Submitted by Hannah on July 31, 2012 at 10:23 am
We asked some of our fans and followers what their favorite songs to snowboard to. Here is a list of some songs that you should look into when you update your winter shred list. Check them out and update that playlist soon before the season begins!
“Sail” by AWOLNATION
“Arcarsenal” by At the Drive-In
“I Against I” by Bad Brains
“The Show Goes On” by Lupe Fiasco
“This is the Life” by Two Door Cinema Club
“Everything Moves” by Bronze Radio Return
“Du Hast” by Rammstein
“De La Soul” by Stakes is High
“I Wanna Be Your Dog” by the Stooges.
“All My Friends Are Insects” by Weezer
If you have any other good song selections comment them below.
Submitted by Hannah on June 6, 2012 at 10:16 am
So I like to think of myself as a master road trip planner. I get routes, destinations and even gas prices all figured out. Then I leave the rest up for spontaneity. Although I go on about 1/10th of the road trips I actually plan, I feel like I am pretty good at figuring them out. So here are a few tricks to planning the best snowboard road trip extravaganza.
Fill up your car
Not with gas, but with people. If you have a five-seater, fill it. Yeah, it may seem uncomfortable but that will be the time to bond. Nothing bonds two people faster than a puddle of drool on your shoulder. Plus it doesn’t hurt to get a lot of people pitching in for gas. Make sure you have enough room for all your gear too. Which leads me to my next point:
Packing to perfection
Because your car is full of people, packing is no easy task. Pack only what is necessary. Here are some necessary items to bring on your trip:
- Extra shirts and sweaters: Nothing will be more miserable than running out of clean, dry clothes after spending all day in the snow.
- Snowshoes: If you want to pass on the lift tickets grab your snowshoes and just hike it.
- Shovel: For obvious reasons.
- Snacks: There is no such thing as a road trip without snacks, and especially not a snowboarding one. Keep snacks handy.
Do your research
Check road conditions and gas prices along the route you are planning. It would probably be a good idea to check the weather and snow conditions for the days you will be shredding. It would suck to get up there and it be too foggy to see or there be no snow on the mountain.
Round up on your budget
Don’t go into any sort of road trip thinking, “$350 is all I need.” You are kidding yourself. Even if you have all the hotels, gas, food and lift tickets figured out, there will always be hidden expenses. It’s just a part of life. Plan for the unexpected and you won’t find yourself stranded without the cash to get home.
Find the perfect balance
People are either too spontaneous or too rigid. Don’t be either. When it comes to the perfect road trip let your whims take over, but don’t end up spending hundreds more than you need to because you have no idea where you are going or what you are doing. Plan your route. Have an idea where you will stay each day or where you want to end up. If you are really digging a certain mountain, bag the itinerary and stay another day.
Submitted by Hannah on May 3, 2012 at 2:28 pm
The vision of Blank Snowboards is to remove all the excess that comes with the snowboarding culture and focus on the love and passion of the sport.
So, we are creating a video called “Why I Board” explaining all the reasons we love to snowboard.
So we want to hear what snowboarding means to you. Is it to go where no man has gone before? Hit a trick you never have before? Hang with your buds? Get outside? What is the reason that pushes us to walk into ridiculous snow storms, sit on a lift slowly moving upward at 3,000 feet when it’s 5 degrees, wake up at the butt crack of dawn and spend every Saturday and holiday of the winter on a mountain? Everyone has a reason and we want to hear them. Send us a video, a picture or just a comment or tweet explaining why you snowboard. We will compile the clips and comments into a video called “Why I Board.”
Slough off the stuff that doesn’t mean anything and tell the world why you board.
Post it on our Facebook wall here
Tweet it @blankboards #WhyIBoard
Here are a few examples of what we are looking for:
Submitted by Hannah on May 2, 2012 at 9:29 am
If you are new to snowboarding or just looking to upgrade some gear before the next season, here are the basic accessories every snowboarder should have before they head up to the mountain:
Music: No doubt about it, plugging in to your favorite tunes can make you shred harder than anything else. Make sure you have a protective case and good sturdy headphones.
Helmet: If you want to ride hard don’t forget to pick up a helmet. It may look silly, but it will make crashing a lot more enjoyable. And don’t pretend like you don’t crash. If you don’t crash, you aren’t going hard enough.
Warm socks: Don’t underestimate the importance of good, warm socks. Keeping your feet warm will keep you on the mountain longer. Nothing can end a trip faster than frozen toes.
Gloves: Pick sturdy, warm gloves that aren’t too bulky or hard to work with. Some people prefer mittens with liners, while others want gloves. It’s all up to your personal preference. But whatever you pick make sure you can do your bindings with ease and without compromising hand warmth.
Goggles: Picking the right goggle is important. It’s too scientific to explain here so check out this site. It will tell you everything you need to know about the goggles you need for the weather you will be boarding in.
Shovel: You don’t need a fancy shovel, but if you feel like making a quick kicker it will help a lot. Any shovel that can collapse or fold in to make it more compact and easy to throw in a backpack will do.
Screwdriver: If your bindings come loose on the mountain having a tool kit handy could save your day. You can purchase small ones that you can carry around in your bag or jacket pocket.
Leash: Yup, you need one. Most mountains won’t even let you on the lift without one. Save a lot of grief by getting one before you get there.
It’s not fun to be inches from the gondola just to be told you need a leash before heading up.
Submitted by Hannah on April 26, 2012 at 10:09 am
Blank Snowboards donated a snowboard to be auctioned to raise money for the Norwegian Outdoor Exploration Center. The NOEC is designed to provide children a chance to experience and learn in nature to combat Nature Deficit Disorder.
The snowboard design, done by Star Moose Marketing’s Jen Lee, of a troll on a mountain represents the folklore of trolls, which is a huge part of Norwegian culture. The stories of trolls are told to teach children lessons of living. Lise-Lunge Larsen, a Norwegian born author and story teller said the need for stories is like the need for fire. “While ritual and storytelling now many seem unnecessary for the survival of the body, they are necessary for the survival of the soul.
Like the stories of trolls, the NOEC strives to teach children how to be happy and respectful and find answers to life’s problems in a natural environment. They base their curriculum on the Norwegian way of life called the Friluftsliv or Free-Air-Life. The NOEC works with youth ages 10 through 18 teaching skills from hiking to rock climbing. They focus on children and educating adults to provide support for the youth. For more information on the NOEC visit www.noec.org.
Blank Snowboards is proud to help the NOEC and its attempt to bring children back into the outdoors.