Entries in Meathead Films (8)

Sunday
Mar302014

Working for the Weekend: Vermont shredding

Here is the latest webisode from Ski The East and Meathead Films featuring Ben Leoni and yours truly. It was a low snow year, but a lot of fun and way better than sitting on the couch. 

 

Wednesday
Mar192014

A few of this season's webisode releases

So, I have been skiing and not keeping up with my blogging, but I though I would post a few of the webisodes that Ski The East has released this year. The first series, "Neo" is Ski The East's webisode series presenting all of the new talent they have acquired in the last few years. With the changing of the guard comes a lot of new energy and great skiing. The second webisode series is "Working for the Weekend," where Ben Leoni and "friends" go out to explore the eastern wilds when he is not working as a lawyer in Portland, ME. I got to participate in this and had an absolute blast skiing slides, chutes and gullies in the Mt. Washington region last year. Hopefully I will get to do it again!

 

Neo: 

 

Working For the Weekend:

 

 

 

Thursday
Jan022014

Pretty Faces, an all female ski film!!!!!!!!

When I got the opportunity to put together an East Coast segment for the all female film “Pretty Faces,” produced by Unicorn Picnic Productions and organized by fellow freeskier Lynsey Dyer, I was acutely aware that this could be a game changer not just for myself but for all of the women and girls involved and all who watched the film. It will be a chance to show the world that women are capable of great things and that we do not need to cater to a men’s standard to stand out. We ski for ourselves and have our own style. We are powerful athletes in our own right and deserve to be acknowledged. It is wonderful to be affiliated with a companies such as Mammut, Scott Sports, and DPS Skis who understand the value of women in skiing and without their help I would have a much harder time achieving my own goals in freeskiing. These companies help further the sport of skiing for women by increasing access and comfort  through quality products when we choose to push our physical and mental boundaries. 

Please help with the Kickstarter campaign for Pretty Faces over the next few weeks. We have decided to do a crowd source funding initiative because it is our friends and family who have the ability to make women in skiing a lasting presence. Your help will make our dream a reality. Check out the link to the Kickstarter campaign here:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/188962949/pretty-faces-all-female-ski-and-adventure-sports-f 

and the promo video that will give you a taste of the awesomeness to come!

 

Tuesday
Apr092013

Big Lines, Badass Women

One of the things that I realized when I started to compete in Big Mountain skiing a few years ago was how amazing the other women on the tour were. It got me to thinking about how many other women there are out there pushing the limits of our respective sports, bodies, and minds. I have since stopped competing, but I am still adventuring and filming with Meathead Films here on the East Coast, and so I am always keeping an eye out for other women like me. In my previous post, I highlited an up and coming nonprofit called SheJumps that works to empower women and give them the skills and passion to get out and challenge themselves. To grow, we all need mentors, even the best of us. For this reason I have decided to do a series of blog posts highlighting different women from around the world who I think are really expanding the idea of what women are capable of. In this post I am highlighting an Italian extreme skier named Giulia Monego who makes an appearance in the first Powder Magazine "Turns and Curves" Episode. The serise will highlight women doing radical things in the backcountry. Check the full article out at Powder Magazine Online. In this episode, Giulia explores couloirs in the Dolomites, a trip I have always wanted to do. The last time I was in the Dolomites I was doing some Via Ferrata, but I am not a climber. To go and ski some of the lines in this film would be amazing. I enjoyed this espisode and I look forward to more from "Turns and Curves." I hope you enjoy this as well. Look forward to more Big Lines, Badass Women. 

Tuesday
Apr022013

Cogs and Slogs

There is a common misconception that there are no big ski lines on the east coast. As a Vermonter I know this to be untrue. While the Green Mountains are rolling and treed, the White Mountains next door in New Hampshire have some gnarly peaks with pretty radical descents if you are willing to work a little. This winter I had the pleasure of filming with a group of skiers and Meathead Film athletes who are looking for the Big Mountain experience in New England. We have primarily stayed within the confines of the New Hampshire border, but there has been plenty of powder slaying with a dash of crust and ice thrown in the mix to keep us all on our toes.
While the weather was not always bluebird, we got some good photos and footage, and I got a great workout on the 4-6 mile approaches and the skinner up the Mt. Washington cog railway we tackled every weekend. Needless to say I broke my new ski boots in quickly. I was also surprised that in the past few months, I managed to get out and explore more than I ever did living out west over the course of a winter. There is an inspiration in the community here to experience the outdoors no matter how bad the weather is and no matter how inaccessible the line is. I have learned terms like “shwacky” and “sniggledy wiggledy” which refer to how awful and thick the hobblebush is. I have also trained myself not to close my eyes when I ski through said “shwack.” This has improved my chances of avoiding facial scarring.
All said, the couloirs we skied were aesthetic and Mt. Washington is as majestic as ever. I am excited to see what comes of these days in the Whites and I know there will be plenty more adventuring to come. 
By Louise Lintilhac A.K.A. Steezy Weezie