HCSC Session 4 Photo Recap

High Cascade Session 4 Photo Recap

Safety first, as camper Storm makes sure his steatbelt grab is locked in as he jams into the Jersey barrier.  Photo: Danny Kern

Safety first, as camper Storm makes sure his steatbelt grab is locked in as he jams into the Jersey barrier. Photo: Danny Kern

Words: Tom Johnson
Photos: Danny Kern

It’s midsummer here at High Cascade at the Palmer Snowfield has been action packed! The HCSC Private Parks have migrated North and campers are slashing slush, pressing boxes, spinning jumps, and then hopping right back on the Palmer lift to do it again!

Jordan Morse RIPS! Jinx! Melon poke to fakie on the quarter pipe.  Photo: Danny Kern

Jordan Morse RIPS! Jinx! Melon poke to fakie on the quarter pipe. Photo: Danny Kern

High above the clouds and still composed.  Matt Larson goes front board to regular from the Jersey Barrier into the bank.  Photo: Danny Kern

High above the clouds and still composed. Matt Larson goes front board to regular from the Jersey Barrier into the bank. Photo: Danny Kern

Finn Westbury ollies to frontboard and pops back into the bank fakie.  Photo: Danny Kern

Finn Westbury ollies to frontboard and pops back into the bank fakie. Photo: Danny Kern


STYLE for miles.  Jesse Gouveia lofts a frontside air.  Photo: Danny Kern

STYLE for miles. Jesse Gouveia lofts a frontside air. Photo: Danny Kern

What's canadian and Goes front lip pretzel into the bank?  This guy.  Photo: Danny Kern

What’s canadian and Goes front lip pretzel into the bank? This guy. Photo: Danny Kern


Want to Come Ride With Us this summer? Very limited space is still available for Session 6 at High Cascade. For more information, visit the dates and prices page on the High Cascade website, or reach out to us at home in Oregon at 503.206.8520.

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HCSC Session 3 Video Recap

High Cascade Session 3 Video Recap



Holy smokes! With the Drink Water Rat Race and the ever-changing weather here in Oregon, it would be an understatement to say that Session 3 at High Cascade was a whirlwind!  The annunal migration to Mt. Hood is in full effect, and the level of riding in our Private Parks is at an all-time high!WEBLennyM

Featuring Mark Goodall, Logan Beaulieu, Max Warbington, Jack Harris, Christian Hobush, Corey McDonald, Alex Lopez, Mike Ravelson, Chris Roach, Cody Horan, Ben Bilocq, Tyler Orton, Tim Eddy, Ralph Kucharek, Chili Graves, Christian Sparks, Lenny Mazzotti, Gigi Ruf, and Jesse Gouveia standing sideways on snow and metal.


Filmed by Eli Olson, Tyler Orton, Beef, Mia Lambson and Devin Bernard
Super 8 by Mia Lambson and Eli Olson
Edited by Eli Olson


For more information on High Cascade Snowboard Camp, visit us on the web at highcascade.com, or if you want to talk it out, reach out to us at our home in Oregon at 503.206.8520.

Alex Deibold Attends Drink Water’s 4th Annual Rat Race at Mt. Hood

WEND Team Rider Alex Deibold Attends Drink Water’s 4th Annual Rat Race at Mt. Hood

Deibold Rat Race Mt. Hood

July isn’t a month that most people in the Northern Hemisphere associate with snowboarding.  BBQ’s, beach visits, and camping trips are probably more the norm. For the small group of us that do make the pilgrimage to the ever shrinking glacial snowfields in the Pacific Northwest we are rewarded with sunny, slush-filled days of summer shred. This year I decided to make the trek to check out yet another rider hosted banked slalom, the Rat Race presented by the We Drink Water crew.

Mt. Hood saw one of its worst snow years in recorded history forcing founders Austin Smith and Bryan Fox to find a new local for the event, now in its 4th year.  Not to be deterred, they found a spot above the Palmer Snowfield that would require anyone interested in taking part to earn their turns and hike the course for every lap.


