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IFSA Video: Erik Hilb killing it

September 16th, 2013 by

The past several years we have traveled across the continent to some of the biggest junior freeride competitions. Both the IFSA and JFT provide the opportunity for young and upcoming skiers in the US and Canada to showcase their talent.

The talent at the junior IFSA events and JFT events rivals the talent of the FWT 4 star events. Over the next several days we will include some season edits from some of these talented athletes and it’s the summer, so enjoy the skiing!

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Erik Hilb is a talented 17 YO skier from Vail, CO. He is comfortable in the park, on big mountain terrain, and turns his skis as well as anyone. Check out some of the technicality of some of the lines in this video. He had a great year and we look forward to watching Erik continue to progress.

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Erik had this to say about his season:

“I broke my arm early on in the season but I was back skiing by January and was able to secure a few National podiums and on several occasions I was holding the highest individual score of the competition. Had a great time shredding with all the guys on the tour this year and am way stoked to ride with all of them again this season! Big ups to Oakley, Pret Helmets, Full Tilt Boots, and Soul Poles for the support, and of course thanks to my parents and coaches!”

Yosemite’s Forgotten Valley | Hetch Hetchy Valley

August 22nd, 2013 by
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There is another Grand Valley in Yosemite, Hetch Hetchy Valley, but in 1913 it was decided to damn the valley to hold more water in the Sierras. No matter what your … Read More

IFSA VIDEO… Martin Lentz killin it this season!

August 14th, 2013 by

The past several years we have traveled across the continent to some of the biggest junior freeride competitions. Both the IFSA and JFT provide the opportunity for young and upcoming skiers in the US and Canada to showcase their talent.

The talent at the junior IFSA events and JFT events rivals the talent of the FWT 4 star events. Over the next several days we will include some season edits from some of these talented athletes and it’s the summer, so enjoy the skiing!

Martin is one of the top 15-18 year old competitors and still has another year to compete as a junior. Look for him on a FWT tour podium in the next few years.

Martin had this to say about his season:

This past season was my best I’ve had yet. I was fortunate enough to travel to some really cool places and ski some wild terrain. Not only did I have a breakthrough in my results and skiing, but I also had an incredibly fun time. I cannot thank my parents, coaches and sponsors enough for giving me this wonderful opportunity. I am so excited for next season and the good times that will come with it. Cheers!

Beartooth Pass IFSA Regional- 1st

Snowbird IFSA National – 2nd

Snowbird IFSA Regional – 2nd

Taos IFSA Regional – 2nd

Taos IFSA National – 4th

Classic Post: DEEP La Nina Pow! | Salomon Freeski TV

August 8th, 2013 by
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Salomon Freeski TV released their first episode of the new season today and she’s a doozy! Season 5 of their web-series drops with six and a half minutes of Mark Abma, Mike Douglas, Cody Townsend, Chris Rubens, James Heim and Dane Tudor shredding DEEP PNW La Nina pow from last season. Featuring AMAZING trees, pillows, jibs, rowdy lines, and so many faceshots; this killer edit will get you FIRED UP!

Salomon has really stepped it up with their Freeski TV series the last few years and I can’t wait to see them keep coming. They have been releasing about 20 a season, so keep checking back to Unofficial Networks this winter for all their episodes.

IFSA VIDEO: Seth Klein killing it in 2013

August 1st, 2013 by

The past several years we have traveled across the continent to some of the biggest junior freeride competitions. Both the IFSA and JFT provide the opportunity for young and upcoming skiers in the US and Canada to showcase their talent.

The talent at the junior IFSA events and JFT events rivals the talent of the FWT 4 star events. Over the next several days we will include some season edits from some of these talented athletes and it’s the summer, so enjoy the skiing!

Seth finished the season ranked second overall in North America on the IFSA points list his first year competing in the 15-18 age bracket. Look for big things from him in the future!

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Seth had this to say about his season:

“To say the least,  I had an amazing season.  From skiing with an elite group of kids from all around the country, to getting my first gold medals in the older age group, I could not have asked for a better year with the athletes and coaches at the Alta/Bird Freeride program.  I’m stoked and ready for another great season!”

 

IFSA VIDEO …. Taylor Pratt killing it 2012-2013

July 23rd, 2013 by

The past several years we have traveled across the continent to some of the biggest junior freeride competitions. Both the IFSA and JFT provide the opportunity for young and upcoming skiers in the US and Canada to showcase their talent.

The talent at the junior IFSA events and JFT events rivals the talent of the FWT 4 star events. Over the next several days we will include some season edits from some of these talented athletes and it’s the summer, so enjoy the skiing!

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Taylor had this to say about his season.

