Check out the 3rd Annual Blister Awards from SIA 2013
Line Skis was awarded in 3 different categories this year
• Favorite Person We Talked to at SIA •
Jed Yeiser – Line Skis Engineer
• The “No Brainer” Award •
Sir Francis Bacon will be available in 190cm length for 13/14
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“Inspired by a primitive state, a wild style takes hold of outdoors and urbanwear. A decorative, ethnic aura radiates from mountain tribal cultures. Natural colors, accented with touches of color, complete the ethnic winter traveler look.”
En Route Sled BC follows Chris Benchetler, Andy Mahre and Line’s very own Eric Pollard on a snowmobile access trip to British Columbia, Canada. The crew skis in full on snow storms and blue bird conditions on some of the best terrain North America has to offer.
Through words and imagery, follow the journey of skiing pioneer Eric Pollard & Line Skis creating the perfect tools to progress freestyle powder skiing. Eric walks you through 10+ years of never released prototypes & pro models, leading to his most recent masterpiece, “Mr. Pollard’s Opus“.
Our willingness to try anything is guided by Eric’s intimate knowledge of powder skiing formed by influences such as surfing, snowboarding and an undying drive to ski the mountain differently. Eric’s pro models and innovations are by-products of this Decade of Ski Development. Sit back and enjoy the ride.
Despite differences in on-slope style and attitude, most skiers can connect with the stoke & enjoyment that Eric Pollard puts into every one Nimbus’ edits. Eric Pollard & Nimbus Entertainment are re-releasing parts of all of their past full length movies. What better way to remember some of your favorite Nimbus films then by watching a quick edit of each?!
Check out the first three Re-Releases: NIGHT SESSION, LIVE FIRE and TIMBERLINE BACKCOUNTRY
A month ago Will Wesson, John Kutcher and myself all had a week with nothing going on, a rarity for a single skier much less three in the middle of the winter. Rather than catch up on sleep or shred around our local mountain of Park City we decided to skip the break and go on another adventure. I had been meaning to visit my sister in Jackson Hole, which coincidentally had been getting dumped on all week so we sent it northbound. With the help of my older sister Jacki and our friend Julie Weinberger who is now the Social Media & Marketing Coordinator for Jackson Hole, we were able to squeeze in a few days of some of the best skiing of the season, pure ski bum style. After three days of sleeping on couches, dollar store candy, early ups, epic pow and Corbet’s Couloir, we topped it all off with a wild St. Patty’s Day on our final night right in Jackson! After a spontaneous week of roughing it we hopped back on the calendar to finish our busy seasons. Check out the epic photos and edit from our trip, Thanks to Julie Jacki and the whole Dual exhaust crew for having us! Enjoy that spring skiing! – LJ
No doubt we’ve enjoyed all of Eric Pollard‘s Nimbus films, but there was something about ‘Approach’ that stands out from the rest. Maybe it was the ‘family trip’ feel to Europe or the perfectly selected music, amazing cinematography or the ridiculous powder slashes; whatever it was we thoroughly enjoyed it.
We weren’t alone either. Instead of us saying what we think, here’s our top 5 comments from Newschoolers on ‘Approach’:
So if you haven’t seen it yet, please do yourself a favor. Clear your schedule for the next 39 minutes, get comfy and enjoy the show!
While it’s loading check below from some behind-the-scenes images and descriptions with words by Erin Valverde Pollard and photos by Erin Valverde Pollard, Justin Wiegand, Eric Pollard, Ike Smith & Chris Benchetler.
Eric and Chris went to Silverton in January. This is the cabin they stayed at. www.treasuremountainhut.com
Major amateur hour with the guns. Two first-timers.
Nighttime at the cabin consisted of surf and turf, fireworks, guns, and Ike’s night terrors keeping Chris and Eric awake.
Eric, Erin, and Justin all traveled to Europe to meet up with Roman Rohrmoser to ski Italy and Austria in February.
We were lucky to meet the Rohrmoser family and stay in their amazing B&B. They hooked us up big time! Nice rooms, fresh homemade apple pancakes, and good snow! www.rohrmoser.biz
We had two BMW X1s to drive around for the whole month we were in Europe! These cars are amazing! They talk to you too!
Roman in front of an orange wall.
Espresso was a daily for the Nimbus crew.
