Prep like the Pros: 14 Ways to Get Ready for the SeasonBy Brad Oates • Oct 17th, 2013 • Category: Features, Latest, Random
As the lifts will soon start spinning from North Korea to North Carolina (A-Basin is open! Palmer snowfield, too!), we thought it damn near time we caught up with some of our favorite shred elite to drop knowledge on how they prepare for the onslaught of winter and the beautiful bounty she will bring. Skateboarding, mad cock squats, bongrips, weight training with rocks – try to look busy. Winter is coming!
Andrew Burns – Well since I’ve been back from Argentina I’ve been just taking a little time off. Golfing, family, friends, skating, partying, and just chillin’. Starting to make some plans and get my shit together for the season, can’t wait to be back in the mountains, but some non shred time isn’t so bad for just a little bit!
Guch has he likes riding his bike before, so we just used the same photo.
Bryan Iguchi – I usually skate and ride my bike if the weather is good. Walking up and down steep mountains seems to be the best thing for getting the body ready for riding. I also like to get my gear dialed in, pull everything out and do a little inventory. Once the snow starts falling I’ll hike around in my new snowboard boots to check ‘em out and break ‘em in before the lifts start spinning, for me it’s the key piece of equipment I like to have really dialed. Since the majority of my winter riding is in the backcountry I spend a lot of time in the fall reading and trying to get my head back into the basic backcountry safety stuff…avalanche science, first aid, etc. In November I try to take a formal avy or first aid course and attend any public awareness talks or benefits the local community offers. Once it’s good enough to get out there I’ll take some time to brush up on rescue skills with my crew in the field. We’ll go out specifically to train and practice with our transceivers, probes and digging techniques. It good to start thinking about safety before things really get going and establish a good mindset and protocol for winter.
Corey Smith: before. photo via Snowstoked.
Corey Smith – Two words: Sober October. Melts the pounds away and gets you just uptight enough to really get excited for shredding.
Photo and set up: Rich Brown. Head via Helgasons.com
Eiki Helgason – I use the summer to relax and build up energy for the winter then soon as the ice rink opens in Akureyri I start riding the plastic tube that we have set up behind there, That’s where we learn all the tricks before we start filming. Hell yeah!
All the chicks always wanna hang out with Gigi at premieres. It’s crazy.
Gigi Ruef – That reminds me of something…I gotta do some sit-ups. Video premiere season is in full effect and that usually means doing probably everything else than prepare for anything. But there needs to be a time to celebrate last season with all snowboarders and people around. Watching video parts at the premiere is a way for me to maybe prepare for what I want to do in the next season with my snowboard, getting inspired or maybe even plan trips if new connections are made.
Had no good photoshop ideas, so I just took this of Gerry photos off his instagram.
Gray Thompson – I am on a little hot spring tour around Nevada and California, soaking the bones in some natural baths, super rejuvenating, mystical, power water. If that doesn’t get the body ready to take a beating all winter then I don’t know what does! And preparing for the season also means a lot of computer time planning out what Warp Wave will be all about this year. Stay tuned for the Sierra Surfer Tour!
Hana Beaman – I think it’s always a little different but I typically try to take a little time off from drinking, and I try to stay away from shitty foods more around this time. I mainly try to avoid the booze as much as possible and try to get some quality home time in before the heavy travel starts up. If I have time, I like to do a closet clean out of old gear, make some room for the new goods and a little extra cash for travel and whatnot. Also checking to make sure all the gear/equipment I’m using from last season is in good working order and ready to go ie: beacon, sled, shovel, probe. Usually a real good truck clean out as well.
Harrison Gordon – After the summer is over, I’m really excited to snowboard again. I don’t have to “prepare” usually. I tend to imagine that I can do all these tricks that I’ve never tried. It’s mostly stuff like switch back 1080′s or sometimes I’ll think about tricks I wish I would have gotten season’s past. For instance last winter I wanted to gap back lip the Minnesota rail gardens thing but I only got to boardslide it.
Jess taking a cue from Gretchen Blieler.
Jess Kimura – Life training, plenty of Physio, eating less shitty food and mad cock squats.
Leanne loves being Canadian!
Leanne Pelosi – Usually I go to the store with a bunch of toonies so that I can roll up the rim to win at Tim Hortons, then I grab a Kokanee and some smarties, then head to Swiss Chalet to cheer on the Calgary Flames as they destroy the Canucks. Then I put on my toque and get on the toboggan home.
Nico Mueller -I prepare with jogging, garden work, forest walks, literature and sauna. Plus a lot of dreaming about snowboarding!
See that confused look? Imagine that when reading Sean’s. Photo via Hump Day
Sean Genovese – I don’t. Most of the time I’m left scrambling the night before opening day or before the first trip of the season.
Come on, he lives in Portland! Get it?
Shane Flood – New boots, new outerwear and throw snow tires on my car. That’s it.
Actual photo of Zander getting ready. Via Hump Day
Zander Blackmon – I get really really high, then I go on the internet and look at pictures of ‘84 Monte Carlo SS and ‘83 Buick Regals. Then I’ll go on a motorcycle or dirt bike ride, without eyewear on to practice for the winch so my eyes don’t water. Sometimes I weight train by throwing rocks, old desks and office chairs off the roof of my old high school. Other than that i just build and destroy houses till it snows.