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. Continue reading Nick Tietz: The Thing About Gravity I
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. Continue reading Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
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. Continue reading Release the Hounds
Originally, colab was just a purpose driven component of thetrainpark, like the back right wheel of an old volvo stationwagon as it rattled most of the way to the hill. Why did it consume us?
Continue reading OUR NAME IS COLAB
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.
Continue reading Private Jam at Mount Ski Gull
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.
Continue reading Mount Your Own Ski Bindings
This might not seem like it’s at all related to the action sports I love, but it’s how I get to and from the places.
Continue reading Save Your Car From Rust
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.
Continue reading The Right Way to Ride the Rope Tow
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.
Continue reading How to Detune your Ski or Snowboard Edges
A flat PVC rail is cheap, easy to build, and absolutely great for learning. Everyone with a backyard setup usually starts with one of these, then evolves to kinks, elbows, drops, and even curved rails. Let’s walk through building a 12-foot flat rail.
Continue reading Build a PVC Rail