Revision Women’s Skis

Revision Women's Skis

 

 

Revision Women’s Skis

 

Ladies, the wait is over.  Coming Fall 2016, we will be releasing women’s specific ski graphics (Designed by Rachel Bock) along with new ski sizing options.  Expect to see women’s options for both all mountain and powder skis. Please join our mailing list to be the first to know when the Revision women’s skis lineup is released:

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Danylle Hammet

Also, we are excited to be supporting Danylle Hammet.  Danylle recently had a chance to sit down with SBC Skier for an interview that is worth checking out:

We heard you’re cooking up something special with your ski sponsor?

I couldn’t be happier to join Revision Skis! They’re a company with very similar views as mine on the ski industry. They focus on sustainability and rider input on their skis. Their team has super unique styles and riders that I feel really fits my skiing. Keep an eye out for some new products from Revision this fall!

– See more at: http://sbcskier.com/sliding-while-smiling/

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Powder Skiing Chile: Ian Hamilton wins Poor Boyz Undiscovered

In early 2015, Poor Boyz Productions launched Poor Boyz Undiscovered: a month-long search for the best unknown skiers out there. Athletes were invited to submit a 90-second edit, and, based on online voting and a panel of judges, three athletes won a $5,000.00 cash prize and a trip powder skiing Chile’s Andes Mountains with Poor Boyz in the summer of 2015. One of the three winners was Ian Hamilton. Take a look at Ian’s edit reel below, and then check out some photos and read Ian’s quick take on the whole experience.

 

Ian laying down lines while powder skiing Chile's Andes. Photo cred Ian Hamilton.

 

Revision Skis: Do you want to start out with the basics of the contest itself? When you decided to enter, everything it took to drum up votes, etc?

I originally saw the contest on Facebook and didn’t pay it much attention until a bunch of people encouraged me to enter. After I looked at the judging criteria and rules I knew I had a pretty good shot at winning so I got together all my best shots and sent them over to my buddy Zach Falen to get them into a 90 second piece. I was super pumped on my edit and really wanted to go to Chile so I went all out. I contacted all my friends, family, and sponsors to help spread the word and I was absolutely blown away by the response I got. A huge thanks to everyone who watched, shared, and voted. I couldn’t have done it without everyone’s support.

Terrain to expect when powder skiing Chile. Photo cred Ian Hamilton.


Revision Skis: On the trip itself, emotions heading into some powder skiing in Chile? Were you stoked, anxious, a little bit of everything? Did you guys have a smooth trip there?

It was weird winning the contest and knowing the trip was going to happen but having a huge period of time before we actually went. It didn’t really seem real all summer so when the time actually came to go to the airport I was almost in shock. I had no idea what to expect, just a ticket and my gear. It was an easy trip there though, I left Montana around 1 pm and was in Atlanta by 7:30 where I met up with most of the crew before the overnight flight to Santiago. We arrived in Santiago the next morning by 7 and after we got through customs we filmed packing up the van before taking off to Valle Nevado which was an hour north. We ended up going skiing right when we got to Valle Nevado so it was a crazy two days and I slept like a rock my first night in Chile.

Revision Subtraction powder skis; powder skiing Chile. Photo cred Ian Hamilton.

Revision Skis: How about the lodging?

The lodging was incredible, we partnered with Valle Nevado and then Rocanegra Lodge when we skied outside of Chillan. It the best I have ever stayed and eaten on a ski trip hands down. It was a crazy experience not knowing enough Spanish to communicate and having to do a lot of learning through observing and testing. There was a lot of food that wasn’t familiar but was delicious, and I still don’t know exactly what it was.

The best down time was definitely at Rocanegra Lodge, it is an absolute paradise. Located one valley over from the ski area Nevados de Chillan, Rocanegra is almost a nature retreat. You are surrounded by awesome mountains and the lodge looks like a medieval castle. There are also hottubs, a sauna, a pool and a yoga house. Not to mention the 5 course meals were delectable. I can’t wait to go back someday.

