Video: Spencer Milbocker Park City Laps

Spencer Milbocker Park City Laps

A week ago, Mike Kvackay traveled from Denver to Salt Lake City to film with Spencer Milbocker. Spencer and Mike made the quick trip from Salt Lake City to Park City to film laps on their early season park setup. They filmed for just under 4 hours the first day and knocked out quite a few tricks. After snowing about 8 inches in Salt Lake City that night, they drove back up to Park City in the morning to find fresh snow at the resort. Spencer and Mike decided to get a few more park shots before putting the camera down to enjoy the fresh snow while exploring the rest of the mountain. It was a fun and productive two days.

Spencer Milbocker Park City Laps

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.

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.

 

Early Season in the Park with Revision Skis

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.  With the bulk of the ski season in front of us, it’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, “Colorado 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.”

“Early season in Summit County is pretty good for riding some good old fashion park, especially when there’s not much snow elsewhere yet.  Getting your feet back under you is easy because of how perfect Breck’s early season jumps are. Good times lapping with the boys,” 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!”

“Filming 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.  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,” 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, 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.  See you on the slopes!

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