Level 1 Presents Habit
It’s that time of year again! The days are getting shorter, and the air is a little more crisp in the morning. You know what that means: Ski Season is fast approaching. But what to do during the dark season? You know, that period of time between summer and the start of ski season. There’s not much to do but loaf around and nerd out over every iota of ski content and gear. Sound familiar? Well,We are all creatures of habit, after all.
At least there are ski movies. With Film Tours cruising around the country, you’ve got a guaranteed ski party practically every weekend. And nothing gets us more stoked than watching the annual offering from Level 1 Productions. This year, LJ Strenio, Khai Krepela, Will Wesson, Sami Ortlieb, and Rob Heule hopped in front of the Level 1 cameras. From LJ’s urban stuntery to Will’s creative approach and all the way to Sami and Rob’s envisioned pump track jib zone in Sunshine Village, LINE skiers ran the gambit of ski porn production. And we couldn’t be more stoked.
So be on the lookout for a HABIT Premiere near you. In the meantime, check out LJ’s X Games Real Street Part:
Sami Ortlieb, Will Wesson and Crew Head Back To Zermatt
Oh, how quickly time passes. Yet here we stand with the start of the third season of the Zermatt Glacier Days. With filmer and scoring extraordinaire, Jeff Kohnstamm at the helm, the boys produced this rad piece of summer feel good shredding. Check out the lines Sami puts down, and don’t miss Will’s subtle rail trickery.
But above all, this rad little slice of Swiss life highlights the insane mountain landscape of the Alps. Massive glaciers, high alpine lakes, and a hefty dose of surreal high alpine wilderness. If that — combined with a rad summer park — doesn’t make you want to drop everything and head to Switzerland, nothing will.
LINE SKIS AND NAPSTER AIM TO KEEP MOUNTAIN VIBES HIGH WITH NEW PARTNERSHIP
SEATTLE (January 25, 2017) – Followers of the LINE Traveling Circus series know better than most that a solid soundtrack is just as important as the skiing it’s backing up. Thanks to a new partnership with Napster, now a legit, global music streaming service, LINE aims to make it even easier for fans to find and access the music that’s streamed daily by their favorite brand and pro skiers alike.
Found on both LINEskis.com and Napster’s desktop and mobile apps, fans can enjoy content from a selection of LINE featured skiers. Each athlete will obsessively curate their current favorite tracks into a Napster playlist and publish the selection alongside a bio, photos and their favorite LINE products.
Beginning today, the partnership kicks off with established artist and skier, Eric Pollard, known by many as a key component of LINE’s look and feel. With additional experience in film production and editing, Eric knows a thing or two about selecting cuts for the perfect soundtrack.
In addition to featured playlists, LINE and Napster will host a monthly photo contest through social media that will extend into the summer. Fans will have a chance to submit entries to win select soft goods and ultimately have a chance at a pair of custom-designed skis with graphics by skier and local artist, Charlie Cultrara. Follow @LINEskis and @napster on Instagram and Facebook for rules on entering.
LINE followers can enjoy a free trial of Napster for 30 days, featuring unlimited streaming of millions of songs, radio stations and curated playlists, then $9.99/month after. For more information, please visit LINEskis.com/napster.
About Napster: Napster is one of the world’s leading premium subscription streaming music services. Available in 34 countries, Napster gives members unlimited ad-free access to the music they love anywhere, anytime and on any device – online or off. Whether on the slopes, at home, at work, or in the car, Napster subscribers can download playlists and tracks from a catalog of 40 million songs, and tap into the power of our global Listener Network, to connect with like-minded music fans and discover new music they love every day. Napster is headquartered in Seattle, with offices across the U.S. Latin America and Europe, and its respective logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of Rhapsody International Inc. Follow @Napster on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, and learn more at www.napster.com.
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WILL WESSON’S 2016 WINNING ENTRY
Real Skiing in Real Streets! X Games is fast approaching and with it a crowd favorite – X Games Real Street video contest! While we’re always psyched to watch awesome edits, we’re particulary stoked for the 2017 contest as LINE athletes have stacked the competition!
Returning to the competition again this year are Will Wesson and Tom Wallisch, who claimed the X Games Gold Medal and People’s choice respectively. Joining them are fellow LINE athletes Khai Krepela and LJ Strenio!
Be sure to stay tuned for more info on when & where the edits will be dropping online!
