While most of us in the States were sweating from heatwave after heatwave, Ian Compton and friends made their way to Woodward at Copper where good times were to be had. The Line crew, which consisted of Ian Compton, Garrett Russell, Carrie Rossman and her brother Johnny, taught the finer elements of skiing such as boxes, spread eagles and nose blocks. Along with dropping some serious knowledge, the crew also gave out awesome swag including some Afterbangs!
Poor Andy. At least this kid crossed out what Andy was saying, saving his butt. Look at Will’s crazy eye though and even Garrett with spicy cat in tow joined in on the trio.
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Garrett Russell is known as a Pro Skier, but there is much more to him than ridiculous lines around Telluride and an awesome mustache. Somewhat of a renaissance man, Garrett could also be classified as Guide, Coach, Videographer and Editor especially since his recent trip down to Argentina with SASS. As a coach for campers, Garrett also found some time take some sweet photos and put together an edit for the crew. Check em out!
For more of the story, check out the article from Newschoolers HERE!
This interview originally appeared on Newschoolers.com
Interview by Jon Hartley (www.brobomb.com)
Photos courtesy of Traveling Circus
It’s hard to get the Traveling Circus crew together for an interview. The second season of their webisode series has nearly tripled in popularity from the first, but it’s not that they’re divas quite yet. Shane McFalls, this season’s new filmer, editor, and mouthpiece offers a quick apology, “Sorry man, we were at the skatepark all day and I left my phone at home.” Once coordinated, we all sit down in front of our computers, but Andy can’t find a quiet room in his apartment, and bathrooms don’t provide great acoustics on Skype, so Will and Shane are forced to go it alone. The final episode of season 2 is due in about a week; there’s still some editing to be done and music rights to be obtained, but it’s more or less a finished product. Expectations have been high ever since news hit the internet that Max Hill would be making one of his first appearances of the year on skis. The guys seem pretty confident, but I don’t know that Will would sound any different if he were worried.
Shane: So where should we start?
At what point did you become involved in the Traveling Circus?
Shane: In the beginning we all bought plane tickets to stay at Windells for free, we just had to film something. That turned into the first episode of what would be The Traveling Circus. It didn’t come out until months after we filmed it. I finished it and then we didn’t do anything with it for a long time.
Did you take a finished product to Jason Levinthal?
Will: Jay had always wanted to make some sort of reality skiing show. After all the big reality shows starting come out on MTV, he was always saying – how can we do an entertaining skiing one? TC was basically the combination of our ideas. We just decided to film our friends in edits like we always had been, but make it a tiny bit more structured.
Garrett about to make a big decision.
Did he push for eliminations? Will anyone ever be voted off of Traveling Circus?
Will: I’m not going to rule that out, but I don’t think so.
Shane: Compton would have been eliminated. That’s kind of what happens in Episode Four. He just couldn’t hang with it after a while on the road.
Ian narrowly avoiding disaster.
Shane, now that you’re the full-time TC filmer. How has the series changed now that you’re on board?
Shane: Kids complain that this season is too serious and we seem too pro but I just don’t get it. I couldn’t think of anything further from the truth. It’s like, “Are you watching the other things on the internet?” Some of the edits that I watch that people talk in are so funny because people cheese it so hard to be serious and epic.
Learning to LARP in Montreal, Quebec.
Will we ever get a deep Will Wesson monologue?
Will: No. Ian almost had a speech though. He flipped out in the Midwest and ditched us because he wanted to get to Utah and he was scared that it was going to be too cold in the Midwest. He gave this whole sob story about why he had to go, but we deleted it accidentally. That was Ian’s first real taste of how little planning actually goes into our trips and I think any normal person would have done the same.
Ian shooting his first gun in Ohio.
Was it a conscious decision to change it up this season?
Will: I think the main things we wanted to improve were the skiing, filming/editing, and tell more of a story. Every friend you meet in skiing has something interesting or funny about them and we wanted to share a little background info to help people get to know the personalities of our friends. Basically, develop people’s character so you know where they’re coming from rather than throwing them into an edit as just another skier. We tried to do this a little bit in the first season, but with Shane filming and editing full-time, it made things a lot easier.
Erik Olson graphing coordinates…
…and keeping hydrated on the road!
What’s going to be different next year?
Shane: We had a pow-wow last week and everyone was still stoked on it, and we’re stoked on doing it again. But we want to change things again – maybe get an RV or a van. Maybe go out of North America, anything’s possible I guess. We’re definitely going to go to the east coast some more.
Will: Also, one of the ideas we definitely want to do is some sort of gathering of all our friends and kids we know. I don’t know where, but we want to do some sort of Superpark. We definitely wouldn’t have any huge epic jumps with advertisements or anything. Just something with all the crazy features we’ve always dreamed of and never had the chance to build because we didn’t have the people or the cat to build them.
The master-bedroom on the Circus’ first cross country run of the season.
Will’s car art.
Shane mentioned you want to do more urban. Do you have a specific vision for the kinds of stuff you want to get?
