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Early Snowboard Pioneer Noah Salasnek Passes Away from Cancer

It's with great sadness that we report on the passing of Noah Salasnek, former professional snowboarder who helped pioneer the early days of the sport. Like most early boarders Noah came from the skate world, turning pro and skating for the famous San Diego brand H-Street before the mountains called his name.

Noah headed to Tahoe, buying a house and devoting himself completely to the lifestyle. After one of the founders of H-street died, Noah hooked up with Sims snowboarding. His first board reflected his skate heritage with skate truck graphics on the base.

Noah's skate skills transferred to the slopes and he helped develop the early tricks. Most famous was his late switch backside three, backside sevens, and ability to butter all over the mountain.

Initially just known as a freestyle specialist this was hardly all Noah could ride. Standard Films took him Alaska and his mind was opened. The goofy-footer found success on the spines of Valdez and Donner Pass riding some of the world's most iconic peaks with a style all his own.

Noah had been publicly battling Stage 4 liver cancer since the summer of 2016. He was 47 years old. He will be remembered for both his feats on the mountain and the easy going good friend he was off of it. 

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PSA: This Is Why To Stay The HELL Away From Cornices…
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About this time of year we should all start reminding ourselves how to travel in the backcountry safely. You may have already been out there or may be anticipating that first run out the gates or setting that first skin track of the season. Whatever the case, we have to temper that excitement a bit with the realization that we probably forgot a bunch of potentially life-saving factoids from the winter previous. As this POV video from Jakob Homolka demonstrates at 1:15, one of those little

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Introducing Our 2018 Grom Contest April Monthly Winner: Maddox Matte
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Introducing Our 2018 Grom Contest April Monthly Winner: Maddox Matte

Introducing Our 2018 Grom Contest April Monthly Winner: Maddox Matte

Teton Gravity Research's 2018 Grom Contest is underway, and after sifting through all the submissions, TGR is proud to announce that the first monthly winner Grom Contest is 10-year-old snowboarder Maddox Matte from Canada. The young ripper impressed the TGR family with his technical skills and abilities to make every rail hit unique. For being chosen as the first monthly winner, Maddox will receive a boatload gear from our partners Pret Helmets, Hydroflask, Line Skis, Dakine, and Jones

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We Aren’t Ready to Let Go: More Audi Nines Highlights To Kickstart Your Weekend
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We Aren’t Ready to Let Go: More Audi Nines Highlights To Kickstart Your Weekend

We Aren’t Ready to Let Go: More Audi Nines Highlights To Kickstart Your Weekend

It’s a wrap: winners in seven categories were crowned at the Audi Nines presented by Falken in Sölden, Austria. After a week of film and photo sessions, the Public Contest Day was seriously epic. The male and female skiers and snowboarders, as well as the Ski- and Snowboard Crossers showed thrilling performances on the new SlopeX course as well as Big Air and Quarterpipe. With the exciting set-up and perfect weather conditions drawing more than 3,000 spectators to Tiefenbach Glacier, the