IF3 Montreal may not be happening this year, but they have something equally exciting up their sleeve!
They’re teaming up wth Salon du Backcountry de Québec on October 22nd to host the premiere of the highly anticipated film ‘Canvas’ the directed by our Evolve Chile Coach Alexi Godbout. Stars of the film JF Houle, Vincent Gagnier, Alex Beaulieu-Marchant will be there to introduce the movie and hang out afterwards, so you already know it’s bound to be a good time!
The film features Stan Rey, JF Houle, Josh Daiek, Vincent Gagnier, Alex Beaulieu-Marchand, Dean Bercovich, Dana Flahr and Maxim Arsenault. With the support of its sponsors, Salomon, Whistler Blackomb and ForeCast Ski Magazine.
Check out the Facebook page for more info on the event and stay tuned for further announcements!
Winter is coming! Here at Evolve we’ve been preparing for what’s to be the best season yet! To go along with that, we’ve created the ultimate playlist for you to listen to whether you’re on the bus up to camp or for when you hit the slopes. This playlist is a combination of tunes we enjoy, oldies, current hits, and songs from snowboard films. Check it out!
GoPro Announces Hero 5 Black, Hero 5 Session and More!
Monday was a HUGE day for GoPro as they held a launch event at Squaw Valley Ski Resort in Northern California. CEO Nick Woodman announced two new cameras and a drone to be released by the end of this year. The Hero 5 Black and the Hero 5 Session will both come out October 2nd, while the GoPro Karma Drone will arrive shortly after on October 23rd. In addition to the new hardware, a cloud-based subscription service was also announced to go along with the devices, called GoPro Plus.
Shared highlights of both new cameras include being able to capture 4K video at a max of 30 frames per second, electronic image stabilization, voice control in seven languages and water resistance out of the box up to 33 feet without a housing!
Here’s a few other highlights from what was told at the launch.
Hero 5 Black
2-inch LCD touchscreen
Can capture RAW photos and Wide Dynamic Range video
Hero 5 Session
Same ultra-compact display-less form factor as original Session
Offers many of the same features as the HERO 5 Black as noted above
Compact foldable drone that is able to fit inside a backpack
Two joysticks and a take-off/land button
Built in flip-up touchscreen on the controller
Can fly with the new Hero 5 Black, Hero 5 Session, and Hero 4
3-axis gimbal at the front of the drone that stabilizes the cameras for smooth footage
Gimbal can also be removed from the drone for handheld use
“Karma Grip” handheld stabilizer that has buttons able to to control the camera’s shutter, modes, and the angle of the gimbal
$1099 with Hero 5 Black and $999 with Hero 5 Session
This is a definite game changer for GoPro as editing and sharing has never been made easier. This cloud-based subscription service allows the the cameras to automatically back up footage and photos while charging. It will first be released in the United States on October 2nd and will cost $4.99 per month after a free trial. Come January 2017, GoPro Plus will be released in additional markets.
A GoPro Plus subscription also unlocks additional premium benefits:
Access to an Expansive Library of Music Soundtracks for Editing
20% off Mounts and Accessories at GoPro.com
Exclusive Access to GoPro Apparel
What a great day of announcements for GoPro! These would be pretty sweet to use for the upcoming season at our snow camps, wouldn’t they?!
Looking into buying new gear for Evolve Snow Camps this winter? Here’s a look at some items that hit the market recently.
NOW Limited Edition Wildcat Binding
These limited edition bindings will make you feel like super light and in control. Go get em’ while their hot!
GoPro Seeker Pack
The Go Pro Seeker Pack is able to hold all your GoPro accessories for a day of epic filming. The pack is weatherproof and scratch-resistant. It is very comfortable and will not give you that bulky feeling carrying it around.
Bataleon’s The One
For the more directional rider, this beauty will make carving lots of fun. This board is considered the best all around snowboard out there and definitely one of Bataleon’s best for the 2016/2017 season.
Giro Contact Goggle
The combination of it’s rad design and comfortable triple-layer, microfleece-lined face foam, anti-fog coating make these goggles a top rated choice for the 2016/2017 season.
Oakley Mod 3 Snow Helmet
Stay safe on the slopes with this sleek helmet. You’ll never want to take it off!
Burton Ion Snowboard Boots
Great reat for riders wanting maximum board feel and ready to hit the park!
Armada ARW 96
A tester described them as “very fun, quick and easy through the turn,”. Built for female skiers wanting to make entire mountain their playground and wanting to spend much of their time on the frontside. Armada is one of the best brands for skiers, its always great to see our sponsors come out with dope gear!
Union Contact Pro Orange
Theres so many wicked bindings out that we just had to add another to the list. These pro-approved performance bindings are one of the lightest models in Union’s line.
Full Tilt Drop Kick
Back by popular demand this season, the Full Tilt Drop is here after a year long absence. This freestyle boot will make you feel like a pro at the park.
Dakine Split Roller 100L
With three specialized compartments, this Dakine Split Roller has enough space to fit clean clothes, ski boots and even a spot for dirty clothes. This bag or others like it would be great to bring along if you’re travelling with our Evolve Chile program.
These are a few of our faves out there right now! Look out for these items and more at your local ski/snowboarding shops. If you’re in the GTA and looking to buy some new gear, go check out our friends at Sanction, Boardsports, Corbetts or The Sign of the Skier. Happy shopping!
Although every snowboarder is unique in their own way, we’ve narrowed down five general styles of snowboarding that most people fit into.
1. The Powder Rider
For you, powder days are the days you live for! Some people have boards solely for riding powder because of the slightly different equipment set up. It’s is a good way for boarders to get used to falling without feeling much.
2. The Freestyle/Freeriding/Park J
You like the mountain, but live for the park and/or the backcountry! Rails, jumps, boxes, halfpipes, hidden trails etc are your adrenaline and you wouldn’t have it any other way.
3. The Cruiser
You enjoy the groomed slopes and take each trail as it comes. Maybe you’re a cruiser because you’re learning the ropes before hitting the harder stuff, or you just enjoy a simple ride. Most people would be classified as a cruiser when first learning to ride.
4. The All Around Rider
The all around rider (otherwise known as ‘all-mountain’ rider) loves the mountain (or hills) just as much as the park. This type of rider seeks a board that can ride through most terrain and snow conditions.
5. The Alpine Rider
This type of rider has a need for speed and a competitive side. You’re a master at carving and is usually seen jetting down the mountain (or hill) with little to no fear. This form of snowboarding resembles skiing probably more than any other form of snowboarding.
Different boards suit different types of riders, therefore you should definitely keep the type of styles in mind when purchasing a snowboard. Here’s a guide that is great to follow when it’s time to buy a snowboard.
At Evolve Snow Camps we provide beginner, intermediate and advanced lessons to riders. Our snowboard lessons focus on every aspect of snowboarding including our specialty, freeriding and freestyle.
What type of snowboarder are YOU? If you don’t think you fit into any of these categories, comment below and let us know your style!