Roy Kittler made his way to the Pacific Northwest last Spring for the annual migration of pro athletes to the late season snow destination of Mt. Hood, Oregon and the West Coast Sessions. Here’s an edit to recap his time there.
Had an awesome time shredding in Mt. Hood for the West Coast Session 8 with the whole Euro Crew!
Huge thanks to Ethan Stone for havin us all, we´ll defintely be back next year!
Thx to Lisa Zimmermann, Tom Ritsch, Lukas Schäfer and especially Jack Benzinger for filming and the good times!
Song: Free Country – Witchfinder General
About West Coast Sessions:
For eight years and running we’ve been pushing the sport of skiing by giving talented young riders, photographers and filmers a top-level, low-stress venue to display and develop their skills. But don’t call us a training camp—we’re more of a family gathering.
Each May skiers from across the globe descend on Mt. Hood to enjoy prime spring skiing conditions. Along with our event hosts Timberline Ski Area and Windell’s Camp, we’re here to welcome them, show them just how good the spring riding in Oregon can be, and publish free top-quality media online for our fans.
Missing those warm summer days? Are you depressed with the onset of fall and the approach of winter?
Neither are we. For those of you, like us, who had to brave the heat of summer and anticipate the first snowfall, it can be an awful waiting game. Thankfully, Will Wesson’s international adventures in pursuit of snow kept us satiated!
Will’s travels are documented in his five part series Summer On Snow, featured by Freeskier Magazine and presented below.
Hopefully it tides you over until your local hill is up and running!
Episode 1 – Will at Woodward Copper for Line/Full Tilt Week
Armed with nothing but a couple POV cameras, Will plans to document his travels around the world, focusing on culture, travel and skiing (duh!). The first episode finds Will at Woodward Copper for Line/Full Tilt week with Garrett Russell, Trevor Jansen, Jon Hartman, Erik Olson, Josh Wong and tons of stoked campers. Enjoy the video above and be sure to keep an eye out for more from Will throughout the summer.
Episode 2 – Hot Laps @ Windells Camp
In the second episode of his summer video blog, Will Wesson heads to Windells Camp for some hot laps atop the glacier. Upon arrival, he meets up with the likes of Chris Logan, Karl Fostvedt, Andy Parry, Magnus Granér, Tosh Peters, Jason Arens and many more. The crew proceeds to get tricky up and down the lane with tech rails, impressive lines, and good ol’ fashion summertime vibes.
Will would like to extend his thanks Catman Andy Parry for filming him. You rule, Andy!
Episode 3 – Les Deux Alpes for Kumi Yama Slopestyle
Will Wesson once again proves that he’s having a kickass summer in the latest episode of his Summer on Snow video blog. This time, he heads to France’s Les Deux Alpes for what ended up being the final installment of the Kumi Yama slopestyle contest. While weather derailed some of his ski plans, the crew was still able to spend their down days cliff jumping, wakeboarding and taking in the French countryside. Be sure to watch Will’s awesome wakeboard wipeout, which takes place right around the 1:50 mark.
Episode 4 – Whistler for Line Week @ Camp of Champions
The dude doesn’t stop. From Colorado to Oregon, Whistler, France and beyond, Will is skiing his ass off this summer. The latest episode of his video blog finds him in Whistler, taking advantage of the awesome set up at Camp of Champions for Line Skis week. Featuring Max Hill, Dom Laporte, Rob Heule (and his alter ego, Blading Bert), Erik Olson and many more, the edit sums up all there is to love about summer skiing.
Episode 5 – Retreat to South America
Between Oregon, Colorado, Whistler, various areas throughout South America and beyond—Will Wesson has been traveling the globe in style in search for summertime shredding. The results? Incredibly successful.
In the fifth and final installment of “Summer on Snow,” Wesson retreats to South America to get the goods and catch some air with Alexi Godbout and company. Enjoy watching the crew as they flaunt their skills and receive a variety of hearty Chilean face shots.
TC 7.1: Everybody Loves Ramen, Part Two
Hisashiburi! The world’s longest freestyle skiing web series returns for its seventh season! Watch as The Line Traveling Circus crew wraps up their second trip to Japan – Andy takes in the sights & sounds of an anime festival at the Iwatake ski resort and Cole Drexler enjoys the exotic cuisines found in … a Japanese convenience store!?
Follow the crew on their bizarre and ever entertaining adventures! Did Garrett Russell ski in a soccer ball? Did Will ever find the perfect rail? Who knows?! Get excited for MORE ANIME, MORE RAMEN & MORE SKIING!