Alex Deibold, Mt Hood

Rider hosted events have a unique vibe that sets them apart from other more traditional competitions. Sure there are some sponsors, most of which back the riders putting the blood, sweat and tears into pulling the thing off, but there are no TV crews, no marketing budgets, an the little press that they do get is typically putout by industry insiders that take part in the mayhem. This was just a small group of dedicated dudes with some shovels, rakes, and a couple hundred pounds of salt. Being my first time to the event and not knowing the Drink Water crew very well, I figured it would be in my best interest to show up early to help dig. These events don’t get any help from snowcats or machines, it’s all hand built chaos.

The event got its start from the pastime of the Drink Water crew when they were diggers at High Cascade Snow Camp. They would salt in a set of tight rollers next to the digger tent dubbed the ‘death track’ and see if anyone could make it through without eating shit.  Unlike most banked slalom events I’ve done, the Rat Race has a handful of tech rollers and doubles to keep you on your toes. This year it was the start and finish that gave most people issues, myself included; during my first attempt I didn’t even make it to turn 1. And the two sets of doubles just before the finish line claimed more egos than you could shake a Cobra Dog at. The summer sun and 100 or so shredders help ride in some of the features to make them a little more manageable, but even still, some of the most legendary riders in the industry found themselves on the wrong side of the fine line.


This is where dreams were either made or broken...


This is where dreams were either made or broken…


The Rat Race is the first event I have ever been to where they were stoked to see participant numbers smaller than the year before.  It’s not about being the next must do event, it’s about getting together with a core group of people that love snowboarding and raising money for a good cause (this year they donated over $20k to water.org, a non-profit aimed at getting clean drinking water to those around the world without access).

The awards ceremony that took place at Frog Lake after a BBQ hosted by Bryan and Austin’s parents, is a prime example of what sets this event apart. They give out a handful of  ‘Rat Trap’ awards to those in the field who don’t necessarily get to stand on the podium to recognize that it’s not all about the fastest time of the day. There were stories told about almost everyone who was awarded anything. They made sure to bring up and recognize all the people who helped dig and make the event possible. And there were more than a few f-bombs dropped to emphasize their passion about reducing your footprint as consumers and helping others in need.

After the Mt Hood moon dust had settled Hailey Langland and Harry “Mr. Banked Slalom” Kearney took home the top honors as well as custom hand shaped surfboards by Chris Christenson.  They brought up the top 10 finishers for pro-men and at first I was a little bummed to hear my name called out for 9th, but when the next four or five names were guys I’ve idolized and respected for my whole career, I was honored to be standing amongst some modern legends. As the party wound down, hands were shook, high fives were doled out, and I left with feeling of pure stoke that reminded me of why I started snowboarding in the first place.


Nick Hamilton Mt Hood Drink Water

Top 10 Pro Men. A heavy line up to say the least. PHOTO: Nick Hamilton

High Cascade Snowboard Camp: Session 1 Recap

HCSC Session 1 Recap

Session 1 at High Cascade Snowboard Camp is a wrap! Mother Nature provided a dream-like scenario on-hill; warm, sunny, slushy, and full of good times! With Go Skateboarding Day occurring during Session 1 and Signature Session™ Pros Pat Moore, Mike Ravelson, Johnny O’Connor, Mary Rand, and Christy Prior in town, it was definitely a Session 1 that we will never forget!


Signature Session™ Pro Pat Moore goes Frontside on this Invert - P: Chris Moran

Signature Session™ Pro Pat Moore goes Frontside on this Invert – P: Chris Moran

Are you jealous of High Cascade’s visiting pros, Staff Members, and amazing campers that were ripping in our Private Parks up on Mount Hood? Space is still available for this summer, and they would love for you to come ride with them this summer. Visit our Dates and Prices or call them at their home in Oregon at 503.206.8520 for more information.

