I've just spent about an hour fruitlessly searching for an old clip of mine from the '90s about the OP Wintersurf competition that pitted surfers and snowboarders against one another first in the waters of Huntington Beach and then on a slalom course in Big Bear, with the overall scores determining ... More >>
Those into numerology and any sign that a great ski and snowboard season awaits should be stoked to learn that today--10/11/12--snow is dumping at Mammoth Mountain.For photographic evidence supplied by everyone's favorite kinda-close, kinda-far, world-class resort, feast your eyes after the jump . . ... More >>
I can relate to professional snowboarder Tim Ostler in this way. Years ago, as the last skier off the chair for the last run of the day at Brian Head, Utah, a binding broke off a ski, I tumbled near the top of the run and remained there until a ski patrolman came to save me. Ostler, of Murray, Utah, ... More >>
If you've been to Disneyland in the last couple months you've probably noticed that the Matterhorn Bobsleds have been down for a six-month refurbishment.So what can park goers expect from the rehabbed ride when it reopens this summer?Check out the details (and watch a behind-the-scenes video) af ... More >>
Disneyland's Matterhorn Bobsleds is about to get the same silver screen treatment that Disney has given to Pirates of the Caribbean, Country Bear Jamboree, and Haunted Mansion.That's right: They're turning another ride it into a feature-length movie (with the hopes of it becoming a franchise, of cou ... More >>
Governor Jerry Brown has vetoed legislation that would have required skiers and snowboarders under 18 to wear protective helmets.State Sen. Leland Yee, a San Francisco Democrat and child psychologist, authored SB 105, which had received bi-partisan support in the state legislature.
The traditional New Mexico smothered burritoSince most of Orange County's so-called historians--all five of them--care more about buildings than businesses, and since Orange County food history mostly exists in memories and not textbooks, we've decided to create a new column here at our infernal ... More >>
A Ladin-speaking après-ski booth selling waffles and hot wine in northeastern ItalyThink of Italy, and you think of steaming-hot cups of coffee and glasses of good wine, but do you think of steaming-hot cups of wine?Yet mulled wine, called vin brulè in Italy (literally "burned wine"), is common ... More >>
It's cranberry spray all right, but not an Ocean Spray commercial. It's episode three of Red Bull's Winch Sessions videos, featuring wakeboarder Josh Tranby and a custom-made Cloud Street winch that pulls 4,000 feet of Spectra-fiber line at 50 mph.Other episodes feature snowboarders, paraglide ... More >>
Bear Mountain in Big Bear opens today, joining sister resort Snow Summit and Mtn. High in Wrightwood in welcoming skiers and snowboarders before Thanksgiving.Well, paying skiers and snowboarders anyway. Snow Valley outside Running Springs also opens today. Mammoth Mountain near Bishop got the sno ... More >>
You may still be working on your summer tan, but the Southern California ski and snowboard season unofficially officially begins Sept. 18 with Hot Dawgz & Hand Rails at Bear Mountain in Big Bear. The free event
features pro snowboarders competing on 110
tons of man-made snow for a total $20 ... More >>
Yes, by most leading indicators, the U.S. economy--what's the technical word for it again? Oh yes--BLOWS! However, an, erm, un-leading indicator shows one economic sector bouncing back.Mountain destinations across the western U.S. reportedly experienced sharp increases in July occupancy and steep ... More >>
Here we are, a week into the 2010 Winter Olympics. Keeping track of where we're at in the standings? There's a summary here. Keeping track of cute handmade goodies celebrating the games? We've got you covered there, too!
I Heart Skating charm necklace by RJ Charms
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Three to 6 inches of new snow are expected in the next few hours to start falling in the local mountains--including Big Bear, where 5 feet of white stuff dumped during the last round of storms. Mammoth Mountain got 7 inches of fresh snow in the last 24 to add to its 8- to 12-feet base of packed p ... More >>
Flickr user jcookfisherLast week's storms brought the mountains to life for snowboarders all over Southern California. With well over 14 inches at local spots like Baldy, Mountain High and Bear, people grabbed their boards and headed for higher altitudes. Mammoth Mountain, the southern part of ... More >>
Will it ever snow again in our local mountains? Who knows? But here are 10 winter 2009/2010 trends in apparel and equipment tracked by SnowSports Industries America (SIA), the nonprofit North American trade group for the industry.
flickr user Alena RomanenkoFall is a brief season for Southern California. The first part of it sort of gets blended into the end of our summer. The groms go back to school, the weather gets hotter and the offshore Santa Ana winds start howling down the canyons. Things get dry and crackly, all ... More >>
Flickr user Jon PalosUsually, almost nobody comments on the articles here at "Wax On, Wax Off." Every now and then, some sweet person will say something like, "I'm really glad I found this blog." That's about as involved as our readers normally care to get. But last week's story about a fight ... More >>
The lifts are still running at Mammoth and our local mountains, but SnowSports Industries America (SIA) reports the retail side of the industry got hammered in February, continuing a steady decline that began last November, at the height of the Christmas shopping season.
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Being cold below ground in Yorba Linda does not stop our favorite disgraced son Richard Nixon from finding himself in the news. The hits just keep coming, don't they? But far more fascinating than Dick being blamed for the Cambodian genocide, joined in the hereafter by Watergate- ... More >>