Edge Wise is a snow blog edited by Lindsay Fraka.
Chris Bradshaw and friends in "Feature Factory" from Bear Mountain: Just in time for Hot Dawgs and Handrails, the annual winter kick-off party at Bear Mountain in California, Bear team rider Chris Bradshaw's full part from "Feature Factory" has been released to the World Wide Web. He even lets fellow pros Scott Stevens, Forest Bailey, Jonah Owen, and Lucas Magoon share the spotlight in this edit as they all flip, spin, and slide on every feature imaginable in one of the most pristine parks around. Bradshaw continues to ride his home mountain with his usual flair and style--getting creative on even the smallest features. The full movie is set to premiere in Big Bear Saturday at the AV Nightclub.
Jed Anderson in "Jed in Full" from Nike and Salomon Snowboards: Holy urban snowboarding. This was an honest thought that went through my mind as I watched Jed Anderson's 2012 edit. No feature is too big, sketchy, or dangerous for this kid. Redirects galore, front boardslides for days, and wall rides that defy gravity--this part filmed by Joe Carlino and Tanner Pendleton shows off how much Anderson can do. Get inspired and watch the video below.
Seth Huot and Cody Beiersdorf in "IP2" from Volcom: Longtime shredder and video part extraordinaire Seth Huot pairs up with rookie rider Cody Beiersdorf in this episode of "IP2" (rather, Individually Produced Parts as they are made by the riders themselves). This edit is a nice little mix of bold, stylish backcountry riding and progressive, demanding street snowboarding. These two make sure to send it into every trick they attempt, and it seems to have paid off.
It's extremely likely that snowboarders start looking forward to Hot Dawgs and Handrails from the second that it concludes each September at Bear Mountain, California. This event (commonly referred to as HDHR) is going down this year on Saturday and is known throughout the industry as the official winter kick-off party. Each year, it ramps up with even more movie premieres, more DJs, and more insane, innovative park features.
Along with a handful of pro riders, brands, groupies, avid snowboarders, and teenage girls with trucker hats will be in attendance on Saturday, creating the chaos that is HDHR. The main event is, of course, the rail jam, featuring Bear team riders Joe Sexton, Dylan Alito, Brandon Hobush, Zak Hale, Desiree Melancon, and Scotty Vine. It's set to start at 2 p.m. Bear and its park designer, Clayton Shoemaker, will bring in 130 tons of snow to set the stage for the brand new massive features they've been crafting for the past few weeks. "With 10 to 11 line options, this is definitely the biggest and most fun course we've ever set up for HDHR," Shoemaker said.
The view from the VIP Red Bull tent at last year's HDHR. Photo: Lindsay Fraka
Hot Dawgs and Handrails also includes live music, excessive drinking of adult beverages, product giveaways, a hot dog eating contest, and a rowdy after-party at AV Nightclub in the Village, where Bear Mountain's full-length film "Feature Factory" and film company Videograss' movies "The Darkside" and "Enlighten" will premiere. On top of all this madness, people in attendance will have their last chance to buy a Bear/Snow Summit season pass at the Screamin' Deal discounted rates (featured on www.bearmountain.com). It's a mess of greatness and everyone should experience this event at one point in their lives.
For those who can't make the trek up Highway 330 this Saturday, Snowboarder magazine will host their usual live webcast of the event with senior editor Tom "T-Bird" Monterosso leading the commentary. He will be joined by various legends in the snowboard scene. The webcast is set to go live at 1:30 p.m. PST on www.snowboardermag.com.
Snowboarders and skiers scour mountain towns to find spots that hold snow year-round and allow them to keep their shred dreams going nonstop. Depending on snow conditions and how winter plays out, many of them are successful in finding these hideouts where they can make turns, build features, and hoard rails.
Photo courtesy FrakaTwenty-five miles south of Lake Tahoe, California, on the way to Kirkwood Resort and near Carson Pass lies such a location. There are perennial snow fields scattered around this area, and one specific field has been dubbed "the Patch" by the locals. Riders like to head out to the Patch early season and late season, when the resorts are closed, and set up camp to spend a day or two putting their snowboards and skis to good use.
Local name: The Patch, due to the snow patches that persist year-round
Directions from Tahoe: Take Highway 89 out of Meyers towards Markleeville to Highway 88 and go right. Drive for a few miles and keep your eyes peeled for a dirt road on the left-hand side. Go on this road, drive to the top, and you'll find the Patch.
Bring: Riding gear, barbecue, depending on the season either warm outerwear or spring gear, water, camera, 4x4 SUV
If you do decide to make it out to the patch, be careful on the roads, because once you make the left-hand turn off Highway 88 (Carson Pass Highway) on to the dirt road leading up to the Patch, things can get a little tricky. I know this from experience. During the preseason one year, I drove out to the Patch and had an interesting experience. There was snow on the road by then and I had to put the pedal to the metal just to get to the top. On this particular day, a car was backing across the road as I began my ascent, and I was forced to brake. As a result, my Jeep began to slide down the hill, and I was not exactly in control. In my attempt to stop I turned my wheel and spun my car to the side; this led to sliding off the road into the trees and untracked snow. Miraculously, I did not collide with anything, and I just had to get back down to the bottom of the dirt road and start all over again.
