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ON THE COVER Rider: Benji Farrow Photo: Jeff Brockmeyer Location: Breckenridge, CO
Last Spring, Snowboard Colorado had the Freeway and Park Lane terrain parks reserved for some of our fine state’s top riders, including Chad Otterstrom, Pat Milbery, Zack Black, and Matt Guess. Even with all the talent present, the “kid in the blue pants” got the shot of the day and this month’s cover with this air over the Breck wall. That kid happened to be Benji Farrow. And Benji Farrow slays. For the past few years, Benji has made a name for himself in the contest scene, and recently scored above a ninety at the Copper Grand Prix. Keep a look out for Benji in future contests, and watch for the “kid in the blue pants” crushing the parks at Breck.
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ZACK BLACK D.O.B.: 08/01/90 RESIDES: Breckenridge, CO HOMETOWN: Breckenridge, CO SPONSORS: Unity, Yea.Nice, Dye Optics, Breckenridge Ski Resort, Vans, Volcom, Satellite, The Station STANCE: Regular f: 18 b: -12
Zack Black is Colorado through and through. Born at St. Anthony’s on Colfax, he has spent all of his 21 years, vacations and film trips excluded, living and enjoying Summit County. He rides for a slew of Colorado-based brands and rolls with a crew of Colorado homies. Zack is also one of a handful of up-and-coming Colorado contest dominators, or maybe soon to be dominators, his identical twin brother Jake included. As I listened through the discussion with Zack, I could not help but notice how different his perspective was than some of the other Colorado boarders I have met on the circuit. It is impressive that Zack has remained so true to what he wants to do while living and riding in a county with so many driving influences, in the contest circuit especially. With the Grand Prix, the Dew Tour, the X Games, and you name it making stops in Colorado, the contest hype alone could be enough to shake a rider from their roots, but Zack knows what he wants, and whether you like it or not, he ain’t changing. It’s refreshing, to say the least, to hear a rider who gets most of his exposure in contests speak up and call out a process that he thinks is flawed. It’s not that Zack abhors the whole circuit, far from it. He just feels that a lot of the time emphasis and, in turn, judges’ scores are focused on all the wrong things. “I think snowboarding is going in the opposite direction that it should be to a certain extent,” says Zack. “I don’t hate double corks and I am definitely trying to do double corks, but I do hate that we ignore so many parts of snowboarding that are simple. No one has done back ten to switch back ten ever (in the pipe), why hasn’t anyone done that? Yes it’s hard but your going to tell me flipping twice is any different than that. It’s the same thing, it’s just that people follow the mold. I don’t necessarily like the fact that just because Red Bull makes a camp and someone does the trick that was done ten years ago by Mike Michalchuk, it’s any different.” Zack makes a strong point about how much the snowboard world has changed and how differently it is now being promoted, especially in competition, bringing up the criticism and jokes
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that Eero Ettala faced after doing a switch double backflip a few years back. At the time it was dubbed “a circus trick” or you were labeled “a gymnast” for doing such a thing, and now the double flip seems to be the measuring stick of contest legitimacy. For Zack, as it should always be, legitimacy is measured in style over substance. “I know plenty of people that have amazing style and are amazing riders, but they don’t do double corks and they don’t get the respect they deserve even though they are better snowboarders,” says Zack. “Just because you can flip twice and manage to stay on your feet, doesn’t make you a better snowboarder.” Again it’s not that Zack has a problem with doubles, it’s just that he believes in a different path of progression. Some may stomp their first double cork and begin contemplating a third flip. Zack prefers to slow it down a bit – explore all sides of the trick. “It’s not trying to do the 1080 because I just did the 9. It’s trying to do a new tweak. It’s a day doing half cab methods, to a day where all you do is ride switch - just messing around and having fun. I feel like that transfers to everything. There are so many people out there that like to do that.” It’s good to have dudes like Zack in Colorado, speaking their mind and doing their part to keep things legit. It is even better to know that he’s not planning on going anywhere and will be fighting the good fight as long as he can. “I could see myself living summers somewhere else, but I think I’d come back every winter. You look at it, every snowboarder in the world that’s at the highest level, comes to Colorado for the first month of the season - for the Dew Tour and for the Grand Prix and just because it’s the first place to have enough things open to keep everyone occupied. You see so many people here internationally, it’s like I don’t see why I would want to live anywhere else. They all had to pay to come to my hometown, I just had to sit around and let them come visit.”
“JUST BECAUSE YOU CAN FLIP TWICE AND MANAGE TO STAY ON YOUR FEET, DOESN’T MAKE YOU A BETTER SNOWBOARDER.”
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KATIE WILLIAMS D.O.B.: 05/22/89 RESIDES: Dillon, CO HOMETOWN: Bend, OR STANCE: Regular f: 10 b: -8
R: KATIE WILLIAMS P: JEFF BROCKMEYER 148 cm.
You may not have heard of Katie Williams yet, but she has been quietly stacking new tricks, honing her skills and working her way into the ranks by putting in hard work on the mountain everyday and never forgetting to keep things fun and fresh. She hails from Bend, Oregon and switched to snowboarding after getting bored of her childhood skis, telling her dad “skiing was lame” and that “she didn’t want to go anymore.” Luckily, her sister saved the day with a hand-me-down snowboard and after one day standing sideways, Katie was hooked and headed to the mountain every chance she had. Snowboarding came naturally and before she knew it. Katie became involved with Mt. Bachelor Sports Education Foundation (MBSEF) and was heading to USASA Nationals with the help of the coaches and the other riders in the program. She spent six winters riding, traveling and competing with the MBSEF crew and noticed a huge difference in her confidence and skills. Katie has a true knack for making the most of any given day, even when conditions are less than ideal. She credits this skill to all her years riding at Mt. Bachelor, which is known for its natural features and snowfall but not for its park and pipe features. Katie adds, “We used to joke that we had the Mt. Bachelor advantage in crappy weather and/or conditions during contests.” After a third knee surgery in March 2010, Katie needed “a change of pace” and something to get her stoked on snowboarding again. An opportunity arose to relocate to Colorado, where she had “wanted to live since I came to Copper Mountain for Nationals when I was 15,” and she jumped on it. Katie explains, “I was so impressed by the amount of huge mountains, awesome parks and pipes all so close to each other.” The move and added motivation has paid off with a renewed focus and lots of new moves adding to her already impressive bag of tricks. Slopestyle is Katie’s main passion and she prides herself on spinning in all
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four directions, but she can throw down and boost in the pipe as well. Over the summer, Katie headed back to Oregon and joined the esteemed staff at High Cascade Snowboard Camp where she landed her first of many underflips and backside rodeos in addition to learning how to drive a bus full of campers. Off the mountain, Katie is an avid rock climber, enjoys yoga, hanging with her friends and representing the Colorado extension of Rock’a Feather, a feather hair extension business that one of her best friends started in Bend. She explains, “Once I moved out to Colorado I continued doing feathers throughout the winter and this past summer at HCSC.” Her hair is an ongoing advertisement for Rock’a Feather with loads of feathers and extensions of all colors at any given time. This season she will also be coaching at Woodward at Copper and plans on taking full advantage of all the perks at Woodward to improve her air awareness, confidence, and of course have tons of fun playing on the trampolines and all the other Woodward features whenever possible. Katie finds inspiration in the “constant progression” of snowboarding and maintains, “there is nothing like learning a new trick or taking an awesome powder run to make me feel stoked. I love riding for myself and just having fun with it.” Her positivity and fun loving personality are truly contagious. On a day-to-day basis, she is not only pushing her own limits, but also encouraging all those around her to do the same. Katie admittedly “loves the competition side of snowboarding,” and has plans to make competitions the main focus of her snowboarding pursuits this year and in years to come. First stop this season on the contest schedule is Dew Tour in Breckenridge where she will compete in both halfpipe and slopestyle. From there, check her out at the Canadian and US Open along with other TTR events.
“THERE IS NOTHING LIKE LEARNING A NEW TRICK OR TAKING AN AWESOME POWDER RUN TO MAKE ME FEEL STOKED. I LOVE RIDING FOR MYSELF AND JUST HAVING FUN WITH IT.”
R: KATIE WILLIAMS P: JEFF BROCKMEYER
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R: MARK MCMORRIS P: AARON DODDS
MARK MCMORRIS D.O.B.: 11/09/93 RESIDES: Regina, SK, Canada HOMETOWN: Regina, SK, Canada SPONSORS: Burton, Redbull, Oakley, Matix, DVS, Sony Head Phones STANCE: Regular f: 12 b: -12
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WHERE ARE YOU FROM? I’m from the flattest place in Canada called Saskatchewan. W H E R E A R E YO U L I V I N G NOW? I’m based out of my parents place in Saskatchewan, but it seems like I’m never there because I’m always on the road. WHERE DO YOU RIDE THE MOST? I really don’t ride anywhere more than the other. I do so many contests that it allows me to ride all over the world on the best set ups, which is always fun!
