About Sessions

Founded in 1983, Sessions is a leading snowboard and action sports company that designs, merchandises, sources, and distributes high performance snowboard apparel, accessories and apparel for the core, youth-driven sports segment. Sessions was the first snowboarding company to incorporate Gore-Tex fabrics and Recco avalanche reflectors into their products. Today, Sessions has placed itself at the cutting edge of the music, snowboard and skateboard culture. Sessions is one of the last remaining independently owned brands.

The Sessions Team Is - Tim Humphreys, Tara Dakides, Andreas Gidlund, E-Man Anderson, Antti "NAKU" Piirainen, Ian Thorley, Taylor Carlton, Kyle Miller, Nial Romenak, Peter Benchetler and Brett Butcher

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Where in the world is Tara Dakides?

Where in the world is Tara Dakides?

Correctly identify where this billboard of Tara Dakides is located and win a Tony Hawk’s RIDE for the Wii, Xbox, or PS3.

Obviously the possibilities are endless so…If you don’t have the free time driving all over The World in search of this billboard we have left you some clues…but you’ll have to search our website for them!

Remember the first two people to correctly identify “Where in The World Tara Dakides” is will win the Tony Hawks Ride Video Game! Good Luck!

Please send all entry's to Contests@sessions.com

First Clue: It is amazing how much Tara has achieved in her career, no wonder she is the most influential female snowboarder!

Thorley Talks...

For a few years now I have been noticing Ian Thorley doing insanely inverted maneuvers off pretty much anything. In addition to getting upside down Ian's riding is solid all around and he is usually in the top 10 of about any slope contest he enters. Ian grew up in Michigan, made the move to Waterville Valley New Hampshire to receive proper coaching and education. Ian took his east coast skills west and now crushes the Northstar Park on a regular basis. Ian may be under rated, if you don't believe me, fine but a 3rd place finish on the 09/10 Dew Tour and a 1st place finish at the Spin Cycle event at Mount Hood is evidence that I am correct in calling Ian a really good rider.

Go check out Snowrev.com for the full interview!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Sessions SIA write up on Shayboarder.com

By Brett Butcher

If you have never checked out Shayboarder.com you need to ASAP. Shayboarder is a website that features articles on the snowboard industry, riding tips, resort reviews, product reviews and interviews. It is unique in that you can ask Shay a question about a product or resort and she will do the research and answer your questions. She gets you involved and digs deep to bring you the things you want to know about. Shayboarder's reviews are in depth and the interviews are insightful and interesting.
Shay came by the Sessions booth at SIA to hang out and check out the new line. The review just dropped on shayboarder.com and it is a must read!

Dangerzone Episode 15 "First Decent" Behind the scene photos!

Can't ask for a better setup!

Miller and Andreas taking in the rays

QP maintenance

Miller sending a heve ho, michael chuck, backside rodeo... whatever you want to call it

grilling up some dogs

Quintin Butler is one of three ridiculous good young riders coming out of Tahoe. He took a break from the North Star park to come hang out and ride.

Quintin learned cripplers on this QP

Nick getting hyped on his first decent

Looks boney in there!

Monday, March 29, 2010

SUPERCHARGED, The Tim Brauch Documentary

NIMBUS "En Route Departure"

This edit is a short version of our full length 40 minute film titled "en route departure". if you like the edit you will really like the full length movie. en route departure documents two months of travel with the nimbus crew. everything that goes with a ski trip is portrayed in this movie; amazing powder, terrible conditions, airports, road trips, culture, etc. the en route series is an attempt to depart from the norm of ski film making. instead of jump after jump, en route departure is about the people, places and skiing along the way. ian cosco, bene mayr and christian sirianni join the original nimbus crew: pep fujas, eric pollard chris benchetler and blake nyman for a great adventure.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

YoBeats Firing Squad!!

By Brett Butcher

Our friends over at Yobeat.com hold a contest called the Firing Squad. Two photos go head to head every week and the public gets to vote on which photo they think should win and move on to the next round. If you make it four weeks, your photo is submitted to the championship gallery and you win a Da Kine Camera Pack. Five weeks ago Jeff Hehlen's photo was picked for the firing squad and his photo went the distance. Here is the interview and photo! Yeah Jeff!!!

We have yet another black and white inductee to the Champions Gallery. Either black and white photos really better or are you guys just totally emo? Either way, Jeff Hehlen is the latest photographer to enter the champ’s circle. Hearty congrats are in order as his photo took down some worthy opponents. We caught up with Jeff to find out a little bit more about him and his shot.

When was this shot taken, where is it, and who is the stuntman?