Powder skiing Chile. Photo cred Ian Hamilton.

Revision Skis: Culture?

Honestly I was surprised at how little culture shock I had. People are people no matter where you go, just trying to live their lives to the fullest. The language barrier was a little strange but everyone was super friendly and stoked on what we were doing. It made me want to travel way more and experience as many places as possible.

Bluebird day while powder skiing Chile's Andes Mountains. Photo cred Ian Hamilton.

Revision Skis: Terrain?

Ian Hamilton: The Andes blew me away. Never before had I skied such giant alpine peaks. I grew up skiing steep tree runs so having a completely open face was a bit disconcerting. It was totally a learning experience being in those mountains and I am undoubtedly hooked. There were so many options for jumps and cliff hits that we didn’t even scratch the surface. I really want to go back for a longer trip and see more of the terrain.

Andes Mountains: powder skiing Chile. Photo cred Ian Hamilton.

Revision Skis: New friends made?

Over the course of the trip the entire crew became great friends. I can’t thank the PBP crew enough for such an incredible experience. One of the best parts of the trip for me, however, was spending time with our guides. Having passionate skiers and boarders show you their home terrain is so awesome. I was blown away by how similar-minded a person who lives in a different hemisphere could be. The owner of Rocanegra and also our guide, Ruben, thought about the world in exactly the same way I did. We had great talks about how interconnected everything is and how interaction with nature is a crucial component of a live well lived. I made friends that I will never forget and I hope to see them soon.

Powder skiing Chile - Sunset in the Andes. Photo cred Ian Hamilton.

Revision Skis: Thoughts on the performance of the skis?

I was so pumped on how the Subtractions skied. We had a lot of variable conditions because we arrived a couple days after a storm. Most places were either wind or sun affected so you had to adjust your skiing every time we changed aspects. The Subtractions handled everything we encountered perfectly, from punchy jump landings to blower faceshots. I can’t believe how well they perform for both jumping and skiing, they are the most playful ski I have ever skied on.

Heli powder skiing Chile's Andes Mountains. Photo cred Ian Hamilton.

Revision Skis: What was your overall experience while powder skiing Chile? 

The trip really gave me a whole new perspective on both skiing and traveling. Skiing has really become a vehicle for me to travel and experience the world in a way that would otherwise be impossible. My life has been so positively affected by not just skiing but the people I have met through skiing. It is incredible to share such a burning passion for sliding down a mountain with people from around the world. I truly believe that connecting with nature and other people through something as simple as skiing is one of the best parts of life and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

CONGRATS again Ian on winning this sick contest and opportunity!

Powder skiing Chile has Ian like.. Photo cred Ian Hamilton.

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Icefall Lodge: A week in Winter Wonderland

In January of 2016, Korey Heatherington, Ian Hamilton, and Danny Arnold took a dream trip to Icefall Lodge, a heli-accessed touring paradise outside of Golden, BC. Here’s the trip report from Ian.

I first heard of Icefall Lodge in the summer of 2015 while I was beginning to plan out my winter.  Bill at Revision contacted me and extended an invitation to do a week long stay at an awesome lodge outside Golden, BC.  When I found out my best buddy Danny Arnold was also going on the trip I was completely sold.  I had never been on touring trip for a entire week, especially not one deep in helicopter-accessed mountains. 

As it snowed more and more throughout December my anticipation built.  At the start of January I flew to Vancouver to shred a couple days at Whistler Blackcomb before linking up with Korey Heatherington for the 8 hour drive to Golden.  After an eventful trip with car breakdowns and snowstorms, we all managed to get ourselves to the meeting point to fly into the lodge. 

Sunset outside of Golden, British Columbia at Icefall Lodge.

The flight in was awe-inspiring.  Gigantic peaks and expansive glaciers entranced us as we stared out the window of the heli.  After a short flight we touched down right in front of the three-story Icefall Lodge.  After unpacking Danny immediately crashed into his bed for some well deserved travel recovery while Korey and I did a little exploring and jump building.  The first thing that struck us was the absolute enormity of the terrain around Icefall. 