WHO’S IN THE CREW, YOUR FAVORITE RIDING HOMIES? Stale (Sandbech), Gjermund (Braaten), Seb (Toutant), my brother of course and probably a good bud Matt Zaran. HOW OFTEN DO YOU MAKE IT OUT TO COLORADO? I’m in Colorado pretty much for all of December. I love it here! W H AT ’ S YO U R FAVO R I T E COLORADO RESORT? Keystone, because they build proper and have innovative features every year.
R: MARK MCMORRIS P: AARON DODDS
FAV O R I T E C O L O R A D O BACKCOUNTRY SPOT? I haven’t been in Colorado backcountry. WHAT WOULD YOU SAY WAS YOUR BEST TRIP OUT? When I was 15, I came for The Launch at Keystone. I landed one of the first backside 1080 double corks and sort of made a name for myself there. HOW MANY TRIES DID IT TAKE FOR YOU TO LAND THAT FIRST TRIPLE CORK 1440? Three.
I’M JUST DOING MY OWN THING, WHICH IS PROGRESSING MY RIDING ALONG WITH THE SPORT...
YOU GOTTA TELL ME WHAT WENT INTO PREPARING FOR THAT TRICK. FOAM PIT OR AIRBAG TRAINING? OR JUST A COLD-HARD, CALCULATED, RISK-ASSESMENT? Just lots of confidence. I had an idea of what it was going to feel like and it worked. I’m just happy I did it injury free. D I D T H E PA R K C R E W AT A S P E N M A K E A N Y MODIFICATIONS TO THAT J U M P TO M A K E I T L E S S DANGEROUS FOR YOU? HOW DOES IT FEEL TO UP THE ANTE WITH A TRICK LIKE THAT, AND HAVING EVERY PRO SNOWBOARDER IN THE WORLD ON YOUR TAIL TO LEARN THAT TRICK ASAP?
D O YO U W E LC O M E T H E CHALLENGE, OR DO YOU NOT EVEN SEE IT THAT WAY, AND FEEL LIKE YOU’RE JUST DOING YOUR OWN THING? I’m just doing my own thing, which is progressing my riding along with the sport, they did make it a bit bigger. W H AT D O Y O U H AV E PLANNED FOR THE FUTURE? To film more and get all these tricks in the backcountry! For now just having fun and keep doing the contest scene. ANYTHING TO ADD? Thanks to everyone that has helped along the way! You know who you are!
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R: DCP P: JEFF CURLEY
ALTITUDE SICKNESS BY JEFF AGUILAR
DAVID CARRIER-POCHERON D.O.B.: 09/14/80 RESIDES: Squamish, BC, Canada HOMETOWN: Squamish, BC, Canada SPONSORS: Yes. Snowboards, The North Face, Now Bindings, Spy, Globe, Empire, The Levitation Project STANCE: Regular f: 9 b: -6
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159 cm. (most endeavors) / 154 cm. (sunny days)
DCP HAS BEEN RIDING ALL OVER THE WORLD FOR ALMOST TWO DECADES, WHILE BEST KNOWN FOR HIS BURLY DISPLAYS OF MANHOOD IN THE BACKCOUNTRY OF ALMOST EVERY CONTINENT; HE ALSO LIKES TO SPEND A FAIR SHARE OF HIS TIME IN COLORADO. A NATIVE OF QUEBEC, DCP RECENTLY SOLD HIS BELOVED HOUSE IN VAIL, WHICH HE CALLED HOME FOR 12 YEARS. “There are so many good stories about Colorado, and good memories, it’s hard to think of just a few,” says DCP. One story he did recall with fondness was of himself and a few good ‘ol Colorado boys getting their ghost town jib on. Rollin’ deep with the likes of Rob Bak, Phil Russel, and Josh Malay; DCP and the boys took a little trip to the town of Gilman, an abandoned mining town near Vail where residents were told to leave the town behind due to contamination of the soil and water from the years of mining. Cursed land, no better place to find a sweet urban jib. The rail they set their sights on just happened to be attached to the hospital of this old ghost town. “I was just getting into jibbing back then and these guys were really into it, they called themselves the Red Team, or whatever,”
R: DCP P: JEFF CURLEY
DCP tells us. When Rob and Phil decided to rep their crew by tagging one of the windows of the hospital, Phil got a little excited and broke the window. After his next go at the rail, he stepped on a nail after unstrapping his board. “…And right then, this crazy wind blows an x-ray from inside the hospital, out the window, right in front of all of us. We pick it up, and it’s an x-ray of a foot. Right after he put a nail through his foot. We were all like, ‘Holy shit! This place is creepy!” DCP also recalls that local legend, and former roommate, Josh Malay, was not scared away from the spot, even after the freaky incident. Josh returned to the spot, with a new found respect for the area and was rewarded with an iconic cover shot on Snowboarder magazine.
WE PICK IT UP, AND IT’S AN X-RAY OF A FOOT. RIGHT AFTER HE PUT A NAIL THROUGH HIS FOOT. WE WERE ALL LIKE, ‘HOLY SHIT! THIS PLACE IS CREEPY!”
“Josh wound up getting the cover of Snowboarder with that rail, I remember him telling me that it was so good, he had to go back and get more shots.” DCP’s love affair with Colorado has serious roots from when he started filming with Kingpin. They were shooting in locations like Breckenridge, Vail Pass, and the park at Vail. He tells us that Breck was pretty much as far as he would go to ride when staying in Vail. “I think I’ve only rode at Keystone like once,” says DCP. “I go to Vail, Beaver Creek, Copper, you know, all the other mountains were too far away.” Aside from where he likes to ride the chair, Porcheron also tells us of a recent encounter with some of our finest backcountry. “My last day of the season last year, June 1,” exclaims DCP. “It was my friend Joe’s bachelor party, and we didn’t wanna have the typical go out and get wasted type of party.” So they decided to split, skin and hike up to the peak of La Plata Mountain, one of Colorado’s highest 14’ers, measuring 14,336 ft. above sea level. What was originally estimated to be a four hour trip to the peak, turned into eight or nine hours. Concerned about avalanche conditions, but not turned away, the fellas made their way down as soon as they could, only to find themselves at the beginning of another four hour hike to get out of there. “We did ride some sick shit, but it took another four hours to get out. We had to cross rivers and all kinds of stuff.” Says DCP, “So all that, 13 hour day, one run, June 1, last day of the season, Leadville, Colorado!”
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JUST SAYIN’ BY JAKE BLACK Snowboarding is something bigger than you and I. There is something about the mountains, that second you step out your front door, that fresh air, strapping in, dropping; you feel that something in your soul. It ignites that fire inside. It’s the freedom of creativity that brought all of us here. If you are reading this, life could be a whole lot worse. We all live in luxury being able to snowboard. You could be starving, living in a ditch, or fighting for your freedom. I have been fortunate enough to grow up in the mountains and in every way try to never under-appreciate the opportunities I have been given. I am nowhere near perfect though, I have a lot of flaws, self-doubts, fears, skepticism, and pessimism but I always try to make a conscious effort to question those. As snowboarders we are all intelligent people, and on a broader scale all humans are intelligent. The use and application of our intellect is a whole other story though. We have surpassed survival by the basic necessities, and a bi-product in doing so (among many other attributes) has created laziness and somewhat lost touch with what life is really about. Now there is no simple answer for what life is about. To find out you must create your own definition, your own answer. If you expect to be given the answers to life you are conforming, and isn’t questioning conformity what helped create snowboarding? Life, like snowboarding, is much bigger than ourselves. It is a complex system, intertwining everything; the soils, plants, trees, water, and sun all work together to create life. Even for us to survive we must acknowledge our co-dependence here to live, physically and spiritually. There is a difference between living and being alive. Living, to me, means you make it through the 9-5, eat three meals a day, watch your huge flat screen TV, and repeat, just like your shampoo bottle says; all you do is follow what you’re told. Being alive is so much more. It is living within the moment, the adrenaline rush, it is passionate, it is spiritual,
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SPARK THE FIRE; THE IDEOLOGY OF SNOWBOARDING discovering something new, learning, mixing things up, furthering yourself to become a better person. It is losing your mind just so you can find it again. It is sparking the fire; the ideology of snowboarding. On some form of a spiritual level, I am dependent on snow. However our actions as a society are destroying our environment and in time could destroy winter; that means no more urban missions, no more bottomless powder days, no more snow. Polluting the earth doesn’t cost a thing. Unfortunately, most of the goods we consume go from extraction, to production, to consumption, to the dumps. We need to create changes in our lives to sustain our snow (and in my case, my sanity). We as humans act as if we are in control here, but really the planet is allowing us to live here; sharing everything earth provides. We, unfortunately, do not abide by earth’s rules; we consume and destroy everything in our paths without even considering giving back, living only to benefit ourselves. Playing the game of life by these rules only conforms to the current corporate greed that runs our government. So stop for a moment and think. Snowboarding is supposed to be a collaborative of rebels, not an “action sport,” an extreme sport, or anything of the sort. Snowboarding is something of its own definition. We need to take it back, stir the rebellion again and become the change this place needs. Ask questions and question authority by becoming something bigger than yourself. Take action and reduce your impact on the earth and in turn you will be retaliating against our current diminishing system. Use your mind; creativity may be your most powerful weapon. Reuse, Recreate, Recycle. Build a compost, make new friends, never stop learning, be unconditional, be unpredictable, be positive, find inspiration, celebrate life. Fire it up.