Will: It doesn’t necessarily have to be urban. Just something where you don’t see a ski lift in the background and you don’t see a jump that has already been in a different video. Something weird in a backyard, on stairs, or in front of something cool. Backcountry stuff, too. Not serious, going-to-die type backcountry stuff, just fun things. And not frustrating, have to try this 800 times, kind of urban.
Will and Andy scope out some first desert decents.
A few others have followed the Traveling Circus lead; do you think the travel-based theme will ever get worn out?
Shane: Everyone does it in their own way. I don’t think it will ever get played out because traveling is just cool. I think that’s everyone’s ultimate dream when they’re sitting in high school, or college, or at their desk job. They’re just like, “Damn, I wish I was just going places with my friends.” So watching that is pretty interesting. Isn’t that the dream? Just to get a van and go skiing with your friends.
Garrett, Andy, and Will repacking somewhere in America.
Any chance we’ll get a full-length Traveling Circus video?
Shane: Well Line made DVD’s of all the episodes last year, and those were free at shops and we will probably do that again. It is working in episode format right now so that is how we will keep doing it.
One way straight to Mammoth
What can we look forward to in Season 2’s grand finale?
Shane: We decided to get everyone together who was in the episodes for one big end of season trip. We just wanted to go warm spring park riding in California, and maybe go to the beach. We just wanted a completely not-serious trip. Earlier in the year we wanted to film with Max Hill, but he got hurt filming with Voleurz. There was about a month of me leaving Max emails and voicemails on every social media outlet trying to get hold of him. But he’s just so…well so himself. He just likes being Max Hill and being really hard to get a hold of. I didn’t know him that well, and Will and Andy kind of knew him so I think he was a little hesitant at first. But it ended up working really well and it was super fun.
The Episode Six crew at Fossil Falls, California.
He’s a big part of this episode?
Shane: He would be MVP of the episode for sure. I was a little bit hesitant about filming with Max and Cole, just because we didn’t know them that well. Sticking a camera in someone’s face at 5am can really go both ways. But the relationship happened pretty quickly, so I felt comfortable doing that within the first day. That’s when we get the best footage.
The last supper of Episode Six.
You guys hit it off pretty quickly?
Shane: Yeah, I think Max and Cole got used to Andy’s antics within the first day. They fit the mold pretty well, and I’m sure we’ll have them in some episodes next season. Also, Max had only skied for about a week or so before this trip so he was just super pumped to be skiing.
Traveling Circus’ Grass-Skiing Holy Bible.
Equipment briefing in Virgnia.
Finish it off with a funny story.
Shane: When we were in Virginia doing that grass skiing stuff (Episode Two) Will slept in his car and I brought a tent. Obviously, two people can’t sleep in a Volkswagen Golf, and I have a really small two person tent. Andy hadn’t showered the entire time we were in Virginia. It was hot, we had been grass skiing all day, and then at night we had gone to the dryslope. Everyone was wet and sweaty and when Andy got in the tent with me he smelled so f—–g bad. Then he sprayed Axe everywhere to try to cover it up which just made it worse. It was the most awful thing I have ever smelled.
photo: Dan Brown (www.kapitolphotography.com)
Will, Andy, and Shane would like to thank everyone for watching, everyone at Line, Full Tilt, Ski The East and Orage for their support, all our parents, everyone who gave us a ride, a meal, or a place to sleep, all the resorts who helped us out along the way, Garrett, Ian, and Erik for killing it all season, and The Red Knight for keeping it real!
Traveling Circus Season Finale Teaser…full episode drops tonight at 7pm EST on lineskis.com!
The 4th installment of a Pacific Northwest staple event went off last week and some Line MCs were there for the fun. The West Coast Sessions presented by Amplid and Windells was great with Joss Christensen, Garrett Russell, Carrie Rossman, Nick Miles and Tyler Barnes joining the fun and throwing down for the many forms of media makers in attendance. The public/private shoot/session/rally was capped off by an epic sunset shoot on the massive booter Timberline built high up on flanks of Mt Hood. Enjoy the pictures and video from Hennie VJ.
Erik Olson’s living quarters for the month, a little different from his Cavalier (see TC 2.1)
Mt. Hood and all it’s glowing glory
The light was getting good and T-Line was getting lonely.
Joss Christensen mid-something awesome
On lookers looking on at the session (Brandon from Amplid & Sean from Windell’s, other guy, unknown)
Joss with a rodeo 5
Tyler Barnes with one of his many rightside 720 stacking footy for his part in 4bi9 Media’s new flick.
Rider: unknown Trick: sick
Victory Beringer from Steve Stepp to Tyler Barnes, good show.
Joss closing out the night with style.
Day 1 Video
Day 2 Video
Day 3 Video
Day 4 Video
See you next year!
This article originally appears on BroBomb.com written by editor Jon Hartley, check it out, it’s the bomb…bro.
Garrett Russell is a man with something to say. We sat down with him and didn’t stand up until we had way too much content to print in one shot. For the next few weeks we’ll break it down and give you a segment. This week Garrett talks about his pilgrimage from Mammoth to his ancestral home in the Telluride backcountry, and what life is like as a BC cabin operator.
