Tuesday, April 15, 2014

WRITING ON THE WALL- MONSTER DAYS


i'm out west getting monster days in at Sun Valley
meanwhile in the city these cats have been getting after it.......


elvis X 6
Bushwick- BK


NYC


Bushwick- BK


jr
SOHO- NYC


East New York- BK




harlem
Union Square- NYC


mataone
Bushwick- BK


fumero
Williamsburg- BK


pear  &  grey
Bushwick- BK


elvis
Bushwick- BK

Friday, March 21, 2014

GIANT DEALS X


(when E used to work for Red Bull- Brooklyn and she had a 7 can a day habit)

RED BULL
Slopesoakers 2014 at Copper is going to have some crazy features that no one ever, never saw before. Have something you have been dreaming up and are dying to hit? The Red Bull/Copper Slopesoakers contest is giving away a round trip adventure to whoever designs the best feature, oh yeah. and they will build it for you!

MOUNTAIN COLLECTIVE
Next year how about a trip to Aspen, Snowbird, Alta, Jackson, Mammoth, Whistler, Alpine Meadows, Squaw... The ultimate road trip, reason to visit some of the best terrain in North America, reason to schedule three weeks off in February now. $359 for the Mountain Collective  gets you two tickets to each resort and 50% off any additional ticket you buy all season. 

SNOWSTOKED 
These guys are giving away a bunch of gear that Mario Kappeli is rocking now a days. You need to read more and send an email. Sounds rough. 


The East


KILLINGTON
$59 gets you on the hill this weekend at Killington with a 10% donation to the Life is Good Kids Foundation. They are also selling $179 spring passes, the Beast claims to be attempting a June 1st closing date this year


RIDE VT
Tag #ridevermont and win a pair of tickets to Jay, I win this contest every year. You get to pick them up in a secret stash spot behind a building in Brattelboro. Enter Now!! 

SKI VT
Tag #Skivermont to win a four pack of tickets, proving yet again the skiers have all the money. 

SKI NH
New Hampshire does not believe in giving things away, but they have a ton of deals listed up on this site. Sure to save you a couple bucks if you can handle all the words. 

SPRING DEALS 
Jim Shay is back with his crazy list of deals! WOOF! 


The West 


PARK CITY
Park City is giving away a four night, five day trip for free. In a strange twist, you can win and skip going on the trip, instead opting for a total new ski or snowboard set-up.


MONTANA
If you make a short film of yourself Backpacking, you can win a trip to MT. This would most likely involve me breathing deeply, cursing under my breath, while shouting, "This is the Best Thing Ever!" You can win a trip to Montana to take more videos of yourself. 

words by qthegiant

me in my Marlboro onesie  -  Crazy Mountain Ranch- MT

Thursday, March 20, 2014

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY GAPING- RAT HAT AND SHORTS


Steamboat- CO, the day after the Broncos failed miserably at football (Superbowl).
i hope this cranky Gaper lost a bet and doesn't really believe that shorts and a rat hat are "what you wear skiing" in the beginning of February. 





Tuesday, March 18, 2014

WRITING ON THE WALL- IT'S NOT EASY BEING GREEN III



ribs
Greenpoint- BK


sp.one
Greenpoint- BK


n'da
Williamsburg- BK


cash4  (& whiteout rae)
Bushwick- BK


ether (& utah- of course)
photo- D


ha took this at comic con a couple of years ago
that poison ivy


doves
Fort Greene- BK


atak
East Village- NYC


vor138  &  mrs
Williamsburg- BK


joel bergner
Bushwick- BK

Thursday, March 13, 2014

WHIRLWIND IN THE COWBOY SKI TOWN GEM- STEAMBOAT SPRINGS



Steamboat Springs is not your average ski town. Hosting the oldest continuous Winter Carnival west of the Mississippi, Hot Air Balloon Rodeos, a distinguished Wine Festival, and hot springs everywhere you turn, one might even forget about skiing (ha).


 A short walk from the heart of downtown, the famous ski jump of Howelsen Hill is visible from the rooftop of the Howelsen Place condominiums. This hill is named after the ski jumping and racing legend Carl Howelsen. After returning from a tour with the Ringling Brothers as a ski performer, Carl introduced ski jumping on Howelsen Hill in 1914. His true focus was building a ski community, so he founded the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club hoping to give every American child the thrilling experience of being on snow. The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club has produced 79 Olympians, I would say Carl's vision has been actualized. 

