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01-27-11 | BLUEBIRD DAYS

Posted by Tanner Rosenthal

Yesterday was another gorgeous bluebird day at The Bird.  The little bit of snow we've gotten the last couple of days really helped the skis hold an edge on the otherwise bullet proof ice we got from last week's rain.   N. Baldy had particularly soft, light snow in the shade, while mineral basin had creamy spring snow in full sunshine.  Silver Fox and Upper Cirque were a little icy, but some strips of wind buff provided for super smooth turning amongst the chunder and super steep plate glass.  Team Panda members Oakley White-Allen (OWA) and Tanner Rosenthal (Tansnowman) got out on the hill with a video camera and had a little fun filming with some friends.  The edit should be up in the next couple days. 

Author: Tanner Rosenthal
Posted by Tanner Rosenthal

 Yesterday was a beautiful, blue bird day at the amphitheater on Snowbird's North Baldy, with great conditions for the North Face Masters big mountain snowboard competition.  We were on location handing out stickers and talking up the poles while watching the incredible action of the competition.  Big props to our homegirl Kaitlin Elliott who absolutely rocked the show, coming in 2nd place in the Super Finals, with a super smooth, fast run.  Yeah KAITLIN!!!  Also, wanted to give a shout out to other Snowbird local, Robert Hurley, who dropped arguably the most massive back flip in the history of the Amphitheater.  Only a small scrub out after his last air kept him from the top spots.  Nice work to all the competitors and thanks to North Face, Sierra Nevada Brewing, and Primaloft for supporting events like this.  

Author: Tanner Rosenthal
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 Tansnowman takes a couple of pair of Panda Poles to the Salt Palace Convention Center for a little guerilla marketing at the 2011 Outdoor Retailer Show.


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Author: Tanner Rosenthal

01-12-11 | LEARNING TO FLOW

Posted by Tanner Rosenthal

   In my life, I’m continually learning to let go of expectations and to surrender to the flow of what’s inevitable. Some expectations are easier to let go of than others.  My expectation to launch the website on January 11 was one of the harder ones I had to let go of in the last hours of that day, as I was on the phone with my web designer, being informed we weren’t gonna make the launch date.  Although we had the design all finished, we had pushed our programmer past his limits with our request, forcing him into a week long programming marathon with only 24 hours to work,  and had to accept that 1.11.11 was not going to be the day for our website launch. 

     My initial reaction was to resist the fact that the website wasn’t going to be ready for this date and feared the legitimacy our “operation” had been tainted.  I even considered asking to have the website launched while still incomplete.  After taking a few moments to clear my fears and let go of these unwarranted superstitions, I realized the unnatural, machine-like mindset I was behaving from was causing more harm than help.  I reminded myself that my ability to adapt to and work with the flow of life must be practiced if I expect this company (and my sanity) to survive in such times of uncertainty and change.  Like water, I hope we at Panda Poles consistently and quickly adapt to the inevitable challenges which will rear their funny little faces.  And like water, I hope our intention flows out into the masses, shining insight and depth into a time and place where new ways of thinking about our relationship with the Earth and ourselves are needed like never before in history.
     So although we may be launching a few days after 1.11.11, I feel as though this date was essential in driving us to get our product dialed and the website rockin', and I’m feeling confident, determined, and stoked about every aspect of this company and the website and look forward to our continued evolution as a brand.  I hope you too will feel our authentic passion not only for our product, our sport, and the improvement your recreational experience, but also the condition of our beautiful planet.

     And whether you buy our poles or just take a peek at the website, I hope we can provide you with a smile, a chuckle, some genuine inspiration, or an awesome pair of ski poles.  From the bottom of my heart, thanks for visiting pandapoles.com.   



Tansnowman
Chief  
Panda Poles
Cottonwood Heights, UT

I would like to give a HUGE, HUGE, HUGE THANKS to our web designer, Lisa Bella Dae, and web developer, Robert Moore!  They have exceeded  my expectations for the website by not just miles, but dimensions.  Their selfless drive on this project has been a personally inspirational example to me.  I look forward to creating a lot more with them on future projects.  Many, many Mahalos!
Author: Tanner Rosenthal
Posted by Tanner Rosenthal

Unidentified Flying Bamboo Ski Pole Basket:

It was a warm spring night, at the base of Little Cottonwood Canyon, in Sandy, UT.  The moon hung low over the alpen vista which jutted into the eastern horizon.  I was in the back yard of my house, enjoying the soft air and luna-lit landscape before me, when a vision came to mind.   It was of a ski pole, and this was no ordinary ski pole.  This ski pole was made of bamboo.  And not only was it made of bamboo, but it had baskets like none I had ever seen before. These baskets seemed alien, almost like flying saucers.  I could see them flying through Pow, Crud, Trees, Chop, Shlop, and Chunder.  It was unbelievable!  I knew at that moment I had to make them...

For the first couple of months, when I would tell people about my encounter with the UFSPB (unidentified flying ski pole baskets), some people would scoff at the idea and tell me I was just seeing things.  But then there were those who when told about my encounter, could see UFSPBs too.  Many people began seeing UFSPBs when I would tell them about it, and eventually my step-father, Mark Kriner, and his brother, Jeff Kriner stepped in and helped me tell the nay sayers “yay!”  They devised for me the basket I had seen in my vision.

  

The basket was almost exactly what I had seen, but I soon found it was too heavy to achieve successful flight.  That’s when I met Johnny Mod, a moto/snowcross-braaap-inspired skier, with a family background in manufacturing.  Blending my almost decade long competitive free skiing background (6 years of USSA moguls, 3 years of slopestyle, 3 years of IFSA big mountain) with Johnny’s understanding of fabrication, we became like a freshly stoked furnace, molding and shaping the design into something we could really ‘get off the ground’.  And with the help of a huge team of friends, family, and ‘unknowns’, we are now ready for “launch”.  Infinite thanks to everyone who not only saw my vision, but helped it materialize into what is in front of you now.  Welcome to pandapoles.com


Tanner "Tansnowman" Rosenthal

Chief

Planning and Visualization Dept.

Panda Poles

Cottonwood Heights, UT

 

 


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