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May 25th, 2017 - Posted by Mikiya in Japanese Line News

先日の月山で、リフト乗車中の出来事。

その日は天気が良かったので、景色や斜面を見ながら普通に座っていました。

パッと下を見ると、何かいる!!

思わず笑ってしまいました。

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なぜ、こんなところに。

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かなり小さいのですが、分かるでしょうか。

誰が置いたのかな~。今度行ったら、また見てみます。

違うところにいたらおもしろいですね。

18 Bravoski vol.1

May 25th, 2017 - Posted by Mikiya in Japanese Line News

もうこんな時期になりました。

ブラボースキーvol1が、5月25日発売です。

シーズン中の情報や、来年のニューモデル情報が満載です。

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ブラボースキー第1号を、毎年シーズンアウトしてから読まれるという方も多いのではないでしょうか。来年の道具選びをしている時間も楽しいですね。ニューモデルスキーが載ってますので、ぜひチェックしてください。

今年は雪が多くあるので、自分ももう少し滑ろうと思っていま~す。

 

Zermatt Glacier Days with Sami, Rob, and Will

May 22nd, 2017 - Posted by willski in LINE Skis News, LINE Team News

Will Wesson, Sami Ortlieb, and Rob Heule take to Switzerland!

The three LINE skiers take on the Matterhorn for the first installment of Zermatt Glacier Days.

 


 

 

The end of April usually marks the end of many skier’s season. But with a strong late season in the Alps, LINE Skiers Rob Heule and Will Wesson hopped a plane to Switzerland to meet up with Sami Ortlieb in Switzerland. Awaiting them, in the vibrant mountain town of Zermatt, was arguably the best spring park in the world. Over the years, these three have produced the  Zermatt Glacier Days Video Series, a webisode series shot exclusively at the area’s summer operation. But with the opportunity to ski an even bigger park and more snow at their disposal, the boys geared up for an April session.

 

It seems like a fitting location for these three skiers. With discerning eyes, smooth style, and a creative outlook, Sami, Rob, and Will had the ideal park for imparting their particular brand of skiing. The shapers at Zermatt pieced together a flowy, seemingly endless park with tons of lines and features — through which the guys were able to lap to their hearts content.

Rob Plants a Hand

Rob Plants a Hand

But perhaps our favorite bit of content from this epic spring park trip was the train produced though the whole park. Spanning nearly four minutes, Rob, Will, and Sami, alongside Russian technician Andrey Anufriev, pass the camera back and forth as they bop from feature to feature. And the bit starts of with a bang as Rob blasts a proper nose butter seven off of seemingly nothing.

 

The squad will be grouping back up throughout the summer. So keep your eyes out for more creative, Blend-bending action!

これからがシーズン

May 20th, 2017 - Posted by Mikiya in Japanese Line News

今日は月山スキー場へ。

Men’s dayという事で、リフトを使ってたくさんゲレンデを滑ってきました~!!

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4月上旬にOPENする月山スキー場。

GWが終って、これからが本格シーズンです。

厳冬期もたくさん登って滑ってるけど、リフトでゲレンデスキーも楽しい~。

コブが育ってきて、ついつい攻めてしまいます(笑)

今年は雪が多いから、7月頃までいけるかな~。また滑りにいきま~す!!

ピーク

May 18th, 2017 - Posted by Mikiya in Japanese Line News

何時間登っても上からみる景色は最高だ。

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この場所もとてもいい眺めだった。

滑るために登ったけど、少しの間景色を見ながらボーっとしてたいと思いましたね。

ピークからのタイトライン、中間のオープンバーン、ボトムはうねりと一瞬のフィルムが最高。ピークから全雪質を試した感じ。

春はやっぱり板の走るフィルムが気持ちいい~。

今頃は田んぼの時期だからもっと緑が広がっているだろうな~

 

滑る場所を求めて

May 18th, 2017 - Posted by Mikiya in Japanese Line News

山形、秋田につらなる鳥海山。

今年は昨年とは違った面に。

自分らの滑りたいラインを探して、登り続ける。

それが、3時間でも4時間でもハイクの時間は関係ない。

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たとえ何時間歩いても、最高のラインを刻むために。

BATTUEREの映像をお楽しみに。写真もどこかでお披露目できるとい~な~!!

