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There are some telltale signs that winter is quickly approaching, and chief among them is the annual parade of new ski and snowboard movies.  Earlier and earlier each year, the top names in the ski movie biz are pushing their premiere’s out to a hungry public.  Pow Hounds and Park Rats alike partake in the festivities, leaving the movies with a sense of excitement and an undeniable desire for winter to hurry up and arrive.

If you didn’t make it to the shows this year but still want to check out the new flicks and get stoked for the upcoming winter, here are a few movies worth looking into:

MSP Films, Days Of My Youth

The Matchstick crew always delivers. Always.  However, Days Of My Youth does more than just deliver; this movie will blow your mind!  The story line is shaped and narrated by the writings of British Philosopher Alan Watts, which sounds a little strange, but actually adds a really cool aspect to the whole movie.  From the super beginner days all the way through a face meltingly intense chute, Days Of My Youth, brings every aspect of the perfect ski movie together, plus a little extra.  I don’t know if you can tell or not, but I loved this movie…

Unicorn Picnic, Pretty Faces

Finally, finally, finally, there is a movie out there that puts a sparkly spin on that played out saying, ‘you ski like a girl’.  In a Kickstarter campaign, Lindsay Dyer brought together a phenomenal group of the top female athletes, and for the first time in a full feature ski movie, no guys, no beards; just a gaggle of INCREDIBLE ladies skiing lines and dropping cliffs that will keep your eyes wide and your jaw on the floor.  Trust me, when the credits roll, you will either be glad you are a girl, or wish you could ski like one.

TGR, Almost Ablaze

First off, this movie just won the Film of the Year Award at the IF3 festival which is kind of a big deal, so if you don’t know what the IF3 is about, you should probably check it out.  Anyways, Almost Ablaze mixes it up in this film, showing impressive skiing (obviously) as well as trippy new ideas with some artsy videography.  This movie doesn’t waste much time with story lines, but instead uses all of its energy in shot after shot awesomeness.  Definitely worth owning!

TGR Presents Jeremy Jones’ Higher

WOW.  If you haven’t seen one of Jeremy Jones’ movies, let me tell you what not to expect.  You won’t see any tall T’s, oversized headphones, double corks, or handrails.  However, you won’t really miss all that stuff.  Instead, you get to see some seriously passionate people climbing and then riding some seriously intense lines.  In his final installment to the Deeper, Further, Higher trilogy, Jeremy Jones takes his snowboarding to entirely different heights, which almost seems impossible.  Watching what he and his crew are able to accomplish is impressive if you only look at the lines they are riding, but when you get to see the effort and determination it took to get to the top of those imposing lines….wow…just wow.

Yep, winter is coming.  Are you stoked yet?

Snowboard Tech Article

Every year snowboard companies come out with a bunch of new technologies for boards, boots, and bindings. For tech nerds, it can be difficult to decipher what’s just hype and what’s worth mentioning, especially as snowboards seem to get more intricate each season. So, I sat down with the all-knowing, Jake Jarvis, our snowboard buyer for Christy Sports to pick out a few technologies for 2014-2015 that are worth checking out.

Asymmetric Boards

The basic idea behind asymmetric snowboards is that the way we lean into our toe side and heal side is not symmetric, so therefore our sidecuts should not be symmetric. On an asymmetric snowboard there is no tip and tail, only a toe side and a heal side, so your bindings face the same way whether you are a regular or goofy rider.

Jake puts it like this, “The side cut of the heel edge is deeper to compensate for your body’s natural deficiencies. You get more angulation on your toe edge due to the way our knees and ankles bend, which allows for a tighter turn. By creating a deeper heel edge side cut it enables you to make tighter turns on the heel edge without the same board angulation that you get on your toe edge.”

Asymmetry has come and gone in board designs over the years but is evolving and making new appearances in more brands as more riders are looking for it.  If asymmetry is what you’ve been missing your whole shred-life, check out these 2014/2015 asymmetric snowboards:

Men’s:

YES The Greats Snowboard

YES The Greats Snowboard

Ride - Helix Snowboard

Ride – Helix Snowboard

Burton - Name Dropper Snowboard

Burton – Name Dropper

Burton Process Off-Axis

Burton Process Off-Axis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Women’s:

Gnu - Velvet Gnuru

Gnu – Velvet Gnuru

Gnu - Ladies Choice

Gnu – Ladies Choice

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tongue Tension Systems

Tongue tensions systems are a game changing boot technology, available in a few brands. They utilize the boa cable system in a new way that helps lock down your heel. The cable actually comes over the ankle of the boot liner and pulls your heel securely to the back of the boot. This will help reduce heel lift when you’re taking deep toe side turns. Tongue tension systems are available in these boot models:

Men’s:

Ride - Lasso Snowboard Boot

Ride – Lasso Snowboard Boot

Ride - Fuse Snowboard Boot

Ride – Fuse Snowboard Boot

Thirty Two - Session Boot

Thirty Two – Session Boot

 

 

 

 

 

 

Women’s:

Thirty Two - Session Women's

Thirty Two – Session Women’s

Ride - Hera Snowboard Boot

Ride – Hera Snowboard Boot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Burton Guard Rails

Guard Rails is a brand new sidewall technology that helps reduce chatter. It’s made from a sandwich of a layer of urethane and a poly carbonate spine to get the job done while reducing weight and increasing durability. If you’re in need of a smoother, cleaner ride while you’re blazing runs then look at the Antler and the Feelgood from Burton.

Men’s:

Burton - Antler Snowboard

Burton – Antler Snowboard

 

 

 

 

 

 

Women’s:

Burton - Feelgood Snowboard

Burton – Feelgood Snowboard