(from the Ski Town USA exhibit at The Tread of Pioneers Museum)

Carl Howelsen also established the Winter Carnival. The carnival takes place in early February, unfortunately the giant and I had to return to NYC for Fashion Week the day before Winter Carnival began. A total bummer, I've been know to like a good party. During this carnival, there are ski jumping events and one could learn how to ski jump. You know, if you happened to wake up and decide that you just need a little extra oomph in your life. The carnival hosts a variety of contests including: GS races, snowboarding jams, a grom slalom, and horse pulled ski races straight through downtown. The locals really get into it, some of the past images of this event are hilarious. Then the main event- the Night Extravaganza has a lighted man and an insane torchlight parade with fireworks. The whole town comes out for it.
Check it out.


The Giant and I were staying in the Howelsen Place. Our condo was overlooking the Yampa River Promenade, the Yampa River (obviously), and Howelsen Hill. This Promenade will be the new place to host festivals and events in the future. It reminds me of the Highline in NYC; a new way to showcase the beauty of the area. The Yampa River Promenade should be finished next year. 


The promenade was a two minute walk from our "Mountain home". I looked and looked and looked and there was no trash to be found. Very different from our NYC rivers.
The Yampa is gorgeous during the winter, I can only imagine what it looks like during the summer.


 Carl's Tavern (named after you know who) was dangerously located right downstairs from our condo in Howelsen Place. I am now addicted to "the business" (specialty smothered fries- duh). They also have a killer house band- The Sam Holt Band. They jammed the night after the Superbowl, allowing the locals to tear it up and forget all about their beloved Broncos.


All in all, we definitely recommend staying downtown. Everyone knows that on vacation, nothing beats an all out feeding frenzy. Staying in downtown Steamboat Springs will enable you to have that necessary second and third dinner. Noodles and More Saigon Cafe provided me a fresh and light second dinner after I clogged my arteries with some serious bar food at Old Town Pub. Rootz (also located downstairs from our condo) was an excellent healthy organic breakfast spot with banging smoothies. The giant and I mainly stuck to take-out, a fail proof pig-out technique, because no one knows that all the food you ordered is just for two people. We also fell victim to take-out because our condo was so nice it was hard to leave; not because I was having some serious walking trouble, being a flat lander scoring three days of powder in the land of endless glades.


You might be surprised to learn that there is more in Steamboat Springs than riding and eating. We also went to the Old Town Hotsprings, a three minute drive from our condo. They have a lap pool along with all the hot mineral pools. Old Town is open late (not for New Yorkers) 10 PM. The giant and i walked up to Howelsen Hill, the Howelsen Ice Arena, and gazed longingly at the ice bumper cars (we were too late- of course). Steamboat Springs has a sweet little museum, The Tread of Pioneers Museum  where you can learn the stories that will only deepen your love of "The Ski Town USA".


This was a whirl-wind trip. We flew into Denver Friday night, rode some A-Basin pow on our way to Steamboat Springs on Sat., had two creamy Steamboat days, and then flew right back to NYC. There wasn't much time to see all that Steamboat Springs had to offer; just giving us another reason to return to this cowboy ski town gem in the Yampa River Valley.

(view driving out of town)

*snow story coming- stay tuned.......


Wednesday, March 12, 2014

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY GAPING- HIGH HEELS AND FLOOR MATS


there is a reason that this sign is here.....
i have imagined the many scenarios that lead to Steamboat putting up this sign for you to read before you get on their ganjula.
There must have been many bloody gaper faces and broken heels.


NOTICE! high heels tend to catch in floor mat.
duh

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

WRITING ON THE WALL- CREATURES IX



buff monster
photo cred. D


adam dare 
don't remember where


krsna
SOHO- NYC


roycer
ekg  &  mtk
Chinatown- NYC


SOHO- NYC


rate
Greenpoint- NYC


meres 
Lowbrow Artique- Bushwick BK


mr never satisfied 
Bushwick- BK


ufo
Williamsburg- BK


deter  &  ewok  &  duel
Bushwick- BK