9 minutes of pow and cliffs galore from Ryan Price, Devin Price and Mike Cullen shredding some of North America’s finest locations. Skip to 1:43 for the start of some of the best POV you’ll see all year. These guys definitely bring a new meaning to POV filming, from unreal slow-mo shots to just simply hucking giant cliffs. Enjoy.
“ School is back in session as the first flakes of winter begin to fall. But what does it all mean, anyway? Ryan Price, Devin Price, and Mike Cullen take us straight to the heart of the matter.
Sugar Bowl, Donner Creek, CA
Castle Peak, Donner Pass, CA
Revelstoke, Thompson Peak, Alaska”
This is the highlight video for the Red Bull Beyond The Line free ski competition. This event went down at Catedral, Bariloche in the end of August. The venue combined cliffs, steeps, and natural airs with man made jumps. It was a show case for Argentinian free ride talent, with locals taking the top 3:
1. Tomas Blanc
2. Facundo Aguirre
3. Santiago Guzman
The winner will go on to compete in the Red Bull Linecatcher in France this winter.
Today was supposed to be the day (2nd day) that the traverse between Squaw and Alpine was open. Again, it didn’t open. It sounds like Estelle Bowl at Alpine never froze which made the conditions at the Alpine side unfavorable. Hopefully we get a freeze cycle and Ski Patrol will be able to get it open. Thanks for trying guys!
Light Towers was good this morning
Anyway, the skiing today was actually pretty good early. Sibo groomer was fast and hero snow, and Headwall was the same. Granite was actually groomed mid week, and it was great early as well as long as you were in the sun. If you make it out early, stick to the sunny South facing slopes in the morning and you will be rewarded. The snow turned to glue at about noon, and it was time to call it a day. All in all though it was a super fun day, and I’m pretty stoked to do it again tomorrow. Thanks for killin it CDP.
Chanc' getting upside down
The weather doesn’t look to promising without a freeze, but if you get out early you can make the best of it and still have a good time. Lets try again for the traverse in the AM!
Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 34. Breezy, with a west wind between 15 and 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.
Wednesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 53. Breezy, with a west wind between 15 and 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.
Wednesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 34. Breezy, with a west wind between 10 and 20 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 60. West wind between 10 and 15 mph.
Thursday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 39.
Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 63.
Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 37.
Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 65.
Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 37.
Sunday: Mostly sunny and windy, with a high near 65.
March 19th 2012. This was a day to remember for sure. This is the 2nd of 4 videos all from the same day Monday March 19th. Here is my second run, stepping a little ways out of the gate into Zero Gravity. Rocky entrance with a unstable pocket ripping out all the new storm snow above the entrance, which made it a little techy.
Stay tuned for #3 which will have more pillow crushing, pow skiing that Jackson is famous for that JH “cold smoke”.
While we reported on the shenanigans of the Freeskiing World Tour at Kirkwood yesterday, here’s another video if you didn’t get enough action. While conditions were, er, variable, at the final stop of the Freeskiing World Tour, competitors were throwing down nonetheless. There was some amazing skiing and some amazing wrecks- this video captures it all. Congrats to all those that competed, and good on you for throwing down under less than ideal conditions. The Freeskiing World Tour 2013 kicks off this summer in Chile and Argentina.
This past weekend the Freeskiing World Tour held their final event, The Freeskiing World Championships down in Kirkwood, CA. Kirkwood has arguably the gnarliest venue on the FWT tour. The Cirque is a permanently closed area at Kirkwood and this is where the event went down. Day 1 was lookers right, Day 2 was lookers left. The venue is long, steep face covered in features. I feel there are endless line choices if talent allows. There are also several closeouts, lots of exposure, and some of the sickest terrain anywhere.
Some of the terrain the Cirque offers.
If you’ve never been to an FWT event then you’re missing out. The FWT is actually a ski event, not just a giant party. Sometimes though it’s hard to distinguish. The events’ feature some of the best freeskiers in the world (a large portion of the event were European or Canadian) on some of the gnarliest terrain the earth has to offer us. 50 foot backflips over massive exposure are not uncommon. JJ Schiller did just that this weekend.
JJ Schiller getting upside down at the top of the Cirque
The finish area was packed full of spectators grilling out, drinking beer, Sake and Fireball. The snowball fights got intense and there is always excitement around. Who knows what the next competitor, friend, or local is going to do. Josh Anderson skied his run naked. Enough said.
A pretty big snowball fight went down
The event was a qualifier on Thursday with the top competitors making it to the main event starting Friday. One run went down on Friday afternoon. Both the girls and the guys put together some pretty sick skiing. A lot of going upside down, a lot of gnarly lines and some fast airs. Josh Daiek’s line stood out the most, launching a double and carrying to much speed out to stop before the end of the venue.
