Lucky Skunk


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Shred + etiquette = Shrediquette. It’s rules to ride by.


What are your Shrediquette rules to live by? 


Rule 1: Never call last run.


Rule 2: A speed check is still a speed check, even if you call it a setup turn.


Rule 3: More flair = less ability.


Rule 4: Only news anchors use the nickname “Flying Tomato.”


Rule 5: You can always go faster.


Rule 6: Your board and shoulder should never make contact on the walk to the slopes.


Rule 7: “Dropping next” only goes one rider deep–there is no “dropping after next.”


Rule 8: One pair of long johns per season is perfectly acceptable. Not washing that pair is not.


Rule 9: All sports by definition are action sports.


Rule 10: Dropping names dilutes your slope cred by 50 percent.


Rule 11: Self-respecting snowboarders never refer to themselves or snowboarding as “extreme.”


Rule 12: Snow reports are always measured where the snowdrifts are the deepest.


Rule 13: Always subtract two inches for every six reported on a resort’s snow phone.


Rule 14: It’s never cool to one-up your homey.


Rule 15: Don’t steal from snowboarders.


Rule 16: There’s a fine line between being really funny and really annoying in the liftline.


Rule 17: Getting slashed is good luck, so don’t get bummed.


Rule 18: Going snowboarding on opening day regardless of the conditions will increase your odds of scoring powder that season.


Rule 19: Every shop has at least one guy that’ll vibe the shit out of you.


Rule 20: If you didn’t help build it, don’t hit it.


Rule 21: Hike. It’ll always be worth it.


Rule 22: Keep your first-chair accomplishments to yourself.


Rule 23: Never say you’re sick of powder.


Rule 24: Riding in the rain is always more fun than it sounds.


Rule 25: Don’t feel embarrassed about dressing up in all your gear in your bedroom in August.


Rule 26: Only piss off of the chairlift if you’re riding up alone.


Rule 27: Never ride in the trees without goggles–stick in eyeball, not fun.


Rule 28: Don’t let the waxing iron smoke.


Rule 29: Always pick up hitchhikers carrying snowboards.


Rule 30: Scraping wax off your board and onto the snow is bad. Wax off into the trash.


Rule 31: If it hurts to walk, don’t go ride.


Rule 32: Ignorance to snowboard fashion is a virtue.


Rule 33: Be cool to the groms, soon they will school you.


Rule 34: Don’t lean on the shovel, dig?


Rule 35: Remember-man strength sets in at 30. you get stronger until you are in your 40's.  You ain’t done yet.


Rule 36: Have some dignity: ollie the “Slow” sign only if you know you can clear it.


Rule 37: You’ll never regret taking one more run, unless you actually call “last run.”


Rule 38: If you’re hooked up, hook up your homeys.


Rule 39: Bitter localism is for surfers. Ride past the tourists with your mouth shut.


Rule 40: Excuses are for the unoriginal. A spot isn’t played until every last trick has been done there. Keep at it.


Rule 41: If you borrow a friend’s board, don’t change the stance.


Rule 42: If Ski Patrol chases you, don’t get caught.


Rule 43: If Ski Patrol catches you, act sorry.


Rule 44: A snowboard lesson is the greatest gift one can give a newcomer.


Rule 45: Don’t smash skulls with the safety bar on the lift. Call it first.


Rule 46: Focus on the goal. For example, only stand in the liftline if you want to get on the lift.


Rule 47: Wearing your shred gear in the bar past midnight will increase your Core Score.


Rule 48: However, Core Score points will be deducted for wearing just your goggles. Rule 108: If you plan on couch surfing, come bearing gifts.


Rule 49: Locals, don’t hate–the tourists leave lots of money where you live.


Rule 50: Don’t bite. Be your own snowboarder. Imitation is flattering, but everyone will be more impressed if you’ve got your own style.


Rule 51: Don’t post your sponsor-me videos online and then cry when it gets bagged on.


Rule 52: If you hear someone say, “Dropping!” pretend you didn’t hear and go.


Rule 53: Nobody else on the tram cares what happened to you last night.


Rule 54: Littering on the hill is asking for the slam of your life.


Rule 55: Don’t hit up a shop employee for advice and then buy it online.


Rule 56: Support your local snowboard shop. It’s more important now than ever.


Rule 57: If you see a pro rider on the hill, don’t ask them to give you something.


Rule 58: Never hit the big jump first run.


