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:
WILL WESSON’S 2016 WINNING ENTRY
Real Skiing in Real Streets! X Games is fast approaching and with it a crowd favorite – X Games Real Street video contest! While we’re always psyched to watch awesome edits, we’re particulary stoked for the 2017 contest as LINE athletes have stacked the competition!
Returning to the competition again this year are Will Wesson and Tom Wallisch, who claimed the X Games Gold Medal and People’s choice respectively. Joining them are fellow LINE athletes Khai Krepela and LJ Strenio!
Be sure to stay tuned for more info on when & where the edits will be dropping online!
Tom Wallisch’s 2016 Entry
Check the Insta-Gallery for Behind-The-Scenes action!
Can’t find the words to describe how happy I am to be done filming this @xgames #realski part 😂 But no joke I’ve never worked so hard at anything in my life. Hope you like what we put together. Look for it on the ESPN site and in @level1 movie with lots more next fall @theskimonster @sagaouterwear @lineskis 📽 @jakestrassman with @upstate_doan #windknockedout
A video posted by LJ Strenio (@ljstrenio) on
Lowest of lows as we ran out of light last night before getting the shot. So grateful for the whole crew to rally again today for round two logging one of my all time favorite shots. Thanks for all the hard work @erikseophoto @jermpaquette 📷@hennievj and @joshwaldaddy! @sagaouterwear @theskimonster @lineskis
Happy to come out of @xgames #realski generally healthy and in one piece again. Thank you @jonnydurst for the hard work and everyone who helped us especially #1 street support wizard @kevinsalonius(photo)! Congrats to all involved on some crazy videos(coming in Feb). Looking forward to my first chairlift ride of 2017…
The end of the
world year is here and while we’re looking ahead to 2017 – here’s a look back at 10 #MoreFunner things that happened in 2016!
The LINE team descended on the Summit at Snoqualmie for the annual teamshoot. Tricks were thrown, laughs were had.
Catch more of the action in the first episode of LINE Traveling Circus’ 9th Season – Washington TC!
2. Will Wesson – XGames Gold Medalist
Will Wesson, long known for his rail skills, claims the gold medal in XGames inaugural Real Street video competition.
3. World Record Holder Tom Wallisch
Tom Wallisch also had a huge season, releasing Vice Versa and becoming the world record holder for sliding the World’s Longest Rail!
4. Eric Pollard reshapes skiing, again – The Pescado
Longtime LINE collaborator and skier, Eric Pollard debuted one of his most unique designs ever, the LINE Pescado.
5. LJ Strenio is XXXtreme!
LJ Strenio is one among a few skiers casted as stunt doubles for Vin Diesel’s new XXX Movie, XXX: Return of Xander Cage! He’s documented the experience for Powder Magazine HERE in Welcome to the Jungle.
6. Colter Hinchliffe’s Sandstone & Snow released by TGR
“Last winter, instead of exploring Alaska, British Columbia, or Japan, Colter Hinchliffe found himself in another outdoor paradise: Moab. Few would think of the sandstone paradise—a mecca for climbing—as a place to push one’s ability skiing. However, Colter was inspired by the terrain and grabbed a pair of skis to explore the peaks of the La Sal mountain range.” READ MORE AT TETON GRAVITY.
7. Repeat Offender, Leo Taillefer wins GoPros Line of the Year…again!
Frenchman Leo Taillefer wins GoPro’s LINE of the Winter again after continuously dropping edits every month that are equal parts pucker moments and jaw dropping feats.
8. Hadley Hammer sends it in Teton Gravity’s Tight, Loose & more!
Hadley Hammer has been consistently going 100% each season and it’s definitely shown this past season – between her segment in TGR’s Tight, Loose, her artic adventures in Girls Gone Polar and her own featured podcast on Powder, Nausicaa Cast – you better watch & listen!
9. Andy Parry’s Tell A Friend Tour
Andy Parry’s Tell A Friend Tour returns for it’s 3rd season! Join Andy and the crew for pizza, prizes and fun at some of your favorite resorts in the Northeast & Midwest!
10. Movie of the Year – Level 1’s Pleasure
Level 1 Productions 17th release, Pleasure, wins Powder Magazine’s Movie of the Year, thanks in part to the ridiculous segments from Will Wesson, Sami Ortlieb, Khai Krepela, LJ Strenio, Rob Heule, Pär Peyben Hägglund, Garrett Russell and friends.
