Snowboard Freeride World Qualifiers: Confidence in Competing

words and photos by Elyse Bongiovonni :: The night before I competed in my first Freeride World Qualifier, I dreamed about tuning my snowboard. In the dream, I ran my hand over the board, inspecting the base. I noticed a delaminating edge. I peeled it back and kept pulling, removing layer after layer.  Underneath I could a see a secret message, hidden in [...]

A Remote Winter Life: Lifting Spirits with Splitboarding

words and photos: Glynnis Gorman When you live in a small mountain town at 7,000 feet with a population that averages around 63 people (and 85 dogs), it’s best, if you struggle with it, to instead find a way to embrace winter. The isolation of living in a remote location can be debilitating when no cars go by all day, people seldom come [...]

Best in 2017 Women’s Ski & Snowboard Gear

On the hunt for the best women's ski & snowboard gear coming up in 2017 at the 2016 Snowsports Industries America's on-snow demo days. Photo: Kersten Vasey   Our team spent February in Denver at the SIA Snow Show and at Copper Mountain for the On-Snow Demo checking out what's coming up in 2017 women's ski and snowboard gear. After four [...]

OWA Reviews: Spark R&D Women’s Arc Splitboard Bindings

Spark R&D Women's Bindings Tester: Lizzie Lauman What: Spark R&D Women’s Arc Splitboard Bindings Where to buy: Perfect for: frequent backcountry skinning and riding *Note: No gear or financial compensation was received for this review. The tester was asked to record her findings, positive and negative, when testing the bindings. At OWA, the aim is to only publish reviews on gear that, [...]

Injury Life Lessons: An Unexpected Holiday Blessing

words and photos by Catherine Slater:: Our adventures started 24 hours later than planned after the Manchester airport ran out of de-icer. As John, my boyfriend, and I sat on the plane full of Norwegians, we couldn’t help but be a bit embarrassed. Compared to the crazy winters in Norway, our English weather was pretty mild, yet we still couldn’t take off. [...]