Author Archives: John LaPlante

Thanksgiving Day and Snowboarding

We’re in the Thanksgiving Day holiday weekend, which of course brings various expressions of gratitude, some of them relating to snowboarding. I was reading one snowboarding blog where, if I recall, the author said something like “I give thanks to … Continue reading

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Reusing Snowboarding Gear

After a while, your snowboarding gear wears out, becomes obsolete, or just becomes uninteresting. What then? Sometimes you can reuse it. Take boots, for example. I’ve still got my original pair of snowboarding boots. I retired them when they got … Continue reading

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Do you poach?

When, if ever, do you ride in terrain that’s been marked off-limits? Lift-served ski areas in the U.S. expect customers to abide by the Responsibility Code, meaning that you might lose your ticket or season pass for an infraction. Here’s … Continue reading

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Snowboarders Make Up Widely Varying Portion of Resort Customers

While snowboarders represent 25 to 35 percent of all visitors to ski areas, their numbers vary from region and even resort to resort. The gold standard for these numbers is the Kottke National End of Season Survey, a product of … Continue reading

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Too Cold for Snowboarding?

“It’s not too cold; you just need more layers.” “It’s never too cold for snowboarding.” You may have heard that advice, or given it yourself. But this week, some resorts in the U.S. have decided that yes, it can be … Continue reading

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Myths of Snowboarding: It’s All About Jumps

So I was at a local skill hill the other day. It has built two massive kickers on the most visible run, and I don’t recall seeing anything that large in that location, ever. I was on the lift with … Continue reading

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Best Colleges for Skiers and Snowboarders

There are many attractions that tempt college students away from their studies, including spectator sports and parties. But here’s one temptation that, when taken in moderation, can bring health benefits: skiing and riding. But where to go? An outfit called … Continue reading

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Not Bad, Just Different (guest column)

Editor’s note: The following is a guest article from David Hayes, and is reprinted with permission of the author. It was first published on SeniorSkier.com. If you’re willing to try the terrain park (and some of you do), we salute you — and on occasion, may join you for a feature that’s low to the ground.  Readers of this interesting, professional and most discriminating of online magazines may have recently seen … Continue reading

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Going to the Dark Side (guest column)

The following is reprinted with permission from the author, David Hayes. It was first published on the site SeniorSkier.com. He Went To From Skier To Boarder. Here’s How And What Happened. I have to confess, I was once one of … Continue reading

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Memorable Trail Names

Ever wonder what some of those trail names mean? Here are a few that have puzzled me over time. It turns out that they’re related to the flora and fauna of the mountains. Ptarmigan: Otherwise known as the rock ptarmigan, … Continue reading

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