The 2016 Rome Mini Agent

Rome Snowboards 138 Mini Agent, cred: @romeSnowboards

Rome Snowboards 138 Mini Agent, cred: @romeSnowboards

by Justin Phipps,

The Mini Agent Rocker is a great board to use when transitioning from a kids board to a grown up shred stick! It has the same profile as the Agent but comes in smaller sizes for younger riders. The board is equipped with pop rods on the tip and tail designed to help give you more snap when you ollie or nollie. It also has a camber nose and tail which is also good for extra snap and laying into turns. There’s a rocker center which is different from the Mini Shred or Label series, if you’re graduating from either of these you know they both have flat bases. One of my most favorite parts of the Mini Agent is the graphics. Rome always comes through with sick artwork and this year’s model has a rad design and comes in different colorways depending on your board size. Orange for a 138, blue for a 142, and red for a 146. So if you’re ready to graduate into more snowboard I will definitely recommend the Mini Agent. It’s a board you can continue to grow with until you’re ready for the next leap.

2016 Vans V66 Snow Boot


Yep, this is the colorway I went with!

by Justin Phipps

First, a quick word from Vans Rockies front man Shawn G, ‘Yeah man. Stoked to be back. It’s been a long year but Vans boots are back and we couldn’t be happier.’

Now I just wanna say to kids, the Vans Hi-Standard boot transitions really well from kid boots. It’s an adult sized boot and from experience I can tell you the Hi-Standard is the boot I made the move to two years ago as an 11 year old so this is the boot to do it in when you upgrade!

This year I decided to buy the Vans V66 boot and I love it. It’s pretty much the Vans Hi Standard boot but made with better material and technology. One of the differences from the Hi Standard is to have more ankle support there is a strap you can put around the tongue on the boot and it also keeps the boot tighter around your calf and shin. There is also a spot in the heel that cups around your achilles to give you support in that area. One of my most favorite parts is the foot beds because they give arch support, which is good for people with high arches, and for hiking so that your arches don’t cramp. You can also find the V66 in 3 colorways, red/antique, black/brown, and white. Overall the Vans V66 boot is a great all around boot and if you don’t have it your missing out.

Next, get to Satellite Boardshop in Boulder or another local dealer and make the purchase. Support that local shred scene!

Woodward Copper Summer Camp

@sleepystevens and I hiking some features up at Woodward Copper camp. Videograss session.

Scott Stevens (@sleepystevens) and I hiking some features up at Woodward Copper camp. Videograss session. Cred: Morrison Hsieh @morrisonhsieh

by Justin Phipps,

Just got back from Woodward at Copper, The Videograss session five, and I’ll tell you that it should for sure be on your bucket list to visit.

I went there expecting it to be pretty fun and was mostly looking forward snowboarding, but they had so many activities off snow. When you aren’t riding your coach or counselor can take you to do a number of things such as skating, go carting, bumper boats, rock climbing, bungee jumping or diggling.

They serve lunch breakfast and dinner in The Edge where you stay, and the meals aren’t your typical school lunch, they’re pretty legit and always really good. The places that you stay in Woodward are actually really nice too. You have a roommate but you each have your own bed and there’s good bathrooms with showers, plus the rooms have got TV’s which is convenient.

Last all the people there are some of the nicest people you’ll meet, the counselors, coaches, lunch crew and even the pros are all nice and willing to help you out for anything. The Videograss crew included Scott Stevens, Joe Sexton, Cale Zima, JP Walker, and Chris Grenier. They were very cool to ride alongside and everybody was ripping.

Pretty sure photo cred goes to: Chip Proulx (@ChipProulx)

Pretty sure photo cred goes to: Chip Proulx (@ChipProulx)

Altogether Woodward was a great time and I can’t wait to go back, and if you haven’t been you for sure should try to go. Wanted to send out a big high five to Morrison Hsieh at Woodward Copper for being in charge and making sure everything goes off. Be sure to check out and their additional feeds on instagram and twittter @WoodwardCopper.