Enjoy this free movie from La Familia featuring Mike King of Revision Skis. Mike devoted last season to filming this segment with the LaFa crew in Colorado, Minnesota, Slovenia, Italy, etc. Give it a watch and let us know what you think of the film and Mike’s segment in the comments below. Enjoy!
Recently, we were able to sit down and have a conversation with Sandy Boville just before he took off for the iF3 International Freeski Film Festival where Level 1 was showing their film, Less.
We talked about who is Sandy Boville, where he came from, where he’s going, and his new addiction. We talked about how he’s proud that he continued to university after high school. We talked about how he wants to make sure he teaches what he knows to young kids. We talked about how he’s gotten everything he has by busting his ass, not by knowing someone. We talked about how he spends 60 hours a week in the off-season. But mostly, we talked about skiing and how he does it because he loves it, not for the money.
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Described as “one of the least arrogant pros you’ll ever meet,” it became clear early in the conversation that we won’t really be discussing much about his status within the industry. When asked if he was a pseudo celebrity in his community, he clammed up and almost got really uncomfortable in his own skin:
“Uuhhhhhh, it’s hard to talk [sigh], I’m, [pause] like, [exhale, grumble, pause] I have a hard time doing that because I’m… I consider myself modest to an extent. I don’t like to brag too much. I’m still always trying to progress and I still look up to people as skiers and individuals in general. It’s hard to kind of put yourself in that shoe, you know?”
Translated: He walks the walk with his skis, and doesn’t have to talk the talk about it. He’ll leave that for others. He’ll pick you up if you’re down. And in a non-panned response, he sounded like a seasoned vet as he spun the rest of his response into an honest to goodness, perfect answer:
“I don’t know, I just like kind of inspiring kids and I’ve made it pretty far from my little home resort in the middle of nowhere Canada pretty much and I want to show kids that they can, if they can, really try, and really want that in life, they can do that one day. We WANT little kids to look up to this.”
“In the meantime it’s brought me a lot of opportunities and a lot of traveling. It’s pretty cool to see where I started and how I’m going now.”
This down to earth approach to things is probably why his hometown resort, Mount St Louis Moonstone, gave him an event. The last two years they’ve closed out their season with the Sandy Boville Invitational. Boville, staple in the parks there for the last 10 years, was approached after a snowboard competition by the resort: “We have everything built. Would you like to run a ski event?”
He helps pick 50 riders to come out for three 2-hour jam sessions. Riders then vote who should be top picks. The top three, in no order, win cash prizes and special awards and swag from event sponsors.
“A good hang out at the end of the season, good for younger riders and get them hitting bigger features, and hang out with riders that they would normally look up to.”
Boville filmed with Toy Soldier Productions two seasons ago, Level 1 Productions last season, and is getting ready for the upcoming season again with Level 1.
“So that’s pretty much my main focus, is Level 1. It’s kind of been my dream as a kid to grow up and start filming with them. I mean, this was their 15th film this year? They’ve been around for quite some time. I don’t even think I’ve been watching ski films for 15 years. I always looked up to being in one of these pro ski films when I grew up and finally being there you’re like, ‘whoa this is pretty unreal. How did I even get here? I didn’t think I was that good?’”
That’s a great question. How did Boville get here?
Boville is from Barrie, Ontario, an hour north of Toronto. It’s not a big town, but it’s not a small town at roughly 150,000 people. At 23 years of age, he’s been skiing in that community for 20 years. Growing up, he had a resort within five minutes and several more within 45 minutes of home.
Speaking praises for the home resort, he gave props to having great tools available like an air bag for testing out new tricks and three parks ranging in various difficulty – Items that make for great progression.
Growing up at the local resorts, he would participate in weekly series contests; Sometimes he would place well, sometimes he would win. As he got older it was time to supplement his ski habit with a job, so he began coaching 7-12 year olds in the freestyle skiing program.
In his early teens he entered a few Ontario Provincial contests and at one event he placed second in the half pipe and suddenly he was getting noticed a little more. The following summer, at age 14 or 15, he wanted to get better so his mother helped him get signed up at a ramp camp to learn more tricks. It was at these camps that the Ontario Provincial Park and Pipe Team saw him; the following season he was skiing for them. It was during these events that he really started to come into himself, did really well, and was able to get his first sponsor in grade 12.