Level 1’s Pleasure
It feels good. Slamming into concrete walls, risking the backcountry unknown, being broke on the road… Some would call it hedonistic behavior, we call it living the dream, and this cast of characters delivers a vibrant depiction of this so-called sport of skiing. With a local tourist mentality, the simple joys are found near and far. From India, Switzerland and Japan, to British Columbia, Washington DC, and Alaska, it’s business in the front, party in the back, and no one is phoning it in. Level 1 continues to surprise with another must watch ski film in a lineage of classics, for your viewing PLEASURE
Watch your favorite LINE athletes & more in Level 1 Production’s 17th release, “PLEASURE!”
Will Wesson, Sami Ortlieb, Khai Krepela, LJ Strenio, Rob Heule, Pär Peyben Hägglund, Garrett Russell and friends.
“(Pleasure) should be considered mandatory viewing this season for all ski movie fans. Combing artistry, athleticism, creativity, and a thoughtful theme carried throughout, it’s as tight and as entertaining as a ski film can get. But it’s also propped up with no ego; just having fun and skiing with your friends. Though it’s a simple concept that’s difficult to translate to film, Berman and fellow producers Freedle Coty and Jonny Durst succeed in spades.” – Matt Hansen, Powder Magazine
“It seems year after year Level 1 steps up their films and Pleasure is no exception. This film is pure good times with great skiers filmed in unique locations. I’ve rewatched the film five times.” – Mike Rogge, Outside Online
“Damn, it’s a beautiful example of ski filmmaking. I was really impressed last year by the quality of Small World’s production and Level 1 have taken another step up here.” – Adam Spensley, Newschoolers.com
“We really didn’t know the film would be this awesome, this unique, this crowd-pleasing.” – Freeskier Magazine
Directed by Josh Berman, Freedle Coty, Jonny Durst
Produced by Josh Berman
Principal Cinematography by Jonny Durst, Josh Berman, Freedle Coty, Robin Lee
Edited by Jonny Durst, Freedle Coty, Josh Berman
Creative Direction by Schui Baumann
Will Wesson, Sami Ortlieb, Tanner Rainville, Wiley Miller, Laurent DeMartin, McRae Williams, KC Deane, Khai Krepela, Sandy Boville, Magnus Granér, Mitchell Brower, LJ Strenio, Josh Bibby, Rob Heule, Ben Smith, Ethan Swadburg, Shay Lee, Jonah Williams, Pär Peyben Hägglund, Arkadiy Kazakov, Keegan Kilbride, Thayne Rich, Garrett Russell, TBS, Tatum Monod and friends.
Shot on Location in:
Eagle Pass, BC, Gulmarg, India. Kirovsk, Russia. Hokkaido, Japan. Secret Valley, Switzerland. Washington, DC. Snowbird, UT. Southeast Alaska. Salt Lake City, UT.
Washington TC – A Film By LINE Traveling Circus
The LINE TRAVELING CIRCUS has returned for its Ninth Season with WASHINGTON TC. There’s no debate – this film will be a tremendous success. In what may be the largest cast yet, this international group of deplorables explores this great nation’s 42nd state – Washington!
Featuring: Leo Taillefer, LJ Strenio, Peyben Hägglund, Rob Heule, Khai Krepela, Will Wesson, Garrett Russell, Andy Parry, Ross Imburgia, Dylan Siggers, Jack Borland, Tucker FitzSimons, Sämi Ortlieb, Remus the Corgi, Jeff Curry & more!
Filmed on location at Summit at Snoqualmie, Stevens Pass & Mission Ridge!
“I’m living the American dream right now?” – Leo Taillefer
Fried Ice, Swiss Cheese-socks & Cold Turkey! Oh my!
Watch all your favorite films from LINE Traveling Circus Season 8 in one place! Start with Fried Ice the crew travels far & wide in China and Korea to experience new terrain, new food, & new fun followed by Swiss Cheese-socks, a jaunt thru the countryside of Switzerland & Italy – cows, pizza and other things! Return home in Cold Turkey with this Holiday Spectacular!
Ski The East’s “Spectral 7 – Making of an Urban Segment: LJ Strenio
LJ Strenio got his start filming with Meathead Films in the East Coast ski hub of Burlington, VT, continuing to appear in many of their films over the past decade. Ski The East just dropped a behind the scenes from his last season filming an urban segement.
Go behind-the-scenes with Ski The East and Level 1 Productions as LJ Strenio and Will Wesson craft their urban segments for the Level 1 movie “Less.” When a storm hits Will’s home region of central New York, the crew works hard to build shots over the course of two grueling weeks on the road.
See the full Spectral Series from Ski The East HERE.
