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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 16, 1998
Concerning "Snowboarders Shrug Off Outlaw Rap," March 9: I've been skiing for almost 40 years. I've seen every kind of maniac imaginable on the slopes under the influence of everything from alcohol to you-name-it, usually including a dose of overblown ego. Snowboarders are no different than any other graduating class of "more guts than brains" post-adolescents, and we shouldn't see them as anything new or frightening. That said, I do wish they'd slow down a little. It's easier to learn to snowboard than it is to learn to ski and a snowboard doesn't change direction or stop as easily as a pair of skis.
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April 3, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
On picturesque winter slopes, the youngsters racing snowboards downhill and the mature skiers calmly gliding down have routinely been cast as warring snow-lovers. A Utah ski resort has tried to keep feuding off its slopes by banning snowboards altogether since the 1980s. Four middle-aged snowboarders are protesting that policy, filing a lawsuit  in January. The snowboarders sued Alta Ski Area and the U.S. Forest Service in U.S. District Court in Utah. They argue that their constitutional right to equal use of federal land had been irrationally denied and that the Forest Service, working in concert with Alta, allowed discrimination in violation of the snowboarders' due process rights.
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SPORTS
February 15, 2010 | By Lisa Dillman
They are now the coolest kids in the cafeteria -- or if you want to take the school analogy one step further -- on campus. (Not that they'd all make it to class consistently.) Forget the guys from the conventional, old-school sports. The men's snowboarders, not exactly a news flash, are hip at the Winter Olympics. Maybe because they aren't forcing the issue in some contrived way. "We were the outsiders, and the jocks are cool in high school and now [it is] the board people," said Peter Foley, coach of the U.S. snowboarding team.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 2014 | By Anh Do
A man known as the "Snowboarder Bandit" was sentenced Friday to two years in state prison for robbing nine Orange County banks -- adding to the time he received last month of seven years and eight months in Riverside County. Michael Brandon Franks of Riverside will serve the terms consecutively. He pleaded guilty last year in Orange County to a court offer to 10 felony counts of second-degree robbery and two felony counts of attempted second-degree robbery. Then in February, Franks, 31, also pleaded guilty in Riverside County to four felony counts of burglary, three felony counts of robbery and two felony counts of attempted robbery.
NATIONAL
November 13, 2012 | By Joseph Serna
Two snowboarders stranded in Washington's Mt. Rainier National Park for two nights were rescued Tuesday morning and were expected to be reunited with their families by the afternoon. The families of Derek Tyndall, 21, and Thomas Dale, 20, were “ecstatic” when they got word the duo had been found and were in good health, said park spokesman Kevin Bacher. “Obviously they understand what a grave situation this was, and the chance that it might not come out positive,” he said.
NEWS
December 4, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
Tuesday at its New York City flagship, Burton Snowboards unveiled the official uniforms to be worn by U.S. snowboarders at the upcoming Olympic Winter Games, a collection that manages to be both retro-nostalgia cool and highly technical. The most high-profile pieces in the collection of outerwear, layered pieces and cold-weather gear are the patchwork-print jackets (one version for competition and a down-filled one for kicking around the Olympic Village) inspired by a vintage quilt that Burton designers found at an antique fair.
NATIONAL
April 3, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
On picturesque winter slopes, the youngsters racing snowboards downhill and the mature skiers calmly gliding down have routinely been cast as warring snow-lovers. A Utah ski resort has tried to keep feuding off its slopes by banning snowboards altogether since the 1980s. Four middle-aged snowboarders are protesting that policy, filing a lawsuit  in January. The snowboarders sued Alta Ski Area and the U.S. Forest Service in U.S. District Court in Utah. They argue that their constitutional right to equal use of federal land had been irrationally denied and that the Forest Service, working in concert with Alta, allowed discrimination in violation of the snowboarders' due process rights.
SPORTS
February 6, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
Canadian snowboarders Sebastien Toutant and Max Parrot took to Twitter and called out extreme-sports star Shaun White for withdrawing from the slopestyle event at the Olympics. They deleted the tweets and Toutant apologized. But they weren't backing down  Thursday after the morning qualifications rounds at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park. Parrot, who put down the top score of the morning at 97.50 points, had tweeted that White was scared. Toutant, meanwhile, was critical of White's last-minute decision for a variety of reasons.