Rule 59:Wait for pedestrians using the stairs and handrails to pass, then drop in.


Rule 60: Your opinion on helmets only matters if you’re wearing one


Rule 61: Simply scraping your board sideways is not turning.


Rule 62: Leave tissue at the lift line. Save a tree and blow snot rockets instead.


Rule 63: Snake and be snaked.


Rule 64: Tindy and tailfish don’t count. Get a grip.


Rule 65: Know your limits: backing down from a jump or hit is wisdom, not cowardice.


posted by jesse on FB from TransWorld SNOWboarding


lucky skunk

Top 100 Things Every Skier / Boarder Should Do Before They Die


1. Call in sick on a powder day. 


  • Extra credit for using one of these excuses: 
  • "I fell asleep in the tanning booth and was seriously burned over 96% of my body. It's imperative that I remain naked" (This explains your tan) 
  • "Okay, since you asked: It really hurts when I pee..." 
  • "I don't know what it is. The doctors are saying it's an airborne Ebola variant... Yes, I'm sneezing. Should I come in anyway?' 
  • "The plate in my dog's head froze last night. Right now I'm holding him upside-down in lukewarm water with bendy straws in his nose so he can breathe" 
  • "My great aunt from Vermont just had a nervous breakdown and is picking off squirrels with a .357 Magnum. I've got to get up there; I'm the only one who can talk her down. 

2. Ski these classic runs: 


  • Corbet's Couloir, Jackson, WY
  • High Rustler, Alta, UT
  • Couloir Extreme, Blackcomb B.C. 
  • KT-22, Squaw Valley, CA 
  • Goat, Stowe, VT 
  • Kant-Mak-M, Telluride, CO

3. Ski runs just as good, but less well known: 


  • Steep'n'Deep, Monashees, B.C.
  • Pas de Chevre, Chamonix, France 
  • Big Couloir, Big Sky, MT
  • Cambodia, Red Mountain, B.C.
  • Red Square, Vail, CO
  • Skydive, Fernie, B.C.

4. Rent ski flicks in July 


5. Do a heli


6. Rack up 10,000 verts at a ski area with less than 500 vertical


7. Be the first one into an untracked bowl as patrol drops the rope


8. Give first tracks to someone else


9. Put your boots on in August and walk around the yard


10. Get countless faceshots


11. Tune your mom's skis


12. Ride a T-bar on a snowboard to reaffirm you love of skiing


13. Take a nonskiing friend skiing


14. Ski naked


15. Drive through a raging snowstorm on a lonely road at night not go skiing


16. Know how to make a hot toddy


17. Flirt with a lift op


18. Hike for your turns

And here's why:


  • 10. You didn't buy a lift ticket with a fine print warning about the skiing at your own risk. 

  • 9. Nobody is cell phoning his broker in the lift line. 

  • 8. Everybody you ski with has nice big thighs. 

  • 7. You can eat brie and burgundy al fresco for the price of a greasy burger in a crowded cafeteria. 

  • 6. Parts of your lungs get air for the first time in years. 

  • 5. It isn't nearly as disfiguring when you run into a tree going uphill

  • 4. If you take a big spill, nobody yells insults from the chair above. 

  • 3. Fun tickets in your wallet don't keep changing into lift tickets on your jacket. 

  • 2. After a while you learn to really love the pain.

  • 1. You get to ski flawless, untracked powder in solitude, at your own pace, without the rabid feeding frenzy of inbounds.

19. Go to France and ride two trams to the Aigulle du Midi, a huge rocky pinnacle at 12,604 feet on the legendary Mont Blanc. Then spend the day skiing the crevasse-strewn Vallee Balance back down into Chamonix. Eat a jambon sandwitch along the way. 


20. Paint your face red white and blue and go to a World Cup Downhill and scream your bloody head off 


21. Own a chainsaw, cut your own line through the woods. Name it. Ski it.


22. Ski under a full moon


23. Ski at Aspen wearing camouflage pants, a fluorecent orange knit hat, and a hockey jersey


24. Ski at Pine Knob, Michigan, wearing real fur


25. Dance in your ski boots


26. Lose both skis, gloves, goggles, and all your spare change in a spectacular yard sale under the chairlift


27. Take a huge biffer on ice in the parking lot


28. Get a letter published in Skiing magazine


29. Master the one-finger farmer's blow.


30. Ski with Billy Kidd in Steamboat and with Stein Eriksen in Deer Valley


31. Ski on a volcano


  • Cotopaxi, Ecuador
  • Orizaba, Mexico
  • Mount Ruapehu, New Zealand
  • Mount Mauna Kea, Hawaii
  • Mount Shasta, California
  • Mount Bachelor, Oregon

