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Category: News

The North Face Announces Sixth Annual Masters of Snowboarding Schedule for 2013

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (November 12, 2012) – The North Face Masters of Snowboarding presented by PrimaLoft will take place February 13-17, 2013 at Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows in Lake Tahoe, California. The event will feature top big mountain snowboard competitors battling for The North Face Masters of Snowboarding champion title, $15,000 in prize money and a chance to advance to the 2014 SWATCH Freeride World Tour by The North Face.

The event will feature one open 2-star Freeride World Qualifier (FWQ) event at Alpine Meadows (Feb. 13-14) with the top five men and top three females advancing to the Masters 4-star Championship event. The Masters Championship event will take place over two days (Feb. 14-17) at Squaw Valley immediately following the qualifier event at Alpine Meadows. Riders participating in the Squaw Valley competition will also earn 4-star FWQ points. A seeding list will be created to qualify athletes for the 4-star event based off 2012 Masters of Snowboarding and Salomon Extreme Freeride Championships results.

“We are truly thrilled and honored to welcome The North Face Masters to our mountains,” said Andy Wirth, president and CEO of Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows. “The North Face Masters is undeniably one of the most prestigious events in big mountain snowboarding, and we look forward to watching the best snowboarders test their skills on our legendary terrain.”

In addition to the championship title, The North Face will also grant the A-Rob award in honor and memory of the late Master’s champion Aaron Robinson. The A-Rob award captures the spirit of the community and desire to explore the mountains. Another award up for grabs is The Young Gun Award for the under 21 rider who demonstrates raw talent, an innovative riding style and exemplifies true sportsmanship and passion for the mountains.

“Now in it’s sixth season, The North Face Masters is one of the largest big mountain snowboarding competition in the country, providing an opportunity for established riders, as well as up-and-comers, to put together a winning run during competition,” said The North Face Director, Sports Marketing Katie Ramage. “Utilizing control, fluidity, creativity and style in choosing their line, riders embrace the natural features within the venue to showcase their sport which continues to advance. We’re excited to bring this event to Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows given their world class terrain and history of attracting world class riders.”

The North Face Masters is part of the Freeride World Qualifier system. FWQs are rated on a 1 to 4-star scale with competitors earning more or less points at events according to venue difficulty and scale, competitive pool and other factors. The Masters is the top-level qualifier event and a pivotal step for athletes hoping to advance to the SWATCH Freeride World Tour by The North Face.

Athlete registration will open on December 4, 2012 at 10 a.m. MST. The North Face Masters is open to all men and women age 18 and above. For more information, please visit or


Ski Pro’s 5th Annual Bing Bang Wakeboard Rail Jam Contest and Sale. Save up to 60% on Hyperlite, Liquid Force, Ronix and More. “If we can not get to the lake we will build our own” This type of Rail Jam event is becoming increasingly popular with both the wakeboard and water sports crowd. The construction of multiple pools submerged in over 20,000 gallons of water split between a rail slide featuring PVC/Wood construction, and pulled by a special winch provides the opportunity to show off skills in front of other participants and spectators.  This “Bing Bang Rail Jam Event” is part of an annual Wakeboard and sale at the Valley’s three Ski Pro locations. Ski Pro has been helping to bring the fun and excitement of wakeboarding amongst other water sports to the valley for over 30 years and this event is just one more example of their commitment to these sports. Visit our website:


The King of Wake Tour has begun! Check out the full schedule and get prepped with the greatest gear to spend 2012 shredding up the wake!


Appeals court upholds snowmaking plan in Arizona

AZ State Wire         FELICIA FONSECA

Published: Today

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) – Plaintiffs in a lawsuit challenging the health effects of making snow with treated wastewater grossly abused the judicial process, a federal appellate judge wrote in a ruling that upholds a northern Arizona ski resort’s snowmaking plan.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that the U.S. Forest Service adequately considered the health impacts of snowmaking at Arizona Snowbowl. The plaintiffs’ claims should have and would have been decided in a previous but related lawsuit involving the Navajo Nation had their attorney properly raised them, Judge Milan Smith Jr. wrote in the 9th Circuit’s ruling.

“The Navajo Nation plaintiffs, in effect, got a second bite at the apple through their surrogates, the Save the Peaks plaintiffs,” Smith wrote for the San Francisco-based court.

The plaintiffs’ attorney, Howard Shanker, denied that the lawsuit was meant to delay development at the ski resort. He said he wasn’t surprised by the decision but it was inconsistent with the court’s prior decisions.

