With Summer just starting, we’re exactly 179 days from the start of Winter as I type this… 179 long days between now and the “official” start of our favorite season although hopefully snow will have arrived long before then! In between now and then, though, it’s good to keep your wizardry tricks up to par.
If you don’t have a chance to head out to Windells or Woodward Copper, or even jump on a flight to the Southern Hemisphere, than this is the article for you! Read on and learn how to create your perfect backyard rail setup from Andy Parry!
“This is my homemade rail recipe. I hope you like it!” – Andy Parry
- Two 2×6 by 10ft
- Two 2×4 by 10ft
- Three 1.5″ by 10ft PVC
- Box of 2.5″ inch screws
- A Circular Saw
- A Drill
- One 2×4 into Five 2′ segments
- One 2×4 into Four 2’6” inch segments
Layout your 2ft 2x4s with the 2x6s and screw them in. I like screw in the two ends first then flip it over and put the top on.
Line up your 3 PVC pipes on the ground. Place the frame on top and make sure they are flush with the end of the 2×6. Starting at one end screw the PVC making sure to adjust along the way. Screw in 4 sets of 3 screws for the whole rail.
Now add the remaining 4 2’6″ 2x4s as feet.
Your finished! Add pieces of plywood to the sides to strengthen the rail.
All Us In Winterland are back at it again this year with their latest video offering – “Holy Gozaimasu!”
WATCH HOLY GOZAIMASU
“When Cam McDermid, Tom Brownlee, Pat Greene and Tori Beattie put together a last-minute trip to Japan at the end of an unseasonably dry Japanuary, they did so with minimal planning. Arriving in Hakuba on the 15th of January to bare rice paddies, dry roads, and the worst start to winter in over 50 years, they waited.
With no fixed plans, they roamed lost in a tiny rusted van named Sauce and indulged in the delights of Japan. The first week was spent idly wandering through valleys and villages, exploring shrines and out-of-the-way onsen, chasing snow monkeys, walking frozen beaches, and enjoying the gentle generosity of the Japanese people.
Patience was rewarded when the floodgates blew open and Hakuba’s unique coastal position delivered a 2 metre overnight insta-base. Every action immediately became a means to a simple end: getting as pitted as possible and having all the fun doing it. When it snows 3 metres in a week that’s a simple task.
From runs through the Cortina trees to hike-accessed lines behind Tsugaike Kogen and Happo One, the small crew gorged themselves on everything the Hakuba valley could offer. As their appetite increased they outran patrollers in private tree zones, hiked one-turn lines from the side of the road, ski toured up avenues of ancient trees, and dropped alpine faces in the gaps between snow showers. It was all too easy.
Holy Gozaimasu doesn’t really translate into anything. Gozaimasu is a positive postscript. An exclamation mark. The fact that it makes no sense but felt so good to say was exactly why it stuck. It was a phrase introduced on day one in Hakuba, and it quickly became the catchcry of the trip. Everything encountered during the two weeks in Japan felt like it deserved the respect of a positive postscript. An extra nod of appreciation. Dropping a gozaimasu into a stumbled sentence guaranteed the injection of a smile to even the most earnest of Japanese faces, and that was always the goal.
Holy Gozaimasu is a collection of the stories and faces that made those 2 weeks feel like a lifetime. None of it would have been possible without the generosity of the Kamoshika Views guesthouse in Hakuba, for providing the friendliest accommodation imaginable and the use of Japan’s greatest tiny, rusted, moustachioed van.”
LINE athlete Hadley Hammer is heading North…WAY NORTH. She’s joining 4 other girls for an adventure in the Artic. “Girls Gone Polar” documents five girls in a 50 foot sailboat, with skis & splitboards, 2 rifles and polar bears.
In a male-dominated action sports industry, we come across a common pattern of thinking among girls… “I don’t have the skills. I’m not good enough. I don’t know how. What if I fail? Someone else could do it better.”
This film will explore the serious topic of gender disparity and the female mindset in the action sports industry with a definitely humorous spin as we tell the tale through the eyes of five strong-minded, strong-willed, mountain driven girls. What is it like to splitboard & ski with rifles (required due to the polar bears)? How do you manage a sailboat with five females and one male captain? What really goes down on extreme expeditions? Prepare to laugh, get to know each team member personally, and see adventure through a new perspective.
Ultimately, the girls on this excursion just want to keep seeking out new, epic terrain and push their own individual limits. They want to share the gift of exploration and adventure with others. And the goal is simply to show girls what’s possible; hopefully, inspiring them to get out there and believe that they can do the same.
What is Hadley skiing in Svalbard? The Sick Day Tourist!
Tom Wallisch & Good Company have released Good Company 1 on Youtube!
Originally released in February of 2015, and shown on both ABC and ESPN2, Good Company 1 was the first time urban skiing had been predominantly featured on national television. The 15 minute short film shows Wallisch, Tim McChesney, Dale Talkington, Mike Hornbeck, Nick Martini and more, as they travel North America looking for quality early season urban features & a soundtrack that includes tracks from Sylvan Esso, Them featuring Van Morrison, and Cormega.
Watch it for free below!!
