All is quiet on the western front, but the rumor mill keeps grinding. People who’d normally be out partying in So Cal and changing glove sponsors again are actually out on the snow riding. As the season slips by, it’s time to get shit done-whether it’s in the backcountry, halfpipe, or on the park rails, the days are numbered. Get out there and get some.

The Best A Man Can Get?
It’s anybody’s guess who’ll be next to get the axe from Burton. Dave Sypniewski, who handled team management duties, was fired in early December. While in the Denver airport en route to a company meeting, he was informed of his dismissal and handed a ticket for a shitty, red-eye flight home. Nice.Zach Diamond broke up with his longtime girlfriend Madonna and is currently dating a “dancer.” He may be having fun now, but when he realizes his new lady won’t tag along to New Hampshire contests and wash his laundry, he’ll be hatin’ it.Recognizing a good thing when he’s got it, Todd Schlosser married longtime girlfriend Joanne in La Paz, Mexico. He proposed to her onstage at last year’s TransWorld Riders’ Poll Awards.Jesse Huffman is working overtime building offices at Savier in Portland and taking classes, too. Jesse used to make ski poles at Dynastar, and with all the construction skills he’s gained, he may someday be allowed to build something related to snowboarding.

Home On The Range?
Max Jenke found a new place to live in Whistler for the winter, Jon Roth’s house. The only problem is that the two will have to coordinate on a daily basis who gets to wear the rose-colored girl glasses each day. No word yet if a boy band is in the works. Lukas Huffman and Jon Cartwright have secured a winter retreat in the area as well.Damon Morris has been settling into his new home in the backwoods of Vermont. Carsten Bahnson left cowboy town, Wyoming and has relocated to Salt Lake this season. He may get the pleasure of Paul Miller sleeping on his couch, as Paul has graduated college, been cut off from his parents, and is planning to spend this winter in SLC. Miller appears alongside fellow Option am Eerik Ilves in the East Coast video Iron Curtain. Scotty Goodale messed up his ACL skateboarding but should be back on snow when you read this. It wasn’t a good year for Option riders’ ACLs, but Jeff Nelson has fully recovered from his knee injury and is back on the snow. More knee news-in an early season stack, Scott Arnold fractured his kneecap on an SLC street rail.

Dude, Are You Sponsored?
Option added Travis Williams, who also rides for 686 clothing and Iris goggles. Joining him on 686 are Gaetun Chanut and Charlie Morace. Chris Coulter signed with Elevation. Santa Cruz am Curtis Woodman got promoted to the Von Zipper and DC factory teams. Sessions signed amateur snowboarder Josh Malay from Avon, Colorado. The kid currently rides for Burton, Oakley, Nidecker bindings, and The Other Side. Look for Josh in regional contests and working with the “Old Man Crew” in the Vail Valley this year.After a brief hiatus from the team while he rode for Allian’s clothing company, We, Peter Strîm from Stockholm, Sweden went back to join the Sessions European team. In addition, he’ll be helping with European team relations, working with each rider and attending European contests and events. Neither Malay nor Strîm will have the pleasure of riding for Keith Wilson, though, as he is no longer the Sessions team manager. As a member of the illustrious TM5, Wilson will probably have to quickly find a new job if he wants to retain membership in the ultra exclusive club, but it is unclear what will be his next move. He need not apply at K2, as the team manager position has already been filled by Kevin English. Replacing Wilson as Sessions TM is Cory Grove.Jesse Fulton is no longer riding for Supernatural, however, his contract will be honored through its end, so he has a little bit of time to avoid making a hasty sponsorship decision.

A Day In The Park? Shop ‘Til You Drop
Next time you’re in New York City, you can satisfy your gear needs at the new skate, snow, clothing, and sneaker shop opening up in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Kings County Destruction Co. is owned by Amy Gunther (you may recognize her from a recent edition of Yellow Snow and for being linked to Old Dirty Twos) and JP Lotz. They have a mini ramp inside the store, and it’s located at N. 10th St. between Berry St. and Wythe St.Another East Coast update-the Eastern Boarder crew have constructed an indoor bowl at their warehouse. Now the dirts can skate all winter. In other shop news, the former Faction Denim store is now called Redstar, and rather than jeans, they have the best shoe selection in Seattle. Cal’s Pharmacy in Portland is putting the finishing touches on its indoor skatepark, so there will be something to do if the Northwest rain can’t make good snow. Burnside has also undergone some improvements, including a redone vert wall and a fresh coat of paint.

New Improved Formula
This year, if you buy a Burton snowboard and want to ride Sims bindings, surprise, you can. Sims now has a cross-licensing agreement enabling the company to make its bindings compatible with Burton’s 3-D hole pattern (and the world makes sense again).Premier Snowskates signed a three-year global-licensing agreement with Gen-X Sports, Inc. What this means in laymen’s terms is that Gen-X can now distribute Premier under the Lamar and Limited brand names, and all the products will meet Premier’s high standards.Kurt Heine and Ride Team Manager Matt Sickels have the first-ever mobile snowboard park in the works. Sickels called the contraption a “40-foot Swiss Army Knife on wheels.” He also hinted at plans to increase the femininity of the Ride team. Even with Shane Flood in tow, he’s looking to add a female or two. For a first step, Priscilla Levac of Whistler is the latest addition to the Ride amateur team. Think Tank Multimedia, the brainchild of Blue Lodge Founder Mike Parziale is set to hit this winter. The company will offer graphic-design and video-production services, and has already designed an ad for Airwalk. They’ve also been contracted to produce a team video for a yet-to-be-named, yet-to-be-determined Japanese snowboarding company.

Punk Out And Support
The Scott Stamnes “Give To The Kids Fund” was started after Stamnes passed away last year in a car accident. The fund helps defray costs for kids interested in action sports. The Stamnes family has also put together a movie called Jumpers based on Scott’s life. For more information on how to give to the fund or see the movie, visit www.scottstamnes.orgFour Burton Snowboards teamriders and Olympic hopefuls auctioned off their autographed ’02 boards on eBay early season. Auction proceeds from all boards benefit USOC’s F.L.A.M.E. Program (Finding Leaders Among Minorities Everywhere-a program designed to educate, encourage, and demonstrate to minority youth that any goal is attainable) among other charities including the Ross Powers Foundation, which was designed to assist promising Vermont athletes with financial aid.

Straight To Video
Last month, it was mentioned that Treetop had some trouble with their video and lost some sponsors. Well, the entire incident can possibly be traced back to the bad karma earned by photoshopping the base logo off John Cartwright’s board (or not.) By now, everyone’s seen Out Cold at least twice. Jeremy London’s acting isn’t worth the movie ticket, but Todd Richards’ speaking part in the film is pretty sweet. Because real actors obviously can’t do extreme snowboarding maneuvers, the help of Rio Tahara, Rob “Sluggo” Boyce, Tara Dakides, Javas Lehn, and others was enlisted to make the movie more ‘core. In addition to being “off the Richter scale,” the movie angered a certain major snowboard magazine editor (not of this magazine), who felt that the producers had stolen his script. The movie should show up on video any day now, so don’t miss out .sn’t worth the movie ticket, but Todd Richards’ speaking part in the film is pretty sweet. Because real actors obviously can’t do extreme snowboarding maneuvers, the help of Rio Tahara, Rob “Sluggo” Boyce, Tara Dakides, Javas Lehn, and others was enlisted to make the movie more ‘core. In addition to being “off the Richter scale,” the movie angered a certain major snowboard magazine editor (not of this magazine), who felt that the producers had stolen his script. The movie should show up on video any day now, so don’t miss out .