A three-judge panel of the appellate court had sided with American Indian tribes in the previous lawsuit, which asserted that drinking water tainted by runoff from the man-made snow could pose health risks. But Smith wrote Thursday that the decision could not be cited as precedent because the full court later overturned it, saying the plaintiffs – also represented by Shanker – never properly raised the issue in the lower court.

“It doesn’t diminish the fact that it happened,” Shanker said. “It doesn’t say much for our judicial system when you have something like that going on.”

He said his clients likely would appeal.

The owners of the 770-acre Arizona Snowbowl want to spray artificial snow, add a fifth chairlift and clear about 100 acres of forest to extend the ski season on the western flank of the San Francisco Peaks, which have spiritual and religious significance to 13 Southwestern tribes. The ski area, which opened in 1937, gets about 135,000 visitors during the ski season.

Snowbowl hasn’t been fully operational this winter because of the lack of snow. Crews have had to move snow onto the trails to keep them open, but coverage on the beginner area is thin and one of the two lifts there is closed, said Snowbowl owner Eric Borowsky.

Some of the pipeline for the snowmaking project has been laid and the rest should be complete by November, he said.

“Howard Shanker can continue to waste money filing appeals, but we’re moving forward,” Borowsky said.

A spokesman for the Forest Service said it is reviewing the ruling. The agency has said that while the use of reclaimed water for snowmaking is not considered hazardous for recreational skiing and snow play, signs will be posted to urge people not to intentionally ingest snow at the resort.

Sunrise has some new snow! 18 inches to be exact.

Make sure to hit up the new snow at sunrise! 18 inches is plenty enough to have a good time. Here is some pictures of

the new snow.


We thought we should share the details on the Ski Pro Pro Rider Pre-Season Snowbaord and Ski Sale!

Friday October 21st through the 23rd we have plenty going on at all three valley locations!

And it all revolves around the Rail Jam event!




Ski Pro Chandler Friday from 5pm to 8pm
Ski Pro Mesa Saturday from 7pm to 8pm (during the Rail Jam event)
Ski Pro Phoenix Sunday from 1pm to 4pm



Meet factory representatives and pro riders at all the locations!

Chandler store Friday night
Mesa store all day Saturday from 10am to 10pm
Phoenix store Sunday 12noon to 5pm


“If we can not get to the mountains we will build our own…”

60 tons of real snow and steal designed to challenge the skills of professional and not so professional snowboarders & skiers.

The type of Rail Jam event is become increasingly popular with both the snowboard and ski demographics.  The construction of an artificial hill covered in real snow with special rail slide feature provides the opportunity to show off you skills in front of other participants and spectators who are treated to an up close look at every bone jarring, board and ski grinding maneuver.

Ski Pro’s “Pro Rider Rail Jam Event” is part of an annual pre-season snowboard and ski sale at the Valley’s three Ski Pro locations.  Ski Pro has been helping to bring the fun and excitement of skiing and snowboard to the valley for over 30 years and this event is just one more example of their commitment to these sports.

On top of all the action we’ve also got some guest appearances by;

Colt Morgan

Austin Leonard

Mark Guntert

And the man himself Devun Walsh

The Boss Of The Backcountry.

Very few in snowboarding have earned the “Legend” status—and such universal respect—as the perennial Boss himself, Devun Walsh. The holder to every key in the Whistler Backcountry, his parts have been ageless, and his style on a snowboard will forever stand the test of time. Along with DC teammate Iikka Backstrom, Devun backed up his standout 2010 video part in the TransWorld SNOWboarding film, In Color, by launching the acclaimed blog and Webisode series, Polar Opposites.

A man of few words, he sums it all up with simplicity and class: “I just really, really enjoy shredding powder.” Amen, brother.

Says Dev: “Powder is endless, and I’m addicted to it. I’ve ridden for DC since they first launched boots. My background is skating, and so is DC’s—perfect fit!”


Some of the other sponsors going to be at the Ski Pro Pro Rider Rail Jam this year are:

Skull Candy
Ride Snowboards
Burton Snowboards
Contour Helmet cameras
Spyder Skiwear

Stop by and pick up some pretty sweet schwag!

For more info on the Line Traveling Circus click HERE.

For a taste of what’s going to happen check out last years video by clicking HERE!

Come check out some sick tricks and win some free gear on Saturday October 22nd.

1924 West 8th Street In the Mesa Riverview Shopping Center, on the corner of Dobson and 8th Street.

Or just give us a call at 480.962.6910

Homicide Skateboard Ads

Here’s a look at Homicide Skateboards’ recent ads featured in AZ Steez Magazine. Look out for more ads featuring new team riders soon!