“That was just from doing contests, I didn’t have any connections, my mom wasn’t in on the ski industry, I did this all on my own.” A sentiment repeated throughout the conversation.
After grade 12, there was really nowhere else to go for him on the Ontario Team.
“I was ready to move onto something different, or bigger. There was no national team at that point for slopestyle skiing, so I moved to Whistler for a year and just kind of ski bummed and I worked at the Solomn store and that’s who I was sponsored by at that time. I spent a year there and did a few contests here and there. That’s when I started filming a lot. That’s when my route in skiing really changed because there was no opportunity for me to be part of a team, to really provide that guidance, and I kind of took my own route and took my skiing into my own hands, started filming, and that’s when that passion started.”
Boville always accelerated at rails as jumping wasn’t that big for him at home. He did rails a lot, and he got good. While spending some time in Colorado, three days after meeting Shay Lee, Boville gets a call from him: “Hey we’re going to go up to Montana. We’re going to go for a week and shoot some urban with Toy Soldier, do you wanna come?”
“I got nothing else to do, why not.”
That trip was what started his urban skiing love, where he met the crew from Toy Soldier, and where everything really started moving forward for him. At the end of that season and after the production of Toy Soldier’s Act Natural, Toy Soldier decided to take a break, which lead to the disbursement of the crew, which ultimately ended any Toy Soldier Productions filming.
While regrouping on the off season attempting to figure out the next steps, Boville was nominated for, and ultimately won the 2013 POWDER Award for Breakthrough Performer based on his performance in Act Natural.
Fellow Toy Soldier skier Shay Lee had become Boville’s partner in crime with all things skiing and filming, as did Toy Soldier cinematographer Jonny Durst. After Toy Soldier, the three of them worked well together on some smaller edits and just skied around. Level 1 annually holds their Superunknown contest where you submit 2.5 minute edit of yourself with your best tricks, and Level 1 picks a winner to be featured. Durst put together edits for each Boville and Lee and they submitted.
Level 1 changed it up. That year they invited 10 riders out for a private shoot in Sun Valley. Boville and Lee were each invited as part of that top ten. Durst was then hired on as part of the Level 1 team, and Boville and Lee became featured skiers.
“The 3 of us went together and Johnny filmed the whole thing and that’s how he got into level 1 and then he was hired on. After that private shoot it just sort of worked out for us. So we pretty much took our crew and put it in Level 1!”
Level 1 would provide a little direction on what they wanted, but for the most part the three of them would just go film and it would jive because they all worked so well together. Durst knows Boville likes to ski really fast and can keep up. Others might not be able to.
The last few years, home base has been Ontario; working hard on his craft, working hard in the classroom, and working hard on the job site. In his ‘free time’ he enjoys playing rubgy, soccer, lots of water sports, and somehow still has time to maintain a long term relationship.
Rubbing against the grain compared to his peers, he goes to the gym regularly. He eats as healthy as he can.
“They really hate on it. It’s all about being tough and smashing beers, and doing it every day. I don’t know. It’s not. I know my body and I know it’s getting to a point where I gotta keep working out if I want to stay strong.”
He still tramps often and teaches himself new tricks. However, a lot of new stuff is just understanding basic tricks that you’re confident with, combining them, and creating one big trick.
When asked if he ever finds himself in a no-win situation midair, mid jump, while testing a new trick:
“Oh for sure all the time. Not all the time. Hah, here and there.” [nervous giggle] “Air awareness, figure out where you are. Know how to fall, because you’ve essentially been there, you know what’s coming, and you stick it best you can.”
He also works his tail off on construction sites all summer. This last summer he averaged around 56-60 hours a week. If you’re doing the math that’s five 12-hour days a week for an entire summer. He traveled for work a lot and they covered per diem for food and travel. He socks away as much as he can so he can afford to travel and live the life of a skier all winter.
Though currently not attending school, he did proactively enroll two years after high school and studied business marketing. He is taking another break after a few years of classes. He is actively using the tools he learned in the classroom to help with the business end of being a professional skier.
“I’m pretty proud of myself of going back to school after taking two years off and still being able to ski throughout it. Didn’t have to give up on my dream, which is nice.”
