The usual marking of the end of the season. All the resorts in Tahoe are closed by now and the locals still have that urge to shred! GBP and the Gremlinz know this all too well! On April 20th, 2015, aka the national holiday 4/20, locals and even people from out of town show up to this snowboard culture post season party somewhere in the backcountry of Lake Tahoe. Last year they set up atop Donner lake near Sugarbowl resort, but this year with the lack of snow at lower elevations they decided to set up in the backcountry of Mt Rose Summit.
The party consisted of over 100 guests, a DJ, free soup, spliffs, and all the Tahoe shredders laying down whatever they could on this custom course hand built a few days before by the GBP Crew. The course included a dug out section that popped up onto a flat section of snow, overhead a fly over of that dug out into another pump track assembly, to the right was another starting point where riders hit a hip over a small pine tree, as well as a bent tree rail, quarter pipe set up, down corrugated, and a two section drop down rail that had riders attempting gnarly tricks all day!
The beers, whiskey, bowls, blunts, spliffs, joints, and e-pens were all in attendance. The music riled everyone up with Jah beats and enabled everyone to feel the vibes around them.
Session after session on each feature took place until it was time for the “high” ollie contest which is a staple of the get together. Many tried and only one took first place. Funny thing was, everyone was too involved in the contest and perhaps too ‘high’ to realize it was almost 4:20 pm. The music stopped and the announcer reminded everyone to spark up and enjoy the day as this was the quintessential moment of the holiday.
Many thanks to the guys who took the time to build the course and put together such a rad event! you guys kill it!!
So obviously this post is way over due, but I had the urge to post something that reminded me of how awesome last winter was and how excited I am for this upcoming winter.
On May 7th, 2015, a strange cold air blew into Tahoe. All the ski resorts had closed and the Gremlin Gamez had already taken place, which usually marks the end of the winter season up here in the Sierras near Lake Tahoe. However, this cold air and a bit of precipitation brought us what we had been wanting all season! A good dumping of dry white powder we humbly refer to as snow. The heavens opened and poured down on us for the entire day. Mt. Rose summit was hit especially hard by this impromptu storm.
I gathered my camera, called up a few friends, and started our journey to the backcountry. Chip Snyder and Evan Stagnaro made the trek with me up the mountainside in search of deep pow and heavy snow drifts. We bundled up as the wind was absolutely howling by us. The feeling of braving the storm is unlike anything else. Basically on your own with the clothes on your back and a snowboard in your arms is your only salvation.
We made a couple runs in different locations we thought were best suited. It wasn’t easy as the few days before it had rained and literally washed away anything that resembled snow. It was basically like the beginning of the year all over again. Dodging rocks and slashing stashes when we found them!
Evan and Chip laid down some heavy turns and even took a minute to session some features other locals had dragged out to the spot earlier in the season.
After scratching our metaphorical snowboard itch for a few hours we decided to head back down to the car to call it quits. An awesome post season day of powder that brought back all the great memories of the season.
Everyone’s stoke level has been quite high after a miracle March left a fresh dumping of snow in Tahoe with the followingSpring like temperatures that has led to new park set ups and fun riding conditions. New snow and hot blue bird days set the scene perfectly for Neff Headwear’s annual Beach Bash contest held at Boreal Mountain.
A busy saturday brought over 80 signed up riders eager to show off their sun tans and skills on the insanely creative and risky set up. Boreal and Woodward Tahoe’s Terrain park crew led by Lane Knaack did an amazing job.
The format was simple: utilize all of the features, have fun, and throw down! The judging panel assembled for the contest was full of legends and badasses! Stevie Bell, Mike Burton, and Curtis Hill had their work cut out for them. With $2000 dollars in cold hard cash on the line rider’s motivation was there. Stevie was calling out tricks on different features ready and willing to make it rain on whoever stomped his request. First back rodeo off the spool feature and lip slide 450 out on the up rail gap were just a few to mention.
Rider, Andréy Trofimov really stood out with what I gathered was something like a butter cork 720 off the spool and even a 270 onto the flat down flat to closeout! What! Jordan Nield spun something similar but his one footed kick out on the same feature looked legend! Renee Stein put in work on all the features, especially super steezy back 180s off the spool. Local riders, Jeff Sponzo and Dan Danzberger, killed it and deserve an honorable mention.
So many kids gave it their all, but this was the way it all cracked down.
1st - Andréy Trofimov
2nd - Jordan Nield
3rd - Matt Busedu