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!”
LINE Goes To Camp!
Pack your bags because we’re heading to SUMMER CAMP!
Join LINE SKIS athletes this summer at the top three destinations for post season skiing! Ski with your favorite athletes like LJ Strenio, Cole Drexler, Garrett Russell, Rob Heule and Will Wesson at Woodward at Copper, Camp of Champions and Windells. Don’t let your wizard tricks get rusty!
Sign up now for the following dates!
Neo Eight: Travels with LJ
Ski the East released the season finale for their web series Neo this week and you’ll want watch LJ Strenio & Ross Imburgia drop the hammer on the East.
“The Neo season finale follows native Vermonter, LJ Strenio, for a full week of park and urban shralping around the East Coast in the spring of 2013. LJ and the rest of the crew embody the Ski The East spirit and always ‘keep the shred alive.’”
LJ and the rest of the crew embody the Ski The East spirit and always “keep the shred alive.”
Skiers: LJ Strenio, Lupe Hagearty, Tyler Duncan, Cole Gibson, Ross Imburgia
Cinematography: Geoff McDonald, Chris James, Brett Coffin, Chris DeJohn
Editing: Geoff McDonald
Animations: Zachary Allott, Ben Pacocha
Music: Yeasayer – “Reagan’s Skeleton”
We’ve relaunched the Skiers Union!
Earlier this month, we launched and all new Skiers Union!
Post photos, your season edit and check in with other skiers in your area.
Enlist and you’ll also be entered to win Line Skis swag in our monthly Skiers Union giveaway!
This Monday, we’ll announce who won the Ski & Destroy skatedeck that was signed by Eric Pollard, LJ Strenio, Will Wesson & Andy Parry in our February Skiers Union giveaway!
You’ve probably been getting cranky without winter, right? Most resorts closed a couple months ago, and summer is pretty boring for those of us who aren’t lucky enough to make it to Timberline or Whistler. Fortunately for you, the Line MCs and Level 1 productions are here to help. They spent their winter struggling in the streets to put together skiing stoke that will help you survive the warmer months. In the recently released teaser for this year’s film, Partly Cloudy, Will Wesson, LJ Strenio, Niklas Eriksson, and their friends can be seen doing all sorts of wild stunts. Check it out!
Available for Pre-Order on DVD and BluRay: http://www.level1productions.com/products.cfm?CatID=40
Coming to iTunes and Vimeo in September.
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.
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
"Butterfly" by Delicate Steve
Wondervisions (Luaka Bop, 2011)
Directed by Josh Berman and Freedle Coty
Produced by Josh Berman
Principal Cinematography by Josh Berman, Freedle Coty, Darren Rayner,
Jake Strassman and Ante Olofsson
Edited by Josh Berman, Freedle Coty and Blake Kimmel
After stomping this 450 disaster, LJ could have quit for the day. Instead he wanted to make a bigger disaster and ended his season. Photo by Abbott.
“I hate when I fall asleep and I think I’m not going to remember today. I’m sitting here right now, and I’m tucking this away. I’m going to remember today.” It’s sometime after midnight, and LJ Strenio is lying on his back in a small bed at a hostel in Helsinki, Finland. His left leg is raised up, encased from ankle to thigh by an enormous cast. Twelve hours before, his life was different. “My whole life was get as many shots as I can right now. Push it. Then get ready to compete again, and then film again. Send it, send it, send it. Now my whole life is 180 degrees different.” continue reading
This article originally appeared in the February 2013 issue of Freeskier Magazine
The 11/12 winter season was on track to be the greatest season of LJ Strenio‘s life filled with fun park sessions in the US, powdery heaven in Europe and a trip to the urban rail mecca of Finland with Level 1. As we know too well with all this fun there is the possibility of injury & consequence. A shattered kneecap in Finland sidelined LJ for the rest of the year and through rehab, determination and the great attitude that LJ is known for is back for more!
It’s been a wild season back so far with no time to habituate back to life as a full time skier. This fall was jammed packed for me: I graduated from college, Traveled to New Zealand, Australia and The Virgin Islands with the TC friends and most importantly began skiing again.
Get learnt kids!
TC documents everything: epic pee in NZ
swimming with wild dolphins in the US VI
After getting home from our travels I worked hard all day everyday to get my knee back to 100% finishing PT just in time to film another episode with the traveling circus.
rehabing hard with TC
In early december I headed back to the motherland of Vermont for the annual rails to riches competition with a bunch of friends and ended up on top of the podium along with Good friends and fellow Line team rider Giray Dadali and Full Tilt team rider Steve Stepp.
Rails to riches
After rails to riches there was no time to catch my breath as I headed straight to stockholm sweden to hit rails with the level 1 crew for 2 weeks before heading home to Vermont for christmas.
After Christmas I headed to Colorado for the U.S. Grand Prix where I started jumping again ending up in 26th in a field of 150. Now the season is in full swing and all is well in the cosmos! enjoy the shred!
For the past couple seasons LJ Strenio has continued to solidify his reputation as one of the hardest working, fearless, fun loving & naturally talented skiers around. Unfortunately LJ hurt his knee this winter and only got to film til’ January. Here’s to the best pre-February segment of the year and putting his Stepups and Bacons to good use!
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