Running The Gamut With LJ
LJ Strenio recently sent over his full 2016 Street Part, and not surprisingly, it’s a banger. From hefty gaps, crazy rails, and some of the more tech rail tricks ever to be put down in the streets, This part is an absolute heater.
Set against a high energy live track, LJ’s part shows just how hard it can be to put down a segment in the streets. Watch as LJ takes slam after slam, only to come back swinging for the make. It’s a testament to LJ’s perseverance and work ethic.
But this is nothing compared to his X Games Real Ski Segment. That segment — which earned him a gold medal — features a wild array of stunts, flip ups, and tech rails, as well. But before he had the opportunity to enter Real Ski, he had to get in. Which is why he put together this 2016 Part. Because while we never had doubts about this Vermonter’s abilities in the street, some people over at ESPN needed a little extra push to get him going. And it’s a good thing they did.
High Altitude Exploration of Bolivia’s High Peaks
Last spring, as LINE skiers gathered in the rainy lowlands of Washington’s Cascades for our annual #Springbreak2017, Hadley seemed apprehensive. She had just received and invite to explore the high-altitude peaks of Bolivia alongside Sam Smoothy, Johnny Collinson, and Ian McIntosh. The mission? Tag ski lines in an unlikely — and unforgiving — landscape.
TGR went out in search of adventure. And if you believe Hadley (which, you know, we do), Bolivia provides just that. So be sure to look up Teton Gravity Research’s latest release, Rogue Elements to see the proof. And, to top it all off, Rogue Elements features Hadley destroying Jackson during one of the deepest storm cycles Wyoming has seen in recent memory.
So get psyched, watch the trailer, and find a copy of Rogue Elements. There’s a whole world out there — time to explore.
Wired Magazine’s David Wolman fulfilled a life-long dream of heading to South America to geek out on new gear. His story of the journey included the wildly popular LINE Soulmate 92 in a recent post about new gear being tested in South America. Full story here: TO GET AN EARLY LOOK AT NEXT YEAR’S SKI GEAR, HEAD TO CHILE
“Unless you’re skiing powder all the time, a little narrower means you’re better able to change the turning radius.” – Hadley Hammer speaking about the LINE Soulmate 92.
Andy Parry and the Powell Movement
Mike Powell checks in with Skiing’s Resident Weirdo, Andy Parry in this week’s “The Powell Movement,” a podcast about skiing, the action sports industry, and probably too much rollerblading. To be fair, though, Mike didn’t talk about blading once in this entire episode, so that’s a win.
Mike and Andy dig into the life of a professional skier, the legacy of the LINE Traveling Circus, and what it’s like to be a recognizable face in a subculture that exists in even surprising places. But that’s not all; below, you’ll find Mike’s show notes.
Andy Parry Show Notes:
2:00: Home renovations with Andy and the relevant things that have happened with Andy lately. None are good
5:05: The Line Traveling Circus
7:55: Growing up in Victor, NY with a lot of change
10:00: How was school for Andy as he was a weird kid?
12:57: How does Andy get into skiing? The I hate NY Crew and backyard skiing
16:20: Andy’s persona on Newschoolers.com and problems with different crews
18:01: Describing the skiing that Andy does
19:50: Comparison to Rodney Mullen
22:11: Emo Bogart Section outlines who Andy was in High School and what he wishes he realized in High School
24:00: Going to Green Mountain College and meeting the Meatheads, Line and meeting Mike Nick
26:30: Pitching the Traveling Circus to Jason Levinthal, signing with Line and Season 1
30:00: Lots of views little money. Does he need an agent?
33:12: Traveling the world and doing with not as much talent as the rest
35:16: Moving to Colorado and working at Ruby Tuesdays and Pizza Hut
36:02: Working with Shane McFalls
37:05: Blowing his knee jumping a fence and rehab
38:18: Strange fan encounters with The Traveling Circus and getting noticed
39:25: Having a lot more fun than other people
40:28: Getting a Sprinter Van, how gross the van gets and breaking down
42:19: Channeling his inner Plake with the Tell a Friend Tour
45:07: The lifestyle not seen on The Traveling Circus and what he doesn’t like about who he travels with .
48:13: Wanting to be remembered as a legend
Level 1 Presents Habit
It’s that time of year again! The days are getting shorter, and the air is a little more crisp in the morning. You know what that means: Ski Season is fast approaching. But what to do during the dark season? You know, that period of time between summer and the start of ski season. There’s not much to do but loaf around and nerd out over every iota of ski content and gear. Sound familiar? Well,We are all creatures of habit, after all.
At least there are ski movies. With Film Tours cruising around the country, you’ve got a guaranteed ski party practically every weekend. And nothing gets us more stoked than watching the annual offering from Level 1 Productions. This year, LJ Strenio, Khai Krepela, Will Wesson, Sami Ortlieb, and Rob Heule hopped in front of the Level 1 cameras. From LJ’s urban stuntery to Will’s creative approach and all the way to Sami and Rob’s envisioned pump track jib zone in Sunshine Village, LINE skiers ran the gambit of ski porn production. And we couldn’t be more stoked.
