AFP World Slopestyle Skiing Championships with Ian Hamilton

After an extremely busy season of competing and filming, I managed to rank 59th in the world, earning me my first trip to AFP slopestyle skiing world championships in Whistler, British Columbia.  Skiing in World Champs has been a goal of mine for a couple seasons, so I was anticipating this contest all season.  I love visiting Whistler because there are so many great people there.  I got to stay with my good buddy Danny Arnold and hang out with my Team Wake-up compatriots Dean Bercovitch, Emma Whitman, and Bauston Wilde.  So even without the competition aspect the trip, it was a blast.

On the skiing side, the course that the Blackcomb park crew put together in the Nintendo Black Park was one of the smoothest Slopestyle courses I have ever skied.  The first two rails were big enough to allow for technicality without being gigantic and dangerous.  And the third rail feature was my favorite feature of the course.  Set on a big table, there was a huge up tube to flat tube as the left option and a big tap feature as the right.  I was addicted to the tap feature from the first day of practice and had more fun on it than any other feature I have ever skied in a Slopestyle Course.  The jump section was similar in scale to the rail features.  Big enough to allow a high degree of difficulty, but not too big to be overly dangerous.  Overall the course was extremely enjoyable to ski.

My goal for the weekend was to have a blast skiing, put together a run that reflected my personal skiing style, and stay healthy.  I am glad to say I accomplished all three.  Skiing around such insane skiers is a huge factor for me.  I get so pumped when everyone is throwing down super hard.  The Qualifying day was probably the most intense for me because only ten men went through out of a 60-man field of top skiers.  Only five skiers from each heat of thirty moved on so there was a huge amount of pressure.  I decided I was just going to have fun and not worry about the end result.  With so many talented skiers throwing down, I knew it was going to be tough to get through to the next round.


My run was as follows: Natural Lip 270 onto the first disaster down rail, Unnatural 270 on frontside 270 out on the second down rail, Switch cork/rodeo 720 nosetap on the bonk feature, Switch unnatural rodeo 720 octo grab, switch natural misty 900 truckdriver grab, natural double misty 1080 safety.  I managed to land my first run and was in 1st place in my heat going into run 2.  I was worried some people would beat my score since there was such deep talent in both heats, so I went for it on my second run and stomped it even better than my first and upped my score by a point.  I came out with the highest score in my heat and the third highest in the qualifier behind Brenden Reid and Jossi Wells.

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Lost Trail Montana Jump Shoot

After a needed pit stop in Denver to pick up some trip essentials, Keev and I sent it up to the Big Sky State for the Lost Trail Montana jump shoot.  We ended up getting in to the homies house in Missoula late Friday night April 25th.  The plan was to film Saturday and Sunday, but because of the patchy weather, the crew decided to stay and shoot another day on the big jump Wednesday.  Lost Trail built a sick freestyle skiing jump for us to hit that everyone was stoked on.  We grilled out at the base and chilled after every session and had good times all around.

After getting a handful of shots over the weekend and hoping for better weather, the Revision Skis squad took a down-day in Missoula.  Skateboarding, happy hour pizza/beer specials, and an evening diving board session made for a great break, but everyone was hungry for another sunny day on the jump.

Tuesday ended up turning into another down-day, so Keev, our good friend Zam, and I decided to make the best of it and go build a feature. We scoped a rail deep in Lolo pass first, which ended up having no snow.  So plan B was to build a tree jib in the woods off the highway on one of the many massive redwood-looking trees.

Finally the sun peeked through on Wednesday and everyone was up at the jump semi-early in the morning.  The crew got the speed-dialed in and preceded to put their own touch of style on the beast of a jump.  Keever took the 75 foot jump about 100 feet and slammed pretty good on the landing, resulting in severe whiplash, a hole bitten in his tongue, and a possible concussion.  Needless to say, it went off all day until the sleds ran out of gas!  Have to thank Andy and the rest of the Lost Trail crew for building such a fun jump and then also slaying on it!  Big shout out to our freeskiing homie Vinni T. for keeping it Unsweetened and letting us crash, and of course Bobby and Trimmings for organizing the Lost Trail Montana jump shoot!

Words by Ty Wellman

 

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