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

Finito Street Skiing Moscow, Russia with The Bunch

Street Skiing Moscow

Hello, Tobias Sedlacek here. On the 14th of January, parts of The Bunch crew, including myself drove to Moscow, Russia from Sweden. After driving for two days, we were there. The snow wasn’t that much, but there were spots everywhere. With a crew of 7 skiers including filmer Ante Olofsson we were street skiing Moscow for almost two weeks filming for our upcomming movie “Finito”.

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Me, bench hopping

Douglas street skiing Moscow

Douglas nose blocking and using the Talismans the right way

We met up with the LSM crew who showed us the way around Moscow, helped us finding spots and showed us some great Russian hospitality. One day we went out to hit a skatepark with the LSM boys but ended up not being able to get through security who guarded the park, if we tried apparently they were going to call the police on us. Instead we headed to another park where we ended up riding in front of the biggest audience we’ve had in the streets, probably around 30 people. Maybe because one of the Russian homies told them our movie would be in the Cinema, but most likely because they aren’t used on seeing people ski street there.

The Bunch skiing in Moscow

Douglas in front of some Moscow projects

The Bunch urban skiing Russia

Magnus walking over the ice to get to a spot

We went to a city an hour away from Moscow called Podolsk. Podolsk is an old industrial city and during the Soviet times it was one of the biggest industrial giants in the Moscow oblast, which is the name of region around Moscow. These days, it’s a worn out city with landmarks from the war times. One of the marks is a big abbandon dam, that never got finnished building and nowadays instead houses graffiti artists.

Graffiti in Russia

Dora the AK-47 explorer

abandoned dam in Podolsk

Me, in the abandoned dam in Podolsk

A game changer for us this year is our winch a.k.a Leonardo Da Winch. A friend of ours built it this fall out of a go-cart engine and it’s pretty darn fast. Unfortunately, Leonardo was struggling a bit with us but overall he helped us out alot. We wouldn’t have been able to hit most of the spots we did without him.

Russian winch for urban skiing

Peyben drives Leonardo accompanied by Skrotin, one of our Russian homies. I can’t count on one hand how many times Peyben and his apprentice Douglas fixed Leonardo

We also went touristing and got to see the famous “Red Square” where the Vasilj Cathedral also is located. The churches and cathedrals in Russia is so sick, having these round shaped roofs with different colours on them. Very nice!

The classic Vasilj Cathedral

The classic Vasilj Cathedral

The Bunch Central Moscow

A random cathedral/church somewhere in central Moscow

Tobias, Magnus and Maxi in font of some monument

Me, Magnus and Maxi in font of some monument

K-Lab Freeski Store Russia

We got invited to the K-Lab store, only freeski store in Russia to come hang and drink beers with them. Arriving to the spot, our second film “Finess” was showing. We signed a group photo they took of us and had a great time

After two weeks, we headed home. Street skiing Moscow, Russia was a great experience and shattered most of the prejudices I’ve had. Everyone treated us great, and wanted to show Moscow in it’s best way. Thanks to everyone, but mostly to Alex of LSM for being a great guide for our trip!

Leaving our block in Moscow

Leaving our block in Moscow

Ferry from Russia to Sweden - The Bunch Street Skiing

On the ferry on our way home to Sweden

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!

Sandy

Mike King La Familia Going For Gold Movie

Enjoy this free movie from La Familia featuring Mike King of Revision Skis.  Mike devoted last season to filming this segment with the LaFa crew in Colorado, Minnesota, Slovenia, Italy, etc.  Give it a watch and let us know what you think of the film and Mike’s segment in the comments below.  Enjoy!

Grand Rapids Michigan Urban Skiing

Grand Rapids Press Urban Skiing

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 by 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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Urban Skiing Michigan with Sandy Boville

Urban Skiing Photo from Michigan

These Michigan urban skiing photos were taken at the Grand Rapids Press building.  Grand Rapids is 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.

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.