Park 1 – Park!
Part 2 – Urban!
Introducing the Line Skis 2012 / 2013 Ski Season Calendar! All your favorite Line Mountain Command team athletes doing what they do best all year long! Purchase today, hang on your wall, and wait for the snow to start falling then mark off your ski days! Enjoy!
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!
Line rider Will Wesson sat down with ESPN for a quick interview and also dropped this sweet edit with Ian Compton from their trip to Tahoe with Level 1 Productions. Click here to read the whole thing or watch the video of Will & Ian destroying Tahoe on their Afterbangs and Chronic Cryptonites!
A day at The Canyons with TC Crew!
Skiers: Jack “JB” Borland, Wiglaf, Roy Kittler, John Pascal JR, Chris Logan, Bill Fresson
For the third consecutive year LJ Strenio won the Rails 2 Riches contest at Killington. Line’s own Ian Compton also put in a valiant effort but came away empty handed. Thanks to Dan Brown over at Newschoolers for the content!
Words & photos by Dan Brown
Oh boy! For the sixth year in a row, Killington Mountain’s “Rails 2 Riches” has once again padded the wallets and purses of skiers and boarders as one of the biggest rail jams of the season. Attracting amateur and professionals alike, competitors threw down with hopes of collecting a bit of the $15,000 in prize money. In the end, only the top three in each division cashed in.
With $3000 going to first place, the competition has always been fierce and this year was no exception. The event had begun about a month prior with an online registration for the 100 available spots beginning at 8:00 p.m. Almost as quickly as the floodgates had opened, all the bibs were snatched up.
Tess Hobbs, Event Coordinator at Killington remarked: “It was craziness. It filled up in just over three minutes for skiers and four minutes for riders.” A small number of spots had been made available to the winners of the Loaded Turkey Rail Jam, which had taken place on November 21st.
When this past Saturday morning arrived, competitors filled the K1 lodge with a mix of anxiety, excitement and tall tees. With check in at 9:00 and qualifiers not starting until 12:30, skiers had a chance to grab some turns on the hill under gray skies and chilly winds or post up in the lodge, where they could fuel up and settle any lingering nerves before the big event.
One such skier who chose to save his energy before the comp was the East Coast ex-pat Ian Compton. Compton, 21, originally of Brattleboro, Vermont, who now calls Salt Lake, Utah home, had flown back to the Easy Coast for R2R. “I always look forward to it” Compton said who, despite the ever-present toothy grin, was nervous. “It’s the only competition I do every year so I always get the butterflies…I almost pulled over to throw up.”
As the clock spun toward the start of qualifiers, skiers suited up and gathered at the bottom of the course, which consisted of a down rail, a down-flat-down and a down box with a mini kink, all on a perfectly manicured slope thanks to the Killington parks crew. Not present in the crowd was Rails to Riches 1st place incumbent LJ Strenio. With a few puzzled faces and some light hearted jokes about their chances increasing now that the talent pool had dropped to 49 competitors, skiers climbed up the course for an athlete meeting once the Heshin Session had concluded.
Judge Connor Manning & Killington’s Tess Hobbs
With a few remarks from Tess Hobbs and Head Judge Connor Manning, who was accompanied by Keegan Manning, Avert Guldemond and EC Headwear’s own Matty B on the judging platform, the action began with 25 minutes of practice followed by an hour of qualifiers in an open jam format. Despite skiers brimming with excitement to drop in, the flow was organized, giving everyone an ample chance to wow the judges and gathering crowd. Waiting in lines above each feature, competitors watched switch up after pretzel get thrown into the mix.
Perched in one of those lines was late arrival Strenio, another EC prodigal son who made the trip back amidst final exams in order to compete. Like a strike of a match head, things flared up quickly and skiers pushed themselves with hopes of making it into the finals. Amidst the trickery, Strenio was the first, and by all accounts the only athlete of the night to make use of the new rule that allowed inverts. Popping off the lip of the down box, Strenio threw his right shoulder into a misty 4 at the box’s end, rotating neatly but landing a bit too hard and double ejected from his skis in a mess of snow, yet still emerging with a smile.
The men’s finalists were Ian Compton, Pat Goodnough, Luke Haggerty, Will Hibbs, Andrew Holson, Jeff Kiesel, Dominic Laporte, Kieran McVeigh, Hugo Pelletier and John Strenio. The top ladies included Amilie Fortin, Emma Hermanek, Jackie Kling, Julia Krass and Kim Lamarre.
With that, an intermission in the jib show allowed the crowd to grab a few more runs on the hill and the competitors a chance to chow down on a delicious looking soup and sandwich combo. Finalists also had a chance to collect themselves and wait as the sun dipped behind the horizon. As the night finally arrived, the portable generator lights immersed the re-groomed course in a green fluorescent light ringed by the once again growing crowd. At 4:30, the finals began.
In the finals, which saw both snowboarders and skiers competing at the same time, competitors hiked the features at a pace that left them trailing steam through their outerwear and exhausting their quiver of rail tricks with combinations being executed in precision timing, or in a few cases, poor timing, which usually ended up with the competitor being taco’d and the crowd letting out a collective gasp. If there was a “money booter” feature to the course however, it was the down-flat-down where a number of tech tricks were displayed. A number of skiers chose this as their feature to air to disaster, which looked impressive if done right and not so much when they pancaked on the hardpack. Compton, when asked after the event, said that this was the feature that left him aching, “There was this dumb trick I kept trying and I think I lost a couple inches because of it. I kept trying to land on the flat of the down-flat-down and do some tails over like that.” He added, “but I think the switch tails 270, pretzel 2 on the down-flat-down was my highlight…of the year.”
The finals concluded after an hour and the voting process began. New this year, the field of finalists cast a ballot for the top three in their division, which had additionally prevented them for voting for themselves. With the votes tallied and the judges taking into consideration the peer voting system, the cheques were cut and the announcements made.
For the men, Jericho, Vermont native Will Hibbs’ disasters on the down-flat-down earned him $750, while Quebec City’s Hugo Pelletier took home $1500, and hoisting the giant check above his head was LJ Strenio, with $3000.
Will Hibbs (3rd), LJ Strenio (1st), Hugo Pelletier (2nd)
Welcome to fall, the search for wherever snow hits the ground. Stop in with LINE rider LJ Strenio with a tour of his basement living conditions and learn why he’s one of the best freestyle skiers in the world. After that come along with the whole TC crew seeking out classified ad’s for jib-junk removal. Finally follow TC to LINE HQ in Seattle to transform a commercial van into the ultimate ski-bum-mobile. What better to do than take off on an unplanned 2,000-mile road trip through Oregon, California and back home to Utah taking park jibbing to the next level.
You might have seen one already, but take a moment and enjoy them all! Check out Ian Compton‘s edits from life in Utah in his series called “Weak”. Doesn’t this make you want to ski on Afterbangs & Chronic Cryptonites all day?
Check out some behind-the-scenes action from Episode 2!
Cloudy with a chance of Compton? Correct. This artist is letting Ian Compton shine down on him with his smile while he draws this picture under the knife tree. If your wondering, I sent him a plethora of stickers.
Send in your artistic designs with your sticker requests of comics, pictures of Line riders or just a letter expressing your deepest, dying love and affection for Line and everything that comes with it.
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