 Ryan battled this trick through two trips to this spot, hungover both times, but came away with this gem. Getting creative skating a spot that most op to either bring the board with them over the rail, or not skate at all. (Photo by Russ Powell)

Team Rider Ryan "Froggie" Fruge'

Team Rider Ryan "Froggie" Fruge'

Dashawn skated hard at this Homicide demo, and after a few attempts at this trick with no luck, he had all but given up. That is until a go-ped showed up, and towed him in from the other side of the parking lot at high speeds to give him the air he needed to clear the planter. (Photo by Russ Powell)

Team Rider Dashawn Jordan

Team Rider Dashawn Jordan


Whenever you are looking for skateboards to buy, you are more than likely going to come across blank skateboards. There is not just one company that makes blank skateboards, so you do not always know what kind of board you are getting. However, this is not always a bad thing.

Things to Look For In Blank Skateboards

The first thing that you need to look for is what kind of wood the blank skateboards are made out of. If there are no markings on it, then you may have to ask the owner of the skateboard shop you are in. He or she may be able to tell you want kind of wood the boards are made from. If you do not know this already, the best kind of wood to have a board made from is maple. If it is not made from hard maple, then it is going to be made out of a much softer wood. It kind of goes without saying, that if it’s made from a softer wood, then it is not going to last you as long. Now, if you are not going to be doing any tricks with your blank skateboards, then it does not matter. However, if you are more aggressive, then you will want the board to be made of maple.

Some people get upset when you buy blank skateboards, because you are not supporting pro skating. It goes without saying as well, that the pro skateboards are a lot better than the blank ones. They have been treated to be used aggressively and go through a lot of tricks. Of course, if you are not gong to be doing that kind of stuff, then it does not really matter. Blank skateboards usually come with blank wheels and other things like that.

Positive Side to Buying Blank Skateboards

Buying blank skateboards can be both good and bad. The best thing about blank skateboards is the fact that they do not cost a lot of money. They are very cheap. Of course, this is not always going to be a high selling point for everyone. After all, if you have the money to buy a pro skateboard, then you may want to buy that one first. If you want to start skating right away and you need some cash, then blank skateboards could be perfect for you.

Keep in mind that all skateboards can break. The pro skate boards can break just like the blank ones can break. The main thing to keep in mind is the fact that you just need to make sure that you know that the blank skateboards do not have the same pop to them. That means that when doing tricks, it is easier to break them in half.

Blank skateboards are here to help everyone be able to afford a skateboard. Just because you do not have a lot of money does not mean that you can not buy a skateboard. Just get some blank skateboards and be sure to go a little easier on them. Over time, you will learn what you can and can not do with blank skateboards. Also, you will learn why some of the pro ones are better. However, just because you spend more money on something does not mean its going to last longer. The blank ones can last just as long if treated right.

For great deals on Blank Skateboard Decks go to or CLICK HERE for Blank Decks starting at $14.95 with FREE SHIPPING

Blank Skate Decks

There are many different reasons to love blank skateboards and blank decks. These reasons vary depending on who you are and what you hope to accomplish with blank versions of these objects. Ultimately however, most people tend to find blanks advantageous to the other options and there are a few important reasons as to why this is so.


The first reason for this is price. Money is usually important when these types of decisions are made and ultimately when you purchase something that is blank rather than designed, the price is usually cheaper. This cheaper price ends up being advantageous not just to people that are interested in saving money on a purchase, but also to people that would like to make their own designs because they then have the extra money leftover to make that purchase. Price is definitely one of the most important advantageous to ordering these products blank.


In addition to price, creativity is an advantage that blank products carry with them. Not only are you going to get the chance to design your own skateboard or deck from scratch, but at the same time you are going to be able to create a design that is completely to your liking. If you are an artistic minded individual, then getting something that is to your liking pre-designed is not that easy to do. If you have a blank canvas to work with however, then the sky becomes the limit.


Skateboards and decks by their very nature are fun things, but when you consider being able to design one from scratch what you find is that the fun element is raised to an exponential level relatively speaking. Being able to have fun designing your skateboard or deck before you get the chance to enjoy it for its primary use is something that people have just begun to discover and most people that do it find that they enjoy it very much.

Blending In

While the creative advantages inherent to this type of purchase have already been elaborated upon, another set of advantages has to do with the idea of blending in. While there are many people that are not artistically minded, a number of people in that group are also people that don’t like overly artistic designs for anything that they purchase. Blank skateboards and decks allow for a level of blending in that one does not normally get to do with artistic designs and that is an aspect of the blankness that appeals to a number of people that make those purchases.


Whether the customer is interested in having some more fun, being creative, saving some money or just blending into the crowd, the one conclusion that has to be reached in this area is the one that supports the excellence of blank Skate products and the superiority that is inherent to them over their well-designed counterparts. This is why their sales continue to go up as time goes by.

