Nibbles & Bits
April 24th, 2014

Overheard at the Orage Masters IX: Rumble at Retallack

In celebration of the long-awaited release of the Orage Masters highlight videos, we’ve opted to share this list of “overheards.” Mind you, this is not the 100% raw account of the magic that graced our ears during our stint at Retallack, but, surely you can appreciate the general ridiculousness of the participants, and of the event itself. Note: we’ve kept ‘em anonymous. That said, we hope you’ll put your imagination to work and try to figure out exactly who said what.

As a reminder, the Pirates—a team comprised of Tatum Monod, Wiley Miller, Tanner Rainville, Chris Logan and Banks Gilberti—defeated the Superheroes: Lexi Dupont, Parker White, Alexis Godbout, Duncan Adams and Joe Schuster. And ICYMI, the full Orage Masters IX event recap is here.

Overheard:

“It’s jerk offs like you who f#ck this contest up.”

“Yeah, I pooped my pants but I’m back now, what you know about that?”

“Put your f#cking costume on!”

“I’m not used to this much aerobic activity.”

“Anyone have any Advil? I need to get this ass feeling good for hockey tonight.”

“Tatum, you’re looking extra wenchy today.”

“Jesus… Every time I walk in here there’s more Car Bombs.”

“Hey, so my AA bill, do I just send that to Retallack, or how does that one work?”

“Anything I say after midnight you can’t hashtag.”

“What ass hole filmed me making out with Chris last night?”

“You’re ugly and you suck at skiing.”

“That’s the biggest backflip I’ve ever done.”

“Wiley, you’re a fucking astronaut.”

“Oh, cool tree tap, Wiley, like I’ve never seen you do that before, you f#cking idiot.”

“Hey, just so you guys know, I ski with Pep actually a decent amount.”

“People think that I’m just core and underground, but what they don’t know is that I’m probably the richest pro skier in the world.”

“I don’t have any money now to go heli skiing this spring because I spent two thousand dollars drinking Car Bombs at the Retallack bar.”

“I’m a professional athlete, Mom, get off my case. You can’t be an athlete and an alcoholic.”

“You’re a professional athlete?!”

“If you don’t take it easy, you’re going to be wearing tits in a minute.”

“I’m gonna go puke out a couple organs, I’ll be back in five.”

“I guess we’re just burning down a whole grove of trees now?”

“Joe, I just pissed in your helmet. Asparagus piss all up in your helmet now.”

“I seriously poop once a week, and it’s only when I sneeze.”

“That little slipper stealing wench…”


April 22nd, 2014

SNOCRU raises over $5,000 for High Fives Foundation

In March, SNOCRU, the mobile tracking app for skiers and snowboarders, launched a fundraising campaign in support of the High Fives Foundation. SNOCRU users would navigate to the newsfeed section of the app, and ‘high five’ their cru’s resort check-ins and other status updates, and SNOCRU donated $.50 for each high five. In the end, the fundraiser produced 11,253 high fives, resulting in a total donation of $5626.50 in just the month of March.

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In addition, SNOCRU also partnered with Protect Our Winters (POW) to produce the film Momenta, about the negative effects of coal export in the Pacific Northwest, and how that affects the winter sports community.

SNOCRU is a free smartphone app that caters to anyone who enjoys getting after it and competing with friends on the hill; we have grown to love the app through various powder days and gear testing.


April 18th, 2014

See the top 5 videos of the week from April 13-18, 2014

Our most popular videos from this past week, April 13 through 18, are a diverse bunch. Sean Pettit and Super Proof Inc. released the trailer for The Recruitment, a snowboarder took out two totally innocent skiers, Jesper Tjäder blew minds with a switch triple front flip, two dudes had loads of fun at Squaw Valley and the final Nine Knights video completed what seemed like a month of non-stop content from Italy. Check out the top 5 videos from this past week on freeskier.com below.