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JOURNEY WITH JJ BY JJ THOMAS The beautiful San Juan Mountains in Southwestern Colorado are no doubt one of Colorado’s best assets for powder and freeride snowboarding. The San Juans are unique because of the combination of steep terrain and huge snowfall! The sign that you pass as you leave Ouray to head towards Silverton says it all, “Switzerland of America.” But beware, the storms that provide the area with the snow that we all love can also pose a great danger to snowboarders and skiers if they are not careful. In fact, one such incident comes to mind from a past trip I took there when I was 16-years-old. It was Thanksgiving weekend in 1997, and the Burton crew that I was part of was doing a photo shoot at Wolf Creek ski area, which is located on the top of Wolf Creek Pass just east of the town of Pagosa Springs. At one o’clock in the afternoon, we were all standing at the top of the Treasure Chairlift deciding who was going to stay inbounds and shoot and who was going to be lucky enough to join Brian Iguchi and Kalei Pitcher, the local pro and grandson of the owner of the resort, and go out of bounds off the backside of the resort towards the Hourglass Bowl to get some untouched powder shots. I remember it being a very nice sunny day, and just as we were about to start out of bounds, our team manager, Barry Dugan, said to Jeff Anderson and I, “do you guys want to go with the boys out of bounds or do you want to cruise on the hill some more?” Jeffy and I noticed that the sky was turning gray and snow clouds were starting to build. I think we were both pretty tired, so we respectfully declined the offer to head out of
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SOUTHERN COLORADO: FROM BEAUTY TO THE BEAST bounds. We said our goodbyes and told them we’d see them all back at the hotel in a few hours. In only two hours a severe winter storm had moved in, and Jeff and I decided to get down the pass while conditions were still driveable. As we crept down the snow-covered Wolf Creek Pass into town where we were staying, we were all getting nervous about the group, and were hoping that they were getting out of there, as the storm had turned into a raging blizzard that was dumping several feet of snow in a very short time. It was 9 PM, the storm continued and we still had not heard from them. Barry phoned the resort and spoke to the ski patrol, and together they made the easy decision to call for a search and rescue team. It was a long, nerve racking night. We were still awake at 4 AM when the call came in saying that they had just been found and that everyone was alright! Brian Iguchi got home that morning and told us that it was pretty scary, but they stuck together, found shelter under a tree and using their snowboards made a nice little fire to stay warm. He said that once the storm moved in they had no way of knowing what direction was what, and even when they did get a grasp on direction, the visibility was so bad that it was unsafe to walk for fear of walking off of a cliff, which, as it turns out, they almost did! They obeyed the cardinal rule of being lost and stayed put, knowing that help would be on the way. Thanks to Kalei and Davey Pitcher’s knowledge of the area, they were able to make it out and enjoy Thanksgiving dinner the following day.
R: CHAD OTTERSTROM P: JEFF BROCKMEYER
BACKCOUNTRY OPS NOBOARD BY CHAD OTTERSTROM I ended up buying a noboard last year in the most random place, North Dakota. We were on a shop tour rolling through Bizmark and the shop owner told me he would give me a discount on it, so I took the deal. He was probably glad I took it out of his shop, I don’t think there is anywhere to noboard in North Dakota. It was probably the best $100 I spent last year; $100 being half off. I ended up noboarding about three or four times last year, it felt like the first time I went snowboarding. A noboard is like riding a bindingless board with a rope strapped between the bindings to hold you on. Basically, you attach the sticker pad which gives your boots grip to your board and then screw the rope into your farthest binding holes and you’re ready to go. All you need to noboard is your favorite powder board. The kit comes with everything else you need. I would suggest using a board with the most rocker out there. Noboarding is kinda like surfing, you think you kinda got it, then you eat it. The smallest lines that seem simple on a regular snowboard are all of a sudden extremely difficult. This opens up a whole new world in the backcountry, all those small little lines you always hiked around, you can now ride with the excitement of your first deep pow day. The first time I noboarded I knew it was something I would do for the rest of my life, it’s good exercise, low impact snowboarding, that’s pretty much gonna be the best time you’ve had since you first learned to link turns.
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BE A NEWB AGAIN, RIDE A NOBOARD. THIS OPENS UP A WHOLE NEW WORLD IN THE BACKCOUNTRY, ALL THOSE SMALL LITTLE LINES YOU ALWAYS HIKED AROUND, YOU CAN NOW RIDE WITH THE EXCITEMENT OF YOUR FIRST DEEP POW DAY.
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R: DAN BRISSE P: AARON DODDS
ABSINTHE TWE12VE Starting from their first release Tribal, Absinthe Films has been making films for Twe12ve winters running now. Distinctive stylization, and the passion to be on the front line in documenting snowboarding’s progression has led Absinthe to playing a key role as an icon in snowboarding. They have been a huge springboard in aiding the launch of pro careers for some of the biggest names in recent snowboard history, such as Travis Rice, Nicolas Müller, Romain De Marchi, and JP Solberg - and as Absinthe has grown up to become one of the major players, they remain true to the same vision they’ve had since the beginning. Their newest release, Twe12ve, is arguably one of their best, if not their best film to date, and for the geeks out there like myself, Absinthe is one of the last snowboard film companies who still shoot 16mm film. Some of the best snowboarding footage they have ever captured, accompanied with an amazing soundtrack that is equally suiting, Twe12ve embodies the classic iconic feel that has drawn snowboarders to love Absinthe’s films. The freeriding in this film is off the wall, but more than anything it’s all done with really good style. Newcomer Matt Schaer has some really smooth riding in Revelstoke, along with three-season veteran Slyvian Bourbousson. The older vets JP Solberg and Romain deMarchi have a balance between some pretty large lines with a legit arsenal of jump shots. If you are a big Nicolas Müller fan then you will certainly not be disappointed with the three banger segments he has, one of which being a huge lines segment that he shares with Gigi Rüf. Other stand out powder parts are Annie Boulanger’s free ride lines that scale to all of the guy’s stuff, and Lucas Debari’s part with a guest segment of Blair Habenicht riding nearly vertical AK faces.
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REMAINING TRUE TO THE ORIGINAL VISION. Historically, Absinthe has made more powder dominant films, but through their evolution, urban footage has become more abundant. Johnnie Paxson has a pretty short part, but has some of best shots of the film between urban and jump shots. Dan Brisse has one of his best parts between some huge urban stuff that he is known for, and a legitimate list of proportionally sized jump shots. What really defines this evolution that has happened to Absinthe though is Bode Merrill’s double part ender. After watching it, it would be fair to conclude that Bode could be the most well rounded rider ever in snowboarding. His urban shots hold up to the standard of the strictly rail kid, and then conversely his skills in pow are just as good. Huge AK lines, some of the heaviest one foot tricks ever into pow, and a heavy list of jump tricks all make his parts an ender in every sense of the word. With something to offer every kind of snowboarder out there, Twe12ve is certainly one of the best releases this season, and I am confident it will be watched on my player for many seasons to come.
Riders: Bode Merrill, Gigi Rüf, Sylvain Bourbousson, Dan Brisse, Johnnie Paxson, JP Solberg, Matt Schaer, Annie Boulanger, Lucas Debari, Wolfgang Nyvelt, Romain De Marchi, Nicolas Müller Filmed on location: Alaska, Jackson Hole, Japan, Montana, Mt.Baker, Norway, Revelstoke, Salt Lake City, Sweden, Turkey, Whistler Sponsored By: Transworld Snowboarding, Billabong, YES.Snowboards, Salomon Snowboards, Dakine, The North Face, Banshee Bungee, Anon, Nike Snowboarding, Burton, Volcom, Snowboard Canada Magazine.
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A LOOK AT THE PAST, TO SEE INTO THE FUTURE.
This one has some history folks. If you’ve been around the snowboard scene for any number of years, there’s no way you’ve never heard the name Tom Sims, or heard of the company SIMS snowboards. C’mon, the guy invented one of the first snowboards. Not only that, he has done a ton for the sport that we all love. Sims helped organize the first World Snowboarding Championships back in 1983. His company, SIMS Snowboards has always been at the forefront of snowboard technology, for example, SIMS was the first company to introduce the highback binding to snowboarders everywhere, they made the first freestyle specific board, as well as the first women’s specific board. SIMS has been around since the mid- ‘70s, and the company has seen its fair share of changes, as well as ups and downs in the snow industry.
as through other channels in snowboarding, like Snowboard Outreach Society, its sponsorship of USASA, Pro camps at Echo MTN, and the summer shred camp it puts on at Woodward at Copper Mountain.
