May 10, 2012
Few weeks back after I got home from Montana I decided to take a week off to just relax and hangout. It was a very much needed break hanging out in Walla Walla. The following weekend I headed up to Wenatchee with my buddy Zack to ski a couple days up at Stevens Pass, and to make a spring edit with Matthew Ballard. The first night we all went out to chinese and then chilled at my buddy Keith Matsumura's place before heading to bed.
Me and Keith photo by: Matthew Ballard
The following morning I was so excited to ski. This was my first time ever skiing Stevens Pass and I must say they do a pretty good job! They had so many fun lines of jumps and rails up and I was having an absolute blast in there park.
Photo by Matthew Ballard
We skied super hard till the resort closed and then headed back to Keith's house and Matt somehow talked us into jumping on the tramp so he could get some shots.
Photos by Matthew Ballard
The next day although incredibly sore we headed up to Stevens and we skied hard until around the end of the day where I decided to try a dub and ended up landing sideways, tweaking my knee a little bit. A week after I found out I partially tore my MCL, but I should still be good for summer skiing thank God!
Last week Matthew Ballard released the edit from our two days of filming, and I couldn't be more happy with how well the edit turned out. Matthew has some serious filming/editing skills. Check out the edit if you haven't yet. A special thanks to David Steele and Kelly Clarke for helping me out with tickets and The Matsumura's for opening their home to me.
This trip was so much fun! Even though i'm not skiing for a little, it was still worth it to actually try more tricks. Glad I got to hangout with some really cool people and that I finally got the chance to ski Stevens. Cannot wait to get back on snow this summer. Till then I'll just be healing up, working, and hanging out with friends.
Apr 16, 2012
A few weeks ago after I went to Choteau for the Teton Pass trip. I recieved a call from Shane Dowaliby while I was chilling in Kalispell telling me Bozeman got over a foot of snow, and that I should come back over for a few fun days of urban. That morning I took the train home slept a couple hours, picked up my park skis, and headed up to Sandpoint to meet up with Dash Kamp and drive over to Bozeman in a Semi thanks to Slate.
As soon as we got off the semi we were picked up by our good friend Jonny Durst and taken to the Bozeman Skate park. We didn't know what we were getting into exactly, but thanks to a very high powerful wench Dash, Shay Lee, and I were able to have a fun session of jumping and wrapped up the session at 3 A.M.
The next day we were all happy to sleep in, but then decided it was time to go scope out somemore urban. Sadly the vast majority of the snow had melted and made building any feature during the day nearly impossible. So we all decided to go away and come back later to check it out later that night when the temperature had dropped. We ended up going over to a parking garage and building a fun transition for us to ride. A very fun feature and by the time we finished it was already 5 A.M.
Me and Dash after finishing at 5 A.M. Photo by: Jonny Durst
The last day of riding we decided to go check out a rail at a pass near Bozeman. Although it was very warm and everyone was exhausted Dash still went out and got some shots.
Overall it was a very successful trip! Always so much fun getting to hangout with the friends over at TSP and all the shots from the trip with be in next year's TSP film!
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Mar 28, 2012
A few weeks ago I was able to go on my first ever backcountry trip to Teton Pass near Choteau, MT. I had absolutely no idea what to expect from this trip and amazingly it turned out to be a great experience. Teton Pass is a ski resort up in the Rocky Mountain Front Range and due to certain circumstances it wasn’t able to open up this winter. What this meant for us was a lot of snowmobiles, guns, playing cards, and enjoying a vast wilderness all to ourselves. The crew consisted of Justin Brodin, Shane Dowaliby, Karl Fostvedt, Shay Lee, Luke Perin, David Steele along with our guides Anthony, Brian, and our amazing cooks and all around fun guys Tim, Luke, and Dillon.
Photo by Anthony Krolczyk
The first day of skiing we planned on just checking out some of the zones, and ended up finding two huge wall rides and after deliberating on what to do Karl and Shay got the bright idea of building a kind of hip on the wall ride. Although we weren't planning on hitting the feature that day we worked hard to finish it. By the time we finished building up the jump, the snow became fast enough to hit it and we ending up having a fun session.
Photo by Anthony Krolczyk
The following day we were expecting to get 4-6 inches of fresh snow, but what we ended up receiving instead was a bunch of rain. That day Dave and Shay went skinning up the mountain for a fun run, Justin and I went to scout for potential spots to build a jump and places we might want to come back to in the future. We ended up building a river gap and proceeded to build that for the rest of the day. Got to hit it twice before Shay proposed we build a “small” landing. This turned out to be a rather “large” landing and took up the rest of the time in the day.
David and Shay getting ready to sled out
On day 3 we woke up to more clouds and decided quickly that we would go hike up the mountain for a run and wait to see if the sun would come out for the river gap. The hike up took around 30-45 min, but was very worth it. We all ended up skiing a fun line and a little bit of tree skiing. After skiing it started to snow and we ended up waiting for the sun to come out, but by the time it did it was already shady over the river gap. But that didn’t stop David from skiing on amazing chute and getting some shots. Later that night one of the guys proposed we set up a log rail and hit it while the bonfire was blazing hard in the background. So much fun hitting it with Dave and Shay making it a perfect way to end St. Patty’s Day.
Photo by Anthony Krolczyk
On Sunday we woke up with hopes of sunshine, and we were greeted with snow instead. So we packed up the cabin getting ready to leave and went to check out the River Gap. Over the last two days the in-run and landing had become so incredibly iced over that we decided it was a better idea to not hit it. This kind of bummed all of us so we decided to go by the resort for a quick run and see if there was enough snow to have some fun. When we got up to the resort we were pleased to see the mountain had received around 5 inches and left us with a couple fun laps down the mountain and a perfect way to end the trip with the sun shining right before we dropped in.
Overall this trip ended up being amazing, although we weren't able to accomplish everything we wanted it was still amazing to be in this vast wilderness with absolutely no cell service and power to get away from everything and enjoy the simplistic things happening instead. Cannot wait to go on another trip like this again.
A very big thanks to the boys over at Backcountry Freeskier for helping set this trip up and for the Choteau locals Tim, Luke, and Dillon for helping us out so much!