Nestled between avalanche paths at 6000 feet, Icefall Lodge offers easy access to both alpine and tree skiing.  There is terrain to please anyone from the hardcore mountaineer to the mellow tree skier.  The added benefit of this wide range of terrain is there are places to ski no matter how dangerous the avalanche conditions become.  The lodge itself is a paradise despite being so far from civilization.  We had three delicious meals a day prepared by our personal chef, Mat.  From salmon and steak to mousse and carrot cake, the food was top notch.  There is even a sauna and showers to relax after a long day.  Lacking plumbing, the showers are repurposed watering pails and there are two outhouses that can also be used as backyard jumps.

Popping and pooping at Icefall Lodge, Golden BC.    

In addition there is even a climbing route on the ceiling of the second floor and yoga mats to stretch out sore muscles.  It is the coziest spot in which I have ever stayed surrounded by the most epic mountains I have ever witnessed.

Serene, starry sky at Icefall Lodge.

Snow conditions and weather are the ultimate dictators of terrain choice and when we arrived the avalanche danger was considerable.  The snow skied great but about a foot down there was an intensely weak layer that sheared very easily and made us reluctant to venture out of the trees.  This was compounded on day two when a storm started puking powder on the lodge. 

We were able to find some great pillows and cliffs in the trees but even some of these were dangerous as the pillows would break immediately and if you didn’t stomp the landing you could be crushed by a pillow falling behind you.  We got a lot of practice in risk evaluation and management, and unfortunately we had to back off of our goals to ski big lines in the alpine but we did manage to to pillage the deep snow in the trees.  In terrain so immense and remote even a small injury can be dangerous so we played it safe. 

Icefall Lodge offers some sick terrain.

The next day we awoke to clear skies and immediately headed into the alpine bowl above the lodge.  We only made it to the first ridge before the an incoming storm and unstable snow conditions forced us to turn around.  You can’t fight the snow Gods, so we got creative with what we had and built a veritable terrain park around the lodge.  Jumps off both the outhouses combined with a pillow transfer jump kept us entertained while the snow kept falling.  Our decision to turn back from the alpine turned out to be a good one as we heard multiple huge avalanches from the lodge, two of which were right next to the zone we had been in. 

The sun finally pops through at Icefall Lodge.

The snow, however, treated us to some extremely deep runs through the mellow trees below the lodge.  The fluff continued to fall and the stability didn’t improve the next day so we had to get extra imaginative.  We adapted our pillow gap into two separate jumps and practiced our timing in order to get a perfectly simultaneous two man jump shot.  It took a few tries but we nailed it on our third attempt. 

Timing double jumps at Icefall Lodge, Golden, BC.

To celebrate we took a pow lap and did some backflips.  Unfortunately Korey managed to find the only skin track in the landing, with his ribs, and put himself out of commission for the last day.  Although the weak layers were beginning to heal we were uneasy venturing up into the alpine one man short.  Instead we followed the other two guests at the lodge, Tom and Chino, to some of their favorite runs for some great POV pillow popping. 

Popping pillows at Icefall Lodge.

We were exhausted after a week of touring through deep snow, so the Icefall Lodge sauna was much appreciated and we slept like rocks.  The next morning we woke early to pack and clean with a sense of nostalgia.  The week truly flew by. None of us could believe it was over and we still can’t wait for our next trip back to the majestic Icefall Lodge.

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Fernie Wilderness Adventures Snowcat Skiing

Untracked lines.

 

 

Screaming quads. Cold beers with friends while soaking in the hot tub after a 10,000 vertical foot day of knee-deep pow. That’s what it’s all about at Fernie Wilderness Adventures (aka “FWA”), just outside of Fernie, BC. We wanted to take a moment to describe the FWA experience and do our best to convince you to go there.

