The sun was shining, the snow was soft, and on one of the final spring weekends in Tahoe last April, nearly fifty women from all over California, Oregon, Washington, and even as far as New York descended on Boreal Mountain for the first-ever Beyond the Boundaries at Woodward Tahoe. BTB coaches Nirvana Ortanez, Taylor Elliott, Fancy Rutherford, Faye Gulini, Melissa Riitano, Madison Blackley, Christine Savage, Jackie Lammert, Savannah Golden, and Mary Walsh were on hill to facilitate learning new tricks and sharing the stoke of snowboarding. For two days, the ladies lapped a private park built by Mizl Ybarra, Joey Leppien, and the Woodward Tahoe park crew. It was a park party of the best kind. Check out the video to get a glimpse of what went down. BTBounds returns to Boreal April 6-7, 2019. Check out www.btbounds.com for the full US, Canada, and Japan 2019 schedule. Video by Sam Sosnowski.
“The Uninvited”, the all-women’s street snowboarding movie spearheaded by Jess Kimura and filmmaker Troy Erickson, is now online, in full, to watch! Featuring Maria Thomsen, Kennedi Deck, Darrah Reid-McLean, Miyon Yamaguchi, Alexa McCarty and BTBounds coaches Taylor Elliot, Madison Blackley, Melissa Riitano, Nirvana Ortanez, and Christine Savage, and more of the best female street snowboarders in the world. The fuse has been lit by Jess and crew and we can’t wait to see where it goes next.
This Saturday, October 27th, two epic all-women’s snowboard movies are premiering in Northern California. The highlight anticipated street film created by Jess Kimura and directed by Troy Erickson, The Uninvited features a roster of incredibly talented riders, including BTBounds coaches Taylor Elliott, Madison Blackley, Melissa Riitano, Nirvana Ortanez, Christine Savage, and Marjorie Courtier. The Uninvited is an incredible movie with hammer riding and will definitely get you fired up for the season to start! Also premiering is Powanoia, the all-women’s powder project created by Fancy Rutherford and Christine Savage! This is the very first showing of their movie and it’s loaded with backcountry riding, powder turns and more BTBounds coaches, including Iris Lazzareschi, Madison Blackley, Faye Gulini, Summer Fenton, Jackie Lammert, and Nirvana Ortanez! If you’re in NorCal, make sure to check out this premiere on Saturday to watch some very inspiring snowboarding by some badass chicks!
Japan is known for having some of the deepest, fluffiest snow on the planet. The mountains are rolling, the landscape is gorgeous, and the resorts offer endless stashes of Japanese powder, better known as Japow! Following up on the successful launch of Beyond the Boundaries Women’s Snowboard Trips to Japan in 2018, we are excited to return to the North Island of Hokkaido in January 2019 for two trip options:
- January 5-12, 2018 - 8-day: The North Island Trip - five days of snowboarding plus one chose-your-own activity or ride day on the sixth day
- January 19-27, 2018 - 9-day: Niseko to Tokyo Trip - five days of snowboarding and 2 days/2 nights in Tokyo.
Each trip focuses on in bounds and out of bounds (conditions permitting) at Niseko United (home to four individual resorts) and Rusutsu. Each mountain has its own personality, snowpack, and epic views. These resorts are unique in that they offer backcountry terrain within their footprint that is accessed easily from lifts and at times, very short hikes, and leads back to the chairlift.
Each trip is comprised of 8-12 individuals and has multiple guides to provide the best experience. The majority of each day is spent snowboarding guided as a group with the last 2-3 hours of the day available for freeriding and/or exploring the wonders of Niseko! All levels of backcountry experience are welcome, from never-ever to veteran. We will have a session in the beginning of the trip that explains the basics of backcountry safety and how to use a beacon, probe, and shovel which serves as an intro as well as a refresher to make sure the group is on the same page. (If you don’t own your own backcountry equipment, we can help you to rent or purchase for the trip.)
We recommend being comfortable on both blue square and black diamond trails to get the most out of BTBounds in Japan, but do not worry about powder or backcountry-specific experience—we have multiple guides to ensure that we can go at the right pace for the entire group!