It was an eight-hour drive from Austria to Italy. We saw lots of scenic roads through the Alps. Castles, castles everywhere! Goes pretty fast when you are driving one of these.
Eric and Roman filming the town of Courmayeur, Italy.
We stayed at an amazing B&B in Courmayeur with views of the mountains, unique stone rooftops and fresh croissants and fruit in the morning. www.lagrange-it.com
Here is a view from our private deck at La Grange.
Another view from the hotel…looming Mount Blanc.
We ate at this tiny little restaurant called Petit Bistrot almost every night. The menu is amazing and the people are very hospitable! www.petitbistrot.info
Inside Petit Bistrot having wine with the crew.
Eric Justin and Roman took some little sleds out one night and raced down the snow covered cobble stone streets. Might have been some schnapps involved…
Eric at La Baita hotel and restaurant at the base of the Courmayeur ski lifts. They always have such great lunch and espresso. We will be back for sure! www.labaitahotel.com
Inside La Baita, Alo our photographer had a gallery of his photos. A lot of them were from the last trip we went on to Italy. Here is Eric posing by one of the photos of him.
A shot looking down at the Valley…beautiful place!
Going up one of the many gondolas at Courmayeur. So many epic lines to do!
Eric and Roman hiking to their lines. They did a lot of this.
Eric and Roman posing for the camera with Mount Blanc in the distance.
Eric skiing one of his lines after touring out to the zone just before dark.
Mt. Blanc is massive! Look at little Weewolf-Wiegand in the bottom left.
The skiers on the heli day…Davide, Raffa, Roman and Eric.
Nice spines to ski, always rushing the light.
Eric pointing to the zone.
Back in Austria…Wiegand filming Erin filming Eric on the backside of Zillertal.
Hiking up to the cross at Zillertal Arena…some of the best terrain around the Alps. www.zillertalarena.com
Eric filming Roman for the interviews.
Erin filming and taking photos.
And now, Nimbus Independent presents En Route Approach…
Last spring we climbed a mountain, sat legendary skier Eric Pollard on a rock and pointed a camera at him and said go. See into the mind of a skier who has revolutionized the equipment we use as well as the way we watch ski videos. Listen in on Eric Pollard’s point-of-view.
Part 1 – Nimbus Independent – Eric explains his reasoning for straying from the norm of a professional skier’s filming habits and they ways it’s been presented.
Part 2 – Skiing Style & Technology – EP talks about how far skiing has come from long, straight skis that plow through powder to the smooth fluid motions of backcountry freestyle skiing of today. To see the latest skis from Eric Pollard, check out the EP Pro, Sir Francis Bacon and EP Pro Shorty
Now that we’re a little past the halfway point of the season (for most people that is)… it’s when we’re starting to see many more mid season edits coming out. Our own Colter Hinchliffe just came out with his own that surely won’t disappoint. Enjoy and make sure you pay attention right from the start cause the line from Alta is just plain ridiculous. This is what the Sir Francis Bacon was made for!
Canada’s own Colston VB took some time out to shoot us an update on what he’s been up to, including some pretty good footage. So take a moment, watch some ridiculous powder and Bacon base shots and hear what this crazy Canadian is up to.
Q: So what are you up to these days? School, skiing, etc…
A: As of now I am finished school for the year and I’m back home for the holidays! It Feels so good to be back and to ski with all my friends. I have been racking up hours both at Whistler and Red Mountain for what we know as “pre-steezin” training, getting in shape and honing skills for the winter ahead. I have also been setting up a bunch of new and exciting opportunities for later this season.
Q: So what’s been going on with the Voleurz family?
A: With Voleurz it’s not really about who does what. It’s more or less a never-ending individual competition to see who has the most fun. Look On the Bright Side was released last month. I have some shots in the first segment amidst some good friends, check it out: www.voleurz.com.
Q: Why ride/film with snowboarders?
A: It’s super fun, plus it is a source of inspiration. You can see first hand a whole different spectrum of tricks and techniques that can influence your skiing right then and there. Some of my favorite riding partners are snowboarders. Just watching skiing all the time can get old and it’s easy to get stoked on what people in similar sports are doing.
Q: Anything else that you’ve been in?
A: What’s in the Fridge was released online a few days ago featuring a FULL segment of me skiing: http://www.vimeo.com/17379163. Stoked on it!
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