1. The Burton Academy at Northstar Trick Tip: The Frontside Lipslide

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    The Frontside Lipslide: A Staff favorite, and one of the best sideways-sliding tricks to learn! The reason this is a "Frontside" trick is because the rider approaches the box/rail on their toes, with the feature to the front of their body. It's called a "Lipslide" because the rider pops and rotates the tail of their board over the box/rail first. After clearing their tail over the feature, the rider will then land sideways and across the box, sliding forward, with their toe edge leading them toward the end of the box. The Basic Points to Remember: 1) Set up on the toes with weight forward 2) Move the body toward the box 3) Initiate with your shoulders and pop towards the box 4) Rotate the tail over the feature 5) Land sideways, flat-based, with toes pointing towards the landing. 6) Ride away clean, and go have fun with The Frontside Lipslide! The Academy: The Burton Snowboard Academy at Northstar is the only one of its kind in the world! We strive to make snowboarding simple to learn and fun for everyone, utilizing highly-trained coaches, specially-designed terrain, unparalleled methodology, and a phenomenal learning facility to build the most interactive, fun and full-immersion learning environment ever created. The Burton Academy at Northstar breaks down all aspects of snowboarding into simple, easy-to-accomplish steps that enable each of our riders to achieve their goals. Our goal is to help you learn to shred and fall in love with the culture of snowboarding. We believe that snowboarding will change your life, and we hope that you come by and give us a chance to help you learn to shred. - www.NorthstarCalifornia.com www.Facebook.com/Northstar www.Twitter.com/SkiNorthstar www.YouTube.com/NorthstarAtTahoe www.Vimeo.com/SkiNorthstar www.BurtonSnowboardAcademy.com

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    • Featured: Eero Ettala Builds & Shreds at Northstar

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      Northstar Pro Teamrider Eero Ettala sat down with our Park Crew to design his own double-line feature last week, and then straps in for a session alongside friends Mark McMorris and Matt Ladley. -- www.NorthstarCalifornia.com/PARKS www.Facebook.com/Northstar www.Twitter.com/SkiNorthstar www.Ettala.com

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      • How Snow is Made - 100% Shot on GoPro

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        With the season around the corner, the pressure is ON! Our snowmakers have been working around the clock in order to provide the best possible conditions for opening day. - www.NorthstarCalifornia.com www.Facebook.com/Northstar www.Instagram.com/SkiNorthstar www.Twitter.com/SkiNorthstar www.YouTube.com/NorthstarAtTahoe www.Vimeo.com/SkiNorthstar

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        • The Burton Academy at Northstar Trick Tip: The Method

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          Trick Tip #6: The Method Grab A must-have stye trick that's as classic as it is fun to pull all over the mountain. It's easy to think that this is "just a grab", but there are so many stylistic differences and variations that it can be confusing to know what a "real" method is! The key ingredients are: - A strong pop followed by pulling the knees up toward the chest. - Grab melon (lead hand on the heelside edge between the feet). - There has to be a backside shifty that is starting to come around as you grab melon, and then the legs and hips start to move into position. - The hips drive forward as the feet start to move back (the base is now facing backward) and the rear leg is extending as much as possible. - Those are the moves in the air for the classic pose and it has several steps to create the classic (and respectable) style. On the ground is where it all starts… - In your approach, set up with a heelside turn followed by a toe side turn. - Ride up the transition on a lightly engaged toe side edge and set your shoulders closed slightly (lead shoulder pointed toward the toe side edge). This slight shoulder lead sets up the backside shifty. - Ollie hard into this trick as it sets up the shifty and helps get your board floating up to you. - After you pop, its time to start with all the ingredients listed above—don't forget to counter with the shoulders so that you can control the shifty. - After you have the grab and are posing it out with the legs beside, keep looking over your lead shoulder and reach all the way forward with your back hand (this helps the counter). To keep it simple… Approach on the toes with lead shoulder closed. ollie/pop hard. Knees up grab heels as legs and board start to backside shifty. Drive hips and extend back leg hard to pose the board and grab. Be sure to counter with the shoulders and reach forward with the rear hand. You can always add your own style or watch some vids to steal someone else's! Happy Methods, Friends! -- The Academy: The Burton Snowboard Academy at Northstar is the only one of its kind in the world! We strive to make snowboarding simple to learn and fun for everyone, utilizing highly-trained coaches, specially-designed terrain, unparalleled methodology, and a phenomenal learning facility to build the most interactive, fun and full-immersion learning environment ever created. The Burton Academy at Northstar breaks down all aspects of snowboarding into simple, easy-to-accomplish steps that enable each of our riders to achieve their goals. Our goal is to help you learn to shred and fall in love with the culture of snowboarding. We believe that snowboarding will change your life, and we hope you come give us a chance to help you learn to shred! -- www.BurtonSnowboardAcademy.com www.NorthstarCalifornia.com/PARKS www.Facebook.com/Northstar www.Twitter.com/SkiNorthstar www.YouTube.com/NorthstarAtTahoe www.Vimeo.com/SkiNorthstar