After long, epic days on hill, we spend evenings in 3-4 star accommodations and immerse ourselves in the culture of Japan via its sights, sounds, and cuisine! Niseko is home to incredible ramen and sushi, as well as plenty of unique Japanese snacks and other fare. We can also accommodate any dietary needs or restrictions.
On the 9-day: Niseko to Tokyo trip, we will depart for Tokyo for the last two days and two nights and dive into city life! Extra fun and unique experiences include attending the Robot Restaurant show, enjoying the serenity of an ancient temple, shopping in Harajuku and petting owls at an owl café!
Japan is one of the most amazing places in the world and snowboarding on The North Island is unlike any other experience. Join us this January for Japow slashes, onsen, and an incredible adventure with a crew of like-minded ladies!
For more info go to: www.btbounds.com
For questions, please email: email@example.com
We can help you find the best airfare, help with rentals or purchase of backcountry gear (beacon, shovel, and probe), and assist in any way you need!
8-Day: The North Island - $3175 USD
9-Day: Niseko to Tokyo - $3300 USD
Payment can be made in full or a spot will be held with a $500 deposit. Full payment must be completed by November 1, 2018. Please contact us for payment plan options.
Included in price:
- Airport pick up and all ground transportation
- Lodging (3-4 stars, both Western and traditional)
- Lift Tickets
- Breakfast and Dinner
- Professional coaching and guiding
- Professional snowboarding and lifestyle photos
- All transportation on Hokkaido and in Tokyo* (to and from airport, resorts, subways, taxis, etc.)
- One bag (snowboard bag) checked at Narita airport during Tokyo stay*
- Special activities, including Robot Cafe and Owl Cafe*
- Goodie Bag loaded with gear from BTB sponsors to enhance your trip
*Tokyo travel and extras only on 9-day trip
From street rails to powder lines, BTBounds Head Coach Christine Savage does it all! Her full part from 2016-17 just dropped on Snowboarder.com, featuring footage from Too Hard and Powanoia. Enjoy and stay tuned for more from this Savage in the fall when the new movies drop! Filmed by Kieth Rutherford and Sam Tuor. Edited by Kyle Beckman.
Our favorite dog mom to Cherry and Shelby, Fancy Rutherford aka Fancy Jibberford, dropped a hammer-heavy full part from Too Hard's 2017 movie, Yas Quain. Fancy's got killer style, so make sure to give her segment a watch. Feel free to pick out tricks you'd like her to help you learn, too! :) Filmed and edited by Kieth Rutherford.
To say that Madison Blackley had a busy winter last year would be an understatement, but this talented wunder-rider and video part veteran was up for the challenge! During the 2016-17 season, Madison logged clips for not one, not two, but three film crews: Too Hard, The Uninvited, and Powanoia. And now, in one chock-full full part, here is Madison's winter. Stay tuned, because this SLC native will be releasing new parts next fall!
We're giving one lucky Mountain Creek lady a Coola Suncare prize pack to make sure her skin is protected this winter (and into summer, too!). Sign up for the Mountain Creek stop of Beyond the Boundaries between January 1-7, 2018 and you will automatically be entered to win the prize pack! Winner will be selected on January 8, 2018! Register for Mountain Creek (Jan. 27-28, 2018) here.
Last year a group of snowboarders was afflicted with an illness like no other. Temperatures dropped, precipitation fell and these rippers got sick. Sick in deep, fresh snow; sick dropping pillow lines; and sick sending it off jumps. Featuring BTB crew Christine Savage, Fancy Rutherford, Taylor Elliot, Madison Blackley, Yui Satoma, Melissa Riitano, and more talented female snowboarders who have an affinity for powder! Careful, though, the first Powanoia mini movie will probably make you want to get sick in the mountains, too. Filmed and edited by Kieth Rutherford (Fancy's husband!).
Beyond the Boundaries is adding a new East Coast stop to its 2018 schedule of camps at Mountain Creek in New Jersey. Mountain Creek has a long legacy in snowboarding, offering up some of the best terrain parks for honing your skills and taking fun laps. An extra awesome bonus is that Creek is the home resort of BTBounds Co-Founder, Christine Savage. Christine fell in love with snowboarding at this NJ mountain and dropped into boxes and rails for the first time in the Mountain Creek Terrain Parks. The Mtn Creek edition of Beyond the Boundaries takes place on January 27-28, 2018. Registration is open!