In June of 2006, Collective Licensing International, based in Englewood, Colorado, became the exclusive global licensing agent for SIMS. Collective Licensing International is a global brand development and brand licensing company. In addition to SIMS, they represent such brands as Airwalk, Vision Street Wear, Lamar, LTD, and World Snowboarding Championships. Since its inception in 2004, the company has grown to represent licensing agreements in more than 100 countries. With SIMS, Collective wants to keep the brand true to its roots. Carly Williams, Marketing Manager for Collective says, “With SIMS, the goal is to remind older consumers why they love the brand, and to educate younger consumers on what SIMS is all about. Since 1976, SIMS has been releasing innovative technology and products, and we will continue that trend for the upcoming season.” Collective Licensing International is keeping SIMS relevant through the involvement of Tom Sims himself, as well
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Being based in Colorado, the brand has tons of advantages. Williams says, “Having so many great resorts in our backyard makes it very easy for product testing and to get the brand in front of the right consumers through demos camps and various other events.” Team riders living in Colorado, guys like Seth Hill and Jake Black, also reap the benefits of having a sponsor so close to home. They can stop by the offices whenever they need to and give feedback on new products or marketing ideas, and they also get to shred with the bosses regularly. SIMS has also held team photo shoots at resorts across the state, including Winter Park, Copper, Telluride, Crested Butte, and Silverton. As for the future, SIMS will be announcing a new patent-pending snowboard technology in the coming months. Hush hush for now though. We’ll all have to wait and see, but the people behind it are very excited. What we do know is that the production of the new board will be done in Quebec, Canada, which is where SIMS production took place in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s. “It’s pretty awesome to see the brand come back full circle to production in North America,” says Williams. “We’ve had many people, including our team, test this new technology, and we believe this will change your ride and snowboarding forever.” It’s an awesome thing when a brand like SIMS, with so much history and innovation behind it, is still leading the charge to make our sport even more fun.
TRUTH IS – WE HAVE THE BEST PRIVATE PARKS IN THE WORLD!
RIDER: GUEST PRO FOREST BAILEY PHOTOS: DARCY BACHA
DYK? You can learn more in one session at Windells with your coach than you can in a whole winter season on your own!
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OUTERWEAR IS IMPORTANT ON SO MANY LEVELS. FIRST AND FOREMOST, OUTERWEAR IS VITAL TO STAY WARM IN THE MOUNTAINS. LET’S FACE IT, THE ROCKIES CAN BE COLD AND UNFORGIVING, MAKING PROPER OUTERWEAR KEY TO SURVIVAL. STAYING DRY IS EQUALLY AS IMPORTANT, BECAUSE NOTHING RUINS A DAY OF RIDING LIKE FREEZING WET GEAR. ON THE OTHER HAND, OUTERWEAR SAYS A LOT ABOUT A PERSON FROM A FAR. WITH A GLANCE, OUTERWEAR CAN SCREAM SERIOUS RIDER, OR OUTOF-TOWN GAPER. THIS ISSUE’S SHOWCASE FEATURES SOME SERIOUSLY COMFORTABLE, STYLISH AND FUNCTIONAL GEAR THAT WILL KEEP YOU WARM AND READY TO RULE THE MOUNTAIN. WORDS AND PHOTOGRAPHY: JUSTIN LESNIAK
FOURSQUARE THE FOURSQUARE LOGO HAS BEEN WORN BY A STABLE OF LEGENDARY RIDERS. COINCIDENCE? I DON’T THINK SO. FOUNDRY (Blacktop Vintage)
CHISEL (Blue Print)
Classic fit. 20k Waterproofing, 15k Breathability 3L MicroShield shell.
Classic fit. 15k Waterproofing, 10k Breathability 2L Microshield shell.
GRENADE LIKE EVERYTHING THEY DO, GRENADE’S OUTERWEAR SCREAMS FUN AND FUNCTION.
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BLAST OFF (Blue)
ARMY CORPS (Black)
Long fit. 10k Waterproofing, 10k Breathability. Poly shell with synthetic poly fill.
Classic fit. 8k Waterproofing, 5k breathability. Poly shell and skate inspired shoe lace belt.
BOND “IT’S THE LITTLE THINGS THAT COUNT.” SOMETHING THAT BOND NOT ONLY REALIZES, BUT DOES WELL. HUDSON JACKET (Golden Ochre)
ROUTE PANT (Smoke Blue)
Classic fit. 10k Waterproofing, 10k Breathability. Recycled PET “Magic Shell” with 80gm insulation.
Classic fit. 10k Waterproofing, 10k Breathability. Recycled PET shell with 40gm insulation.
BONFIRE SERIOUS STYLE MEETS SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS. CLOTHING THAT SAYS YOU RIP WHILE GIVING A DAMN. TANNER JACKET (Fire/Canvas)
RADIANT PANT (Marine)
Tailored fit. 15k Waterproofing, 10k Breathability. 2 layer stretch twill shell.
Classic fit. 15k Waterproofing, 10k Breathability. Heavy oxford shell.
VOLCOM YOUTH AGAINST ESTABLISHMENT OOZES FROM EVERYTHING VOLCOM DOES, WITHOUT EXCEPTION. LANDVIK TDS GORETEX JACKET (Black)
METRO CARGO PANTS (Red)
Classic fit. 20k Waterproofing, 15k Breathability 3L MicroShield shell.
Ergo fit. 10k Waterproofing, 10k Breathability. V-Science 2 layer Oxford shell.
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THE NORTH FACE THEY’VE SEEN THE SUMMIT OF EVEREST. NOW THE NORTH FACE SETS TO CONQUER SNOWBOARDING. GITTER DOWN JACKET (Bipartisan Brown)
FARGO CARGO PANTS (Moab Khaki)
Classic fit. 600 fill down insulation. HyVent shell.
Classic fit. Recco avalanche rescue reflector. HyVent shell.
RIPZONE WEATHERPROOF, FUNCTIONALITY AND STYLE; WHAT ELSE COULD YOU ASK FOR?
TRILOGY PANT (Electric Blue)
Classic fit. 20k Waterproofing, 10k Breathability. Recco avalanche rescue reflector.
Classic fit. 20k Waterproofing, 10k Breathability. 100g Thermolite insulation.
AIRBLASTER AIRBLASTER, PUTTING THE FUN INTO FUNCTION YEAR AFTER YEAR.
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NICOLETTE JACKET (Blue Coral)
MY BROTHER’S PANT (White)
Long fit. 10k Waterproofing, 10k Breathability. 100g synthetic insulation.
Slim fit. 10k Waterproofing, 10k Breathability. Stretch twill shell.
NOMIS GEAR BUILT ON A LINEAGE OF STREET DOMINANCE THAT’S SUITABLE FOR THE MOUNTAIN AS WELL. LINES JACKET (Dark Purps)
TRUE SLIM PANT (Dark Slate)
Classic fit. 10k Waterproofing, 10k Breathability. Custom Nomis trims and detailing.
Slim fit. 10k Waterproofing, 10k Breathability. Custom Nomis trims and detailing.
TECHNINE AN ICON IN STREET STYLE KEEPS ON CRANKIN’ OUT HITS.
GOONER MILITARY JACKET (Ops Camo)
BRADSHAW DENIM PANTS (Marine)
10k Waterproofing, 10k Breathability. Unbeatable features and detailing.
10k Waterproofing, 10k Breathability. DWR coated denim shell.
BOND PACKED WITH FEATURES YOU’VE ALWAYS WANTED IN A STYLISH PACKAGE. BOND IS THE WAY TO GO. ACTON JACKET (Stratos Polka)
DALLAS PANT (Sea Spray)
Classic fit. 10k Waterproofing, 10k Breathability. 80g of recycled poly insulation.
Classic fit. 10k Waterproofing, 10k Breathability. 80g of recycled poly insulation.
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BETTY RIDES NOBODY KNOWS WOMEN LIKE, WELL, WOMEN. BETTY RIDES SIGNIFIES WHY SOME THINGS SHOULD BE LEFT TO THE LADIES. NIKKI JACKET (Black)
MAGIC CARGO (White)
Classic fit. 15k Waterproofing, 10k Breathability. Poly stretch shell with 40g poly fill insulation.
Classic fit. 10k Waterproofing, 8k Breathability. Poly plain weave shell with 40g poly fill insulation.
NIKITA NIKITA MAKES SOME OF THE MOST INSPIRING WOMEN’S SPECIFIC OUTERWEAR IN THE INDUSTRY. WHAT ELSE CAN I SAY? HEMSEDAL JACKET (Black, Beet Red, Waterfall, Sunkist Coral) Classic fit. 10k waterproofing, 8k Breathability. Dupont coated nylon herringbone shell rescue reflector.
NORDIC PANT (Beet Red) Classic fit. 10k Waterproofing, 10k Breathability. Dupont coated mélange poly twill shell.
