Advance Ski Movie

While filming the Advance ski movie, we spent the last season chasing snow with friends in both the backcountry and the streets. We had some deep days cat skiing with our friends at Fernie Wilderness Adventures, where the snow always seems to hit for us.  Our time at Grand Targhee was great as well, but we weren’t as lucky on the weather. Other legs of the trip while filming included street skiing in Sweden and Russia, along with a bunch of other great spots across the Western states. Hit play, sit back, and enjoy the Advance ski movie, featuring skiers Mike King, Sandy Boville, Chris McKeever, Tobias Sedlacek, Erik Pousette, Sakarias Majander, Leo Bjorklund, Douglas Kallsbo, Ian Hamilton, Danny Arnold, Sam Zahner, Jake Fagrelius, and Tanner Berg. We hope you enjoy watching ‘Advance’ as much as we did filming it.

Advance Ski Movie Locations

  • British Columbia
  • Wyoming
  • Colorado
  • Idaho
  • Montana
  • Sweden
  • Russia
  • More….

Advance Ski Movie - Targhee

Revision Skis Week at Camp of Champions

This summer marks the 28th year Camp of Champions has been running summer sessions up on the Horstman Glacier and we were stoked to be apart of it for Revision Skis Week! Sandy Boville, Chris McKeever, Sam Zahner, and myself Mike King headed up to Whistler, British Columbia for Revision Skis Week. Also cramming into the single bedroom with the crew was Liam Mckinley and Rachel Block to capture everything that went down behind the lens. Due to a lack of snow in the Pacific Northwest, the glacier has been receding at an accelerated rate. With more rocks showing and elevated temperatures, COC still managed to put together a world-class park. After the first couple laps we were quickly reminded how painful skiing is, but the young gun Sam Zahner quickly started going in to get the sessions started. After a long sunscreen filled day of skiing we packed a bus full of campers and athletes and headed to Whistler Bungee. Laughter and screams bellowed through the canyon as kids hurled themselves off a 160ft bridge. The stoke level was at an all time high. Dodge ball, skateboarding, and jumping on trampolines were some of the activities that went down after beautiful bluebird days on the glacier. Late nights followed by early mornings made this week one for the record books. Shout out to Ken, Shelby, and the rest of the COC staff for an awesome camp. See you next year! Words by Mike King, video by Liam McKinley, and photos by Rachel Bock.

Mike King and Sam Zahner at Revision Skis Week

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!

Settling In with Sam Zahner and the Newschoolers MoleSquad

We recently had a chance for quick conversation with Sam Zahner about his move to Summit County and plans for this upcoming winter:

 

Reflecting on last season what were the main highlights?

Last winter I did some filming with Andrew Keyser for the Beast Coast webisodes. We filmed at Mountain Creek, NJ and Big Boulder, PA for the first episode. For the second episode I just got a few urban shots around my home in Jersey, and the rest of the crew filmed at Carinthia. In the spring I entered a rail jam “King of Jib” down at Roundtop and managed to get second place, but got a pretty solid concussion and messed up my shoulder, which put me out for a couple weeks. About a month later I went out to Colorado where we filmed the last Beast Coast episode at Keystone. Going back East I thought the season was over but luckily enough I was still able to ski in early May at the Ski The East super park shoot. Was a great 5 days and I managed to stack a few shots that’ll hopefully be released in the STE series next winter.

How has your summer been?  What have you been up to?

Summer has been pretty chill, just graduated high school in June, and spent most of my summer in Jersey besides a few weekend trips down the shore or up north. I pretty much just stayed home did a lot of cliff jumping, skating and what not. Early August I finally made the move cross country and will be living in Summit County (hopefully) for years to come.

