Spring Slush Cruisin'

With the Park dialed and the sun out, it's the perfect time to get those spring laps in. This past Thursday I was lucky enough to get to film with some of the Nomis crew, Simon Chamberlain and Blair McKinney. I also met up with Zac Dolesky just as the clouds were rolling in, and we managed to get some bangers! Enjoy! http://vimeo.com/40503377

PS. Congrats to Ryan Rose and Family Tree the winners of the Quiksilver Filmmaker and Photo Showdown. Also big thanks to everyone who voted for me, my edit won Viewers Choice! You can check out my bail reel here.

That's all for now! -Andrew

24 Hours of Shred

Grouse Mountain is running the annual 24 Hours of Winter a.k.a 24 Hours of Shred. This is always a good time. They pack the weekend with good events and this year is no exception. Here are few shredtivities to look out for:

  • Terrain Parks: Non-stop Sat-Sun Park Jam 11pm – 1am Park Jam will be open to all amateurs skiers and snowboarders from 11pm to 1am.
  • DC Booth: DC Booth will be located in the North East area of the Canadiana Room! Come and grab some cash in the Money Booth and redeem your earnings for prizing!
    9am Saturday to 12pm Sunday
  • DC Scavenger Hunt: Find the DC frisbees hidden all around the mountain and redeem them for a prize at their booth! Check Twitter and Facebook for clues!
  • Altitudes After Dark Deck Party: We are tenting the Altitudes deck to create the perfect spot to party all night! With a beautiful view of the city, the Altitudes deck party will play host to DJ Hebejebe until 4am, and there will be prizes to be won. Take a break from the hills, listen to some music and get ready to hit the slopes again at sunrise!
I'll be up tonight riding the park and rocking my new playlist. Have a good 24 Hours of Shred!
-Myrosha

Fresh Season Fresh Photos

What's up Grouse Park blog readers? Jason Macfarlane here to put out content for another season. If you're new to grousepark.com, this is my third season writing for the blog. I am an 18 year old skier from North Vancouver, currently enrolled in my first year of university. This year I am also a part of the Park Crew staff on Grouse Mountain. So I'll be writing about the park, helping to build, maintain and keep it running smoothly. Lack of snow has been a bit of a challenge so far this year, but that doesn't mean we haven't pulled off some good features. The Park Crew have worked hard (which hasn't been me so far so I can't take credit for this) and have put together an awesome line of rail features in The Cut park. Jam packed, it is probably one of the jib parks with the best flow the mountain has ever seen.

Recently, Trint Thomas and I spent a few hours in the sun shooting some pictures and video clips. Here's one of my favourites from that day.

-Jason Macfarlane

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Rider: Trint Thomas Photo: Jason Macfarlane

 

It's On

It's on. Another season of snowboarding on Grouse Mountain. Another year of tree runs, park laps, and powder turns. To introduce myself, my name is Myrosha Daley and I have been riding for almost 20 years, competitively for 15, and I have worked in the snowboard industry for nearly 10. I have been fortunate in my shred life to snowboard at many different mountain resorts. Grouse is still one of my favorite places to ride. It might be how close it is to my house. Or it might be how I can get a hot lap with rollers one run, and hit the park the next. It will be another year of getting off work, quickly grabbing my gear while eating dinner, and out the door to catch the Skyride tram for a night session. It will be another year of laughs on chairlifts,  9:30pm powder slashes and eventually slushy spring fun wearing jeans, a t-shirt and shades. When I really think about it, it makes sense. Another year of riding Grouse Park and I can't wait. [caption id="attachment_4906" align="alignnone" width="504" caption=""It's on""][/caption]

This is my first year on the Grouse Park blog and I am stoked to be contributing and acting as editor. Hyped to join the team and bring you some killer features:

  • Real Talk - Interviews with snow pros and snow industry heads
  • Playlists - New tunes for your park riding pleasure
  • Trick Tips - Delivered to you from the Grouse Park Crew
  • Game of D.I.C.E - You'll have to wait and see...

Keep updated with us on the Grouse Park blog for these features, videos, regular posts from the contributors and more.

