua how much for (slow) delivery..I think it was $9 extra last time.Just need total........... I bought a pair off you awhile back and there  great..THX

D D 8/1/10
Hey Lauren,

Just wanted to let you know I received the tailbone protector today and test drove it. Very happy with it and how quickly it arrived here. Many more ass falls to be had and survived thanks to you.
Thanks Lauren I look forward to using it and not being scared of falling on my ass anymore. Maybe ill sell my snowboard and just ride that down!

Ryan 7/20/10
  Thanks again and am very very excited about these guards as I do have smaller wrists and the additional protection these look to afford is worth every penny to me so long as they hold up a few seasons and also like that I may have no need of the Brace>Cinch>Glove>Cinch and vice verse tango of gloves and guards anymore. I am also hyper mobile and the flexibility of this product has me giddy with excitement due to braces, guards and protective gear in general commonly restricting my movement a great deal, causing me to move abnormally and at times can even become painful (making wearing safety protection in the first place a discouraging prospect so as bad as it might sound the flexibility was one of the key selling points for me, the other was the professional, friendly assistance you offered concerning my purchase). Again, thanks very much for your time and hope to see you and your family (you said your husband was like 6' 7"? yeesh way to make me feel even shorter. haha) on the slopes.
Live, Learn, Laugh and Love,

Steven 7/13/10
You have a great product.
SF, CA 1/10
Yes I got them and they're great.Thank you Lauren.
N.M. 1/25/10
Thank you so much for your effort and attention.
I will send back the one pair of large guards.  
My older son wore the other pair and said they didn't bother him at all while he was snowboarding.
What outstanding service!
You really have gone above and beyond.
I am really impressed!
Thanks so much 

L. A. 1/14/10

Thanks again for all the work over christmas.  There are not many
people who would have worked as hard to help so Thanks!   I have
talked to the facility manager here and everyone is keeping an eye out
for the fedex guy on Monday.   Have you gotten a tracking number from
this order?

Thanks again,
Russ 12/26/09

 I received the Large Flexmeter gloves.  Thank you so much.  He leaves
Friday and will be having a fun, SAFE time snowboarding this weekend  at
Wolf Creek!!!!  I did not find a return envelope in the package for  me to
return the Mediums.  Thank you again for making sure he had them  for his trip!
LC 1/14/10
This is a new order.  We are pleased with the first order and like the comfort and quality of the wristguard.
 Thanks, - K 12.20/09
You did have a pair of mediums in stock that I bought right after I sent
my initial email.  I've received them and got back on the ice shortly
after that and they are working well - falling doesn't even bother me.

 Thanks for following up!

Kris 10/21/09

The medium wrist guards fit best and I shipped the smalls out yesterday morning.

I got to try out my new guards last night. They were very comfortable and I felt better about skating knowing I had that extra protection.

I'm a novice skater and I hit the ice awkwardly about a month ago, and sprained my right wrist. I am stuck in a splint for another four weeks and I really don't want to re-injure it, or worse yet, have both wrists out of commission at the same time.

I hope the guards aren't put to the test too many times, but if they are, I think I'll come out of any falls much better than I did the first time. I only wish I had thought to get guards before my first session on the ice.

B. 5/13/09
    Boy, am I glad to get my Flexmeter #3s!!!  My husband and I are both Trikkers (a 3-wheeled, human-powered cambering vehicle;  see videos at  Since both of us make our living typing and working on the computer, Flexmeters are mandatory protective gear in our book, right up there with helmets!  If you stop to think about it, the cost of a pair of Flexmeters is heckuva lot less than just one visit to the emergency room.
Terry Lee Gonzalez
Tampa, FL 10/20/08

Hi Lauren,
The gloves just arrived by FedEx so will be able to take them with me to London tomorrow.
Once again thank you for your amazing customer service and for caring enough about people that you have a website focusing on boarder safety.
Best regards,
Chris 3/17/08
Hi I used the gloves yestarday, I am very pleased with them, they look great, are very comftable adn they feel top quality

 d 3/10/08

Monday, January 17, 2011

Nashoba Valley Ski Area Visit - Slopes, Lunch, Rail Jam, Tubing

By Lauren Traub Teton
January 17, 2011

Our day at Nashoba Valley with Pam Fletcher was the kind of post-snowstorm bluebird day that skiers and photographers fantasize about. And Pam was one of the most charming, enthusiastic and welcoming mountain ambassadors and tour guide/teachers I have encountered. I had spent some time learning to ride at Nashoba ten years ago. The big surprises to me this time were the amped-up terrain park and the fantastic restaurant, The Outlook. Our group swooned at the surprise and variety of appealing choices on the menu! This is no fancified cafeteria. It is a destination restaurant and we enjoyed items like Wedge Salad with Gorgonzola, bacon bits and sirloin tips, fried calamari with hot cherry peppers, sushi grade tuna, and Signature Salad with roasted pairs and goat cheese. The vegan in our group was easily accommodated with a customized lunch. Picture windows overlook the slopes and happily there is a roaring wood fireplace. Nashoba Valley patriarch Alan Fletcher regaled us with stories of early days with no electricity, then tow ropes, and rocky hills to clear. It was hard to imagine while looking out at the smooth snowy hills populated by hundreds of grade school kids eagerly learning.

We had a thorough beginner's tour of the terrain parks, mini called Playground and full-sized called Sundance and were encouraged by Pam to slide the box on skis or board. The professionalism and resources of Park Manager Keith Kreischer and his crew were an amazing contrast to the days ten years ago when my friends who worked in the ski shop were the ones out digging the jumps in their spare time and begging for more features and support.

Keith explained that he has been to Cutter's Camp which takes place at Mount Snow and Mount Hood each year and that every change in terrain park features has to be documented. His crew spends a lot of time "keeping it fresh" by changing up the features of the park each week to please the local repeat clientele. They encourage the learning curve by offering a group called "The Gathering" where kids aged 12 and under ride with the park crew and learn tricks with coaching and supervision.

The park crew fabricates the rails and boxes and had a one-of-a kind "U-Box" reminiscent of a skate ramp covered with P-Tex. Park Ranger Bill insisted it was easy, but none of us tried it. After the park tour we warmed up at The Outlook over their signature apple crisp. I went back to Nashoba Sunday for the Freeride Series Rail Jam, and to take a look at the largest tubing park in New England. And I rode “Nashoba Trail,” a winding gem of a trail as exciting as a boardercross run. Last summer the new lakeside Tiki Bar at Nashoba was a huge hit, with some people driving 50 miles on opening day to check it out. Nashoba Valley hopes to welcome back ESWA next year.
See this article come to life in the accompanying Nashoba video here