We just received a bunch of Capix Skate Caps and we are aiming to give some away. So heres the skinny, we want to see how the snow was this week. Go post a picture up on our Facebook Wall at Facebook.com/Eternal.Snow.Skate and then tell all of your friends to “like” it. The picture with the most “likes” is going to win you a Capix Skate Cap Helmet, and don’t worry you won’t get the bottom of the barrel weird color and size, it is going to be your choice! We will announce the winner on Monday March 14th, but don’t worry this is just the beginning. We have more to give, stay tuned. Shipping is only included within the continental United States. Show us where the powder is!
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It has been a great 4 years up in Spanish Springs, and we want to thank everyone who supported us. Monday the 23rd will be the last day at that location. The great news is that we are just moving down the road to good ol Reno. For those who don’t know, we actually set up shop down on Plumb Lane last summer, but now we are going to put all of our focus on that store so we can better serve you. The shop down on Plumb has been a skate and snowboard store in one way or another for over 20 years. We are proud to be taking the reins of this location and its history. So good bye Spanish Springs… Hello Reno!
And bonus for us, it looks like we have a second dose of winter on the way. So pickup some gear in Spanish Springs before we close and before the storm this weekend, then come down to the Plumb Lane shop next week and tell us how the pow was!
Last thing I promise, I want to introduce myself, my name is Kyle and I’m a brand new addition to the Eternal Crew. I have been snowboarding for 18 years. I am a transplant to Reno from Mammoth Lakes, where I was a proud alumni of the Mammoth Mountain Snowboard Team. I am stoked to be part of Eternal and look forward to getting to know all of you out there. Enough about me, lets GO RIDE!
We got a little bored, and decided to occupy our time by searching Flickr for some funny signs from the slopes and other images that brought a smile to our face. Below are some of our favorites.
Photo Credit/Link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/neilspicys/2349767070/
Caution! Australian Olympic Downhill Ski Team Practice in Session!
Photo Credit/Link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kirinqueen/1046659022/
The Signs of Safe Skiing:
1. AHHHHH!!!! My skies are turning into noodles!!!!
2. Caution: Skies fall from the sky.
3. When approaching a slower skier, straddle the slower skier to ski over them.
4. Big skiers ski alone.
5. When tired, skis make good backrests.
6. Stand in front of signs so no one else can read them.
Photo Credit/Link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ax2groin/2377976365/
Red Xs will grab a hold of your silly scarf make you fall on your ***.
Photo Credit/Link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/gregor_y/394904734/
Check for loose clothing and equipment.
Beat yourself with a curvy stick.
Photo Credit/Link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/found_drama/111500213/
Caution: Sledding is slow.
Photo Credit/Link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jackace/398195389/
Giant Steps. Really? Is there a stair rail on that run??? Hell yeah!
Photo Credit/Link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jarbo/3615343669/
“So we know people are being stupid on sleds. Rather than attempt to do anything about it we’ll just put up this sweet sign and make it your responsibility to cover your own ***.”
Photo Credit/Link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/geekshots/2232636451/
After running away from Neverland Ranch, Garfield struggled to find a suitable location to Moonwalk.
Photo Credit/Link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ukmari/2188195273/
Ya know, I thought my last snowboard was stolen. Whowouldathunkit that it simply went missing? Now, how do I go about putting a picture of it on milk cartons?
Photo Credit/Link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/drewott/3014336457/
Don’t smack others upside the head with your snowboard, please.
Photo Credit/Link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kalevkevad/2304207050/
Don’t ski around funny shapes on one ski.
Photo Credit/Link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/airflore/3773242108/
DANGER! CLIFF! Stop falling off it!
Photo Credit/Link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/hamedog/333152681/
Following in Jared’s footsteps, Santa lost over a hundred pounds eating Subway, and is now practicing for biathalon.
Photo Credit/Link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffwilcox/387763123/
CAUTION! Spikes fall from the sky!
Photo Credit/Link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/philip-morton/2961379577/
CAUTION: skiing kangaroos and… ummm… some fuzzy skateboarding animals next 20 km.
Photo Credit/Link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/49409433@N00/4614007515/
Lassie’s predecessor Lassie Too felt that running while searching for kids who fell down wells was a bit of a bore, and thus found a new way to get around.
Have one you think should be here? Just let us know and we’ll see about adding it.
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A while back I stumbled across a story on Smithsonian.com – “The Top Ten Important Moments in Snowboarding History”. It’s a pretty interesting read – not many know of the history behind the sport we all love so much. So, I thought it’d be nice to condense it a bit – give you the “Top Five Moments in Snowboard History, as told by EternalSnow.com”.
Christmas Morning, 1965….. Sherman Poppen Invents the Snurfer. Snowboard History Made.
Sherman Poppen is attributed with starting it all – he decided to fix two junk skis together, head out to his backyard, stand on his new creation sideways at the top of a hill, and “surf the snow”. He called this creation “The Snurfer” – for snow surfer – and a sport was born. A couple weeks later he added a rope to the front to aid in turning and help avoid the Snurfer from flying away in a wreck.
