Here at Mint Snowboarding we are stoked to announce our new partnership with iON cameras! We are thrilled to have the opportunity to use their leading action camera technology on the mountain to capture everything from filming students, ourselves and our many other adventures throughout the year. Here’s a bit of info on these super hi-tech iON cameras:
The iON AIR PRO camera, with Wi-Fi, allows you to shoot high definition video and then immediately share it with friends through the iON smartphone and tablet app. So this means that footage can be seamlessly streamed to YouTube, Facebook, email & to the free iON cloud storage. Not only this, but you can also download, review and erase footage without the need to connect to a computer as well as use your smart device as a remote control… all pretty rad if you ask us!
What makes these cameras great for snowsports is that they are shock proof, super lightweight and waterproof without the need for an outer casing. The Wi-Fi model also comes with helmet, bike & pole mounts so you are ready for action.
We cant wait to get on the snow and start putting our cameras to good use! Look out for Mint video edits throughout the season, bringing you trick tips, footage from freestyle & backcountry adventures, snowboard camps and much, much more…
For more information on iON action cameras check out their site.
While we wait for the snow to fall and to get our own iON action shots, here’s a photo of Mint friend, Kev Harris, putting his iON camera to good use. Well done Kev, you are the first skier to make it onto the Mint website!
So if you were founder of the biggest snowboard company in the world, would you too wait 35, or so, years to design & build your own signature snowboard??? We sure as hell wouldn’t! Finally Jake Burton has caved in and designed his own signature board called ‘The Stone Hut’. Each Stone Hut snowboard was handcrafted in Burton’s high tech prototype facility Craig’s (named after the late Craig Kelly) and a very limited number are available in select stores worldwide.
“Even though a piece of me has been in so many of our boards over the past 35 years, this is the first signature board I’ve built,” said Jake. “When the boards team approached me about doing a sig board, I jumped on it and talked them into doing a really limited production run so we could make them in Vermont at Craig’s. Up until now, we’ve only made prototypes or boards for team riders there. So the Stone Hut is special for many reasons, but the one I keep coming back to is I think Craig would be stoked that it was built in his facility – I know I am.”
During this past summer, Jake spent a lot of time at Craig’s, fine-tuning each detail of the Stone Hut. His goal was to create a snowboard that was ideal for ‘a powder day in the park’ – essentially a super versatile board that can handle icy groomers as well as massive powder slashes. The Stone Hut is a twin shaped freestyle board underfoot with a powder nose and a freestyle tail. The Bend is Flat Top, so it holds an edge when riders need it, but also floats in powder. Available in two lengths, 150 and 155, the Stone Hut is downsized so that riders can select a board length that is 5 cms shorter than a traditional board.
The Stone Hut board graphic are one of a kind, featuring artwork from the Jimi Hendrix album, Valleys of Neptune. And for a finishing touch, Jake has personally signed each board. The Stone Hut also comes with a sweet little kit, all packaged in a Valleys of Neptune laptop case, that includes EST CantBEDs, a Sharpie for marking binding stances, an EST Tool for fine-tuning bindings, a credit card scraper that fits in a wallet, a code to download some of Jake’s favorite Hendrix songs and stickers from the Burton archives.
With only 100 available worldwide, the Stone Hut promises to be a collector’s item for sure. But more than anything else, Jake wants riders to get the boards on snow and send him feedback about the new shape.
“I want people to have fun riding this board, and I want to hear what they think of the unique shape,” said Jake. “I also hope everyone gets a good laugh from the stickers that come with the board – I couldn’t resist throwing in some that got us in a little trouble over the years.”
Read more about the Stone Hut (and how it got its name) in an interview with Jake where a full list of shops carrying the board is also available.
With ski pass prices continuing to be on the rise, an interesting report from RelaxNews shows that keen skiers & snowboarders get a much better deal on a 6 day ski pass from the larger resorts, which are significantly cheaper when comparing price per kilometre.
The Portes du Soleil, home to Mint Snowboarding, is the largest ski area in France and also the best value for money with a 6 day lift pass priced at just 0.34€ per km of piste. For 225€ winter sport enthusiasts have access to 650 km of pistes. The Three Valleys, with its 600 km of pistes, is also great value at 260€ and followed by Paradiski with a 6 day lift pass costing 262.50€ for 425 km of marked slopes.
