It’s rare to be at Cataloochee Ski Resort on a sunny bluebird day without the snow cannons blaring. Needless to say we mounted up the GoPro took full advantage.
Riders include Lane Jordan, Lee Elliott, Eric Jefferson, Cole Vanhoff, and Wes Lembo.
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We’ve joined forces with K2 Snowboarding to bring the “Pop This” High Ollie & Ledge Contest to metro Atlanta. It all goes down Saturday, January 12 at 7:00pm in the Ambush parking lot. Snow will be brought in for the event.
Registration is open inside Ambush and is $5 to enter. Call the shop for details 770-420-9111.
• 1st Place (combined score): A K2 Fastplant snowboard • 2nd Place (combined score): $100 Ambush Gift Card • 3rd Place (combined score): A schwag bag of K2 and Ambush gear.
For more than two decades, K2 Snowboarding has set the industry standard for technical innovation and manufacturing supremacy. As one of the world’s leading snowboard brands, K2 is credited with introducing pivotal technologies such as Rocker, Flatline, Eco-conscious construction, as well as the patented K2 Conda boot and Auto binding advancements. K2 Snowboarding’s success is anchored by an unyielding commitment to the sport on all levels.
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Snowboard boots are the most important part of your set-up. I know, boots are not as sexy as the snowboard itself. Boots don’t have neato looking gadgets like your bindings, and they definitely won’t make as much of a fashion statement as your outerwear. So what. You better get a good pair or all of that other stuff won’t matter one bit.
Your boots serve three main purposes: to keep your feet warm, act as the main power transfer point between your body and your board, and ensure that your knees, ankles, and feet are safe and secure. If your boots don’t fit correctly, your are going to be missing one or all of these functions. Translation: a bad day on the slopes.
Everyone wants to ride comfortably, keep their feet warm and dry, perform well, and go home uninjured at the end of the day. Here is a boot fitting checklist to keep your days on the mountain epic.
Step 1: Choosing the Perfect Flex
All snowboard boots have flex ratings. Most brands rate their boots on a scale of 1-10 with ten being the stiffest and one being the softest. In general, the more firm the snowboard boot, the faster and more aggressive the rider. A better snowboarder needs a stiffer boot to brace their body for landings and react quicker from edge to edge (the one exception being a more skate-style park rider who likes a softer boot to flex out while hitting rails). A more novice rider needs a softer boot that flexes easily which allows them to make more mistakes on the hill without pushing the board in that direction.
As a rule of thumb, buy the exact same flex in your snowboard boot (or one notch stiffer) as you would in your snowboard (snowboards have flex ratings just like the boots). For those of you that haven’t purchased a snowboard yet, stick to the chart below for guidance.
|Rider Skill Level||Boot Flex Rating|
|Big Mountain/Freeride Rider||6-10|
Step 2: Length Matters
Snowboard boots need to fit tighter than your shoes. Most people buy shoes with about a half inch of space between the their toes and the tip of the shoe. And while that is perfectly fine for your kicks, your snowboard boots should fit more snug than that. When trying on boots, make sure that your longest toe is touching the end of the boot liner. Your toe should not be crammed and bent up the end of the boot, but barely grazing the end of the inside of the boot. This keeps your foot from moving around in the boot while riding giving you more control over your snowboard and protecting your feet from that massive, yard-sale wipeout.
Step 3: Heel Lift
All boots have some amount of heel lift. The key is finding the right boots that keep heel lift to a minimum. Look for boots that have heel anchors (a lacing system that anchors the boot liner and your heel to the inside of the boot) rather than liner lace (a lacing system that tightens the liner, but does not affix the liner or your heel to the inside of the boot). This will ensure that your liner and heel stay in place and decrease your chances for blisters and injury.
Step 4: No Pressure
Does the boot press uncomfortably at any point against your foot? Are you cramping anywhere? Is your blood (a.k.a. that fluid that keeps your feet warm) flowing? Do you feel any sharp pains along your foot or ankle? Wear your boots around the shop for a while to make sure that there are no pressure points (or at least as few as there could possibly be). Some pressure points break in over time, but for the most part, pressure points mean that the boots simply doesn’t fit your foot all that well. Try on another pair. There will be a boot that is right for you.
Step 5: Heat Molding
Although I personally am not a fan of heat molding, the option exists to help custom fit your boots before you ride them. Ask your salesman if the boots you are buying have a heat moldable liner. If they do (and you want your boots heat molded), have the salesman mold them for you. It takes 10-15 minutes and it could be the difference between riding a comfy, cushy, grippy snowboard boot and feeling like you have your foot stuck in a bucket.
