As featured in the 2014 Freeskier Magazine Buyer’s Guide:
“Line Skis: Powered by Divine Inspiration”
“J, I have to talk to you about the ski, the biggest ski ever.”
So begins an email written from Eric Pollard to Line Skis founder Jason Levinthal. The excerpts that follow give a glimpse of a goosebumps-inducing plea to fulfill a vision. The email is a golden nugget of skiing history.
“Line has always been the most progressive company in skiing. This year we need to jump to the future and capitalize. I am a prophet, and I can see that if we do, we will set a trend in skiing that everyone will follow. We have to act first.”
Pollard goes on to describe some of the specifics of a new ski, including dimensions, and lays out his plan to crush heli trips the world over. He spoke of “first track fakie 720s and 540s off cliffs,” from Alaska to Norway. “I know you think that this ski is crazy, but please have faith. Please make this your main objective with me. We will honestly change everything,” Pollard’s message read.
The Line Skis Squadron. Photo by Rocky Maloney
Precisely five hours later, Levinthal responds, “I’m feelin’ it! As you wish… prophet.” And so the Prophet 130 was born. It would go on to influence a series of skis that dominated modern freeride ski design, winning countless awards and opening the door for what we call freeride skis today.
The now 12-year-old exchange exemplifies the role that Line Skis has played throughout freeskiing’s rise to the mainstream. It’s a brand that’s never been afraid to stir the pot. Experience gained along the way now informs the production of quality sticks that suit a variety of different skiing styles.
“We have two decades of freeride and freestyle innovation under our belts. We’ve been there through the rise and the changing tides of skiing,” says Josh Malczyk, global brand director. READ MORE >>
Professional skier & artist Eric Pollard is a world traveler, an explorer of the far-off and a seeker of deep snow. Pollard has logged countless miles finding the hidden stashes of powder, documenting them on film for web series and feature films. In honor of our partnership with Alaska Airlines, we thought we’d ask him to put together a “top ten” of everything and anything travel related – some of it a “how to” and some of it a means to inspire you to get out into the wilds.
Here’s his compilation of all things travel:
Top Five Images to Inspire:
Rad pic, over under with two great skiers. – Eric
I like that older edit, reminds me of a fun day on my home mountain. - Eric
Trying to do surf shoe slashes is one of my favorite things to do on skis. – Eric
Coordinates was a movie I filmed and edited this winter, pretty stoked on how it turned out. – Eric
“Got to love a good portrait.” – Eric
Top Five Things to bring on a long weekend:
1. Sliding Tool (i.e; skis, snowboard and/or surfboard)
Our Australian MC Watkin McLennan and company traveled to Alaska this past winter to ski and film its famed Chugach Mountains with the mission to document the entire experience. The fruits of that labor will be dropping November 25th!
Sugar Mountain, by director Richard James of the acclaimed White Silk Road on snowboarding in Afghanistan, is the story of eight friends who leave behind their urban latte-lives to exist – alone and unassisted – for a month on a remote glacier in the Chugach Range of Alaska. The film follows them as they climb, ride and explore the surrounding “peaks of possibility.” It’s a cinematic exploration of the excitement, struggle and success of a crew of passionate dreamers, tackling a simple question – why adventure?
“A month is a blink in glacial time. For us it was full immersion. – full connection – a full removal from our urban click. Magic,” says Australian producer Oscar McLennan. “Yet this time also revealed the graceful death of the glacier beneath us. It made you contemplate its lasting place in our future.” Sugar Mountain stars world class skiers including Chris Booth, Watkin McLennan, Tim Myers and Miles Clark. It showcases an original, award winning score by Geordie Miller with Client Liaison, and artwork by the prolific Celeste Byers of California. The film brings a fresh style and a unique outlook to the genre by replacing helicopters with advanced drone technology by 3D Robotics for a more personal POV, and connects with viewers through a life adventure with true urbanites.
“Making this film was very different to my last films,” said director Richard James. “The whole cast and crew camped together for a month. With virtually no contact beyond the walls of our tents, conversation often centered on the movie, and that has really given this film its unique and authentic feel. Eight people collaborating on a doco as it happens in the Alaskan wilderness – it doesn’t get more real than that.”
The film will be released Tuesday, November 25, 2014. Sign up now for an invitation on launch at sugarmountainfilm.com.
Will Wesson’s Opening Segment from “Partly Cloudy”
Level 1 Productions has just released Will Wesson’s segment from their 2013 release “Partly Cloudy” for free & for your enjoyment! Watch the segment above for full on rail tomfoolery!
About Partly Cloudy
Everything is baked. The snow has turned to mush and that burn is starting to peel. Fortunately, for those seeking cover from the glare there is a reset on the way. Hot on
the heels of Level 1’s award-winning film Sunny comes a slightly different forecast.
No major disturbances or low-pressure fronts, just a healthy mix of skiing, music, and personality with a low ultraviolet index. Partly Cloudy.
