Powder Skiing Chile: Ian Hamilton wins Poor Boyz Undiscovered

In early 2015, Poor Boyz Productions launched Poor Boyz Undiscovered: a month-long search for the best unknown skiers out there. Athletes were invited to submit a 90-second edit, and, based on online voting and a panel of judges, three athletes won a $5,000.00 cash prize and a trip powder skiing Chile’s Andes Mountains with Poor Boyz in the summer of 2015. One of the three winners was Ian Hamilton. Take a look at Ian’s edit reel below, and then check out some photos and read Ian’s quick take on the whole experience.

 

Ian laying down lines while powder skiing Chile's Andes. Photo cred Ian Hamilton.

 

Revision Skis: Do you want to start out with the basics of the contest itself? When you decided to enter, everything it took to drum up votes, etc?

I originally saw the contest on Facebook and didn’t pay it much attention until a bunch of people encouraged me to enter. After I looked at the judging criteria and rules I knew I had a pretty good shot at winning so I got together all my best shots and sent them over to my buddy Zach Falen to get them into a 90 second piece. I was super pumped on my edit and really wanted to go to Chile so I went all out. I contacted all my friends, family, and sponsors to help spread the word and I was absolutely blown away by the response I got. A huge thanks to everyone who watched, shared, and voted. I couldn’t have done it without everyone’s support.

Terrain to expect when powder skiing Chile. Photo cred Ian Hamilton.


Revision Skis: On the trip itself, emotions heading into some powder skiing in Chile? Were you stoked, anxious, a little bit of everything? Did you guys have a smooth trip there?

It was weird winning the contest and knowing the trip was going to happen but having a huge period of time before we actually went. It didn’t really seem real all summer so when the time actually came to go to the airport I was almost in shock. I had no idea what to expect, just a ticket and my gear. It was an easy trip there though, I left Montana around 1 pm and was in Atlanta by 7:30 where I met up with most of the crew before the overnight flight to Santiago. We arrived in Santiago the next morning by 7 and after we got through customs we filmed packing up the van before taking off to Valle Nevado which was an hour north. We ended up going skiing right when we got to Valle Nevado so it was a crazy two days and I slept like a rock my first night in Chile.

Revision Subtraction powder skis; powder skiing Chile. Photo cred Ian Hamilton.

Revision Skis: How about the lodging?

The lodging was incredible, we partnered with Valle Nevado and then Rocanegra Lodge when we skied outside of Chillan. It the best I have ever stayed and eaten on a ski trip hands down. It was a crazy experience not knowing enough Spanish to communicate and having to do a lot of learning through observing and testing. There was a lot of food that wasn’t familiar but was delicious, and I still don’t know exactly what it was.

The best down time was definitely at Rocanegra Lodge, it is an absolute paradise. Located one valley over from the ski area Nevados de Chillan, Rocanegra is almost a nature retreat. You are surrounded by awesome mountains and the lodge looks like a medieval castle. There are also hottubs, a sauna, a pool and a yoga house. Not to mention the 5 course meals were delectable. I can’t wait to go back someday.

Powder skiing Chile. Photo cred Ian Hamilton.

Revision Skis: Culture?

Honestly I was surprised at how little culture shock I had. People are people no matter where you go, just trying to live their lives to the fullest. The language barrier was a little strange but everyone was super friendly and stoked on what we were doing. It made me want to travel way more and experience as many places as possible.

Bluebird day while powder skiing Chile's Andes Mountains. Photo cred Ian Hamilton.

Revision Skis: Terrain?

Ian Hamilton: The Andes blew me away. Never before had I skied such giant alpine peaks. I grew up skiing steep tree runs so having a completely open face was a bit disconcerting. It was totally a learning experience being in those mountains and I am undoubtedly hooked. There were so many options for jumps and cliff hits that we didn’t even scratch the surface. I really want to go back for a longer trip and see more of the terrain.

Andes Mountains: powder skiing Chile. Photo cred Ian Hamilton.

Revision Skis: New friends made?

Over the course of the trip the entire crew became great friends. I can’t thank the PBP crew enough for such an incredible experience. One of the best parts of the trip for me, however, was spending time with our guides. Having passionate skiers and boarders show you their home terrain is so awesome. I was blown away by how similar-minded a person who lives in a different hemisphere could be. The owner of Rocanegra and also our guide, Ruben, thought about the world in exactly the same way I did. We had great talks about how interconnected everything is and how interaction with nature is a crucial component of a live well lived. I made friends that I will never forget and I hope to see them soon.

Powder skiing Chile - Sunset in the Andes. Photo cred Ian Hamilton.

Revision Skis: Thoughts on the performance of the skis?

I was so pumped on how the Subtractions skied. We had a lot of variable conditions because we arrived a couple days after a storm. Most places were either wind or sun affected so you had to adjust your skiing every time we changed aspects. The Subtractions handled everything we encountered perfectly, from punchy jump landings to blower faceshots. I can’t believe how well they perform for both jumping and skiing, they are the most playful ski I have ever skied on.

