The Beginning of Something Great

It’s been a busy one so far. I’ve touched down on both coasts of the USA and Canada. And I can’t complain! This is the beginning of something great.

Starting the season off I went over to Killington Mountain for the annual Rails 2 Riches contest. Since I hadn’t skied yet, I decided to go a few days early to get use to sliding down the hill again. As you can see there wasn’t a whole lot of snow..

 

killington with no snow for rails to richesThe gondola ride up

a little more snow is the beginning of something great A little bit more under the chairlifts…

 

I was able to ride for about 4 days in some very stormy weather before the contest. I skied really well for only having a few days under my belt. I made it into the finals so I was pumped! You can check out the full video recap.

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An air to put me into finals

 

After Killington I headed west to Whistler. They had an incredible early season so I decided to get over there to score some powder turns. As you can see the days were great!

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Face shots galore!

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Jarad Martin finding the goods

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Ripping with these dudes was all-time!

 

Unfortunately just past the halfway mark of my trip I caught an edge in the park and separated my shoulder. So skiing was over for me until after christmas. I headed home for the holidays to heal up!

Sandy Boville Shoulder

My ability to lift my right arm… I was not happy!

 

After a few weeks off I was finally able to make it back out on the hill and do some cruising. For the first little bit I took it pretty easy. I didn’t feel like I was missing out too much since there really wasn’t much snow.

 

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Spence man modeling the greens

 

By the time the New Year had hit we were finally starting to accumulate a bit of snow. I was able to link up with my good friend Matthew Waring and we headed to Dagmar for some hot laps.

 

A few days later I got a message from the dudes over at Newschoolers. They informed me they were heading to Alberta for a ski/travel trip and wanted to know if I was interested. Giving them the thumbs up I headed off to Calgary where I met up with LJ Strenio, Will Wesson, Shay Lee, Nicky Keefer, Jaime Walter, Jasper Newton and Douglas Bishop. We spent the whole week traveling through the Alberta rockies visiting Banff and Jasper.

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Lucas Wachs reached the top of our skin up

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About to bag a cooly at Sunshine Village

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Some people had more fun than others on this trip

 

After this unforgettable trip wrapped up I flew south to Denver to partake in the SIA trade show and on snow demo up at Copper Mountain.

Copper Mountain Powder Turns

To many nights out in Denver had me excited for the fresh snow at Copper

 

Following the SIA weekend I stayed in Denver to shoot some street footage with Level 1. All aboard this short adventure was Jonny Durst, Khai Krepela, Lj Strenio, Will Wesson and Josh Berman. We were only there for about 6 days but were able to get down to business produce some stellar footage. Be sure to check it out in Level 1’s new flick this September.

Last up on the long trip I flew up to Quebec City for the RedBull Redirect contest. They had built a big scaffolding venue for a drop in and mixed in existing urban features into the man made course. Check out the full video recap here: https://www.newschoolers.com/videos/watch/813635/NS-x-Red-Bull-ReDirect?c=latest

Sandy Boville Red Bull Redirect
Urban meets contest

I’m now back home in Ontario for the next week before taking off again. It’s always nice to have a little break and get to rip around the stomping grounds.

Mute Grabs for the Kids

Mute grabs for the kids

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….

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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.

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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.

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10153126201664877

Posted by Freeskier Magazine on Friday, June 12, 2015

 

Skiing Boston and Quebec

(Posted by Sandy Boville)

The spring was a busy one!

After checking out all the new gear at SIA, I headed east to the snowpocolyptic town of Boston. After being delayed by the storm, which was probably the 3rd in a week, I got in and met up with Shay Lee, Jonny Durst, Mitchell Brower and Khai Krepela so that we could begin skiing Boston.

Boston had so much snow! It was definitely hard to get anywhere around town with the amount of snow and traffic in Boston. Frustration had set in by the end of the trip after having to wait 2 hours in a packed van to get anywhere.

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The abundance of snow

After our week skiing Boston wrapped up we grabbed a bus to Montreal from Burlington, Vermont. With a new storm coming in hot we were told to take the overnight bus so we wouldn’t get trapped by the storm. So we hung out in Montreal for the day before getting on our next bus. Leaving at 10pm and arriving at 9:30am the next morning was a little rough.

 

shay lee and sandy boville

 

After the SUPER long bus ride (post skiing Boston) we arrived in Murdockville, QC. And there was definitely an abundance of snow! We were fortunate enough to be invited for 2 weeks to rip around the Chic Choc Mountains. We stayed at the fine Auberge Chic-Chac Lodge, a small catski/heli operator.

 

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 Murdochville

 

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 Some warm joe in the cat

 

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First time in a Helicopter!

We had a great experience over the two weeks spent in Northeastern Quebec! The Chic-Chac Lodge definitely has some of the best skiing in the east coast!! If you’re ever thinking of making the trip I definitely recommend it!

-Sandy

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

Woodward Copper Photos

Revision Skis week at Woodward Copper went way too fast.  Luckily Chip Proulx was onsite to capture the action.  Thanks to Chip, we have a stack of excellent Woodward Copper photos to look back on and remember a great week at camp.  We are excited to go back again in the future and hope you enjoy looking back on our time at camp through the following Woodward Copper photos.

 


Woodward Copper Photos - Ian Hamilton

 

Woodward Copper Photos - The Salt Man

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Chris McKeever Surfing Woodward Copper Photos

 

Ian Hamilton Revision Skis

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If you enjoyed these Woodward Copper photos and want to learn more about ski camps, visit: http://www.woodwardcopper.com/.

Typical days at Woodward Copper summer ski camp include skiing on snow at Copper’s summer version of the Central terrain park in the AM, Barn sessions in the afternoon and evening, and many additional recreational activities including skateboarding, rock climbing, hiking, music, and more. Campers live and eat at Copper’s Edge building, which is located right next to the slopes and right down the road from the Barn. The Woodward Copper Barn was recently renovated, opening the door far beyond skis and snowboards to now include skateboards, BMX and slopestyle mountain bike . The synthetic snow surfaces were replaced with a surface compatible with wheels. New additions include a new beginner foam pit with appropriately sized jumps and a pump track designed for honing your skills.

Woodward Copper Revision Skis Week

Woodward Copper Revision Skis Week

Well, it has been one hell of a week at summer camp! We had the pleasure of hanging out with a solid crew of stoked campers both on and off the snow. The park setup was prime and it was great to have such excellent snow in Colorado in June. We made a lot of new friends while skiing at Woodward Copper Revision Skis week and can’t wait to ski with them again in the future. During our off time, we took advantage of the skate park and the barn.  If you enjoy skating, you will have a great time in the skate park, which is loaded with sick features.  Also, the trampolines and dry slope/foam pit in the barn was a great way to practice new tricks that we were looking to bring to snow.  Whether we were on-snow, at the skate park, or kicking it in the Barn, the setup was prime and we made a bunch of new friends. Revision Skis Week came and went way too fast for our crew of Sandy Boville, Chris McKeever, Ian Hamilton, and Tanner Berg. We hope you enjoy this video that Mike Kvackay put together from our time at Woodward Copper.  We had a great time at camp and hope that comes through in the video.

We are looking forward to future Woodward Copper Revision Skis weeks, so please reach out to us and let us know if you will be attending too.  It’s a great way to meet and ski with like minded individuals while learning new tricks. Skiing a prime Colorado park setup in the middle of the summer is a great way to break up the offseason and be ready for the following winter.

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Woodward Copper Revision Skis Week - Chris McKeever

 

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!

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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!

 

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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

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