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LINE Colorado MC’s Take On Summit County

May 8th, 2017 - Posted by willski in LINE Skis News, LINE Team News

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Mountain Command Skiers Shut Down Colorado

 

 

Carson Kerr and Peter Koukov teamed up to create a banger edit out in Summit County Colorado. These two Mountain Command Skiers ski aggressively and put down both heavy and creative tricks on their LINE Blends. Tune in and embrace the strange!

 

Rob’s Rolls 2

April 25th, 2017 - Posted by willski in Event Coverage, LINE Skis News

Rob’s Rolls 2

Rob Heule has undertaken a new film project this year. The Canadian LINE skier has been dragging around his trusty Canon AE-1 film camera and forgoing the iphone-tography. Instead, Rob has been using his phone as a recording device, logging ambient audio for every corresponding exposure.

 

The images themselves are crisp, warm, and inviting. And they offer a unique glimpse into Rob’s life. Often times, it seems as though skiers live this fast-paced, intense lifestyle. But with this intimate snapshot of life on the road, Rob offers a more realistic depiction of life on the road.

Click play and escape to a simpler life.

And while you’re at it, check out his first roll HERE

Hadley Hammer

April 4th, 2017 - Posted by willski in LINE Skis News, LINE Team News

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It’s a sunny day in Late February. Teems of tourists and locals alike lounge around the revamped Jackson Hole base area. A local cover band cranks out yacht rock. It’s the ski world’s ideal. Amongst it all sits Hadley Hammer, professional skier and Jackson local, taking in the scene.Jackson has long been at the center of Hadley’s life, and the ease with which she navigates it is apparent.

But it wasn’t always the case. For years, Hadley lived on the east coast, first for college in New Hampshire, and later in Washington, DC.  A far cry from rallying classic Teton lines and pushing the frontier of women’s freeskiing, that’s for sure. Skiing was put on the backburner. But like many, that siren song rings loud, and Hadley headed home – and shifted focus towards skiing.

After a stint chasing pow across Europe on the Freeride World Tour, Hadley returned home – and promptly started shooting with Teton Gravity Research. Since then,it’s been game on. Between knocking lines off the ever-expanding tick list, rallying human-powered expeditions in Alaska, and even producing a syndicated podcast, Hadley has carved out a niche for herself within the evolving landscape of skiing.

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I feel like I have two lives. I grew up in Jackson, so I still have a few friends from highschool, and my family is still here. But I live in a cabin at the base of TetonVillage. I’ve got my life at the mountain, and then my life in town.

The Community aspect is still here, but it definitely feels like a different place. There’s a new kind of wealth – a different kinds of families are moving in.

But my hobbies are the same as they’ve always been. Climbing, hiking, skiing, camping – I’ve always loved those activities and will continue to. Jackson has all of those things right in our backyard.

I think it’s the best skiing in the US by far. I can’t imagine skiing anywhere else betweentrips. It’s got the best terrain, amazing snow, and the proximity to Teton National Park is insane. You can’t get that in Salt Lake.

Here, it’s just…Game on. There are so many shredders. You’ve essentially got to sprint to the top of the line, and block others from skiing it while cameras line up. It’s hard to keep the logistics of setting up a shot overshadow the actual skiing.

And this year, it’s like a different mountain. There’s just so much snow. I had to take about two weeks off, and then a crazy storm came through and knocked out power for almost a week.

I got gnarly frostbite on my toes while I was taking an Avalanche II/III course. My feet are always cold, so I didn’t think much of it. But by the time I took my boot off, my toes were black. It definitely set me back for a bit.

By the time I could ski again, I was blown away. Expert Chutes were practically a groomer. All the hits I always go to first to get by jumping legs back that are mellow don’t even exist. It’s been crazy.

The kids around here are so fun to ski with, too. I’m not coaching or anything; I just randomly link up with the kids from the program every now and then.

They remind you it’s really not that serious. It’s just about having fun in the mountains. Plus, they make me jump off of stuff I wouldn’t otherwise. They’ll look at hits, and all I’m thinking is, “the landing looks a little flat, and I’m a little older.” But it’s good to tap into that feeling.

I have been focusing on filming around Jackson. We filmed almost every day for a month and a half straight. A lot of those days were super productive.

But we haven’t seen the sun in so long. It keeps everyone out of the higher alpine zones. There are a couple of lines that I still want to get on, but I’ll have to wait for the sun to come back.

I’m splitting my time filming for TGR and the ESPN Real Resort Contest. I had hoped to travel more, but since everything has been so good in Wyoming this year, it’s kind of hard to leave.