Tom Wallisch’s 2016 Entry
Check the Insta-Gallery for Behind-The-Scenes action!
Can’t find the words to describe how happy I am to be done filming this @xgames #realski part 😂 But no joke I’ve never worked so hard at anything in my life. Hope you like what we put together. Look for it on the ESPN site and in @level1 movie with lots more next fall @theskimonster @sagaouterwear @lineskis 📽 @jakestrassman with @upstate_doan #windknockedout
A video posted by LJ Strenio (@ljstrenio) on
Lowest of lows as we ran out of light last night before getting the shot. So grateful for the whole crew to rally again today for round two logging one of my all time favorite shots. Thanks for all the hard work @erikseophoto @jermpaquette 📷@hennievj and @joshwaldaddy! @sagaouterwear @theskimonster @lineskis
Happy to come out of @xgames #realski generally healthy and in one piece again. Thank you @jonnydurst for the hard work and everyone who helped us especially #1 street support wizard @kevinsalonius(photo)! Congrats to all involved on some crazy videos(coming in Feb). Looking forward to my first chairlift ride of 2017…
The end of the
world year is here and while we’re looking ahead to 2017 – here’s a look back at 10 #MoreFunner things that happened in 2016!
The LINE team descended on the Summit at Snoqualmie for the annual teamshoot. Tricks were thrown, laughs were had.
Catch more of the action in the first episode of LINE Traveling Circus’ 9th Season – Washington TC!
2. Will Wesson – XGames Gold Medalist
Will Wesson, long known for his rail skills, claims the gold medal in XGames inaugural Real Street video competition.
3. World Record Holder Tom Wallisch
Tom Wallisch also had a huge season, releasing Vice Versa and becoming the world record holder for sliding the World’s Longest Rail!
4. Eric Pollard reshapes skiing, again – The Pescado
Longtime LINE collaborator and skier, Eric Pollard debuted one of his most unique designs ever, the LINE Pescado.
5. LJ Strenio is XXXtreme!
LJ Strenio is one among a few skiers casted as stunt doubles for Vin Diesel’s new XXX Movie, XXX: Return of Xander Cage! He’s documented the experience for Powder Magazine HERE in Welcome to the Jungle.
6. Colter Hinchliffe’s Sandstone & Snow released by TGR
“Last winter, instead of exploring Alaska, British Columbia, or Japan, Colter Hinchliffe found himself in another outdoor paradise: Moab. Few would think of the sandstone paradise—a mecca for climbing—as a place to push one’s ability skiing. However, Colter was inspired by the terrain and grabbed a pair of skis to explore the peaks of the La Sal mountain range.” READ MORE AT TETON GRAVITY.
7. Repeat Offender, Leo Taillefer wins GoPros Line of the Year…again!
Frenchman Leo Taillefer wins GoPro’s LINE of the Winter again after continuously dropping edits every month that are equal parts pucker moments and jaw dropping feats.
8. Hadley Hammer sends it in Teton Gravity’s Tight, Loose & more!
Hadley Hammer has been consistently going 100% each season and it’s definitely shown this past season – between her segment in TGR’s Tight, Loose, her artic adventures in Girls Gone Polar and her own featured podcast on Powder, Nausicaa Cast – you better watch & listen!
9. Andy Parry’s Tell A Friend Tour
Andy Parry’s Tell A Friend Tour returns for it’s 3rd season! Join Andy and the crew for pizza, prizes and fun at some of your favorite resorts in the Northeast & Midwest!
10. Movie of the Year – Level 1’s Pleasure
Level 1 Productions 17th release, Pleasure, wins Powder Magazine’s Movie of the Year, thanks in part to the ridiculous segments from Will Wesson, Sami Ortlieb, Khai Krepela, LJ Strenio, Rob Heule, Pär Peyben Hägglund, Garrett Russell and friends.
Level 1’s Pleasure
It feels good. Slamming into concrete walls, risking the backcountry unknown, being broke on the road… Some would call it hedonistic behavior, we call it living the dream, and this cast of characters delivers a vibrant depiction of this so-called sport of skiing. With a local tourist mentality, the simple joys are found near and far. From India, Switzerland and Japan, to British Columbia, Washington DC, and Alaska, it’s business in the front, party in the back, and no one is phoning it in. Level 1 continues to surprise with another must watch ski film in a lineage of classics, for your viewing PLEASURE
Watch your favorite LINE athletes & more in Level 1 Production’s 17th release, “PLEASURE!”
