How to get on the chair lift with your Slopecycle


slopecycle-carvn_desktop1For those interested in trying the latest resort crazy “Slopecycling” you may want to know how to get on the Chair lift first. So check this quick vid out on how to get on and off the chair lift. Slopecycle Snowbikes are available for demo at Shorline of Tahoe, next to the Heavenly Gondola. Try before you buy, we know you’ll love them, American Made Slopecycle….

How to grip tape your skateboard


Learn How to Grip Tape Your Skateboard in Two Minutes Flat
WHO?
Anyone who’s got a skateboard deck that needs grip tape.

WHAT?
Get your grip tape on your deck.

WHEN?
When you buy a new skateboard deck or when your grip tape won’t grip your shoes any more.

WHERE?
ANYWHERE!

WHY?
So your feet don’t slide off your skateboard!

HOW?

1. Get your kit together:
Skateboard deck
Grip tape
File
Razor blade

2. Make sure to take the plastic off of your deck if it’s brand new.

3. Remove the backing from the grip tape.

4. Lay the grip tape over the deck.

5. Starting at the center of the deck and working outward toward the nose, tail, and edges, press the grip tape onto the deck.

6. Take the file and file around the edge of the deck on top of the grip tape, making sure the grip tape is fully adhered to the deck all the way around.

7. Insert the razor blade up from the bottom of the grip tape along the line you’ve just filed, holding it at about a 45 degree angle from the top of the deck. Cut around the deck to remove all the excess grip tape.

8. Take the excess tape and use it to sand down any imperfections in the cutting.

Tips for renting snowboards or how to rent a snowboard.

1. Rent your equipment the night before.

Most rental shops will rent to you after 4 pm for the next day at no charge.

2. Don’t rent the “cheapest package you can find”.

You spend $45-$90 on a lift ticket, + lodging, gas, food, accessories (gloves, goggles, etc.) all leading up to your big day on the hill. Then you go and rent a plywood snowboard from 1988 because it’s only $9.95 a day? Don’t ruin your day. Find a coupon, spend a little extra if you have to, but just make sure the equipment is somewhat up-to-date. The most common phrase “I’m just a beginner, I don’t need anything good”, is just not true. Beginners need the most help! Newer equipment will make snowboarding easier no matter how good you are. Newer cars are easier to drive than old beat up junkers and the same is true for snowboards. Technology works across the board.

3. Make sure the bindings are easy to use and fit your boots.

There is not much worse than getting to the top of the hill and not being able to get into your bindings fairly easily. Step into them in the shop and make sure all the straps fit properly or the step-in system is easy to use. Snow will make everything more difficult once you get on the hill, so it should be real easy in the shop or else you’ll be in trouble!

4. Boots should be comfortable but not loose.

Most boot companies sizing will run true to your shoe size. Make sure the boots are tight everywhere but your toes. You should have enough room to wiggle them, but not enough room to move your foot around in the boot, this will cause your feet to get tired and cramp. The boots are made to do the work, and in order to do that they must be snug. Don’t wear more than one pair of socks and avoid cotton if at all possible. Cotton is abrasive and does not allow your feet to “breathe”. This makes for wet, cold and blistered feet. Doubling up on cotton socks will only double these affects. Try something with an acrylic or wool blend. Also, get out of your bindings every now and then and give your feet a rest. This will help your hard working feet last a lot longer more comfortably. Your boots are the most important piece of equipment. You are in them all day, and if your feet hurt, you’ll spend most of the day either in the lodge or in pain and after paying $60 for a lift ticket this is the last thing you want to do. Make sure they fit!

5. Have realistic expectations.

Remember rental equipment is just that, it has been used and may show some wear. Never mind the graphics, look at the bottom of the board and make sure it is good shape (ie it doesn’t look like it was just ridden through the parking lot). The only time the graphics make you look good is when your not riding, so if your just going to the Mtn. to sit at the bar, graphics are what you need. If not, try not to worry about them.

