First Trip to Okemo this Sunday

“I can’t wait for Sunday,” said Corbin Kuntze, a junior on the Boston University Snowboard team. “We’re finally going snowboarding!”

Sunday’s trip is to Okemo Mountain in Vermont. Check out Okemo’s official snow report and snowmaking blog!

Taken from the top of Okemo Mountain in 2010.

BUST members will wake-up bright and early, (around 5 a.m.), jump on a bus, and head to Okemo for a day of snowboarding.

Here’s some alumni tips from former BUST President Alexa Fernandez to help ensure a shred-tastic day at Okemo.

      Tip #1: Set multiple alarms. The bus leaves each spot at 5:15, 5:30, and 5:45 a.m., respectively.

      Tip #2: Pack gear the night before. It may be hard to remember to bring gloves, hats, socks, hand warmers,     sweatshirts, scarves, boots, boards, tools, and snacks at 5 a.m.

      Tip #3: Sleep on the bus. The ride provides an extra three hours of snooze time.

      Tip #4: There’s a Waffle hut, so bring cash if you find it hard to resist that warm, sugary aroma.

      Tip #5: Have fun snowboarding with BUST friends!

Fernandez also said her favorite song to listen to while snowboarding is ‘Punching in a Dream” by naked and Famous.

What are you listening to? Here’s what BUST members Scott Wilkinson, Louisa Mardirossian, Mike MacFarlane and Jonah Stella get stoked.


30th Annual Boston Ski and Snowboard Expo

Ski and snowboard bums from all around New England came out to the annual Boston Ski and Snowboard Expo this weekend.

East Coast Alpine and Eastern Boarder rolled out a huge sale with all the gear — boots, boards, bindings, skis, polls, helmets, mittens, socks. Mountains offered vacation packages, lift-tickets, and season pass information. Many other ski and snowboard-friendly companies came out to share their products as well.

Zach Guerra, Josh Vallier

Check out some more photos of the event!

Snowboarders and Skiers Mingle

Boston University snowboard members returned to the Greatest Bar in Boston on Friday. This time, to hang out with SnowRiders, a Boston company that organizes ski and snowboard parties in New England, and for the premiere of Level 1’s film “After Dark.”

Check out these pictures from the night.

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Favorite Snowboard Tales — BUST Style

The snow has officially arrived! Nothing can get us more pumped than looking out the window and seeing a blanket of white on the ground. Four kind souls, Jonah Stella, Louisa Mardirossian, Scott Wilkinson and Mike MacFarlane, offered to share their gnarliest tales from the slopes in honor of the pre-season flurries.

BUST Treasurer Jonah Stella goes off the beaten track.

BUST senior Louisa Mardirossian says some of the most memorable moments on the mountain come when you least expect them to.

BUST junior Scott Wilkinson has been snowboarding for 14 years. He tells the story of how his snowboarding adventures began.

BUST Vice President Mike MacFarlane says he’s the “King of the Hill.”

Pre-season Stoke-age!

Friday was the Boston premiere of Never Summer’s second full-length feature film “Shred ‘Em All” and Ian Post’s “Stitched Up Clipped Up” at Greatest Bar Boston. The place quickly filled with hoodie-clad snowboarders drinking Narragansett tall boys. The films played on giant TV screens behind the bar, to showcase the killer skills of the team riders.

At one point of “Stitched Up Clipped Up,” I saw a little drool in the corner of fellow BUST member Heather Schuler’s mouth as she watched, aghast, as the pro’s grind rail after rail in an urban scene.

(Stitched Up Clipped Up: Official Teaser from on Vimeo.)

“It reminds me of highschool,” Schuler said. “With the rail in the backyard, we would go up and down, up and down.”

“I love how Ian Post’s film is so east coast. It’s got that urban east coast footage, that raw video,” said Andrew Balbo, of Steez Magazine.

I have to say, Steez knows how to throw down for a video premiere. Narrangasett and Jim Beam kept the drinks coming all night. And, swag me out. I’m pretty sure everyone left with a free something– a copy of the film, stickers, coozie, or a t-shirt. One lucky winner left with a free Never Summer snowboard!

Check out these photos of the night taken by Steez.

Never Summer rider Steve Pleines made an appearance as well. He said he prefers riding park over powder as well. He grew up on the east coast riding at Loon and Waterville. Get stoked with some of his riding in “Shred ‘Em All.”

Shred ’em All snowboard movie teaser! from Never Summer on Vimeo.

Download “Stitched Up Clipped Up” on

Kickin’ it with Rome SDS: “The Shred Remains” Video Premiere

“I’m living a dream right now,” says Laurent-Nicolas Paquin, aka LNP, a 24 year old from Quebec that’s been riding with Rome for five to six years.

BUST captures a moment with Rome snowboarders.

Traveling with a crew of Boston University Snowboard Team (BUST) members, I met up with Laurent and other Rome team snowboarders Saturday night at the Boston premiere of The Shred Remains. John Cavan’s third full-length film for Rome SDS, featuring back-country double corks, jib shots and urban riding that left BUST members fiending for more, and frankly, for snow.

Rome team members LNP, Johnny Lazz, Marie-France Roy and Riley Nickerson showed up to sign autographs, hand out free gear, and rage with us BUST style (Not that they didn’t already know how to hang). They wrote “Drink ’till you die” and drew a grim reaper cartoon on mine.

Riley and Laurent signing posters

“Last time we were at a Rome event, our friends got pinned to the ceiling,” said Nate Robbins, who came from Hartford, Connecticut. There was also a high school teacher from Framingham and a group of 15-year-old boys with their mom in the audience.

Lake Tahoe’s Johnny Lazz opens up The Shred Remains channeling his youthful arrogance with some jibs. Lucas Debari finds himself flying high as he picks his way through treterous mountain faces– always coming out unscathed. There’s also footage from the team riding in Japan. For some urban renewal, the bearded LNP ends the film pulling a 270 off the chain, literally off a chain.

Free Shwag!

After the film, lucky BUST sophomore who goes by “Dee” won a free Rome snowboard! We expect him pulling boardslides and back-flips by the end of the season. Rome also tossed us some custom shirts, coozies (for unspecified drinks), posters, and stickers galore.

BUST and the Rome team extended the festivities into the night. We shared our passions for shredding and got rowdy. At one point, I found myself and Becca Moura, a senior on BUST, sitting on a roof with Laurent and Riley.

“Chimney queen’s,” they called us before all the legal kids (21 and over) set out on an epic journey to share the wonderful bars of Allston, Massachusetts with our Rome friends.

Late night dancing on the Rome van.

The Shred Remains will be available on iTunes on September 29.