Unofficial Whistler

Ski Movies Suck

February 28th, 2012 by
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I’m tired of modern ski movies. Aside from the section filmed in Trail, BC with JP Auclair in All.I.Can (which was pretty awesome and speaks to what I’ve written), I … Read More

Peak To Valley Race In Whistler | Team Unofficial Whistler’s Fastest Run

February 23rd, 2012 by

The Jose Cuervo Peak to Valley race in Whistler is the logest GS rece in the world with over 180 gates! It is a team event and to stand any chance of seeing the podium the racers must delicately balance a balls-out crash or win approach with a team-oriented survival strategy; and even then it is simply left to luck. Some sort of luck was on the side of team Unofficial Whistler this year, as we all made it to the bottom crash-free, a feat in its own considering the youngest competitors run last and battle canyon-like ruts and our team is quite young. But a podium spot wasn’t in the cards for us this time.

This video is a Contour POV by Kyle Lobisser. Kyle was the anchor and blazing fast racing veteran on team Unofficial Whistler. Here is his run that turned out to be a time of 6 minutes and 2 seconds. That is very fast in this race. Now imagine a 6 minute wall-sit… while holing a moose. That’s kinda how your thighs feel after this race.

Why are Park Skiers too Cool for School?

January 7th, 2012 by
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Why are park skiers SO GODDAMN COOL? It has come to my attention that many professional park skiers have that too-cool attitude, and I don’t notice this as much in big … Read More

A Day on the Ol’ Sled | BC Backcountry

January 4th, 2012 by
Eliel Hindert, hand drag, bc backcountry

With one of the warmest and driest January’s in recent histrory gracing the intermountain west, we’ve been lucky enough to be graced with consistent precip up North of the border. … Read More

Unofficial Whistler’s Best Videos from 2011 | Ski & Snowboard | Bike | Best of the Rest

December 31st, 2011 by

2011 has come to an end and what a year it’s been!

Here are Unofficial Whistler’s top videos from the last 12 months.

Thanks for all the support  -we’re stoked for 2012.

Ski & Snowboard 

January 8, 2011 -Powder and Pillows- “50+cm of snow that had accumulated in the last two days and the trees were banger. Pillow-lines after pillow-lines, drop after drop”

February 18, 2011 -I Just Can’t Get Enough Powder-WELL 73 inches of snow fell in the last 7 days. With all this snow I still cant get enough [...] There is nothing better in the whole world than riding out on the moto-track from Kybers as you and your friends scream with joy! Hands down the best moments inlife”

January 23, 2011 – Snowboarding up Fissile - “A splitboard mission up fissile. If you are willing to hike further than the weekend crowd, you are most likely going to find some untouched lines of awesome”

March 7, 2011 -BC Hut trip - “For only being in the bush a day and a half we all felt drained as it seamed like more than a week had passed. As we scarfed down our delicious burgers and raised our glasses to a decision that the next hut we visited must have a stove” Read the full story HERE

March 4, 2011 – Eliel Hindert and Big Pillows-Here we see Eliel Sending it down some harry pillow lines… nutters”

March 12, 2011 -Dave Short and Big Pillows - “A day of Hustlin’ with Dave Short in some secret pillows on WhisComb. Sick Pillows, slowly turning heavy throughout the day. It’s just another day on the grind for Dave Short”

April 1, 2011 – Spring Skiing - “…. I started my day in “sub-par” weather on Blackcomb then traveled across the valley via Peak-2-Peak Gondola to find blue skies and fun snow on Peak Chair…”

April 26, 2011 -WSI Big Air-Wow! Not sure if I watched a big air event or a aerials contest…”

November 18, 2011 -Whistler Opening Day - “Whistler is open and Zeus, or cupid, or someone up there knows it! A storm prepped Whistler with 29cm (11in) of new snow just for opening day on Friday the 18th…”

November 24, 2011 – Blackcomb Opening Day- “Tired, beat, drained, worked, sleepy… are common words heard at the Unofficial house this week. Three feet in three days and the opening of Blackcomb did more than cook our legs and test our lungs it succeeded in being the hardest opening week competition that we have ever skied in…”

BIKE 

June 28, 2011 -New Biker Cross Track- “The boys on trail crew have done it again. It’s bigger, faster and has more flow than ever. A combination of tables, step-ups and step-downs has you pretty much grinning the whole way through…”

July 27, 2011 -Red Bull Joyride Crankworx - “ The weather was perfect the course was insane, everyone was here to throw down.  There were huge tricks (back whips, doubles, 360 whips) and of course  huge bails”

December 21, 2011 – Biking/Skiing A-Line -This video shows the POV of both parties as they do a top to bottom A-Line run on Whistler Mountain…”

 

Best of the Rest

-Endless Skating- “As it pissed rain in the valley for three days in January the snow on the lake turned into two inches of water. Then… my dream came true and the lake froze with a layer of glass at the surface…”