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          • Featured: Sunny Park Laps W/ Danny Toumarkine

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            With the California sun shining and perfect conditions, we have 6 terrain parks open with 68 total features. Our park staff is currently building the 18-foot Superpipe and the 22-foot Shaun White Superpipe for your boosting pleasure. - www.NorthstarCalifornia.com www.NorthstarCalifornia.com/PARKS www.Facebook.com/Northstar www.Instagram.com/SkiNorthstar www.Twitter.com/SkiNorthstar www.YouTube.com/NorthstarAtTahoe www.Vimeo.com/SkiNorthstar

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            • The Burton Academy at Northstar Trick Tip: The Tail Block

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              The Tail Block: One of the most playful and tech board tricks out there. Keep in mind that this is a low-speed jib, usually performed on a transition or in the flats (while you're waiting for your buddy that forgot his gloves in the car...). The Crew at The Burton Academy loves this trick (we practice daily on the carpet and then out on our quarterpipe). Remember The Steps… - Practice a strong tail press with your back leg bent, and then focus on fully extending that back leg with out falling forward. - Practice a quick hop, landing into the position with that posted (straight) back leg pressing the tail. - Once you have that down, jump higher and pull the front knee up as you drive the back foot down. ** Remember, the goal is to sweep the tail forward and under your body, so that it stabs hard into the ground, centered under your core. - Practice grabbing the topside edge of your board near the nose first. Then, as you build strength and balance with this trick, you can start grabbing nose without your hand slipping off. Now... Power up that back leg, and Block it! The Academy: The Burton Snowboard Academy at Northstar is the only one of its kind in the world! We strive to make snowboarding simple to learn and fun for everyone, utilizing highly-trained coaches, specially-designed terrain, unparalleled methodology, and a phenomenal learning facility to build the most interactive, fun and full-immersion learning environment ever created. The Burton Academy at Northstar breaks down all aspects of snowboarding into simple, easy-to-accomplish steps that enable each of our riders to achieve their goals. Our goal is to help you learn to shred and fall in love with the culture of snowboarding. We believe that snowboarding will change your life, and we hope you come give us a chance to help you learn to shred! - www.BurtonSnowboardAcademy.com www.NorthstarCalifornia.com www.Facebook.com/Northstar www.Twitter.com/SkiNorthstar www.YouTube.com/NorthstarAtTahoe www.Vimeo.com/SkiNorthstar

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              • The Burton Academy at Northstar Trick Tip: The Backside 360

