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Nick Tietz: The Thing About Gravity II


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It could have been as early as one point five million years ago that early hominids begin using fire. Then, stone tools out of Kenya. Language, bipedalism, and advancements of the cranium. Then we had art… elaborate cave paintings, jewelry, tattoos, and garments. Intelligence, as we know it, has been measured. With carefully collected data we can conceptualize just exactly how human we really are. A constant reminder to ourselves that we really do exist. A real schematic of time and space.

Nick Tietz: The Thing About Gravity I



If Roger Keith “Syd” Barrett hadn’t reached for the answers too soon, we’d have never heard such mosaic sounds. And upon his return to Earth, Syd had not found his knowledge easily translated. And soon he became A target for far away laughter. An artist’s greatest skill is not to access the unknown, but rather be accessible to it. The joke of it all is this: the burden is no longer on the shoulders of the artist but rather in the ability for their audience to translate it. 

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)


I’ve had some trouble sleeping lately. My head feels like a block of lead and my mood has flat lined. An Interim daze holds authority while I fade in and out of sleep. My limbs, I would assumed paralyzed, have adopted a mind of their own; they move. My brain stakes its gamble where it should and sacrifices a healthy night’s sleep for thoughts of snowboarding. And while this reality shakes hands with the gatekeeper of dreamland, those thoughts turn to dreams of snowboarding and my limbs act out what they cannot do for seven more months.

Release the Hounds


Release the hounds. The chaos begins at the rope and ends at the next run over. Ignore every siren going off in your brain, every primal extinct: the reflection of fear, insanity, and pain. Embedded in a short period of time is a high you can’t find on any street corner or bar. It’s the kind of euphoria you get when you blend panic and comfort. Every snowboarder and skier finds happiness in this satanic cocktail. It’s only on the rope tow you’ll find this particular atmosphere. There are no breaks. There are no stops. No rules. It’s chugging at an invaders pace until your gloves are filled with holes or your heart is.

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Private Jam at Mount Ski Gull

Matt Krohn boosting at Mount Ski Gull

Mt Ski Gull. (It’s by Brainerd)

Like most of us, you probably never heard of it – but this place is amazing. It’s a nonprofit ski hill with a long, wide, medium-grade park, a crazy fast rope tow, lots of trees to cut the wind, and a constant whisp of woodsmoke. It absolutely made our day.

Mount Your Own Ski Bindings

I’ve mounted bindings on every pair of skis I’ve owned since 2005. Every year I have a few people ask me for help mounting their bindings. Rather than write my process out several times a month, I’m going to record it here. Use it if you want to risk ruining your skis, this is on you.

Save Your Car From Rust

So you thought rust was inevitable? That car companies design their cars to fail in 5 years? If you’re ripping through salt and sand all winter, your undercarriage, fenders, and doors are on their deathbed pretty early, UNLESS you do some maintenance for $50 and a day in the garage. Let’s taco bout it.

The Right Way to Ride the Rope Tow


You want your gloves to last all season. So do we. That’s the reason we made gloves in the first place, but it’s easy to ride smart, no matter how good you are.

How to Detune your Ski or Snowboard Edges


What is detuning? It’s the opposite of tuning – rather than sharpening their edges, park riders like to dull them. This makes it more difficult to carve turns, but the alternative is catching an edge on a feature and dying.