Cat skiing with toothless Canucks. (Photo Pat Besile)

Cat skiing with toothless Canucks is the best. (Pat Belisle Photo)

Snowcat skiing at FWA is a laid-back, kick ass experience. For a long time now we’ve enjoyed an awesome partnership with them as a testing ground for our skis, for some sweet filming trips for our athletes, and running contests like the Fernie Wilderness Adventures / Revision Skis Giveaway. Most of the FWA guides are on Revision Subtractions, and FWA has a full fleet of Revision rentals to choose from when guests need powder skis. We’ve gotten to know the guys and the operation pretty well over the years, and they are seriously some of the most chill, well meaning folks in the ski industry.

Our most recent trip wasn’t about filming, testing, or marketing though. It was just for fun and bromance. Coming from the states, four of us flew into Kalispell, Montana, for an easy two hour drive north to Fernie. Along the way you can stop at Whitefish Mountain to get the legs warmed up, or ride at Fernie Alpine Resort when you get to town.

The lodge at Fernie Wilderness Adventures. (Photo Pat Belise)

The lodge at Fernie Wilderness Adventures. (Pat Belilse Photo)

 

Stay at the lodge!

 

 

You can day ski at FWA, or you can stay in the lodge, which is the way to go. It’s a relaxing, rustic luxury, badass little hunting camp experience tucked into the mountains. The hot tub mentioned above? It’s heated by a welded aluminum wood fire box which sits right inside of the water, and is cooled by with a stream of ice cold hose water when you need it. It’s an awesome example of backcountry ingenuity.

And if you’re staying at the lodge, once you’re there, you’re there. You can bring in your own beers (and for God’s sake, stock up at duty free if you can!), but all of the cooking is taken care of for you when you stay at FWA. No need to run out to the grocery store, or to a restaurant, but Fernie is just a short drive away if a night on the town is in the cards.

The lodge at Fernie Wilderness Adventures (Pat Belisle Photo)

The lodge at Fernie Wilderness Adventures (Pat Belisle Photo)

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Go ahead, fall asleep early like this wanker.

Arguably the best part to staying at the guest lodge is that after the day is over, and the day’s slideshow has been run (FWA provides professional photography to shoot pics throughout the day), the day crowd takes off and sweet silence descends on the cabin. At this point, you have the place to yourself and a small group of friends, and it feels like your own cabin. Pop a beer, sink into the comfy leather couches, enjoy a home cooked dinner, or watch the stars on the deck out back. Crash in a super comfortable bed and sleep good after a long day of catskiing. It’s awesome.

There are eight guest rooms in the back of the lodge, with single or double occupancy. We were lucky enough to score our own rooms, which was awesome, but if they are booked up a double occupancy room is more than enough for a pair of friends.

 

 

 

The skiing

 

Each ski day at FWA begins with the guides and day skiers arriving at around 7:30 or so in the morning. After the safety briefs are given and waivers are signed, the snow cat takes off at around 8:30 for the 45-minute or so trip up the mountain. The first run is generally pretty mellow to help you warm up and to let the guides check out the group’s ability.

Then, you just go from there depending on the group’s ability that day, riding lines from alpine meadows, flowy and open ridgelines, to steep and glades. You’ll drop into aptly named runs such as Heaven, Stellar, Paradise, and Sweetness. FWA operates up to three snowcats, with groups of around 10-12 riders each. You can tag along with a group of new faces, or even rent out your own snow cat for you and your buddies. Expect to rack up from 8-10 runs through the deep, legendary powder that Fernie is known for.

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Fernie Wilderness Adventures (Jamie Warner Photo)

On our second day of skiing, we began skiing with photographer Pat Belisle. After climbing into the snow cat at the bottom of one of the first runs of the day, we were laughing about how nice the snow was. Light, and fast. We were flying through the meadows on the runouts and grinning our asses off. I asked Pat if we were blessed by Ullr with perfect snow, or if this was pretty regular. He just smiled and said “We get this type of snow all the time.”

Thanks to some terrain changes coming down the pipe for the 2016/2017 season, there has never been a better time to go snow cat skiing at FWA. Working with the forest management company which leases the tenure area to FWA, they will build a series of new snow cat routes and glade out a bunch of additional new terrain this summer. What that means is that the snow cats will be able to more efficiently move around the 5,000+ acres of amped up Subtraction playground. FWA has been daydreaming about improved snowcat routes for years, and now is the time to make it happen.

