We have spent the last few weeks getting our ski legs back, cruising the parks of Summit County, and having an all-around good time with our crew.Â With the bulk of the ski season in front of us, itâ€™s an exciting time of the year to be hitting the slopes with our friends.
“I hadn’t been on snow for six months while I was finishing up my International Business degree, so my days in Colorado were my first of the season. It was the best escape from school and I felt right at home as soon as the camera came out. Getting back on my skis was the same feeling as putting on a pair of perfectly broken in shoes that you haven’t worn in a long time. A Thanksgiving spent skiing and celebrating among friends was an amazing way to start the season,” said a stoked Ian Hamilton.
Sandy Boville shared, â€œColorado in the beginning of the season is always a good time. Multiple mountains and great early season parks provide tons of variety. We’ve had a few snow days, allowing for some high speed shralping down the mountain. I’ve been skiing the 181 Talisman for all mountain riding as it gives me a bit more ski underfoot. The 176 is a blast in the park with a buttery nose to flex and a stiffer tail for stomping landings. The short size allows me to be a little more snappy. I know people will see how fun the Talisman is after watching everyone rip it.â€
â€œEarly season in Summit County is pretty good for riding some good old fashion park, especially when there’s not much snow elsewhere yet.Â Getting your feet back under you is easy because of how perfect Breck’s early season jumps are. Good times lapping with the boys,â€ explained Chris McKeever.
Danny Arnold told us, “I had a great time riding with my friends on my days off between working at Fun For you Snowmobile Rentals, and doing my Outdoor Recreation Leadership Degree at CMC. It was great to film a little with the Revision boys and get some early season park laps in. Pray for Pow!”
â€œFilming my friends and riding two of the best early season parks in the country has been a blast. Armed with my new camera and a ton of creative, talented skiers, my work was cut out for me.Â After shooting for just five short days mixing in sunshine, snow and clouds, I was able to get a ton of shots and make a killer video. I am super stoked on our crew and can’t wait for the season to unfold,â€ explained Revision Skis filmer Mike Kvackay.
We hope you enjoy this video of the highlights of our early season riding the Revision Skis Talisman in the park with Sandy Boville, Ian Hamilton, Sam Zahner, Chris McKeever, Ty Wellman,Â Danny Arnold, Tanner Berg and filmer Mike Kvackay. From here, we will be following the snow into the backcountry and streets for the remainder of the season.Â See you on the slopes!
Take a trip with Jake as he enjoys backcountry skiing Montana. This 30 second video of powder skiing shows a trip through the trees along with some faceshots. Backcountry skiing Montana takes a little work, but it is well worth it when the reward is deep powder and perfectly spaced trees.
Backcountry Skiing Montana Resources
If you are looking to start backcountry skiing Montana, your best bet would be to link up with one of your ski buddies that has deep knowledge of the various zones and snowpack. If you’ve never been to Montana and don’t have any personal connections that can show you around, your best bet may be to make your first trip via a reputable guiding service.
Yurtski is an operator that offers backcountry yurts that you can use as your base while backcountry skiing Montana. Â You also have the option to book a guided tour and there are catering options available too.
Beartooth Powder Guides is another operator that offers ski guiding services in the mountains that surround Cooke City. Their services include day trip powder tours, high alpine tours, full guided and catered hut trips, and Beartooth overnight trips.
If you are looking to do less work going uphill and get more runs skiing down, Great Northern Powder Guides is worth a look. Â They operate out of the Whitefish area and have a large catskiing tenure along with a yurt for those desiring overnight accommodations.
Other options for those that are properly educated for a self-guided trip include “The Montana Backcountry Ski Guide” ebook or the “Backcountry Skiing Bozeman and Big Sky” paperback/ebook/app.
Last winter Ian Hamilton stacked shots while skiing all over North America.Â Here are some bonus shots of Ian shredding Revision Skis.
Switch Lip by Sandy Boville
This switch lip by Sandy BovilleÂ is a bonus shot from Less, the new film by Level 1 Productions. Â If you haven’t already seen it, you can catch Sandy’s full segment by watching Less from Level 1 on iTunes or Vimeo.
About Switch Lip
If you would like to learn more about the switch lip trick in skiing, here is a pretty good discussion about ‘What is a switch lip‘. Â If you have anything else you would like to add, please hit us up in the comments of this post.
Less is the 15th annual ski motion picture from Level 1. In addition to Revision Skis athlete, Sandy Boville, Less features skiing by Magnus Graner, LSM, Will Berman, Duncan Adams, Sig Tveit, Adam Delorme, Tim McChesney, Wiley Miller, Khai Krepela, Will Wesson, Shay Lee, Tanner Rainville, LJ Strenio, Bank Gilberti, Ahmet Dadali, Logan Imlach, Tatum Monod, Superunknown XI, and friends. Less was shot on location at Schweitzer, Idaho; Summit at Snoqualmie, Washington; Riksgransen, Sweden; Colorado, Wyoming, Whistler, Aspen, Ontario, Poland, Switzerland, Sweden, France, Japan, New York, Minnesota, Montana, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, and Vermont. Less was directed by Josh Berman and Freedle Coty. Produced by Josh Berman. Principal cinematography by Josh Berman, Freedle Coty, Jonny Durst, Jake Strassman, and Ante Olofsson. Editing by Jonny Durst, Josh Berman, Freedle Coty, and Blake Kimmel. Art direction by Schui Baumann.
Last winter we went catskiing with Fernie Wilderness Adventures and got hammered with fresh snow. Here is a shot of Ian Hamilton skiing at FWA and throwing a big backcountry double misty 1080.