At 23 years of age, Boville is a veteran. He’s at an age and a position where he has to think of the future and how much longer can he physically keep doing this. In 10 years he sees himself still in the ski industry, but in the form of a marketing professional, maybe helping to reinvent the sport as it constantly evolves.
“Can’t use and abuse your body your whole life, gotta use your head at some point. “
“Obviously I want to do it for a few more years, but it’s not something I want to do when I’m 30. I know there are some athletes that are still doing it at 30 but their bodies are really beat up. I want my body to function until I’m 80, 90, whatever.”
Currently he plans to take one year at a time and keep filming with Level 1, hopefully put out something better with each season as they come. He plans on heading to Colorado for the early season to get the season started.
He also really wants to take some time to focus on some backcountry this year. The last few seasons he’s focused on urban. Backcountry is something he’s always wanted to do more of. With plans to take an avalanche course in Colorado this year, backcountry poses completely different risks and rewards than what urban does.
“Totally different animal. If weather is bad you can’t get in. If you’re gonna go backcountry, you pretty much need to go at it hard. You can’t just go hit a few jumps. It’s just harder to get out. If you don’t have a sled, you’re hiking for everything, which is pretty draining.”
“In the immediate future I want to ski more powder. Yeah, definitely haven’t done enough of that. When I moved to Whistler that was sort of the reason I moved out there. We had HUGE dump days and that was the best time I had out there; chest to waist deep powder, just sending it off cliffs and at that point you don’t really care. Urban came natural, but I’d really like to get out and push myself and ski some deeper snow and more backcountry. For sure.”
Additional goals for the season is to travel outside of North America to ski, visit other cultures and learn about them.
“Maybe go to Japan.”
Last fall he traveled to El Salvador. To surf. He had won the surf trip as a prize through a ski contest. He had never surfed before. As soon as last season was done, he went to Costa Rica to surf. And now he’s got a pretty big trip booked to Nicaragua this month to surf.
“That trip I won fueled a new addiction. It’s so much like skiing – as far as the environment of people goes – but you get to hang out in board shorts, which is way better.”
Boville is currently representing Revision Skis. As a new brand, Revision Skis was looking for new riders to help them prototype and design their new line of twin tip skis. Boville was looking for new sponsorships. A mutual friend suggested he reach out to the Revision team: Providing valuable feedback in what became the Talisman park ski/all mountain ski and the Subtraction powder ski, Boville and Revision became a great team.
“It was a good fit because they didn’t tell me what I had to do with the skis; they said I could do what I wanted to do and was totally game for it and have supported me ever since. I’m excited for this upcoming year. I have a really good relationship with Revision right now. I’m pretty amped on it.”
Sandy Boville is grounded. He knows that even during down periods, you deal with the situation at hand, make a plan, and deal with it – even if you’re not in your country, your wallet, cash, and passport are all stolen while on site filming, and three business days before you’re supposed to get on a flight.
“It was tough, but I try to keep my head up. I’m a pretty positive person. If you let something like that get you down, you know, there’s nothing you can do about it anyways. Just deal with it and move on.”
Sandy Boville is focused. He knows where he came from and he knows what he wants to do. So he’s going to do it, now.
“I can make money later. I’d rather have more fun when I’m younger and able to use my body for all it is instead of wasting until I’m retired and THEN doing all the things I wanted to do.”
Revision Skis is proud to have Sandy Boville riding our skis and making key contributions to product development.
We recently had a chance for quick conversation with Sam Zahner about his move to Summit County and plans for this upcoming winter:
Reflecting on last season what were the main highlights?
Last winter I did some filming with Andrew Keyser for the Beast Coast webisodes. We filmed at Mountain Creek, NJ and Big Boulder, PA for the first episode. For the second episode I just got a few urban shots around my home in Jersey, and the rest of the crew filmed at Carinthia. In the spring I entered a rail jam “King of Jib” down at Roundtop and managed to get second place, but got a pretty solid concussion and messed up my shoulder, which put me out for a couple weeks. About a month later I went out to Colorado where we filmed the last Beast Coast episode at Keystone. Going back East I thought the season was over but luckily enough I was still able to ski in early May at the Ski The East super park shoot. Was a great 5 days and I managed to stack a few shots that’ll hopefully be released in the STE series next winter.
