Author Archive: Brendan

 
Stop Ei8ht: Massanutten, VA

Stop Ei8ht: Massanutten, VA

MASSANUTTEN, VA. – The final stop on the 2012 Scion Snow Tour. After three seasons preaching the gospels of the tC, xB and xD, I juuuust started to get a handle on my new life on the road when it was all over. We’ll be back next season, no doubt. ¬†But a lot of good times and great events were had on this...

 
Stop 7: Timberline, WV

Stop 7: Timberline, WV

Timberline, West Virginia. Home to the only 2-mile run I know of anywhere in the Midwest, and maybe even the East Coast. It was sunny and 60 when we showed up, so I, like the idiot I am, jumped on the chairlift with only a hoody and loose-fitting beanie. That was the last time I felt my face all day. Stephen, Nolan &...

 
Stop 6: Ski Roundtop, PA

Stop 6: Ski Roundtop, PA

The Stop: Our annual event at Ski Roundtop is awesome for two reasons: it’s on the white and it’s under the lights. I got there early and took one or six joy laps through the park before the competitors started showing up. As the sun shrunk below the trees, the temp cooled down, but the contest was just starting...

 
Stop 5: Mad River Mountain, OH

Stop 5: Mad River Mountain, OH

By the time the xB and tC were parked at the Mad River Lodge on Sunday, the resort was packed: weekenders from Columbus and die-hard locals alike were cramming in runs before sloughing back to the weekday hustle. As the home mountain to Louie Vito, Xgames competitor, Olympian and Dancing with the Stars stud, Mad River always...

 
Stop 4: Perfect North, IN

Stop 4: Perfect North, IN

Our third stop brought us to Perfect North Ski Resort in Lawrenceburg, Indiana for a co-branded annual big air event with Vitamin Water. The jump was 50 feet to the knuckle, but rode more like 70ft with the wind and slow snow. Conditions were gnarly. The lip of the jump was icy, the wind was howling and riders had to stretch...

 
Stop 3: Ober Gatlinburg, TN

Stop 3: Ober Gatlinburg, TN

When it comes to snowboarding, going down is usually a bad thing, unless you’re talking about going down south. For the second year in a row, the event at Ober Gatlinburg, TN was, once again, filled with good rides and great slides on the region’s hardest-earned patch of Smoky Mountain snow. As usual, the Scionara...

 
Stop 2: Brandywine, OH

Stop 2: Brandywine, OH

Our second stop of the new year at Brandywine Ski Resort in Ohio included blue skies, a perfect park and a round of Ro-sham-Bo to decide who took away the prize for the best crash of the day. To kick off the event, we dropped in with a new staple to the Tour itinerary, a high ollie contest next to the Scion tent. Ethan...