It can also be argued that novice skiers & snowboarders can make savings on the cost of their lift pass by visiting smaller resorts. For example, a 6 day ski pass in Super Besse costs only 146,90€, but for only 43 km of pistes works out much more expensive, at 3,42€, per km.
|Ski Area / Resort||Department||Price of a 6 day ski pass||Skiable Area||Ski pass price/km|
|Super Besse||Puy-de-Dôme||146,90€||43 km||3,42€|
|Isola 2000||Alpes-Maritimes||145,50€||120 km||1,21€|
|Espace Diamant : Les Saisies, Crest Voland Cohennoz, Notre-Dame-de-Bellecombe, Praz sur Arly, Flumet, Hauteluce||Savoie||184,30€||185 km||0,99€|
|Serre Chevalier||Hautes-Alpes||214€||250 km||0,85€|
|Espace Killy : Tignes, Val d’Isère||Savoie||235€||300 km||0,78€|
|Neiges Catalanes : Cerdagne Puigmal 2900, Espace Cambre d’Aze, Font-Romeu, Pyrénées 2000, Formiguères, La Quillane, Les Angles, Porté Puymorens, Puyvalador||Pyrénées-Orientales||190€||278 km||0,68€|
|Paradiski : Les Arcs, La Plagne, Pesey-Vallandry||Savoie||262,50€||425 km||0,61€|
|Les Trois Vallées : Courchevel, La Tania, Méribel, Brides-les-Bains, les Menuires, Val Thorens, Orelle||Savoie||260€||600 km||0,43€|
|Les Portes du Soleil : Avoriaz, Chatel, Morgins, Montriond, la Chapelle, Saint-Jean d’Auls, les Gets, Champéry, Torgon, Val d’Illiez, Abondance, Morzine||Haute-Savoie||225€||650 km||0,34€|
We are stoked to announce that our partners Peak Leaders have also collaborated with Burton Snowboards, helping us to train the next generation of snowboard instructors on Burton’s latest teaching philosophies and methods.
Here at Mint Snowboarding, an official Burton ‘Experience snowboarding’ Centre we will be coaching the trainees over 10 week course in Morzine, France starting early January 2013. Mint will train the Peak Leaders trainees primarily for their BASI Level 1 and 2 instructor exams and the ‘Experience Snowboarding’ philosophies and methods will be taught additionally.
Burton’s ‘Experience Snowboarding’ programme dramatically changes the dynamic of a snowboard lesson and allows instructors to use specifically designed terrain and specially designed Burton ‘Learn To Ride’ product.
During the 10 week programme in Morzine, trainees will have the opportunity to shred with Burton Team riders and have an ‘uber tech session’ with their in-house experts. Not only that but all snowboard trainees will be offered Burton gear at a very special rate!
Burton may also select the strongest trainees to use as instructors and helpers at their Riglet Camps and Demo days in the UK.
If you are heading to the London Ski and Snowboard Show at Earls Court today or tomorrow a visit to the Peak Leaders stand is a must. Our partners, Peak Leaders & Burton Snowboards, are hosting a great little event between 2pm and 4pm, where you can gain some valuable snowboard technical advice from one of Burton UK’s top experts.
Dr Chris will be at the Peak Leaders stand to offer useful advice to people who are looking for the perfect snowboard setup for the coming season. Peak Leaders are now partnered with Burton Snowboards and this new pairing give you the opportunity to gain some cracking advice that will no doubt help you prepare for the coming winter.
Peak Leaders are on stand E45 (opposite the North Face stand) so make sure you pop along between 2 – 4 pm.
This winter Mint Snowboarding has partnered with Peak Leaders to offer the first ever snowboard instructor course in Morzine & the Portes du Soleil resorts; allowing enthusiastic shredders to obtain an internationally recognized snowboard instructor qualification in Europe’s snowboarding capital. If you are taking a gap year, an extended holiday or looking for a career change; we have the experience and industry contacts to help you on your journey.