Partly Cloudy Awards:
“Best Jib Movie” – IF3 (International Freeskiing Film Festival) Montreal, QC
“Rookie of the Year” Lucas Stal-Madison – IF3 (International Freeskiing Film Festival) Annecy, France
“Viewer’s Choice” – Dew Tour Recognize Film Fest
Partly Cloudy Nominations:
“Best Movie” – IF3 (International Freeskiing Film Festival) Montreal, QC
“Best Editing” – IF3 (International Freeskiing Film Festival) Montreal, QC
“Best Cinematography” – Powder Video Awards
“Best Man Made Air” – Powder Video Awards
“Best Jib Segment” Chris Logan, Will Wesson – F3 (International Freeskiing Film Festival) Montreal, QC
“Best Single Shot” – IF3 (International Freeskiing Film Festival) Annecy, France
Chris Logan, Will Wesson, Ahmet Dadali, Parker White, Adam Delorme, Tanner Rainville, Wiley Miller, LSM, Tim McChesney, Banks Gilberti, LJ Strenio, Torin Yater-Wallace, Josh Bibby, Niklas Eriksson, Logan Imlach, Sammy Carlson, Sig Tveit, Magnus Granér… and friends.
Shot on Location in:
Utah, Sweden, Whistler Blackcomb, Alaska, Colorado, Wisconsin, New York, British Columbia, Les Arcs France, Kansas, Minnesota, Wyoming, Montana, Finland, Sun Valley Idaho, Mt. Bachelor Oregon
We couldn’t be more stoked to welcome Tom Wallisch to the Line team! The respect the Line crew has had for Tom’s raw talent, style, work ethic, attitude, motivation and overall professional awesomeness and fits us perfectly. He’s been on the Chronic since he got on snow in August and we’re excited to start developing some new rad products together!
“I couldn’t be more excited to announce my new partnership with Line. The first twin tips I owned were Line’s and it’s amazing to go full circle and be back skiing them again” claims Wallisch. “What makes Line as a company so special to me is how true the company is to our sport. They are solely focused on our sport of freeskiing and providing the best possible product for myself and kids just like me all over the world.”
For nearly two decades Line’s unwavering mission to make skiing more funner continues. Through progressive ski designs, unique marketing and working with creative athletes, the addition of Wallisch will bring the mission to the next level. Tom joins one of the most diverse pro teams on the planet with skiers Eric Pollard, LJ Strenio, Will Wesson, Max Hill, Colter Hinchliffe, Andrew Whiteford, Rob Heule, Andy Parry, Max Hammer, Niklas Eriksson, Even Sigstad, Hadley Hammer, Roy Kittler & Cole Drexler.
Over a decade ago .. Tom rode LINE as his first freestyle skis!
Did you happen to pick up the November issue of Powder Magazine? If you did, you might have caught the interview with our own Jon Hartman. Hartman, a Denver resident, has been riding for us for a little over a year and, despite his age, we have no intentions of sending him out to pasture quite yet. Between his Level 1 Unknown Honorable Mention and his creative web edits under the nom de guerre Hot Possie, this silver fox has much ahead of him in the way of teaching youngsters a thing or two in the park!
We want you to carve your hearts out!
Ladies & Gentleman! Boys & Girls! Get your finest gourd carving instruments sharpened and get ready to take a stab at winning the semi-annual #LinePumpkin contest!
From now until November 7th, we’ll be taking a look at all the Line Pumpkins on Instagram. We’ll want to see your best Line & Traveling Circus Logos, VanBearPigs (smelly socks and pizza boxes included), Wizard Tricks, Will Wessons & Andy Parrys… even Andy Parry’s cats can be featured on your pumpkins!
Wanna enter? It’s simple!
1. Carve a pumpkin that is related to Line Skis.
2. Take a photo of it and post it to Instagram and tag it: #LinePumpkin #LineSkis
3. Sit back and enjoy the other entries!
After Nov. 7th, we’ll take a look thru the entries and pick are favorites and send a special
View some on the entries below!
*Sorry, We’re unable to ship treats / prizes internationally from the Line HQ. This contest is open to US Residents only! Read the official rules HERE.
TC 7.2: Mayisode
May, a time when flowers are blooming, birds are chirping and the aroma of smelly socks wafts through the meadows and forests of Mount Hood, Oregon…wait, what?! That’s right, the Traveling Circus returns to the springtime ski destination of Timberline, dirty laundry and all, in Mayisode – the 2nd episode of the 7th season.
The TC crew meets up at Andy’s cat-filled apartment in Government Camp for a week of shoveling, snacking and volcano skiing.
“I literally hadn’t worn deodorant, like I maybe, like a handful of times a year…now my armpits itch. Thanks deodorant!” – 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!
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.
Old News is Good News
- Tom Wallisch goes Xtreme!
- The Traveling Circus goes to Australia in “Chunder Down Under”
- Blister Gear Review goes Supernatural
- The Traveling Circus Remembers 2014
- Blister Gear Review “Best Of” Awards