Mountain Vibez: Trip to Colorado & New Product Release

By Kim Ewing

Photo Credit: Reda Ruokyte

On December 1, 2018, Mountain Vibez Riderz and Repz stood at the top of Loveland Pass in Colorado together as one family. The objective, none other than to snowboard and slash pow all day.

For many it would be the first-time meeting each other and would quickly learn their friendship was far deeper than snowboarding after day one of sharing a single bathroom Air BNB in Silverthorne.

Summiting Loveland Pass, a five car train long. More more than 15 Mountain Vibez riders went barreling down the open face into the trees, discovering drops plummeting into pow, tree taps, and step-ups, the stoke was undeniably exceptional.

One Chevy pick-up waits for the team where the hairpin turn meets the ravine, each rider piling in or hitch hiking to get back to the top could not delay the never ending pow laps. Uncountable backseat drivers and a constant need to stay hydrated, the shuttle was essential to keep the team going until it was “too dark” to ride.

The Mountain Vibez company has established repz and team riderz all over the globe, brought together from various backgrounds, but it is much more than a typical ambassador program. Sit around the dinner table with this group, and you will understand that most have professional backgrounds, unique skill trades, and all but one love for snowboarding and the freedom it brings to them.

Mountain Vibez, without ego or judgement welcomed the family with an opportunity to show each other the real love for snowboarding shared amongst each other.  That is truly rare to find, and as the company grows, we will continue the Mountain Vibez mission in all our snowboarding affairs.

Beyond this, the new apparel launch of the neck tubes in partnership with Phunkshun Wear, are double layered, water resistant and made from recycled bottles.  With each purchase, 5% is donated to the, Mountain Vibez Charity, Good Vibez & High Fivez.  USE CODE: KIM10 to save!!!!

Good Vibez & High Fivez is a non-profit outreach program dedicated to enriching lives of the disadvantaged youth with the opportunity to experience snowboarding alongside the Mountain Vibez team. The 2019 event is in partnership with New Mexico Xtreme Sports and will be hosted at Pajarito Mountain on January 19th.


Mountain Vibez: Snowboarding Athletes – Supporting Female Progression in their Communities

By Kim Ewing

Photo Credit: Dan Hilden | Rider: Kim Ewing

Stevens Pass Parks | Washington

Snowboarding to many is a sport that is extreme and dangerous, and to the rest of us who live in the life of a snowboarder; it’s a passion, an invigorating connection to being alive, and a family we’re committed to. Predominantly a male driven sport, yet the popularity among females of all ages have become impressing and the girl gangs are boldly sending it.

In the United States riding season can begin as early as October and span through the spring months of late May and even June.  Pick your preference, freestyle or freeriding, but it has become much more common for the ladies to try and demonstrate ability in all areas of riding until they find what they are truly passionate about progressing in.

Conditioning pre-season and even ongoing through winter regardless of how frequent you ride is undeniably a main artery to improving in ability, or often it just sustains our bodies through injury after injury to keep charging. May seem like a simple tweak to your daily routine, but don’t be fooled. The harder you go, regardless of ability, it becomes a game of risk, a fun game, but a risky one.

To each their own, we are only here to indulge in the mountain stoke for snow because for many of us, winter is coming full circle. So, if you don’t have you dance pants on, our friendship may be questionable (only joking).  Some of our Mountain Vibez riders have shared their pre-season activities to keep the stoke for winter and their efforts to building a stronger community this this season.

Photo Credit: Peter Day | Rider: Jen Jones

Squaw Valley | California

Jen Jones: Riding 10 years with three years of consecutive months

Style: Big Mountain Freeride

Home Mountain: Squaw Valley, CA

Off Season

Jen maintains monthly consistency in riding while conditioning for Big Mountain Freeride competitions around the world, most recently in New Zealand. Back state side she picked up skateboarding; shredding the streets and concrete surfing have been keeping her passion for board sports alive.

Mountain Vibez Female Support

Jen often supports and encourages females around the world by staying connected.  She finds the female division for big mountain freeride to be lean.  Even with growing demand for more competitors the community is small so when reunited at these events it’s only more motivating to go out there and push each other past those comfort zones. Ultimately, she hopes to achieve a progressive female community in this type of terrain.

This has transcended into her ability to be an effective coach for females which allows her to work directly with these athletes pursuing snowboarding.  Through this she has found that being supportive and giving encouragement has allowed her to directly strengthen the female snowboarding community.