Will Wesson, Sami Ortlieb, Khai Krepela, LJ Strenio, Rob Heule, Pär Peyben Hägglund, Garrett Russell and friends.
“(Pleasure) should be considered mandatory viewing this season for all ski movie fans. Combing artistry, athleticism, creativity, and a thoughtful theme carried throughout, it’s as tight and as entertaining as a ski film can get. But it’s also propped up with no ego; just having fun and skiing with your friends. Though it’s a simple concept that’s difficult to translate to film, Berman and fellow producers Freedle Coty and Jonny Durst succeed in spades.” – Matt Hansen, Powder Magazine
“It seems year after year Level 1 steps up their films and Pleasure is no exception. This film is pure good times with great skiers filmed in unique locations. I’ve rewatched the film five times.” – Mike Rogge, Outside Online
“Damn, it’s a beautiful example of ski filmmaking. I was really impressed last year by the quality of Small World’s production and Level 1 have taken another step up here.” – Adam Spensley, Newschoolers.com
“We really didn’t know the film would be this awesome, this unique, this crowd-pleasing.” – Freeskier Magazine
Directed by Josh Berman, Freedle Coty, Jonny Durst
Produced by Josh Berman
Principal Cinematography by Jonny Durst, Josh Berman, Freedle Coty, Robin Lee
Edited by Jonny Durst, Freedle Coty, Josh Berman
Creative Direction by Schui Baumann
Will Wesson, Sami Ortlieb, Tanner Rainville, Wiley Miller, Laurent DeMartin, McRae Williams, KC Deane, Khai Krepela, Sandy Boville, Magnus Granér, Mitchell Brower, LJ Strenio, Josh Bibby, Rob Heule, Ben Smith, Ethan Swadburg, Shay Lee, Jonah Williams, Pär Peyben Hägglund, Arkadiy Kazakov, Keegan Kilbride, Thayne Rich, Garrett Russell, TBS, Tatum Monod and friends.
Shot on Location in:
Eagle Pass, BC, Gulmarg, India. Kirovsk, Russia. Hokkaido, Japan. Secret Valley, Switzerland. Washington, DC. Snowbird, UT. Southeast Alaska. Salt Lake City, UT.
Washington TC – A Film By LINE Traveling Circus
The LINE TRAVELING CIRCUS has returned for its Ninth Season with WASHINGTON TC. There’s no debate – this film will be a tremendous success. In what may be the largest cast yet, this international group of deplorables explores this great nation’s 42nd state – Washington!
Featuring: Leo Taillefer, LJ Strenio, Peyben Hägglund, Rob Heule, Khai Krepela, Will Wesson, Garrett Russell, Andy Parry, Ross Imburgia, Dylan Siggers, Jack Borland, Tucker FitzSimons, Sämi Ortlieb, Remus the Corgi, Jeff Curry & more!
Filmed on location at Summit at Snoqualmie, Stevens Pass & Mission Ridge!
“I’m living the American dream right now?” – Leo Taillefer
Zermatt Glacier Days 2.3
Zermatt Glacier Days 2.2
Zermatt Glacier Days 2.1
“Stoked to bring you the second season’s first episode of #ZermattGlacierDays along with Sämi Jankis Ortlieb, Rob Heule and Jeffrey Kohnstamm! The Snowpark Zermatt park crew is killing it this year with plenty of unique and fun features! ” – Will Wesson
That’s right! Your favorite summer time series returns! Check out Will, Sami, Rob and Jeff in the first episode of this seasons, #ZermattGlacierDays!!
Want to read more? Check their Q&A with Freeskier Magazine >> HERE <<
Summer is here! School’s out and and/or you’ve got some vacation stored up and looking to hit the road…now what?
Well, we’ve checked in with the most trusted travel guides here at HQ, LINE’s Traveling Circus’s Will Wesson, Andy Parry, Jake Strassman & Shane McFalls, and they’ve got a list of where to go, what to do and what to put on that hot dog!
WATCH: LINE Traveling Circus 1.1 – Will & Andy Go To Hood
Where are you currently?
“Silverthorne, Colorado” – Jake
“Living in Government Camp, Oregon” – Andy
“Home in Southern Vermont” – Shane
“Whistler, BC Canada” -Will
What have you been up to?
