Blastathon 4.0 September 28th

Please join us at Village Ski Loft in Incline Village, NV for another great ride with prizes, great food and great fun…..


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Blastathon 2013

Save the dates: Saturday Septempber 21st is SUP and Sunday September 22nd is MT Bike outing. Stay tuned for details…..and here is a link to last year. And see below for the Mt Bike.

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Blastathon 2012

In case you missed us at the Blastathon 2012, Ralph put together a nice edit of a great day. We are making great progress towards achieving our goals and everyone had a lot of fun too!

The Arne Backstrom Memorial Fund especially wants to give huge kudos and our heartfelt thanks to Clem Smith for organizing and coordinating this wonderful event. We also want to thank our hosts at Village Ski Loft and our sponsors who are listed in the post below. More pictures are posted here and here.

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2nd Annual Arne Backstrom Blastathon Weekend

2nd Annual Blastathon weekend. This year will even bigger and better than last!

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DAY 1:On Saturday 9/29 we will have a massive group SUP paddle starting out of Willards Sport Shop in Tahoe City at 9 am. Registration will start at 8. There will be boards available for rent if need be. Great lunch and beers provided by Sierra Nevada afterwards! Call Willards Sport Shop with any questions or please post in comments.

DAY 2: Mountain Bike Mayhem! We will be shuttling groups of people from the Village Ski Loft to the Mt. Rose Meadows/Tahoe Rim Trail to the Chimney Beach Downhill section finishing on the east shore. Specialized Bicycles will be providing 2013 model demo bikes.

Registration is 8am-9am both mornings at either Willards or Village Ski Loft
Cost is $30 per day or $50 for both. Includes 1 raffle ticket each day, catered lunch, and refreshments, and a limited edition Patagonia event T-shirt.

Tons of great raffle prizes from all of our sponsors! We have got generous donations from Patagonia, Tecnica Blizzard, POC, 5.10, Soul Poles, Surftech, Specialized Bicycles and Oakley!

Please RSVP here.

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Arne Backstrom Memorial Fund

The Aguille du Midi was one of Arne’s favorite things and Chamonix was one of his favorite places. “Going left” off the Aguille was probably one of Arne’s favorite runs – as shown in this photo taken by Christian Pondella May 16th 2010 after skiing.

Below is a an excerpt from a BIO for Patagonia written by Arne:

“It should be encouraging to all that the smoothest, best skiers on the mountain are almost always the older guys and gals who have perfected the art of matching speed and turn shape with snow and terrain. With the right amount of power and control, skiing is low impact, a great workout, and can be practiced for a lifetime. I plan to do so, but my biggest concern is rising temperatures and unpredictable weather patterns. Most skiers have already noticed that things are getting weird, with feast-or-famine snow years and wild weather. Though it may make for a great season here and there, it’s disturbing and indicates that we need to change our ways so that our sport may continue in as many places as possible. Skiers have special incentive to do their part with responsible energy consumption and helping the environmental movement gain momentum.”

“Wilderness is not a luxury, but a necessity of the human spirit.” –Edward Abbey

We concur with Arne’s beliefs about our planet and are dedicated to providing opportunities for all children to engage in outdoor activities, environmental education and awareness.

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Contact Arne Backstrom Memorial Fund


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Spring in Chamonix

Arne did several trips to Chamonix. His blog chronicles some of the exploits of a hardy bunch.

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Arne Backstrom Blastathon September 29th & 30th, 2012

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2010 Canadian Freesking Champ’s Winning Run

Arne’s winning run on Mack Face in Revelstoke, BC.

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WWAD MTB Ride 2011 – Update

Here’s a GoPro edit Ralph made of the first annual Arne Backstrom Blastathon

Check it out – September 26th 2011

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