Photo Credit: Michael Sorger | Rider: Emily Sorger

Bear Mountain | California

Emily Sorger: Riding Park for 5 Years. Started snowboarding at 3 years old

Style: Freestyle Park

Home Mountain: Park City, Utah & Bear Mountain, CA

Off Season

Admirably, Emily is a full-time student majoring in computer science with an emphasis video game programming, while also perusing a double major in German and Physics. If you’ve got your brain wrapped around all that, when Emily isn’t snowboarding she is also the captain and flyer of the cheer squad at CSUSM. While the conditioning to continue leading her cheer team is vital to progressing, she also spends time hiking, wakeboarding, surfing, and disc golfing.

Mountain Vibez Female Support

If you hear all the things that Emily is passionate about, her heart is gold when it comes to supporting females in snowboarding regardless of their ability. No matter when you begin, it’s important to recall that all athletes were new and had to start somewhere, and we all had someone help us achieve our goals.  Emily is leading the way and spreading the love by:

  • Taking any interested fellow female riding with her.
  • Challenging others alike to try new features, pushing for their goals, and stretching for achievement.
  • Investing in others confidence to give them a positive experience despite their skill level.

I love hearing about her compassion and ability to work with others with that almost tough love, “it’s okay to fall” mentality.  I challenge all readers to stretch their minds to be a more supportive rider this year, and remind each other of the pride we once had when we achieved the little lessons and strive to omit the fear of being judged on the hill for new riders out there, rather help them out.

Let this all resonate, and if you find yourself itching for snow or feeling the same way about how you push for the ladies to somehow tune out the criticism of women being in this sport. If you continue to strive for progression in yourself and others alike, and if you persevere during the hardest frustrations that come along with it all, then you’re a snow addict like us.

Develop a supporting group of riders and hype up the confidence because we can rant all day about ability and skill.  The other main artery here is mental ability to find balance and confidence in what you are about to do. Someone once told me, “hesitation leads to devastation.” We all build walls of fear. Fear of worst case scenario, or that playback of when worst case scenario occurred. So, who you surround yourself with can be a foundational piece of the equation to stomping that trick or slashing the sickest line you’ve been twitching over.

It’s finally snowing here on the Northern Hemisphere and it’s time to dust off that oldsnowboard, but if you’re anything like me, you haven’t actually put it away.
Every year I create a list of ten things I want to do. This list ranges from taking a
photography class to running a half marathon to learning how to do a 180 on a
snowboard. No matter what, everything on the list has to be doable in a year and in
some way challenge me physically and mentally or most likely both.

On my 2016/2017 list I had – Snowboard every month in a year. (Spoiler alert…I did it!) October 2016 through June 2017 was pretty easy with Arapahoe Basin in Colorado opening October 21 st and closing on June 11 th . July through September on the other hand, was definitely more of challenge. Unfortunately traveling to the Southern Hemisphere to chase an endless winter wasn’t in the budget so I had to find the snow in Colorado, which is a lot easier than you think – if you thought it was hard to begin with.

The most challenging part for me, finding people to go with, but I’m a huge proponent of solo adventures and embraced the challenge and “Megan” time.
I’m pretty lucky to live in Denver because of how close I am to the mountains. I didn’t have to go far to find a patch of snow that was ride-able in July, August and September thanks to St. Mary’s Glacier…snowfield.

This beautiful spot is only about an hour drive from Denver and right outside of Idaho Springs, Colorado and only 1.5-mile hike to the top of the glacier. The views are OUT OF THIS WORLD, especially during the sunset, which I highly recommend.
Now for the snow. The snow at the end of July was ok. The snow at the end of August
was sketchy and the snow at the end of September was soft but almost nonexistent –
the first snowfall had just happened a couple of days before I went. This was just my
experience and honestly, I didn’t care that the snow wasn’t soft. I didn’t care that it was a short run. I only cared that I was strapped in and on a mountain doing the one thing I love to do…snowboard.

Lucky for me, winter is right around the corner and Arapahoe Basin is now open – I hit my twelfth month on snow on October 13 th – Abay Opening Day! I’m pretty stoked and I’m definitely going to try and keep the streak going and hit up a few different spots next summer!

I’ll be forever dreaming of a true endless winter, but for now, a glacier snowfield tucked away in the Rocky Mountains can and will transport me to a winter wonderland during my summers here in Colorado. I’ll see you in July St. Mary’s. Xx

Megan Ecker