Nike gathered their team of girl riders last season and carted them up to Revelstoke resort for a week of soft, fluffy, perfect pow.
Legendary ripper Barrett Christy led the charge of ladies with Ellery Hollingsworth, Elena Hight, Spencer O'Brien, and Bryn Valaika in tow. The weather was prime for giant powder slashes, pillow lines, and all-around amazing freeriding. On top of that, this crew was cruising around on a snowcat and getting heli-rides to the best locations.
The looks on the girls faces basically speak for themselves. Anyone who got to drop into this terrain would feel like a chubby kid inside of a candy store. Wide open powder fields, fun cliff crops, and poppy backcountry jumps were theirs for the taking.
SNOWBOARDER Magazine was also along for the ride on this trip and put out an entire feature in the latest SNOWBOARDER Girl, so get your hands on that. Video recap of this heavenly trip below:
Temperatures are rising all over as the seasons change from spring to summer. It's time to put those jackets away, store your sweaters, and bust out your beach bodies in celebration of spring and summer 2011.
Perhaps you've been hiding under winter layers for the past few months, but luckily for you, Nike 6.0 has recently released their women's lookbook filled with cute fashions just in time for the new seasons. The book is bursting with comfortable styles that can be dressed up or down and are perfect for any active female.
Take a peak at some of the hottest new trends modeled by Nike 6.0 athletes in the following video. Featuring Ellery Hollingsworth, Carissa Moore, Lakey Peterson, and Monyca Byrne-Wickey.
Head over to Nike 6.0 to scope Lookbook here.
Nike 6.0 SP/SU11 Lookbook Behind the Scenes Montage from Nike 6.0 on Vimeo.
Drink sponsors are legit, especially when they pay for sweet trips that document how long you can snowboard in a single day. So is the case for Ellery Hollingsworth's and her Gatorade partnership. At the end of last season El and Gatorade teamed up at Northstar-at-Tahoe for a little shoot that involved bluebird shredding, Gatorade gulping and lapping all day.
Check out the fun filled day El had during the shoot.
Also be sure to check out Elleryridesallday.com to see more behind the scenes action from Nortstar-at-Tahoe.
GrindTV Newswire, Via US Snowboarding: COPPER MOUNTAIN, CO (Nov. 30) - On the eve of the season opening Visa U.S. Halfpipe Grand Prix, U.S. Snowboarding's 2011 halfpipe teams were announced Tuesday alongside the cavernous 22-foot halfpipe at Copper Mountain. Highlighting the 17 riders named to the Pro and Rookie Team rosters are five Olympians including two-time Olympic medalist Kelly Clark (Mount Snow, VT) Olympic silver medalist Gretchen Bleiler (Aspen, CO) and two-time Grand Prix champion Louie Vito (Sandy, UT).
The team was in Copper tuning up for the Saturday, Dec. 10 Visa U.S. Halfpipe Grand Prix, the opening event of the three-stop tour.
"With five Olympians returning to the Pro Team and the amazing talent on the Rookie Team, the 2011 U.S. Snowboarding Halfpipe program is better than ever." said U.S. Snowboarding Director Jeremy Forster. "We're looking forward to carrying the momentum from the 2010 Olympics into this season."
Returning to the eight rider Pro Team are two Olympic medalists, Clark and Bleiler, plus three fellow Olympians. Among those riders are Vito, World Cup winner Greg Bretz (Mammoth Lakes, CA), 2010 Mammoth Mountain Grand Prix runner-up Elena Hight (South Lake Tahoe, CA) and Kaitlyn Farrington (Sun Valley, ID), who came on strong at the end of the 2010 season earning Pro Team status.
"I'm really stoked to be on the Team," said Vito. "We have a good squad of people on the Team and it's not just about the Olympic year, it's every year."
Vito should know. The Ohio native already owns a pair of season-long Grand Prix crowns and helped lead the charge among riders pioneering the double corks during the Olympic season. Vito's charismatic personality pervades the sport and was showcased a year ago when he was a standout on ABC's Dancing with the Stars dancing with Chelsea Hightower.
While Clark and Bleiler were in the spotlight once again last year, the rookie Farrington was making her own waves with a post-Olympic gold in the Euro-X Games, the Dew Tour title and second in the U.S. Open.
Hoping to join former Rookie Team riders, Vito and Farrington, on the Pro Team in the near future are nine riders from the ages 16-20. Like the Pro Team, the Rookie crew consists of many returning riders including Matt Ladley (Steamboat Springs, CO) and Zack Black (Breckenridge, CO) and newcomer Paul Brichta (Burnsville, MN).
The Rookie Team, first deployed for the 2008 season has been an amazing proving ground for young talent.
Although 2011 isn't an Olympic year, the stakes are still high for these riders as they begin to progress the next wave of tricks that will be launched in 2014 in Sochi. The 2010 season was all about the double cork, make sure to stay tuned to see what will be the tricks of 2011.
The teams will ride a diverse slate of events, foremost among them the U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix with halfpipe stops in Copper Mountain and Mammoth Mountain. Other majors on tap include the Dew Tour, X Games and U.S. Open. The Rookie Team will also mix in some World Cups and Revolution Tour stops.
2011 U.S. Snowboard Halfpipe Roster
(Name, Hometown, Date of Birth)
* Denotes Olympian
Clair Bidez, Minturn, CO, 8/7/1987
Gretchen Bleiler, Aspen, CO, 4/10/1981*
Greg Bretz, Mammoth Lakes, CA, 12/19/1990*
Kelly Clark, Mount Snow, VT, 7/26/1983*
Kaitlyn Farrington, Sun Valley, ID, 12/18/1989
Elena Hight, South Lake Tahoe, CA, 8/17/1989*
Ellery Hollingsworth, Stratton, VT, 9/2/1991
Louie Vito, Sandy, UT, 3/20/1988*
Lizzy Beerman, Weston, VT, 7/18/1991 **
Dylan Bidez, Minturn, CO, 9/11/1990
Zack Black, Breckenridge, CO, 8/1/1990
Paul Brichta, Burnsville, MN, 8/24/1991 **
Matt Ladley, Steamboat Springs, CO, 5/17/1991
Kelly Marren, Hillsborough, CA, 8/22/1991
Madeline Schaffrick, Steamboat Springs, CO, 4/24/1994
Broc Waring, Edwards, CO, 6/3/1992
Ben Watts, Bend, OR, 9/6/1993
** Attending Westminster College in Salt Lake City as a part of U.S. Snowboarding's partnership program.
Guess there's a first time for everything.
Who knew that snowboarding's golden girl, Ellery Hollingsworth, had never been on a heli trip before "Out of Bounds" came along?
Who knew that apparently, Gatorade, makes you invincible when you snowboard? Guess I've been blowing it by hydrating with booze rather than something of sustenance when I ride.
This past weekend, Fuel TV and Gatorade held a private screening in Santa Monica of their new show, "Out Of Bounds", that follows Ellery on her first experience of heli riding.
SNOWBOARDER sat down with the show's leading lady and got down to the bottom of things.
Read the interview HERE.
- Lindsay Fraka