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Ms. Superpark

Kimmy Fasani

Kimmy Fasani catching air

Fearlessly flying where no woman has gone before, Kimmy Fasani can lay claim as the first female to ever land a double backflip on a snowboard in both park and powder, solidifying her spot at the forefront of progression. Known for her flair that helped her nab the 2011 Ms. Superpark standout award, along with video parts in Standard Films’ 2010, 2011, and 2012 releases, Kimmy is undoubtedly one of the best snowboarders in the world.


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In 2012 she became the fifth female athlete ever to grab a Transworld Snowboarding Magazine cover. Although Kimmy suffered a severe knee injury last season, she stayed

Kimmy Fasani, Whistler, BC

Kimmy Fasani, Snowboarding Cover Shot

productive in 2013 by focusing on her recovery and growing support for the sport she loves. She gained a new sponsor through her recovery process, Specialized, who helped her use a mountain bike to ride to full recovery.  Kimmy also spent her down time supporting her community of female rippers by hosting the last stop of the Boarding For Breast Cancer Shred the Love Tour, and an all Ladies Progression Session called Amusement Park.

Born in Truckee, CA Kimmy Fasani now lives in Mammoth Lakes. In 2012 she became the fifth female athlete ever to grab a Transworld Snowboarding Magazine cover. Kimmy is married to professional big mountain and backcountry skier Chris Benchetler, and they are co-owners of an organic bakery in Mammoth called Mimi’s Cookie Bar.  Passionate about giving back, Kimmy is determined to help the younger generations get outdoors and grow through the sports she lives for.  When she isn’t snowboarding, Kimmy enjoys mountain biking, climbing, yoga, and surfing.


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I love to see women pushing the progression of their sport. And Kimmy Fasani definitely fits the bill.  Join me this week on The Edge Radio as I talk to Kimmy about snowboarding, overcoming injury and staying passionate.


Finding Redemption in the Mountains

Brandon Stogsdill

Brandon Stogsdill

Brandon Stogsdill was a teenage criminal. He sold


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drugs, he got in fights, and he started carrying a gun at the age of 16. His gun made him feel powerful, but it brought trouble.

At 17, he was arrested, tried as an adult for assault with a deadly weapon and sentenced to four years in prison. It was the best thing that could have ever happened to him.

In his prison cell he would dream about the mountains—the white snow, the blue skies—and knew he needed to change his life. While growing up in Tacoma, snowboarding and racing BMX bikes made him feel truly alive. He would do anything to continue his sports.

The Boy with the Gun

Author Brandon Stogsdill

While languishing in prison, Brandon made a vow to himself. He would change. He would not continue down his path of crime. Instead, he chose education over crime and snowboarding over fights. He dreamed of a new future for himself. At the same time, he decided to share his love of action sports and make a difference for others.

When Brandon was released from prison, he enrolled in college and began a career in psychology. Today he works as a counselor at Sound Mental Health.

Brandon introduces young kids with mental health issues to action sports. Through the Burton Chill program, Brandon shares his love of mountains and snowboarding with his clients. Brandon wrote a book about his experience, called THE BOY WITH THE GUN.


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I am interviewing Brandon on The Edge Radio this Wednesday at 8am. Find out how Brandon went from wreaking havoc to making a difference and how action sports paved the way.

You don’t want to miss this show.

Deep Thoughts on a Chairlift


Chairlifts are great places to engage in deep thoughts. Or shallow thoughts, even. I came across this video recently and had to share it. The narrator, a self-declared ski bum challenged by complicated math problems, shows here that the purpose of a chairlift is more than just uphill transportation. It’s a chance to go deep. Really deep. As evidenced by this string of thoughts, “I love skiing powder. I love powder skiing. That one powder day in ’96 when my third run down the stairs was top ten ever. Or was that ’99? I’ve spent 104 straight days, 24 hours a day riding a chairlift…that’s a pretty cool thought.”

Check it out. What are your deep chairlift thoughts?

The Trouble With Snowboarding


A few weeks ago the NSAA came out with a study suggesting that snowboarding is in decline. This is big news in the ski industry. A segment of the population that was in double digit growth for many years is now declining, or as some commenters pointed out, at the least flatlining. I wrote a post here reflecting my personal thoughts on why that might be the case. Based on the comments both here and elsewhere I can see that the snowboard community is thriving with a vengeance.

I’ve taken down the original post, although I’m sure it’s still out there somewhere. I didn’t intend to offend anyone, only to spark a debate on why fewer people are snowboarding now. I’ve left the comments below, but closed further comments. I think we just need to let this one go. While the debate started off as lively, it quickly degenerated into name-calling and vitriol. By taking it down I’m not apologizing for my opinions only trying to put an end to what’s become a vicious, unhealthy debate. Some might react negatively to me taking down this post, saying that I’m backsliding and not owning my opinions. I can already hear it now. But like I said above, I’m just trying to stop what’s grown into a tool to fuel the skiing vs snowboarding debate, and no one wants to go back to the bad old days. Instead, I think we should stop hating each other in front of our computers and get out in the mountains more.

My personal opinions don’t reflect those of Crystal Mountain. This is my personal blog, where I write about my experiences and opinions. That’s the point of a blog. I’ve also been known to use sarcasm and hyperbole in order to get my point across and spark debate. I did that here and the results got out of hand. I tried to explain my original intentions in the comments. But you can’t squeeze the toothpaste back into the tube. Therefore, I decided to just take it down so we can all move on and everyone can stop taking this personally. It was not an attack on snowboarding, but rather my observations as to why the sport is apparently in decline.

Sliding on snow in any form is a worthwhile activity. Regardless of how efficient or difficult the sport, being out on the mountain is a great way to spend the day.