What happens when you take the world's best snow and skate pros, international artists, mega-music groups and toss them all together in the picturesque setting of Mayarhofen, Austria? The Vans Wangl Tangl.
The legendary event will celebrate it's 10th anniversary in a week-long "Contestival" kicking off March 18. The event has been called Europe's 'most exciting snowboard event' by renowned Swiss pro Nicolas Muller, and this year's event promises to live up to the hype.
Vans Snow Team Manager, Larry Nunez has been gearing up for the event for weeks and commented, "The Wangl Tangl is like no other event in the world. The combination of parties, music, art, skate and snow unifies the culture and lifestyle that we all love."
After a season of intense snowboard contests, pros Iouri Podladtchikov, Eric Willett and Arthur Longo look forward to the event as a way of celebrating the end of the season. Instead of competing against each other, this trio will join forces as the "Off the Wall" team. On Thursday, they will face 10 other crews in the Vans Penken Park where they will be judged on overall style, technicality and creative use of space.
Following a third place finish at Euro X Games last week, Eric Willett said he was "looking forward to a fun, creative event," at Wangl because it's "more than just a slopestyle contest."
The party scene is also a major part of the event's "festival" aspect, with local bands and DJ's playing venues every night. East Coast hip hop legends, M.O.P. (Mash-Out Posse) and rock-legends, Seether headline the event.
For info on the crews, schedules, and bands, visit: WanglTangl.com
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Beyond the well known resorts that sit just outside of Salt Lake City, Utah lies a hidden valley of tranquility reminiscent of a time long since past.
North of SLC is the historic city of Ogden, and just up the Ogden Canyon east of town lies Pineview Reservoir, a small, man-made body of water that is popular for not only ice fishing in the winter and various summer water sports, but for the small towns and mountain resorts that surround it.
Huntsville boasts the oldest saloon in Utah, The Shooting Star, built in 1865 as a trading post and converted into a bar in 1879. On the north side of the reservoir, the small community of Eden grew from one log cabin built in 1857 and got its name from a government surveyor who thought the area was one of the most beautiful sites he had ever surveyed and suggested the biblical name.
These antique places are the gateways to two lesser-known mountains in Utah that have all the snow of the Cottonwood Canyon resorts without any of the people. Snowbasin Resort and the even more secluded, Powder Mountain.
After having heard about the curiously named Powder Mountain for years, I've always wanted to visit. Finally I can attest that Powder Mountain certainly lives up to its namesake. With over 7,000 acres of "mind-blowing" powder, the resort is laid out like a powder hound's dream.
Instead of arriving at the bottom of a mountain and taking chairlifts to the top, at Powder Mountain you arrive essentially at the top of the resort and ride down to the lifts below.
Its widespread terrain is minimally groomed and features a varied mix of mellow glades, challenging tree runs, steeper, exposed alpine chutes and even a full snowboard park.
With so much to choose from, any level of rider is sure to find something that suits their needs.
Perhaps the best part about Powder Mountain is the Lighting Ridge snowcat service, which allows access to over 700 acres of "pristine powder snow" with a 2100' vertical drop. Instead of having to commit to an entire day of snowcat riding (and the expensive cost that usually goes with it), skiers and riders can opt for a single ride up the ridge for just $18.
It's a great option for riders looking to get some fresh turns in a pure, un-groomed backcountry setting. And the long run off the backside of the ridge that leads back to the resort makes for a worthy adventure.
Of course, the $18 fee is in addition to your regular full-priced daily lift ticket. But at only $60, it's still one of the more affordable options when it comes to resort riding.
While it may lack the modern trams, massive size and notoriety of the other Utah resorts, another thing Powder Mountain lacks are the crowds. Hit the resort up on a weekday and it will feel like your own private powder paradise.
For more information on lift tickets, snowcat tour options and directions to the resort, check out PowderMountain.com.
-Words and Photos Larry Nunez/ Vans Snow
Vans OffTheWall.TV interviews the legendary Iggy Pop about his collaboration with Vans on the musician's own signature shoe. This is a follow up on their popular apparel project from last fall which includes the Iggy Pop Skinny bleached denim and the special edition 106 Vulcanized Vans shoe featuring a rich black leather and subtle Iggy Pop detailing on the tongue.The shoes are under a bill at $70 bucks and the jeans coming in at $64.50. To get your own go HERE.
"It was around the time of Lust for Life when I had a pair of the basic Vans shoe with black and white checkered canvas uppers and a rubber sole, and I wore them to death. To me Vans looks so much like the clothes we wore in the very early Stooges circa 1968-1970. I've always associated Vans with people whose actions speak louder than words, and I still do."
Check out the video below where he talks about his dancing abilities and inspirations and his thoughts on his own unique sense of personal style.