“I think we’re going skiing today — right? I don’t know. Fish market in the morning, skiing in the afternoon. Ichiban, number one!” – Andy Parry
ABOUT LINE TRAVELING CIRCUS:
Admission is free! No high-end production crews, annual movie sales, snowmobiles or AK heli trips here. Powered by more creativity, ingenuity and hyperactivity than a 3rd grade art class, this band of misfit skiers is led by die-hard ski bums Will Wesson and Andy Parry. Criss-crossing the globe in search of angled surfaces to ski on, the Traveling Circus is part reality TV, part ski bumming. For comedy, adventure and skiing antics that prove truth is more entertaining than fiction make sure not to miss an episode. Every online webisode is watched hundreds of thousands of times by skiers around the world. This is the reason why the International Freeskiing Film Festival (IF3) presented the Line Traveling Circus with the first-ever “Best Webisode” award in 2010 and 2011. 3,000,000 views and counting!
We’re teaming up with The Lab in hopes of making year round skiing in the Northeast a possibility! The Lab will be a state-of-the-art indoor training facility for winter athletes, and it needs your help to get started! They’re looking for you to be one of their supporters in their crowd-source campaign towards $25,000.
To help sweeten the deal, we’re giving away a pair of 2015 Chronics. For every $50 you donate, you’ll be entered into a drawing for a chance to win these skis! Looking to help with a smaller donation? That’s cool too! For every $1 you give to the cause, you’ll be entered into a drawing for a Line Skis prize pack! It’ll include a I Am A Skier Hoodie, a School Pack as well as the Skier Beanie.
About The Lab:
The Lab is a state-of-the-art indoor training facility for ski and snowboard athletes coming soon to the Boston area.
When you’re a freestyle ski or snowboard athlete, there’s no thrill more intense, no high more satisfying, than landing that new trick you’ve been dying to try out. But hitting the slopes unprepared can have catastrophic, career-ending, even life-threatening consequences.
With The Lab, we’re providing ski and snowboard athletes throughout New England with a place where they can practice their tricks and improve their technique in a safe, controlled environment. Whether you’re a newbie gearing up for your very first run, or a seasoned vet trying to master the elusive double cork 1260, The Lab will be your space to experiment, explore, and gear up for a truly awesome ride.
WATCH: Eric Pollard discusses the Magnum Opus
After years of development, we’re happy to offer the Magnum Opus (view product) for the 2015 winter season. Since 2010, skier & artist Eric Pollard has tested countless iterations in order to craft what is now known as the Magnum Opus, the best and lightest powder ski.
“The goal of the Magnum Opus was to create a ski that had the same feel as the Mr. Pollard’s Opus ski, but with increased float,” said Pollard. “I approached the design with a few ideas on how to accomplish that: larger waist width, longer length and a new tip outline and profile.”
Award Winning. DSV Aktiv & Freeskier Magazine’s 2015 Editor’s Pick
The Magnum Opus incorporates the new Cloud Core, a futuristic material which combines balsa and flax seed composite to give the ski its unfathomable “lighter-than-air” feel. Additionally, the Early Rise and Early Taper tip shape and profile design creates a perfect powder ski which floats through the deepest snow with minimal effort. At just 4,200 grams (9 pounds, 4 ounces) per pair, the 188-centimeter long, 124-millimeter waisted Magnum Opus sets a new standard for lightness and versatility for powder skis.
Shown: Engineer Jed Yeiser, Marketing’s Eric Newgard & Eric Pollard
Nimbus Independent has just released its digital short, “Coordinates.” Watch it now below!
From Nimbus Independent:
“Our latest movie ‘ [COORDINATES] ‘ was shot entirely on the GoPro Hero 3+ camera, by Eric Pollard, Chris Benchetler, and Pep Fujas. Filmed on location in Hokkaido, Japan – Pemberton, British Columbia – and Mt. Hood, Oregon. Nimbus collaborated with artist and producer “Tired Eyes” to create a unique soundtrack scored specifically for the production. This movie is a brief look at skiing from each athlete’s perspective, and is an attempt to give our audience a better idea of what to expect when our two year movie project ‘After The Sky Falls’ drops next fall.
‘We don’t take ourselves too seriously at Nimbus, for us it’s all about capturing skiing in a way that feels like a day on the hill with friends.’”
Level 1 is set to release their 15th ski film this fall. Shot on location all over the world, the film showcases the best of the best of ski trickery including LINE athletes, LJ Strenio, Will Wesson & Sig Tveit. We spoke with 2/3rds of the aforementioned talent (Will & LJ) to ask some questions about what we might expect this Fall when Less hits theaters. Here’s what they had to say!
Tell us about last season: Where’d you go? When and with who?
Last season was hectic. I spent the better part of the first half of the season competing at World Cups and traveling for some early season rail jams; flying as far as London for the weekend for one. Around halfway through the season however, I completely switched focus and started putting a segment together and spent about a month between the East Coast and the Midwest during the coldest streak of the Winter with Level 1. I also got out into the backcountry for a few trips but got skunked on snow a couple times and didn’t yield much there. There were a lot of struggles but I’m excited about what we got. – LJ
New England with Khai Krepela in December. Wisconsin with LJ and Will Berman for 2 days in January and New York with LJ in February. – Will
Any particularly memorable moments?