“Being a Dad” – Shane
“Started off summer by visiting Woodward Copper or Line Week, now I’m guest coaching at Momentum for two weeks and I’ll be flying to Europe in early July to start filming for season two of Zermatt Glacier Days with Sämi and Rob.” – Will
“Healing from surgery and making my own ski wax, Wizardz Wax” – Andy
“I’m still skiing here in Colorado, but have been fishing, camping and canoeing in Minnesota as well.” – Jake
WATCH: Glacier Days EP1 – Summer Snowpark Zermatt
What are your top five summertime activities?
“My favorite things to do in the summer would be stay at a cabin for a weekend with friends, fish, camp, ski (water and snow), and canoe.” – Jake
“Skiing, skiing, skiing, skiing, and…. skiing” – Andy
“Skiing, attempting skating/ surfing, hiking, and biking” – Will
“Skateboarding, running, biking, swimming and eating” – Shane
What are the perfect toppings for a hot dog?
“Ketchup. Sorry mustard people.” – Will
“Sauerkraut and spicy mustard” – Shane
“Fired onions and spicy mustard, with a side of potato or pasta salad” – Jake
“I dont eat that shit. Give me a sausage.” – Andy
What are the top five places you’ve traveled to in the US? In the world?
“PNW, BC, Japan, France, Korea etc… They are all awesome.” – Andy
“In the world? Japan, New Zealand, The Alps, The Andes, Australia” – Will
“Japan rules above all” – Shane
“The top 5 places I’ve been to in the U.S. would have to be 1) the North Shore of Lake Superior in Minnesota. 2) Hood River, Oregon. 3) Ketchum, Idaho. 4) Ashcroft, Colorado. 5) Minnaqua, Wisconsin. Top 5 in the world would be 1) British Columbia, Canada. 2) Schwanden, Switzerland 3) Hokkaido, Japan 4) Nevados de Chillian, Chile. 5) Bariloche, Argentina” – Jake
So you’re getting in the van for a long road trip, what are three things you don’t forget to bring?
” What you need for a long trip in the van is a Sharpie marker to add some new artwork to the ceiling and walls, new stickers to add to the collections, and lots of snacks.” – Jake
“Depends on when I’m doing it but music, food, and proper clothes.” – Andy
“Sleeping Bag, Water, Ski Stuff” – Will
“Toothbrush, sleeping bag and clean socks for the drive home.” – Shane
What are three things you hope your traveling companions don’t bring?
“On trips you mainly hope everyone doesn’t bring dirty clothes that they should have washed before packing them – like Andy’s socks, and LJ’s knee brace.” – Jake
“Sickness. That stuff spreads like wildfire.” – Andy
“Less than three full sets of clothing, well used ski boots, contagious sickness.” – Will
“Their bad music or bad attitudes.” – Shane
Cold Turkey – A film by LINE Traveling Circus
What SPF would you recommend for skiing at summer camps?
“35 max, get a good burn first day for a protective base” – Shane
“30+” – Will
“60+” – Andy
“The best sunscreen for summer camps is blend of Banana Boat 45 and Coppertone 15.” – Jake
How would you recommend kids prep their skis for skiing either at a glacier / snowfield or summer backyard setup?
“To get your skis ready for summer skiing on the glacier, just cake a bunch of all temp wax on there and don’t bother scrapping.” – Jake
“BUY WIZARDZ WAX wizardzwax.com” – Andy
“Put bindings on them” – Will
Will, mounting bindings, at LINE’s HQ for #LINESpringBreak16 – SEE MORE
If you were to have to go to summer school, what subject would it be for?
“If I went to summer school, I’d take a filmmaking class.” – Jake
“Were to have to? I did for math in 6th grade.” – Andy
“Surfing” – Will
“How to do your taxes 101” – Shane
Will Wesson has claimed XGames Gold in the inaugural Real Ski Street! Real Ski Street is the latest iteration of ESPN’s “Real” Series – a contest that pits top athletes in their respective fields against one another with the hopes of putting together the best edit over the course of a 6 week period. Topping the field of six competitors to take the win, Wesson’s segment is by true to form for Will – super creative across a wide variety of features. Watch his winning entry below –
Wesson wasn’t the only LINE athlete to place well, Tom Wallisch took the top spot in the online voting contest for the Fan Favorite Award. Watch it below!
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