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Nimbus En Route: NOMADS!

October 9th, 2010 - Posted by in LINE Skis News

If you find yourself this fall stuck in front of your computer, checking weather patterns hoping for early snow, wishing you could fast-forward time to the first big dump…. then maybe you should go check out Nimbus to keep you busy until the white stuff starts falling.

See there’s this pretty good skier named Eric Pollard, he’s kind of an up and comer, who has put together a tribe of skiers who travel around getting amazing footage of whatever they’re doing. Check out this group of Nomads doing their thing below and on the Nimbus site.

Who knows, maybe when you’ve watched all of the videos it’ll be time to ski!?!

Here’s the latest En Route: NOMADS!

En Route Nomads from NIMBUS INDEPENDENT on Vimeo.

Check out a little behind the scenes action with these shots!

Quite Symbolic for this Crew

The Visionary Mr. Eric Pollard

The Crew

Early bird get the powder

Early bird get ths powder

Hiking for those Turns

Bacons in the Morning

No new snow = PAINTBALL!

No new snow = PAINTBALL w/GoPros!

the battlefield

the battlefield

insert own sound effect

insert own sound effect

Double Fisting

Double Fisting

more down time = serious Wii carnage

more down time = serious Wii carnage


Sled Time

Getting there is half the fun

Getting there is half the fun


Ike reppin' 130s

Pollards taking a break

Pollards taking a break

Pollard and Pep

Chris in Canada

Anthony Boronowski in Canada

Andy huckin in NV

Andy throwing down in a Tree Graveyard

Benchetler slashing in Canada

Survival of the fittest

Nature on the road

For making it the end of the post… sit back and enjoy our favorite classic: IDEA!!!

Idea from NIMBUS INDEPENDENT on Vimeo.

Ian Compton and Father Collab Edit

October 8th, 2010 - Posted by in LINE Skis News


From talented fathers come talented sons. Line athlete Ian Compton has released an edit (below) featuring highlights from last season in a smooth vibe born from the rolling mountains of Ian’s home state of Vermont. The music used is from his father, John Compton who has played shows with the Allman Brothers, Blood, Sweat and Tears to name a few.

Enjoy the Edit!


Here’s the story of how Ian’s father got signed to Columbia Records in the 70s and his continued music career.

Singer, songwriter, and guitarist John Parker Compton co-founded the acoustic band APPALOOSA with violinist Robin Batteau in the late ’60s. Both musicians had been heavily influenced by the folk scene in their hometown, Cambridge, MA. Compton got his start singing in a Cambridge church choir before he and Batteau began playing the coffeehouse circuit together.

As the 1972 press release for Compton’s solo album, To Luna, tells it, John Compton showed up at producer Al Kooper’s Columbia Records office in late 1968, hoping to show Kooper his songs. Uninterested, Kooper told the kid (Compton was 18) to come back some other time. But a little while later, Kooper came in on Compton and Batteau performing for the office secretaries. Won over, Kooper recorded their demo, and within a year the newly signed musicians had an album out, the self-titled debut from their group Appaloosa. Also including bassist David Reiser and cellist Eugene Rosov, Appaloosa was joined in the studios by members of Blood, Sweat & Tears, and by Kooper himself.
A year after Appaloosa’s 1969 release (which was produced by Al Kooper) on Columbia Records, a 19-year-old John Compton got to take the stage at Fillmore East the last weekend of December, along with the Allman Brothers, and Blood, Sweat, and Tears. Appaloosa soon gave way to a duo project of Compton & Batteau, and the two musicians recorded Compton & Batteau in California for Columbia. By 1971, Compton was on his own with a new LP, To Luna, but after this, it would be over 20 years before he returned to the studios. His return was marked by 1995’s Mother of Mercy, which was followed by a six-song self-released recording of Compton on a Vermont radio station….

Purchase the CD here.

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Blend Art: Steve Wilson

Here at Line we take our graphics very seriously, so much that we will pull no stops in finding the perfect artist for a specific ski, this year’s Blend was no exception.

Hailing from Brighton, UK, Steve Wilson references circus posters, fairgrounds, Victorian postcards and tribal art as themes for his varied and experimental work. He generalizes this as “somewhere between pop and psychedelia.” With the Blend he created an ambiguous blend (no pun intended) of characters inspired by multiple personalities of the ski. The Blend’s general theme has always been big bold colors and content and this year’s didn’t disappoint! Check below for some of Steve’s work, our vision for the Blend, and the evolution of how the Blend’s graphic came to be!

Steve and some of his work:

Below is a brief that we put together each year to give a description of what the ski has been and the vision we have moving forward.

10-11 Blend SW Creative Brief

From there we have the artist create a couple sketches, we pass those around, figure out what we like or don’t like.

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and eventually come up with the final product!


Learn more about Steve Wilson and check out all of his at

Young Andy

October 4th, 2010 - Posted by in Traveling Circus Sideshow

My mom is big into scrap booking and all I ever see is pictures of my brother.  Last night I was giving her a hard time about not having any of me, so she found some.

Emo Andy from back in highschool cutting the cake.


15th birthday?


Little league

Snake time

Snake time

Pictures from the good old roller blade and skiboard days.

Back flip!

Back flip!

So sick!

So sick!

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