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Showing posts with label Snowskating. Show all posts

When The Ski Season Is Over : 8 Snow Activities To Do At Your Local Ski Area

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Just because the lifts stopped running, doesn't mean the snow season is over. Well into the spring, there is still plenty of snow in the mountains, crowds are gone, and the weather and the snow conditions are sometimes better than during the winter months.

Below are 8 snow activities that you can do at your local ski area :

Snow Paddling With Kahuna Snow Stick

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If you've been following my blog, you know that since recently I've been pretty obsessed with land paddling.

I think it's an awesome, fun and very effective cardio and full body workout. And it wouldn't be possible without Kahuna Big Stick invented by Kahuna Creations, a Hawaiian company famous for its longboards, surfboards, and of course, the Land Paddle.

But recently they came up with a new "invention" - Kahuna Creations Snow Stick


From Kahuna Creations website :
The Kahuna Snow Grip is used for snowboarding, and can be popped on any land paddling Kahuna Stick you already have, making it a functional, interchangeable piece of year-roundequipment. 
When the mountain levels out, snowboarders used to have to hop, jump, or kick off a binding just to get through the flat sections. Kahuna Snow Stick riders easily paddle through the flats and carve it up all over the mountain.
This is amazing for advanced snowboarders that want deeper carves. A Snow Stick also brings a world of entirely new possibilities in terrain parks.
This is another completely original sport by Kahuna Creations, but honestly, we can’t figure out why it hasn’t been done before. We worked with incredible engineers to create the perfect Snow Grip even in the worst snow conditions. Any snowboarder, new or advanced can appreciate the need for a Kahuna Snow Stick. 



Even though we didn't have a chance to try out the Snow Grip, we had tons of fun using our Kahuna Haka with snowskates ! Read our full story here...

Snow Tubing At Summit At Snoqualmie

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If you are looking for good old fashioned wintertime fun, you have got to head straight to Summit at Snoqualmie's tubing center ! It's a great place for an epic winter adventure !

Located across from Summit Central, snow tubing is fun-filled, carefree way for family and friends to enjoy the exhilaration of sliding on snow !

Snowskating With Kahuna Big Stick

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A couple years, Kahuna Creations company, the brainchild of land paddling, and the innovator of land paddles, came out with their new game changing tool for snowboarding - Kahuna Creations Snow Stick !

Snowskates vs. Snowdecks Videos

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"Discovering" snowskating for myself was the best part of this winter. Snowskating is about having fun, challenging yourself in a new way, being affordable, and getting away from the elitism of snowboarding.

Snowskating is growing in popularity, and it seems that more people are looking for new ways to goof around on snow.

But being a relativity "new snowsport", it's little known to general public. Even the leading snowskate manufacturing companies like Burton and Ambition don't seem to agree on the names for their inventions.

Her are two videos that will give you a better understanding the difference between snowdecks and bi-level  snowskates:

Snowskating For Dummies

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Is it a skateboard? Is it a snowboard? No, it's a snow skate! The Daily's Jenn Sterger introduces us to a new winter sport that's taking the mountains by storm.


The video above covers just one style of snowskating - bi-level snowskating.

In this post, I wrote about the difference between snowdecks and bi-level snowskates. 

Nowadays, more and more companies jump on this growing popularity winter sport.

Snowskating Ski Hill In Leavenworth, WA

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As you might know , Leavenworth is one of best adventure travel destinations in Washington state all year round ! But I'd say that winter time is my all-time favorite to visit this little adventure hub.

While many people flock to this Bavarian theme town to see holiday lights, enjoy beautiful scenery, and try (somewhat ) "authentic" Bavarian food, others come here for outdoor adventures and activities.  And Leavenworth has a lot to offer !

Snowscooting - Winter Fun For Kids And Adults !

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IGGI BLUE WINTER SNOW SCOOTER


Being a (extra) hyperactive father to an even more hyperactive son means coming up with more fun as much as possible as often as possible. Skiing, snowboarding, snowskating, snowshoeing, sledding, tubing... are not enough for my kid. We are always on a lookout for more thrills, fun and adventures !

Browsing Craigslist for more gear, I came across a pretty interesting find - a snowscooter ! My son has already been having fun riding his push and electric scooters, and I thought the snowscooter would be a great addition to his own outdoor gear collection.

We took the snow scooter to our favorite ski area in Washington - Alpental. Its steep slopes were ideal for this fun little snow toy. Light, maneuverable, and durable the scooter worked great for both of us !





NOTE: During ski season sledding of any type is not allowed around the area. Just like our training snowboard, the snowscooter doesn't have metal edges and a leash, the safety feature required for (any) snow gear to be used on the slopes. 

That's why, you can only use it during off hours/season or away from crowds in specifically designated areas ( like sledding slopes ).

This Winter - Go Strapless

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It's been a blast here in Seattle for the past few days ! The epic snow fall of 2012 created awesome opportunities for urban skiing, boarding, sledding, and of course snowskating !


If only we had snow in the city more often, may be then, I'd consider abandoning my snowboards once and for all....Going strapless is the way of the future !


THIS IS POWSURFING !

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...they say that explaining powder skiing/snowboarding to somebody who's never experienced it, is like explaining sex to a virgin....besides...it's easier just to watch it...


"The Powsurf Chronicles" TEASER from Jeremy Jensen on Vimeo.

How Hard Is Snowskating ?

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...if a 4 year old can do it, you can do it too !

I think snowskating is a great way to learn the basics of snowboarding !

Bi-level snowskates are hybrids between snowboards and skateboards. They are light, easy to use, and don't require any additional gear like boots and bindings.

You don't have to sit in the snow to strap in, when you get off balance, you can just jump off of it. No face plants !

They are light, so you can just grab one, walk up the hill, and ride down !




