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
Meanwhile In Canada – A Film by Graeme Meiklejohn & Rob Heule
“Join skiers Rob Heule, Mack Jones and Jay Heule as they set out on a 40 day cross-Canada RV trip with one goal: to explore their home country while hitting as many street spots as possible along the way. As the eyes of the skiing world were on the Winter Olympics, the boys were out adventuring with the aim of showing that with a little creativity, fun can be had on skis just about anywhere. With an all-Canadian soundtrack, crew, and itinerary, watch as they venture from the shores of Pacific Ocean all the way to the Atlantic.”
Watch Meanwhile In Canada below!
Watch More East Coast Hardcore Real Stuff…Part Two!
The Line Traveling Circus crew, now filming & releasing content for their sixth season, continues their journey in the latest release, “More East Coast Hardcore Real Stuff – Part Two” Join Will Wesson, Andy Parry, Cole Drexler, Charlie Dayton, Erik Olson & Shane McFalls as they wrap up their trip to the Northeast. Andy checks off a bucket-list line before the van and crew heads to Massachusetts and Pennsylvania to ski some park and eat some pizza.
What people are saying about the latest release:
“Andy doing something crazy since ’95″ – SkiWithMeBro
“ALWAYS PUTS A SMILE ON MYE[sic] FACE, every time” – pâl jensen
“Thanks you smelly beauties!” – GoodOleChrusty
(Aether) chiefly poetic/literary the clear sky; the upper regions of air beyond the clouds.
Eric Pollard isn’t only a skier, he’s an artist both in front and behind the camera. Nimbus Entertainment has been pushing out edtis that not only are ski porn, but also are aesthetically out of this world and transform you to a different place, often where most only wish. In their latest release, Aether, Pollard and crew have mashed up their footage from 2011 into a more artistic perspective of skiing.
A true masterpiece in our minds. Now check out some artsy photos to go along with it!
Not only does Nimbus Entertainment go to remote locations such as Japan, Alaska and super duper deep backcountry spots only accessible by sleds, but Eric Pollard and the boys know how to hit up resorts and shred em’ like hell. En Route Cascadia follows Eric Pollard and the rest of the gang on a road trip through Washington’s best ski resorts; Crystal Mountain, Alpental, Stevens Pass and White Pass.
For those who’ve never skied Washington, it’s not usually this good. Trust us it’s always raining and wet. Colorado has much better snow, go there. Check out the below pictures of crappy Washington skiing.
So much fresh snow at each location. Crystal, Alpental, Stevens Pass and White Pass were amazing!
This is what you see on the top chair at Alpental.
The ski patrol at Alpental have a lot of terrain to control and they do a damn good job.
Ike and Pollard en route to Cascadia…where Harry and the Hendersons was filmed!
A little snowball fight broke out when we had finished digging out the chair.
Tandom slasher from Mahre and Pollard
Pollard laying down a little turn at Crysta with the help of his Mr Pollard’s Opus Skis.
The guys from Nimbus Independent have taken us to epic locations these last couple years. Japan, Switzerland, a Marine training facility in Nevada, Retallack , night skiing at Hood… we could keep going. With their latest En Route, Eric and the gang head up and over to Haines Alaska where everyone steps ups their game on big time terrain.
Enjoy this ridiculously awesome En Route full of AK nose butters, huge stylie 3s, pow/spine slashes, broken pinkies and the biggest white room/sluff rideout evah!
Check out photos from the trip, which will just make you more jealous.
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
On November 17th at Neumos in Seattle, there will be a rare trifecta of ski & snowboard films (about as rare as a lunar eclipse) to make for one killer night! With doors open at 7pm and the first movie beginning at 8pm, the movie extravaganza will include Alterna’s new snowboarding film “Hello World”, Meathead’s new East Coast ski thriller “Work it Out” and feature Voleurz’s film “Look on the Bright Side”.
All ages are welcome for this action packed night with premieres of all three films, a product toss (including Smith goggles and Faction skis), and hand stand as well as toe stand contests. Our friends at EVO will be pre-selling tickets for $8, or you can get them at the door for $12. Doors open at 7pm and the first movie will begin at 8pm. Expect appearances from some Canadian hooligans and hope to see you all there!
So next Wednesday after a long day of work/class, instead of watching TV in the dark, wind down with some films to get you hyped and ready to take on the winter with good vibes!
Before deciding to do nothing memorable on a Wednesday night, watch all three trailers. Then you can decide if you want to be lazy.
Old News is Good News
- Roy Kittler’s “West Coast Session 8″ Recap
- Will Wesson’s “Summer on Snow”
- The Traveling Circus Returns!
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