“This year was one of the best I’ve ever had, from qualifying 2nd in 2 comps back to back to getting to travel to Revelstoke, BC and all around the west to shred some of the sickest resorts in the world with some of the best skiers in North America.  It was a breakthrough year for me, thanks to all the the support and stoke from all my Alta/Bird coaches and closest homies, this year was definitely a year full of memories I’ll never forget!”

 

Cool Park City Superpipe Video… what went down at the US Grand Prix

February 13th, 2013 by

This past weekend the best park and pipe skiers in the world headed to Park City, UT to compete in a Platinum level superpipe Grand Prix event. Platinum essentially means “Olympic Qualifier.” The event also showcased a Paul Mitchell Big Air Progression session.

Christian Allen getting rad at the top of the pipe

The Paul Mitchell Big Air was won by Gus Kenworthy with a double 14 tail, Alex Schlopy in second with a double 16 tail, and Joss Christensen with a double 12 japan.  Nicky Keefer cashed in with a G note with his rodeo 9 safety winning Best Air for the level of style Nicky is known for.

Looking down the pristine 22′ PC Superpipe

The event was in Park City for the superpipe however. With the Olympics debuting Superpipe and Slopestyle next year, the best superpipe skiers in the world were all here trying to be invited to the party. You had the Canadians Mike Riddle, Matt Margetts, and Simon D’artois.  The Wells family was representing with Jossi and his 17 year old brother Beau-James who qualified for finals for the first time. Frenchmen Kevin Rolland, Thomas Krief, and Benoit Valentin also qualified for finals.  Simon Dumont, Torin-Yater Wallace, David Wise, Tucker Perkins, and a 16 year old Crested Butte wiz kid Aaron Blunck.

Luke “Ocho” Allen with Angeli VanLaanen prior to her start

Each athlete had two runs to impress the judges and the competition was pretty insane. Standing in the start gate you see this competition is about pushing yourself, yet it’s also a huge get together of friends pulling for one another.  The start gate is an interesting place before any competition. Every athlete has their own individual way of getting into the zone. Here, it was Jossi Wells arm around his brother Beau-James seconds before he dropped in offering encouragement and advice. It was Matt Margetts trying to stoke out everyone in the start gate by stating he’d be bringing moon rocks back after his first hit (which he did with a gigantic Flat 5 Japan).  It was also Simon who is calm, collected and adjusting his music. They all are uniquely focused when the starter says “the pipe is yours” and they drop in.

Torin Yater-Wallace first hit out of the pipe. Stillshot – Drew Lederer

What went down that deserved props?

Torin Yater-Wallace’s runs. Both of them. Every hit. He’s wearing green chamo pants and it starts at 2:40

Beau-James cork 5 tweaked safety at the top. He has on a black jacket and beige pants, check the shot out at 2:07

Simon’s massive airs starting at 2:22, he’s wearing all red and rocking no poles due to two broken wrists.

Matt Margetts run starting at :21 going massive with the flat 5 japan

 

 

 

 

Tahoe December Highlights | HOTSTUFF

January 21st, 2013 by
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Thanks to Anthony Santos and the JANKY crew for sending along this video. It recaps the deep December that Tahoe received this season.

The snow gods blessed us this December with a very very very white Christmas. Things got of to a really meaty start with some big sessions, deep turns, and plenty of gluttonous activities. Thanks again to our “sponsors” KINKO-PRAXIS-SIRACHA. All around this December was HOT in the coldest way possible. Enjoy!!!

Hot stuff, boys.

Big Start to the Season in Baqueira – Powder in the Pyrenees

December 3rd, 2012 by

 

Thanks to Adri Millan for sending along this POV edit he put together from November 30 in Baqueira Beret, Spain. It looks like the Pyrenees already have a good base and plenty of soft snow. Nice one, Adri!

 

If you want to see more from the Pyrenees, check out Aran in Edit, a film shot entirely in the Baqueira area.

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Amazing Red Epic VIDEO featuring some amazing ski cinematography

October 24th, 2012 by
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Join Rotate Film Group as they take you through a few locations they’ve been shooting at in the past year.  This reel takes you from Spring through Winter with some epic cinematography. From proximity flying the worlds tallest sea cliffs in Molokai, HI to some insane sessions at Schweitzer and Heavenly, you won’t be disappointed you clicked this link. Turn up the volume, turn down the lights, and let yourself be carried away for 3 minutes.

Henrik Harlaut getting rad

Expect big things from this company this winter as they will be traveling with at least one Red Epic camera following some of the best athletes on skis. 

Todd Schlopy with the Red Epic filming a Halloween spot.

Check out the ski shots featuring, Alex Schlopy, Henrik Harlaut, Joss Christensen, James Woods, Karl Fostvedt, Sean Jordan, and Banks Gilberti that start at about 1:54.

Josh Finbow, Kurtis Rix, Mike Wilson, and heli pilot Don in Molokai

Tyler Schlopy watching some Halloween action