-Bad Fall on Air Jordan- “A snowboarder takes the fall of his life on Air Jordan. Maybe he was practicing his gymnastics because he almost landed a back half to front full…”

-Slush Cup at the Telus Festival- “The last weekend of the 2011 TELUS World Ski and Snowboard Festival brought sun, fun and a large crowd to the Glacier Creek Lodge! The Palm Bay Slush Cup…”

-The Vancouver Riot-Today I saw some outrageous things. I saw some disgraceful things. Stanley Cup Finals, Game 7… obviously a ton on the line… tensions were high… it was estimated there were 100,000+ people in the streets of Vancouver watching the game…”

-Cheese Rolling- “ In this event hundreds of people compete for a chance to win a seasons pass as well as a $300 wheel of cheese…” See move wrecks HERE

-Climbing in Squamish- “Squamish offers a Variety of climbs for climbers of all skill levels. They have bouldering to trad to sport. Beginner climbs to some of the most advanced. Squamish is sure keep any climber busy for a lifetime….”

-Fireworks in Vancouver, Time Lapse- “The Celebration of Light is an annual event where individual countries put on “huge” firework displays middle of the English Bay (downtown Vancouver), this is a time lapse of the show…”

-Wake Surfing in Vancouver- “Last week I went Wakesurfing in the Burrard Inlet, we didn’t have a wakesurf so we made do with a six foot surfboard and it worked.  After the session we anchored at Wreck Beach and watched the sunset. Once it got dark we docked and went for Sushi… a perfect day in Vancouver…”

Can Goggle Technology Progress Skiing?

December 6th, 2011 by

You may have heard about the hi-tech corner of the ski goggle industry, but “smart” and “digital” goggles are usually overshadowed and written off by actual skiers/snowboarders. A pair of goggles that tracks your speed and vertical for the day sounds pretty useless to me; its like those gaper radios that also have a GPS so lost tourists can slide around the mountain all day and pretend they are playing lazar-tag. This goggle technology is young and these goggles are always really lame looking and overly expensive, but it prompts one to imagine where this idea will go in the future.

Recon MOD

Mainly, can these hi-tech goggles have any practical use for real skiers/snowboarders or progression of the sport at its highest levels?

Recon MOD feature

I think that it can and it seems that Recon somewhat agrees and may be moving in that direction. The video above is clearly addressing a progressive crowd who want to jump off things (a phrase often synonymous with “real skiers”), and the Recon MOD Live goggle instrument could have some useful applications. A UBC engineering student developed algorithms for the Recon MOD with the goal of giving users various real time data so

“for instance, snowboarders can immediately fine-tune their approach, take off and airborne technique to catch more air for better stunts.”

Recon MOD goggle

The Buddy Tacking feature can help out in the backcountry, the Camera Connectivity has obvious applications for getting sicker shots and video, and Jump Analytics has lots of potential for ways to send bigger. Check out the “MOD/MOD Live Features” bar on the website and you can see that Recon is trying to make a legit goggle that backcountry shredders, ski mountaineers and overall rippers will actually use.

Recon MOD goggle

So, can this kind of goggle be useful to real skiers?

Peak-2-Peak Facial Hair | The Ride of Your Life

December 5th, 2011 by
Movember

Michael Rayner has won Movember 2011 in my opinion. Check out his “Cheek 2 Cheek” stash that is the facial hair representation of the Peak 2 Peak gondola on Whistler … Read More

Light your Noodle | Black Diamond Spot Headlamp | Gear Review

December 4th, 2011 by
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I am not an owl and neither are you I am willing to bet, so lights are very useful tools to both of us. Headlamps are especially useful because of … Read More

Whistler Girls Excited to Crush Each Other | Roller Derby is Back! | Event Review

December 2nd, 2011 by
Hip-checking assets for a roller girl

Roller Derby! Yes, girls skating around and crushing each other. And yes, it is taking hold in Canada and around Whistler.  I hear you are supposed to learn something new … Read More

Peak Chair Opens Tomorrow | The Madness Starts | Will We See Air Jordan?

December 1st, 2011 by

Whistler Peak Chair Opens Tomorrow. Will People Hit AJ?

Peak Chair Opens tomorrow. Is Air Jordan ready to go? Do you think we’ll see someone hit the famous double stager. Anyway, after watching these two videos from last season we here at Unofficial Whistler have decided to have a contest for the 2012 ski season. The best crash on AJ will win a prize. Details coming soon.

To me it appears this skier ventured into a zone beyond his ability. This Joey (a common term for inexperienced skiers) drops into Air Jordan leaning back with a  non-aggressive stance. You can tell this because he “rolls down the windows” on the first drop.  Then, because of his lack of commitment and poor position on the first drop, our Joey lands back seat, is spun around so his skis then face uphill, and then goes toque over teakettle off the second drop. Way to go dude!

Here’s One More Crash

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