SUPERPARK 19 – Snowboarder Magazine | WEND Waxworks

SUPERPARK 19  - Snowboarder Magazine  |  WEND Waxworks
Just a Portion of the Lifetime Supply of Superpark 19 Video Edits

Seven Springs Mountain Superpark 19

It would be difficult for one in the “snowboard world” to ask, “Dude, did Snowboarder Mag’s Superpark happen yet this year?”  If you have to ask that question the answer will most likely be no – either that or you probably live the wonderful life of living in a forest with absolutely zero internet connection or any access to any type of social media.  If that is the case, you rule.  However, since we are on the topic of Superpark…

Superpark is one of the biggest park events that we look forward to all year – which, afterwards, we will no longer have the freedom to forget about it’s existence for the following eight months due to the bountiful amount of photos and video edits Snowboarder Mag, different filmers, brands and riders have turned out since the end of the event’s first day.  And here we are, adding to that long list of ever-existing articles about this year’s Superpark 19.  Hey, we never said we didn’t like having a large abundance of Superpark footy – what else are we supposed to do over the next five months before our local mountains start opening back up?  Sit in our rooms and sulk about how mom and dad wouldn’t let us go to summer camp at High Cascade this year?  Well, maybe, but either way, we have put together a nice little post containing a few (…out of five thousand…) of our favorite Superpark 19 edits featuring some of our very own WEND Team Riders including Erik Leon, Ryan Paul, Mike Gray, Brock Crouch and Red Gerard, not to mention some of our personal favorites – Desiree Melancon, Ben Ferguson, Scotty Vine and … Can we name all three hundred participants? No?  Okay well, let us remind you that this year’s Superpark was a special one.  For the first time in the 19 years of Superpark’s existence, the event was held at Seven Springs Mountain, the first time the event had ever made it East of the Mississippi.  Partnering up with PistenBully and the legendary park crews of Bear Mountain and Boreal, Seven Springs housed three separate parks, each representing it’s builders’ home mountains.

Take a peek at what you’ve probably already seen, but what we highly suggest is that you put these all on repeat.  Do it.

Superpark 19 Presented By Nexen Tire: Seven Springs Zone Video

Choking?  Needing some air?  The Seven Springs Zone will help you catch all the air you need.  With a double sided hip boosting these guys to some of the highest hip airs you’ve ever seen, you’ll remember what it’s like to catch air, then hold onto it.  Or maybe not.  These seem to be some of the biggest airs we’ve seen off a hip!
WEND Team Riders Featured:  Brock Crouch, Erik Leon and Red Gerard


Superpark 19 Presented by Nexen Tire: Bear Mountain Zone Video

Bear Mountain are creative geniuses when it comes to parks. With the amount of snow they had to work with, the Bear Mountain park crew created a land made purely for endless possibilites to any creative transition you can think of. Endless. This will make you want to get back to your “Weekend-Warrior” routine.
WEND Team Riders Featured: Erik Leon, Red Gerard and Ryan Paul


Arbor Snowboards Video Log: Superpark 19

The Arbor crew made a rad edit as well.
WEND Team Riders Featured: Mike Gray and Erik Leon

Rahlves’ Banzai Tour Kicks Off this Weekend!

The 5th annual race series, which kicks off this weekend at Alpine Meadows, features skiers or snowboarders charging down a wide-open, ungroomed course four at a time, with each hoping to be the first to the bottom. Jockeying for position adds to the challenge presented by Tahoe’s terrain. Billed as “the ultimate test of ski and riding skills,” catching air while surrounded by other competitors during the mad dash to the bottom is not uncommon.

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View of the Starting Gates at Alpine Meadows, Tahoe

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The Race Gets Wild

Register now for the Alpine Meadows Rahlves’ Banzai Tour “Face Banzai” Feb 21-22

WEND Team Makes Podium at Dew Tour, Dirksen Derby, and Pano NorAm

Several WEND athletes kicked off their ski and snowboard seasons in a big way this past weekend, competing and earning podium spots in multiple events across North America.

