As the snow melted we traveled from the east coast out west in search of skiing. Since we focused so much on Breck last year, we decided to check out Keystone. Great park, warm temps and prime spring conditions, this is what we came up with. Enjoy this Beast Coast skiing video featuring freeskier Sam Zahner.
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. Â Skiing in World Champs has been a goal of mine for a couple seasons, so I was anticipating this contest all season. Â I love visiting Whistler because there are so many great people there. Â 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. Â 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. Â The first two rails were big enough to allow for technicality without being gigantic and dangerous. Â And the third rail feature was my favorite feature of the course. Â 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. Â 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. Â The jump section was similar in scale to the rail features. Â Big enough to allow a high degree of difficulty, but not too big to be overly dangerous. Â 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. Â I am glad to say I accomplished all three. Â Skiing around such insane skiers is a huge factor for me. Â I get so pumped when everyone is throwing down super hard. Â 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. Â Only five skiers from each heat of thirty moved on so there was a huge amount of pressure. Â I decided I was just going to have fun and not worry about the end result. Â 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. Â I managed to land my first run and was in 1st place in my heat going into run 2. Â 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. Â I came out with the highest score in my heat and the third highest in the qualifier behind Brenden Reid and Jossi Wells.
AFP World Championships Slopestyle Course Preview
The 2014 AFP Slopestyle Skiing World Champs are underway in Whistler, BC. On the athlete side, Ian Hamilton, Beau James Wells, McRae Williams, and Emma Whitman share their thoughts on the slopestyle course. In addition, we were fortunate enough to touch base with Bruce Wells, the father of the wells brothers, and world class freeski coach. It would not be a slopestyle skiing course preview withoutÂ a few laps through the course. Enjoy thisÂ AFP World Championships Slopestyle Course Preview of the action that will be going down in Whistler, British Columbia.
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Different pace for the second chapter as we head up north to VT. We skied, we filmed and the internet crashed so I couldn’t get this to you sooner. Freestyle skiers include Samuel ZahnerÂ of Revision Skis, Casey Arnold, Jake Muller and Cody Gushlaw. Enjoy and rate it up on Newschoolers if you think its sick!