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Snowboard World Cup tour loses 2nd Big Air eventSnowboard World Cup tour loses 2nd Big Air event
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Oct. 3, 2012, 8:44 a.m. EDT OBERHOFEN, Switzerland (AP) — The International Ski Federation says organizers have cancelled a Snowboard World Cup scheduled at Stockholm on Nov. 17 "due to economical reasons." Snowboarders start earning points at World Cups this season to qualify for the Sochi Winter Olympics in February 2014. It's the second Big Air event lost from this season's World Cup calendar after the London stop on Oct. 27 was cancelled last month for financial reasons. FIS says the British and Swedish ski federations hope to return to the World Cup schedule next season.

U.S. Open moves to Vail, Colorado - WHAT??!U.S. Open moves to Vail, Colorado - WHAT??!
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The Burton U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships, at home in Vermont for the past 30 years, are moving to Vail, Colo., in 2013. The change in location was announced Monday by Burton Snowboards and Vail Resorts. After 27 years at Stratton Mountain, Vt., and 30 years in the state, the event will be held Feb. 25-March 3, 2013, at the area of Vail Resort known as Golden Peak.
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NWT3K Changing the Snowboard Outerwear IndustryNWT3K Changing the Snowboard Outerwear Industry
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May 1, 2012 - Having trouble finding a jacket that fits? Looking to create a jacket of your own? Western Washington University student, and action sports enthusiast Nick Marvik runs a startup that lets you do just that, create you own custom ski and snowboard jacket. At Northwest Technical Outerwear, every jacket comes with a story, customized entirely by you. No longer will you run into riders on the mountain with the same jacket, we all know how that feels. -G.W.

Future of WomenFuture of Women's Slopestyle Competition to Change?
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March 28, 2012 – ESPN - Kristi Leskinen started a women’s only freestyle skiing contest in 2009. A few years down the road, she realized that this contributed greatly to the progression of women freestyle riders. By providing smaller jumps, the contenders were able to comfortably throw down their hardest tricks; ultimately encouraging progression. Leskinen also issued a survey which concluded that “men and women would benefit greatly from having separate courses in competition” and that women “were injured 3.5 times more often in competition than the men”. As a result, she hopes that these results will help further the progression and safety of the freestyle world for men and women. –G.W.

Avalanche Toll Rates IncreaseAvalanche Toll Rates Increase
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February 29, 2012 - The average annual total of ski and snowboard avalanche fatalities in the U.S. is six. However, there has been a unusual amount of ski and snowboard deaths this season with a total of 19. Experts claim that "the high avalanche danger this year is tied to the thin, weak snowpack that was established earlier this winter". They also predict that if warm seasons with little snowfall continue, then "this year could foreshadow avalanche risk in years to come". -G.W.

Backcountry Tragedy: - Avalanche Snowboard and Ski Deaths - RadX Sports Video Blog 02 24 12 Backcountry Tragedy: - Avalanche Snowboard and Ski Deaths - RadX Sports Video Blog 02 24 12
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February 24, 2012. Freeskiing visionary Jim Jack and three companions died in an avalanche at Stevens Pass Resort Resort. What does this have to say for safety and the sport of snowboarding and skiing? Commentary by Gerry Pallor of RadX Sports.

Editor's note: One survivor was wearing an avalanche airbag. We monitor the list of snowboard deaths over the years, and the list is here.

Nike Snow JamNike Snow Jam
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February 22, 2012 - Nike is kicking off the new year in China by hosting a series of Nike Snow Jams. The three stop tour will be hosted at Nike Nanshan Park, Beidahu Snowboard Park, and Baiqingzhai Snowboard Park to find China’s best snowboarders. Top qualifiers will then be able to compete in the finals alongside with seven invited snowboarders. "Nike in China continues to sponsor grassroots events in China’s growing sports market and the sports giant is helping to get snowboarding in China off the ground". -G.W.

TTR and World Snowboarding Championships Join Forces To Run New Style Of ScoringTTR and World Snowboarding Championships Join Forces To Run New Style Of Scoring
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February 21, 2012 - ESPN - Since the FIS rejection of the TTR's Joint Qualification proposal, the snowboarding world has been trying their best to prove that they can put on as good of a show as FIS can for the coming Winter Olympics. TTR came up with a new scoring system called the Snowboarding Livescoring System which gives riders a chance to "express themselves, rather than throw down rote runs, and still score high". With the support of high profile riders such as Terje Haakonsen and Mark McMorris, this new partnership will hopefully prove themselves worthy of running their sport in the Olympics. This new system will premier this weekend at the World Snowboarding Championships. -G.W.

Mark McMorris Grabs Double GoldMark McMorris Grabs Double Gold
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February 2, 2012 - Just last year, rookie Mark McMorris came out of nowhere and won silver at the Winter X-Games. To prove himself more, McMorris took two gold medals home in this year’s Winter X-Games in Big Air and Slopestyle. In addition to grabbing two gold medals, he has set the bar higher by landing the first backside triple cork 1440 in competitive snowboard history. –G.W.

Pirate TV: Now Broadcasting Snowboarding From The Austrian AlpsPirate TV: Now Broadcasting Snowboarding From The Austrian Alps
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February 1, 2012 – “Anyone who wants a closer look at the riders and filmmaking process of the Pirate crew can tune and watch various programs geared to inform and entertain. Follow them on seasonal migrations to shred destinations around the globe through weekly updates on Pirate TV.” Shows will include "Behind the spot", "Tech talk", "Day in the life", and "40 Sec’s". –G.W.