So be on the lookout for a HABIT Premiere near you. In the meantime, check out LJ’s X Games Real Street Part:
Swiss MC Sämi Ortlieb recently sat down to talk shop with Downdays’ David Malacrida, dishing on all things skiing related in his life. Check out an excerpt below.
Sämi Ortlieb is a highly original shredder from Switzerland. In contrast to the technical masters and park rats of the Swiss Freeski Team, Sämi charts his own course between the park and the backcountry. This season he is the breakout star of Level 1 Productions’ Small World, so we snagged him for a quick chat at the High Five Festival.
Hey Sämi, what are you doing at High Five?
I’m trying to get rid of my hangover and watch some movies, and will present the Level 1 movie tonight.
Is this the first time you’ve filmed with Level 1?
Yes, it’s my first time. I’ve skied with Will [Wesson] a lot, and at some point we were thinking I should join him for a Level 1 trip. I was supposed to go to Japan but that didn’t happen, and then Freedle, one of the filmers, came to Switzerland, and that was fucking amazing. Freedle is the man. He is the most fun guy to film with, maybe not the most productive guy because he’s kind of slow sometimes. READ MORE >>
Line Revamps Website for 2015-16 Season
Fully updated site introduces new skis, poles and apparel
Seattle, Wash. (Sept. 15, 2015) – Line is preparing skiers for the 2015-16 season with the launch of an updated website that introduces their new collection of skis, poles, apparel and accessories to the world. With brand new products and the energy and passion of a great team, Line is ready to get first tracks this season!
The 2016 ski season marks the 20-year anniversary of Line’s quest to make skiing MORE FUNNER. Since 1995, Line has been creating revolutionary shapes, styles and designs that have changed the way we ski. LineSkis.com not only shows off this season’s new gear, but also pays tribute to Line’s history with a visual timeline of the company’s storied past. The site’s homepage highlights the latest news, videos and other content from the Line family.
“We wanted to build a website that did more than just promote our skis,” said Line Global Brand Director Josh Malczyk, “so we created a place where people can see what Line has done to put the fun back in skiing over the last 20 years.”
This season Line introduces another round of men’s, women’s and grom’s skis that are poised to shift the paradigm in the ski world yet again. The all-new Sick Day Tourist is Line’s first ski specifically designed for backcountry touring. The lightweight and agile ski is perfect for long tours but is built to aggressively handle the varying types of snowpack that skiers encounter in the backcountry.
The Eric Pollard Collection has undergone changes for 2015-16 and now includes the all-new 114mm-waisted Mordecai. This versatile ski uses Line’s Cloud Core™ and Thin Tip™ technologies to bridge the gap between the deep snow-oriented Magnum Opus that was unveiled last season and the newly redesigned 102mm underfoot Sir Francis Bacon.
“First-Descent Essentials” in the October issue of Skiing
Make sure to pick up the October issue of Skiing Magazine (on newsstands now) to check out the feature on Colter Hinchliffe and the gear he “bets his life on.” Back in June, Colter and a crew snagged the first descent of Capital Peak in Colorado’s Elk Mountains, climbing 14,131′ and then descending thru scree and and pucker moments.
It’s dependable when terrain is steep and exposed. Plus, it’s lightweight, which helps when I’m carrying it for 18 hours.” – Colter Hinchliffe
Blister Gear Goes In Deep with the Supernatural
This season, we released the All-New and award winning Supernatural series – a hard charging freeride ski built and expanded from the much loved Prophet.
We could go on-and-on about our new favorite all-mountain charger but don’t take our word on it; take theirs! > Blister Gear Review provides one of our favorite in-depth reviews!
“The ski provides a VERY fun, interesting mix of playful / poppy and directional “chargy” skiing. I was even willing to spin several 3’s on the 108.” – Will Brown
“The Supernatural 108 feels quicker and does not ski as heavy” – Jonathan Ellsworth
“Tipping the skis on edge, the 108 wil hook up and begin to pull across the fall line more quickly, and with more energy” – Will Brown
Want to know more about the man behind the Supernatural? Read their interview with our “Enginerd” Jed Yeiser HERE.
For those of you who might not be entirely familiar with Blister Gear Review, the collection of reviewers pride themselves on honest to goodness with their reviews – “the typical BLISTER review is around 1500 words. We will give you our honest opinion, and we will back it up with detailed analysis” boasts the site.
Read what they had to say!
The Best Playful All-Mountain Ski – The Sir Francis Bacon
“For those who like the looser, more forgiving feel of a tail rockered ski, or who want a light and playful ski to trick around the mountain.
Cliff notes version of Jason Hutchins’ reviews of the 184cm and 190cm Bacon: Of all the skis I’ve ridden, I’d call the Bacon the most versatile one-ski quiver option currently available for the playfully-minded, all-mountain skier.”
“The Pandora is a versatile, every day ski for softer snow conditions. For a 110mm underfoot ski, the Pandora still carves nicely on piste, but is an absolute blast in fresh snow, soft chop, and more playful, open terrain.”
“If you’re looking for a powder ski to take out on deep days to search for natural features to spin, flip, and drag, I can’t think of a better ski for the job than the Line Magnum Opus.”
We’re a big fan of their A/B reviews too! – See their recent of the Supernatural 108.
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