Where are you living?
This year I just moved back to Telluride, Colorado. I’m running the backcountry cabin my dad built in the 70’s. He just got hip surgery so I had to move back, away from Mammoth, which is hard because they just got a bunch of snow. I miss Mammoth and my crew of skiers out there. But I’ve just been living in the backcountry getting rootsy.
Have you been getting backcountry footage this year?
Yeah, I’ve been skiing with my brother. He pretty much inspired me to ski and got me stoked on skiing when I was a kid. So we go out and ski the gnarly shit man; like the other day we did this shit with two repels. Scary. It was crazy, usually there’s only one repel, but we had to drop in and then anchor off a tree that was buried in the snow kinda. You couldn’t huck it because you’re just in this slot that goes for 600-700ft, just as wide as my skis.
Yeah man, it’s usually only one, but this one took two. So, I don’t know, just extreme stuff like that. Hopefully get some friends, build some jumps, and get some people out there.
Have you had anybody come out?
Andy was here for a day. I got to take one ride with him and I lost him. I didn’t know where he went, I was just like, “I’ll take you to the good spots.” But who knows what he does, he just does it.
We’ve got a little park; it’s fun to ride, but it used to be a lot better. It used to have bigger jumps, and that’s where Gus Kenworthy got his ninja skills from. He kills it now, and that’s cool to see.
Other than Traveling Circus, what film projects are you doing this year?
Nimbus sent me a GoPro, so I’m trying to get artsy with that. I’m not going to be able to travel much this year because I’m just so busy running the cabin. At some point I want to get people like Nimbus to come over here, but when and whenever. March is usually good weather there.
So give us a snapshot of your day to day as a backcountry lodge operator.
Well, there are variables, if I have friends then we pretty much have to go out there and ski cut it and read the snow to make sure it’s safe. There’s times when I’m up there by myself and I’m scared to go outside and ski Hans Solo and get killed right in my backyard just because of stupid slough, you know? So, younger me, I used to go out there more by myself and just get spiritual with the mountains. It’s really intense out there, because you’re all the sudden in the mountains and life has a different perspective.
So, wake up, bust out the snowmobile on the trail for 20 minutes, and load water because now we’re out of water. I have to haul water and melt snow. The cabin actually has electricity, which is nice. I make beds for the people, then go ski powder laps with my friends.
Usually I have parties that come in, like my friends and my brother’s friends. We go out and just yahoo-ski powder all night; full moon skiing. We ski really gnarly couloirs, it’s all there. It just depends on who is there and that determines how I’m going to ski that day—either build a jump or hike up a couloir.
It’s beautiful out there. Telluride’s amazing, you guys should come check it out sometime if you ever get a chance.
Absolutely. So it’s a commercial business?
Yeah, my parents run it. We can’t afford it, so that’s why we rent it out. It’s been open to the community ever since my dad built it, so we want to keep it like that. It’s on the market, which is super sad because I don’t want to see my house get sold to a second-home owner and then no one can go there and ski.
Do you do any guiding?
No I can’t do the guiding yet. You have to have a permit to guide, and I’m working on it. I don’t want to burn any bridges in the town. People just rent it out privately, I help them get in with all their gear, and then they just go. I recommend aspects and that they are careful. Snowpack is sketchy in the San Juans, so everyone should have a beacon, shovel, and probe. They sign a release form, and that’s it.
I hope to have it where people can just rent a bed for $50 a night. That’s what I’m trying to do with it. You can ski down to the ski area in like 20 minutes and it’s about a 30 minute skin back up. That’s opened up a whole new world for the backcountry cabin. Ski in, ski out.
It’s hard because I feel like I’ve kind of jumped away from the ski industry. But I really feel like I’m building a different level for my ski career.
Epic skiing in the San Juans of Colorado. My brother, roommate, and myself skiing some classic back country. Thanks goes out to Will Wesson for filming me in the park and BC booters, Brad Foley for taking photos of me, and my brother for showing me the way! Other than that, this is what I have been up to on my free time. I won’t lie, I really miss Mammoth sometimes and riding with the crew, who ever it may be. But a man has got to do what a man has got to do.
For me… this is saving the Russell legacy; our sacred cabin.
After SIA Shane, Will, Garret and I all head down to Angel Fire, New Mexico. The long days and nights of the Denver trade show had taken its toll on us, and it was nice to be out of the city. We got into Angel Fire after dark, and woke up early the next morning to check things out. The sun was shining and the park was prime, and with 3 different parks we had a sick day of riding.
After two days skiing around Angel Fire we headed to Telluride to stay with Garret for a few days. We spent the first day skiing the park at Telluride, and then headed into the back country. Garret towed us into an old mining town, and we started to set up three different jumps across a stream. We had some minor complications with some of the jumps, Will was landing on rocks, and I barley had enough speed to clear the the stream. Luckily we all survived, and after headed up near the Garret family house to finish off the day with a fun BC jump.
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