POKER GAINING POPULARITY AMONG SNOWBOARDER ELITE

A look at the ties that bind these two different activities

Poker and snowboarding seem like an odd mix, but the former has definitely captured the attention of some of the latter’s most high-profile stars. In the wake of the poker boom, a number of snowboarders all over the world have dabbled in one of the world’s most popular card games.

Snowboarding phenom and Olympic gold medalist Hannah Teter, for instance, has been playing poker for almost a decade. In an interview with online news show Poker2Nite, Teter revealed that the game was a popular pastime during the US team’s summer preparations for the 2010 Winter Olympics.

“I think poker brings out everyone’s competitive side,” she later told PokerNews while the Winter Olympics was in full swing. Teter also revealed that teammates Jack and Luke Mitrani and fellow gold medalist Shaun White were among the people she regularly played poker with.

In the same interview, Teter admitted that White was particularly competitive. It doesn’t come as a surprise, then, that the poker bug seems to have affected White way past the end of the Winter Olympic Games. Less than a year ago, he organized a poker-themed snowboarding competition in South Lake Tahoe dubbed the 2013 High Roller Hold ‘Em challenge.

For the tournament, each participant got dealt a pair of cards, each of which had a different trick on them. The riders were then required to bet on a trick and execute it. Whoever manages to land the trick with the highest level of difficulty wins the round. Chas Guldemond’s backside double cork 1260 in the second half of the finals secured his victory and the $25,000 first prize.

Another famous snowboarder who felt an affinity with poker is Norwegian slopestyle virtuoso Torstein Horgmo, who went all in during the World Series of Poker Main Event in Las Vegas last year. Horgmo bowed out of the tournament after day 3.

Swedish snowboarder Ingemar Backman, who set a record for highest air out of a quarter-pipe in 1996, had a better poker run. In 2006, he cashed over $40,000 at the partypoker.com supported World Poker Tour World Championship.

This connection between the worlds of poker and snowboarding is made even more interesting in light of the former’s efforts to replicate the latter’s successful jump into the mainstream. “Snowboarding had everything that poker still needs, the key points being good public image and the opportunity for fans to engage with the sport’s elite players,” wrote PokerListings’ Matthew Showell. “Snowboarding is what poker wants to be, and it didn’t have to change its image to get there.”

Although poker’s popularity has exploded in the past decade or so, there’s definitely still plenty of room for improvement. As for when that happens, nobody knows. For now, it’s enough that plenty of poker players and snowboard enthusiasts have something in common: a love of cards and the willingness to go big or go home.

Frosty Flakes Trailer


The flakes are falling fast and piling high in Storm Show’s 2013 ski/ride/adrenaline film, Frosty Flakes. Veteran producers Darrell Miller and Ryan Halverson have brought to the table a deliciously tasty serving of big mountain lines and powdery entertainment. Storm Show captures the true essence of teamwork and camaraderie by showcasing a crew where the athletes and filmers are one and the same. This year they’re sending it bigger than ever and bringing you more hard-hitting, action-packed, must-see shredding from the Jackson Hole backcountry and beyond! Frosty Flakes is real and raw, top-level skiing and riding that is sure to leave your mouth watering for Winter 14’!

Most Wanted Trailer

The most wanted big mountain lines in Jackson Hole are in Storm Show’s 2012 ski/ride/A+dream-a-line film, “Most Wanted”. New to the line-up this year, veteran Storm Show producer Darrell Miller has teamed up with Full Room Productions’ Ryan Halverson, bringing you more hard-hitting, action-packed, gnar-shredding from the Jackson Hole backcountry. The usual suspects are joined by some new bloods, showing us why they’re among the best riders in the West, and proving that there’s never a bad snow year in Jackson Hole!

Highlights include: Jason Elms and crew exploring deeper into the Wind River Range, another dream day out on the North Shore, unbelievable avalanche footage, Travis McAlpine and crew heading north to find the goods in Alaska, and of course all your classic Jackson backcountry lines being skied hard at “low tide”.

Hold onto your hat and get your ski-flick fix with Jackson Hole’s premiere ski film production of “Most Wanted”!

Romeo Eagle’s Rest Tribute – 2002

This 1 minute video was filmed and produced in 2002, after a March trip to Eagle’s Rest Peak with Steve Romeo and Pete Kreycir. I was snowshoeing at the time… I remember Romeo giving me shit for the snowshoes, but in the end I kept up and we summited the couloir. Thanks for leading the charge Romeo!!! – DMiller

 

Probable 1st Descents in Gross Ventures Range, WY

Jared Rogers, aka Axe Murderer, at "base camp."

Ahhhh, spring time, almost my favorite time of year!  Hiking for big lines in a t-shirt, bluebird days and buttery smooth corn turns.  A favorite zone of mine is deep in the Gross Ventures Range, on the eastern side of JH.  On May 6-10, 2012, cohort rider/snowshoer Jared Rogers and I set up “base camp” and prepared for what was to come.  Whiskey and mints were involved in the preparation…

Probable 4th descent of King Couloir, Peak 10,408, on May 7, 2012. This is a northwest facing line. Probable 1st, 2nd, and 3rd descents by D.Miller in 2007, 2009, & 2011

The plan was to pick off a couple of gorgeous lines deep in the range: King Couloir and the yet-to-be-named Behemoth Face.  We anticipated much suffering along the way.   For reasons of accessibility, distance from “base camp”, pantshitting exposure, variable snow conditions, etc., these lines may or may not have been ridden/skied before, EVER.  I’ve travelled & scoped these zones every season for 15 straight years, and have yet to see or hear of anyone attempting these lines in the GV.  Here are some photos from the trip, hopefully these wets your whistle!  See the whole show in Storm Show’s 2012 ski/ride/adrenaline film, stay tuned for details!