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                The Backside 360: This trick is sometimes called "The Blindside 360", because your eyes will have already started to look away from your direction of travel before you leave the ground. Even though you start out looking blind, backside 3's are easier for some people to land because they get to see their landing very early in the spin; and that can be comforting! The difficult part is developing comfort in your approach, a solid set up, and clean take off moves that will keep you out of the backseat. Setting Speed: Before you take this trick to the jumps, make sure that you know the speed to clear the jump (gained through repetition and feel). If your set up turns are too wide or you skid too much in your turns, don't worry—it's easy to slow down. One key to remember is if you're going too fast, you will be more scared and less likely to make the right moves at the right time. When people get nervous, they tend to sit in the backseat and make their rotation and pop moves late. When you get in the backseat you get off axis and can even over your edge on your toes. This can lead to unsuccessful landings. Be sure to know the speed through feel before you try your spin—lots of straight airs will help! Approach and Setup: Take some time to work on your approach and set up turns. For a regular rider (left foot forward), try using a line that starts lined up with right side of the take off ramp. As you approach the base of the takeoff, transition turn slightly on your heels toward the center line of the ramp. Just before you reach the centerline of the ramp, change back to your toeside edge and hold it clean. Now, get set in a low stance with weight centered and prep your shoulders with a slight wind up. **Be careful not to over turn on the ramp. You want your line running straight up the transition when you hit the lip. Takeoff: When your front foot is about 2-3 feet from the lip, start to unwind your shoulders into your spin. Just before you pop you should feel like your shoulders are pushing your head into the spin (your eyes will start to look away from you direction of travel). Make sure your shoulders are in the lead before you get to the lip of the jump. When you feel your nose pass through the lip, pop hard through your tail. Your hips will help you drive the shoulders deeper into the spin as you pop. Make sure that as your hips rotate into the spin your shoulders stay in the lead and totally connected to the hip rotation. A good thought is that your shoulders start in the lead, and as you pop, your hips drive the shoulders and the head snaps into the lead of your shoulders. Now your head is leading the shoulders and the shoulders are leading the hips through the spin. A quick reminder about staying upright… If you are bending at your hips as you rotate, you will likely tip your upper body back over your tail. This will cause you to "cork" and an accidental cork is not a great thing... Try to keep your upper body almost completely upright and think about moving your body into your spin (forward) as you pop off the tail. At Home: Practice spinning without your board while at home. Set a towel up on the ground and see if you can jump forward over the towel as you spin your Backside 3. Think about driving off your back foot into the spin, to help simulate a solid tail pop. This will help you feel what it's like to move into your spin before you take it to the snow. In The Air: Right after you pop, snap that head all the way around to see the landing. When you see the landing, lock your eyes on a target and keep looking there until it's time to stomp your legs down and ride out the spin. Landing: If you are under-rotated and land on your heels (most likely, fall to your rear) then you know that you were too far back when you hit the takeoff and probably didn't have the shoulders in the lead when you popped. If you find yourself over-rotating, you probably popped a little more than you needed to. Pop will accelerate your spin; keep that in mind! Good luck with your backside spins—check back with us for tips on going to the 540 later… :) The Academy: The Burton Snowboard Academy at Northstar is the only one of its kind in the world! We strive to make snowboarding simple to learn and fun for everyone, utilizing highly-trained coaches, specially-designed terrain, unparalleled methodology, and a phenomenal learning facility to build the most interactive, fun and full-immersion learning environment ever created. The Burton Academy at Northstar breaks down all aspects of snowboarding into simple, easy-to-accomplish steps that enable each of our riders to achieve their goals. Our goal is to help you learn to shred and fall in love with the culture of snowboarding. We believe that snowboarding will change your life, and we hope you come give us a chance to help you learn to shred! -- www.BurtonSnowboardAcademy.com NorthstarCalifornia.com/PARKS Facebook.com/Northstar Twitter.com/SkiNorthstar YouTube.com/NorthstarAtTahoe Vimeo.com/SkiNorthstar

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                • The Burton Academy at Northstar Trick Tip: The Backlip