1. The final Nine Knights recap is here; watch the insanity now

2. Video: Jesper Tjäder throws a switch triple frontflip at JOI

3. Completely negligent snowboarder takes out two totally innocent skiers

4. Thrills and spills are the theme in new Squaw Valley POV, “April Cools”

5. Sean Pettit, Super Proof reveal first look at 2014 film, “The Recruitment”

Related: The top 5 videos for the week of April 6 – 11, 2014 on freeskier.com


April 17th, 2014

Julian Carr’s #TBT Instagram post is way cooler than yours

Being that it’s Thursday, we’ve seen quite a few Throwback Thursday (#TBT) posts on Instagram. However, Julian Carr’s definitely wins for most badass, considering it’s a video of him setting a world record for the biggest inverted flip, a 210 foot cliff huck in Switzerland. Enjoy.


April 14th, 2014

IOC official calls rate of Olympic slopestyle injuries “unacceptably high”

In an Associated Press report this week, International Olympic Committee official Lars Engerbretson spoke out concerning the high injury rate of slopestyle athletes at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. The head of scientific activities for the IOC medical and scientific department, Engerbretson stated that the injury rate for slopestyle competitors, both skiers and snowboarders, was “too high to be a sport that we have in the Olympics.”

Engebretson went on to say that, in all likelihood, the IOC would wait until after the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea before making any sort of decision regarding slopestyle’s future inclusion in the Games; the extended period of time would potentially allow the sport of slopestyle to become safer, he says. However, the decision regarding slopestyle’s Olympic future would be left up to the IOC executive board alone, which Engebretson is not a part of.

In Sochi, most notably, snowboarder Shaun White withdrew from Olympic slopestyle competition, citing the course as too dangerous after a tough fall during practice. Norwegian Torstein Horgmo broke his collarbone, as well. On the ski side, women’s slopestyle competitor Maggie Voisin was forced to withdraw after fracturing her ankle in a fall during practice, and fellow competitor Yuki Tsubota took one of the gnarlier crashes of the Olympics amid a finals run, injuring her jaw.

Engebretson also indicated a fear that slopestyle’s debut at the Winter Olympics would encourage a bigger pool of people to try the sport.

“That’s partly the reason why we have to be careful with it, because everything that’s going on TV from the Olympics creates a trend, people want to do the same thing,” he told the AP. “Slopestyle is exciting. But it’s just become, right now anyway, too exciting.”

What are your thoughts on Engebretson’s comments? Be sure to share your view in the comments box below.


April 11th, 2014

April 6 – 11, 2014: The top 5 videos of the week on freeskier.com

The trend in videos this past week, March 30 to April 4, 2014, was POV. Two skiers joined forces to throw a piggyback backflip, Level 1 revealed its best trick nominees for Superunknown XI, Fabian Lentsch provided eleven badass POV moments, Emma Dahlström threw a big ol’ backy at Nine Queens and Andrew Whiteford reclaimed the throne as “The King of POV.” Check out the top 5 videos from this past week on freeskier.com below.

1. Video: Two skiers team up for the “piggyback backflip”

2. Watch the 36 best trick nominees from Superunknown XI and vote for your favorite

3. Relive Fabian Lentsch’s 2012/13 season with his top 11 POV moments

4. Emma Dahlström throws big ol’ backflip at Nine Queens; watch video here

5. The “King of POV” reclaims the throne in “Dub Tales” episode 8


April 9th, 2014

2015 Freeride World Tour schedule Announced; Lack of North American stops a surprise to some

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The 2015 Freeride World Tour schedule has just been announced and it has a few surprising twists. With the exception of a men’s-only Alaskan stop, the tour will be held completely in Europe. Full details in the press release below.

Lausanne, Switzerland, April 8, 2014

The SWATCH FREERIDE WORLD TOUR BY THE NORTH FACE® (FWT) is entering a new exciting phase in 2015, with a comprehensive calendar including two great new venues officially announced. The tour will consist of five venues in total for the men and four venues for the women. The Pyrenean resort of Vallnord Arcalis, in Andorra, will host both men and women skiers and snowboarders, and the notorious mountains of Alaska, USA, will see a smaller group of men skiers and snowboarders just before the finals and the 20th anniversary of the “Xtreme Verbier” in Switzerland.