Heli powder skiing Chile's Andes Mountains. Photo cred Ian Hamilton.

Revision Skis: What was your overall experience while powder skiing Chile? 

The trip really gave me a whole new perspective on both skiing and traveling. Skiing has really become a vehicle for me to travel and experience the world in a way that would otherwise be impossible. My life has been so positively affected by not just skiing but the people I have met through skiing. It is incredible to share such a burning passion for sliding down a mountain with people from around the world. I truly believe that connecting with nature and other people through something as simple as skiing is one of the best parts of life and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

CONGRATS again Ian on winning this sick contest and opportunity!

Powder skiing Chile has Ian like.. Photo cred Ian Hamilton.

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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.

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Who We Are – About Revision Skis by Freeskier Magazine

Who We Are - About Revision Skis by Freeskier Magazine

 

We recently had a chance to speak with Tess Weaver Strokes at Freeskier Magazine about who we are, our philosophy, product line, and industry-leading warranty program. After getting to know our team and products, Tess wrote an article for Freeskier, titled “Revision Skis: A jibber’s delight”. Here is a brief excerpt from the article:

 

Since launching its two-model line on August 1, 2014, Revision Skis, a company of four based in Colorado and Michigan, already boasts a FREESKIER Editors’ Pick: The Subtraction, a 116 mm powder ski that scored a 10 out of 10 in the category of “playfulness,” which, says Wanrooy, is a perfect fit for Revision’s customer base.

“Our powder skis are developed for progressive skiers who are pushing the boundaries of powder skiing via butters, skiing switch, and jibbing natural features.”

For its sophomore line, Revision added two models, raised the tip height on the Talismans, Revision’s versatile ski for skiers who flex, bounce and press their way down, and upgraded the bases and edges of the entire line to increase durability. That was based on feedback from customers, guides and clients at Fernie Wilderness Adventures (a cat-skiing operation in Fernie, BC where Revision tests its powder skis) and from Revision’s core team of athletes.

If you would like to read more detail about who we are, follow the link to the full article by Freeskier Magazine – Revision Skis: A jibber’s delight.

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Additionally, you can learn more about Revision via the About and Skis pages on our website.  Also, you can check out our full product lineup here.  If you have any questions for us, please feel free to reach out via our contact page.  Also, be sure to follow along on social media for all of the latest content and information.

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Revision Skis Company Callout

We recently had a chance to talk with David Malacrida from Downdays about how we got started and where we are going.  Here is a brief excerpt from the Revision Skis Company Callout article:

 

Revision’s give-and-take with its team riders has already borne fruit with several initiatives the company is undertaking this season. Foremost among them is a focus on sustainability “We are auditing our supply chain process in order to minimize our environmental impact,” Wanrooy says. “Our skis for fall 2015 will all be carbon neutral as we begin a long-term process of making sure we are responsible to the earth.”

Another much-hyped development is Revision’s new return & replace policy, which includes damage caused by sliding rails. “We will guarantee that we will replace any skis that are rendered unrideable because of rail damage during the one-year warranty period,” says the company.

Finally, Revision is constantly seeking to refine the durability of its products, so you’ll hopefully never need to take advantage of the replacement clause. “For this fall, we’ll be upgrading the bases and edges on all of our skis to a thicker version in order to improve durability,” says Wanrooy.

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Downdays Revision Skis Company Callout

If you enjoyed the Revision Skis Company Callout by Downdays and would like to learn more, there are a number of resources on that can help you get familiar with Revision Skis.  Our About page is filled with great details and links and is a great jumping off point.  If you want to jump straight into learning about our products, you can find all the information you need via our Skis page and our Shop.  Additionally, if you would like to read another third party’s take on Revision, check out the feature article written by Freeskier Magazine.

 

 

Summer Reinvigoration – Recovering after a brutal ski crash

My 2014/2015 season ended on April 10th, on the third jump of the Association of Freeskiing Professionals World Tour Finals Slopestyle Course on Blackcomb British Columbia.  It was ended by wet snow, a slow takeoff, and a brutal ski crash.

Halfway through my Doublecork 1260, I spotted my landing and knew I wasn’t going to reach it.  I opened up out of my rotation and landed on my left hip, side, and outstretched arm on the knuckle of the 75 foot jump.  I bounced and slid to a stop in the landing as I tried and failed to shout for help due to the lack of air in my lungs.

After regaining my breath after this brutal ski crash, I was joined by my best friend, Dean Bercovitch, and then a ski patroller.  I was able to gently ski down off the course and then the worry began.  I was thoroughly in shock and the pain was growing the longer I waited.  The common thoughts floated through my head, “What have I done to my body?  Ligaments? Bones? Organs? Joints?”  I hurt all over and decided I was unable to ski to the lift, thus began the trip to the Whistler Clinic. The patroller was worried about my ribs, my spine, my knee, my shoulder, but most of all my spleen.  I had growing pain in my upper chest which he informed me is a sign of a ruptured spleen.  So it was into the toboggan and down to the lift, followed by two lift rides to the village, a taxi ride to the clinic, a 15 minute wait, a chest X-Ray, an Ultrasound, and a urine analysis.  Over these hours a growing worry vied with a growing relief pending the results of the tests and the prognosis of my injuries from the Doctor.