32. Take a road trip


33. Do the Utah Interconnect - On this granddaddy of accessible guided off-piste adventure, you ride slopes and lifts at Park City, Alta, Snowbird, Brighnton, and Solitude and ski the untracked backcountry in between. In a single day


34. Get snowed in at a ski resort


35. Ski a full day, from first chair to closing bell...all on high speed lifts


36. Use a rope tow to reaffirm your appreciation for padded chair-lifts


37. Every year, catch a flake from the first storm of the season on your tounge


38. Ski until you are over 70 so you can ski free


39. Ride around the bullwheel, on purpose or not


40. Go to the Winter Olympics


41. Get risque in a gondola, preferably with someone


42. Do a grab


43. Ski at night


44. Click into your skis, set at max DIN, and ride on the roof of a moving car


45. Go to a Warren Miller movie


46. Steal some of those little plastic trays from the resort cafeteria and slide down the mountain after the lifts close  - An aside from personal experience; this is illegal, and the ski partol yells really loud if you do it.


47. Donate clothing, equipment, money, or your time to a ski program for disadvanated youth


48. Write to NBC and insist they devote more airtime during the 2014 Olympics to skiing, preferably at the expense of figure skating


49. Take a hut trip


50. Win one of those stupid little NASTAR pins


51. Pack 10 people into a one-bedroom condo


52. Sleep in your car in a ski-area parking lot


53. Scam a lift ticket


54. Memorize Squirrel's lines from Hot Dog...The Movie


55. Ski a long bump run without stopping - and nail it


56. Ski alone all day, telling outrageous lies about yourself to the people you meet on the chair


57. Ski all day with a group of ripping locals. Tell them what you really do


58. Own a classic wool ski sweater


59. Rely on duct tape to keep something essentail together


60. Be a ski bum


61. Hike and ski a fourteener


62. Ski across a border


  • Switzerland to france in the Portes du Solei,
  • Massachusetts to New York at Catamount,
  • Nevada to California at Heavenly,
  • bonus points for India to Pakistan

63. Make as few turns as possible in a single run


64. Make as many turns as possilbe in a singe run


65. Jump a cornice


66. Ski perfect California corn snow in the spring


67. Wear a helmet


68. Pond skim during a spring fest; make it only half way across


69. Ride down the mountain in a ski-patrol sled


70. Later, tell war stories about your injury in the bar


71. Cartwheel in deep powder. Get up laughing hysterically


72. Ski in a halfpipe, without looking stupid


73. Go heli-skiing


74. On a sunny June day, hike and ski Tuckerman Ravine on New Hampshire's Mount Washington. Have lunch on Lunch Rocks like thousands of skiers have done since the early 1900's.


75. Skin in summer in the Southern Hemisphere


76. Keep a gummi stone in your pocket


77. Try telemarking


78. Ski something that scares the holy bejesus out of you


79. Wear sunscreen


80. Fart in a crowded gondola and blame it on your friend


81. Bobsled at Lake Placid; ski jump at Park City


82. Ski the Sierra High Route from Mount Whitney to Sequoia park


83. Drag a snowboarder on the flats while skiing


84. Go on a winter camping ski trip


85. Know how to make killer chili


86. Do the Haute Route in the Alps


87. Do a slalom shot at NYC's Ski Bar


88. Ski a vintage trail: a narrow, windy, Eastern run cut in the '30;s


89. Learn how to avoid dying in an avalanche by taking a backcountry safety course


90. Ski in denim...and rip


91. Help a stranger find a lost ski in deep powder


92. Take a really good lesson


93. Ski south of the Mason-Dixie line


94. Ski north of the Arctic Circle


95. Find a copy of Ski Party. Buy it. Read it. Live it.


96. Remain standing while watching eight hours of the 24 Hours of Aspen downhill race


97. Transport your skis via public transportation - subway, bus, train (bonus points fro doing it during rush hour)


98. Take the "MAD RIVER GLEN: SKI IT IF YOU CAN" sticker off the car of someone you know has never dkied there


99. Buy a patch from the ski area you grew up skiing. Sew it on your jacket. Be proud


100. Be grateful, everyday, for snow, mountains, gravity, and skiing


This was an article in Skiing Magazine from February 2000