So today was the day I was most nervous about, since I’m not a park skier. Today was the “slopestyle” portion. But it’s hard to even call it that. This morning we piled in the cats and headed out far, far, away into the depths of the Kootenays. After we rounded the last switchback in the cat we see seven manicured booters built all with pristine, steep, powder landings. Oh, the choices! The possibilites! A storm was rolling in so the light was flat and it was cloudy, which made for some challenging conditions for hucking- It’s kind of difficult when you cant really differentiate the snow from the sky while airborne.
I may or may not have done a few double backflips….
Great day- tired now, hanging out in the common room of this awesome lodge next to the fire. We will have the video review and athlete judging meeting soon. Stick around, because tomorrow is the cliffs day. Yes!
We have decided to hold another contest over on our facebook page. Check it out!
just came back from the Andri Ambühl Invitational in Arosa, Switzerland and I have to say it was a great weekend!
I drove to Arosa friday night together with Jussi Mononen after having a great day shredding in Mayrhofen!
Saturday we woke up to perfect weather and went straight up to the mountain.
The kicker was in perfect shape and after 1,5h of practise on the PERFECT jump the qualification´s were on! After three runs, one style, one tech and one jump of the riders choice 8 people made it to finals!
After a little wind came up we decided to change the format to two jumps, one style and one tech, both of them count!
So one little mistake could cost u the win…
Everybody was still throwing down hard and a lot of sw 9´s sw 10´s forward 10´s and flat 5´s were seen from a lot of the riders!
Jussi Mononen took 3rd place and his first podium of the season by showing what he can do best in skiing a huge cork 3 japan styled out until the end and a massive cork 9 reverse tail!
In the end it was down to Elias and me after scoring a 91.33 on my first cork 7 blunt and beating Elias in the Style createria everything was down on the final jump!
I went big with a sw dub cork 9 mute stomping everything clean, while Elias boosted a forward dub cork 10 mute taking him the win by just a few points!
I have to say a huge thank you to Andri who straight is the man by offering one of the best jumps I have ever hit!
En Route Departure is Eric Pollard‘s first installment of the year of the En Route Series by EP’s film production company, Nimbus Independent. Skiing everywhere from a North American military base, to Monte Bianco in Italy watch the short preview here and DOWNLOAD the full length 40 minute movie filled with more flips, spins, switch pow landings, riding and fun than you can shake a stick at.
this edit is a short version of our full length 40 minute film titled “en route departure”. if you like the edit you will really like the full length movie. en route departure documents two months of travel with the nimbus crew. everything that goes with a ski trip is portrayed in this movie; amazing powder, terrible conditions, airports, road trips, culture, etc. the en route series is an attempt to depart from the norm of ski film making. instead of jump after jump, en route departure is about the people, places and skiing along the way. ian cosco, bene mayr and christian sirianni join the original nimbus crew: pep fujas, eric pollard chris benchetler and blake nyman for a great adventure.
The full length version will be available for download only at: http://nimbusstore.mobilerider.com/store/index.php.
Point and Shoot is a new video blog series available only at www.nimbusindependent.com. Point and Shoot explores the perspectives of each Nimbus crew member throughout the entire year. Each movie is skier filmed and edited.
Nimbus crew in Rome, Italy. Two days of walking Rome right after 24 hours of travel time. Amazing!
Eric, Ian and Wiegand posing in front of the walk to the Vatican. Notice the smart car driving by! Believe it not, but they have even smaller cars than the smart car in Italy!
Inside the Vatican, St. Peter’s Basilica. You feel so tiny in this Godly building. This photo doesn’t do the size justice. Did you know the Vatican City is it’s own country? We walked around the entire country in an hour.
The walk to the Vatican. This statue was on the bridge in front of Ponte Sant’ Angelo. We stayed in a hotel right near this statue, key location.
Eric filming the Vatican courtyard.
We missed the cut off time to get inside the Coliseum. At least we got to watch the sunset just outside.
The lights come on at night on most of the monuments. It’s great for night strolls with some stops for wine, pasta and gelato!
