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.

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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.

Alex Deibold’s Tuesday Epic

Come summer, Alex Deibold likes to cross train by riding his road bike. Straight from his personal blog (click here to check it out), Alex tells the story of his attempted 237 mile bike ride on a stormy Colorado summer’s day.

“On Tuesday I attempted to ride my bike 237 miles in one day and I still haven’t come up with a very good reason why. I had plenty of time to think about it, 16 hours to be exact. It wasn’t a race, it wasn’t part of a tour or a group ride or fundraiser. It was just a route through the mountains of Colorado that my friend and I arbitrarily came up with.


With minimal planning and almost no training (Cam was pretty much straight off the couch) we headed North out of Buena Vista in the pre-dawn hours after what felt like a quick nap. We had no support and would have to carry everything we needed: food, water, tubes, and rain gear. We weren’t going to be exploring some far off mountain range, in fact we would be going though some pretty well to do ski towns, but there were some pretty remote stretches of road in between and needed to be prepared. 7 miles in I ran over a piece of discarded truck tire and got my first flat of the ride. After I finished replacing the tube and got the tire re-seated the valve stem broke and just like that, I was down to my last tube. I had gone through more tubes in the first 25 minutes of our ride than I have in the last two years and 3000 miles of road riding. It was apparent early on that it was going to be truly epic.


Independence Pass was our first of 4 major mountain passes and we quickly realized that the lack of oxygen was going to be one of the biggest challenges of the day. The rain that greeted us as we descended down into Aspen had held off longer than expected so we donned our gear and settled in for what looked to be a pretty wet day in the saddle. 7 hours and 90 miles in we pulled over in Carbondale to refuel before the longest and most difficult leg of our planned route. Cliff bars and Gu-packets were never going to cut it for an outing like this and we wanted some real sustenance. After we powered down full sized meatball subs we stopped in a used sporting goods shop to try and find a tube and some extra layers; even in July the mountain summits were colder than expected and we were now soaking wet. As much as I try not to be, I am a bit of a bike snob. I was riding a bike that is worth more than twice what my car is and wearing a kit that isn’t available to the public yet – taste I had acquired after working along side Cam for the past 3 summers. I never thought I would see the day when he would be so stoked to pull on a pair of used motorcycle rain pants, but we were willing to do whatever it took to stay warm and finish the ride.


The rain let off a bit as we rode south into the small town of Redstone and the mountains poked out from behind the low laying clouds. At this point we were around 115 miles in, just about half way, and our bodies were reminding us how hard this was actually going to be. I’ve lived in Colorado for almost 10 years now, Cam 3 times that, and we were both still easily amazed by the beauty of this incredible state. There were certainly easier routes we could have chosen, but we were reminded of why we had picked the hard way, there is something almost inexplicable about being out in these remote sections of nature with nothing more than a bike and your own two legs to get you there. That John Denver is most definitely not full of shit.

McClure Pass was relatively short but the 9% gradient certainly felt like being kicked while you were already down. We tried to coast and enjoy the next 16 miles of downhill knowing that Kebbler Pass leading into Crested Butte would be one of toughest sections of the entire route. Cam and I had split up near the start of the climb when he pulled over to shed layers and I had wanted to just keep moving, agreeing we would regroup in Crested Butte if we didn’t pass each other sooner. The views were absolutely amazing, with one of the largest Aspen tree groves in the world spreading out as far as I could see, and I tried to enjoy the solace of the Gunnison National Forest. It wasn’t the highest or the steepest, but Kebbler felt like it just kept going up and up. To make it even tougher, almost the entire 30 miles from its base to Main Street in C.B. were dirt. The rain that had soaked us earlier made the usually well-maintained road just muddy enough to cake my bike with what felt like a few extra pounds of grime. Just past half way up the pass and around 150 miles into the ride I ran out of water. When the mountain kicked up yet again, my tired legs could barely turn the pedals over, I found myself walking my bike; I didn’t want to sit down and take a break for fear that I wouldn’t have the will power to keep going. Looking back, this was definitely tbat moment; I was having internal dialogue telling myself I just had to get to CB to refuel and then it was the home stretch.


When I rolled into town I headed straight for a shop to wash off my rig and get some extra tubes for the final 70 miles. At the suggestion of one of the guys at the bike shop, I headed down the street to get a burrito. Just as I was sitting down with my much needed fuel, Cam rolled into town. We traded stories about the previous 3 hours over Mexican Coke’s that tasted like they had been crafted by the hand of God and tried to work up the courage to get back on our bikes. Finally, we walked outside to remount and ride into the evening. Looking South we saw ominously dark clouds and could hear the distant sound of thunder. We agreed that our safety was more important than finishing, Cottonwood Pass had 4 miles of road above tree line and the risk far outweighed the reward.

I took a shot in the dark and called a friend I knew used to live in town that I hadn’t seen or spoken with in several years, and by some miracle she not only answered but insisted that we come over to shower and spend the night. In hindsight, she really saved our asses. The storm that rolled through brought heavy rain, lightning and thunder that would have had us bivied under a tree out in the wilderness. We were able to shower, wash our disgustingly dirty kits, and borrow clothes to sleep in. It’s in moments like these that I am reminded of how important friendships are and I hope that down the road, I can do the same for one of mine in need.


As we got back on our bikes the following morning, we gained a massive amount of new found respect for the riders that make up the majority of the peloton at events like the Tour de France. They may not have leg hair, body fat or sweet tan lines but the amount of pain those guys endure on a regular basis makes them true hardmen. Rolling past Taylor reservoir we looked off into the distance and could see our final and major hurdle: Cottonwood Pass. 14 more miles of dirt up to 12,126 feet, then it was down hill all the way back to the car. My knees hurt, my legs ached and my sitsbones were rubbed raw. Even with all the suffering, I was still able to look out across the valleys and appreciate how lucky I was to be out just riding my bike.


When we finally got back into town and rolled up to the car, there was no finish line, no friends or fans to greet us, just a the 3 hour drive looming a head. And that was just fine with me. I didn’t agree to join for a bike jersey or ribbon that would tell fellow cyclists what I had done. I did it purely for the sake of trying to do something that I wasn’t sure was possible. If you don’t ever try to push past your limits, you’ll never know what you’re fully capable of. I don’t know if I will ever finish the loop, I may or I may not, but either way I’m not left with a feeling of disappointment I didn’t accomplish the goal I set out to do. I was proud that I tried. Failure is inevitable on the road of life. As any true hardman of the peloton will tell you, that’s okay as long as you keep riding.


Big thanks to Sports Garage, Ritte Cycles, Capo Cycling Apparel, Stages Power Meter for their support.”

Thanks for sharing, Alex!

Revamped WEND Team

Over the past few months, WEND has been preparing for winter by beefing up our already-impressive team. We’re stacked with slopestyle athletes, pipe slayers, racers and aerialists. We’re proud to sponsor the very best skiers and snowboarders in the industry across a variety of disciplines!


The WEND Word has been catching on throughout the ski and snowboard industry, and since spring we’ve beefed up our team to include more heavy hitters and rising stars.


Check out our Team Page to see all the fresh new faces!