Woodward Copper Photos

Revision Skis week at Woodward Copper went way too fast.  Luckily Chip Proulx was onsite to capture the action.  Thanks to Chip, we have a stack of excellent Woodward Copper photos to look back on and remember a great week at camp.  We are excited to go back again in the future and hope you enjoy looking back on our time at camp through the following Woodward Copper photos.

 


Woodward Copper Photos - Ian Hamilton

 

Woodward Copper Photos - The Salt Man

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Woodward Copper Photos Chris McKeever

 

Chris McKeever Surfing Woodward Copper Photos

 

Ian Hamilton Revision Skis

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Chris McKeever Tanner Berg Sandy Boville

If you enjoyed these Woodward Copper photos and want to learn more about ski camps, visit: http://www.woodwardcopper.com/.

Typical days at Woodward Copper summer ski camp include skiing on snow at Copper’s summer version of the Central terrain park in the AM, Barn sessions in the afternoon and evening, and many additional recreational activities including skateboarding, rock climbing, hiking, music, and more. Campers live and eat at Copper’s Edge building, which is located right next to the slopes and right down the road from the Barn. The Woodward Copper Barn was recently renovated, opening the door far beyond skis and snowboards to now include skateboards, BMX and slopestyle mountain bike . The synthetic snow surfaces were replaced with a surface compatible with wheels. New additions include a new beginner foam pit with appropriately sized jumps and a pump track designed for honing your skills.

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

Catskiing Canada with Fernie Wilderness Adventures

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Catskiing Canada

After a few months of somewhat hit or miss conditions here in the states, we were ready to go catskiing in Canada. The Trimmings crew along with the Revision Skis crew packed up and rallied north to go to the Canadian promise land. As we pulled up to the lodge at Fernie Wilderness Adventures (FWA), the snow had been hammering down all afternoon and we knew instantly that we would not be disappointed. Located in the northern Rockies, Fernie Wilderness Adventures’ catskiing Canada paradise has over 5,000 acres of gladed meadows, pristine pillow fields, and endless tree skiing. Serviced by two large passenger snowcats, and a handful of the happiest employees I’ve ever met, we knew we were in the right place. After day one, the common phrase repeated by everyone on the trip became, “I’ve never experienced that before!” Whether we were describing the bottomless powder, the amazing terrain, or the guides who couldn’t have been more accommodating, FWA had literally everything we could have asked for. Each day began with a delicious hot breakfast cooked by the staff before we piled into the snowcat and headed straight up to 7000 ft. Our options seemed endless plowing up and over knife ridges through blower pow as we hung our heads out the cab windows in anticipation of our next run choked with the lightest snow any of us have ever experienced. Each day was concluded with countless high-fives, a huge feast, and a soak in the wood-fired hot tub complimented by a few ice cold beers. After four days of living the life of luxury, reluctantly, it was time to part ways and return to our own lives. It goes without saying that we will, without a doubt, be returning next season to pick up where we left off! Thanks again to the entire staff at FWA for showing us the goods! Words by Jake Fagrelius.

Rails 2 Riches 2014 – Sandy Boville 1st Place

Congratulations to Sandy Boville for taking home 1st place in a stacked 2014 Rails 2 Riches field on his Talisman all mountain twin tip skis. Rounding out the ski podium were Khai Krepela and LJ Strenio. Scope out the recap video below to watch all the action that went down, including Sandy’s lip 4 disaster 2 out on the DFD.

Rails 2 Riches Sandy Boville

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About Rails 2 Riches

Rails 2 Riches is hosted by Killington Resort in Vermont each December and includes a $25,000 cash purse to be split among ski and snowboard competitors. The venue includes an impressive custom built rail venue and draws a stacked lineup each year as this is one of the few rail jam competitions with a big enough payout to draw the industry’s best skiers. Having fun and impressing the judges is the number one goal for competitors as they look to walk away with a fat stack of cash and bragging rights for the season.  This event is great for spectators too as top ski and snowboard athletes battle it out under the lights in early December.  For spectators, this is one of the only chances each season to watch the best competitors in the sport, at the same spot, battling it out, on a course that is easy to view and fan friendly. As a result, this event makes for a great weekend for both competitors and spectators alike.

Patrick McDaniel was onsite for the event and put together a skiing highlight video of the action featuring all of the top skiers.  Check out the video recap so that you can see what went down at the event.

Previous winners of Rails 2 Riches include:

2013 Results

  • LJ Strenio
  • Giray Dadali
  • Steve Stepp

2012 Results

  • Khai Krepela
  • Dominic Laporte
  • LJ Strenio

 

Grand Rapids Michigan Urban Skiing

Grand Rapids Press Urban Skiing

Michigan Urban Skiing

Last winter, Level 1 Productions visited Grand Rapids with Sandy Boville to film Michigan urban skiing. The photos above were taken in January 2014 by Joshua Nowicki and you can see the video of this location and others across West Michigan in Level 1’s newest film, “Less”.

 

Michigan Urban Skiing

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Urban Skiing Michigan with Sandy Boville

Urban Skiing Photo from Michigan

These Michigan urban skiing photos were taken at the Grand Rapids Press building.  Grand Rapids is located in Western Michigan and is the second largest city in the state. Located on the Grand River and about a half hour drive from Lake Michigan, the Grand Rapids metropolitan areas has a population of a little over 1 million people.