Once I made it, I surveyed the surroundings with my friends, who were driving in another car. Giant granite slabs and grassy hillsides greeted us at 8,000 feet, and they were all framing a tunnel-like slope that was, indeed, the Patch. I would come to find out that because of its tunnel-like shape, the Patch garners a few more feet of snow than the surrounding area, which makes it a prime space to set up jumps and jibs. When I got there, there was already a plastic barrel and some rock hits ready to go, so we hiked up to the peak of the hill and had an awesome afternoon lapping the tiny set-up.
This remote shred zone is perfect for a bunch of friends to get together, head out of town, and enjoy some snowboarding and skiing when there is no official place to go. For the most part, it provides an endless winter close enough to Tahoe that is easy to get to. Unless, of course, you're me and decide to do some spontaneous off-roading.
The never-ending stream of snowboard teasers is still flowing, and this week we were bombarded by Nike, Roxy, and Quiksilver with their very different releases of trailers that collectively had us shaking in our boots. If these edits don't motivate you to go pull on your outerwear and run around the house, we don't know what will.
"Nike Snowboarding Project," Nike Snow: Nike has upped the ante as usual with their 2012 "Nike Snowboarding Project," which will include three different chapters of edits, with each chapter worked on by different filmmakers and featuring different heavy-hitting snowboarders. Filmmakers Joe Carlino (Nike Action), Brad Kremer (Burton and Mack Dawg), and Justin Hostynek (Absinthe Films) worked on the first chapter, which is being released Oct. 16. The teaser below is a little preview to all three perspectives and provides a glimpse of what each filmmaker was working with. They've covered all their bases with riders slaying the backcountry, taking over terrain parks, and charging the streets. All together the project features riders Johnnie Paxson, Jess Kimura, Halldor Helgason, Justin Bennee, Jed Anderson, Sage Kotsenburg, Louie Vito, Gjermund Braaten, Jamie Nicholls, Danny Kass, Ethan Morgan, Jan Scherrer, Peetu Piiroinen, Austin Smith, Gigi Ruf, Nicolas Muller, Danny Kass, and Eric Jackson. A little bit of a mouthful, wouldn't you say?
"Wanderlust," Roxy Snowboarding/Peepshow Films: Roxy and Peepshow have joined lady forces and created one hell of a chick flick. The handful of rippers in "Wanderlust" provides us with so many dynamic and different riding skills that when smashed together, it creates a ridiculous and amazing ball of shredding. Peepshow is known for technical and stylish urban riding while Roxy's team gets us in the halfpipe, park, and big mountain riding. "Wanderlust" looks to highlight all sides of women's snowboarding as well as offer a simple vibe of fun and camaraderie. It features riders Torah Bright, Erin Comstock, Robin Van Gyn, Corinne Pasela, Joanie Robichaud, Danyale Patterson, Ty Walker, and Kjersti Buaas.
"Quiksilver Team Montage," Quiksilver Snowboarding: Although this isn't technically a teaser, per say, it still got us as giddy as a 15-year-old girl ogling Justin Bieber. Riders Bryan Fox, Will Lavigne, Travis Rice, Danimals, Johnny Brady, Ted Borland, Alex Beebe, Matt Belzile, and Jake Olson-Elm get together in this team montage, get after it, and paint a perfect snowboarding picture with their different styles and abilities. Urban, big mountain, parks--you name it, and they've got it.
The Eastern Sierra is a mecca for outdoor adventure seekers, complete with stunning views and places that we can't believe actually exist. Unfortunately, many of the best spots are only known to the locals, such as Buckeye Hot Springs, about an hour north of Mammoth Lakes, California. Fortunately for you, we know some Mammoth locals and can give you the inside scoop.
The beginning of the hike down to the springs; photo courtesy Benjamin Roman
Mammoth Lakes is famous for its natural hot springs, and many tourists are familiar with the springs located close to the airport. But recently some of my local friends decided to change up the scenery and drive about 55 miles north to camp near what I would come to know as the Buckeye Hot Springs. To get there we drove up the 395 through the small town of Bridgeport and then turned off Buckeye Road toward Buckeye Campgrounds. We then drove on the dirt road left of Doc & Al's Camp & Cabin, crossed two one-lane bridges, and followed the signs to the Springs at the top of the hill on the right. And yes, I may get assassinated for sharing that information.
Name of area: Buckeye Hot Springs near Bridgeport, California
Location: Below Buckeye Campgrounds, 54 miles north of Mammoth Lakes
Necessities: Sturdy shoes, sunscreen, bathing suit, camping gear for the overnighters, water in case of heat
Expect: Naked visitors (many people like to enjoy the springs sans bathing suit)
Buckeye Hot Springs; photo courtesy Fraka
The hot springs are surrounded by free campgrounds, or ones you can pay for. We elected for the free campgrounds, which sit above the hot springs. Once we settled down, we decided to check out the springs, which we could get to via a trail. If you ever decide to visit these campgrounds, bring hiking or running shoes, as the trail features loose gravel and rocks and is a straight shot down with no switchbacks. But once you get to the springs, the reward is worth the difficult travel.
The Buckeye Hot Springs, which are surrounded by miniature caves and miniature waterfalls, are unique because they sit directly next to a cold river, with three springs staggered along it. There are also man-made pools that hold cooler water, in case you want to switch things up. During the winter, most people wouldn't dare jump out of the hot springs into the colder pools, but if you make it out there during the summer, the river and cold pools are really refreshing.
A closer look at the pools; photo courtesy Fraka
To put it simply, the Buckeye Hot Springs are genuinely one of a kind, where you can camp, enjoy the river, and spend some time barbecuing in the woods. Everyone should experience this spot, even if you're just passing through.