At the Dew Tour in Breckenridge Nick Goepper pushed through a snowy final run to place 3rd in Ski Slopestyle. Other WEND athletes who competed in the event included McRae Williams (7th, Ski Slopestyle), Simon Dumont (8th, Ski Superpipe), Robby Franco, and Anais Caradeux.

Dew  Tour Podium

WEND Wax made its way on to the bases of several other athletes at the Dew Tour, helping them overcome the challenge of Sunday’s fresh snow and slow conditions.  Oystein Braten, Norwegian Freeski team, along with head coach Luke “Ocho” Allen, showed how WEND Wax can get you there with a 2nd place podium.  WEND’s partnership with USSA gave the US Freeskiing tech’s the advantage to dominate the top 5 with Gus Kenworthy‘s winning performance and Joss Christensen’s strong  5th place finish.

Out on the West Coast, WEND team athlete Alex Deibold raced at Mt. Bachelor’s Dirksen Derby and made the podium with a solid 3rd place finish.


Alpine racer and WEND athlete Tommy Ford, making his first appearance since his January 2013 injury, showed that determination and hard work pays off with a notable 3rd place podium in the NorAm Slalom at Panorama, BC.

Tommy Ford places 1st in Canada

“We couldn’t be more proud of all our athletes who competed this past week” said Wax Research owner John Dahl. “It’s an honor to be able to support them and provide the wax they need to achieve such stellar results.  We’re looking forward to seeing their continued success this winter!”

4 Things You Need To Know About WEND Meadowfoam Waxes

Sometimes your destiny lines up right in front of you.  In the late 1960’s, John Dahl began developing ski wax for his new brand, US Ski Wax.  In 1971, he used his expertise to craft Wax Research’s breakthrough snow wax formulas.   During the winter of 1975/76, he lived at the Iron Blossom, skiing Little Cottonwood and working with top skiers to fine tune the line.

Meadowfoam Flower Field

Meadowfoam Flower Field

Fast forward to 2009.  While visiting friends Gerry Lopez and Gordon Clark in Oregon, John’s wife Cris noticed hillsides blanketed with beautiful flowers appearing like a layer of blinding white foam.  She dug deeper, discovering that this flower, called Meadowfoam (MF), is grown for its seed oil.  After some breakneck investigation, the Dahl’s secured a deal with the co-op Natural Plant Products for the exclusive rights to use Meadowfoam oil and waxes in their WEND snow formulas.  Science aside you just know.  Three years of development led to the WEND MF line in 2011.

Meadowfoam Flower Seed Oil

Meadowfoam Flower Seed Oil

Here are a few interesting facts you should know about WEND Wax’s use of Meadowfoam:

  1. Earth-friendly. MF Natural wax is a proprietary blend that is classified natural organic, biodegradable, mountain/stream/soil friendly, and non-toxic.
  2. High Performance. MF waxes contain a high percentage of Meadowfoam which works similar to fluoro, yet conditions your base significantly better! These waxes perform better than a Low Fluoro wax and are similar in performance to Mid Fluoro waxes, imparting fantastic glide characteristic as well as durability.
  3. Penetration. MF When wax is applied over any MF liquid oil product, the molten wax heats the oil and lubricates the wax. This process enables the wax to get deep into the base as the oil rises from the pores. This transfer provides deeper penetration as well as more wax absorbing into the base.
  4. All-star team. World class athletes like Daron Rahlves, Kazu Kokubo, Lindsey Jacobellis, Nick Goepper, Alex Deibold, Heather McPhie and John Teller testify to WEND MF’s outstanding performance and speed.