Guiding at FWA is a good gig! (PatBelislePhoto)

Being a guide at FWA seems like a good gig! (Pat Belisle Photo)

 

In the white room with black curtains near the station (Jamie Warner Photo)

In the white room (with black curtains near the station?) (Jamie Warner Photo)

At the top of a nice steep, open line at FWA in the "Heaven" zone.

At the top of a nice steep, open line at FWA in the “Heaven” zone.

 

Same line as the photo at left, looking up at Heaven..

Same line as the photo at above, looking up at Heaven.

 

Heli vs. cat?

 

So, maybe you’re ready to pull the trigger on the ski trip of a lifetime (or at least, that’s what you tell your wife while also scheming another “trip of a lifetime” for the following winter). So what’s the difference between cat skiing and heli skiing? We’ve been lucky enough to have done a little of both and were talking about it with other skiers in the cat who have also heli skied and cat skied. What’s better?

Taking a cruise at TLH Heli Skiing

Taking a nice ride at TLH Heli Skiing

To a lot of people, heli skiing is the holy grail. The birds quickly and repeatedly drop you onto untracked lines. However, you better be in damn good ski shape, as there’s not much time for rest in between runs. You might be surprised by how mellow many of the runs are (though still amazing nonetheless). Additionally, during storm cycles there may be days when the helicopter can’t fly due to low visibility, and if the operation doesn’t have a backup snow cat…. you’re f*cked. There’s no more cruel way to torture a skier’s soul than knowing that the powder is out there, but you can’t get to it.

 

 

Heli weather? Nope. (Pat Belisle Photo)

Heli weather? Nope. (Pat Belisle Photo)

 

Snow cats, on the other hand, can run in any conditions and keep you skiing in the trees when visibility is garbage. Additionally, you will often get into more challenging terrain than typically catered to heli clientele, such as glacier milk runs where farmed turns and figure 8 contests are the ticket. And with a cat, once you’re done with a run, you have 10 minutes or so before the cat gets back to the top, plenty of time for a quick rest and to refuel on food and drink. (By the way, FWA stocks each cat with a full day’s supply of snacks, food, water, and juice.) So, it’s not always true in our experience that heli skiing is necessarily better than cat skiing. They are just different, each in their own good way, and one is a lot, lot more affordable than the other.

 

Thinking about going to Eff-Double-you-Eh? Here are some tips.

 

  • If you don’t already own a pair of powder skis, FWA has a full fleet of rental skis to choose from, including a stable of Revision Subtraction Powder Skis. Based on the smiles we saw on faces of guests who had rented pow skis, they were glad they did.
Part of the Revision Subtraction rental fleet at FWA

Part of the Revision Subtraction rental fleet at FWA

  • Listen to your guides. They want you to have fun while keeping you safe. They are happy to point you towards whatever you want to ride, from a meadow to a cliff drop. It’s all up to you. But, stay within bounds. Nobody likes waiting while a straggler who went off course is rounded up.
  • There can be friends on powder days at FWA! Take turns dropping in from first to last. There is plenty of powder for everyone. Nobody likes the guy who cuts in front every time.
  • Leave some room between skiers. While everyone will have a partner, you don’t need to ski up their keester. It’s all a lot more fun when you can bomb down the entire run without getting jammed up in the woods.
  • Pay attention during the safety instruction. You don’t want to get run over by a snowcat or be a bump on a log if you need to help out in an emergency situation (that being said, FWA has a stellar safety record).
  • Go for a few days in a row. You will relish the look of envy when you tell your new friends in the snow cat that yup, you get to do it all again tomorrow.
  • Take some backup gear like an extra set of goggles and mittens. There is plenty of room on the cat to stash a small backpack. Make sure you have everything, because once the cat is up for the day there’s no coming back.
  • Be a pretty good skier. You don’t have to be an expert, but to have a good time you should be comfortable skiing most runs at a resort. While a lot of cat operations will accept almost anyone in the name of a profit, FWA really encourages strong riders so that everyone has a great time, and tends to shoo away people who might not be ready to cat ski yet. That’s a really cool part about cat skiing at FWA.
  • Fernie Wilderness Adventures is easy to get to from Kalispell, MT for travel via the states, or via Calgary. It’s about a 2-3 hour drive from either airport. If you are coming from the US and intend to drink some beer on your trip, definitely stock up at duty free at the border. Canadian beer prices are through the roof.
  • Stay at the lodge!
  • Tip your guides, (and if staying at the lodge, the hostess). A good amount to tip is $25-$30 for a day of skiing, which goes into the tip pot and is divided up between the guides and snow cat drivers. If you are skiing multiple days you can just pay into the pot after your last day.