Bulk Discounted Blank Decks

Bulk Discounted Blank Decks

Pro Blank Skateboard Decks (Bulk Pricing Available)

With the downfall of the US economy we are starting to see more and more skate shops close their doors ) :  A sad site for many, some of these “mom and pop” shops have been around for 15 plus years. The smaller shops are not the only ones to taking a hit in this economic devastation, but bigger chain stores such as some “unnamed Mall stores” have closed down dozens of Store front locations nation wide.

Is skateboarding Dead you ask?  Has it become so mainstream that those of us who have given our blood, sweat, and tears to not only a way of life, but a addictivly acquired phenomenon just SH*T out of luck? Well look for your self…. Parents who had once upon a time givin there kids baseball mitts, and tackle football gear are now instead giving those same kids Skateboards. Our new found youth now has the option (in any economy) to do what they want, when they want to do it by expressing themself in skateboarding.  In many cases Skateboarding not only teaches the key to adversity, but in some cultures is considered the new development of individuality.  

If you love Skateboarding then do what makes you happy. Purchase gear that helps keep skateboarding alive but doesnt necessarily empty your wallet! We know times are tough, but skateboarding will never die!!!! Support what you beleive in and things will get better.  We are in this situation for many reasons. You be the judge and do whats best to make the situation better

Here is an Expample listed below of how we plan to “keep the wheels rolling”

Once looked down upon mainly because its nonspecific appearance, PRODUCTS such as BLANK DECKS, BLANK WHEELS, and BLANK TRUCKS have all played a great roll in keeping our skateboard industry alive. Blank Skateboard Decks not only give skaters the chance to keep the wheels rolling, but they also give Skateboarders the opportunity to purchase quality skateboard products at an affordable price. This does not mean to just throw in the towel and stop buying name brand gear. What is does mean is if your pockets are light and your skate gear is bunk, you can skate products made of the same materials for a much more affordable price. For bulk pricing and discounts on Pro Blank Skateboard Trucks, Decks, and Wheels Please CLICK HERE or go to for 7 ply Canadian Maple Pro Decks Starting at just $14.95 (FREE SHIPPING)



This is a video description of the new 08/09 K2 Moment women’s snowboard and its features brought to you by SKIPRO DOT COM


If you’re interested in snowboarding, the summer months can be a drag for obvious reasons. But if you have the desire — and the money to get there — you can find some real meccas for the summer snowboarder. Here are some of the best places in the world to get your summer fix from sweet lady snow.
Mt Hood, OR–Perhaps the place for American snowboarding over the summer months. There are a number of places to stay while at Mt. Hood, but one good location is Windells — a Snowboard Camp, Skateboard Camp, Ski Camp, and Winter Camp all rolled into one.

Windells Camp at Mt. Hood is the place for snowboard, ski and skate camps — winter, spring and summer. They host camps for kids and adults of all ages and abilities. Their camp environment allows for just the right amount of independence, while maintaining superior levels of safety and supervision. Windells Camp has plentiful snow, a 12,000 square-foot indoor recreation and training facility, tons of activities, and a friendly staff.

Glacier Snowboard Camps, Canada–Located in the heart of beautiful Whistler, BC Canada, Glacier Snowboard Camps is by far the best deal for anyone looking to improve their snowboarding and have a great time while doing it. They pride themselves on being a smaller, more personal summer snowboard camp. Unlike other summer snowboard camp owners, these owners are up on the glacier everyday to make sure the camp’s terrain is the best it can possibly be, and that every snowboarder is having a wonderful time.

Switzerland–Austria’s European equal in offering summer snowboarding facilities. The Swiss boast a number of great destinations which provide half-pipes or funparks; and like everything else in Switzerland, they are of the very highest standard. One of the main places to check out is Saas-Fee, which boasts to having Europe’s only all-year-round half-pipe and terrain park. Loads of pro riders hold camp here.


Saas-Fee has been a well-known resort to snowboarders for many years. With its high altitude glacier, Saas-Fee also provides a mountain where you can ride fast and hard in the summer months. Indeed for some here, summer is the best time to visit Saas-Fee. The glacier opens in early July until September, with access to 20km of runs and a terrain park with kickers, ¼ pipe, tabletops, rails and a half-pipe. A lift pass will set you back 60CHF a day.