After a couple hours in the hospital with my friends Dean and Bobby the doctor gave us the results of this brutal ski crash.  None of my organs were ruptured, but the urine analysis had traces of blood which indicated that my spleen and possibly one of my kidneys were bruised.  My knee was stable, my ligaments were all intact but my muscles and bone on the inside of my knee were bruised.  My left hip was similarly bone bruised.  My shoulder was alright.  My AC joint and rotator cuff weren’t damaged, I had simply severely bruised and strained my shoulder muscles.  My ribs were intact as was my spine.  All in all the doctor said he wasn’t overly concerned with anything but the bruised organs, which could rupture if they sustained any further trauma. So I was sent back to the hotel without any life or career threatening injuries, just a thoroughly traumatized body.  I have never been so sore in so many places.

The simple act of moving was a difficult dance of pain avoidance and the return drive to Montana was long and rough. Once back at home I was able to start the journey of recovery in full.  Ice baths, hot tubs, stretching, massages, and the occasional doctors visit filled my days.  I slowly improved as my muscles relented and the bruises faded from my bones and organs.  Slowly and gently I began to return to the activities for which my mind and body yearned. This is the most challenging, but rewarding aspect of the recovery process.

Recovering from a brutal ski crash takes patience. Having the patience and foresight to rest long enough, then relearning and remembering the movements which before were so natural before.  Golf was the first passion to which I returned.  The golf swing is a precise and flowing thing, and my doctor, Robert Amrine, believed it would actually be beneficial for my shoulder and back muscles to be stretched and moved. I started with just putting, then chipping, then the driving range, and finally a full round.  It is amazing how restless and pent up the body becomes after a month of inactivity and soreness.  The simple act of walking on grass, swinging a metal stick and hitting a little white ball relieved a a small, annoying black cloud of stress that had been hiding over my head for a month.

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For me, the worst part about an injury is the period of time for which I am unable to do the activities I love. I always have a renewed energy for sports and the outdoors after having been denied them.

In a way, an injury has the bonus of giving you a different view on the life you live and the activities you enjoy.  It emphasizes how much the things we take for granted must be cherished because our ability to do them will not last forever.  My passion for using my body to interact with the world in a creative way is stronger than ever.

It is with this passion that I headed for Woodward at Copper.  I stopped halfway in Salt Lake for the night and 18 beautiful holes of golf the next morning before finishing the drive to Copper.

golf UT vista

I drove by the massive buttes and rock walls of Colorado and Utah as the sun set and pulled into the EDGE parking lot around 10.  I met up with my good friend and Revision Filmer, Mike Kvackay, before passing out for the night.  The next morning was my first real look into the world of Woodward.  Breakfast was great and it was gorgeous weather outside. We met up with the rest of the Revision crew in the lobby; Sandy Boville, Tanner Berg, and Chris McKeever, and hopped in the van to roll up to the main park.  The first couple laps are always the best when the snow is still cold and fast and it was a blast to have snow back under my feet.

The jump line was super fun to warm up on and start getting some tricks back. Especially one of my favorites, Switch Misty 9 Truckdriver:

woodward truck

 

The rail line was fun too, with some sweet down bars, a down-flat-down, a transfer rail, and a tube-spine.

woodward dfd

 

The mornings are great at Copper because you ski hard from 9-12 then get a break for a delicious lunch before deciding whether to ski more at one of two parks or have a blast doing some other activities in the Barn or at the Cage.  The other great thing about Colorado is the plethora of epic outdoors activities readily available.  Tanner Berg and I opted for a hike and found an epic CO mountain lake composed of direct snowmelt runoff, making it perfect for a short ice bath of the ankles.

COlake

 

The next day, we had a blast doing a Revision Skis Quarterpipe session on the side of the last table.  Many face-masks and stickers were distributed and much fun was had by all.  Campers and Revision skiers alike were throwing down surfs, stalls, and airs.

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The last day, we sponsored an afternoon activity, the “Ninja Challenge”, an obstacle course of our own design in the barn.  We utilized the pits, mats, wedges and foam blocks to create a challenging course and gave a pair of skis away to the fastest time.  Much fun was had by all.


Here is a camper demonstrating perfect diving form into the foam pit. Video Cred: McRae

 

 

Overall, Woodward at Copper was an awesome way to spend a week of summer.  Great crew of people, good vibes, good food, and two fun parks.  After a week at Woodward I feel super confident heading down to Chile in a couple days to film with the Poor Boyz Productions crew for the Undiscovered Project.  Keep your eyes peeled for some fresh content from down south!!

 

Just dropped: The first summer camp video of the season.Watch as Revision Skis athletes Sandy Boville, Ian Hamilton, Chris McKeever and Tanner Berg invade Woodward Copper.Video by Mike Kvackay.

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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!

 

Sw Nose Manuals

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.

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