D.Miller en route to King Couloir. May 7, 2012. Named after cohort Jason King who accompanied D.MIller on the probable 1st descent in May 2007

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Darrell Miller takes Silver for “Best Filmaker”!

Storm Show’s BMFWIC Darrell Miller received a 2nd place Silver Medal for “Best Filmmaker” in the “Best Of 2012 Awards”, brought to us by Jackson’s own JH Weekly. With absolutely no promotion, Miller bested a handful of million-dollar film companies such as Teton Gravity Research, which received the 3rd place Bronze Medal.

The 1st place Gold Medal went to Brain Farm Media, Travis Rice’s and Curt Morgan’s Brainchild which has produced multi-million dollar budget films in association with RedBull Media House.

Miller had this to say of the award: “It’s a huge honor to have received this award from the local JH community for ‘Best Filmmaker.’ Not knowing that I was even nominated gave the award that much more meaning. As always, competition is fierce in the ski film community, nationally and internationally. To have received this award above so many other super-qualified and big-budget filmmakers is a humbling experience. Thank you Jackson Hole! Keep pointing that shit!”

To show our thanks for the coveted Silver Medal, we’re offering 2 for 1 video purchases for short period of time!  Use the code “BEST OF 2012″ at checkout.

 

For Our Brothers

March 7, 2012 dawned a beautiful day in the Teton Range.  Moderate avalanche conditions and a minimal dusting of a couple inches left me with the feeling that the mountains would be relatively safe that day. The sun popped, JHMR backcountry was going off, with big lines going down in all directions.  For me, it was the best day of the season!

 

The next day I received word of the tragedy that befell our brothers the day before.  Chris Onufer and Steve Romeo were killed in an avalanche on a Southeast aspect on Ranger Peak in the Northern Tetons.  After learning of this, I felt so reckless for the lines taken the day before.  We got lucky that day, while our friends paid the ultimate sacrifice, doing what we all love to do, day in day out, for all our lives.  This freedom felt is why we live in the mountains.

 

Stay safe brothers!!!  Pay respect and homage to our fallen friends and the high peaks.  Think twice or three times before dropping in or setting out for the next adventure.  Think of our our friends, Onufer and Romeo.  Keep them close to our hearts and feel their positive vibes in the hills.  They now fly with the birds and see all summits from up high.

 

-Dmiller

 

Action Jackson

“Action Jackson” the Movie…

Storm Show’s 2011 ski/ride adrenaline film promises to be its most adventurous undertaking to date. The record books were shattered with over 700 inches of snowfall having blasted the Teton Range of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. As to be expected, big lines go down one after another, guys & girls alike… On display is the deepest of deep that will make your pants soggy, and massive cliff hucking that you can watch safely from your couch.

Highlights include Jeff Leger’s legendary 80 foot swan dives, and Adam Osgood’s 100 foot double-front flips… Also in the running is Derek Depiero’s first un-roped descent of Birdbrain Couloir in the Jackson Hole backcountry, and Travis McAlpine & Darrell Miller’s first descent of the disgustingly exposed Nomad Couloir. Yes, 2011 was one for the record books, and Action Jackson is the ski film that proves it…Epic! 

Storm Show wins Ski Channel's Top 100 Ski Films Of All Time

Number 70 – “TRIAL & AIR”

Number 53 – “600 INCHES”

First question…what the hell does that mean? Top films? What is a top film? Does that mean the best films? Does that mean the most influential films? Is that on a relative basis or an absolute basis? Does that include snowboard films? Documentaries? Hollywood films? How about all those ski comedies? What about films that weren’t that great, but hit you at a certain time in life that made them special for you? There are a lot of variables and by changing one or two the list likely look completelydifferent. And who the hell are we to determine the top films anyway?

So here’s the dileo? Over the last couple of years, we have enlisted some of the smartest people in the ski and snowboard industry and asked them to rank their top ski and snowboard films. Our directions were just that…there really weren’t any. We didn’t say “best” or “most influential” or anything else…just “top.” Just pick your top films and rank them. We then took their results, blended them together and tallied the results. All in all over 50 people’s input was factored into the calculation. Thanks to some of those smarty panters who helped over the last couple years:

Shane McConkey, Ingrid Backstrom, Sara Mancuso, Daron Rahlves, Nick Waggoner, Rick Moulton, Matt Berkowitz, Rob Bondurant, Julian Carr, Derek Taylor, JT Holmes, Mike Douglas, Chris Anthony, Jon Rucker ,Silas Wright ,Mike Steen, Ralph Backstrom, Porters Tahoe, Barb Sanders ,Johnny Lazzareschi, Peter Kray, Mike Jacquet, Scott Gaffney, Kristi Leskinen, Mike Hattrupt, Kasey Wiese, Brad Farmer, Anna Biggs, Darrell Miller, Jon Spiris

Storm Shows TAKES Big Air & GIVES back to the Community

The Jackson Hole world premiere of “Miller’s Thriller” raised \$3000 for the Brent Newton Memorial Foundation! The /$ raised helps local kids pay for the astronomical costs associated with skiing & snowboarding, which includes (but not limited to) gear, JH ski/snowboard club fees, and travel/contest entrance fees.

Miles Finlay & TJ Tucker each win \$1000 scholarships to aid in their quest of lifelong skiing, and possibly making a profession of it!

Everyone who entered an essay for the Newt Foundation Scholarship received \$100, with two talented writers/rippers taking home \$1000 each!!! Congratulations to the recipients of the 2011 Brent Newton Memorial Foundation Scholarship Awards!!!

In the photo… (l to r) Carrie Boynton/JH Ski Club Director, TJ Tucker, Miles Finlay, Sheryl Newton/Newt Foundation Founder