How has your summer been? What have you been up to?
Summer has been pretty chill, just graduated high school in June, and spent most of my summer in Jersey besides a few weekend trips down the shore or up north. I pretty much just stayed home did a lot of cliff jumping, skating and what not. Early August I finally made the move cross country and will be living in Summit County (hopefully) for years to come.
I’ve been in summit for a little over a month now. Not too much going on without skiing, but I’m taking a few classes at CMC. I’ve also kept busy with a lot of skating, tramping and some sketchy off roading in subarus.
Definitely some differences out here vs. back home. Everything’s a little slower, people seem to be friendlier and more laid-back. Jerseys just about the opposite, haha. My overall life hasn’t changed too much yet, but hopefully that’ll change this winter!
Yeah, competing definitely isn’t my main focus this season. Although I am planning to enter war of rails because the set up is always insane and just looks like a sick comp. I really like how it is pretty much a rail jam taken to the next level. Also I’ve never been to Cali, so that should be a good trip.
This winter I am just hoping to ski as much as possible. Me and my crew the “molesquad” are planning to release frequent webisodes this winter. I am also hoping to direct most of my effort toward filming and hitting street spots this winter.
There are just so many more options and interesting features to hit while street skiing. Myself being an east coast rail skier for most of my life, its a natural progression for me to ski in the streets. In past years, lack of snow and not always having a crew of kids down to hit urban prevented me from skiing in the streets a lot. I’m hoping now living in summit with 4 other skiers I won’t have these same problems. As far as trips go I don’t have any planned yet besides a couple home to NJ.
The molesquad is just our crew, consisting of me, Rob Bittner, Mike Cappola and Alex Keimel. Currently we’ve all been living in Silverthorne, Colorado for the past couple months. As far as the filming/ editing goes, we will all be behind the camera with mostly myself and Bittner covering the editing, but obviously everyone will have a strong input during the editing process. What’s unique about the molesquad is the diversity of style and techniques of our skiing. We definitely feed off of each other’s skiing which makes the entire ski filming process much more successful. This winter were planning to release weekly episodes through Newschoolers. Were hoping to get things coordinated with Newschoolers moderators to possibly get a channel and episode countdowns.
Recently, we had a chance to catch up with with freestyle skier, Tobias Sedlacek discussing last season and his plans for the future.
Hey Tobias, just wanted to check in with you and see how your summer is going?
Hey! I started off the summer in Mt Hood, first off staying in an apartment up in Govy with The Bunch crew and finished up my Hood, Oregon stay camping in the woods with a fat crew. First of June I traveled back to Sweden. Since then, I’ve been working in a freezer warehouse in my hometown busting my ass off trying to stack enough money for the upcoming season, partying and chilling with homies.
Last season, you started off the year filming urban with The Bunch in Sweden. How did that go? What were some of the highlights?
It went well! My season started a bit later than I wanted because I finished high school just before the winter break, but I’m happy with what I accomplished. The winter in Sweden was kind of bad so we couldn’t hit all the spots we wanted, but on the bright side we’ve got more to hit this upcoming season! The highlight was staying in my friend fg’s cabin for a week and doing urbans during the day. Although we didn’t stack too many shots, it was a sick time. Also New Year’s, where we kind of hit three spots in one day which was mad fun and I managed to get three shots as well, which was a good start for a party night.
You competed in War of Rails last season, tell us how that went?
It went pretty well. I was stoked on my riding, but I had some troubles putting down a whole run. I got a lot of props on my riding from people I look up to, so after all it was a successful weekend, especially just staying with the Dais crew in their house, chillin’ like a villain and skiing in the Golden State.
You were pretty active during your trip to North America, with stops in California, Hood, Montana, and British Columbia. Can you tell us more about it? What were some of the best moments for you?
Well, the trip started in February with Magnus and I flying out to Cali for WOR. We then met up with Maxi and a few weeks after, the rest of the crew. We drove through all the West Coast states: Cali, Oregon & Washington, and skied wherever we felt like it. I was lucky enough to be able to go to Canada and Montana with you guys too, which I’m really thankful for.