 

Happy Holidays,

Myrosha

First Daze First Post

The Cut Line is fun and the GoPro's are out. My first post and first year with the Grouse Park blog. I am excited to be contributing and riding up at Grouse Mountain this season. Some background info on myself: snowboarding for over eleven years, blogging for about six and living in Vancouver for almost two. An enthusiast of all things culture, I plan on adding a fresh perspective and some frequent content to the blog — from 'day in the park' to product reviews, it's going to be a fun season.

CV

Up and Running for the 2011-2012 Season!

I'm stoked to say that the Grouse Park blog is up and running for the 2011/2012 season! For those of you who don't know me, my name is Andrew Santos. Grouse Mountain is pretty much a second home for me and I get up there as much as I can. This is my second year with the blog and this season, along with the crew of bloggers, I will be posting tons of new content so you know what's going down in the park. The Park Crew has some sick new features that are just waiting to be seshed. If you haven't checked out the Cut line yet, get up there. You won't be disappointed. Here's a shot by Kaz Yamamura of me on opening day:

Andrew Santos

If you see me give me a shout, I'm always down to do some laps. For now you can check out my Vimeo here and Look out for some more posts coming your way.

See you in the Park!

Andrew Santos

Nipwitz

Have you ever heard of Nipwitz? If not, you will soon. These guys from Finland are set to burst onto the scene this season. Churning out multiple webisodes all last season, all of which match the quality of big hitters like Level 1, these creative jibbers are taking urban, and filmmaking, to the next level. Here is their first webisode of the season: [vimeo 20470817]

Check out their website for information and updates, and you can watch their epidodes from last year here.

And you probably don't need me to tell you this, but the park crew is killing it right now. I was up Monday night, new features include super fun cannon pontoon, elbow kink in a new place, and a soon-to-be-open rebuilt #4 jump on the cut line. And Y2Plays are now on sale too, so get up here!

-Dylan

Snow in the City!

As I'm sure you saw, Vancouver has recently been blanketed with a covering of fluffy white snow. And what do we do when it snows in the city? Slide some handrails! On Sunday, with a crew composed of Myself, Shawn Greensides, Christopher Peake and Ben Funk, we headed out to do a little bit of urban. Though it turned out to be a little wet, we still had a great time, and hit some features we've been looking at for awhile. Everyone got some tricks they were stoked on, and all in all it was a great day! Below is a little edit of all the great crashes from the day.

And with all this new snow, Grouse is in PRIME condition. Bye for now!

Corkin' with Turpin

What up Grouse, Anybody who's looking to step up their jump game and learn some corks this year should check this out.

It's  a quick trick tip from Armada's Chris Turpin, who I was lucky enough to join on the chair and get some help with my own tricks. His coaching method seems to help people progress very fast, and he is very knowledgeable. If you really like his coaching style and want to meet him yourself, he coaches every summer at Momentum and can always be seen around Whistler in the winter.

And I have just come from a day in the Whistler parks, and I am proud to say Grouse's rail lines at least as good at Whistler's, even better in some aspects. Props to the park crew.

-Dylan

An Introduction: It's Dylan!

Hey all, My name's Dylan Gillespie and I'm super stoked to be one of the Grouse Park bloggers for this season! I've been skiing Grouse all my life, and got into the park/freeski scene a few years ago, though I love doing anything with skis on my feet. I live really close to Grouse, so you can be sure to see me lapping the park on weekends and after school. If you see me, stop me and say hi! I'm usually wearing a orange jacket or black hoody, and blue pants. I always enjoy meeting someone new and spining laps with another stoked rider!

Now overall, the weather's been pretty good this season which has let the Grouse Park Crew put together an AMAZING park setup, week after week. Add a bunch of new and improved features for them to work with, and you've got one of the best parks Grouse has seen in a long time. So be sure to get up there as soon as you can and check out either the Quiksiver Park or the Paradise Jib Park, both of which are sweeeeet right now.

I will be posting numerous edits, photos, and videos thoughout the season, and you can check those out on my Vimeo page and my Flickr page (which shall be set up with content in the near future).

In the mean time, here are a couple of my favourite photos from my past season.

Skier: Dyan Gillespie   Photo: Matt Hutchinson

I'm not going to sit here and claim I'm any good at photography, because I'm not. I'm really hoping to improve this year, because right now, I can't tell the differance between f-stop and flash sync. But very, VERY rarely I can sometimes click the shutter button on my Casio point-and-shoot at the right moment, which I was luckily able to do here.