There’s this small moment where you stand on top of a face, knowing that you have two minutes to show just how good you really can be on skis. I can’t really swing competing on the Freeride World Tour anymore, but covering the event for Powder allows me to tap into the scene that was so instrumental in my career.

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I had 14 hours to make the trip to Alaska happen. I was at the LINE Sring Break 2016, and I got a call from The North Face asking if I could get to AK in two days.

They Just sent me a photo of the face. It’s called Corrugated. I’d never seen anything like it before. It looked insane, but I was down. I didn’t even know if I’d be able to ski ia spine, but I figured there was only one way to find out.

Oh, and we were going to approach by snowmobile and by foot, so there was  that, too.

We sat in the RV for 25 days. The weather was awful. But finally, we got a three-day weather window. So we set out on the snowmobiles until we got the point where we had to start touring.

I was straddling a generator in this plastic sled trying to ski across this glacier to set up camp. It was the hardest workout I’ve ever had.

The next day, we got on top of the line, and skied it. If it wasn’t for Sam Anthematten, I don’t think it would have happened.

It was a struggle just to get onto the face. Sam had to dig through this massive cornice. The runnels were super icy, and there was a massive crevasse towards the bottom.

You could see the bottom of the line from the drop-in point. So steep. And I’d never even skied a spine before.

I had been standing up there for almost eight hours before I dropped. I almost backed out. But after all of that effort to get there, I wasn’t going to back off.

You feel the gravity as it pulls you down the face; I’ve never experienced that before. Plus, it was waist deep snow, so it was this really heady experience.

I just tried to survive it. I knew I wasn’t going to rip it. I focused on descending.

It looks so easy to ski spines. You see guys like Ian McIntosh and Sage just rip these fluted spines, but it’s so hard. There’s no way to learn that style of skiing besides actually going to Alaska.

And I’m hooked. It’s all I want to do. Go back to Alaska and really learn what they’re all about.

That process it what skiing is all about: constantly learning. There will always be skills that I want to learn and develop so I can keep doing this.

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I can’t imagine what it would have been like if I didn’t come back to Jackson. I did my two years in a city, staring at a computer screen all day.

I lived in Adams Morgan in Washington, D.C. I had studied hotel management, and I was offered a job in D.C.

I was so poor — my rent was 1,500 a month — and we got by. We didn’t have AC, we kept the lights off; you know, typical dirtbag existence. I just happened to be in a major city.

Having a business background has helped so much. I know how to navigate discussions; I’ve made a spreadsheet before. It sound silly, but that’s half of it.

Especially to make it in a place like Jackson. It’s so expensive, and I know I can’t ride it out solely off of skiing.

I wanted to have something that was stimulating outside of skiing, so I started the podcast about women in non-traditional sports.

It’s called Nasicaa Cast. Powder picked it up, and now I’m focusing on Women within skiing. There are all of these women crushing it in all aspects of skiing, and I’d like to tell their stories.

Creating that back and forth is pretty difficult without losing that storytelling aspect. I think it’s important to develop these mediums, because you get more of the actual stories.

The Podcast has led to other opportunities, too. I’m going to Europe to cover the Freeride World Tour Finals in Verbier for Powder Magazine.

I’ll head to Chamonix after the competition, which I’m excited about. I love travelling around Europe.The terrain is so fun, and culturally, it’s pretty special.

And I’d like to head south to Argentina or Chile again in the summer time. I’ve gone the past two years for essentially their entire winter.

I feel so thankful that this is my life now, especially since I’veseen the other side. I’ve lived the career track lifestyle. Now, My job is to go skiing, and I live in Jackson. How cool is that?! I couldn’t think of anything better.

 

CHECK OUT WHAT IS IN HADLEY’S QUIVER:

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2017-2018 Sick Day Sneak Peak!

February 23rd, 2017 - Posted by willski in LINE Skis News, LINE Team News

Jeff Curry lays it down on the all new Sick Day 88

You Never Saw This…

We’ve never been a brand that accepts the status quo. It’s in our DNA. Always pressing forward, pursuing the illusive, and creating. And this year is no different. We took the LINE Sick Day Series, one of the more decorated lineups in skiing, and thought: how can we make this more fun?

So we went back to the drawing board, and retooled one of our favorite lines of skis. We realized we needed to make them arc better, make them surfier — all in all, we needed to make them…ahem, more funner.

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The 2017-2018 Sick Day Series

Let’s start with the specs: this upcoming year, the skis ring in at four different waist widths: 114, 104, 94, and 88. Each Ski features Magic Finger Filaments — carbon stringers running the length of the skis — that add snap and pop to an already stable chassis. Whether you’re rallying hardpack, or pilfering pillows in hero snow, there is a Sick Day for you.

