Years Riding: 18
Hometown: Gardnerville Nv.
Favorite Kirkwood run/feature: Little Jims
12/13 Setup: (Skis) Night train, PB&J, Deathwish, (Boots) Salomon Ghost
Describe your ideal day: Any day with no ice, crowds or wind = amazingness!
Playlist Action: 1. Nate Dogg, "I Got Love" 2. A.Dd+ "Insomniac Dreaming" 3. Atmosphere, "Blamegame" 4. Bob Marley, "Sun Is Shining (dub remix)" 5. Brother Ali, "Champion (Remix)" 6. Capone n Noreaga, "Invincible" 7. Cunninlynguists, "Nasty Filthy" 8. Dilated Peoples, "Worst Comes To Worst" 9. Mac Dre, "Welcome Home" 10. Wu-Tang, "Versus"
Other Sponsors: Moment Skis, Nargear Backpacks, TahoeLight photography.
Years riding: 16 years
Hometown: Zephyr Cove, NV
Favorite Kirkwood run/feature: Normies Nose, haha.
12/13 Setup: Either 156 super poppy, snappy K2 or my Jones twin 158 splitboard.
Describe your ideal day: 36 inches of blower on a Tuesday. Weather could be sunny but if not still stoked!
Powder day play list: Don't listen to music while I snowboard. Weird I know.
Other sponsors: Too many to list, mostly friends though.
Years Riding: 19
Favorite Kirkwood run/feature: Mostly the Cirque but anywhere that makes me laugh and smile.
12/13 Setup: Board: 166 GNU BTX. Boots: Salomon Malamute size 11. Bindings: Lamar Payoff XL. Stance: Goofy. Stance width: 23 inches. Stance angles: Front 21 Back -12.
Describe your ideal day: 2-3 feet Glory snow with all my homies Gettn down!!!
Powder day play list:
Other sponsors: Fuel Clothng, Spy Optics, Lamar, BCA, Shoreline at Tahoe
Years Riding: 14 years
Hometown: Placerville, California
Favorite Kirkwood run/feature: The Cirque of course :)
12/13 Setup: Never Summer Lotus 157 and Never Summer Infinity 155
Describe your ideal day: My ideal day consists of great friends, powder, adrenaline, and the anticipation of doing all over again the next day.
Something you didn't know about me... My sister, Kristen, is my best friend! We learned how to ski together at the ages of 3 and 4. From day one she has always watched out for me on the hill and every other aspect in life.
Powder day play list: I don't snowboard to music, though on the way to the mountain I will get pumped up with a variety of music from reggae, rock, hip hop, etc.
Other sponsors: Never Summer Industries, Oakley, Mountains Calling, RISE Designs, Slick Willy's Banana Wax.
Years Riding: 23 years
Hometown Hillsborough, New Jersey
Favorite Kirkwood Run: The Cirque
12/13 Setup: Board- Never Summer Legacy 159, Boot- Burton Ion, Binding- Burton Cartel, Jacket – O'Neill Button Up, Pants- O'Neill Exalt Insul
Describe your ideal day: Shredding powder with the crew.
Something you didn't know about me... That I was born and raised in New Jersey.
Powder day play list: Some old school hip hop
Sponsors: Kirkwood Free Ride Team, O'Neill, Tahoe Moonshine, On Snow Tester Burton Snowboard Boots
Favorite Kirkwood run/feature: Cournice chair! and Drain Hits
12/13 Setup: Skis: 4FRNT 187 YLE's and 195 HOJI's. Bindings: 4FRNT Adrenaline and Deadbolts. Boots: Full tilt Booter and Rossignol Bpro 130's. Googles: Smith IO. Jacket: Oakely. Pants: Volcom
Describe your ideal day: Skiing Fresh pow at Kirkwood with the locals!
Powder day play list: Digeridoo! Xavier Rudd! SOJA, Michael Franti, R-Kelly 3434 style
Other sponsors: 4FRNT SKIS,TALL TREEZ DESIGNS Shoreline of Tahoe, Illumatic Freeride, Renew Bamboo, MOB EARTH
Years Riding: 15
Hometown: Moose Pass, AK
Favorite Kirkwood run/feature: The Hourglass
12/13 Setup: Dynastar Cham 107 175cm, Look Bindings, Lange RS 120 Race Ski boot
Describe your ideal day: Storming and deep blower pow! The roads are closed to Kirkwood , which means fresh refills for me on every lap down Chair 6!
Something you didn't know about me... I'm currently training my dog Huckleberry to be an Avalanche dog at Kirkwood Mountain Resort, he's so rad!
Powder day play list: Only the wind and the mountains... and maybe some James Brown!
Other sponsors: Six Point apparel, Junk Show Media Productions
Years Riding: 20 plus
Hometown: Christmas Valley, CA
Favorite Kirkwood run/feature: "Soul Searcher" in Thunder Saddle and "Woopty Kicker" on Olympic
12/13 Setup: Salomon Rocker 2 with the Guardian binding and Quest Max 120 boot
Describe your ideal day: Shreddin pow with my homies at the ‘Wood!
Something you didn't know about me... I build and design swing bicycle frames.
Powder day play list: Swollen Members and Metallica
Other sponsors: Salomon, Dakine, Clif Bar, Smith Optics, Discrete headwear
Years Riding: 18
Hometown: Georgetown, Ontario Canada
Favorite Kirkwood run/feature: I like chair 6 at Kirkwood, since it's is a high speed quad I can get in twice as many laps. I love Jim's area, the fingers, & all of the differentfeatures off of 6.
12/13 Setup: Roxy Eminence152&155, Burton escapade bindings, Oakley outerwear, Oakley Airbrake goggle, Clif blocks for fuel.