In addition to being a hot spot for urban skiing, Grand Rapids is also home to a growing local beer scene. Popular breweries include Founders Brewing Company, Brewery Vivant, Grand Rapids Brewing Company, Hideout Brewing Company, The Mitten Brewing Company, Harmony Brewing Company, Elk Brewing, Creston Brewery, New Holland Brewing, Schmohz Brewing Company, Odd Side Ales, Perrin Brewing Company, Rockford Brewing Company, Cellar Brewing Company, Pike 51 Brewery, Cedar Springs Brewing Company, and more.

Settling In with Sam Zahner and the Newschoolers MoleSquad

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.

Now that you’ve made the move to Summit County, what are you doing besides skiing to keep yourself busy?
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.
Sam Zahner Skating
Sam Zahner Subaru Off Roading
How has the move from New Jersey to Summit County, Colorado been? 
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!
You haven’t mentioned plans for any slopestyle skiing competitions. Is it safe to say you have your sights set on devoting yourself mainly to filming rather than competing?
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.
With the Beast Coast series coming to an end, what are your filming plans for the upcoming winter?
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.
Can you explain the draw for you to bring your freestyle skiing to the streets?
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.
Plenty of Newschoolers have probably heard the name “molesquad” by now.  Can you tell us more about the molesquad?
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.
Keep your eye out for the molesquad this winter.

A Break from the Grind – Level 1 Takeover Week at Windells

I’ve been working for a contractor since my ski season ended building decks, fences, gazebos and digging a lot of holes.  It’s hard work, but at least I’m outside and working on my tan.

I received an email from the boys at Level 1 Productions stating they had a takeover week at Windells and if anyone was interested in being there.  I probably ended up being the first to jump on that.  So, before I knew it, I was hopping on a plane to Oregon to meet up with Tim McChesney and Will Berman.

It was hands down one of the best summer weeks of my life.  Windells was a great host, giving us access to the lane, a house to crash in and a chauffer/van for the week.  The weather for the week was also perfect, which made the vibes even better.  Windells has its own private t-bar, so the amount of laps you get while skiing is unreal!  As for off-hill, the camp base is a full skate park and there is always something going down.  It was a great break from working in the summer.  I can’t wait to get back on the snow again this winter!

Words by freeskier Sandy Boville

It’s always a fun time…even if it doesn’t work out. Level 1 Spring Shoot at Schweitzer Mountain, Idaho

After a fairly lengthy flight from Toronto to Spokane, Washington, I was greeted by Schweitzer’s event coordinator.  We hopped in the company car and headed east to Schwitezer. Picking up a few essentials, we made our way to the Level 1 digs for the week, a two-story house just down from the base of the Mountain.  With plenty of snow and ample steepness, I knew our front/backyard would definitely get some playtime.  For the majority of the week, we were clouded, rained and snowed-out from shooting freestyle skiing.  We’d head up the mountain to make changes on features and take a few tree laps, but the majority of the time was spent in and around the house.  We played games, watched TV, made food and most of all; We worked on the freeskiing pump track during our days.  I would say it was the highlight of the trip, and I’m sure others would too.  A ten-feature course with turns, jumps, gaps, rails and tunnels.  What more could you ask for?  Add in a few snow couches, a bonfire and fireworks and we had a recipe for greatness.

Level 1 Productions Pump Track Backflip at Schweitzter Mountain, Idaho

Photo by Chip Calbeck

Even with all the down time I was lucky enough to get in a few laps on the mini slope course with a few sunset shots. Be sure to check those out in the new Level 1 flick this fall.

Level 1 Productions Jump Shoot at Schweitzter Mountain, Idaho

After a week of disappointing weather with killer times I had to take off back home to Ontario. Summer is working season, which isn’t bad. I think it refreshes your mind and lets you really realize how great winter and skiing are. I’m definitely looking forward to getting back on the snow and ripping my favorite sticks!

Level 1 Productions Pump Track Tunnel at Schweitzter Mountain, Idaho

Words by Sandy Boville

 

Spring Shredding in Mount Hood, Oregon

Ty Wellman and I packed up our twin tip skis and the rest of our gear from a week of Missoula backcountry, battered and bruised but satisfied. Next up we were headed to Mount Hood, Oregon.  Greeted by the entire freeskiing community upon arrival, we knew we were in the right place.

Timberline is one of the last resorts to open in the U.S. but offers a $99 spring pass, which is good through the whole month of May.  Coincidentally, West Coast Sessions was going on the dates that we were there.  Proper park setups, and all the homies in one place at one time made the week one to remember.  Skiing on days the weather was bearable, and exploring the lively Oregon Woods on downdays, there was never a dull moment.

We ended up camping in the Oregon woods just down the road from Timberline with about 40 skiers/snowboarders total, some of which were old friends, some acquaintances, and some complete strangers.  Our small village of about 15 tents took the title of “The Graveyard.”  It rained for the entire week we were camping besides one day, my back felt as if I had been hit by a semi truck at 90mph, and we were broke as a joke, but we had an absolute blast.  Being able to live in the woods at our “home away from home” with so many like-minded people and to hear their story was really cool.

On the bittersweet drive home, we picked up Ty’s girlfriend, Syd, at the Portland airport so she could cruise back to CO with us.  I third-wheeled along the Coastline highway for a ways, which was really cool.  We saw some colossal Redwoods along the Redwood highway.  Then we headed back to CO, with a quick stop in Reno of course for gambling and In-N-Out Burger.

All in all, our memories made in Oregon will last forever, and meeting so many spot on individuals within the ski industry gives me hope!!

Words by Chris McKeever

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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