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
The 2014 Line Skis Summer Camp expedition has wrapped up! For over the past six weeks, the Line Traveling Circus van has made a circuit to the top summer camp destinations in North America, traveling over 6,000+ miles. Here’s a look back at all the fun that took place!
Woodward At Copper
Camp of Champions
Meet Jon Hartman
Jon Hartman cannot whistle. Jon Hartman has never met a burrito he did not like. Jon Hartman loves whiskey, his wife and metal. Jon Hartman is one of the recent additions to the Line Skis team. Welcome.
Jon made the trek up the I70 corridor to join Will, Erik & Garrett for the LINE takeover at Woodward Copper earlier this summer:
Jon Hartman is also a graphic artist.
“In those brief and elusive times when I’m neither skiing, drinking, nor wreaking general havoc…I’m arting. Inspired by my fuller-time hobbies, outlined above, I illustrate those things that alter perspective….and somehow this is also my job. Enjoy some of my recent work, and check out more at iheartwunderwerkz.com.” - Jon Hartman
Line Week video recap from Woodward at Copper
MC’s Will Wesson, Garrett Russell, Erik Olson and Jon Hartman spent the week skiing with over 60 campers @woodwardcopper
There is still time to get yourself to camp this summer, so get off your couch and go skiing
— Woodward Copper (@WoodwardCopper) June 21, 2014
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!”
Mammoth Fish & Jibs
“Why fish or jib when you can have both? Garrett Russell is an avid angler and certainly knows his way around a terrain park. And, spring-time at Mammoth is a great time to multi-task… Jib, hike, ski, bike, shred, skate, kayak… all in the same day!
Also, spring-time is a great time in Mammoth for sightings of the LINE Traveling Circus bus… and crew. Yes, the circus is in town! This past week Will Wesson and Cole Drexler reunited with Garrett Russell, Bernie Rosow and Alex Dorszynski for some good ol’ slush slashing, steel slapping good times.
Shot entirely with one little GoPro.” – Mammoth Lakes
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!
*The Traveling Circus is Over for the season!
It’s the season six finale: Konichiwa! The Line Traveling Circus crew travels over 5,000 miles to Japan for noodles, monkeys and skiing. Part soap opera, part travel documentary, “Everybody Loves Ramen – Part One” features the antics of Will Wesson, Andy Parry, Garrett Russell and Cole Drexler traveling across Japan in search of creative features and all the noodles they can eat!
“I honestly, I don’t know the plan. We’re going to go skiing and then we’re going to drive some more and go more skiing.” – Andy Parry
Check out the photos from Will Wesson, Shane McFalls & Tatsuya Tayagaki!
ABOUT LINE TRAVELING CIRCUS:
Admission is free! No high-end production crews, annual movie sales, snowmobiles, or heli trips to AK here, just a couple of die-hard ski bums with a camera powered by more creativity, ingenuity & hyperactivity than a 3rd grade art class. This band of misfit skiers are lead by Will Wesson & Andy Parry on a year round adventure crisscrossing North America and beyond in search of an angled surfaces to ski on. It’s reality TV meets modern ski bumming, for comedy, adventure and skiing antics that proves reality is more entertaining than fiction. Each of the eight episodes per season are watched tens of thousands of times online by skiers around the world. This popularity is the reason the Line Traveling Circus has been recognized with the first ever prestigious award of “Best Webisode” at the International Freeskiing Film Festival (www.IF3.ca ).
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!
Pictures are funnier when you’re having fun with friends.
At the beginning of the year, Line Skis & Newschoolers.com teamed up to find the best, the most fun group photo of friends enjoying skiing. Thus the Line Skis x Newschoolers GET IN THE VAN Group Photo Contest was born.
After one round of open voting, the top 5 crews were announced and sent to the Traveling Circus crew for them to review and pick the winners.
The winning crew would receive 4 pairs of skis & pointy sticks with grips!
So without further delay, we’re happy to announce that the winners of the Line Skis x Newschoolers GET IN THE VAN Group Photo Contest are…
Keenan Desplanques, Max Ickes, Vayle Townsend, Nico Schiavone and Garrett Coleman!
“This shot took about 8 attempts. Cant believe that this is actually going to be a part of the Line Traveling Circus!” – Keenan Desplanques
Congrats to the crew on winning the Line Skis x Newschoolers GET IN THE VAN Group Photo Contest. The group will receive 4 pairs of skis & pointy sticks with grips!
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