NOMIS BECOME A PART OF THE NOMIS FAMILY WITH A KIT YOU WILL INSTANTLY FALL IN LOVE WITH.
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DAZE JACKET (Cherry Tomato)
SKINNY DENIM (Raw Canvas)
Classic fit. 10k Waterproofing, 10k Breathability. Removable fur trim and custom Nomis trims and detailing.
Slim fit. 10k Waterproofing, 10k Breathability. Custom Nomis trims and detailing.
BONFIRE SPORT SOLID ECO FRIENDLY GEAR WITHOUT SHOUTING IT IN EVERYBODY’S FACE.
ASTRO JACKET (Aquamarine)
HEAVENLY PANTS (Mahogany)
Classic fit. 15k Waterproofing, 10k Breathability. Herringbone weave shell with 550g down insulation.
Tailored fit. 15k Waterproofing, 10k Breathability. Stretch twill shell.
THE NORTH FACE OUTERWEAR INSPIRED BY THE HARSHEST ENVIRONMENTS ON EARTH.
SNOW COUGAR PRINT JACKET (White Flower Burst)
BLEECKLER STRETCH PANTS (Deep Purple)
Classic fit. Hyvent 2L herringbone shell. 100g of PrimaLoft insulation(body) and 80g(sleeves and hood).
Tailored fit. Hybent 2L stretch twill shell. Chimney Venting system.
VOLCOM WITH A HISTORY OF REBELLION, VOLCOM MAKES BOMBPROOF OUTERWEAR WITH SERIOUS ATTITUDE. ICONIC JACKET (TPT)
PATRON PANT (Black)
Classic fit. 15k Waterproofing, 10k Breathability. Portion of proceeds are donated to Boarding for Breast Cancer.
Slim fit. 15k Waterproofing, 10k Breathability. V-Science Ghost Weave shell.
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BRECKENRIDGE By Jeff Aguilar
WHERE DO PRO SNOWBOARDERS, CELEBRITIES, VACATIONING FAMILIES AND THE AVERAGE SHRED-HEAD/ PARTY-ANIMAL-TYPE CONVERGE TO GET A TASTE OF THE GOOD LIFE HERE IN COLORADO? PRO SHREDS NEED THE BEST PARK AND PIPE IN THE WORLD, RIGHT? CELEBS AND FAMILIES NEED AWESOME FOOD, LODGING, AND A MOUNTAIN TOWN ATMOSPHERE UNLIKE ANY OTHER, RIGHT? PARTIERS AND THE LIKE NEED CRAZY BARS, KILLER SNOW, AND CHEAP LODGING AND FOOD, RIGHT? THERE CAN’T POSSIBLY BE A RESORT TOWN THAT HAS THE ABILITY TO COMBINE ALL OF THESE ELEMENTS IN A WAY THAT EVERYONE IN TOWN AND ON THE HILL CAN ENJOY THEMSELVES AT THE SAME TIME, RIGHT?... RIGHT!?... WRONG. Breckenridge has done it all, day in and day out, night after night, weekend after weekend, season after season, for the past 50 Years. Have you ever watched out-of-towners driving down Main Street into Breck for the first time? The kids are going ape shit, Mom is already planning on maxing out the credit cards with all the shopping and dining, Dad isn’t even looking at the road with the 2,358 acres of rideable terrain in his sights. If you see a car full of bros, they are usually too excited to hide it, bro-step (dubstep for d-bags) blaring over the speakers, daddy’s SUV rocking from the off-rhythm white-suburban dance moves exploding from within their anxious little souls. Everyone is stoked to get their rooms, hit the town, and then get up and shred the legendary peaks the next day.
R: ZACK BLACK P: AARON DODDS
P: AARON DODDS
BRECKENRIDGE A far cry from the gold mining town established in 1859, Breckenridge was actually spelled Breckinridge back then; this town sees around 320 inches of snow a year and is home to many of Colorado’s favorite pro riders. Eric Willett, JJ Thomas, and Steve Fisher all call Breck home, just to name a few. There are tons of up-and-comers, who have also been on the covers and pages of Snowboard Colorado magazine, who were either born in Breck or moved here to become a better rider and get on the scene. In fact, making the move to Breckenridge has been the key factor for many who have put together a killer snowboarding career. The last few sentences should be really big hints for any photographer looking to come up in the game as well. Anywhere there are pro riders, there needs to be someone snapping pics.
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The Ten-Mile Range (ten tall peaks in ten long miles) ends near the town of Breckenridge, and the resort occupies peaks 10 through 7. Most of you little shits have probably only been to the bottom third of Peak 8, just to ride park and act like a badass until it’s time for your mommy to pick you up, “There’s hot cocoa and snack packs in the cup holders, muffin!” I’m not hating on you park kids though, the only reason I get a season pass is because I like to ride park, I’m just saying there’s more to riding than handrails and shit, especially here at Breck. Since 2005 they’ve had the most elevated high-speed-quad chairlift in North America, The Imperial Super Chair. Hop on this piece from the 6-Chair or the T-Bar, and in a few minutes, you’ll be at 12,840 ft, probably freezing your ass off, but you’ll have some of the sickest terrain around at your disposal. You better sack-up or pack-up once you get here because the Lake Chutes are no joke, with a 55-degree pitch in some spots, you can look like a badass or a dumbass in a hurry.
THE TEN-MILE RANGE (TEN TALL PEAKS IN TEN LONG MILES) ENDS NEAR THE TOWN OF BRECKENRIDGE, AND THE RESORT OCCUPIES PEAKS 10 THROUGH 7 13,643’ Peak 10 4,100’
13,198’ Peak 9 2,500’
12,998’ Peak 8 12,667 Peak 7
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BRECKENRIDGE HAS ABSOLUTELY THE BEST, BIGGEST, AND MOST CONSISTENT TERRAIN PARKS; FIRST, AND THROUGHOUT THE SEASON, EVERY TIME. Although the average annual snowfall is in the 320 inch range, last season Breckenridge got more snow dumped on it than a glass coffee table at a bachelor party. Over 500 inches accumulated throughout the season, and obviously, everyone is praying for a repeat. When you’re in Breck on a powder day, you better stay outta the park yo. If you’re not getting dragged up the hill by the T-Bar by 9:30am, you’re definitely doing it wrong. If ya wanna do it right, get off the T-Bar and head straight for the Imperial Quad, once you get off that chair, hike to the top and jam over rider’s right to the Lake Chutes. If you wanna get a little longer run in than everyone else who will probably just be lapping the Imperial and the T-Bar, stay rider’s right past the 6-Chair and funnel through the trees to the E-Chair. That’ll take your tired ass to the top of in-bounds Peak 9 so you can hike some more. But it’s totally worth it on a good snow day, from The Windows to the Twin Chutes, it’s all good through here. Or just lap the T-Bar, Imperial, and the 6-Chair until your legs fall off, either way, there’s a ton of awesome shit to eat up on a pow day at Breckenridge.
What Breckenridge is probably best known for though, is their world class terrain parks, Freeway and Park Lane. One of the first resorts to boast a 22’ Superpipe, Breck has always set the standard for park build progression in the snowboard world. For the past decade, the parks and pipes at Breck have been receiving award after award from both snowboard and ski mags alike. Of course the rankings against other parks and pipes fluctuate up and down, but I think that’s just so the other resorts across the country get some tourism now and again. Seriously kids, early season, before the competitions are in full swing, damn near every pro that can make it out here is riding Breck. It’s not just because Todd Richards lets them stay in his pad either, it’s because ‘perfect’ is the best word to describe what these terrain parks look like after a fresh grooming. These parks lend themselves to such a good natural flow, that you absolutely have to get out here early AM and be one of the first to just flow the shit out of this place from top to bottom. Remember how cool you felt the first time you charged the big jump line at any other resort? Well bring an extra pair of shorts if you wanna try that shit here in the Freeway Park. You better be waxed up proper and on top of your game if you’re gonna send it off these kickers. The Dew Tour didn’t just happen to pick Breck out of nowhere to kick off the prestigious three stop tour. Breckenridge has absolutely the best, biggest, most consistent terrain parks; first, and throughout the season, every time.
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THE PARKS AND PIPES AT BRECK HAVE BEEN RECEIVING AWARD AFTER AWARD FROM BOTH SNOWBOARD AND SKI MAGS ALIKE. OF COURSE THE RANKINGS AGAINST OTHER PARKS AND PIPES FLUCTUATE UP AND DOWN, BUT I THINK THAT’S JUST SO THE OTHER RESORTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY GET SOME TOURISM NOW AND AGAIN.
