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 ...
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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.