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Cataloochee Day Trips

The schedule for the next week just got posted. You check to see what your week looks like. Then, you notice you and all your friends have the same day off. It’s snowboard season. What do you do? Take a day trip to Cataloochee.

The boys hit the road last week and spent their collective day off in the mountains of North Carolina. The day started with a meet up at 6:30 am, then the 3-hour drive to Cataloochee, followed by 6 hours of snowboarding. For most of them, it was the first session on the mountain all winter. For all, it was a a great way to spend the day.

Next time you and all your homies have the day off together, make the most of it. Do something different. Do something together. And, most importantly, have fun.

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2016 Snow Product Preview – AmbushBoardCo.

Temperatures are slowly dropping.  Football is back in full swing on the television.  It’s time to start thinking about booking an epic snowboarding trip for you and your buddies to take this winter while airfare is still cheap.  The mountain is calling.  We know you’ve got the itch!

Here is our list of items we’ve got coming in that you should keep an eye out for this season as you start thinking about updating your gear.  Consider this our version of the FBI’s “Most Wanted” list for slaying the mountain this year.  Check it out:

  1. Stomp Pads

Let’s face it, nobody wants to be the Jabroni holding up the lift line because you just had a garage sale getting off at the top.

Lift Jabroni

Save yourself the embarrassment and pick up a proper stomp pad.  We have fresh ones from your favorite brands like Burton, Volcom, Lib Tech, and Dakine…or from your new favorite stomp pad brand – Crab Grab.

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Cataloochee Field Trip 2014

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.

Fresh wax leads to better tracks!

Win an Autographed RIDE Buckwild Snowboard

Register here for a chance to win this RIDE Buckwild snowboard, autographed by pro riders Jake Blauvelt and Seb Toots (among others).

Ride offers innovative Rider-inspired Collections of Snowboards, Boots, Bindings, Outerwear, and quality Helmets, Gloves, and Accessories. We’re a proud to be a RIDE authorized dealer.

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RIDE’s Jake Blauvelt pictured here for “Naturally” *courtesy of Adidas

Ride and Adidas at Ambush Boarding Co. online.

Enter here for a chance to win

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K2 “Pop This” Snowboard High Ollie & Ledge Contest

Click for more on K2We’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.

Click for more from K2For 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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Get Fitted – Snowboard Boots Done Right

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.

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Snowboard Maintenance 101

Click to view the specsThere 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.

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Unveiling Vail

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.

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New Year’s Resolutions

 

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.

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