R: ERIC WILLETT P: AARON DODDS
R: TORSTEIN HORGMO P: AARON DODDS
FOUR DAYS IN DECEMBER HAVE BRECKENRIDGE TRANSFORMED INTO SOME SORT OF SNOWBOARDER FANTASY LAND The Dew Tour is the biggest event to hit Breckenridge, both the town and the mountain, ever. Four days in December have Breckenridge transformed into some sort of snowboarder fantasy land each winter. All the top pros and local bros are in the running for the crown. If you made it up for the Dew Tour in the past, than you know what I’m talking about. It’s like a mini X Games to kick off the season. This season, one of the dates of The Dew Tour happened to fall on the 50th birthday of Breckenridge Mountain, or ‘The Peak 8 Ski Area’ as it was called back then. On December 16th, 1961, ‘The Peak 8 Ski Area’ opened with just one double chair and a short t-bar for beginners. I bet they never pictured long haired dudes standing sideways huckin doubles in a 22’ Superpipe when they were laying that foundation. Now I know that a lot of people reading this magazine have been to Breck a thousand times, or maybe you used to live there or you still do. If so, then you already know where to stay, what to eat, and where to party. I’m just gonna tell you how Snowboard Colorado Magazine makes the trip up to one of the illest mountain towns in the world.
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It’s not like we’re “stackin’ mad cheddah” over here, but sometimes our accommodations are beyond satisfactory. And staying at the Mountain Thunder Lodge or Valdoro Mountain Lodge would be one of those times. If you’ve never heard of the either of these spots, it’s probably because you’re not a celebrity, an investment banker, or a trust fund bee-yatch. Neither are we, so it was hella baller to roll one up, and then roll up to our dank digs at the base of the mountain. If you wanna know what it’s like to kick your feet up by the fireplace, watching shred-flicks on a giant flat screen after a soak in your 6-person private hot tub on the patio while the chicas are grillin up some veggie-burgesas (Spanglish for garden-burger) on your own gas grill, which is also located on your badass private patio; then you gotta stay here! Everything you could possibly need is at the oneof these spots, super friendly and accommodating staff, fireplaces, indoor/outdoor pools, giant hot tubs, relaxing massages, a full service tune shop, WiFi, heated underground parking and garages and an arcade are just a few of the amenities that are available to guests at these fine establishments. After you’re done living it up like some sort of shred-steady-Kardashian, you’re still close enough to Main Street to bar-hop amongst the common people who probably have never slept on 400-thread-count Egyptian cotton bed sheets. Peasants! However, most of us are ballin’ on a budget at best, so for those days when the snow is way thicker than your bankroll, I’ll tell you how to bust it out without going broke.
R: ALEK OSTRENG P: AARON DODDS
Trip-out to Breck on the cheap: Worst case scenario, you have to call someone from Denver to come get your broke, drunk, dumb, ass. This is my favorite type of trip to Breck by far, and you can pull it off with like fifty bucks in your pocket. Wing it. Get up hella early, head to Breck, with the crew (the ‘wing it’ technique hardly ever works solo). Ride your asses off. Make sure you make it to Mi Casa in time to get seats for dollar tacos, this place fills up fast on a weekend. Tip your server! Get shitfaced at Cecilia’s, Liquid Lounge, or the Gold Pan (cheap PBR). Keep in mind that you don’t have a place to stay at this point, and it’s very important to be super nice to everyone you meet. Hope that it’s not too cold and you can all sleep in your whip and ride again in the morning, just be careful where you park. If it is cold, this is where being super nice comes into play. Exercise game and pull a chica at the bar and crash at her pad, if you can. (Seriously, if you pull this off in any male-dominated mountain town, call me and tell me how you did it!) The girls will have an extreme advantage here bros, if you get desperate, send her in to the wolfpack of locals holding down the bar stools. Ladies, work your magic at this point. Fellas,
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TRIP-OUT TO BRECK ON THE CHEAP: WORST CASE SCENARIO, YOU HAVE TO CALL SOMEONE FROM DENVER TO COME GET YOUR BROKE, DRUNK, DUMB, ASS. just sit there and smile, wonder what it is that your homegirl said to these dudes that made them so hospitable, and thank her in the morning when you’re sipping coffee in the gondie. P.S. If you wanna be a real tight-wad, there’s a Greyhound station in Frisco (about $17 to or from Denver), and free shuttles that take you everywhere in Summit County. This info also comes in handy when you wake up in Summit County Jail only to realize that Breck’s finest towed your Jeep cuz you were “gettin’ crunk,” and you can’t afford to get it out of impound because you spent all your money buying shots for girls you’ll never see again at the Gold Pan, and your folks won’t do shit because they just paid your expensive-ass bail, and you have no one to call, and no way home. Um, not like that’s ever happened to me or anything… To add to the splendor that is Breckenridge, there’s a super heady little boardshop that you definitely won’t find in just any mountain town. If you wanna get your hands on some of the
R: NATE KERN P: AARON DODDS
THERE REALLY IS NO PLACE LIKE IT AND WE ARE ALL BLESSED TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO PILLAGE THIS PIECE OF COLORADO HISTORY THAT IS PROGRESSING SNOWBOARDING WELL INTO THE FUTURE. most unique gear available in Colorado, make sure you stop by The Big Hit on Lincoln Ave, a half block east of Main St. (physical address is 100 N. Main). This boardshop has all the latest shit, all the time, and everyone who works here knows their shred gear real well, and they’re always eager to help you find what’s right for you. Your friends will be mad jelly when you make a purchase here! I bought a Volcom hat here like six years ago that still gets tons of compliments every time I wear it, and I’ve never seen anyone else sport anything like it. The same can be said about almost any piece of shred-wear or hardgoods you can find at this store. Just sign over your paycheck when you walk in the door bro, seriously.
So there you have it, Breckenridge, a hundred and something year old town with a 50-year-old badass resort overlooking it. I could probably write a novel about all the rad shit that goes down in this place, but I’ll let you write your own Breck story. You’ll just have to get up here any way you can, and experience it for yourself. There really is no place like it and we are all blessed to have the opportunity to pillage this piece of Colorado history that is progressing snowboarding well into the future.
I COULD PROBABLY WRITE A NOVEL ABOUT ALL THE RAD SHIT THAT GOES DOWN IN THIS PLACE, BUT I’LL LET YOU WRITE YOUR OWN BRECK STORY.
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GPS ENABLED GOGGLE
the zeal z3 will change the way you see the mountain.
With superior optical quality, lens technology and the integration of a revolutionary GPS system, the Z3 is the ultimate in goggle performance.
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Nothing is engrained in the DNA of snowboarding like slashes. From the wild days of shredding in the â€˜80s to today, slashes have been behind the scenes establishing the identity of snowboarding. Regardless of your riding style or terrain preference, itâ€™s impossible to call yourself a solid rider if your slashes distantly resemble a rooster tail. Likewise, a penchant for epic slashes can elevate an otherwise weak riding game. Slashes never go out of style, never get old and certainly never age. The best part about slashes is they hold the power to transform even the worst days on the hill into lifelong memories. Getting wrecked working on your air game, that down rail giving you problems? Do yourself a favor, find a pow stash and slash the ever-loving-life outta it. Watch as your previous woes fade into joy over a wicked hack. You can thank me later, for now, check out these prime examples of slashes gone right.
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CLOUD SEEDING BY TIM WENGER
Picture this: It is puking snow outside. The cloud cover looks about normal for an average snowstorm, but it looks as if the mountains are getting covered with more powder than seems normal. You are standing outside watching this phenomenon and already eyeing down your lines for the next morning, when you notice that the roads look clear heading that direction and the storm is focused on adding powder to the ski hill. You check again an hour later and notice the same thing. Dumping on the mountain and clear everywhere else. While this might seem like an act of God, it is actually the hand of man messing with the physics of nature.
R: TORSTEIN HORGMO P: JEFF BROCKMEYER
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Cloud seeding is a practice of weather modification performed by many ski resorts across the world. To get the scientific terminology out of the way here, I’ll go ahead and give a brief description of how cloud seeding works for those who are new to the term. By pumping the clouds in a certain area full of silver iodide and solid carbon dioxide (dry ice), a cloud can be “supercooled,” thus causing ice particles to grow at rapid rates and become dense enough to fall from the cloud as precipitation (in our case snow). “Silver iodide once burned is hexagonal and has water attracting and bonding properties and is therefore perfect for vapor to convert to snowflakes,” says Joe Busto, of the Colorado Water Conservation Board.
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“...CLOUD SEEDING IS CONTROVERSIAL BECAUSE PEOPLE EITHER OVER OR UNDER ESTIMATE ITS EFFECTIVENESS.”