Now that you’ve made the move to Summit County, what are you doing besides skiing to keep yourself busy?
I’ve been in summit for a little over a month now. Not too much going on without skiing, but I’m taking a few classes at CMC. I’ve also kept busy with a lot of skating, tramping and some sketchy off roading in subarus.
Sam Zahner Skating
Sam Zahner Subaru Off Roading
How has the move from New Jersey to Summit County, Colorado been? 
Definitely some differences out here vs. back home. Everything’s a little slower, people seem to be friendlier and more laid-back. Jerseys just about the opposite, haha. My overall life hasn’t changed too much yet, but hopefully that’ll change this winter!
You haven’t mentioned plans for any slopestyle skiing competitions. Is it safe to say you have your sights set on devoting yourself mainly to filming rather than competing?
Yeah, competing definitely isn’t my main focus this season. Although I am planning to enter war of rails because the set up is always insane and just looks like a sick comp. I really like how it is pretty much a rail jam taken to the next level. Also I’ve never been to Cali, so that should be a good trip.
With the Beast Coast series coming to an end, what are your filming plans for the upcoming winter?
This winter I am just hoping to ski as much as possible. Me and my crew the “molesquad” are planning to release frequent webisodes this winter. I am also hoping to direct most of my effort toward filming and hitting street spots this winter.
Can you explain the draw for you to bring your freestyle skiing to the streets?
There are just so many more options and interesting features to hit while street skiing. Myself being an east coast rail skier for most of my life, its a natural progression for me to ski in the streets. In past years, lack of snow and not always having a crew of kids down to hit urban prevented me from skiing in the streets a lot. I’m hoping now living in summit with 4 other skiers I won’t have these same problems. As far as trips go I don’t have any planned yet besides a couple home to NJ.
Plenty of Newschoolers have probably heard the name “molesquad” by now.  Can you tell us more about the molesquad?
The molesquad is just our crew, consisting of me, Rob Bittner, Mike Cappola and Alex Keimel. Currently we’ve all been living in Silverthorne, Colorado for the past couple months. As far as the filming/ editing goes, we will all be behind the camera with mostly myself and Bittner covering the editing, but obviously everyone will have a strong input during the editing process. What’s unique about the molesquad is the diversity of style and techniques of our skiing. We definitely feed off of each other’s skiing which makes the entire ski filming process much more successful. This winter were planning to release weekly episodes through Newschoolers. Were hoping to get things coordinated with Newschoolers moderators to possibly get a channel and episode countdowns.
Keep your eye out for the molesquad this winter.

A Fresh Outlook on Skiing by Revision Skis

Revision Skis is a small, accessible freestyle skiing company that makes the skis that our family wants to ride.  Our focus is on having fun while expressing our own individual creativity and style. We are in the freeskiing business for the love of it and we do things our own way. We look forward to continuing to connect with the community in the future and are excited to hear from you. As we officially launch our fresh, new brand of skis, we hope you enjoy this video of our family enjoying our twin tip skis in a variety of conditions. We hope you will stop and take a moment to check out our lineup of park skis, powder skis, and all mountain skis.

Video edited by Mike Kvackay | Filmed by Bobby Jahrig, Frank King, Mike Kvackay, Andrew Keyser, The Bunch, Sam Trefaller, Arthur Baluff, Ben Zeimet & Thomas Vincent

Beast Coast: Season II – Chapter Three

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.

Beast Coast: Season II – Chapter Two

Hey look, sun..

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 Zahner of Revision Skis, Casey Arnold, Jake Muller and Cody Gushlaw. Enjoy and rate it up on Newschoolers if you think its sick!

Beast Coast: Season II – Chapter One

Not one sunny day, not one damn ray of sunlight.

Beast Coast returns for its second season in a brand new Chapter One. New year, new season, new freeskiing talent. Beast Coast was started to showcase up and coming skiers here on the East Coast with the end goal of getting them exposure. Seeing how last year’s season got publicity in an unbelievable way, I was extremely excited to get some new names on board. I’d like to welcome Jake Muller and Casey Arnold for teaming up with us. They both threw down, bringing their own style to the edit. Let us not forget Cody Gushlaw and Sam Zahner, both coming into this season with an extensive amount of new tricks. The episode was filmed over three very cloud days in some of the East Coast’s finest parks. Enjoy!