March - Wanted List

Hudson Bay Company – Axe Quiksilver – Mapocho Riding Shirt Quiksilver - Travis Rice Bib Pant The North Face – NSE Tent Bootie III Poler Stuff - The Man Tent Celtek – Trippen Mittens Stanley - Classic 8oz Flask Oakley - Terje Haakonsen Signature Splice Goggle Juniper Ridge - Douglas Fir Sachet

I can't believe its March. All I feel like doing right now is snowboarding, camping and hiking. A feeling that brought on inspiration for this months Wanted List. Mixing in some new stuff and classic stuff - I started it off with a Hudson Bay axe for wood choppin' campfires of course. Next up is the Quiksilver riding shirt, wilderness inspired snow wear to wear under the Travis Rice bib snowpants. After a long cold day on the hill there is nothing better then some North Face slippers to bring up your core temps. If you decide to stay the night, the Poler Man Tent is great for solo excursions. On any solo excursion a classic Stanley flask is a great idea, and a warm pair of Trippen mittens. Next some Terje Haakonsen signature Oakleys and a sachet of Douglas Fir to throw in your bag keeping your gear smelling like the rain forests of the northwest- Man stuff.


February - Wanted List

Recently returning from touring America I was inspired to make a 'Wanted List' for men. February brings unpredictable weather and usually the last burst of cold winter and snow in BC. With the weather in mind I am starting it off with next seasons Volcom camo outerwear paired with a full face mask from Brixton. Keep your hands warm with the innovative reusable heat bags from Poler Stuff and some good looking black leather gloves from Celtek.  Next is a Capita X Volcom Dan Brisse all terrain colab board and Union DLX bindings - Travis Rice rides Union bindings, why don't you? Then some Drink Water stickers to slap on your board as a  friendly reminder to... drink water. Pack everything else into a locally designed Herschel backpack and your good to go.




Ski Tracks App Review

"Dood I swear I was going 100kph on that last run." "No you weren't dood." Now, thanks to the Ski Tracks app for iPhone, this dispute can be settled easily. The Ski Tracks app for iPhone is an advanced GPS app that tracks and records many different stats while you are riding. Including; top speed, avg speed, total vertical feet, vertical feet per run, # of runs, where you ride and more. [caption id="attachment_5113" align="alignnone" width="504" caption="Ski Tracks & the Tracks Screen"][/caption]

Ski Tracks app

  • Cost: $1.99 or FREE for the Lite version
  • Cool Factor: Pretty Cool
  • Functional Factor: Very Good - you can track where you go so you can keep from getting lost
  • Freestyle Factor: Pretty Low - it doesn't track air time or rotations
  • Website:

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The interface is easy to use and the many functions are fun to play with. You can save different tracks from different mountains and view these tracks in either satellite, standard or track mode(which looks like sonar). The app can also be used to track how many park runs you get in a session and with the Altitude & Speed screen you can see when you picked up speed and when you slowed down graphed over the whole session(see image above). In 'Settings' you can toggle back and forth between metric and imperial so that you can review your elevation and vertical skied in feet and speed in kilometers. This is actually the one drawback to the app because Canadians tend to refer to height in feet and speed in kilometers and you cannot set each of these independently. The other drawback, mentioned earlier, is not tracking airtime, rotations or amount of time spend on rails. ;)

One of my favourite things to do with the app is Freeracing. Which is kinda like Freeskiing or Freestyling except its racing. Here is how you play:

  1. Get a group of friends together and download the Ski Tracks app
  2. Turn the app on
  3. Pick a run
  4. Race it*
  5. Pull out you iPhones at the bottom of the chairlift and see who clocked the top speed

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*Grouse Mountain is making a concerted effort to promote safe skiing and boarding. So make sure you pick an appropriate run to race on.

Overall I give the Ski Tracks app 4 out 5 Highfives.


January - Wanted List

      • Nike: Zoom Force 1 - Dark Obsidian


        Above is the first of a monthly Wanted List I plan to post here on the Grouse Park blog. This month I am feeling a real-life-boarding vibe. Starting with an oversize starter jacket paired with a mellow plaid shirt for the mild park days we were having up until recently. With that, the Electric EG 2.5’s – a smaller version of the original EG 2’s, great for anyone with a smaller face.  After that is a Japanese leather Macbook case - for travelers, students and employed; replacing the need for a backpack. Finally a pair of amazingly supportive Nike boots and a Capita FK, a 2012 Transworld good wood winner and one of my favourites for park and powder days.