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Cloud seeding has been a bit of a controversial subject, so I decided to take a look into the matter and get some facts. The perceived problem with cloud seeding, as a lot of naturalists see it, is that we are effectively “altering” the weather, causing a small percentage of extra precipitation in a designated area than would have otherwise occurred. There is also speculation that adding extra precipitation to one area is taking away from the moisture in another. A lot of people also question whether or not cloud seeding actually works. “From my perspective, not my
agency’s, I believe cloud seeding is controversial because people either over or under estimate its effectiveness,” Joe says. “It is not the reason there is 12 feet in the back bowls of Vail nor is it the reason that the Eastern Plains of Colorado (have been) dry the last few years. They also don’t understand the science very well. It is basically the stimulation of natural processes by giving more particles for water vapor to bond to.” In many cases, the everyday boarder won’t even notice that cloud seeding is taking place. “Well designed and executed programs will make up about 10% more snow in your target area, that is all,” he says. As stated above, Joe feels strongly that cloud seeding is a practical way for us to help generate more precipitation where needed, but is not the cure all for droughts or other natural phenomenon. “You can’t cloud seed in a drought as you need the clouds with water vapor in them to work with,” he says. “Therein lies a problem- you can work in an average year to make it a little better than average or a wet year to make it a more wet year but you can do very little for a drought. It should be considered a small snow and water resource augmentation program only.” Another main concern with cloud seeding is how it affects the surrounding wildlife. “Programs are monitored by the state and thresholds are set on snowpack to suspend operations based on the natural variability of the local climate,” says Joe. There has been speculation
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Joe is Colorado’s ‘kingpin of cloud seeding.’ “Cloud seeding is not the answer to any one problem, but is a little bit helpful each year,” he says. Joe is in charge of issuing the permits that allow a person or group to legally perform cloud seeding, as well as administering a grant program for winter cloud seeding operations. For everything from getting the low-down on which ski areas use cloud seeding, when they are allowed to seed clouds, and how they go about doing it, Joe is the man with the master plan.
MOTHER NATURE LOSING CONTROL? During a study conducted in Australia and published in 2009 entitled An Assessment of the Environmental Toxicity of Silver Iodide, cloud seeding experiments were tested to determine the amount of silver iodide absorbed in water, snow, plants and animals. The research project was titled the Snowy Precipitation Enhancement Research Project. “Mean silver concentrations have all been shown to be well below the GTV for all matrices, at all locations and for periods of sampling during the SPERP,” Williams and Denholm. The study also concluded that silver iodide is not harmful to living creatures, as some other forms of silver can be. “Insoluble or complexed silver compounds were found to be much less toxic or essentially non-toxic to a range of terrestrial and aquatic vertebrates,” Williams and Denholm, pg. 2. “As far as negative impacts from the use of silver iodide, there aren’t any documented impacts to date,” Joe says. “It is basically inert and bonds with water but is used in very small quantities and doesn’t bio accumulate in plants, animals, or fish.” This doesn’t necessarily mean that the extra snow can’t endanger wildlife, however. “In 2008 snowpack was well
over 160% in late January and the DOW was doing hay drops to feed deer because there was so much mid elevation snow where there normally would not be as much snow,” Joe says.
“IT IS A WAY TO HELP WITH POWDER IN AREAS YOU CAN’T REACH WITH SNOW GUNS”
Not all ski resorts in Colorado practice cloud seeding or have anything to do with it, but many of the major resorts are a part of some kind of cloud seeding program- Winter Park, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin, Breckenridge, Vail, Beaver Creek, Powder Horn, Telluride and Purgatory. “It is a way to help with powder in areas you can’t reach with snow guns,” says Joe. “The primary goals of Vail and Winter Park are to target cloud seeding for the back bowls where their Forest Service permits do not allow for snowmaking equipment.” “It is all about snowpack augmentation,” says Doug Laraby, Director of Mountain Planning at Winter Park Resort. “We’ve got two remote generators, and they are up high. We can take advantage of the conditions to augment our snowpack.” The remote generators are operated from Nevada under close supervision.
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R: RITCHI COLASANTI P: TERRY RATZLAFF
as to whether the silver that is pumped into the clouds is harmful to plants and animals.
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At this point, we have a basic idea of what cloud seeding does and why people may be for or against it. So now let’s go over how it works and what it takes to get started.
ever been paid out, but it’s best to ensure that project sponsors are covered for this activity,” says Joe. So what does it take to get a permit? “You have to advertise in the papers, submit an application to the state, and defend and present the details of your application at a public hearing,” says Joe. The public also has the opportunity to express concern before a permit is granted. “The state believes you should give the public proper notice and an opportunity to be heard. The state uses that information and develops a record of decision to approve, deny, or approve with special terms and conditions. It is not a forum to vote programs up or down but legitimate concerns should be addressed.”
“NOT ALL STORMS CAN BE SEEDED,” JOE SAYS. “YOU MUST KEEP IN MIND THAT SILVER IODIDE, THE SOLUTION USED IN CLOUD SEEDING, IS ONLY ACTIVE AT CERTAIN THRESHOLDS SO STORMS CAN BE TOO WARM, TOO DRY, TOO COLD TO USE THE CHEMICALS.”
Before getting started with a cloud seeding program, a ski area must get a permit. The state has a permitting program that ensures each cloud seeding operation is run by people who know what they are doing and that liability insurance is carried in case of a lawsuit. “No lawsuits have
North American Weather Consultants from Utah and Western Weather Consultants in Durango are the two main places to go through to get started. The Winter Park Ski Area and Denver Water went through WWC and paid $107,000 to use ten generators for three months. “I have been partnering with Winter Park to have the
R: NATE KERN P: DAN MILER
Ski areas aren’t the only places that are down with the extra wet cloud; several water districts across the state pitch in with funding as well, bringing the total to around 40 entities that participate, according to Joe. Because cloud seeding programs are under strict watch, the plug can be pulled if the snowpack becomes too much of a problem. “This criteria or thresholds works pretty well as we suspended the programs in Gunnison for the rest of the year that year. It was a joint decision between the CWCB, County, and contractor. But it was the right decision.”
THE ACTUAL PROCESS OF CLOUD SEEDING IS QUICKER THAN YOU MIGHT THINK, AS LONG AS THE GENERATORS ARE IN THE RIGHT SPOT. “GENERATORS CAN BE 5-20 MILES UPWIND OF THE TARGET AREA AND DEPENDING ON WINDS IT COULD BE 10 – 30 MINUTES BEFORE THIS STARTS TO TAKE EFFECT,” SAYS JOE.
those machines at about 9500 and 8900 feet elevation on Denver Water and USFS land to ensure our seeding solution was regularly getting in cloud.” They are also focusing on getting newer and more efficient machines to do the job. Where the old machines average 6-8 grams of silver iodide/hour, the more modern ones will average around 27 grams per hour. The actual process of cloud seeding is quicker than you might think, as long as the generators are in the right spot. “Generators can be 5-20 miles upwind of the target area and depending on winds it could be 10–30 minutes before this starts to take effect,” says Joe. “Not all storms can be seeded,” Joe says. “You must keep in mind that silver iodide, the solution used in cloud seeding, is only active at certain thresholds, so storms can be too warm, too dry, too cold to use the chemicals.” When deciding whether or not to seed a storm, scientists also take into consideration the ‘robbing Peter to pay Paul’ argument. “In that argument we ignore the massive mountain barrier in our state and the orographic lift of our terrain,” Joe says. “Simply put, the mountains force cold air to rise and this increases the effectiveness of precipitations processes. Similarly, air will warm and descend on the downwind side of mountain ranges and that is a natural phenomenon as well.” // page 85
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Desert Research Institute in Reno, Nevada operate two specialized high output high elevation cloud seeding machines and they are about $60,000 for five months for two of them,” says Joe. “We really focused on getting
“IT IS TIGHTER THAN PEOPLE THINK AND WATER RESOURCES WILL STRUGGLE TO KEEP UP WITH POPULATION GROWTH IN COLORADO
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“In the Colorado River Basin we have agreed to collaborate on this science to help meet our water needs. I try and balance it as grants to existing programs, modernizing existing programs with new equipment, and importing and deploying new equipment to do good evaluations. You can’t run models or do simulations without good inputs so I am at square one collecting good data,” Joe says. From many points, the issue with cloud seeding doesn’t have so much to do with the ski industry in Colorado, but
with everyone that uses water that comes from Colorado. While Joe is an avid snowboarder, himself and everyone at the CWCB have to also make sure that the water that needs to get to Nevada, Arizona and California is actually getting there. “Few people realize our compact obligations and look at a stream and say 25% of that water is ours and the rest goes downstream. We see that at my agency. We have to. It is tighter than people think and water resources will struggle to keep up with population growth in Colorado and the Southwestern U.S.,” he says. The least that we can hope for is that the people who are making the extra snow that we ride on every day are doing a good job and being environmentally responsible. “We don’t want to get in a position where we are seeding and hoping we are doing a good job. Those questions can be answered by good science that involves plume modeling, air flow measurements, high resolution precipitation gauges, silver in snow analysis, weather stations with icing sensors that catalog data. Contractors don’t like those ideas as they take money out of their pockets. But, we must insist on them for the long term viability of the field,” Joe says. “The focus of my agency’s effort has been to ensure programs are well conducted, executed and evaluated.”
P: TERRY RATZLAFF
The Colorado Water Conservation Board has put over $1 million into locally sponsored cloud seeding programs in Colorado since 2004, according to Joe. What is more interesting is that other states that depend heavily on water from here in Colorado have been throwing down the dollars as well. “Since 2007 downstream water users Southern Nevada Water Authority, Central Arizona Water Conservation District, and the California Six Agency Committee have put $1 million towards Colorado cloud seeding,” says Joe.