TC 7.3 – That’s Different
ROADTRIP! The Traveling Circus embarks on another epic journey – err, maybe not! The crew runs into van trouble, which leaves them and their travel plans stuck in neutral. Will they ever be able to leave Utah? With some quick internet-ing, their plans are up in the air, literally!
The TC Crew’s last minute scrambling lands them in the mid-west where they find rope-tows, road-kill and roller-coasters. Watch this episode and you’ll surely be saying, “That’s Different.”
“Why’d you take your socks off?” – Will
“I had ‘em on since yesterday and they’re my ski socks…so it was like, itchy.” – Andy
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!
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Level 1 is set to release their 15th ski film this fall. Shot on location all over the world, the film showcases the best of the best of ski trickery including LINE athletes, LJ Strenio, Will Wesson & Sig Tveit. We spoke with 2/3rds of the aforementioned talent (Will & LJ) to ask some questions about what we might expect this Fall when Less hits theaters. Here’s what they had to say!
Tell us about last season: Where’d you go? When and with who?
Last season was hectic. I spent the better part of the first half of the season competing at World Cups and traveling for some early season rail jams; flying as far as London for the weekend for one. Around halfway through the season however, I completely switched focus and started putting a segment together and spent about a month between the East Coast and the Midwest during the coldest streak of the Winter with Level 1. I also got out into the backcountry for a few trips but got skunked on snow a couple times and didn’t yield much there. There were a lot of struggles but I’m excited about what we got. – LJ
New England with Khai Krepela in December. Wisconsin with LJ and Will Berman for 2 days in January and New York with LJ in February. – Will
Any particularly memorable moments?
Having an entire day alone to be a tourist in Londdon before flying home with a stack of 2000 English pounds in my pocket was fun. Two days earlier, I was eating thanksgiving dinner with my girlfriend and sister and then I all of a sudden I had a bunch of goofy money and a new European city to explore. More hilariously however was signing autographs in Wisconsin for the cop that was kicking us out. He had received a call and so was obligated to boot us but was super interested and once he heard who we were and what we did he was stoked so Berman gave him a free DVD and he demanded an autograph. Most smiles I’ve seen in a while getting booted from a feature, and we got the shot first. – LJ
Seeing people surfing with snow on the ground in Boston was cool. Also meeting random people who have no idea what you are up to is always entertaining. – Will
How much involvement did you have in the creative process?
Level 1 allows us input but I don’t physically edit my segment so very little. – LJ
I rough cut my entire segment and the level 1 guys change it up to make it better. – Will
Which tour stops do you plan on being at?
I’ll be at the Salt Lake City stop as always! Sounds like I’ll probably be heading to Spokane as well for a stop there. Got a bunch of new friends up there so I love making the trip up. -LJ
I’ll miss most of them while I’m down under filming for TC, but I’m hoping to get to the the High Five Festival and maybe IF3 Innsbruck. – Will
What can those watching expect from Less?
From my experiences last winter with Level 1, I can tell you that this year’s movie really shows that skiing is finally starting to get more creative in the things we find and do and not solely focused on just bigger and better. Many of the features and tricks aren’t just stacked upon from last year but new original ideas. – LJ
No idea, I haven’t seen it. I’m sure there will be no shortage of creativity. – Will
Where are you now? What are you doing?
I’m currently in Vermont visiting between friends’ weddings and family weddings. However I’m headed back to Utah next week which I’m excited for because I haven’t been home in the last 4 months. – LJ
I’m sitting inside an apartment complex (free Internet!) outside El Colorado ski resort in Chile. – Will
What are five things people should know about filming?
Five? haha uh… 1) It’s long, tedious and yields a few seconds of footage for a few days of work. 2) It allows you to ski how you want and portrait yourself how you want. 3) If you’re doing something new or cool it doesn’t have to be in a huge segment, you can throw it online and you boom you’re influencing skiing. 4) Filming an entire segment is more expensive than anyone except the riders spending all their money realizes. 5)There’s no right way to do it, though some people may think there is, just different styles. – LJ
It’s never as easy as it seems. The weather can make or break you. Scheduling is never perfect and some segments are made in one week. Sometimes you can do a lot with a little. The right attitude goes a long way. – Will
What are your plans for next season?
A little less competing and a lot more filming. – LJ
Ski a lot with cool people in cool places! – Will
Crans-Montana Spring Session 2014 – Recap
Will Wesson and Sämi Ortlieb headed to the Crans Montana Spring Session this past month for more fun in the snow. As translated from the original post on Zapiks: “Here is the final edit of the first Crans-Montana Spring Session. After a month of good weather, summer temperatures, winter decided to make his return for the Spring Session. But it will not stop the riders coming shredder slopestyle banked established by our shapers!”
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