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.
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!
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Being a coach at Windells I get to enjoy skiing year round in the best parks in the world. I get to travel across the country with my students from Windells Academy all winter long. When people ask me what I do, they tell me “you are living the life.” I truly am and Im grateful everyday that I have a job that I enjoy. I put all my focus and energy into giving back to the sport that has brought me so much fulfillment by sharing my knowledge with a younger generation of skiers.
This summer was different from the past three summer season because I accepted the highly notorious position as Windells Camp Head Ski Coach. The past season’s I had worked with Windells Academy students on hill while the other coaches would work with the bunches of campers flying out for one week at a time. If I was to say I wasn’t nervous about this new responsibility I would be lying, but I was confident that I could do a great job.
Summer time on Mt Hood has always been my highlight for the year. I get to ski with some of my favorite people and Mt Hood fills up with tons of motivated skiers that are not here durning the winter months. Typically summer gets off to slow start when the weather takes a couple weeks to turn into nothing but bluebird skies. This season we got extremely nice weather early and smiles were running ear to ear throughout the Windells Staff. Life couldn’t get much better, but this was soon to change for me.
We had three session down with little to no issues, the kids were learning tricks, the coaches were killing it in the session edit and Life was good. Three days into session 4 something catastrophically started going wrong. Over the radio I heard one skier get hurt. Five minutes later another skier, and then another. As I waited for ski patrol to arrive, I noticed in the High Cascade lane a terrible fall on their big jump that detoured one of our ski patrollers that was dispatched to one of our injured campers. Something was not right, 4 kids we’re hurt in less than 20 mins and I was the next one to get hurt. On July 11th eight people were pulled off the hill in a hour and half time frame, and I was one. Four ambulances were dispatched the same day.
When I got hurt I was traveling down the lane to respond to one of the Windells campers that got injured. I was moving fast and rolled over a knuckle of our medium sized jump. When I got to the peak of the knuckle I could instantly see that I was heading directly into a boulder the size of a dog house. I hammered on my edges and tried to escape running into the rock with my chest. I was lucky enough get my body out of harms way but clipped my left leg which flipped me over violently onto my back. That week had been extremely warm, and the snow had been melting at rapid rates. The day before my accident we had experienced 5 feet of snow melt. I remember the diggers having to re dig our rails twice in one day.
Since I went full speed into a rock with my leg, I broke my femur in two and was rushed to the hospital. The following day I went under the knife and into reconstructive surgery. The doctors inserted a metal rode the same size of my entire femur and pinned it in the top and bottom with four screws. I spent the next 6 days in a hospital bed completely in awe as to how this all unfolded. People die from this injury every year and all I could think was how lucky I was to still be alive.
My list of injuries from skiing is long as most freeride skiers stack up injuries, but this was a new kind of injury that I feared could change my life. I also had 18 coaches working for me at the same time and couldn’t do anything but sit still in my bed and hope that things would turn around for me. I took the remainder of the summer off from work and focused on how to get back to my skis. When I saw my doctor I asked him when I could ski again. I told him when I was hoping to get back on skis and he told me that it was very possible. Recovering from a broken femur is a 6 to 12 month process. I experienced a compound fracture which means the bone came through the muscle and skin. Believe it or not I will be skiing by December and able to continue coaching for Windells Academy this winter. I will be rehabbing in the fall and will have to keep my feet on the ground for most of the season. I consider myself to be one of the luckiest skiers to have such amazing people to surround me, and encourage me to keep moving forward with my career. I feared that I would have to let go of skiing for the next year, but now I know i will make a full recovery in time for the snow fall. I am forever grateful to those that went through this process with me and have a new perspective on life. I am also thankful to the Timberline ski patrollers that are the by far some of the best patrollers in the World. Sitting in my recliner for 2 months is just a small sacrifice to be able to live to ski another day.
With the help of his Chronics and some 13/14 Technical Cotton LINE Streetwear, Andy Parry reached the summit of Mt Hood and skied some crud on his way back down to the park. No word yet on what mountain Andy plans on climbing next.
Park skier turned ski mountaineer Andy Parry tests his budding climbing skills on the slopes of Mt. Hood, Oregon in the third installment of Meanwhile at Mt. Hood.
The summer solstice was last week. This means that winter is on its way! It also means that the X-Games are rapidly approaching and that the Olympics are only 227 days away. As usual, hordes of professional athletes are currently preparing for the upcoming competition season at Timberline, OR. Representing Team Yoke, Rob Huele and Jack Borland found time in between conditioning and mandatory trampoline drills to put together a short video illustrating their approach towards the grueling process of summer training. Check it out!
For pro skier Will Wesson, late-season park skiing is an annual tradition. “Every spring for the last eight years, I’ve packed my bags, called up friends and set out in search of melting snow,” Wesson says. ”While most western resorts close in mid-April, I always plan around the few spots known for maintaining quality parks well into summer. This usually means a California road trip, and this year was no exception.” The photos and words that follow are his road trip up the West Coast in search of snow.
Click here to view the full slideshow at ESPN
Summer’s in full swing at Hood which means Windells is the happiest place on earth. Those lucky few campers last week during Traveling Circus week enjoyed weird park sessions, skateboarding, and ski giveaways. So jelly huh?
Temps are rising, gas is even MORE expensive and Windell’s has put out their first session edit.
Summer is now official.
Couple things to take notice:
– Andy Parry has left Pizza Hut and is now back on snow where he belongs, teaching kids weird stuff and backflips
– Jeff Curry’s effortless style is one thing we don’t think his students can replicate
– Will Wesson is absolutely ridiculous… he may be more comfortable on rails then most of us are on snow
Also make sure to check out the CRASH EDIT from Windells.
For those of you who haven’t made the summer pilgrimage to the mythical mountain that is Mt. Hood or are still thinking about it, here’s a playlist of our best memories from Hood over the years, just to push you over the fence.
Once finished, we suggest you get a crew together, save some gas money and pack a tent. See you there!
#5: Line Skis Team @Windell’s Camp Summer 2011
#4: Jeff Curry’s Wet Hot American Summer
#3: Traveling Circus 2.1 – Summer Jobs, Ski Bums & Mt Hood
#2: Traveling Circus 3.1 – Attack of the Sand People
#1: Traveling Circus 1.1 – Will & Andy go to Hood
Not only do we love Halloween for its epic parties, we also enjoy smashing pumpkins with Chronics! Line MC and Windell’s Head Coach Jeff Curry and friend Drew Stewart show off their version of Halloween from the barren slopes Hood.
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