LINE Resort Crasher is the good, the bad & ugly of having fun at your home resort. Conditions and weather, all that doesn’t matter while hot lapping home turf.
First up, we visit Tom Kobel, Kim Gubser and Fabienne Werder in Davos/Switzerland.
MUSIC: College Rock (How To Hold The Guitar Right)” by Man Bites Dog (http://www.facebook.com/manbitesdogyeah)
Footage provided by RUKfilms
Tommi Niemi’s Finland Backyard Park
Does your backyard look like this? Follow the backyard park! https://www.facebook.com/backyardpark/
Skiers: Tommi Niemi, Mikko Joukainen, Juuso Pajari, Otto “KEPE” Venalainen
Music: Chaos Nation – Rise And Reign
Edited by: Tommi Niemi
Get set & go! Another LINE Resort Crasher takes you to Val d’isère, France with Léo Taillefer, Pierre Rougeot, Thomas Zubiria & Tom Damiani!
Tom Wallisch’s World Record for Longest Rail Slide!
Tom Wallisch has done it! Earlier this month at Seven Springs Resort in Pennsylvania, Wallisch broke the world record for the longest rail slide on skis: 424 feet – a herculean task that took more than 400 attempts over the course of numerous days. Watch the recap above courtesy of Good Company and Stept Productions and then tune in to ABC this Saturday for a more in depth look at the Tom’s World Record setting event at 2:30 PM EST on the World of X Games: Tom Wallisch World Record
WELCOME TO THE LINE SKIS TEAM!
KHAI KREPELA FROM PARK CITY, USA as interviewed by Dylan Siggers
Favorite LINE skis? Honey Badgers (coming fall ’16)
What’s the sickest trick you could do as a 12 year old? Probably a 3, I think that was also the first time I hit a rail.
Number of days not skiing park this year: [Haha] More than usual – spent some time skiing Sun Valley and then a bit of time hitting urban.
What thing are you really bad at…but still do regularly even though you suck? (e.g. Skateboarding) I would like to say I’m a good fisherman but I have a ton to learn.
How many KMs do you have on your van…yes, kilometers. Literally nobody knows how to do that math so it’s impossible to find out. It just tipped over 190,000 miles.
How many nights have you slept in your van this year? Probably around a month. When I got back to Utah from Tell A Friend Tour, I didn’t have a place to live so I was living out of my car for a bit.
Fish eye or long lens? Fish eye… all day.
Jumpz or Railz? [Haha] Rails, I suck at jumps.
PBR or Coors Banquet? In high school, it was PBR all the way – but it’s now Coors.
Best day of skiing in your life? Hiking Pine Cone Ridge with my dad and uncle. One of the most memorable and fun moments of my life.
PÄR “PEYBEN” HÄGGLUND FROM SWEDEN, as interviewed by Andy Parry
Who do you look up to in skiing? Anyone who does shit that hasn’t been done yet or just does something old in a way that makes you think it’s new.
Do you think Will Wesson is a robot? I think there’s a while until we have robots with that much humility!
Whats one thing you like about the US? Panda Express.
Whats one thing you don’t like about the US? That there’s enough stupid people to make a stupid man a presidential candidate.
Who do you think has the best style? Right now, I think Sakarias Majander’s style is hard to beat!
Dogs or cats? Dogs! Cats are not to be trusted…
Do you think video games should be in the X Games? Heeeeell no! X-games is for Xtreme sports E-sports should have a E-games..
Do you do think the X Games is still cool? Yes of course, Henrik is still in it.
Favorite Ski? #bendyourblends
Your first flip? I flipped out on racing rules and quit it!
We’re headed to Summit at Snoqualmie for our annual photoshoot and we want you to tag along! We’re having the largest coagulation of LINE athletes ever descend on Snoqualmie Pass for 3 Days of selfies and snapchats.
Want to stay on top of the action? Follow us on snapchat at “LINESKISYO” or by watching it unfold on instagram with #LINESpringBreak16 (see below)!
Better yet! If you’re in the area – come hang out with us! We’ll be hot lapping the park of Summit Central , grilling up hot dogs & giving away gear during our Public Day – Tuesday, April 5th from 10 AM to 5 PM! Come meet your favorite athletes and get autographs. Check the event page HERE for more details!!
Not sure what to expect? Here’s the gallery from last year >>
UPDATE: HOLY! Leo Taillefer dropped a ridiculous new edit that features his famous line at Val d’Isére, France in a whole different light … or lack there of! Check it out below!
French MC & winner of GoPro’s LINE of the Winter, Leo Taillefer, has been dropping new edits consistently this season as part of his new project, “Leo’s Line” which showcases his unique, quirky approach to ways of skiing. This is today’s “must watch!”
Will Wesson has claimed XGames Gold in the inaugural Real Ski Street! Real Ski Street is the latest iteration of ESPN’s “Real” Series – a contest that pits top athletes in their respective fields against one another with the hopes of putting together the best edit over the course of a 6 week period. Topping the field of six competitors to take the win, Wesson’s segment is by true to form for Will – super creative across a wide variety of features. Watch his winning entry below –
Wesson wasn’t the only LINE athlete to place well, Tom Wallisch took the top spot in the online voting contest for the Fan Favorite Award. Watch it below!
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