I think I have three favorite moments on the trip:
First off, Catskiing in Canada was a dream come true. I never thought I would understand people saying “there’s to much snow”, you know? But after that trip I kind of do! Great guides, great snow and a great crew!
Secondly: Meeting up with the rest of The Bunch In Cali. Maxi, Magnus and I had stayed with The Dais homies which was a sick time and then we all took our cars and drove down to LA to pick up the boys. We also decided on a spot to camp for the night. Long story short, we camped in a recreation area, got busted by the popo the day after and three police cars rolled in. We had two uninsured and unregistered cars, 10 swedes in ‘em and somehow we managed to get away with it. The cop probably believed us and that was lucky, because he told us he could have impounded our cars if he wanted to, which would’ve messed up our trip.
Last, camping in the woods of Oregon. Too many great memories to share so I’ll leave it like this: What a long strange month it was.
What should we expect from you in the new movie from The Bunch?
Of course, a bunch of street skiing, but what I think I’ll surprise most people with is my BC riding. This year was kind of the first time riding “real” powder and “real” backcountry because Sweden doesn’t have to much of it, and to me it’s the best time you can have on a set of skis. Hopefully people will like it, because I’m planning on continuing on that path!
In your opinion, what makes The Bunch unique and stand out from the crowd?
Well, it’s kind of hard being in it and try to say what makes us stand out from the crowd, but I think it’s a lot about always trying to be creative, not only in our skiing, but all there is around it and having fun along the way. Seeing others have fun is way more enjoyable for me than watching the Olympics and seeing people scared shitless while trying to put down a run they trained the last four years for. That’s the cool thing about skiing: There is something for everyone, whether it’s competing, riding pow or doing urbans.
What are your plans for next season?
Starting off like last year with doing urbans, and hopefully get some glacier riding in before that. Where we will be doing urbans is undecided, but I want to explore my hometown more, other cities in Sweden, and hopefully some other counties as well. I will probably get some backcountry in before heading over to The States for a while to film pow and urban like we usually do it. Then, hopefully make another trip cat skiing in Canada before heading home earlier than usual to ski a ski-mecca up in the Northern parts of Sweden called Riksgränsen.
You mentioned that you intend to focus more time in the backcountry. What’s your favorite part about skiing in the backcountry?
Definitely the freedom and somehow feeling connected to the nature. I kind of feel like an animal walking around in the woods with my skis on my back, but instead of looking for a prey I was looking for the perfect spot to ski. I love being out in the woods, so combining that with skiing is a winning combination in my mind.
Of course, the feeling of riding powder is something completely different than anything else and that has a big input on why it’s as fun as it is.
How do you think your style and creativity translates to the BC?
I think my style will be similar to how it is in the park or in the streets, which is calm but still going big with a skate inspiration. I will definitely try to take that to the pow even more next year after getting some experience this year. The creativity is already in my head since I have ridden a lot in the park and street, where you always have to keep your game fresh. The fattest pow segments in my opinion are from the Nimbus crew’s older stuff, and the older Poor Boyz stuff, like “Idea”. “Idea” is definitely my favorite movie. Looking at street skiing it evolves so much every year, that doing what you did last year will be outdated the season after. So I wanna try to bring something new and fresh to the pow scene, and I’m not talking doing new dubs in the pow even though that could be really cool too. So, next year, my part will hopefully include a lot of different BC stuff.
Thanks for taking the time to catch up with us Tobias, we are hyped to see all of your hard work pay off in the upcoming film, “Finess”, from The Bunch.
Revision Skis is a small, accessible freestyle skiing company that makes the skis that our family wants to ride. Our focus is on having fun while expressing our own individual creativity and style. We are in the freeskiing business for the love of it and we do things our own way. We look forward to continuing to connect with the community in the future and are excited to hear from you. As we officially launch our fresh, new brand of skis, we hope you enjoy this video of our family enjoying our twin tip skis in a variety of conditions. We hope you will stop and take a moment to check out our lineup of park skis, powder skis, and all mountain skis.
Video edited by Mike Kvackay | Filmed by Bobby Jahrig, Frank King, Mike Kvackay, Andrew Keyser, The Bunch, Sam Trefaller, Arthur Baluff, Ben Zeimet & Thomas Vincent