6. Listen to the advice of your local ski/snowboard shop employee.

Unless they are a total jerk, they will have your best interest in mind. Return business is very important to these shops. They want you to have a good time and come back. Who are you going to complain to if your equipment causes you to have a terrible day? Yes, the person who rented it to you. With that said, understand this is what these people do everyday for a living. Most of them know what they are talking about because it is their life, trust their advice. This is probably your best bet for local information on the Mtn., restaurants, lodging etc. Unless they are in someone’s pocket, like most hotel concierges, you should get honest advice.

7. Use the ski/board “valet”.

They are usually free and will watch your equipment while you eat lunch, take a break, etc. It doesn’t happen too often, but you don’t want to be the one with the stolen rental board. The services are there, use them.

8. Check for any return deals, coupons etc.

Like mentioned before, return business is very important to rental shops. See if they have a return costumer incentive program or return coupons. If you don’t ask they may forget to tell you. You should be able to save some money this way.

9. Have fun.

Show a smile and you’ll brighten someone’s day. Who knows what you may get. A coupon you didn’t know about, a nicer board off the rack or maybe just a smile in return. Rental shops can be very busy, so break the ice have a good time.

How to pick out the right snowboard

It’s sometimes hard to pick out the right snowboard. Even for people who have been riding for more then 10 years sometimes have trouble picking out the right snowboard. It’s even harder when you are a beginner and you are wondering what the best board for a beginner would be. So That’s why we wrote this article.

Selecting a snowboard can be a complex process. There are many factors to consider, including length, flex, waist width, shape, taper, stance options, and others.
Here is a breakdown of some of the factors and how YOU can choose.

Length:
A quick starting point for board length is to have it reach somewhere between the tip of your chin and the top of your hairline when standing the board in front of you. The board you most enjoy riding, however, may not fall within that range. Typically, a jib board for rails and flatground tricks will be a little shorter. A board intended purely for powder riding or for high speed carving down groomed runs will be a little longer. A heavier set person will often be better off with a little longer board, whereas a small framed person may end up happier on a shorter board.

Flex:
Personal preference is a huge factor in the flex of the board you select. Stiffer boards are typically used for higher speeds, carving, or pipe riding. Softer boards are preferred for beginners. It is easier to initiate a turn with a softer board, while stiffer boards will hold an edge at a higher speed.

Waist width:
The width of the board should be fit to your boot size and stance angles. Typically, boots size 12 (mens) and larger should be on a board designated as wide. For maximum response, a width that allows the toe and heel of the boot to sit up to an inch over the edge of the board is ideal. The combination of the curve of the boot sole and the rise from the binding baseplate will eliminate the possibility of heel or toe drag.

Shape:
Boards come in many shapes. This may not be obvious at a glance, but there are several possibilities. The most common shapes are twin and directional. A twin shaped board is one that is symmetrical tip and tail with sidecut that is the same at either end. Twin shaped boards are great for park and pipe riding, and are easier to ride switch (rear foot first). A directional board has a longer tail than nose and often has progressive sidecut, where the radius is not one consistent curve from tip to tail. Directional boards are more often used for freeriding.
There are also tapered, swallowtail, and other shapes.

Taper:
Taper refers to the difference in width between tip and tail of the board. Tapered boards are ideal for powder because the narrower tail will sink more easily, allowing to nose of the board to stay at or above the surface. Tapered boards also work well for carving on groomed runs, but don’t work as well for riding switch.

Stance options:
If you like to ride with a really wide stance or a really narrow stance, then you will want to check the stance options on the board. All boards have inserts to attach the bindings to the board, and there will be a range of widths possible using those inserts. Besides width, there is also setback to consider. Many boards come with the inserts set back 1″ or more from a centered stance, but the bindings can still be mounted on center. Conversely, for boards with the inserts centered on a board, bindings can still be mounted off center.