The photo is of Brett Butcher in the Tahoe backcountry last February. Brett and I grew up shredding together. He used to look like Simba with braces, now he looks like Mufasa.

What set up did you use to make the magic happen?

Canon 5d with a 24-70 L-series lens.

What’s with the twig in the foreground?

People seemed really opinionated about that. I like shallow depth of field, and I framed the shot with the twig to add some some content to the foreground. And no, I did not place it there.

Was the jet stream planned or just dumb luck?

Smoke and mirrors.

If you took it again, would you do anything differently?

I shot a lot of different angles that day. I’m pretty happy with what I got.

What’s your story — where are you based and what do you usual shoot?

Portland Oregon, born and raised. I have a lot of pride for my hometown. I like shooting skating and snowboarding, and I’ve been carrying this old Nikon FM lately and shooting lots of black and whites of friends. I love working in the studio. I want to do a cross country motorcycle trip and shoot pics and put a book together. Maybe you could give me some advice, you’ve driven across the country like a million times.

Full disclosure: Do you feel like going to snowboard camp with me in the 90s helped you win the Firing Squad?

Yes. I knew when 15-year-old me met 16-year-old you, we’d both be famous on the Internet someday.

Do you have any insightful advice for people who want to get into
shooting snowboarding?

Learn your trade, go shoot film. Shoot as much as possible, and shoot everything. Have fun.

Check out more of Jeff’s work at jeffhehlen.com

Friday, March 26, 2010

Dangerzone Edit - Donner Summit QP

Dangerzone Season 2 Episode 15 - "First Descent" from Nick Visconti on Vimeo.

Sam Tour 08/09 Reel. Click HERE!!!!

Click title to watch my friend Sam Tuor's 08/09 Demo Reel featuring myself....Miller brah. He is a really good filmer and editor so someone hire him! Enjoy.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Most influential woman in action sports...

Check out this article on ESPN about the most influential woman in action sports. Sessions own Tara Dakides was one of three woman snowboarders to make the list. Congrats Tara and thank you for everything you have done to push snowboarding to where it is today!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Riders for the Cure... April 11th, 2010

Supercharged Photography Show & Fundraiser

Come down to "The Blank Club" Tuesday, April 13, 2010 to support Tim Brauch! "Supercharged" starts at 9pm followed by a live performance by RSII Solid Sound and Dj COCO!

Niklas Mattson wins the Oxborn Session video qualifications!

Swedish Sessions rider Niklas Mattson just won the Oxborn Session video qualifications. Basically the riders made a clip, then presented it to the judges and could that way qualify for the competition that will be held in Tandadalen during the Tandadalen Winter Weekend on March 25-27. Congrats Niklas!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Friday, March 19, 2010


Welll....today was hot as a beavers den in July. Myself (Miller brah) and Andreas (deadlung) skipped our boards across the Truckee river. It was peaking near 60 degrees so a nice pond skim seemed appropriate. I totally thought we were not going to make it across the whole way. Nicki V gave it the guinea and it actually worked pretty well. So we sent it. There was no good way to cross the river so we got pretty wet getting across. Our boots are ripped open and sitting in front of the fan on full blast. Gonna be wet for a few more days probably. Here are some pics from today.

Boreal Sunset Shoot....

I got a call from Boreals Eric Rosenwald a few days ago letting me know that he had just finished a new jump and wanted to invite us up to shoot on it. I made some phone calls to assemble a crew. Andreas Gidlund, Kyle Miller, Taylor Carlton, Nial Romanek and
Nick Visconti would be doing the boarding and Abe Blair, Tim Bradley and Al Rodriguez would be documenting it. We headed up to the jump around five to check it out and get the speed dialed. At first we had our reservations about it but all it took was a high speed straight air from Taylor and it was game on. The sunset was gorgeous, everyone was landing on their feet and high fives and smiles where abounding!

Nial, Andreas, Taylor and Kyle catching up on stories and excited to get in the air.

We shot on St Patrick's day. Those Celtics are going to need the luck of the irish to get past the Cavs in the playoffs this year.

Abe Blair just had surgery on his arm. The doctors are making him wear this so he doesn't chew on the wound and pull the stitches out. Hang in there buddy...

Tim Bradley and Taylor Carlton.
Taylor choosing to hike so he can warm the cold legs up.
The drop in. Thats the jump on the right. No turns from here... point it and send it. You can't ask for a more scenic spot!

Taylor hit this thing first. I believe this is a second hit front 540.

Miller warning up with a method.

Nick Visconti sending a back 180 all the way to I80

Frontside 360 from Andreas Gidlund. The kid has timeless style.
Miller grabbing his nose and taking it for a ride. Backside 720

Thanks to everyone at Boreal for making this shoot happen!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Washington Winter Whoas....