Skier: Casey Klimock Photo: Dylan Gillespie

That's all I got for now guys, but keep checking back for more great updates from me and my fellow bloggers.

Peace!

-Dylan

2010/2011 Bloggers Announced

We have spent the last couple of weeks looking over the applications for this years blogospondent search and out of more then 30 applications we have finally picked our blogger team for the season.  Please join me in welcoming and congratulating the following new bloggers: Andrew Santos

Dylan Gillespie

Simon Stulberg

Jean Lavigne

Also returning for another season will be Jason Macfarlane and Jeremy Cox.

We would like to take the time to thank everyone who applied and if you are still interested, please apply next year.  Expect the posts to start flowing with some awesome content, so sit back, relax and enjoy the season!

Late Pre-Season Update

We would have had this up earlier, but we had a lot going on. Check out these photos from Jason McFarline and a video from Jeremy Cox.

Pre-Season Video

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See you on the slopes!

Get Your Sunny Spring Laps In!

You may all have heard this already, but Grouse is going to stay open till May2nd.  And yes, there will be a park on Cut as long as there's enough snow.  Either way, Grouse is going to be the place to be on the North Shore till May starts.  Get up and get shredding.  I went up last night with Grouse local, Callem Peake, and it was a beauty.  The sun's out longer and the snow is staying softer later into the night.  you have no excuse not to be there. Cheers,

Sam

Fresh Pow

I thought the season was over, I'd started to switch my thoughts from skiing over to biking and then suddenly.. dumps of snow! We've had over about a foot of new snow in the past 48 hours and it's still coming so get up there and get some skiing done! A bunch of new runs are open and it's almost like we've started the season over again. The other day a few buddies and I got up there and had the best day all season! [gallery columns="4"]

Chug Lyfe!

So for those of you that not only enjoy skiing but like too have a little fun off the hill as well i recommend watching this video. Basically its a video blog of pro skier Ian Cosco's travels. That doesn't sound too amazing but if you knew the guy you'd know that your gonna have a good five minutes of laughs during this video while Cosco and friends make complete fools of themselves while looking so prooo! Check it out. Keep it real Grouse!

Eric Beckstead

This and that; GOOD TIMES

Hey everyone! Grouse has been killing it lately, and there have been a lot of opportunities to free ride as well as hit up the Cut park and Paradise jib park. Last night, we mostly looked around for natural jibs and fun little side hits on expo. At one point, Reid Alex, Anthony Cervantes and I were riding up the Greenway Express chair. A small child decided that it would be a good idea to hop onto our chair last minute. He managed to get on half way, and we all tried to pull him up. By this point we were a little ways up, and without him saying anything, we had no idea what he was trying to do, so we held on. After about two meters, he jumped off and ducked just in time for him to miss the chair that was coming towards his head. I'm going to have to say that at the time it was one of the most bizarre experiences of my life and  thank goodness he's okay! Keep your kids on a leash! Haha, don't actually. This was one of the exciting points of the evening, as well as scoping out some fun logs and natural stalls. By 7pm, the sun was starting to set, but the snow remained slushy and fun!

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It's awesome to see everyone having fun on all the local mountains, as well as Whistler! Heres a video of one of the best days in Whistler ever! Most people switched skis for snowboards and vice versa and had one of the funniest days filming ever. Ex-Grouse locals Liam Casey, James Anderson, Spencer Watson and Ryan Belich killed it, and make sure you watch to the end to see the banger! Enjoy!

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Inspiration

Inspiration can come from a lot of places, but one thing that's for sure is that when it comes, it can change a boring, unproductive day into one of your best days of shooting. The other day I was doing a research project for photo class on a photographer called Cole Barash and had one of those "inspiring" moments when I stood up and looked out of the library window. I quickly went home, grabbed my camera gear and called my friend Trevor Robson to go and shoot. Although it's not skiing or snowboarding and not on a mountain we had an awesome time and got some sweet shots. Inspiration can be one of the best things to happen to a shoot, so next time your inspired, don't let it pass, instead go out and make something of it. Here's what came out of that little bit of inspiration for me, let me know what you think! [caption id="attachment_3760" align="aligncenter" width="560" caption=""] [/caption]

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-Bill