Iceripper Summer Camp has been running camps here since 1988 and has gained a good reputation. There’s instruction for freestyle from half-pipe to rails, and room for beginners. In the afternoons there is fine wakeboarding, climbing, tennis, golf, mountain biking, and ice hockey. 590CHF gets you 6 nights Bed+Breakfast accommodation with 5 days riding and instruction, and yes, even a T-shirt. The camp has half-pipe, big airs, corner, rails, chairlift, drag lift, skatepark and some great snowside tunes with an occasional BBQ.


Zermatt has the largest summer boarding area in Switzerland, high up on the Klein Matterhorn. The glacier opens in June until September and there is a number of easy/intermediate runs, all serviced by t-bars and a terrain park.

The Gravity Park has a series of kickers and rails and a super-pipe alongside the lift. A lift pass will cost you 60CHF, but the area is only open from 7:30 to 1:30pm; you need to get up early before it starts getting slushy. In the afternoon you can even take a look at the worlds highest ice pavilion at 3,810m (11,430 feet) if you’re so inclined.

STOKED Summer Camp

Stoked runs 2 weeks of summer camps in July. A 6-night package including tuition, accommodation, lift pass etc. will set you back 630 euros. For more info take a look at

In most cases, lodging is available at or near the base area of the slopes.

Las Lenas Ski Resort, Argentina


More than sixty kilometers of runs provide skiers and snowboarders of all abilities with descents of varying difficulties, from a height of 11,253 feet above sea level to the base at elevation of 7,349 feet. The vertical drop of the lift-served in-bounds area of Las Lenas ski resort is a hefty 4,035 feet, with gradients ranking from 12% to 53%.


Built in 1983, Las Lenas boasts the most modern lift system in South America. Lift lines are extremely rare at Las Lenas, since the mountain has 16 modern ski lifts that allow a total uphill capacity of 9,200 skiers per hour. Ski lifts are named after Roman and Greek Gods: Venus, Eros, Minerva, Vesta, Vulcano, Jupiter, Apolo, Neptuno, Mercurio, Caris, Selene, Juno, Iris, Marte, Urano, and Cenidor. Lifts run nonstop from 9am to 5pm daily.

These aren’t the only good summertime snowboarding locations, but they are certainly some of the world’s best.

For more info log onto Dealer Snowboards Dot Com


Oregon: The Last Vestage of U.S. Skiable Snow

With several permanent glaciers, Oregon’s 11,235-foot Mt. Hood is America’s only year-round ski area. It once served as the summer training ground for the U.S. Olympic Ski Team. Timberline Lodge ski resort (503.272.3311) operates six chairlifts on Mt. Hood with 1,500 vertical feet of skiing on 1,000 skiable acres. From the Palmer Glacier snowfield, Timberline hosts a number of camps for both skiers and snowboarders.

The Timberline Summer Ski Camp, Mt. Hood’s longest-running race camp, also operates from Palmer Glacier snowfield. TSRC participants ski on courses using the latest in breakaway gates configured for slalom, GS, Super G, NASTAR, and even dual racing courses. Experts show you how to bolt from the starting gates and how to select the best lines through each course. Videotape analysis of each skier’s performance is also included in the program.

For non-racers looking to improve their skills, TSRC offers week-long programs on skiing bumps, jumps, and varied terrain and snow conditions.

Practically Speaking
Fireplace rooms Timberline Lodge run $180 per night. The resort also features a four-star restaurant. Additional lodging is also available in bordering towns. The cost for the one-week MHSSC camp, including six nights lodging and five days of lifts is $980 per person. TSRC programs are offered between June and September.

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Ride Snowboards now offers a boot for the bigger footed rider…much, much, bigger.

Professional NBA player Shaquille O’Neal has a size twenty-two, Karl Malone is a size 18, and Tim Duncan can squeeze his foot into a size 16 shoe, so what’s a big guy who wants to ride going to do when most snowboard companies only manufacture their boots up to a size 15? Well, Ride Snowboards has decided to step in and champion the side of the big-footed rider. With the 2009/2010 snowboard season getting into full swing the guy who could never find a boot big enough to accommodate his big-foot now has a real option. Introducing the Ride Bigfoot Boot, manufactured in sizes sixteen to twenty (Sorry no half sizes) and retailing at $259.99, it has been made specifically for that guy. It has a full Intuition Foam liner and internal J Bars to maximize heal hold, the liner has also been coated with Aegis anti microbial coating in case you are also a big foot that sweats a lot, and the inner liner displays a handy Lock Down Speed Lace with secure fit harness that is super easy to use. The Outer lace utilizes traditional laces, but is great for adjustability in key pressure points. Now you have no reason not to get out there and Ride, just try to avoid wearing a bear suit as you may be confused for someone or something else and scare the kiddies. Check out the Ride Bigfoot Snowboard Boots, because size does matter!

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