The Beginning of Something Great

It’s been a busy one so far. I’ve touched down on both coasts of the USA and Canada. And I can’t complain! This is the beginning of something great.

Starting the season off I went over to Killington Mountain for the annual Rails 2 Riches contest. Since I hadn’t skied yet, I decided to go a few days early to get use to sliding down the hill again. As you can see there wasn’t a whole lot of snow..

 

killington with no snow for rails to richesThe gondola ride up

a little more snow is the beginning of something great A little bit more under the chairlifts…

 

I was able to ride for about 4 days in some very stormy weather before the contest. I skied really well for only having a few days under my belt. I made it into the finals so I was pumped! You can check out the full video recap.

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An air to put me into finals

 

After Killington I headed west to Whistler. They had an incredible early season so I decided to get over there to score some powder turns. As you can see the days were great!

sandy boville face shots

Face shots galore!

sick pow turns

Jarad Martin finding the goods

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Ripping with these dudes was all-time!

 

Unfortunately just past the halfway mark of my trip I caught an edge in the park and separated my shoulder. So skiing was over for me until after christmas. I headed home for the holidays to heal up!

Sandy Boville Shoulder

My ability to lift my right arm… I was not happy!

 

After a few weeks off I was finally able to make it back out on the hill and do some cruising. For the first little bit I took it pretty easy. I didn’t feel like I was missing out too much since there really wasn’t much snow.

 

Spence Modelling

Spence man modeling the greens

 

By the time the New Year had hit we were finally starting to accumulate a bit of snow. I was able to link up with my good friend Matthew Waring and we headed to Dagmar for some hot laps.

 

A few days later I got a message from the dudes over at Newschoolers. They informed me they were heading to Alberta for a ski/travel trip and wanted to know if I was interested. Giving them the thumbs up I headed off to Calgary where I met up with LJ Strenio, Will Wesson, Shay Lee, Nicky Keefer, Jaime Walter, Jasper Newton and Douglas Bishop. We spent the whole week traveling through the Alberta rockies visiting Banff and Jasper.

Lucas Wachs

Lucas Wachs reached the top of our skin up

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About to bag a cooly at Sunshine Village

Bad Bitches

Some people had more fun than others on this trip

 

After this unforgettable trip wrapped up I flew south to Denver to partake in the SIA trade show and on snow demo up at Copper Mountain.

Copper Mountain Powder Turns

To many nights out in Denver had me excited for the fresh snow at Copper

 

Following the SIA weekend I stayed in Denver to shoot some street footage with Level 1. All aboard this short adventure was Jonny Durst, Khai Krepela, Lj Strenio, Will Wesson and Josh Berman. We were only there for about 6 days but were able to get down to business produce some stellar footage. Be sure to check it out in Level 1’s new flick this September.

Last up on the long trip I flew up to Quebec City for the RedBull Redirect contest. They had built a big scaffolding venue for a drop in and mixed in existing urban features into the man made course. Check out the full video recap here: https://www.newschoolers.com/videos/watch/813635/NS-x-Red-Bull-ReDirect?c=latest

Sandy Boville Red Bull Redirect
Urban meets contest

I’m now back home in Ontario for the next week before taking off again. It’s always nice to have a little break and get to rip around the stomping grounds.

Mute Grabs for the Kids

Mute grabs for the kids

Skiing Boston and Quebec

(Posted by Sandy Boville)

The spring was a busy one!

After checking out all the new gear at SIA, I headed east to the snowpocolyptic town of Boston. After being delayed by the storm, which was probably the 3rd in a week, I got in and met up with Shay Lee, Jonny Durst, Mitchell Brower and Khai Krepela so that we could begin skiing Boston.

Boston had so much snow! It was definitely hard to get anywhere around town with the amount of snow and traffic in Boston. Frustration had set in by the end of the trip after having to wait 2 hours in a packed van to get anywhere.

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The abundance of snow

After our week skiing Boston wrapped up we grabbed a bus to Montreal from Burlington, Vermont. With a new storm coming in hot we were told to take the overnight bus so we wouldn’t get trapped by the storm. So we hung out in Montreal for the day before getting on our next bus. Leaving at 10pm and arriving at 9:30am the next morning was a little rough.

 

shay lee and sandy boville

 

After the SUPER long bus ride (post skiing Boston) we arrived in Murdockville, QC. And there was definitely an abundance of snow! We were fortunate enough to be invited for 2 weeks to rip around the Chic Choc Mountains. We stayed at the fine Auberge Chic-Chac Lodge, a small catski/heli operator.

 

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 Murdochville

 

warm joe in the cat

 Some warm joe in the cat

 

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First time in a Helicopter!

We had a great experience over the two weeks spent in Northeastern Quebec! The Chic-Chac Lodge definitely has some of the best skiing in the east coast!! If you’re ever thinking of making the trip I definitely recommend it!