I hope that helps you our in your quest for the perfect snowboard boot. Remember: Happy feet = happy snowboarding.
There is a popular misconception that today’s snowboards are so technologically advanced that they don’t require as much waxing and maintenance. This is NOT true. In fact, waxing your base is the easiest, cheapest, and fastest way to increase the performance and life of your snowboard.
Because we feel snowboard maintenance is so important, we have a room in the shop completely dedicated to snowboard tuning. We also have a section on our website called Tools/Tuning.
Five Reasons to wax your snowboard:
1.) Noticeable increase in speed.
2.) Noticeable increase in control.
3.) Less resistance (no more pushing at the bottom of the mtn)
4.) Reduces/covers minor abrasions that disturb riding performance.
5.) A freshly waxed board smells wonderful.
For all product questions concerning snowboard tuning and maintenance email email@example.com or call the shop at (770) 420-9111.
Number one. Ask anyone who has been around the snowboard game for any amount of time and they’ll tell you Vail is the best mountain in the world. You may find a couple of contrarians that would prophesize that Whistler has better terrain or Powder Mountain has better snow…and they would probably be right. However, no mountain has a better total package. The size and scope of the mountain, the amount of snow, the quality of the parks, and the variety of the terrain all adds up to one amazing experience. So when the opportunity arose for my brother and I to spend a few days shredding the peaks of Vail, we immediately booked our tickets and jumped on a plane.
5,289 acres. Vail is massive. In contrast, Cataloochee (my local mountain), is only 15 acres. Vail is roughly the same size as the entire city of Kennesaw, GA, the birthplace of Ambush Board Co. That’s one big playground. Translation: heaven for snowboarders. It took us nearly two days and over 12 hours to ride the entire mountain. If we spent the amount of time in the park that we wanted to/should have…we may never have seen the whole thing.
60,136 vertical feet. According to Vail’s Epic Mix app, that’s the total distance in height we rode in a little more than 15 hours. 60,136 vertical feet. That’s the equivalent of riding from the peak of Mt. Everest down to sea level twice…plus 2,000 feet. We rode more than 11 miles straight down. Who knows how much the total distance was (although we estimated approximately 30 miles). Our bodies were snowboard starved and we feasted like it was our final meal.
Twenty-nine inches. Denver didn’t want the snow. The city had business to conduct, an airport that needed to function, and a population intent on making it’s way to work and school. Vail was starving for snow. The mountain had yet to completely open, which is incredibly rare for early February. It was the storm of the winter and it was heading right towards us. We couldn’t wait for the squall line to wallop Vail and deliver two feet of snow on a silver platter. We could almost taste the powder we would score the next morning. Only the storm never came…not to Vail at least. The following morning Denver employed 82 snow plows to clear the streets while Vail remained untouched. Most snowboarders would have been frustrated. But…living in the South has made us unbelievably appreciative of any snowfall we can get. It was a treat just to be out there riding at speeds that, due to small, moderately pitched mountains, you simply cannot reach down South.
104 degrees. The perfect temperature for an outdoor jacuzzi. Our tired bodies slumped motionless in the bubbling, steaming bath. We moved only to sip from our beers. In between stoic gazes, we nodded silently to one another in acknowledgement that this was an amazing trip. May all your travels be epic.
I have stuck with exactly zero New Year’s Resolutions. That’s not to say I haven’t made any positive life changes. I just haven’t been able to make any life changes based on a random calendar day. But this year, for the sake of “I told you so’s”, I am going to give it a go. My New Year’s Resolution: To ride more. Shocking isn’t it. It shouldn’t really be that hard, right? It’s not like I am trying to quit smoking or lose weight. I’m not trying to get an advanced college degree or hike Mount Everest. I am just trying to ride more. So why does this resolution seem so difficult to attain?
Life is merely a collection of seconds. Actually, life is a collection of millions of seconds strung together. My definition of living life to the fullest is using those seconds wisely to create the best possible experience. As we get older we add more things to our lives. More responsibilities at work, rent/mortgages, bills, family, etc. These things take up a bunch of those seconds leaving precious few for skateboarding, snowboard, and surfing. In essence, my New Year’s Resolution is to manage those seconds more carefully to ensure that I can shred more. Managing time is one of life’s most difficult aspects. I think I am up to the task…especially when the rewards are so great.
Here are the rest of the guys’ resolutions:
Stormy Pruett – “skate more and pay my car down”
Brian Johnson – “go back to school”
Jake Roberts – “why wait until New Year’s to make a resolution?”
Charlie Brown – “skate more and stop being lazy”
Max Yoder – “have a good time and drink more water”