 

Fernie Wilderness Adventures ( Jamie Warner Photo)

Fernie Wilderness Adventures ( Jamie Warner Photo)

 

Oh, and one last thing.

Come back for the fly fishing:
When the snow melts, FWA turns its attention to guided fly fishing on the waters of the Elk Valley. We haven’t personally been able to make it to Fernie for the fly fishing, but it’s on our bucket list. FWA goes above and beyond to get you to the best secret, uncrowded, remote locations. You will catch fish and you will have fun.

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Parting Shots.

Fernie Wilderness Adventures (Pat Belisle Photo)

Fernie Wilderness Adventures (Pat Belisle Photo)

Fernie Wilderness Adventures (Pat Belisle Photo)

Fernie Wilderness Adventures (Pat Belisle Photo)

Fernie Wilderness Adventures (Pat Belisle Photo)

Fernie Wilderness Adventures (Pat Belisle Photo)

Fernie Wilderness Adventures (Pat Belisle Photo)

Fernie Wilderness Adventures (Pat Belisle Photo)

Fernie Wilderness Adventures (Pat Belisle Photo)

Fernie Wilderness Adventures (Pat Belisle Photo)

Fernie Wilderness Adventures (Pat Belisle Photo)

Fernie Wilderness Adventures (Pat Belisle Photo)

Fernie Wilderness Adventures (Pat Belisle Photo)

Fernie Wilderness Adventures (Pat Belisle Photo)

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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

Summer Reinvigoration – Recovering after a brutal ski crash

My 2014/2015 season ended on April 10th, on the third jump of the Association of Freeskiing Professionals World Tour Finals Slopestyle Course on Blackcomb British Columbia.  It was ended by wet snow, a slow takeoff, and a brutal ski crash.

Halfway through my Doublecork 1260, I spotted my landing and knew I wasn’t going to reach it.  I opened up out of my rotation and landed on my left hip, side, and outstretched arm on the knuckle of the 75 foot jump.  I bounced and slid to a stop in the landing as I tried and failed to shout for help due to the lack of air in my lungs.

After regaining my breath after this brutal ski crash, I was joined by my best friend, Dean Bercovitch, and then a ski patroller.  I was able to gently ski down off the course and then the worry began.  I was thoroughly in shock and the pain was growing the longer I waited.  The common thoughts floated through my head, “What have I done to my body?  Ligaments? Bones? Organs? Joints?”  I hurt all over and decided I was unable to ski to the lift, thus began the trip to the Whistler Clinic. The patroller was worried about my ribs, my spine, my knee, my shoulder, but most of all my spleen.  I had growing pain in my upper chest which he informed me is a sign of a ruptured spleen.  So it was into the toboggan and down to the lift, followed by two lift rides to the village, a taxi ride to the clinic, a 15 minute wait, a chest X-Ray, an Ultrasound, and a urine analysis.  Over these hours a growing worry vied with a growing relief pending the results of the tests and the prognosis of my injuries from the Doctor.