-Sandy

Urban Skiing Finland and Estonia with Sandy Boville

After the New Years, I packed my bags and headed across the Atlantic for urban skiing Finland and Estonia with the Level 1 crew. I met up with Shay lee, Jonny durst, Kevin Salonius and Noah Albaladejo in Helsinki, Finland.

When we first arrived there was barely any snow in Helsinki! That was fairly nerve racking, especially after flying half-way across the world. The first night there we started the ski trip off at Kevin’s home resort Serena. Serena has a small terrain park with 2 sets of rail features and a large jump all serviced by a rope tow. What more could you ask for in a park.

Warm up session at @serenaresort with @kevinsalonius @griz_lee @sandyboville #afterbang

A video posted by Jonny Durst (@jonnydurst) on

 

After waiting a few days to see if it would snow more in Helsinki, we made moves and decide to head North. We had heard of a town a few hours north which had a bit more snow, so we packed up our sweet rental van and hit the road.

 

Urban Skiing Finland

The dudes hanging with the van.

 

We ended up staying there for a few days before heading back to Kevin’s house in Helsinki. After a day recharging at Kevin’s we ferried across the Baltic Sea to Estonia. We stayed in the town of Tallinn which had some amazing old castles and buildings, a ton of history.

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Kevin’s mom would make us dinner everyday, always something amazing like this .

 

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 The Jon man sending the copter up to spy on some castles.

 

We stayed in Estonia for the rest of the trip. It didn’t get to warm, which kept the snow around. Overall my first Europe trip was a blast! Be sure to check the segment out in this years flick. You wont be disappointed. Can’t wait to keep this season rolling!

Sandy

Sandy Boville Colorado in December

After Rails to riches I sent it to Colorado from Vermont……….which is quite far I found out. After a few days of driving and some budget hotel sleeps, I finally made it to the Rocky Mountains. Arriving into Breckenridge I met up with Slopestyle co-owner Chris Krance who I would be crashing with for the next few days. If you are ever in the area be sure to check out his kick ass store!

 

The morning wake up view

The morning wake up view from castle Krance

 

I skied Breckenridge and Keystone for the next few days. Watching a bit of the action going on at the Dew Tour…Skiing is getting pretty crazy these days!

 

Sw Nose Manuals

Working on my switch nose manuals at Keystone

 

Dew tour does a street style rail jam in the village and this is the first year they invited skiers. I lucked out and got into the jam happening on the Friday night of the mountain championships. It was a pretty interesting setup but a super fun time. A ton of spectators came out to watch the event making the atmosphere very exciting.

 

Dew Tour Street style Jam

Dew Tour Street style jam greasing the mini rainbow.

 

Following the event, I had a few more days to rip around Breckenridge as a few inches fell here and there throughout the week. We even got a killer last day at Keystone and were finally able to hit some jumps!

 

Soul shredding selfies

Soul shredding selfies with “Mr. America” Shay Lee.

Sandy Boville Colorado Photo by Gill Montgomery

Flat 5 at Keystone. Photo: Gill Montgomery

 

After a solid 2 weeks in Colorado I took off back to Ontario. I made the 28 hr trek home in two days. Thank you Joe Rogan podcast for keeping me entertained! -Sandy Boville Colorado

Rails to Riches – Sandy Boville

And it seems to come as soon as it ended. Another ski season is just beginning!
I packed up a few bags, waxed the skis and headed to Killington, Vermont for the annual rails to riches contest in early December. After a solid 8 hr drive, I finally made it to the rolling mountains of the East. Upon showing up, I met up with a bunch of friends as we went to hang out at the Newschoolers condo. Catching up with everyone and discussing the following day’s contest, we all looked around saying the winner of the contest is in this room. Roughly 13 people had the talent to take the top spot. It was going to be one hell of a day!

The park crew blowing snow.

The park crew blowing snow! With a lack of any natural snow and warm temperatures they put in some hard work the night before the event.

The following day we woke up to less than great weather, as rain droplets and wet snow were coming down. On the plus side the snow was going to be very soft!

The day of the event had some wet weather

The day of the event had some wet weather! A busy day on the slopes though.

 

The morning started off with a jam in the sleet like weather. An hour jam was set to decide the top ten that would be moving on to the final round. I was able to put down a few solid tricks and grabbed one of those spots.

The finals started off later that evening under the lights. The local spectators poured in to check out all the action. Another hour jam went down with none of the top ten holding anything back. Disaster, flips, spins, and transfers. You name it, it happened. It was very cool to be a part of!

Photo- Travis Towley

Khai Krepela and myself working on our synchronized moves             Photo- Travis Towley

 

I was able to stay pretty consistent and land a number of tricks. The judges must have liked it as I ended up in first place with heavy hitters Khai Krepela and LJ Strenio rounding out the podium.

Sandy Khai and LJ

Rails to Riches Podium. LJ, Sandy and Khai

Thanks to Killington for putting on such a rad event and everyone who was riding for what must have been a great show!

APres celebrations

Aprés celebrations with the most interesting man in the world!