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                  Backside Lipslide To master this one you should really spend lots of time practicing them static at home or in the flats. Learning how to pop back 180s moving slow from your heelside edge will make a huge difference. Finally learning how to ollie over boxes/rails from your heels and learning how to ollie into Backside 50/50's are absolute necessities! At home or in the flats -Try to jump this backward toward your heels over your towel or a line in the snow moving the whole board back at least 4-6" -Now try adding in the 90 degree rotation by closing your shoulders (point your lead shoulder toward your toe side edge) before you pop -after you pop and your board releases use your legs and hips to rotate the board into position and counter the shoulders -Drive the back leg back over the rail and try to straighten it our, this will help move the board in under your core so you can press the nose and hold it. -Pop off your nose back to straight Some tips for popping the back 180's -Focus on jumping back toward your heelside edge and toward the nose of the board as you pop into this spin. -Use a pre-wind with your lead shoulder pointed toward the heelside edge. -Lock in a clean heelside edge while riding across the hill slowly. -Unwind your shoulders (lead shoulder rotates toward toe side edge) and start to sink down toward your nose by bending your front knee and ankle. -Look blind and pop, think about popping off your nose and rocking back toward your heels (up hill) this will send you into the spin properly. Ollie over the rail -First learn to ollie hard off your heel side edge out on a groomer and off of small natural features -Next find an easy flat box/rail or down feature that isn't too intimidating -approach the feature on a clean heelside edge with a very slight angle across the rail -as you set your pop be sure to rock back toward your heels (your edge will tip a little higher) -Try to align your self to cross over the rail about 3' out from the lip of the take off. -ollie clean off the tail and suck your knees up. -Hold your knees up high until you have cleared the feature then stomp down. Backside 50/50 -Use a line that is almost parallel to the feature -Set to pop clean off your heels and rock back toward your heels as you start to ollie -Ollie just enough to get aligned to the angle of the feature and land about 3' out from the lip of the take off ramp. -The ollie will set you up to land at the angle of the rail, if you just jump off both feet at the same time you will land tail heavy on the rail and when you try to rotate into the back lip you will land toe heavy, ouch… -Slide through the end of the feature and give it a little pop off the end Tips for success Approach Remember to set a clean heel side edge. When you set your line set it almost parallel to the rail/box with just a very slight angle that is lined up at a point about 3' down the feature. Keep you speed down at first so that you can more easily time and master the movements. Be sure to set your lead shoulder just slightly pointed toward your toe side edge to help prepare for the rotation after you pop. Take off If its a flat feature you can pop from the center of your board but if your getting onto a down rail make sure to set with a clean ollie from your heelside edge and pop to the rail. Remember that you should be aiming to land 2-3' down the feature so you don't want to pop so hard that you get high above the rail and disaster onto the feature. Be sure that ollie is strong enough from the tail to get your board and body arching to a upright position on the feature. Maneuver After you pop the board will start to rotate toward your shoulders and you should immediately counter with your shoulders against the lower body. Be sure to focus on shifting the nose of your board in under the body by straightening your back leg driving your back heel down and flexing the front leg while squishing the tongue of your boot. Focus on landing soft on the feature you don't want to hear a loud clank just a crisp little click. Look through your lead armpit and hold that press all the way through the end of the rail. Landing As you approach the end of the rail pop off your nose slightly and let the board snap back in line with your countered shoulders. Pull your knees up a little hold and then stomp your board down clean. If you nail this then be sure to give it a little after bang just to let the guys on the chair know whats up... Happy backside lipping everyone!!! The Academy: The Burton Snowboard Academy at Northstar is the only one of its kind in the world! We strive to make snowboarding simple to learn and fun for everyone, utilizing highly-trained coaches, specially-designed terrain, unparalleled methodology, and a phenomenal learning facility to build the most interactive, fun and full-immersion learning environment ever created. The Burton Academy at Northstar breaks down all aspects of snowboarding into simple, easy-to-accomplish steps that enable each of our riders to achieve their goals. Our goal is to help you learn to shred and fall in love with the culture of snowboarding. We believe that snowboarding will change your life, and we hope you come give us a chance to help you learn to shred! -- www.BurtonSnowboardAcademy.com NorthstarCalifornia.com/PARKS Facebook.com/Northstar Twitter.com/SkiNorthstar YouTube.com/NorthstarAtTahoe Vimeo.com/SkiNorthstar

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                  • Featured: Chas Guldemond & Danny Davis

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                    With an introduction from everyone's best Frend, Kevin Pearce, Northstar Pro Chas Guldemond and Danny Davis send it during their jump and Airbag session this past week at Northstar. - www.NorthstarCalifornia.com www.Facebook.com/Northstar www.Twitter.com/SkiNorthstar www.YouTube.com/NorthstarAtTahoe www.Vimeo.com/SkiNorthstar

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                    • Winter at Northstar California 2012-13

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                      The Winter Season at Northstar California 2012-13 has officially come to a close. Powder days, gorgeous groomers, world class terrain parks and many fun events made for a truly epic season. - www.NorthstarCalifornia.com www.Facebook.com/Northstar www.Instagram.com/SkiNorthstar www.Twitter.com/SkiNorthstar www.YouTube.com/NorthstarAtTahoe www.Vimeo.com/SkiNorthstar

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