WEND’s MF Natural line includes standout products MF Natural Cleaner/Conditioner, Liquid Juice, and Liquid Hot Box. See what some of the top athletes, coaches and techs are saying about them: http://wendwaxworks.com/pages/testimonials

Banzai Master Daron Rahlves Signs Three-Year Deal with WEND Wax

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Vista, California –October 15, 2014 – Daron Rahlves, the most decorated American Downhill and Super G skier in history, has just renewed a three-year contract with WEND Wax. Three years ago, Daron became the original member of the WEND team, which now boasts 12 Olympians and several more world-class athletes.

The alpine legend is also an avid surfer who spends part of his summers in Encinitas near WEND’s headquarters. He originally connected with the WEND family through its parent company Wax Research, which also makes the world’s leading surf wax brand, Sticky Bumps. While they had been producing snow waxes for private labels for more than 40 years, and dabbled with branding their own line, it wasn’t until Daron approached them with the idea of a Daron Rahlves Signature Series wax that they decided to move forward in developing and marketing WEND.

Since joining the team, Daron has played an integral role in the progression of the product line. The WEND Daron Rahlves HF Race Overlay Paste is one of the company’s best-selling items, and they are currently working closely together to create some innovative race waxes that will compliment his signature line. The partnership extends to event support as well, and this upcoming season the company will proudly be the official wax sponsor of Daron’s event, the Rahlves’ Banzai Tour, for the fourth year in a row.

“Over the last three years I’ve relied on WEND Wax products for my race skis and freeride boards on mountains around the world. And yes, it feels good gliding smooth and fast over all types of snow,” said Rahlves. “Together with its A-list team, WEND and I work to create products that make every day on snow a better experience for all of us. I look forward to using WEND and continuing our partnership while making us faster on the snow.”

“It’s an honor to work with one of the most esteemed names in skiing.  Daron’s contribution to WEND continues to be an integral part of our product line development.  Together we strive to continually push WEND’s performance on all levels,” said John Dahl, Wax Research, President.

About Daron Rahlves

Daron Rahlves spent 13 years on the US Ski Team and has 12 World Cup wins, 28 World Cup podiums, 7 US National titles, 15 US National podiums, and 3 World Championship medals. To top it all off, he is an X Games Gold Medalist, a four-time Olympian, and was the winner of the legendary Hahnenkamm Downhill in 2003 and SG in 2004. He is also proud to have created a unique event, Rahlves’ Banzai Tour, a mix of big mountain freeriding and boardercross. http://www.rahlvesbanzai.com/

About WEND

WEND, a Wax Research brand, is an innovative line of Natural Meadowfoam (MF) and fluoro racing waxes, overlays, bars, pastes including a full range of tuning shop waxes and base treatments.  WEND continues to redefine the way we think about snow waxes.  As a leader in the global wax market, WEND unwinds traditional logic as witnessed in the performance of their trailblazing formulas. Founded in Encinitas in 1971, Wax Research is recognized by the international sport community as one of the original surf accessory companies. This family of like-minded people is dedicated to that vital spark of individualism and adventure.  A grassroots manufacturer, every handcrafted bar of high quality surf and ski wax is poured in their California factory. www.wendperformance.com

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Season Pass Links and Prices (A few of them anyhow…)

It’s October. The air is cooling, the leaves are turning brown, you’re drumming up ideas for this year’s Halloween costume. And, you’re itching for ski and snowboard season to finally arrive! I have gone ahead and compiled a list of season pass details at some of our country’s top resorts, just to make it easy on you. If we had it our way, we would buy every pass in the West listed here and have access to over 55 resorts for less than $4,000… (excluding the Ski Utah pass and East Coast passes) Now have fun shopping!

Epic Mix

Epic Pass (Vail Resorts) – $769 – Unlimited access to Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Park City, Canyons, Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood, Afton Alps, Mt. Brighton, Arapahoe Basin and 5 consecutive days at Niseko United in Japan, Veribier in Switzerland, and 3 Vallees in France (restrictions apply). There are many cheaper variations to this pass, head to http://www.snow.com/epic-pass/passes/epic-pass.aspx to check it out.

