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Burton Snowboards is proud to congratulate Burton team rider Kevin Pearce on his first day back on a snowboard since he suffered a traumatic brain injury while training for the Olympics in 2009.
Kevin has been a part of the Burton family for years, receiving his first snowboard from Jake Burton himself back when he was just five years old. In 2004, Kevin earned his first official sponsorship with Burton Snowboards after a Burton team manager was impressed with his riding during summer camp at Mt. Hood. From that point on, Kevin started showing up on podiums everywhere, with career highlights like consecutive Arctic Challenge victories, a pair of Air &Style wins, multiple X Games medals and back-to-back European Open wins.
Everything changed in an instant when Kevin suffered a traumatic brain injury while attempting a Cab double cork during a halfpipe training session on December 31, 2009. Since then, Kevin has spent nearly two years putting all his energy into rehab, re-learning things we all take for granted like eating, walking, talking, balancing and seeing.
Until recently, Kevin didn’t know if he would ever be able to snowboard again. So when he got the green light from his doctors it was a dream come true, and everything came together yesterday as he strapped on his board for the first time since the accident. Jake Burton was honored to join Kevin for his inaugural runs at Vail yesterday, before Kevin headed to Breckenridge to ride with friends and fans.
“To get to this point in his recovery, Kevin has worked harder and has had more determination than anyone I know,” said Jake Burton, Founder and CEO of Burton Snowboards. “His positive attitude and sense of humor through it all has inspired millions of people, including me personally in a big way. I couldn’t be happier to be here with Kevin to get back on snow with him. It was a day I’ll never forget.”
In a pretty historic moment yesterday, Jake switched out his ‘I Ride for Kevin’ snowboard sticker (the grassroots campaign Burton created back in 2009 to show support for Kevin) with a new Burton sticker that says ‘Ride with Kevin’. The new message pretty much says it all.
In honor of Kevin’s amazing milestone, today on Wednesday, December 14th Burton will donate 10% of all proceeds from its sales on http://burton.com to traumatic brain injury research.
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ESPN’s Action Sports gives us the top ten reasons to rock the mountain during the holiday.
1. Resorts are empty on Dec. 25
Sure, there are crowds at ski resorts during the holidays. But Christmas day? Totally empty. While everyone’s busy unwrapping gifts and eating fruit cake, you’ll have the mountain to yourself.
2. Backcountry is always empty
And when it does get crowded (from Dec. 26 to Dec. 31), sign up for a guided backcountry tour (many resorts and local outfitters offer this type of thing) or a day of cat-skiing, like at Crested Butte, Colorado.
3. There’s powder somewhere
It’s been a slow start to winter at a lot of resorts, but some ski areas have received over 100 inches of snowfall already, including Colorado’s Wolf Creek, Washington’s Crystal Mountain, and Alaska’s Alyeska.
4. Dress like Santa, ski for free
On Dec. 17, the first 75 people who show up at Whistler’s Garibaldi Lift Company in full Santa attire get a free lift ticket. Utah’s Canyons, Vermont’s Bolton Valley and Maine’s Sunday River offer similar Santa skis free days.
5. And other non-Santa discounts
Mt. Bachelor, Ore., is offering a $99 three-day lift ticket — which can be used during the holidays, which are usually blackout days for discount tickets. The fine print is you have to buy the ticket by Dec. 12.
6. Travel is easier than you think
If your excuse for not going skiing during the holidays is “It’s too hard to get there,” then hear this: Nonstop flights arrive in Jackson, Wyo., daily from six major cities, including L.A., Chicago, and Atlanta.
7. Après-ski New Year’s Eve parties
New Year’s Eve parties are always more fun in ski towns. Check out the party at the Wobbly Barn at Killington, Vt., the torchlight parade and fireworks at Steamboat, Colo., or anywhere in South Lake Tahoe.
8. And loads of other events
Sunday River, Maine, might have the most stacked holiday event schedule we’ve ever seen: rail jams, concerts, comedians and fire dancers, pub quizzes, fireworks and more. And even a ski-for-free lodging deal during the holidays.
9. Some resorts have just opened
If you’re worried that you’ve missed all the freshness from opening day, fear not. Some resorts are just getting started: Montana’s Moonlight Basin, California’s Alpine Meadows, and Nevada’s Mount Rose have just opened for the season this week.
10. Post-shredding shopping
Holiday shopping? Yep, resort towns can definitely handle that, too. Assuming you’re OK with gifting antler chandeliers and fur-lined coats. Best shopping: Park City, Utah, Aspen, Colo., Stowe, Vt.
Lindsey Vonn took home her 5th World Cup of the season on her adopted home soil in Beaver Creek. This amazing win was the 4th in a row that she has taken home; a new US record. Vonn’s World Cup win at the Super-G in Colorado is number 46 in her career, tying her with Austria’s Renate Goetschl for third on the career list.
Lindsey even joined in the “Tebowing” craze in respect for Denver Broncos quarterback, Tim Tebow, as she dropped down on a knee and struck a prayer pose after the race.
Despite personal drama (a recent divorce from Thomas Vonn), Lindsey Vonn is determined to take on the mountain, and we are quite certain she is doing just that.
Since the early days of Burton Snowboards, women have always helped shape the team, the products and the company. Today marks another milestone with the launch of burtongirls.com, Burton’s first online community dedicated to women and the snowboard lifestyle. See what the girls are up to at http://burtongirls.com.
Start the holidays a little early and indulge in your own Burton gear at Ski Pro today.
Who can refuse snow porn? Check out Burton’s Open Spaces Snow Porn clip with Danny Davis, Stephan Maurer, Nicolas Muller, Mads Jonsson and more in Mikey Basich’s backyard (aka Area 241).
Ready to make your own snow porn? Skipro has all the toys and Burton gear you need.
Take a quick sneak peek behind the scenes as Warren Miller Ski Films shoots some incredible footage at Heavenly resort at Lake Tahoe.
It’s ski and snowboard season and the mountains are beckoning. Grab your gear at Skipro today.
The 2012 Winter X Games 16 will be held January 26-29 in Aspen, Colo. and the Winter X Games Europe 2012 will be held on March 14-16 in Tignes, France. World class athletes from around the globe will battle for both money and medals in snowboarding, skiing, and snowmobiling.
Last year, over 382 million homes across the world, from Brazil to New Zealand to the Middle East, tuned in to watch the X-Games. This year, ESPN will cover the events live on their family of networks.
If you want to personally be a part of the action and chaotic fun; 30,000 attended the Winter X Games in Aspen last year. There are parties, events, infamous musicians, celebs, and good ol’ debauchery in the mountains. Get tickets here.
This year, ESPN is approaching their ski and snowboard movie awards, in an unconventional manner. During the month of October, fans have been voting for their favorites with a specific award category each week. Check out “The Grand Bizarre” which earned ESPN’s award for Most unreal tricks crammed into a single ski movie.
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