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Warren Miller was one of a kind. He had a goal from that first day he set up camp in the Sun Valley parking lot: to share his passion for skiing with the World. This quote sums it up nicely:
“The best place in the world to ski is where you’re skiing that day.”
We all grew up watching Warren Miller films. Like countless other skiers, the release of his new annual film signified the official begining of the season. The stoke in the crowd was always palpable. I recall meeting the man himself one November at a show in Vancouver BC. He introduced the show, spoke at his iconic 'Intermissions' and took the time to meet and chat with fans after the show. He signed my book and I checked 'Meet Warren Miller' off my ski bucket list.
The first Warren Miller movie I ever saw was Steep and Deep. I would have been around 8 years old and really deepening my love of skiing. I have parents who promoted the sport and me doing it which makes me one of the luckiest kids on the planet. I watched Steep and Deep countless times. Seeing people drop cliffs in exotic places, laughing at the bloopers and then seeing those two guys jump off the skids of a helicopter...I was in! This was the life for me.
In looking around the web for info on Warren Miller's life, I came across this quote about skiing with your kids:
Exactly one day in your like your kid will ski as good as you do. The next day, he'll ski better than you.
I am at that stage now in my skiing life. Teaching my kids how to ski. They are only 4 and 2 right now but it won't be long before the above quote becomes a reality. And I can't wait for it!
Last Christmas I got Warren Miller's latest book: Freedom Found as a gift from my wife. It is an amazing account of a remarkable life lived with a single focus and desire to share one's passion with as many people as he could. I am not sure if it was Warren Miller who said it or not, but:
The World would be a much happier place if more people found the freedom of sliding down a mountain on a pair of skis
It sounds like something he would say. You will be missed Warren but you sure left your mark and will not be forgotten.
Oh my goodness this is so rad! The North Face crew were up at Island Lake Lodge Catskiing in the dwindling days of 2017. What they experienced must have been wild. The snow started to pount BC before Christmas and didn't really let up. As you can see in this edit, they were at the right place at the right time!
Happy Friday! Avoid a little end of week work and start dreaming pow with this video featuring Retallack Lodge. Shot last January by the Volkl Freeski team. Skiers include Angel Collinson, Austin Ross, Ian McIntosh, Markus Eder, Dash Longe and Stian Hagen.
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If you don't watch this trailer today, you will only be one day older when you do! Warren Miller Entertainment is back with their annual installment of skiing from around the globe. Who elese marks the beginning of ski season with a family outting to the Warren Miller Premier?
The latest ski movie trailer from Matchstick Productions
It is that time of year folks...SKI MOVIE TRAILER SEASON! It happens every year around this time. The mercury is peaking, the days are long, the beer is cold and we are suffering through summer awaiting the cool breeze of Winter. To get us through (or to torture us) all the ski movie companies hit the internet with their latest teasers. And Matchstick Productions is the first out of the gate. With 330% more stoked stoke we present to you...Drop Everything.
Retallack Lodge is known in the skiing world as the place for pillow lines and good times. Now it is gaining notoriety as a backcountry mountain biking mecca. And for good reason as you can see by the above video. Rider Kurt Sorge takes us on a journey exploring all the different styles of riding that you could experience up at Retallack. From fast flowing trails complete with corners to rail and table tops to air to technical ascents that lead you to epic Kootenay vistas. What a great video. Check it out, dust of your bike, grab your buds and head to Retallack for an all you can eat adrenaline spiced dirt buffet!
March has been the continuation of what is shaping up as a winter to remember. The snow keeps hammering down and sugar coating our mountains almost daily. People are stoked. I am stoked. And the only thing to get that stoke even higher is strapping on a brand new set of skis. I picked up my latest set of Skevik Skis from Attridge Ski Shop in Vernon BC. When I got home I was as giddy as I was when I would get new skis as a kid. It was Sunday evening, it was snowing, the texts were flying - "Let's ski tomorrow morning..."
So I dug through my gear and found my binding drill bit, got out some measuring apparatuses and went to work free mounting my new skis! After about an hour of measure twice, drill once I had my new sticks bridled with a sweet pair of slack country touring bindings. I am now ready for anything.
I have been skiing on Skevik Skis for a few years now and really dig the feel of the skis as well as the vibe of the company. My ski of choice has been a set of 185cm Skevik Antons but this year we convinced the guys to build us the same thing in a 193cm. And wow did they knock it out of the park. Not only are they in my sweet spot for size, they are also a little more stiff. The first few runs woke me up a little. Once I found my stance it was love at first pow slash!
I love skiing on Skevik Skis. Being handbuilt in my neck of the woods is a cool factor but it is more than that. Master ski builder Glenn Anderson puts his technical engineering skill to work blended with the heart and soul of a lifelong skier. He collaborates with regional artists to create some of the most unique and striking graphics I have ever seen. The wood is selected and milled by hand. I have watched the skis being made. It is pure craftsmanship. I know they are an innanimate object, but seeing the skis being formed somehow connects me to the them just a little bit more.
Anyways, you get it. I am pumped about these new skis. They are bigger, stiffer, look unreal and have an etheral quality that has to be experienced to understand.