Backpacking in the James Peak Wilderness

By Chris / On / In Chris' Blog

Summers in Colorado are amazing, and sometimes it’s hard to find the time to sit down and actually write about them. My most recent adventure was backpacking in the James Peak Wilderness.

A relatively quick drive up to the Moffat tunnel and then a 5 mile hike gets you to Crater Lake (one of many in the area – a good thing to know if coordinating a trip with others) and Mirror Lake. While this area can get crowded, there were only a few other overnight campers during this trip.  Read more “Backpacking in the James Peak Wilderness”

Making the Team

By Chris / On / In Chris' Blog, PSIA-AASI

Team Coin AuroraI am honored to be selected as a member of the 2016 PSIA-AASI Snowboard Team and to represent AASI for the next four years alongside an incredible team of inspirational educators and athletes.

In the fall of 2004 I moved to Steamboat Springs, planning to spend a winter there between college and “real life.” That all changed because of a conversation at Mahogany Ridge where Scott Anfang convinced me to teach snowboarding for “a season.”

I’m passionate about our organization and the power of the Teams to inspire, influence, and change lives because it happened to me. Standing at the front of the room last night with my new teammates, I couldn’t help but be excited about the incredible opportunity we all have to create that same life change for the next generation of educators.

While I credit Scott with starting me down this path, the saying “It takes a village” has never been more true. In that first season in Steamboat I had a few outstanding trainers who inspired me to make snowboard instruction a career instead of just a job. Through the years that list has expanded dramatically, and I owe so many thanks to the many, many people who’ve I’ve had the opportunity to train with and learn from.

So, to everyone who trained me and trained with me, to all of the amazing people who helped make this a career, to the guests who made teaching snowboarding so fun, to my peers who have been an endless source of encouragement, and to my friends and family who put up with me always talking about snowboarding: Thank You!

And to my new teammates: Let’s bring it!

Volcom Store Party in Boulder

By Chris / On / In Chris' Blog, Uncategorized

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We were already hanging out in Boulder this afternoon, so when we got the heads-up about the party at the Volcom Store on Pearl Street, we made our way over to check out the festivities.

Out front Volcom had a hat making booth set up, and visitors could get a free hat, pressed with their choice of Volcom labels on them. Inside there was pizza, an array of free posters and a couple of Volcom pros hanging out. Twitter user jjwingate won a free snowboard for finding Gigi Ruf and tweeting a photo to @volcom.

The store had a pretty good-sized crowd gathered at the back to rock out with Kandi Coded and ASG. There were probably 50 people that stayed the whole time, but quite a few more milled in-and-out.

Thanks for a fun night Volcom!

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Snow at the Volcom Store