Describe your ideal day: Ideal day would be riding 2-3 feet of killer Sierra stomp-able snow, with my rad friends in our favorite backcountry zone. Just lap after lap of untouched powder, sending it of bigger and better cliffs each run.
Something you didn't know about me... my father Hugo Dittfach was a famous horse jockey and has won over 4000 horse races. He is in the Hall of Fame for Horse Jockey's. That's why I'm so tall. Also, I lived in a water tower in the winter of 95/96!
Powder day play list: Phaleah - Afterglow, Zion I - Coastin, Swollen Members, Acid Reign - Never Fold, Naked &Famous - Punching in a Dream, Living Legends - Rabbit Hole, Awolnation – Sail.
Other sponsors: ROXY/GNU, Oakley, Clif Bar, Shoreline of Tahoe, Kirkwood, Sixpoint, Mountains Calling
Years Riding: Been skiing since a kid, but 15 years out west
Hometown: born and raised in Rochester MI, now living in Meyers CA
Favorite Kirkwood run/feature: hiking towards martins point for some freshies!
12/13 Setup: Tecnica boots, Look bindings and K2 skis
Describe your ideal day: ideal day is hanging with my friends and shredding pow, whether its hike, chair or sled
Something you didn't know about me... I was in a fraternity in college
Powder day play list: pow days some heavy metal, park days some hip hop
Years Riding: How old are you when you're in second grade??
Hometown: White lake, MI
Favorite Kirkwood run/feature: Chair 6 Cornice to the park!
12/13 Setup: This year I'm happy be to riding the fun shred planks form a little ski company, K2!! I can't wait to click into my Pettitors on the deep days, and the Iron Maiden for those days when a little park session is in order! The other important piece to the shred equation would be dem good ol' “space boots”... ski boots. I ride the Dalbello Krypton Pro 2; I love the fit and flex of these boots, plus their my favorite color, green!
Describe your ideal day: Deep snow, all my gear, Kirkwood, the shred posse, SHREDDING, Fun Sodas, a delicious dinner, sleep!
Powder day play list: I typically don't ride with music on Pow days, I like to talk with my friends and family!
Other sponsors: K2 skis, Kirkwood Mountain Resort, Mountains Calling.
Years riding: Telemark - 8, total years skiing - 22
Hometown: Northville, MI
Favorite Kirkwood run/feature: Hell's Delight in Thunder Saddle
12/13 Setup: Moment PB&Js skis, 22 Designs Axls binding, Scarpa T-Race boot
Describe your ideal day: It's a blue bird pow day and snowed at least 2' overnight. We whip up some breakfast burritos and coffee at home, meet up with friends in Meyers, head out to Kirkwood early for first chair, everyone's fired up in line, we head up Chair 6 and ski straight to the bottom without crossing a track yelling and screaming the whole time with excitement. We then lap 6, 10, and the backside hitting all of our favorite lines and they're all untracked! The snow's so perfect that everyone you see is grinning ear to ear. And it's making everyone push their limits - hucking huge cliffs, throwing flips, sometimes I'm skiing so fast that I just start laughing! We ski hard from open to close, skipping lunch, somehow my legs last that long - I am just feeling it! In the zone! We all have a beer at the car and head out for some food in town - Divided Sky, Thai, or sushi and talk about the perfect day. We have a solid hot tub and stretching session that night because we know we have to wake up tomorrow and head out the gates for some more Kirkwood powder!
Something you didn't know about me... I taught high school math for 2 years in Baltimore City and wrote math raps as a teaching tool. If you see me on the hill, maybe I'll bust some rhymes for you.
Powder day play list: I love the silence of a powder day and feeling the overall energy, so I don't typically rock earphones - if I did it would be something mellow or reggae - something to calm the overall excitement I'm already feeling!
Other sponsors: Astis Mittens, Elevenate, JammyPack
Years Riding: 22 (since I was 2 yrs old)
Hometown: Gardnerville, NV
Favorite Kirkwood run/feature: Straight lining into Norm's nose on an epic pow day and hucking a huge backflip!
12/13 Setup: On the race course I have Rossignol GS and Slalom skis with Lange boots. On a powder day I'm on my Rossignol Super 7's
Describe your ideal day: Winning Giant Slalom races is up there at the top. Shredding with a pack of good skiers is always an ideal day because we push each other's comfort zones. That's how you excel.
Something you didn't know about me... My go to dance move is the worm
Powder day play list: I like a little WOMP WOMP when I'm skiing pow so I'd have to go with some dubstep like Pretty Lights or some songs from Phutureprimitive.
Other sponsors: Rossignol/Lange, POC, SnowBomb.com
Years Riding: Snowboarding has lead me to the most amazing friends in beautiful places!!! I've been riding since 95, first winter in Tahoe was 97-98.
Hometown: Anchorage, Alaska
Favorite Kirkwood run/feature: My favorite thing about Kirkwood is the people I meet riding there, and the rock, it makes you really good at hitting rock :)
12/13 Setup: This year I'm excited to be riding a Steepwater by Arbor!! Steepwater's strength combined with Arbor's sustainable harvested lumber, makes for an environmentally friendly slay stick in heli and split models. Spark's Blaze binders give me the response I crave. O'Neill's Jones jacket and pants protect me from the elements, have pockets in all the right places and are made of 100% recycled polyester.
Describe your ideal day: I love riding storm days, free refills with friends is my favorite!!
Powder day play list: Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, Talking Heads, Phish, Greensky Bluegrass and funkiness.
Other sponsors: Wave Rave Snowboard Shop, Steepwater Snowboards,O'Neill, Spark R&D Bindings, Slick Willy's Banna Wax, Fuzzy Duds,and Sixpoint!!!