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

Powder Skiing Loveland Pass with Chris McKeever

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Powder Skiing Loveland Pass

Powder skiing Loveland Pass, Colorado is an absolute blast when your making car laps and getting fresh tracks with your friends.  Chris McKeever and friends have been getting after the powder skiing at Loveland Pass on their Subtraction powder skis this season. We hope you enjoy this video, which gives a great look at the ski conditions at the pass.

If powder skiing Loveland Pass is one of your goals, you’re in luck because the access is relatively easy and it is one of the best worst-kept secrets in backcountry powder skiing. To get the goods, you take Interstate 70 West to exit 216 and merge onto US 6 West toward Loveland Pass. Then you continue for 4.7 miles to the upper parking lot. The lower lot is located on the lefthand side on the third tight turn.

Car pooling with your crew is the most efficient way to manage powder skiing at the pass. That allows you to not have to worry about the waiting involved with hitching rides to the top. If you plan to ski the pass on the weekends, it will be a bit busier. This makes it easier to hitch rides, but you will also have to deal with more of a crowd on the terrain. Weekdays are typically a little less busy, which may lead to a little longer wait time for hitching rides. Ultimately, the best plan is to go with a group of experienced friends on a weekday in order to take full advantage.

Powder skiing at Loveland Pass, Colorado is characterized by terrain suited for many different preferences and levels of riding. Big lines, cornices, and chutes are there for the taking in the Western bowl and beyond. Or if your looking for low angle terrain, you can access it by dropping in closer to the road on the North side, or by taking a South/South-Eastern line on the West side of the road. Please note – with easy backcountry access comes responsibility. It’s important to make sure that you are a confident, well trained, experienced backcountry skier and that the other members of your group are as well.

Sandy Boville Colorado in December

After Rails to riches I sent it to Colorado from Vermont……….which is quite far I found out. After a few days of driving and some budget hotel sleeps, I finally made it to the Rocky Mountains. Arriving into Breckenridge I met up with Slopestyle co-owner Chris Krance who I would be crashing with for the next few days. If you are ever in the area be sure to check out his kick ass store!

 

The morning wake up view

The morning wake up view from castle Krance

 

I skied Breckenridge and Keystone for the next few days. Watching a bit of the action going on at the Dew Tour…Skiing is getting pretty crazy these days!

 

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Working on my switch nose manuals at Keystone

 

Dew tour does a street style rail jam in the village and this is the first year they invited skiers. I lucked out and got into the jam happening on the Friday night of the mountain championships. It was a pretty interesting setup but a super fun time. A ton of spectators came out to watch the event making the atmosphere very exciting.

 

Dew Tour Street style Jam

Dew Tour Street style jam greasing the mini rainbow.

 

Following the event, I had a few more days to rip around Breckenridge as a few inches fell here and there throughout the week. We even got a killer last day at Keystone and were finally able to hit some jumps!

 

Soul shredding selfies

Soul shredding selfies with “Mr. America” Shay Lee.

Sandy Boville Colorado Photo by Gill Montgomery

Flat 5 at Keystone. Photo: Gill Montgomery

 

After a solid 2 weeks in Colorado I took off back to Ontario. I made the 28 hr trek home in two days. Thank you Joe Rogan podcast for keeping me entertained! -Sandy Boville Colorado

Danny Arnold Skiing Season Edit 2013-2014

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Danny Arnold

Danny Arnold spent last season living in Whistler, British Columbia and traveling around BC. Here is Danny’s season edit with a bunch of great powder skiing and big lines in Fernie, Whistler, and Revelstoke.

While Danny was living in Whistler, he supported his skiing lifestyle by working at a hostel. When Danny wasn’t working, he was taking advantage of the vast terrain at (and near) Whistler Blackcomb. Whistler Blackcomb is located 75 miles north of Vancouver and is considered the largest ski resort in North America.  It is 50% larger than the next largest competing resort and also features the iconic Peak 2 Peak gondola which transports skiers from the top of Whistler and Blackcomb mountains. The Peak 2 Peak gondola holds two world records – it is the highest cable car above ground and the longest unsupported span between two cable car towers.

