1. The North Face Masters Final Run


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    During the celebratory Sierra Nevada’s after the announcement of the qualifying among some of snowboards top big mountain athletes, it still hadn’t sunk in that I would have to compete against them the next morning. Although many others of equal caliber were knocked out for falls or tomahawks, it was hard for the judges to finally decide on a cut off list what broke the men’s field from 60 participants to 27. For most of the men, they have been in this position before, making qualifiers on one or more of the stops during the last five years, but for me it was a first. I was supposed to show up and compete against local favorite Tyler Anderson, Jedediah Doane, Jacob Levine and Brian Selmer. There was also, Timi Carlson, Mark Carter, Kyle Clancy, Sammy Leubke and Alex Yoder. Names I have seen in videos and magazine for years. Names that were coming up in the top three on the pervious stops. Names of really good snowboarders. I didn’t sleep well. The morning showed more promise with 5” more of snow and clouds slowing lifting to reveal Mt. Baldy in the morning sun. However, it would be a fleeting glimpse that the athletes would have liked to continually count on as the day wore on. As the men waited for the announcers to congratulate Shannon on her victories, the men on top were watching the weather roll up the valley like gray smoke, consuming everything in it’s path. Local Tyler Anderson threw down two huge 360’s that were repeated by Mark Carter and after a few more restless clouds, the window was open and they were calling me to drop in, 3…2….1. Dropping. All the adrenaline and worries, anxieties and fears kind of leave in that instant with confluence of instant decision-making and mental alertness that I rarely experience. Jump, jump, turn, big turns, push out, slash, jump, trees, aim for, slow down, can’t see, jump. Two more. Slow it down, make this. WoW. Pull it together, stick! Sluff, One More. Two walls, roll, don't’ jump, roll. Rock! OHH, Oh, I’m still standing! YYeahh!!! 1:36:40 was all it took. All the worry and stress for just under two minutes. We all know the risk of riding big mountains and I’m glad that I had the opportunity to do so with my peers that I respect and admire. After talking with fellow athletes we all has the pit in our stomach, fire in the chest that makes us want to give it our all. It may be our new born baby, girlfriend or wife that we are laying down those lines for. It may be our friends or sponsors for the opportunity to keep riding and doing what we love. After all it is the love of snowboarding that put us up at the starting gate to start with and continues to put me on top of big mountains still.

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    • The North Face Masters Qualifying Run at Snowbird


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      The North Face Maters started five years ago to allow the sport of big mountain riding a wider audience with a spectator friendly vibe, but also allow riders the ability to free ride the mountain as snowboarders always have. Pushing personal limits is what the tour has set out to accomplish in those years and I believe the sport is better because of the spirit it has brought to the arena of snowboarding. After all my years taking laps at Snowbird, I had never attempted North Chute and when it was closed to the public before 24” of new snow filled it in, I was cautious to make it my qualifying run. However, with the new snow, I gained enough courage to commit to the line I had lain awake thinking about and repeated my mantra, “stomp it.” With heart pounding I attempted to do just that, while keeping the momentum going and remembering that although it was just another run, the next two minutes had to count for all the experience I had added up over the years. I stayed true to my line and than applauded and high-fived the rest of the crew of friends that were making their way through the same stress that I had just felt. There was plenty of solid riding going down and huge airs being launched, but having learned that staying on your feet keeps you in the race. At the end of the day the field women’s field of 20 was cut to 8 and the men’s 60 were reduced to 27. The ax fell at 4:30 and I happened to be above the cut off at 24. Making finals was never a real goal of mine, until it really happened and I realized I would be competing with some of the world’s best riders. After signing up in December to compete, I could actually hang my hat on an accomplishment in snowboarding that I could call my own. And it felt good!

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      • Men's Highlights TNF Masters Crystal 2012


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        • Brock Butterfield - The North Face Masters - Snowbird 2011


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          Brock Butterfield's finals run in The North Face Masters competition at Snowbird, UT 2011. Placing 10th overall out of 76 athletes.

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          • Girls oF the Northface Masters Ride Squaw Valley USA


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            The last stop of the North Face Masters Snowboarding event had just passed at Kirkwood Mountain, CA. Winner of the Womens Snowboard division, Iris Lazzareschi, invites a crew of girls who competed in the contest to her home mountain at Squaw Valley USA to enjoy a fresh powder day. PortersTahoe team rider Iris Lazzareschi won two stops on the tour including the stop at Crystal Mountain, WA and Kirkwood, CA. Iris worked very hard this off season getting her body & mind in shape for this contest season and all her Cross Fit workouts have really paid off. She has stated that this is the “healthiest & strongest” she has ever been and attributes this years success to all her off season training. Way to go Iris! Yesterdays conditions at Squaw were quite nice as a foot or more fell on the mountains. The gals were loving it as it was a great way to unwind and get some good freeriding in and remember why they love to snowboard. Our pack was quite large as you can tell from the video and it was a bit tough trying to get footage of everyone while multi-tasking at a high level. In the end it all worked out well and everyone was stoked to get fresh turns and not have to deal with a crowd. Looks like more winter weather may be on the way as we get into mid March. “Miracle March” or “March Madness” on tap?

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            • The North Face Masters of Crystal Mountain


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              The North Face Masters of Snowboarding went to Crystal Mountain, WA for the second stop of the tour. Conditions were less than ideal, but riders still put on a worth show with ice and otherwise variable conditions.

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              • The 2011 North Face Masters at Snowbird


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                Here's a look at the TNF Masters at Snowbird with Squaw Valley shredders Ralph Backstrom, Andrew Irwin, Ryland Bell, and Chris Galvin. There's footage from the qualifiers, the weather day, finals, and super finals.

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                • The North Face Masters - Aaron Robinson's Winning Run


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                  Check out Aaron Robinson's winning run that sealed the deal on the overall championship.

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                  • Rosemarie Daiek's Run from the Finals in Kirkwood


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                    www.TheNorthFaceMasters.com Rosemarie Daiek's run from the 2010 North Face Masters of snowboarding in Kirkwood California.

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