TGR Staff Picks: Skis and Boards

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Greg Epstein, Supervising Producer: Volkl

Ryan Dunfee, Associate Editor: Ski Logic

Blake Campbell, Lead Film Editor – Way of Life: Dynafit


Carolyn Barnick, Office Retail Manager: Roxy Banana Smoothie

The Roxy Banana Smoothie EC2 is the perfect all mountain-terrain board. It was designed with the intention to ride any kind of conditions with no problems at all. The Magne-Traction edge technology allowed me to take on icy Laramie Bowl with ease. The EC2 BTX Banana technology is just another awesome feature! The smooth and quick edge-to-edge transfer allows for an easy ride up and down the mountain.

Not only does the Banana Smoothie ride well, but it has sick art work too. You can feel good riding this board knowing it was made with environmental friendly materials and made right here in the USA.

Catching a glimpse of this board on the mountain is a site in itself. Sweet, Smooth, and Slick.

Justin Fann, Film Editor – Higher: Arbor Whiskey 158

Reviewer W/H
Weight: 180
Height: 5'11

The Arbor Whiskey is the perfect board for someone looking for a one quiver board that offers exceptional performance in everything the mountain can throw at you. From park to powder, steeps, speed and more this board offerers a smooth ride, great responsiveness and a playful feel.

Arbors “the system” true rocker gives this board a very effortless ride with out sacrificing edge control. This true rocker feels great on almost all snow conditions, it floats well in pow, is very responsive around the resort in skied out terrain, and it holds a bomber edge in steep firm conditions. This system, while offering great control, also offers a very playful feel. From butters in pow to pressing out boxes in the park this system will have you popping, tapping and slashing all over the mountain.

Performance aside the art work on this board is what first caught my eye, I have always been a fan of Arbors “wood” look and this deck combines this raw wood look with some very sick art. All in all, I have been very pleased with this board. Like I said it is the perfect one quiver board and it has preformed great in pow, park, steeps, hacket resort days, and has been able to take a beating from early season rocks without any core shots. If your looking for this type of affordable do it all machine, the Arbor Whiskey is your go to.

Dan Olsen, Post Production Supervisor: Venture

After Colorado living for six years, I was craving the chance to strap into a board from Silverton-based Venture Snowboards. The time finally came on opening day at Grand Targhee, and it was well worth the wait. Opening day at the 'Ghee afforded me the opportunity to test out the Venture Storm 156 in all kinds of terrain, but what most impressed me was the stability and control navigating through tight trees while avoiding early season obstacles. The Storm also charged hard on open slopes of packed powder, and continued to feel solid and slay as the day wound down, temps dropped, and the snow that softened under the sun during the day began to harden. I've always been skeptical of trying out a new board, but the Venture Storm was truly one of those decks that made me feel like I'd been on it for years, and once it was under my feet, I never doubted it for a second.

Nick Kalisz, Cinematographer/Editor: Gnu

Katie Metzler, Marketing Coordinator: Jones

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