 

Whistler Blackcomb is situated in the Fitzsimmons range of the Coast Mountain range in BC, Canada. It is located on the north western edge of Garibaldi Provincial Park. Whistler was originally called London Mountain because of the frequent fog at low elevations. Consistently ranked as the top resort in North America, more than 2 million people visit annually. Whistler Mountain has a vertical of 5,020 feet and a skiable area of 4,757 acres. Blackcomb Mountain has a vertical of 5,133 feet and a skiable area of 3,414 acres. The longest runs at both Whistler (Burnt Stew) and Blackcomb (Green Road) are 6.8 miles long. Whistler Blackcomb is a large enough resort that they have terrain options for any type of skier.  Options abound for skiing legendary chutes, steeps, cliffs, couloirs, high alpine, powder filled bowls, gladed trees, and flowing groomers.

Whistler also has a wide variety of summertime activities and is famous for the Whistler Bike Park.  The bike park is world class and draws both amateur and professional mountain bikers from around the world.  Other summer activities include camping, hiking, bungee jumpingglacier skiing, and more.

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 to Riches – Sandy Boville

And it seems to come as soon as it ended. Another ski season is just beginning!
I packed up a few bags, waxed the skis and headed to Killington, Vermont for the annual rails to riches contest in early December. After a solid 8 hr drive, I finally made it to the rolling mountains of the East. Upon showing up, I met up with a bunch of friends as we went to hang out at the Newschoolers condo. Catching up with everyone and discussing the following day’s contest, we all looked around saying the winner of the contest is in this room. Roughly 13 people had the talent to take the top spot. It was going to be one hell of a day!

The park crew blowing snow.

The park crew blowing snow! With a lack of any natural snow and warm temperatures they put in some hard work the night before the event.

The following day we woke up to less than great weather, as rain droplets and wet snow were coming down. On the plus side the snow was going to be very soft!

The day of the event had some wet weather

The day of the event had some wet weather! A busy day on the slopes though.

 

The morning started off with a jam in the sleet like weather. An hour jam was set to decide the top ten that would be moving on to the final round. I was able to put down a few solid tricks and grabbed one of those spots.

The finals started off later that evening under the lights. The local spectators poured in to check out all the action. Another hour jam went down with none of the top ten holding anything back. Disaster, flips, spins, and transfers. You name it, it happened. It was very cool to be a part of!

Photo- Travis Towley

Khai Krepela and myself working on our synchronized moves             Photo- Travis Towley

 

I was able to stay pretty consistent and land a number of tricks. The judges must have liked it as I ended up in first place with heavy hitters Khai Krepela and LJ Strenio rounding out the podium.

Sandy Khai and LJ

Rails to Riches Podium. LJ, Sandy and Khai

Thanks to Killington for putting on such a rad event and everyone who was riding for what must have been a great show!

APres celebrations

Aprés celebrations with the most interesting man in the world!

Jake Fagrelius Hand-Drag Cork 360 Skiing

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Hand-Drag Cork 360 Video from British Columbia

This hand-drag cork 360 video is from last winter when we went on a snowcat skiing trip in British Columbia, Canada. We had a blast skiing deep, untracked powder while testing out Subtraction prototype skis. We were pretty nervous leading up to our trip as it had been a season with very little snowfall.  A week before the trip we were considering cancelling and rescheduling for the following ski season.  We ended up deciding to go on the trip as planned and hope for the best.  To our suprise, the weather unexpectedly turned in our favor on our drive up from Montana.  When we arrived at the snowcat skiing lodge in British Columbia, it was a full on storm.  The next morning we woke up to some of the deepest snow any of us had experienced in our lives.  The snow kept falling over the next few days and nights. We were skiing insanely deep powder for the entire trip and ended up scoring lots of great video and photo.

Snowcat Skiing in British Columbia, Canada

Do you dream of taking catskiing laps in the backcountry of British Columbia?  There are a lot of great snowcat skiing operations that can guide you safely in large, uncrowded powder skiing tenures. If your looking to ski some deep powder in BC and land your first hand-drag cork 360, a good starting off point for learning about the many lodges and operators is Catskiing Canada.

 

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