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Leo T. Airs Out a Washington Classic. Photo: Mark Erickson

The 114, equipped with our featherweight Partly Cloudy Core, is meant for those days. You know — those days. The days you dream about. The days where the refills are free, and you froth and chomp at the bit. The days where you time gate drops perfectly, and the whiteroom is perpetual. Yeah, those days.

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Dylan Siggers Kicks Up Dust on the Sick Day 104. Photo: Nick Nault

Stepping down a bit, we are rolling out the Sick Day 104. This all-mountain, soft snow beast features a more gradual rocker line and a tail that will break loose with ease. But don’t think of this as a slouch on hardpack, either. This everyday quiver of one offers the snappy, good times vibe that won’t overbear or clap out after half a season.

The Sick Day 94 is the nimble, crud-busting every day ski that won’t blow it when an unexpected arctic pulse blankets the hills with a fresh coat. With a quick turn radius and ample camber, you’ll be able to arc and let ‘er buck in all conditions.

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Jeff Curry Arcing ‘Em Photo: Dan Brown

We round out the Sick Day family with the Sick Day 88. From east coast gladed cuts to high speed groomers, the 88 will be your everyday weapon of choice. Cut the tails, surf the earth, and rail turns on hardpack; whatever your day may have in store, the Sick Day 88 abides.

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Curry Contemplates Yet Another Sick Day. Photo: Dan Brown

            Whatever your pleasure, there’s a Sick Day with your name on it. Come fall, which one will you choose?

 

LINE Goes Wild In The Streets

February 15th, 2017 - Posted by willski in Event Coverage, LINE Skis News, LINE Team News

 XGames Real Ski 2017 Is Live!


 

Forgoing the typical run-based contest, the folks over at ESPN debuted X Games Real Ski last season. The concept was simple: one skier, one filmer, and two months to create a 90 second segment. Whoever produces the best segment wins. Last year, our favorite van-dwelling transient, Will Wesson took home the top spot in 2016, while Tom Wallisch rallied the masses to win the popular vote.

This year, two more LINE skiers were tapped to take a shot at producing the segment of a lifetime: #railgod420 Khai Krepela and burgeoning stunt double LJ Strenio. Four skiers, four different styles and perspectives.

 

Will Wesson

Reigning champ Will Wesson returns to defend his title against some of skiing’s heaviest hitters. Piecing together techy and creative spots with a few massive handrails – and the typical composure we’ve come to expect – Will created a part that oozed style with nuanced technicality.

Tom Wallisch

Tom has never been one to shy away from the larger spots, and this year is no different. Twisting the winch throttle all the way open, Tom drops hammer after hammer with proper style and ease. His segment is marked by heavy spots, banger tricks, and a level of production that only Good Company could produce.

 

LJ Strenio

Urban flip ups. Massive handrails. High consequence lines. LJ, in his first XGames Real Ski appearance, redefines what is possible in the streets. With a stunt-oriented mindset, LJ flips, spins, and puts in all on the line in his segment, often times leaving you wondering what on earth you just watched.

Khai Krepela

Khai is a bit of a darkhorse in this competition, but his segment leaves no doubt: he deserves a seat at the table. With inverted wallrides, high consequence features, and arguably the most articulated ankles in the game, the Park City native makes a statement in classic form.

 

 

Which one segment is your favorite? Head over to xgames.com/realski to log your vote!

Analog Rob, Where Have You Been?

February 9th, 2017 - Posted by willski in LINE Skis News, LINE Team News

Everyone’s favorite Canadian, Rob Heule dropped off the radar for the month of January. We couldn’t track him down, and his social channels were suspiciously quiet. However, Rob hadn’t exactly checked out; he was just doing typical Canadian things with his trusty SLR and a few rolls of film.

Between long tours in the mountains, soulful river surfing sessions, and the occasional laid-out backie, Rob Heule’s latest project, Rob’s Rolls, offers an experiential multi-media glimpse into life north of the border. Each image in the immersive slideshow — shot entirely on 35 mm film — is accompanied by audio recorded at the time of exposure.

 

Look for new episodes of Rob’s Rolls throughout the season!

Tasty Treats w/ Colter Hinchliffe

February 6th, 2017 - Posted by Dan Brown in LINE Skis News, LINE Team News


“Tasty little inbounds XXX treat”


LINE athlete Colter Hinchliffe has been knocking off spots left & right, in and out of bounds at Aspen Snowmass. Enjoy this little treat from the Aspen local as he sends it on the LINE Magnum Opus.