Check out this article on ESPN talking about the warm and rainy winter the North West has had. Story written by Liam Gallagher and features photos of NW Sessions riders Andy Bergin Sperry and Nick Ennen!

Looking for Turns in Western Montana

Check out this video featuring Shane Stalling and friends. For the whole story head over to www.frqncy.com

2010 4th Annual Sessions Log Jam

The 4th annual Sessions Log Jam took place this past Sunday under sunny skies and warm temperatures at Boreal Ski Resort. Snowboarders and skiers came from the far reaches of Lake Tahoe to find a fun and challenging course that would push their limits and make them think outside the box.

Riders had the option to take three different lines. The left line included a wooden log that sent you over a cat track into an up log that you needed to take a good amount of speed into to make the landing. The middle line consisted of a 35 foot jump with a steel pole jam coming out the right side of the lip. This jump took you into another smaller tabletop that had three different lip options and a 12 foot tall tree in the middle that you could tap and spin off of.

The right line started out with a stair case feature. Down flat down on the left and a down box on the right. If you made it through the staircase you got to hit an elevated log stall, which ended up being one of the more popular features. Some highlights included front and backside threes off the steel pole jam, miller flips over the log stall and some super creative high speed gaps.

The goal with the Sessions Log jam is to have a fun filled laid pack day, ride a unique park with your friends and maybe win some stuff while your at it. Everyone that came out to partake in the Log Jam had huge smiles on their faces to go with their fresh goggle tans.

A big thanks to our sponsors; Porters, Bataleon, Atomic, 4 Front Skis, Smith, Zumiez, Skullcandy and Dragon.

A huge thanks to Boreal for building a sweet park and hosting the event and a special thanks to everyone that came out to ride!

See ya next year!

Men's Snow

1st Place: Johnny Brady

2nd Place: Tim Rechetniak

3rd Place: Garrett Austin

Women's Snow

1st Place: Danyale Patterson

2nd Place: Monica Cline

3rd Place: Emma Young

Men's Ski

1st Place: Mikhail Gadomski

2nd Place: Matt Nelson

3rd Place: Charlie Ingalls

Women's Ski

1st Place: Courtney Royce

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

2010 Ride Shakedown

Photo shot by Adam Hawes

The Ride Shakedown has been the hottest contest in Canada for many years. I have never attended but have heard story's about the intense set up and crazy party's. After many years of continued success they decided it was time to bring the Shakedown to the lower 48. Summit at Snowqualmie was given the task of living up to all the hype and putting on a great event. Sessions team riders Andreas Gidlund, Tim Humphreys and E-Man Anderson went up to battle the other 29 riders for a podium spot.
The Shakedown runs a unique contest format in which you have a 90 minute jam session but only get two judged runs. You can take as many runs as you want and once you are feeling it you have to call out your trick before you drop and you get judged on that run. You can only call a trick once, so weather you land or fall you have to move on to another trick on your second run. Tim Humphreys tried a cab 900 on his first attempt but reverted so on his second run tried a cab 1080 but couldn't quite put it down. Andreas Gidlund went switch backside 720 over the jump and a frontside 360 tap over the spool pillar landing him in 5th place.
But it was E-Man Anderson that put down a run that the judges thought was worthy of a podium spot. E-Man went switch backside 720 over the jump to switch 5-0 down the rail landing him in 3rd and making him two thousand dollars richer!
The 2010 Ride Shakedown series will continue April 2-3, heading home to Mont Saint-Sauveur, QC. The trademark Canadian event of the season, the Quebec version never disappoints. For more, head to shakedown.ca.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Sessions Log Jam this Sunday!

The 4th annual Sessions Log Jam is taking place this Sunday at Boreal Ski Resort in Lake Tahoe. If you want to compete you can go to Sessions.com and register. You can also register the morning of the event. The weather is calling for 47 and sunny, going to be a great day. Grab those boards and skis and come join us!!!!

I was up in the Cat with Mike yesterday...
Getting the course dialed. It's ganna be fun!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Kevin Griffin interview

Canada Sessions rider Kevin Griffin had a pretty big scare in December. He was driving with friends and hit a patch of ice sending him flying off the road. Check out his interview on Push.ca for the full story and what he has been up to this winter!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

1st Annual Shred with Sessions Day Video!

1st Annual Shred with Sessions Day! from brett butcher on Vimeo.

Check out this video from the 1st annual Shred with Sessions Day! Thanks to everyone that came out to play in the snow.

See ya next year!!!!