After a couple hours in the hospital with my friends Dean and Bobby the doctor gave us the results of this brutal ski crash.  None of my organs were ruptured, but the urine analysis had traces of blood which indicated that my spleen and possibly one of my kidneys were bruised.  My knee was stable, my ligaments were all intact but my muscles and bone on the inside of my knee were bruised.  My left hip was similarly bone bruised.  My shoulder was alright.  My AC joint and rotator cuff weren’t damaged, I had simply severely bruised and strained my shoulder muscles.  My ribs were intact as was my spine.  All in all the doctor said he wasn’t overly concerned with anything but the bruised organs, which could rupture if they sustained any further trauma. So I was sent back to the hotel without any life or career threatening injuries, just a thoroughly traumatized body.  I have never been so sore in so many places.

The simple act of moving was a difficult dance of pain avoidance and the return drive to Montana was long and rough. Once back at home I was able to start the journey of recovery in full.  Ice baths, hot tubs, stretching, massages, and the occasional doctors visit filled my days.  I slowly improved as my muscles relented and the bruises faded from my bones and organs.  Slowly and gently I began to return to the activities for which my mind and body yearned. This is the most challenging, but rewarding aspect of the recovery process.

Recovering from a brutal ski crash takes patience. Having the patience and foresight to rest long enough, then relearning and remembering the movements which before were so natural before.  Golf was the first passion to which I returned.  The golf swing is a precise and flowing thing, and my doctor, Robert Amrine, believed it would actually be beneficial for my shoulder and back muscles to be stretched and moved. I started with just putting, then chipping, then the driving range, and finally a full round.  It is amazing how restless and pent up the body becomes after a month of inactivity and soreness.  The simple act of walking on grass, swinging a metal stick and hitting a little white ball relieved a a small, annoying black cloud of stress that had been hiding over my head for a month.

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For me, the worst part about an injury is the period of time for which I am unable to do the activities I love. I always have a renewed energy for sports and the outdoors after having been denied them.

In a way, an injury has the bonus of giving you a different view on the life you live and the activities you enjoy.  It emphasizes how much the things we take for granted must be cherished because our ability to do them will not last forever.  My passion for using my body to interact with the world in a creative way is stronger than ever.

It is with this passion that I headed for Woodward at Copper.  I stopped halfway in Salt Lake for the night and 18 beautiful holes of golf the next morning before finishing the drive to Copper.

golf UT vista

I drove by the massive buttes and rock walls of Colorado and Utah as the sun set and pulled into the EDGE parking lot around 10.  I met up with my good friend and Revision Filmer, Mike Kvackay, before passing out for the night.  The next morning was my first real look into the world of Woodward.  Breakfast was great and it was gorgeous weather outside. We met up with the rest of the Revision crew in the lobby; Sandy Boville, Tanner Berg, and Chris McKeever, and hopped in the van to roll up to the main park.  The first couple laps are always the best when the snow is still cold and fast and it was a blast to have snow back under my feet.

The jump line was super fun to warm up on and start getting some tricks back. Especially one of my favorites, Switch Misty 9 Truckdriver:

woodward truck

 

The rail line was fun too, with some sweet down bars, a down-flat-down, a transfer rail, and a tube-spine.

woodward dfd

 

The mornings are great at Copper because you ski hard from 9-12 then get a break for a delicious lunch before deciding whether to ski more at one of two parks or have a blast doing some other activities in the Barn or at the Cage.  The other great thing about Colorado is the plethora of epic outdoors activities readily available.  Tanner Berg and I opted for a hike and found an epic CO mountain lake composed of direct snowmelt runoff, making it perfect for a short ice bath of the ankles.

COlake

 

The next day, we had a blast doing a Revision Skis Quarterpipe session on the side of the last table.  Many face-masks and stickers were distributed and much fun was had by all.  Campers and Revision skiers alike were throwing down surfs, stalls, and airs.

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The last day, we sponsored an afternoon activity, the “Ninja Challenge”, an obstacle course of our own design in the barn.  We utilized the pits, mats, wedges and foam blocks to create a challenging course and gave a pair of skis away to the fastest time.  Much fun was had by all.