Not Over It with Colter Hinchliffe

May 12th, 2017 - Posted by willski in LINE Skis News, LINE Team News

Colter Hinchliffe Feeds the Stoke!

While many of us have moved past the ski season, the Aspen Local is just getting started. Putting the easy, fun-fueled resort days behind him, Colter sets his sights a bit further. Often times, Colter checks in with some rambling post about a half-crocked mission — usually involving his dirtbike and a TON of walking — to bag some remote and rarely skied peak.

This year is no different; The lifts have shut down, but Colter is — perhaps unsurprisingly — Not Over It. We reached out to Colter and ask him to recount one of his favorite late season missions. Oh, and while you’re at it, enter the LINE Not Over It Photo Contest. Maybe you can snag a pair of LINE Sick Day Tourists for those late season pushes.


The Impulse

It’s 9 PM in Aspen, Colorado. I can’t take my eyes off the sky. I’m looking for the stars. If I see what I’m looking for, I will toss my skis in my truck next to my dirt bike and begin my journey no later than 11pm. All I need is a weather window.

Our lift served skiing came to an end only a few days ago here in Aspen Snowmass. We are one of the later operations to shut off the lifts – especially with the bonus week tacked on. But with a healthy snowpack and longer days ahead, I am Not Over It – I never am. My love for skiing gets me out searching for turns amongst the rocks as early as September and as late as July here in the high mountains of the Colorado Rockies.

Colter and Tim Durtschi Take on Moab

More often than not, I find myself walking. It’s not easy; it’s type 2 fun at best and often type 3. Walking with my skis, boots, skins, crampons, ice axe, full water bottle, lunch, camera, shovel, probe, first aid kit, and more strapped to my back. But the with prospect of harvesting high-alpine turns in new zones, I find myself walking – usually at 1 in the morning – with all of my gear strapped to my back. It’s for the love of it, right? Something like that.

The slogs – those long days deep in the mountains have become a staple of my spring. Last May, I decided to capitalize on this, and even pieced together a project, Sandstone and Snow. We skied the north face of Mt. Tukuhnikivatz – a technical climb and ski that involved a dicey rappel mid-line – and I was still hungry for more.So as I left behind those sandstone cliffs of the La Sal Mountains, I started scheming, plotting my next mission.

 

LONE CONE

My route home took me south of the La Sal Mountains towards Telluride and the San Juan mountains of Southern Colorado. Late in the afternoon I came into the town of Naturita. To the south, a striking peak rose out of the horizon, basking in the last light. It looked like a mini volcano. I saw a sign for the local forest service office and pulled up, looked at a map outside and quickly learned that the mountain was aptly named Lone Cone with a summit elevation of 12,618 ft.

I wasn’t planning on skiing anything on the way back to Aspen – my thoughts were focused on peaks closer to home – but the weather was nice, and I didn’t have a reason to book it home. My thoughts quickly focused on a solo mission. But I was hungry, and I don’t think well when I’m hungry. Or if I have to pee really bad. So I went and got a slice of pizza on Main Street in Naturita as I contemplated my next move.

 

In the end I decided I might as well give it a shot. I ordered a couple extra sliced of pizza for the road and followed National Forest Access signs towards Lone Cone in the fading light. Eventually the road got muddy and rutted out, and I decided to find a flat spot and call it a night. It would be the farthest my truck would go. I pulled my dirt bike out of my truck, pitched my tent, and scarfed down one last slice of ‘za.

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Not a bad place to start the day. Photo: Colter Hinchliffe

I slept in – a rare occurrence on these adventures. I planned on skiing the North Face of Lone Cone. The couloir itself that had a big wall that would shade the slope well into the afternoon. Corn o’clock is a fickle and fleeting beast, and too many times I’ve found myself too early or late to actually harvest her bounty. So I chanced it with a late start, departing shortly before sunrise.