Poppen patented the Snurfer “toy” – a 42: x 7” “plank” and licensed it to Brunswick and subsequently Jem for production. Product ramped up, and the modern-day snowboard’s grandfather took off – more than 750,000 of them were sold over the following 15 years. As we all know, the rest is history.
The Battle of the Big Boys – Burton versus Sims, 1978
The late ‘70s saw the birth of two of the main powerhouses in Snowboarding – Burton and Sims. On the East Coast, Jake Burton Carpenter (a.k.a. Jake Burton) moved from Long Island to Londonderry, Vermont, in the 1977-78 winter season and started making and selling a Snurfer knockoff called the “Burton Board”. As a start contrast to today, Burton sold six Burton Boards his first season. Out on the West Coast during the 1978-79 winter season, skateboard icon Tom Sims developed a similar Snurfer replica which became the first Sims snowboard, but was equally unsuccessful.
Both Burton and Sims were willing to stick it out, and their dedication paid off as they became the two main snowboard manufacturers, Burton on the East Coast, Sims out west. Over the next ten years the two brands fought head-to-head to become the big dog by innovating and redesigning their respective “snowboards”, creative and inventive marketing, and quite simply fighting it out. Think political advertisements just before Election Day.
The main difference between the two key figures in the early snowboard industry, and their companies, was the character of the men themselves – Jake Burton was and remains a savvy businessman passionate about snowboarding, while Tom Sims was a surfer/skateboarder/snowboarder that was out to have fun. The outcome of this battle of early snowboard superpowers is Burton’s continuing domination of the snowboard industry, while Sims sold the brand name to Collective Licensing.
Ski Resorts begin the end of outcasting Snowboards, 1984-1990
Through the 1980s, snowboarding and snowboarders across the globe had one major obstacle to face – Where to ride? At the time most ski resorts wouldn’t let the single-plankers on hill. Reasoning for the out casting varied, but was typically attributed to insurance liabilities or simply the desire to keep their skier customers happy and free of the influx of rebellious, young snowboarders.
Significant effort was put into a diplomacy campaign to get resorts to allow snowboards and snowboarders access to the lifts and runs. Some of the early resorts that got on board required “certification tests” while others were persuaded to allow the young snowboarders access. In 1984-85 40 U.S. resorts allowed snowboarders on hill and lift. By the 1990 winter season, that number had jumped to 476. To this day the struggle is still not over, though. Three U.S. resorts continue to refuse snowboarders access.
Dragon on hill!!! Doug Waugh Invents the Pipe Dragon, 1990-92
Where would snowboarding be without freestyle? Well, we’d likely still be riding nearly-flat planks, holding ropes for control, and wearing fluorescent ski suits and pointy mohawk “tuks”. That’s why we simply have to shout out to Doug Waugh and his ingenious invention of the Pipe Dragon.
In the mid-80s a few resorts were making man-made halfpipes, but their quality, smoothness, transitions, size, length, everything about them left much to be desired. Hand-forming the half-pipe shape was incredibly labor intensive and maintaining them was even worse. Most resorts felt it was a waste, and couldn’t be bothered to include this type of feature.
Someone called upon a farmer by the name of Doug Waugh in 1990 to make a machine to aid in building halfpipes. He compiled a few pieces of farm machinery into what would become the first “Pipe Dragon”. Essentially, a resort could amass a large pile of snow, drive this nasty looking fire breathing snow eater through it, and have a smooth, nicely shaped halfpipe. By 1992 the machine was tweaked and modified into a production-ready piece, and basically became a necessity for any resort that wanted a decent halfpipe for their terrain park.
And thus, we have the birth of terrain parks. As the features became easier to create and maintain more and more resorts were building them. As the parks became more common, freestyle skiing and snowboarding became more popular, and began the evolution into the modern day form of snowboarding we all know and love.
The 1998 Winter Olympics – Snowboarding truly goes mainstream
To sum up snowboarding’s Olympic debut, there’s nothing better than Jake Burton’s summation: “Japan just did not go that well. It was kind of a disaster.”
The 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan saw the Olympic debut of snowboarding. The result was less than desirable:
- Terje Haakonsen, who proved himself as the best snowboarder in the world at the time and one of the all-time greats, boycotted the Games.
- Ross Rebagliati from Canada took the first Olympic Gold Medal but it was revoked after he tested positive for trace amounts of marijuana. Shortly thereafter it was returned as “pot” was not technically banned at the time.
- Two ladies on the U.S. Snowboard Team refused to wear their team outfits at breakfast in the Olympic Village.
- It was later revealed that the U.S. Olympic Snowboard Team coaches didn’t actually snowboard.
Nonetheless, after a few more Games, snowboarding is one of the most popular sports in the Olympics, boycotts, pot, and uniforms aside.