Cali4nia Pass – $799 – Unlimited access to Mammoth Mountain, Bear Mountain, Snow Summit, and June. Head to http://www.cali4niapass.com/ for more details and to buy!

Powder Alliance Pass – $ Varies by resort – Buy an unlimited pass at one resort, get 3 free days of skiing at all of the other resorts! (Excluding Saturdays and holidays) Timberline Resort, Mt. Hood Ski Bowl, Angel Fire Resort, Arizona Snowbowl, Bridger Bowl, China Peak, Crested Butte, Mountain High, Schweitzer, Sierra-at-Tahoe, Silver Star, Snowbasin Resort, Stevens Pass. Head to http://www.powderalliance.com/ to get a link to your home resort and see pass details.

Squaw Alpine Pass (Tahoe Super Pass) - $809 – Unlimited access to Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows, 4 days at Sierra, 4 days at Sugar Bowl, half off other Mountain Collective resorts, 2 days at Whistler Blackcomb. http://squawalpine.com/tickets-passes/season-passes/tahoe-super-pass for details and other pass options. Also, http://mountaincollective.com/ for details on Mountain Collective resorts.

Mountain Collective Pass – $399 – 2 days at Alta or Snowbird, 2 days at Aspen or Snowmass, 2 days at Jackson Hole, 2 days at Lake Louise, Sunshine Village or Norquay, 2 days at Mammoth, 2 days at Whistler Blackcomb, and 2 days at Squaw Valley or Alpine Meadows. Also, half off additional days and no blackouts. Visit http://mountaincollective.com/ for more info and to buy!

Powdr Pass – $ varies by resort – Buy a pass to your home resort among PowdrCorp Resorts and get 3 free days of skiing at all other Powdr Resorts! Copper Mountain, Boreal, Killington, Taos, Mt. Bachelor, Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort. Unlimited days at Grand Targhee Resort when staying at resort lodging. Go to http://www.powdr.com/resorts/ and find your resort.

Rocky Mountain Super Pass – $459 – Unlimited access to Copper Mountain and Winter Park/Mary Jane. Go to  https://store.winterparkresort.com/Content/Commerce/Products/DisplayProducts.aspx?ProductGroupCode=60005&ProductCategoryCode=6661#RockyMountainSuperPass14/15 to buy. Must be a Colorado resident.

Ski Utah – $3050 – 30 days at every Utah resort… Alta, Canyons, Park City, Solitude, Beaver Mountain, Cherry Peak, Powder Mountain, Sundance, Brian Head, Eagle Point, Snowbasin, Wolf/Nordic Valley, Brighton, Deer Valley, and Snowbird. Go to http://www.skiutah.com/passes/resort-season-passes for this pass and details on passes at each individual Utah resort. Also, the Yeti Pass for $649 can get you one ticket at each Utah resort.

New England Pass – $1,085 ($359 for college students) - Unlimited access to Sugarloaf, Sunday River and Loon Mountain. Head to http://www.sugarloaf.com/pricing-and-products/season-passes to purchase.

White Mountain Super Pass – $999 – Unlimited access to Waterville Valley Resort, Brentton Woods, Cannon Resort and Cranmore Resort. All are 2.5 miles from Boston! http://www.waterville.com/trip-planning/season-passes.html for details.

Stowe Pass – $1013 – Access to Stowe Mountain Resort, holiday blackouts. http://www.stowe.com/

Stratton Summit Pass – $1299 – Unlimited access to Stratton Mountain, plus 5 days at Seamboat, Winter Park, Tremblant and Snowshoe. Head to http://www.stratton.com/lift-tickets-and-passes/stratton-season-passes.aspx for details and other pass options.

For details on East Coast resorts, go to http://mountainvertical.com/best-skiing-east-coast-snowboarding.php

Of course, restrictions can apply to each pass, visit their websites for details on pricing, prices can be different from this post, made on 10/8/2014, updated 10/23/2014.