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On The Snow Editors Choice Award

By On The Snow
Line’s new Sick Day series has three waist width offerings (125, 110 and 95 millimeters) and are all designed for fall line skiing with a focus on weight reduction. The Sick Day 110 has no metal and features maple underfoot and aspen in the thin tips to reduce swing weight. Line’s Directional Flex includes a soft, but wide, rockered tip for float and a stiff, narrow tail for stability and control. Testers awarded it high scores for playfulness, and Dittmar called it “part park ski, but mostly All-Mountain fun machine.” “This ski is super quick edge-to-edge, lightweight and has a fun pop out of the turn and can smear when needed,” Flickinger said. Testers commented that though decent on the corduroy, the Sick Day’s strong suit is soft snow. “Thanks to terrific float and low weight, this is a good pow or backcountry tool,” Kasper added.

And don’t forget to check out OTS reviews for Prophet 98 and Pandora

Eric Pollard’s POV Video Nearly Blows up the Internet

The huge number of clicks and views that occurred following the release of Pollard’s super smooth POV footage on Powdermag.com and tetongravity.com nearly caused the internets to explode. Luckily disaster was averted so we can continue pretending to stomp everything!

Imagine Looking Down at this: Pollard's Signature Smooth Style

EPOV Series by Line Skis

March 10th, 2011 - Posted by in Ski Artists & Designers

Last spring we climbed a mountain, sat legendary skier Eric Pollard on a rock and pointed a camera at him and said go. See into the mind of a skier who has revolutionized the equipment we use as well as the way we watch ski videos. Listen in on Eric Pollard’s point-of-view.

Part 1 – Nimbus Independent – Eric explains his reasoning for straying from the norm of a professional skier’s filming habits and they ways it’s been presented.
http://NimbusIndependent.com

Part 2 – Skiing Style & Technology – EP talks about how far skiing has come from long, straight skis that plow through powder to the smooth fluid motions of backcountry freestyle skiing of today. To see the latest skis from Eric Pollard, check out the EP Pro, Sir Francis Bacon and EP Pro Shorty

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.

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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!

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Learn more about Steve Wilson and check out all of his at http://www.wilson2000.com/

Afterbang Art: Jimbo Phillips

September 23rd, 2010 - Posted by in Ski Artists & Designers

The Afterbang‘s art is created by Jimbo Phillips who with his father are responsible for creating skateboarding’s most legendary art since the 1980s. The same guy that created the famous Santa Cruz screaming hand. When we were thinking of who we wanted to design our first skate-deck construction ski, all we could think of was classic 80’s skate art. Who would be more perfect for that look than the legendary Jim and Jimbo Phillips? No one. Luckily it worked out and we were fortunate to have their designs on our Afterbangs!

Jimbo and his work:

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Jim and his work:

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Now check out the evolution of this ski design and see how your favorite graphic came to be…

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Afterbang Draft 1

… and the final product!

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For more kick-ass art that doesn’t fall under the category of “abstract”, check out Jimbo and Jim’s websites full of in your face awesome art!
Click for more info on the Afterbang or other Line Skis!

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