“We are very proud to announce the two new venues added to three already existing and exceptional FWT events. The local organizer at the Pyrenean resort Vallnord Arcalis of Andorra has organized a very successful freeride event since 1998, the El Dorado Freeride, one of the most popular 4-star Freeride World Qualifier events. The terrain is spectacular and there are some great faces for an all-star FWT competition. Regarding Alaska, it’s the epicentre of big mountain riding and every freerider’s dream to go there. The first extreme skiing competitions were organized in Alaska back in the early nineties and that is where the whole freeriding competition scene started. Since we launched the Freeride World Tour in 2008, we have desired to organize a competition there. We are so excited to finally make it happen,” said Nicolas Hale-Woods, Freeride World Tour General Manager and Founder.

The Freeride World Tour season 2015 will start off at the mecca of freeriding, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc in France, January 24, 2015, then head to Austria and Fieberbrunn Kitzbüheler Alpen, January 31. One week later, the athletes will take on Vallnord Arcalis in Andorra for the first time, February 14. After the event at Vallnord Arcalis, there will be a cut for Alaska, USA, with 60 per cent of the men skiers and snowboarders qualifying. In Alaska, there will be a longer weather window to ensure the best possible conditions, March 14-22. The exact location in Alaska is yet to be confirmed. Again 60 per cent of the riders after Alaska will qualify to the grande finale and the 20th anniversary of the Xtreme Verbier, March 28. The women qualify directly to Verbier after Vallnord Arcalis.

Marco Vaccari, Head of Marketing International with Swatch, commented: “We’re delighted to see the Freeride World Tour developing and exploring new territories that will challenge and push the riders to even greater performance levels. The new stop in Andorra promises to be an excellent addition to the Tour after several very successful years hosting Freeride World Qualifier events. Alaska brings another step up – it’s awesome sports territory and is bound to jack up excitement to new heights. And of course we’re very happy and proud to see the Tour wind up the 2015 season in Verbier, Switzerland – home country for Swatch.”

The 2014 season saw some interesting changes in the leader board with the greatest example of rookie Loïc Collomb-Patton of France crowned Freeride World Champion in Men’s Ski his first time on the tour. 16 male skiers, 8 male snowboarders, 7 female skiers and 4 female snowboarders are qualified to 2015. Invited wild cards to the full season and to single events will be announced at a later stage.

Eric Pansier, VP Marketing The North Face® EMEA, said: “The North Face® is very supportive of the decision of the Freeride World Tour organizers to continuously strive for the highest standards possible for the sport and maintain a tour of events that will embody what Big Mountain freeriding means for the community and will inspire the global wider audience. In particular, a new stop in the demanding and stunning terrain of Alaska will give us a very strong opportunity to lead the sport to a new level and show the world what the essence of this event is all about.”

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Event calendar

1. SWATCH FREERIDE WORLD TOUR CHAMONIX-MONT-BLANC BY THE NORTH FACE®

Date: Jan. 24, 2015; Location: Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, FRA

Disciplines: Men’s and Women’s Ski and Snowboard

2. SWATCH FREERIDE WORLD TOUR FIEBERBRUNN KITZBÜHELER ALPEN BY THE NORTH FACE®

Date: Jan. 31, 2015; Location: Fieberbrunn Kitzbüheler Alpen, AUT

Disciplines: Men’s and Women’s Ski and Snowboard

3. SWATCH FREERIDE WORLD TOUR VALLNORD ARCALIS / ANDORRA BY THE NORTH FACE®

Date: Feb 14, 2015; Location: Vallnord Arcalis, AND

Disciplines: Men’s and Women’s Ski and Snowboard

4. SWATCH FREERIDE WORLD TOUR ALASKA BY THE NORTH FACE®

Date: March 14, 2015; Location: TBD

Disciplines: Men’s Ski and Snowboard

5. SWATCH XTREME VERBIER BY THE NORTH FACE®

Date: March 28, 2015; Location: Verbier, SUI

Disciplines: Men’s and Women’s Ski and Snowboard


April 9th, 2014

Here’s the 2014 WSSF/AFP Champs event schedule, plus rider list

Whistler, BC, April 18-20, the World Ski and Snowboard Festival (WSSF) presents the World Ski Invitational, in conjunction with the AFP World Championships, featuring the open slopestyle and the invitational big air.

