10 Years of Keystone Area 51 – APPROVED

March 4, 2013 By

Snowboard and skiKeystone Ski Resort has been building a terrain park called Area 51 for years now.  Area 51 one has been in many ski films, many snowboard films and it has taken on many different shapes over the years.  Watch as Level 1 looks back at 10 years of filming in this amazing park. I don’t know the history between Level 1 and Area 51, but I can tell you that they get it done. I can’t wait to see what the next 10 years brings.  Enjoy.

Area 51

Each week we highlight our favorite piece of social media from the snowboard and ski world and give it our “I’d Hit That” stamp of approval. All we want to do is give recognition to all of the hard working folks in the Action Sports Industry.  

Sit back, enjoy, and take a look at this weeks “I’d Hit That” stamp of approval.

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A New Snowboard Park: My Backyard

February 27, 2013 By

For the past year or so, one of my major goals was to get a backyard. I didn’t know how that would happen, how much it would cost, or where I would find one. At one point I didn’t believe that it would ever happen. But it did. With that said, I can’t tell you how excited I am to build a new snowboard park right in my own yard.

My Backyard

Snowboard, Park, Terrain, Midwest

So here is the deal. My wife and I just left our apartment to rent this house and this backyard. There is a good chance we will not be here forever, but for now I have free rain to do whatever I want with this yard.  That pumps up my tires.

It is hard to tell from the picture, but this backyard is huge. The shed in the back has a 10′ X 20′ floor plan. That fits my winch, a couple Banshee Bungees, a few shovels, and it gives me a little thinking space to turn this backyard into a killer snowboard park. At this point I am not sure what the plan is, but I want you to know my mind is blowing up with ideas. Keep your eyes wide open because my backyard is about to become a year round snowboard park and it is about to get hectic.

What would you like to see me build in my new backyard?

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Two Laps in Alpine’s Mini Park

February 15, 2013 By

Do you ever have one of the days where you have a blast in the terrain park and then get home only to find out that all of the footage you took is almost wasted?  Well I just had one today.  I officially found out it is time to get a new computer, a new camera, and a new version of Final Cut.  After all that went down, I managed to put together two runs through Alpine’s Mini Terrain Park with Windows Live Movie Maker.

Apline’s Mini Park

 Method, Snowboard, Apline Ski Resort

Before I show you this nasty video, I want you to know that we really did have a good day.  I met Brian at Alpine at around 10 and we jammed for a solid couple of hours.  The park was freshly groomed, Brian took out the lame flags with methods all day, and we pretty much had the place to ourselves.  We took some falls, and we also gained back some of the confidence we have lost over the years.  If feels good to have a day like this.

So here is the nasty video, I was forced to make in Windows Live Movie Maker.  My first and probably my last.  Not happy about this vid. but I am happy about the new gadgets and computers that will be in my arms in the near future.

Oh man, I am writing this and have not watched the video yet.  It can’t be good.  As soon as the hour and a half it takes to upload to YouTube goes by I will put it up above this paragraph with no avail.  I am not worried about it, because it is just one of those days.  Everyone has them and I can only believe that everything from here on out will be 10 times better.

Either way.  We had a great day lapping Alpine’s mini park and I can’t wait to do it again.  Sorry for the crappy edit, and all I can wish for is that you can make a video better than this.

When is the last time your electronics took a crap?

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Lick The Cat 2 – APPROVED

January 28, 2013 By

Snowboard and skiThis right here folks is just a good all around park riding.  I did not see any triples, quadruples, or whatever will come next.  What I did see is a bunch of riders slaying the park and having fun.  It is easy to see when a group of people spend a good percentage of their time in the terrain park because they make it all look so easy.  Being from the Midwest, I can’t say that any of this is easy because most of the obstacles they hit are twice the size of any obstacle you will find here.  For the fun of it, this video gets Approved.  Enjoy!

Lick the Cat

Each week we highlight our favorite piece of social media from the snowboard and ski world and give it our “I’d Hit That” stamp of approval.  All we want to do is give recognition to all of the hard working folks in the Action Sports Industry.  

Sit back, enjoy, and take a look at this weeks “I’d Hit That” stamp of approval.

Do you have a video, a picture, or a special piece of snowboard and ski media that you would like to get approved?  If so, send your story through our Contact Page.

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Cannonsburg’s Monster City Park

January 25, 2013 By

To those of us who already know about Cannonsburg Ski Area this may come with no surprise, but to those of you in the Midwest and world who don’t know, now is the time.  Cannonsburg has been killing it in the terrain park department over the last couple of years, and it looks like they have stepped it up again with their Monster City Park.

The City Park

Snowboard, Cannonsburg Ski Area

For a southwest Michigan jib park, this looks pretty legit.  You can check out more pictures on Cannonsburg’s facebook page.

I have yet to make the short trip over to check it out with my own eyes.  I should probably just man up and go tomorrow.  Either way the word on the streets is that C-burg is the place to be.  They have been highly placed in Transworld for parks in the Midwest, and they continue to push the limits and give riders what they truly want.  A bigger and better terrain park.

snowboard, ski, terrain parksnowboard, ski, cannonsburg ski area, midwest

From an engineers perspective, one of my favorite parts of the job is when the product goes from design into production or prototype. The point you can actually hold it, break it, and test it.  You can tell the designers of The City Park put sometime into building this thing before the snow even fell.

At the end of the day, I can see a couple approved videos coming out of this park and I am excited to see resorts in the Midwest pushing the envelope.  When you push, it makes others push as well.  Thanks.

Have you been to Cannonsburg yet?

 

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