We went to a hot spring in Courmayeur that was called Pre-Saint-Didier. Its at the base of Monte Bianco. So relaxing, although if you decide to go watch out for Italian PDA!
Here is all of us in the hot spring. Nice and steamy!
Nimbus Crew after a night of delicious pasta! The guy driving is our Italian guide and skier, Martino Valle.
Same night turned into a MAJOR snowball fight! Here is Wiegand getting a shot at the other car with the rest of the Nimbus crew.
Eric in the gondola at Courmayeur.
Eric on a house jib at the end of the trip. We had so much snow during the time we were in Courmayeur. We pretty much had a foot of snow every night!
Chilling at the hotel, drinking wine.
We were in Cervinia at the base of the Matterhorn for a few days. The snow wasn’t the best so we moved to Courmayeur.
Italian food has to be the best food in the world! This was at a hole in the wall pizzeria where the tables were packed so tight you could hardly get in your seat, but it was worth it for the food and wine!
This was the staircase to get us to the Sistine chapel. We were not able to take photos inside where the famous Michelangelo paintings are. It’s a sacred place…even talking is prohibited.
Powder. Powder. Powder in Italy! Nothing better. Here is Eric in the freshies.
Here is Torino, Italy from a lookout spot that Alessandro took us…our Italian photographer from the trip. This is where he lives.
Alessandro took us to his family’s house for a home cooked meal. It was amazing! This is his photo at his home studio.
Ok, shifting to Mammoth, California. This was taken at our condo that we booked through 101 Great Escapes. Super nice ski-in, ski-out at Chair 15 at Mammoth. It was epic snow with an epic place to stay.
Eric and Blake at our secret mountain warfare zone. We had amazing weather after a huge storm cycle of 5 feet in three days!
Pep and Eric sitting on one of Mother Earth’s beauties! And to the right Blake and Pep getting ready to hit this monstrosity.
Nimbus crew on top of a jump spot and to the right Eric letting slough fly.
Pep chilling out after a day of jumping. Photographer Abe Blair in the background.
Pep feeling out the snow.
Eric doing a Rodeo off a natural Jump. Natural take-off’s were a recurring theme for this location.
Eric filming some scenic on the highway to Mammoth.
This article originally appears on BroBomb.com written by editor Jon Hartley, check it out, it’s the bomb…bro.
Garrett Russell is a man with something to say. We sat down with him and didn’t stand up until we had way too much content to print in one shot. For the next few weeks we’ll break it down and give you a segment. This week Garrett talks about his pilgrimage from Mammoth to his ancestral home in the Telluride backcountry, and what life is like as a BC cabin operator.
Where are you living?
This year I just moved back to Telluride, Colorado. I’m running the backcountry cabin my dad built in the 70’s. He just got hip surgery so I had to move back, away from Mammoth, which is hard because they just got a bunch of snow. I miss Mammoth and my crew of skiers out there. But I’ve just been living in the backcountry getting rootsy.
Have you been getting backcountry footage this year?
Yeah, I’ve been skiing with my brother. He pretty much inspired me to ski and got me stoked on skiing when I was a kid. So we go out and ski the gnarly shit man; like the other day we did this shit with two repels. Scary. It was crazy, usually there’s only one repel, but we had to drop in and then anchor off a tree that was buried in the snow kinda. You couldn’t huck it because you’re just in this slot that goes for 600-700ft, just as wide as my skis.
Yeah man, it’s usually only one, but this one took two. So, I don’t know, just extreme stuff like that. Hopefully get some friends, build some jumps, and get some people out there.
Have you had anybody come out?
Andy was here for a day. I got to take one ride with him and I lost him. I didn’t know where he went, I was just like, “I’ll take you to the good spots.” But who knows what he does, he just does it.
We’ve got a little park; it’s fun to ride, but it used to be a lot better. It used to have bigger jumps, and that’s where Gus Kenworthy got his ninja skills from. He kills it now, and that’s cool to see.
Other than Traveling Circus, what film projects are you doing this year?
Nimbus sent me a GoPro, so I’m trying to get artsy with that. I’m not going to be able to travel much this year because I’m just so busy running the cabin. At some point I want to get people like Nimbus to come over here, but when and whenever. March is usually good weather there.