I only made it a few miles on my dirtbike before I had to switch to foot power. So, like many of these half-crocked ideas, I soon was hoofing it with all my gear loaded on my back, trudging through the low angle flanks of this volcanic megalith. For what seemed like an eternity, I stumbled around, unable to see the objective. I was navigating off of pure luck and hope. But I’ve made enough wrong turns in my life to trust my instincts, and sure enough, I crested into the basin of my planned ascent route.

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Pushing the West Ridge of Lone Cone

I kept moving up the west ridge. I switched from skins to crampons and began directly ascending the ridge, front-pointing most of the climb. The breeze kept things firm, and I was in no hurry; so naturally I took a bunch of selfies with my go-pro. GTS at all costs, am I right?! There’s something enjoyable about being alone in the mountains. I can move at my own pace, chose my own route, listen to music, and waste as much time as I want taking stupid pictures.

I dilly dally’ed my way to the top of the frozen Lone Cone hoping the sun would begin to do its thing, gracing me with soft corn to plunder. But it never did. I dropped into that North facing couloir around noon and skied frozen snow 1500 feet – not exactly the reward I was expecting. The angle finally eased and the snow began to soften for another 500-1000 feet of mellower skiing into the basin that drains the north face.

I followed the basin and followed it and followed it until it ran out of snow. It was only this point I realized how far west I had travelled. I would have to backtrack to my campsite – plus the additional 2 miles to my dirtbike. So I ditched my gear and moved quickly on the road with no weight. At camp, I re-hydrated, switched from ski boots to hiking boots, and jogged up to my dirtbike. By late afternoon I was rambling back down the muddy road with the Lone Cone in my rear view mirror. Satisfied, relieved, and happy that I just went for it.

Looking Ahead

As for now, it’s 10 PM here in Aspen, and the stars are not shining. In fact, its snowing. It looks like I will be sleeping tonight. But the entirety of #NotOverIt season lies ahead. I am just beginning to feel the inspiration to endure early mornings, long days, and less-than-great snow. I know the inspiration to push onward and upward will come. It always does. I usually just need to see a mountain to light the fire.

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How Not Over It are you? Check out the LINE Not Over it Photo Contest on Facebook. Upload a shot of you showcasing how far you’d go to get your summer shred on, and enter to win a pair of LINE Sick Day Tourists!

line & line

May 12th, 2017 - Posted by Mikiya in Japanese Line News

鳥海山の山合宿にて。

1つの斜面に2つのline。

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滑る前にまず登る事ができるか。

この山合宿では、「登り」がポイントとなりました。

シールがきかなくなってきてから、どう対処していくか。

ルートどりと何を使用していきながら登るか。

頭と体力を使った日でした。山は日々勉強。

経験値をもっともっと積んでいきたいと思います。

 

2年目

May 12th, 2017 - Posted by Mikiya in Japanese Line News

昨年から撮影活動を始動したBATTUERE(バッテリー)。

今シーズンも、たくさん色々な山にいきました。

短編映像をちょこちょこUPしています。

これは、シーズン頭。まだまだ雪が少ないく、そろそろ滑れるかな~と探索しに行った場所ですね。

自分達の春シーズンはまだまだ続くので、これからのスキーも楽しみ。今年は雪が豊富なので長く滑れるかな。

山合宿

May 12th, 2017 - Posted by Mikiya in Japanese Line News

ゴールデンウィークが終り、CLOSEしたスキー場も多くなりましたね。

山形では月山スキー場がオープンして、まだまだ滑る事ができそうです。

そして、自分の中でとても魅力的な山のひとつが山形と秋田にまたがる鳥海山。

山がとても大きく、いい面がたくさんあります。

今年はピークにも行きたかったし、その周辺を滑ってみたく、2泊3日の山合宿をしてきました。

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朝、テントを開けるとこの景色。

3日間とも天候に恵まれました。滑った後の夕方も、朝も最高の景色。

この鳥海山の映像はBATTUEREムービーで公開予定しています。

ぜひ、チェックお願いしま~す。

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