Day 1 venue, getting rad
If you haven’t been to an FWT event, check one out. They are all over the place. Snowbird, Kirkwood, Crested Butte, Revelstoke, and a few stops down South over the summer. I’m sure that you will be impressed, inspired, and have a better time skiing the next time you decide to “get rad”. Here are some pics I shot this past weekend:
Good look at some of the exposure the Cirque offers
Davis Souza heading out of the start.
Big Cork 3 Day 1
Nice tracks... Day 1
A little over the double on the Cirque
Just a bit of Exposure. Day 1
Going big at the top of the Day 2 venue
Davis Souza up top, day 2
Davis S Getting upside down
Sean Collin with a big 3 at the bottom of Day 2
Sean Collin Day 2, gettin rad
Sean Collin sending it, top air Day 2
Competitors were backflipping everything.... this one was big
Big Cork 3, natural feature.. No park jump or landing
Check out the slough.. sick line
Day 2 went off
Crystal Wright won the event for the girls, and Josh Daiek won the event for the guys. Both took the overall titles as well.
I have a lot more pictures, so if you see yourself in any pictures or competed in the event, leave a comment. I’ll see what I can do to get you some shots.
Yesterday was good. Very good. I heard “top 3 day” used afterward. Everything was open. It was bluebird cali sun, the kind that gives you goggle tans. It was crazy winds that I thought were going to blow me off the mountain, and everything in between at times. Everything was good, there were almost no lines anywhere except Headwall.
We got to explore Silvy in a new way, with powder for the first time. I saw some crazy tracks yesterday and a lot of of tracks of people who had no idea where they were. Look in the foreground at this untouched face of POW in Silvy, with no lift lines.
Untouched Silvy Pow
The Chimney went for the first time all year. Andy Hays took Center Line Hugeeee over the crown and stomped it. Chimney Sweep and Easy Street also went.
All in all 2 great days in a row with more for this weekend. It’s going to be interesting to see what happens on Saturday with winds predicted up to 70mph. Atleast Sunday will be good. Thanks to Josh Anderson for helping with out with some POV also!
Weather forecast below, check those winds on Sunday!
This Afternoon: Partly sunny, with a high near 53. Breezy, with a southwest wind around 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.
Tonight: A 30 percent chance of rain after 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 39. Very windy, with a southwest wind 25 to 30 mph increasing to between 40 and 45 mph. Winds could gust as high as 65 mph.
Saturday: Rain before 11am, then snow. High near 40. Very windy, with a southwest wind between 40 and 50 mph, with gusts as high as 70 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 4 to 8 inches possible.
Saturday Night: Snow showers. Low around 17. Windy, with a west wind 30 to 35 mph decreasing to between 15 and 20 mph. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.
Sunday: A 20 percent chance of snow showers, mainly before 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 37. North wind between 5 and 10 mph.
Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 18.
Monday: Partly sunny, with a high near 48.
Monday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 25.
Tuesday: Partly sunny and breezy, with a high near 53.
Tuesday Night: A slight chance of rain showers. Snow level 6600 feet. Mostly cloudy and breezy, with a low around 28.
Wednesday: A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy and breezy, with a high near 47.
Wednesday Night: A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy and breezy, with a low around 24.
It’s been deep here in Whistler for days now. I have given up trying to add up the centimeters that fall in spurts, and the wildly inconsistent totals from Whistler mountain itself add to the difficulty. 26 centimeters of new snow was reported over Saturday night, but all I know is that the weekend as a whole was powdery and rowdy.The sun made an appearance today and the Peak chair peanut gallery was on. Elsewhere, cliffs were hucked in abundance and enthusiasm was at a season high, even if few drops were landed all day. Hey, why land when it’s so soft, eh?
I know these vids are old but they never get old to me.Ian MAC rails a tight line in AK.
Looks like some backcountry in Pemberton, Ians backyard playground. It is a good thing Ian did not ruin his skiing career with his last injury. Nobody skis like Ian Mac and skiing needs a guy like this to stick around a long time to show us what is really possible on skis.
Somewhere between Tokyo and the Sea of Japan lies a land of virgin pillows the likes of which only a select few have laid eyes upon.
These lines are tucked away from the prying eyes of Australian snowboarders, where only the die-hardiest of locals may find them. But, if you search long enough (or maybe just turn your head slightly to the right while skiing Happo’s north faces), perhaps one day the mountains will deem you worthy to ride them.
This video features a couple of tries on a couple of the lines in this area, a few days apart. Once (today) in more settled snow and good light, once (a few days ago) with new snow falling and sluffing heavily.