This neat new web site, Original Snowboard Art, sells arty top sheets for $70. The site offers about four hundred designs by nearly a hundred different artists supplied as an apparently easy to stick on "TopSkin".
They also encourage new artists to offer designs on the site for a 10% royalty, so if you are a dab hand with Illustrator you could even design your own.
Here are some online shopping ideas for Christmas gifts for the snowboarder in your life. I have carefully searched the web to find the best products at the best prices and sorted them from bargain basement stocking fillers to top of the range boys' toys.
Piste Hors has an excellent article on the history of Courchevel. It is lengthy but well worth reading as it gives some fascinating insights, not only into the development of Courchevel, but of skiing and dedicated ski resorts in France in general.
Keystone pulled a neat stunt to open their season by running lifts for 36 hours continuously with riding through the night.
When I was in La Bresse last season they had dawn skiing from 6:00am and night skiing until 10:00pm at weekends. It certainly beats a Saturday night at Milton Keynes!
I am always on the look out for snowboard or ski related blogs but, to date, they have been few and far between. Lately a few more have been coming out of the woodwork including MegèveSki, Len Holgate's blog which he intends to use to record his upcoming season in Megève.
I am optimistic that this season we will see a few more snowboard/ski blogs so I have updated the links section over on the right to include a sub section specifically for them.
Last month I discovered the Aspect Journal site and was wowed by the great ski writing there. It just so happened that the day I discovered the site was the closing date for one of their "Themes" writing contests so I fired off an entry.
It is published today and you can read about one of the most miserable days riding I can remember: New Year's Day 2001 at Nevis Range.