So give us a snapshot of your day to day as a backcountry lodge operator.
Well, there are variables, if I have friends then we pretty much have to go out there and ski cut it and read the snow to make sure it’s safe. There’s times when I’m up there by myself and I’m scared to go outside and ski Hans Solo and get killed right in my backyard just because of stupid slough, you know? So, younger me, I used to go out there more by myself and just get spiritual with the mountains. It’s really intense out there, because you’re all the sudden in the mountains and life has a different perspective.
So, wake up, bust out the snowmobile on the trail for 20 minutes, and load water because now we’re out of water. I have to haul water and melt snow. The cabin actually has electricity, which is nice. I make beds for the people, then go ski powder laps with my friends.
Usually I have parties that come in, like my friends and my brother’s friends. We go out and just yahoo-ski powder all night; full moon skiing. We ski really gnarly couloirs, it’s all there. It just depends on who is there and that determines how I’m going to ski that day—either build a jump or hike up a couloir.
It’s beautiful out there. Telluride’s amazing, you guys should come check it out sometime if you ever get a chance.
Absolutely. So it’s a commercial business?
Yeah, my parents run it. We can’t afford it, so that’s why we rent it out. It’s been open to the community ever since my dad built it, so we want to keep it like that. It’s on the market, which is super sad because I don’t want to see my house get sold to a second-home owner and then no one can go there and ski.
Do you do any guiding?
No I can’t do the guiding yet. You have to have a permit to guide, and I’m working on it. I don’t want to burn any bridges in the town. People just rent it out privately, I help them get in with all their gear, and then they just go. I recommend aspects and that they are careful. Snowpack is sketchy in the San Juans, so everyone should have a beacon, shovel, and probe. They sign a release form, and that’s it.
I hope to have it where people can just rent a bed for $50 a night. That’s what I’m trying to do with it. You can ski down to the ski area in like 20 minutes and it’s about a 30 minute skin back up. That’s opened up a whole new world for the backcountry cabin. Ski in, ski out.
It’s hard because I feel like I’ve kind of jumped away from the ski industry. But I really feel like I’m building a different level for my ski career.
Check out my latest video I made for that video contest they organized in Spain!! You dont need to vote, I just wanted you guys to see it, cause I think you’ll have a good time while watching!!
please go to downdays and vote for Roy Kittler and Garrett Russell to get them invited to this years Nine Knights event in Oberstdorf, Germany.
here are their videos:
Line MC Will Wesson shoots video with the Meatheads, Level 1, Traveling Circus and just randomly with friends (LJ filmed the craziness at 0:27). Will had some time to get it all into an edit for you nice people after cracking a few ribs a few weeks ago so enjoy!
it has been a busy 3 weeks for me, going to switzerland twice and austria for the Red Bull 401, Austrian Freeski Open and European Freeski Open!
The Red Bull 401 took place 3 weeks ago in Hoch Ybrig switzerland!
It is a whole different comp then all others, u have a dartboard with all four 1080´s as the bullzeye and then all four 9´s all four 7´s and so on!
U also have 2straight airs and 2switch straight airs!Every trick is worth a different amount of points and u have to get down from 401 to 0 in as less runs as possible, by performing certain tricks, mixed with double grabs, combo graps, inverts and double corks bonuses!
It really is hard to understand but the Red Bull guys did it perfect = )
I ended up in 3rd place behind Jonas Hunziker and Elias Ambuehl!
The comp was a lot of fun, the weather was perfect and the concept legendary.
After switzerland it was about time to go back home and take part in the Austrian Freeski Open!
This year all the athletes gathered in Kaprun!
The location was new and the thoughts were high!
After a good first traing day up on Kitzsteinhorn everybody was ready for the big Finals!
Due to the weather situation the organisators had to do qualifications and finals in one day!
The Strong wind made it hard to get the speed right, and we were only able to hit 2out of 5obstacles! I decided to to something different and nose butterd the kicker besides the canon box, with a nose butter cork 9 and a sw cork 9 on the jump! Unfortunately this was not enough but I ended up sessioning the smaller jup a little more and tried a nose butter cork 12 = )
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