February 15, 2013 By Jon T
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
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?
January 11, 2013 By Jon T
The ski and snowboard parks at Alpine Valley Ski Resort are finally in after a crazy start to the winter that provided us with mostly warm weather. After a few cold weeks the snow crew got busy and blew snow like it was their day job. All that was left was to build the park. Now that it is 85% done, I took a few quick laps through their parks with my Go Pro to give you a quick look at what they built.
As of now they have a big park, a mini park, a jib line, a boardercross track and their half pipe is functional. They still have to build their tow rope park, and their street style/competition set up. Check out this short video of what is going down so far at Alpine Valley.
I have been riding Alpine for a few years now and I would say that this park is very comparable to the last few years. Every year they keep it fresh with new obstacles and build in different ways to hit everything. Their lines flow really nice, and I am positive that it will only get better as the year rolls on. Hopefully mother nature will work with us and give everyone a couple of months to get out there and get crazy.
Overall, I would say that Alpine has the safest and best park around South East Michigan. They have a crew that maintains the park everyday, and they keep it updated on a weekly basis. If something doesn’t work they try their hardest to get it fixed. You will also find that there is not huge bomb holes after their obstacles like there are at every other S.E Michigan resort. Your knees will thank you for that.
I have to give it up to the Midwest Progression crew for building the park. They have been doing it for years, and continue to do good work. Make sure to hit me up if you ever get out to Alpine to ride. I will be there at least four times a week riding and coaching.
Are you going to make it to Alpine Ski Resort?
February 17, 2012 By Jon T
Hitting the slopes is more fun. You see, I am not one of the bloggers who has 50 articles sitting in a blog barrel ready to post. Actually a lot of the blogs you read from me are typed that day. That’s my personality, the way I do things.
Why do I tell you this? Because I have a video/blog from Eddie B’s event to finish so I can share it with ya’ll right now. I am sorry to say, but that just is not going to happen. It is the day after my birthday, 39 degrees at 10 am, and I am headed to Alpine Valley to surf the Midwest Slush with a few friends.
This is an opportunity, and one not to pass up. We have multiple Go Pros, multiple Drift cameras, and a Kodak Zi8. The sun is popping and the sky is blue. Time to get it when the gettin’ is good. Do what we preach. “Board the Midwest All day, Everyday.” Live it.
Thanks for understanding, Jon T
February 10, 2012 By Jon T
People in South East Michigan have been lucky. They have hardly had to shovel their driveway all winter. We know this because winter has not shown its face. We also know that a lot of the lucky ones are using the crummy winter as an excuse not to dust off their boards and get to the slopes.
We get confused why people use excuses. Just tell us you don’t love to snowboard or ski because…
They are Open
If we hear “Yeah, I have not be out boarding because of the weather” one more time, we might puke on each other. It’s like bad winter syndrome or something and the excuse doesn’t make sense. In the Midwest, resorts blow crazy amounts of snow while you are resting your little head at night. Take a look at what you have missed out on.
Honestly, we can’t even tell you how many slushy, wet, 40 degree weather days we have had and that the excuse makers have missed out on. It’s unreal. When the sun is popping and the slush is surfable, you better ride it. With a park set up like the one at Alpine Valley, you can pretty much learn and dial in any trick you want.
Setting up and Surfing the Slush
Below is an edit of the crew from Alpine and Board Sport Terrain Design designing the park and then slaying it. Watch this video and get excited.