Montag, 16. April 2012

Spontaneous Roadtrippin: Whistler to Cooke City

The past week we finally got some spring feeling over here in Whistler. Warm temperatures and some more sun made us go to the lake to play Backgammon...
 go to the local Skatepark and drink Löwenbräu...
                                                       play soccer with Shayne Pospisil...
 and as well have some fun days at Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort.

 After 5 days of spring and no fresh snow in the forecast we were starting to get anxious and decided to hit the road to find some more powder. That same day we've rented a trailer and started driving together with our two new friends Jason Robinson and Leland McNamara.

                                                                   1700 kilometers.

 25 hours of driving...
                          until we would finally arrive to another beautiful spot on earth. Yellowstone National Park in Montana.

Wild nature
 and greedy tourists.  
 Nature and wildlife are amazing out here in Montana.

Today we just had our first day up on the Mountain in Cooke City. Although it was pretty warm up there lately we could still find some good powder on some northern aspects.
 Where I did a very fun line.
After filming some natural lines we could even prepare a jump for the next sunny day. And since we have found such a nice cabin here in Cooke City we decided to rather stock up fore some time...

It's snowing right now and we are all excited about the next days as this might be our last time riding powder this season!

Montag, 9. April 2012

Living for the moment !

Hey, it's Elias. I'm also getting into the blogging business now…

The first two days of the past week out here in Whistler weren't easy. First we built a Kicker and when we finally got it done the whole landing slid!

Then we get to this amazing face with tones of lines. We can't wait and already go through the lines in our mind..… unfortunately we never got any further then that, as the Forum crew's rolls up and tells us, that they are here since a long time and basically claimed the whole face…!

Alright, next day everything will get better. After we already felt like sled pros, reality brought us back on our feet. It took us forever to even make it up to the alpine on… but fortunately we had "Bob" our big shovel always with us to dig us out…

 And fortunately Brian our filmier, local guide and friend was always there to help. It wasn't long though, till lucky Brian also blew his forth engine of the season that day… One week ago the engine made it 2,5 km till it completely broke down… this time the brand new engine made it 10km further till it blew. So at least a positive trend!

A view hours later we finally made it up the mountain and started building our sunset Kicker again from two weeks ago. This time we stepped it up though.

 As a great ending of a difficult day Marco and I did a nice line right at sunset. I'm sure that in that moment you see Marco shredding this amazing line, nothing else mattered any more and all there was was now!!

We got home at 11pm and all that we could think of was eat and sleep. Here's our dinner! I even got into cooking here. 5 eggs, 3 tomatoes….

Then the whole next day was, how the one before has ended. Perfect for moments! Moments we'll never forget...

Montag, 2. April 2012

Sushi, clouds, jumps and broken engines

After the three succesful sunny days the first thing we did was rewarding ourselves with a culinary explosion at sushi Village together with the rest of the People crew.

After a short time recovering our bodies from the last week we hit the road again to explore another amazing zone only 30 minutes away from Pemberton.

Even just the landscape next to the road was beautiful.
They've got some cosy little huts around here. Wouldn't want to spend all winter here but surely very comfortable during summer time...
Once again the terrain up on the mountain is just a huge playground! Usually for breakfast we are either having some pillows...
... or some spines and drops.
For lunch we are mostly having pasta...
... or if we are really hungry we mostly build ourselves a big booter.
We called this one the "Moon-Ramp" as it was just sending us up so high!
After a nice shoot in the clouds on this one we hit another amazing jump the next day. We've probably spent about 4 hours on it window shopping and only got to hit it twice until it was dark.

Our filmer Brian Hackenstein has already adapted to the long waiting times during a session.
Elias FS 3 First Track.

But of course not everything always works out smoothly all the time. This week we've had a broken trunk...

... a broken window on Pierre's car...

and a broken engine.

Brian was a little disappointed about his rebuit engine (that he had been waiting for about 4 weeks) blowing after only driving 2,5 kilometers.

In the past 4 weeks Elias and me have learned a lot and even progressed with sledding more and more. Elias was already catching some air yesterday.
 Whereas I am still having a hard time getting the sled onto our truck.

Now another snow storm is coming in and should bring at least another half a meter of fresh snow. Sot it is time to rest again and be ready for more powder soon!
Elias is already preparing our boards on a spot where I am usually preparing our dinner...