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The Burton Tradition Continues with the Bullet and Baron Snowboards

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Burton Snowboards are one of the most well known and respected names in the snowboarding industry. Their long history of providing high quality boards for smooth rides down the trails continues today with two of their more popular boards: the Burton Bullet and the Burton Baron.

Burton Bullet SnowboardIntroducing the Burton Bullet

The Burton Bullet is a wide board, but it delivers an unexpectedly fast ride for exciting trips down the hill. Many boarders love the 70s graphic with metallic detailing in silver print. The features that make the board stand out include:

  • Generous sidecut
  • Snappy flex (for enhanced pop)
  • Wide width for larger feet
  • Uniquely designed slantwall

This board interacts exceptionally well with the rider for a very versatile run down the hill. The wider width around the middle makes it ideal for those with larger boots. Those wearing bigger sizes that do not fit well on other boards will be able to hit the fast turns without wiping out.

The board is very durable for a long life and has an incredibly smooth feel during the action. Those with boots larger than a size ten should consider this one.

Introducing the Burton Baron ES

Burton Baron ES SnowboardWhether you are doing grooomers, off-piste stashes, or hips, you will find this board incredibly easy to control all the way down the hill. Riders feel very stable on this board and it is durable enough for hard-hitting action hours on end.

This is another board designed just for those with a larger footprint. Some of the features that make it stand out include:

  • Implanted Carbon I-Beam
  • Dual Warp Lite Triax fiberglass
  • Dragonfly Core
  • Pressure Distribution Edges

These features give the board more snap and impressive edge control. This is one board that can pick up speed for high intensity runs through the snow.

Written by Snowboard And Ski Guy

October 18th, 2011 at 10:12 am

The Best Colorado Snowboarding Destinations

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Snowboarding is picking up more fans with each passing year, but that hasn’t changed the fact that skiers are never thrilled to see boards on their trails. If you want to stay away from conflict and go where you are welcome, it is important to identify trails suitable for snowboarders. You will have a better time on trails suitable to boarders and you will enjoy the companionship of many other boarders.

If you want to board in Colorado, there are three destinations that are hot for boarders. Not only do they offer great runs for snowboarding, but they offer a hassle-free environment where boarders are free to explore. So, check out these Colorado snowboarding destinations

Breckenridge Ski AreaBreckenridge

There are just fewer than 150 runs at this destination and the skill levels are scattered to include everyone. Whether you are a pro or a complete beginner, there is a trail for you to explore in Breckenridge.  For the tricksters in the pack, there are three terrain parks, such as Freeway Superpark. This terrain park is the home of a few snowboarding competitions and gets the most attention from boarders in Colorado. There is another terrain park more suitable for beginners, so you don’t have to jump into the big leagues right away.

 

Keystone Ski ResortKeystone

If you are going for an extended stay, hop on a shuttle and hit some runs at Keystone. The tickets are interchangeable between Breckenridge and Keystone, so you can enjoy daytime boarding in Breckenridge then hit up Keystone for the nightlife. The huge historic district is the largest in the state and comes with shopping opportunities, restaurants serving delicious food, and oxygen bars for lively entertainment. Enjoy some party time and get shuttled right to the peaks when it is time to gear up and get serious again.

 

Keystone also offers amusements beyond snowboarding, including:

  • Ice Skating
  • Snowmobiling
  • Dog Sledding
  • Hiking

No matter what time of year it may be, there is something to do at Breckenridge and Keystone.

 

Vail Ski AreaVail

This is one of the largest and most reputable ski resorts in the country and it happens to be perfect for those just exploring snowboarding. They offer quite a few runs just for beginners, plus a school with more than 800 instructors who speak a variety of languages. Those who know what they are doing and want to turn some tricks, there is a terrain park as well.

For boarders with experience, there are many different trails that offer challenge and blood-rushing adventure.  Free shuttles are also offered into town for shopping, dining out, and a few bars to relax in and have a good time.  There are actually hundreds of shops and restaurants, so there is always something to do in Vail.

If you want to visit the best resorts for Colorado snowboarding, pick one of these. All others will leave you disappointed.

Written by Snowboard And Ski Guy

October 18th, 2011 at 9:36 am

Five Snowboarding Jacket Selection Tips – The Perfect Jacket for Comfort and Style

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Snowboarding JacketWhy is your snowboarding jacket important? You can just purchase any old jacket from a clearance rack somewhere, right? Many beginning snowboarders would agree with this, but those who have been in the sport for awhile know that it is important to select the perfect snowboarding jacket.

For starters, without a high quality snowboarding jacket you will freeze to death out in the cold. You need the protection for your own health and safety, but you also need it for your sense of style and self confidence. You don’t want to blend into the crowd out on the slopes, do you? Of course not!

Following are some tips to steer you in the right direction of finding the perfect jacket for snowboarding safety, comfort and style.

Put a Sticker on It

The problem with basing your snowboarding jacket purchase on price alone is that lower priced jackets tend to be less waterproof. They also tend to have less venting, so they are not going to be as comfortable or safe. You will pay more for the best jackets with added ventilation and increased waterproofing, but you will stay dryer, more comfortable and safer out in the snow. When you see a jacket with a very low price, question why it is priced so low.

Let It Breathe

Ideally, your snowboarding jacket will be the perfect pick for an extremely cold day as well as days with a little more warmth. The same jacket can be used regardless of weather, as long as it has adequate ventilation features. In most cases, ventilation comes in the form of zippers that can be pulled down when you need to release some body heat for comfort. The zippers are typically along the arms, chest, and/or back.

Keep the Water Out

Waterproofing is extremely important, since you cannot stay dry without it. Without staying dry, you won’t be fit for the cold, wet snow for very long. The problem with cheap snowboarding jackets are they typically have low quality waterproof coatings, which wear away in a short period of time. You will have to replace these jackets a lot more often, which means they really aren’t cheaper than more expensive jackets that last longer.

Look for a jacket that doesn’t rest only on a coating. The fabric should be waterproof itself. Some jackets may also have taped seams and insulated zippers, but prepare to pay a bit more for that added protection.

Insulation is Key

Preventing hypothermia is one of the primary concerns when purchasing a snowboarding jacket. This comes down to insulation. The fit should be adequate to accommodate a few layers of clothing underneath the jacket, but it should be comfortable without those layers as well. This allows you to adjust the layers for the weather. If you are going be in extreme cold or have a low tolerance for cold, make sure the jacket also has built-in insulation. Just make sure that the insulation doesn’t prevent you from moving around comfortably.

Snowboard JacketMiscellaneous Features

Some jackets will come with some added features that aren’t on others, such as:

  • Extra Pockets
  • Detachable Hood
  • Cuffs

Pockets can vary in sizes and are good for holding gear or even just a bottle of water or a snack for long afternoons of play in the snow. The hood is great for those days out when the snow is actively pouring and the cuffs help you keep out more wet snow and cold wind.

Written by Snowboard And Ski Guy

October 17th, 2011 at 3:00 pm