Second Annual JAZZ JAM.....

Our good friends over at Brighton are putting on the second annual JAZZ JAM this upcoming Saturday. Heard last year was a blast. If you are in Utah be sure to check out this event!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Freeride World Tour Tram Face in Silverado-Timy Dutton

Squaw Comp Run from Tim Dutton on Vimeo.

Shred with Sessions Day goes off with a bang!

The 1st annual Shred with Sessions Day took place this past Saturday and Sunday at North Star Ski resort. The event was an amazing success with over 75 snowboarders and skiers showing up to meet, hang out and ride with the Sessions Team. We arrived at North Star on Saturday to find over 8 inches of new snow on the mountain so we spent the morning riding Lookout Mountain and the stash. After a quick lunch break courtesy of Wahoo’s Fish Tacos, we met up with another group of kids for afternoon runs in the park and stash.

Sunday greeted us with warm temps and sunny skies. It seemed as though the nice weather brought the people out in droves. We all met up at the Sessions tent at ten and headed to the park. It’s pretty cool to see a pack of thirty people cruising through the park hitting every jump, bump, rail and box that stood in their way. At the end of the day legs were tired, boots wet, stickers gone, autographs signed and everyone had huge smiles on their faces. Thanks to North Star, Wahoo’s and 92.3 for being a part of Shred with Sessions and a special thanks to everyone that came out to Shred with the Sessions Team!

See ya next year!

Shred With Sessions Story on SnowRev

Shred with the Sessions Team took place last weekend at Northstar-At-Tahoe. George Crossland snapped some photos for SnowRev. Check it out.
Click the title.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Monday, March 1, 2010

Fourth Annual Sessions Log Jam

The Sessions Log Jam is taking place on March 14th at Boreal Ski Resort in Lake Tahoe.

Registration is now available online at www.sessions.com for $20.00 per entry plus discounted lift ticket purchase. Online registration will be available until Wednesday, March 10, 2010. On site registration will be at Boreal on Saturday, March 13th, 2010.

Discounted lift tickets are available for all contestants, $36 ages 19+, $28 for 13-18, $10 for kids 5-12.

Register early to make sure you can get in.

Email contests@sessions.com with:
1. Contestants Name
2. Age & DOB
3. Division: Snow, Ski, or Women’s
4. Address
5. Sponsors

Santa Cruz, Reno and Forth Of July!

By Brett Butcher

Last week was the busiest of the winter so far. It started off with Nial Romanek, Kyle Miller and myself taking a trip to Santa Cruz to visit the new Sessions offices and do an autograph singing at Wahoos Fish Tacos to promote "Shred with Sessions" event held at North Star this past Saturday and Sunday.

An old photo from Super Park. Great memories!

Met up for lunch with Danielle and Billy...

On the pier in Santa Cruz.

The next day we headed to Wahoos Fish Tacos in San Jose to sign posters, do some radio stuff and eat Tacos. This guy won a Sessions jacket and was stoked!

Pimp my ride.

We headed back to Tahoe on Sunday with reports of a foot of new snow in Reno. Usually this means the Sierras got hit hard but this storm was different. Only a few inches fell over the mountain passes. So it was off to Reno to shoot some rails and other features with Andreas Gidlund, Kyle Miller and Nial Romanek.

This thing is huge. 40 break 40. Allot have tried to make it to the end and only a few have succeeded. Well Nial got it on his 7th try and it wasn't a 5050. Kid is really good at rails. Make sure to check out the new Dump Em movie to see the shot.

Good amount of snow in Reno. Off to a new spot.

This was our mission for day two. We had to use the truck to generate enough speed to get over this gap. Kyle hit it first and once he made the landing it was game on. Some cool stuff went down on this and someone even got upside down. You will definitely see the shots in future Dangerzone episodes and in the magazines.

Another storm hit us mid week but this time the white stuff fell in the Sierras. The jump above is called the Forth Of July jump. Mack Dawg, People and other crews have made it famous. I have always wanted to hit it but you have to be on it to beat the sled necks. The best way to go about hitting this jump is to go out the day before the weather breaks and build it in the storm. It took about four hours to break trail to this thing and another three to build it. We put it at about 90 t0 a 100 feet to the landing.

Miller and Andreas debating on speed.

Andreas hit it first and came up about 30 feet short. Kyle hit it second and barely made it over the knuckle but landed his trick. I was third up and hiked twenty more feet above Kyle's drop in spot and hit the landing. The photo above is a picture of our run in. You can see a dot up there, that is someone strapping in. We had to go fast at this thing. All in all it was a great day and everyone walked away with two shots!

Abe Blair sending the jump on his sled!