Skiing and Snowboarding USA Adventures in Snow

18Dec/130

Best spots for skiing and snowboarding around the world

When it comes to vacation time some like it hot and some like it cold, and when it comes to skiing and snowboarding around the world it’s the cold places that are required. Dramatic snowy peaks gild mountain slopes that are perfectly primed for some winter sports action and the choice today spans numerous resorts around the world. So where to get some of the best action? Here’s a guide to the best five resorts.

Gstaad

Midway between Montreux and Interlaken, this Swiss ski resort is a magnet for skiers and snowboarders and it’s also a popular destination for international celebrities. Its 220km of pistes reach heights of up to 3000 meters above sea level, and with several snow parks and a number of toboggan runs, not to mention over 150 kilometers of cross-country skiing trails, the resort offers everything the winter sports enthusiast could ask for. Gourmet restaurants, world-class shopping and luxury hotels await for après-ski relaxation.

Whistler

The majestic Rocky Mountains form the backdrop to this Canadian resort in British Columbia. Considered by many experts to be the best skiing in North America, huge vertical drops make skiing and boarding here an experience to remember. The Whistler Blackcomb resort sprawls over 8,100 acres, and if skiing and boarding need to take a back seat there are plenty of other activities such as zip lining and snowshoeing to take part in. An outstanding mix of cuisines is available in the restaurants and there is plenty of shopping in international stores.

Vail

Colorado’s premier resort is the United States’ largest single ski area with around 5,300 acres of terrain that is skiable. Offering pistes for the beginner to the highly experienced, ski lessons and equipment hire, this is a great resort for all levels of skill and experience. Vail also has more to offer its visitors: High-speed detachable quads are not for the fainthearted but are an exhilarating way to come down the mountain, and other activities include snowmobiling and ice skating. For the artistic at heart there are museums and art galleries to provide a break from the pistes.

Kitzbuhel

In the heart of the Austrian Tyrol, Kitzbuhel is considered to be the “Pearl of the Alps”. The village itself is 700 years old and leisure skiing started there in 1892. With some 170 kilometers of slopes reached by a fleet of modern gondolas and lifts, the resort offers snowboarding fun parks and cross country ski trails to add to the off piste excitement.

Zermatt

Beneath the towering, iconic Matterhorn, this Swiss resort gets huge snowfalls making it an immensely popular destination. Completely car-free it has the world’s second biggest vertical drop served by lift - a challenge for any skier.

Safety tips

Good quality equipment and clothing are an essential part of any skier or boarder’s enjoyment of a winter sports vacation. Boots should fit well and ski suits should keep the cold out but allow perspiration to escape. Ski helmets are also a sensible purchase; safety first but it’s not the only reason to wear one – it also keeps the head nice and warm.

31May/130

Lindsey Jacobellis Snowboarding Finals Women Olympics

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24May/130

Best of the 2011 / 2012 Snowboarding Videos [HD]

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11May/130

14-Year Old Monster Halfpipe Prodigy Ayumu Hirano Takes Second At Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships


Vail, CO (PRWEB) March 05, 2013

Young Japanese Pipe destroyer Ayumu Hirano earned second place at the Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships, taking home $ 20k and making history again after coming off his X Games silver medal win as the youngest medalist, who can now add youngest Halfpipe Champion to his record book.

Hirano, who went even bigger than legendary Shaun White in Vails perfect halfpipe, and pushed him hard to the finish, earned a score of 87.40 next to Whites 95.58 high score, and a place in snowboard history as the youngest snowboarder ever to claim this prestigious title.

"I was able to ride my best at the US Open and couldn't have done it without all my friends, sponsors and coaches supporting me, said Ayumu. The halfpipe at Vail was on point and I think it was a fun day for everyone in the contest."

Hirano linked together a massive run and amplitude was key, boosting the highest method air of the day on his first hit at nearly 25-feet, followed into a frontside 1080 tail grab, cab 1080 nose grab, frontside 900 tail grab, backside 540 mute, and nailed an absolutely huge frontside 1080 double cork frontside grab on the last hit. His final run, unbelievably, was even bigger and better unfortunately Hirano literally ran out of room on his last hit and landed in the shallow transition at the end of the Pipe.

Not only does this victory come off the heels of Hiranos famous silver medal performance at Aspen X Games, but the young Monster Energy rider just recently won first place at the 2013 Burton European Open Halfpipe Finals in Laax, Switzerland with a score of 86.60, and won the Burton High Five in New Zealand to start the season off.

Hirano has been dominating the Juniors Halfpipe scene for a couple years now, but he literally detonated the Mens Pro division in 2012/2013 and signified the changing of the guard, and the beginning of a new era. Snowboarding in Japan since the tender age of four, Ayumu follows the teachings and guidance of Monster Energy teammate and certified Stylemaster Kazuhiro Kokubo and splits his time between the US and Japan.

For more on Hirano, check out http://www.monsterenergy.com and http://www.facebook.com/monsterenergy. The site is dialed with exclusive photos, videos, and behind-the-scenes updates featuring Monster Energy athletes.

For interview or photo requests contact Kim Dresser (kim.dresser(at)indiepragency(dot)com).

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8May/130

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