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 byÂ Joshua Nowicki and you can see the video of this location and others across West Michigan in Level 1’s newest film, “Less”.
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These Michigan urban skiing photos were taken at the Grand Rapids Press building. Â Grand Rapids isÂ 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.
Iâ€™ve been working for a contractor since my ski season ended building decks, fences, gazebos and digging a lot of holes. Â It’s hard work, but at least Iâ€™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. Â I probably ended up being the first to jump on that. Â 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. Â Windells was a great host, giving us access to the lane, a house to crash in and a chauffer/van for the week. Â The weather for the week was also perfect, which made the vibes even better. Â Windells has its own private t-bar, so the amount of laps you get while skiing is unreal! Â As for off-hill, the camp base is a full skate park and there is always something going down. Â It was a great break from working in the summer. Â I canâ€™t wait to get back on the snow again this winter!
Words by freeskierÂ Sandy Boville
After a fairly lengthy flight from Toronto to Spokane, Washington, I was greeted by Schweitzerâ€™s event coordinator. Â 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. Â With plenty of snow and ample steepness, I knew our front/backyard would definitely get some playtime. Â For the majority of the week, we were clouded, rained and snowed-out from shooting freestyle skiing. Â Weâ€™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. Â We played games, watched TV, made food and most of all; We worked on the freeskiing pump track during our days. Â I would say it was the highlight of the trip, and Iâ€™m sure others would too. Â A ten-feature course with turns, jumps, gaps, rails and tunnels. Â What more could you ask for? Â Add in a few snow couches, a bonfire and fireworks and we had a recipe for greatness.
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.
After a week of disappointing weather with killer times I had to take off back home to Ontario. Summer is working season, which isnâ€™t bad. I think it refreshes your mind and lets you really realize how great winter and skiing are. Iâ€™m definitely looking forward to getting back on the snow and ripping my favorite sticks!
Words by Sandy Boville