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Railz Snow Scooter

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I recently bought my son a Bravo Sports Pulse Pavement King scooter to have fun and to help him develop the balancing and coordination skills necessary for biking, snowboarding, skateboarding and many other action sports.


He absolutely loves it and rides it rain or shine !

Last week we came back from our annual trip to Leavenworth where we had lots of snow fun. And I wondered if we could have had more fun if we had this -



Railz Snow Scooter would be a great addition to my son's ( small ) collection of fun fitness toys ( bike, skateboard, and snowboard ).
A RAILZ SnowScooter is a traditional aluminum scooter but with the revolutionary patented skis instead of wheels. There are many scooter type snow products, but none that carve and track like you are riding on pavement, RAILZ SnowScooters do!
Last year I wrote about snow biking, and this snow scooter looks like a perfect combination of a snow bike and a snowskate for little kids ( though, I admit I wouldn't mind riding it myself :))

The only "disadvantage" is that just like snowskates,  snow scooters are permitted at only a few ski resorts. The official web site says that you'll only need a leash to use a snow scooter at ski resorts, but it might be not enough.

Last winter my son and I were not allowed to use a training plastic snowboard at Summit Central.

Why Try Snowskating ?

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I've had my Artec Snowskate for less than a season, but I'm absolutely loving it !

Snowskating is still relatively new to most ski areas around Washington, and that's why most people's reaction is : " What the hell is this ? "

Even snowboarders ( who are suppose to be "open minded " ) would say : " Why can't you be normal, and just stick to snowboarding ? ", forgetting that just a few years ago they were looked down on by skiers, and considered "not normal", and that snowboarding was prohibited on many slopes ( and that's exactly what is happening to snowskting right now ).

I've never been one of those people who tries to prove that one thing is better than the other, and here I'm not trying to say that snowskating is better than snowboarding ( or skiing ). I just want to point out a few advantages that snowskates have :

- I can wear any shoes
- I don't waste my time strapping in and out, thus...
- I don't freeze my butt while doing it
- I walk to a chairlift and get off of one like a human being ( without hopping like a kangaroo ),
- It's super light to carry around
- I can share it with my son who's learning how to snowboard/snowskate
- We can use it as a sled

But the main ones are- it's New, it's Different, it's Challenging

And just like everything new it takes time to learn, and learning...

The Difference Between Snowskates And Training Snowboards

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I bought my Landyachtz snowskate this winter, and had a lot of fun snowskating at both Summit Central and Alpental. As I mentioned in my first post, snowdecks ( the ones that don't have edges and a leash ) are not allowed on CHAIRLIFTS, due to "safety reasons". Apparently, because snowdecks don't have edges and a leash, if "they happen to get away from you and head downhill, it will make them a lethal weapon" ???? Insurance, liability problems, resort's rules...I understand all that, but...

Last Sunday I took my 3 year old to Summit Central, to learn how to snowboard.
I had Paricon Sceptor Snowboard.

It's a great little training plastic board just for kids to learn how to snowboard and to have fun. It doesn't have bindings, kids don't have to wear boots, and thus, don't waste their time strapping in/out. In my opinion, this snowboard makes learning a bit less intimidating, faster, and more fun.

Paricon Sceptor Snowboard is a training snowboard, NOT a snowskate. It's made out of plastic, and it doesn't have edges or a leash, but...

We were practicing on a bunny hill, by the Magic Carpet when a "liftie" ( chairlift/Magic Carpet attendant ) started screaming at me saying that it was a snowskate and it wasn't allowed ON THE MOUNTAIN.

When his "supervisor" got involved, I tried to explain the difference between a snowskate and a training snowboard, but the kid didn't even want to listen to me. I also tried to point out that we were not trying to go on a chairlift or Magic Carpet. He also seemed to have a problem that we were not paying customers.

When we moved away from Magic Carpet, "the resort" ( or to be exact - the resort's representative ) had no problems with rules, regulations, liabilities...

My son had a lot of fun learning how to snowboard, but my day was ruined. The situation clearly showed how just one/two employees can "misrepresent" the whole resort.

It also shows that many operators/ski areas follow the same pass with snowskates as they did with snowboarding. I hope that this time, they will recognize the trend faster, and will make the right decision.


Snowskating

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I think snowskates are a lot of fun for everybody, and it's a good alternative to snowboarding. Snowskates are designed to be used anywhere you have snow - your backyard, a golf course, a small hill, anywhere. If there's snow outside, you can snowskate.

The reason I only find it a "good" alternative is because, personally, I found it more difficult to use a snowskate comparing to a snowboard. Since snowsktes are like mini snowboards without bindings, it was hard for me to get used to "bindings- free riding", and as I hadn't been on a skateboard for a long time, it was a real challenge to keep my balance.

There two major types of snowskates : bi-level and snowdeck.

Bi- level snowskate

Snowdeck

Snowdeck is basically your regular skateboard without wheels. They have P-Tex no-wax bottom to make them fast for sliding on snow and boxes. One of their drawbacks - they don't have edges like snowboards which makes it especially hard to stop. Also, for this very reason they are not allowed on chairlifts.

I used Premier Baron Snowskate.  Even comparing to the shortest snowboard, this snowskate is really "tiny" ( about 33' ) with even shorter ski blade. And this is its major problem. When the snow is relatively deep ( may be 2-3'), the blade tends to get stuck in the snow.


What I loved about snowskates was that it created a totally new experience ! "Bindings- free riding" is a combination of skateboarding, surfing and snowboarding. Another reason I like 'em is because they don't have bindings, you don't have to waste your time sitting in the snow and strapping 'em up.

Next time snow blankets Seattle, you can just pick up a snowskate and take it outside, with no gearing up or driving to the mountain.