NEWS
March 23, 2012 | By Brian Clark, Special to the Los Angeles Times
This post has been updated, as indicated below. Last weekend's big storm in the Sierra gave the spring ski and snowboard season a huge boost. Mammoth Mountain received between 4 and 6 feet, bringing the total so far this year to 17 feet.  Closer to Los Angeles, Mountain High -- in the San Gabriel Mountains near Wrightwood -- received nearly 2 feet from the storm and will be open into April. At Lake Tahoe, resorts are calling it “Miracle March,” with upward of 11 feet of new snow reported at Squaw Valley.  Alpine Meadows got a similar amount.
TRAVEL
January 15, 2012 | By Brian E. Clark, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Ski resorts - and their patrons - from the Sierra to the Rockies are cursing La Niña. Up in western Canada, however, they're singing its praises. This weather phenomenon, and a resulting high-pressure ridge in the eastern Pacific, is being blamed for pushing the moisture-bearing jet stream north. That's bad news for mountain ranges from California to Colorado but good news for the western Canadian provinces of British Columbia and Alberta. At Whistler Blackcomb, in British Columbia, more than 17 feet has fallen.
SPORTS
February 23, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
SOCHI, Russia - What will be the secret to future Olympic success for the extreme-sports crowd? That's easy. Just keep adding new events and the medal count for U.S. snowboarders and freestyle skiers will probably stay at a high level. Setbacks in Sochi were offset by the new kids on the slopestyle rail and freeski halfpipe. There were opportunities for eight more gold medals that were not there in Vancouver in 2010. FRAMEWORK: Best images from Sochi And the United States took terrific advantage of the expanded program.
SPORTS
February 22, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
SOCHI, Russia - Congratulatory messages started coming from time zones near and far. One, however, was particularly startling to the new Olympic gold medalist. Vic Wild, the American-born snowboarder who is competing for Russia, received a message of support from a childhood acquaintance named Hans. "I was mean to him when I was 7 years old," Wild said. "I felt bad about it, honestly, ever since. He messaged me the other day and I was at a loss for words, man. I said, 'Dude, even this guy is stoked for me.' "I was able to apologize to him and everything was cool, man. " FRAMEWORK: Best images from Sochi Everything was cool Saturday for the snowboarder with the red-hot Olympic touch.
SPORTS
February 19, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
SOCHI, Russia -- Meet snowboarder Vic Wild, the newly minted Olympic gold medalist from Russia -- by way of White Salmon, Wash. Is this setting a trend, perhaps? The winner of the men's parallel giant slalom on Wednesday answered the question with a one-word answer and then continued with a longer explanation. This was not long after sharing athletic glory with his wife, Alena Zavarzina of Russia, who took the bronze in the women's parallel giant slalom. "No. I don't recommend that mentality," Wild said.
SPORTS
February 18, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
SOCHI, Russia -- You can practically imagine Travis Pastrana wishing that U.S. snowboarders Alex Deibold and Trevor Jacob had their wild Olympic finish on his show. Who knows? Maybe they can re-create it on a future episode of “Nitro Circus.” It was fascinating theater on a rain-soaked muddle of a course, a sliding photo finish between Deibold and Jacob in the semifinals of men's snowboard cross on Tuesday morning. Mere inches separated the teammates fighting for the last spot in the final.
SPORTS
February 17, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
SOCHI, Russia - The waiting Monday morning and afternoon was something to be embraced, not detested. There was no fear in U.S. snowboarder Nate Holland's vocabulary when weather disrupted the Olympic schedule, causing a day's delay to the men's snowboard cross event. "I live for days like this," Holland said. "Like I said, it was a dress rehearsal. You get a free rush out of it…. Like I said, we'll be back tomorrow. Hopefully the weather cooperates. It's time to go. Tomorrow should be a good day to try and win the Olympics.
SPORTS
February 17, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
SOCHI, Russia -- U.S. snowboarder Nate Holland had one inspection run on a foggy day in the mountains with limited visibility on the Olympic course. He got busy trying to think how he would handle it if the competition went forward on Monday. “When I first inspected the course, you think what you're going to do off these features and you can't see anything," Holland said. "You'd have to ride by braille. "I've studied this course and I was confident I'd be able to make it down it. But there's that screwiness factor that [having]
SPORTS
January 15, 2010 | By Lisa Dillman
Danny Davis wasn't alone on his history-making halfpipe run here the other day, his journey on the board bolstered by the vibe of a close friend, almost riding shotgun. Nor was Hannah Teter truly running solo when she steeled to take on the icy pipe, preparing to drop in and chase a spot at the Olympics in Vancouver next month. Kevin Pearce wasn't in Mammoth. But the severely injured and hospitalized snowboarder has found a safe place, deep in the hearts and minds of his friends and colleagues in the tight snowboarding community.
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