R: PAT MILBERY P: TERRY RATZLAFF
1. Williams, Bruce D. and Denholm, John A. An Assessment of the Environmental Toxicity of Silver Iodide- With Reference to a Cloud Seeding Trial in the Snowy Mountains of Australia. April 2009. 2. FINAL CLOUD SEEDING SUMMARY REPORT 2010-11, Central Colorado Mountains Vail/BC 3. Busto, Joe. 4th Weather Modification: The Colorado Experience and Application in the White Mountain of Arizona.â€?
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TRICK TIPS WITH JJ THOMAS FRONTSIDE 7 JAPAN IN THE PIPE WORDS: JJ THOMAS PHOTO: JEFF BROCKMEYER FRONTSIDE 7’S ARE A CRUCIAL PART OF ANY HALF PIPE RIDER’S PROGRESSION. THIS IS WHAT I LIKE TO CALL A “GATEWAY TRICK.” ONCE YOU’VE MASTERED THIS TRICK YOU WILL THEN BE ABLE TO MOVE ONTO LEARNING YOUR 9S, 10S AND DOUBLE CORKS. HOWEVER IF YOU DON’T HAVE THIS TRICK DIALED PERFECTLY, THEN NONE OF THOSE OTHER TRICKS WILL EVER HAPPEN, SO BE SURE TO TAKE THE TIME AND GET THIS TRICK MASTERED. THIS IS HOW I DO MY FRONTSIDE 7S: 1. Pick your favorite spot on the frontside wall. You can either drop in midway down the pipe, or do it first hit like I did here. 2. Go into the wall with plenty of speed. Do not try this trick unless you are confident that you can get waist to head high out of the pipe. 3. Keep your line going down the pipe. It’s easy to go straight up the wall when you are gearing up for a big spin, so try your best to keep the same line that you use when you do your favorite straight airs.
4. On a 7 there is no need for a big windup. Pretend that you are going in for a straight air, but then right as your tail leaves the lip you need to throw your trailing hand around your body in an upper cut motion. This movement will start the spin and give you all the torque that you need to get around. 5. Now that you’ve left the lip and committed to the trick, the next thing you need to do is grab. On this one I chose a Japan grab, because when you grab with your front hand just inside of your front binding, you can grab it and then pull on it, which gives you extra style points and gets the trick around.
6. Finish time! You’ve spun, you’re still grabbing, and now you see the landing. The next thing you need to do is to let go of your grab and get ready to stomp this trick. Depending on how you spin and grab, you will probably come down a little on your heel edge and then flatten the board out so that you are going across the flat bottom on your toes into the next wall.
HAVE FUN WITH THIS, AND MAKE IT YOUR OWN! BY THAT I MEAN DON’T BE AFRAID TO PLAY AROUND WITH DIFFERENT GRABS TO SEE WHICH ONE WORKS BEST FOR YOU. ONCE YOU HAVE MASTERED YOUR FRONTSIDE 7 WITH YOUR “GO TO GRAB,” THEN START PLAYING AROUND WITH OTHER GRABS. I LOVE THIS TRICK AND PROBABLY DO IT MORE THEN ANY OTHER TRICK OUT THERE!
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THE BURTON AFTERMATH
GREG GOSSEL Greg Gossel, born and raised as a Midwestern, straight out of Baldwin, Wisconsin. He is a true cheese head, rocks an awesomely obvious Midwestern accent, loves fishing, enjoys the taste of cheese curds and Old Dutch potato chips and still supports the Green Bay Packer football team with his Wisconsin pride. Baldwin, is by no means a known Midwest city, if you were to ask most folks where Baldwin is located, chances are they probably don’t have a clue besides maybe referencing the massive Fireworks warehouse that acts as a billboard right off of the I-94 heading east as their best guess. He now resides in Northeast Minneapolis, where he calls home and where he has established his studio space over the past five years. Greg has enjoyed making art his entire life. He recalls the early days as a kid, feeling like having some fun expressing his mood at the moment and heading straight to painting murals on the walls of his parents’ home. Art has always been an outlet of expression to him. Greg describes his creativity as a way to clear his mind of all the stress, day to day responsibilities, create what his imagination is envisioning and most importantly a way to “keep him sane.” Greg has snowboarded, but is in no way an active snowboarder. He has ridden at a few small Midwestern favorites including Afton Alps and Wild Mountain, but it has been quite a while since his feet have been strapped into a snowboard. Greg is stoked that his art has been used on a couple of snowboards though. In 2010, he designed the GNU “Street Series” model, and this season,
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Greg was contacted by Burton to help design the “Aftermath” series. So, with a couple of boards he has created, Greg enjoys the natural translation of his art onto snowboard decks. Greg has a rad, mashed up, mixed media approach to his work. He typically incorporates a combination of screen-printed graphics of iconic imagery with torn, destroyed pop art collage backgrounds. The combination of style makes for a iconic, raw approach to his pop art creation. Greg keeps himself super busy with an average of two to three solo shows annually, commercial projects and a healthy mix of fine art. He describes the process as a difficult balancing act, but he prefers to “bust his ass and work hard at what he loves to do,” rather than not earn great opportunities to display his work at galleries like White Walls, in San Francisco. As for the future, Greg has been focusing his approach to a scavenger style. He has been collecting billboard scraps, junk, old newspapers, and other forms of recycled materials. According to him, he will be focusing his efforts on “found elements” for his upcoming solo shows in June at White Walls and August in Minneapolis. He encourages other artists out there to adopt this “bust your ass” working motto if you want to transition your passion into your career. Greg is proud to admit that is how the Midwest does it, hard work with lots of extra effort to set yet another individual like Greg on a level of worldwide recognition for his art.
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INPUT & BROKEN Input just might be Denver’s most versatile hip hop artist. He dropped his first album, Elusive Candor, to eager hands in 2006, and has followed up with multiple albums, EPs and tours that have spread his name well outside of the Mile High City. He currently works closely with Broken, putting rhymes over handmade beats that collaboratively have more soul than any sample you can find. The most stereotypical thing you can say about Input is “hey man, you sound a lot like Slug (from Atmosphere),” but he hasn’t grown tired of the accusation. “It’s better than being compared to somebody that sucks!” says Gustavo D’Arthenay, the one man hot shot that is Input. “It’s either that with people that know hip hop, or people that don’t say I sound like Eminem.” Whether you are a hip hop junkie or not, his straight-forward way of rapping, and well spoken lyrics grab attention very easily. Input has broken into the entire Denver music scene, appealing to fans across genre lines. “Our (Input and Broken) style meshes well with other styles,” says Input. “We do a lot of shows with rock bands. The Epilogues, The Photo Atlas, they are good friends of ours. I almost enjoy doing shows with rock bands more than just straight hip hop.” His appeal probably comes so easy because of his singersongwriter background and respect for other styles of music. “I started playing guitar when I was 14,” he says. He was always into hip hop and used to fill up VHS tapes with old rap music videos, but his earliest venture into playing music was a little different. “Back then, in middle school, I was listening to NOFX and punk bands like that,” he says. “I did singer-songwriter type shit for three or four years, and it was horrible,” he laughs. After realizing that singing wasn’t his gift, and rapping made its way to the front of his mind, he began to lean more heavily on hip hop. “It was more like ‘fuck around, get drunk and freestyle’ in high school, and then I was like ‘fuck it, I’m going to start writing music,” he says.
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ROCKING THE DENVER HIP HOP SCENE Input has a respect for his hometown. He has traveled around the region performing, and, like a lot of other musicians in our city, has come to appreciate that the Mile High is not L.A. or New York. “Being in Denver, you have more of an advantage if you can make some good noise. It’s not where you are geographically, but where you go.” He has performed everywhere from north to south, including indie shows the last two years during SXSW in Austin, TX. “Denver reminds me of a young Minneapolis, how hip hop kind of took over that city. I think there is potential here in Denver for that.” After listening to Input and Broken’s latest album Left For Dead, I got right away that their music is true hip hop, from the heart the way it is supposed to be. This isn’t some radio rapping about Benzes and hoes. “It’s all personal experience. I’ve never been a good storyteller as far as creating an illusion or whatever, that’s never been me. I’ve always been an honest, straight person. The shit that I’ve seen and shit that I’ve done,” he says. Broken also shared how he comes up with the beats. “I start with drums, then fill in the melodies. If I do take a sample, I chop it,” says Broken. “I’ll start making the beat, then I’ll want to transition and switch it. I’ll hit a button and it will make a cool sound, it’s usually kind of freestyle.” “I’m working at finishing up an EP with this producer from Atlanta, Supa Hot Beats, hopefully it will be out in the springtime,” Input says. “(Broken) and I are working tentatively towards the new project.” Get it out boys. A new Input and Broken record in 2012 would be the perfect thing to rock at the end of the world.
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