Daniel Tisi Takes Advantage of Some Unexpected Days Off

February 3rd, 2017 - Posted by willski in LINE Skis News, LINE Team News


Jackson Hole Snow Day w/ Daniel Tisi


With an unexpected — and practically unprecedented — school closure in Teton County, Jackson Hole young gun Daniel Tisi strapped up and ticked off some Village classics on his trusty LINE Mordecais.

Tom Wallisch Chats with The Powell Movement

February 1st, 2017 - Posted by Dan Brown in LINE Skis News, LINE Team News

LINE Athlete Tom Wallisch chats with the Powell Movement


Tom Wallisch featured on “The Powell Movement” Podcast


LINE Athlete & Urban Skier extraordinaire Tom Wallisch talks with Mike Powell in his podcast, “The Powell Movement.

Listen up below:

Tom Wallisch is one of the best skiers of his time and is still as humble as they come. From the streets, to the internet, to the X-Games and the big screen, Tom is known for being technical as much as he is known for style. Pretty impressive for a kid who grew up skiing in MD and PA. 

Show Notes

1:00: Breaking his neck mountain biking

3:06: East Coast Skiing and being a grom

9:07: High North Camp

10:30: Move to Utah for college

12:16: Evo and Diecutstickers.com spots and codes.

13:30: Winning the Superunknown contest

17:04: Rail skiing

22:40: Sketchy urban situations

24:05: Spy Optic and Sierra at Tahoe spots

26:00: Sponsors

29:24: Scholarships

34:45: Contests and the future of Tom’s skiing

36:50: Setting trends

39:00: The world record rail

41:00: What to expect this season from Tom

43:30: What others think of Tom Wallisch


Get to know his pro model ski, The Tom Wallisch Pro



SNEEK PEAK – Tom on the 2017/18 Tom Wallisch Pro


Rodeo 720 Critical // Loving these brand new @lineskis #LineTWPro !! @gopro #hero5 #gopro

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LINE SKIS x Napster – Music from your favorite Pros!

January 25th, 2017 - Posted by Dan Brown in LINE Skis News, LINE Team News

Eric Pollard, LINE Skis, Napster, Partnership

LINE SKIS AND NAPSTER AIM TO KEEP MOUNTAIN VIBES HIGH WITH NEW PARTNERSHIP

SEATTLE (January 25, 2017) – Followers of the LINE Traveling Circus series know better than most that a solid soundtrack is just as important as the skiing it’s backing up. Thanks to a new partnership with Napster, now a legit, global music streaming service, LINE aims to make it even easier for fans to find and access the music that’s streamed daily by their favorite brand and pro skiers alike.

Found on both LINEskis.com and Napster’s desktop and mobile apps, fans can enjoy content from a selection of LINE featured skiers. Each athlete will obsessively curate their current favorite tracks into a Napster playlist and publish the selection alongside a bio, photos and their favorite LINE products.

Beginning today, the partnership kicks off with established artist and skier, Eric Pollard, known by many as a key component of LINE’s look and feel. With additional experience in film production and editing, Eric knows a thing or two about selecting cuts for the perfect soundtrack.

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Every two weeks, LINE will unveil a new skier’s playlist, offering fans a listen into the headphones of Khai Krepela, Will Wesson, Hadley Hammer and freestyle magician, Tom Wallisch.

In addition to featured playlists, LINE and Napster will host a monthly photo contest through social media that will extend into the summer. Fans will have a chance to submit entries to win select soft goods and ultimately have a chance at a pair of custom-designed skis with graphics by skier and local artist, Charlie Cultrara. Follow @LINEskis and @napster on Instagram and Facebook for rules on entering.

LINE followers can enjoy a free trial of Napster for 30 days, featuring unlimited streaming of millions of songs, radio stations and curated playlists, then $9.99/month after. For more information, please visit LINEskis.com/napster.

About Napster: Napster is one of the world’s leading premium subscription streaming music services. Available in 34 countries, Napster gives members unlimited ad-free access to the music they love anywhere, anytime and on any device – online or off. Whether on the slopes, at home, at work, or in the car, Napster subscribers can download playlists and tracks from a catalog of 40 million songs, and tap into the power of our global Listener Network, to connect with like-minded music fans and discover new music they love every day. Napster is headquartered in Seattle, with offices across the U.S. Latin America and Europe, and its respective logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of Rhapsody International Inc. Follow @Napster on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, and learn more at www.napster.com.

Napster PR Contact: Sarah Tobis – stobis@napster.com

LINE PR Contact: Jake Hanson – jake@hayterpr.com

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