Here’s what you need to know:

Samsung Slopestyle

Friday April 18 (Qualifiers) and Sunday, April 20 (Finals) | Blackcomb Terrain Park

Top 10 AFP ranked women and top 20 AFP ranked men are prequalified for finals. 60 spots were available in the men’s qualifier. Priority was given to athletes with a top 100 AFP rank in slopestyle — balance of spots were assigned by random lottery.

Confirmed rider list

Women’s slopestye finals:

Nikki Blackall
Jamie Crane-Mauzy
Annalisa Drew
Nadia Gonzales
Dara Howell
Julia Krass
Kim Lamarre
Anouk Purnelle-Faniel
Yuki Tsubota
Emma Whitman

Men’s slopestye finals:

Alex Beaulieu-Marchand
Alex Bellemare
Willie Borm
Bobby Brown
Joss Christensen
Robby Franco
Vincent Gagnier
Nick Goepper
Gus Kenworthy
Chris Laker
Evan McEachran
Noah Morrison
Antti Ollila
Alex Schlopy
Jesper Tjåder
Matt Walker
Noah Wallace
Oscar Wester
McRae Williams
James Woods

Gibbons Life Big Air

Saturday, April 19, 8pm-10pm | Skier’s Plaza

Top 15 AFP ranked big air athletes qualified automatically. Remaining spots assigned based on AFP slopestyle, halfpipe and overall rankings.

Confirmed rider list

Alex Beaulieu-Marchand
Aaron Blunck
Bobby Brown
Joss Christensen
Alex Ferreira
Vincent Gagnier
PK Hunder
Gus Kenworthy
Noah Morrison
Aleksi Patja
Alex Schlopy
Jesper Tjåder
Matt Walker
Jossi Wells
Beau-James Wells
Oscar Wester
James Woods

+Rider lists are subject to change.
+All athletes must be registered with the AFP in order to be eligible to compete.
+AFP rankings as of March 31, 2014 were used to determine eligibilty.


April 6th, 2014

Join us for “Freeskier Night” at Woodward Copper Sunday, April 13

We here at Freeskier Magazine are hosting “Freeskier Night” at Woodward at Copper on Sunday, April 13. Woodward is an action sports training facility at Copper Mountain, Colorado, which specializes in helping aspiring freeskiers progress in the sport. Whether it be learning that second flip on the trampoline, to implementing it on the roller ramp and subsequently the terrain park, Woodward’s program is top notch.

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“Freeskier Night” will take place amid Freeskier’s park ski test at Copper Mountain, giving you the chance to hang out and learn from our talented park testers at Woodward. There will be food, drinks and plenty of shwag to go around. So, join Freeskier Magazine at Woodward at Copper on Sunday, April 13, it’s sure to be one heck of a good time.

Set-up for “Freeskier Night” begins at 5 p.m., and intro sessions will take place beginning at 6 p.m., lasting until 8 p.m. inside The Barn.

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April 4th, 2014

March 30 – April 4: These are the top 5 videos of the week on freeskier.com

This past week, March 30 to April 4, 2014, was a huge one for videos. The Nine Knights contest kicked off from Livigno, Italy, a skier took a nasty fall off of a cliff following someone else’s tracks, and two Swedish skiers performed one of the coolest synchronized tricks we’ve ever seen. Check out the top 5 videos from this past week on freeskier.com below.

1. Video: Get a firsthand look at Jesper Tjäder’s switch triple rodeo 1260

2. These synchronized skiers connected for well-timed, mid-air fist bump

3. Watch now: Skier falls off cliff in the latest epic fail to hit the web

4. See Jesper Tjäder huck a monstrous double backy over Nine Knights “Death Gap”

5. Watch Roy Kittler tackle a massive transfer at Nine Knights 2014