Having an entire day alone to be a tourist in Londdon before flying home with a stack of 2000 English pounds in my pocket was fun. Two days earlier, I was eating thanksgiving dinner with my girlfriend and sister and then I all of a sudden I had a bunch of goofy money and a new European city to explore. More hilariously however was signing autographs in Wisconsin for the cop that was kicking us out. He had received a call and so was obligated to boot us but was super interested and once he heard who we were and what we did he was stoked so Berman gave him a free DVD and he demanded an autograph. Most smiles I’ve seen in a while getting booted from a feature, and we got the shot first. – LJ
Seeing people surfing with snow on the ground in Boston was cool. Also meeting random people who have no idea what you are up to is always entertaining. – Will
How much involvement did you have in the creative process?
Level 1 allows us input but I don’t physically edit my segment so very little. – LJ
I rough cut my entire segment and the level 1 guys change it up to make it better. – Will
Which tour stops do you plan on being at?
I’ll be at the Salt Lake City stop as always! Sounds like I’ll probably be heading to Spokane as well for a stop there. Got a bunch of new friends up there so I love making the trip up. -LJ
I’ll miss most of them while I’m down under filming for TC, but I’m hoping to get to the the High Five Festival and maybe IF3 Innsbruck. – Will
What can those watching expect from Less?
From my experiences last winter with Level 1, I can tell you that this year’s movie really shows that skiing is finally starting to get more creative in the things we find and do and not solely focused on just bigger and better. Many of the features and tricks aren’t just stacked upon from last year but new original ideas. – LJ
No idea, I haven’t seen it. I’m sure there will be no shortage of creativity. – Will
Where are you now? What are you doing?
I’m currently in Vermont visiting between friends’ weddings and family weddings. However I’m headed back to Utah next week which I’m excited for because I haven’t been home in the last 4 months. – LJ
I’m sitting inside an apartment complex (free Internet!) outside El Colorado ski resort in Chile. – Will
What are five things people should know about filming?
Five? haha uh… 1) It’s long, tedious and yields a few seconds of footage for a few days of work. 2) It allows you to ski how you want and portrait yourself how you want. 3) If you’re doing something new or cool it doesn’t have to be in a huge segment, you can throw it online and you boom you’re influencing skiing. 4) Filming an entire segment is more expensive than anyone except the riders spending all their money realizes. 5)There’s no right way to do it, though some people may think there is, just different styles. – LJ
It’s never as easy as it seems. The weather can make or break you. Scheduling is never perfect and some segments are made in one week. Sometimes you can do a lot with a little. The right attitude goes a long way. – Will
What are your plans for next season?
A little less competing and a lot more filming. – LJ
Ski a lot with cool people in cool places! – Will
New Zealand’s All Us In Winterland crew has just wrapped up their 3-part series, “Below the Line” which was filmed in & around British Columbia, Canada this past winter season. Watch the series in its entirety below!
Below The Line: Part Three – End Of The Beginning
It’s finally here, the final part to our series: ‘End Of The Beginning’ the end of the series but the beginning of much more!! Boosting around BC in two RV’s was one hell of a trip, definitely one for the books! We will be back Canada…” via NZSKIER
Below The Line: Part 1 – The Road Trip
Below The Line: Part 2 – A Tour Away
Shot on location at:
Kicking Horse Mountain Resort
YMIR Backcountry Lodge
Instagram – @allusinwinterland
Facebook – allusinwinterland.com
Mark Bridgwater – markbridgwater.co.nz/
Nick (Sauce) Aubrey
Filming & Photography:
Mons Royale – monsroyale.com/
CanaDream – canadream.com/
Smith Optics – smithoptics.com/
K2 Skis – k2skis.com/
Also a big thanks to:
Neil from NZ Skier
Mark and David from Downdays
Ally and Leith from Gnomes Alpine Sports
Cam from Atomic
Deb from BCA equpment
Trevor & Jason from YMIR Backcountry Lodge
Andy from Kicking Horse Mountain Resort
Ashley from Revelstoke Resort
Chris from Whistler Resort
Graham and Janet McDermid
Shirley and Richard Palmer
Dirk and Kim Haselhoff
Robots in Alaska: The Making of Sugar Mountain
Aussie MC Watkin McLennan and co. traveled to Alaska this past winter to ski its famed Chugach Mountains with the mission to document the entire experience. Here, McLennan gives you a little insight into preparing for the rugged Alaskan Backcountry.
McLennan was skiing the new 2015 Sick Day 125. Find it here!
The 2014 Line Skis Summer Camp expedition has wrapped up! For over the past six weeks, the Line Traveling Circus van has made a circuit to the top summer camp destinations in North America, traveling over 6,000+ miles. Here’s a look back at all the fun that took place!
Woodward At Copper
Camp of Champions
Old News is Good News
- Roy Kittler’s “West Coast Session 8″ Recap
- Will Wesson’s “Summer on Snow”
- The Traveling Circus Returns!
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