Entries in Freeskiing World Tour (4)


Revelstoke FWT Run

So, This may not be the best run I ever had, but it was a big line. It is fun to watch even though I was taking my time and trying not to crash in the punchy snow.


Jim Norm Jack, The Mayor and King of Freeskiing

It is a sad day when we loose someone so wonderful. Jim Norm Jack, head judge of the Freeskiing World Tour was killed in an avalanche at Steven’s Pass on February 17th, 2012. He was an inspiration to all skiers who participated in freeskiing, and was as close to an institution as one can get in a relatively young sport. I am not sure what I am going to do without his speech at the beginning of every event that I go to. He was the voice of reason and comfort in an extreme and crazy world that we athletes live in, and he was passionate about progressing freeskiing to the level he knew it deserved in the public’s eye. I hope that we don’t forget him, but I also hope that we don’t forget all of the hard work that he put it to create a foundation for a lasting skiing event that could challenge the likes of downhill, slalom, GS, and Super G in popularity and recognition. He wanted athletes to be well rounded and playful, but he also emphasized being smart and taking calculated risk. I will always remember this. Most importantly of all, he wanted us to have fun. Skiing is a recreation and I hope that I will have as much fun with it as Jim Jack did in his lifetime. May we all have that much fun…


Canadian Freeskiing Championships Video Edit

At long last I have put together a brief edit from the Canadian Freeskiing Championships in Revelstoke, British Columbia. I lost part of my footage so it is a little short, but not too bad. After making my way through the first day of competition, I got to ride in a helicopter to the top of "Mac Daddy" Face and skied my way into 4th place overall. Good Times. I hope I get to do it again next year!


Free Helicopter Rides in British Columbia!

It is not every day that I get to ride in a helicopter, so once a year for the Freeskiing World Tour stop in Revelstoke, British Columbia, I try my damndest to make it into the finals so I can get a lift. This year, my first run on the North Bowl venue went well. I had a smooth line with a decent sized air and a fun little straight line that put me in seventh place at the end of the day, the exact same place I was in after the first run last year. I was elated to be able to get another free ride in the heli.

If you have not had the awesome experience of getting dropped off at the top of a mountain by one of these incredible machines, I highly recommend you do so. Usually they are quite pricey and you would have to sell your car or your first-born child to get into one, but just for reference, Silverton Mountain is doing $159 heli drops. Check it out. Silverton is cool skiing anyway and the locals are a form of entertainment unto themselves.

So there I was at the top of “Mac Daddy” face in Revelstoke with the wind and snow whipping around me from the force of the rotors. On one side of the peak was a multiple thousand foot cliff, and on the other was the freshly avalanche controlled face that I was going to ski for my second run. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous. For faces like “Mac Daddy,” athletes are only allowed to inspect visually which means that you have to find features that will tell you where you are when you are skiing down so that hopefully you don’t get lost. You also have to guess how big any cliffs you will be hitting are. Sometimes you guess right, and sometimes you guess wrong. It all depends on how good your binoculars are.

Standing at the starting flags on the top of a 2500 vertical foot descent would make anyone feel alive.  It can be extremely scary as well, but the sense of accomplishment when I ski through the finish far outweighs the nervous anticipation. The snow on “Mac Daddy” was variable and difficult to ski, and so I made it a point to stay on my feet, ski the line I had planned, and not do anything too crazy. This apparently worked because I finished my run in one piece, got a second heli ride to the spectator ridge, and later found out that I had placed 4th overall. Doing well in a competition is always gratifying, but for this event it was simply the cherry on top of the twice in a lifetime (now) opportunity to heli ski for free (not counting the entry fee for the event and the plane tickets from Vermont). I will definitely be going back next year. Below is a video of a fellow FWT athlete and Moment Skis team member who talks about the trials and tribulations of being on the FWT. There is a short interview and clip of me, but mostly this is cool because he drops what we think was around a 110 ft. cliff. Nasty!