I’m baaaaaaack… and stoked about mountain bikes

Long time no bloggy. This is what happens when:

a. You destroy your posterior cruciate ligament by snowboarding into an aspen tree at Beaver Creek (in too tight trees looking for untracked powder).

b. You spend a looooong time trying to fully recover from surgery and complications and, well, recovering from PCL replacement surgery is hard.

c. You start spending more time mountain biking, and rediscover how awesome and rad it is.

d. You realize that you’ve been basically ignoring your blog…because Facebook. And Twitter. And Instagram.

It’s much easier and quicker to share and post things via Facebook than it is to blog. But I don’t like that the things I post to Facebook basically disappear into the interwebs ether after a few weeks. So I’ma start blogging again, now with 100% more mountain bike and backcountry stoke. I’m kinda over ski resorts, stay tuned for another post on that someday.

Thanks for checking. Stay stoked peeps.

Mountain biking Mt. Elbert

The descent down Mount Elbert is totally awesomesauce. Prolly the most fun 14er to mountain bike in Colorado.

Say it ain’t so, Jake: Burton to end Vermont snowboard manufacturing

Burton Snowboards has announced the impending closing of their Vermont snowboard manufacturing plant. From the Burlington Free Press:

“The environment here is not very manufacturing-friendly… a board costs more to make than you than you sell it for,” Burton CEO Laurent Potdevin said Tuesday. Burton will keep its global headquarters in Burlington.

Specifically, the CEO said, labor costs, real estate and utility expenses made it difficult to turn a profit with boards made in Vermont. Health care benefits are among the factors making manufacturing here expensive, he said. It costs “significantly less” to manufacture in Austria, where Burton has made boards for more than 25 years, he said.

I won’t even go into the “health care benefits” issue, being that Austria has tax-funded universal health care, and the health care debate is currently raging, and the main difference between health care in the U.S and health care in Austria is profit, and..oh, wait, I said I’d not go there.

Burton already makes most of their snowboards in Austria and China, but it’s sad that a company that once made all their boards in Vermont is totally pulling the plug on U.S. board manufacturing.

My second snowboard was a Burton. As was my third. And my fourth. But my fifth, a splitboard, was made by Voile in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. And my next snowboard purchase will likely be handcrafted by a backcountry-loving dude in Silverton, Colorado, USA.

Oh, and if any soon-to-be-laid-off Burton employees are looking to move out West, Voile and Venture are hiring:

Ski and snowboard production workers Looking for anyone with experience working with a combination of wood, fiberglass, and composite materials. Ski and snowboard building includes wet lay-up of wood, fiberglass, and composite materials. Hand bending and fitting of steel edge material. Router cut-out of plastic base material. Band saw cut-out and machine sanding and grinding of skis and snowboards. Email your resume to jobs@voile-usa.com or call us at 801-973-8622.

PRODUCTION TECHNICIAN Full time seasonal worker needed to assist with all phases of the production process at our Silverton, Colorado factory from April through October. No experience necessary but a positive attitude, strong work ethic and passion for snowsliding are a must. For a complete job description and application email info@venturesnowboards.com.

Here’s a little old school Jeff Brushie to cheer you up:

Westword serves up the Colorado ski and snowboard info

From a January 25th "On The Edge" post on Westword.com: "Photographer/ski bum Scott Limbird sent the above photo of Vail from yesterday, a day he called 'ridiculous.'"

Westword has what may be the best Colorado outdoor/ski/snowboard blog/column/thingy going. The alt-weekly’s “On The Edge” feed has been bringing home the bacon since it launched. And you thought Westword just did music, food, art and bar reviews for hipsters, medical marijuana dispensary listings, and ads for, um, “escorts.”

Their secret sauce? Multiple bloggers/writers feeding the beast, producing a solid delivery of content in Goldilocks form – not too much, not too little, but just right. The content is useful and entertaining, thoughtful and informative, short and visual – all the stuff you want without a bunch of marketing bull (the regular feature “Gear you want but don’t need” is classic).

Some recent posts of note:

You should check it, RSS it and get your knowledge on.

Now if only they could improve their lame page re-re-re-reloader, I mean slideshow viewer.