Here is a camper demonstrating perfect diving form into the foam pit. Video Cred: McRae

 

 

Overall, Woodward at Copper was an awesome way to spend a week of summer.  Great crew of people, good vibes, good food, and two fun parks.  After a week at Woodward I feel super confident heading down to Chile in a couple days to film with the Poor Boyz Productions crew for the Undiscovered Project.  Keep your eyes peeled for some fresh content from down south!!

 

Just dropped: The first summer camp video of the season.Watch as Revision Skis athletes Sandy Boville, Ian Hamilton, Chris McKeever and Tanner Berg invade Woodward Copper.Video by Mike Kvackay.

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Posted by Freeskier Magazine on Friday, June 12, 2015

 

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.

skiing boston

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

 

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 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

Finito Street Skiing Moscow, Russia with The Bunch

Street Skiing Moscow

Hello, Tobias Sedlacek here. On the 14th of January, parts of The Bunch crew, including myself drove to Moscow, Russia from Sweden. After driving for two days, we were there. The snow wasn’t that much, but there were spots everywhere. With a crew of 7 skiers including filmer Ante Olofsson we were street skiing Moscow for almost two weeks filming for our upcomming movie “Finito”.

urban skiing moscow

Me, bench hopping

Douglas street skiing Moscow

Douglas nose blocking and using the Talismans the right way

We met up with the LSM crew who showed us the way around Moscow, helped us finding spots and showed us some great Russian hospitality. One day we went out to hit a skatepark with the LSM boys but ended up not being able to get through security who guarded the park, if we tried apparently they were going to call the police on us. Instead we headed to another park where we ended up riding in front of the biggest audience we’ve had in the streets, probably around 30 people. Maybe because one of the Russian homies told them our movie would be in the Cinema, but most likely because they aren’t used on seeing people ski street there.

The Bunch skiing in Moscow

Douglas in front of some Moscow projects

The Bunch urban skiing Russia

Magnus walking over the ice to get to a spot

We went to a city an hour away from Moscow called Podolsk. Podolsk is an old industrial city and during the Soviet times it was one of the biggest industrial giants in the Moscow oblast, which is the name of region around Moscow. These days, it’s a worn out city with landmarks from the war times. One of the marks is a big abbandon dam, that never got finnished building and nowadays instead houses graffiti artists.

Graffiti in Russia

Dora the AK-47 explorer

abandoned dam in Podolsk

Me, in the abandoned dam in Podolsk

A game changer for us this year is our winch a.k.a Leonardo Da Winch. A friend of ours built it this fall out of a go-cart engine and it’s pretty darn fast. Unfortunately, Leonardo was struggling a bit with us but overall he helped us out alot. We wouldn’t have been able to hit most of the spots we did without him.

Russian winch for urban skiing

Peyben drives Leonardo accompanied by Skrotin, one of our Russian homies. I can’t count on one hand how many times Peyben and his apprentice Douglas fixed Leonardo

We also went touristing and got to see the famous “Red Square” where the Vasilj Cathedral also is located. The churches and cathedrals in Russia is so sick, having these round shaped roofs with different colours on them. Very nice!

The classic Vasilj Cathedral

The classic Vasilj Cathedral

The Bunch Central Moscow

A random cathedral/church somewhere in central Moscow

Tobias, Magnus and Maxi in font of some monument

Me, Magnus and Maxi in font of some monument

K-Lab Freeski Store Russia

We got invited to the K-Lab store, only freeski store in Russia to come hang and drink beers with them. Arriving to the spot, our second film “Finess” was showing. We signed a group photo they took of us and had a great time

After two weeks, we headed home. Street skiing Moscow, Russia was a great experience and shattered most of the prejudices I’ve had. Everyone treated us great, and wanted to show Moscow in it’s best way. Thanks to everyone, but mostly to Alex of LSM for being a great guide for our trip!

Leaving our block in Moscow

Leaving our block in Moscow

Ferry from Russia to Sweden - The Bunch Street Skiing

On the ferry on our way home to Sweden

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

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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