Wow this is getting ridiculous. The snow has been falling for a week. We have been out shooting storm footy for the Warren miller film. Squaw has been great. Sessioned mainline pocket with Daron Rahlves and Jamie Burge early. They were really killing it, stomping everything. A couple of local kids pulled up on us and one of them boosted off the skiers right cornice airing over all the rock. I decided to take the same line. Since he showed me the straight air I threw the 70’s continental back flip. It was large. Much larger than I thought. I got to my feet but I was over rotated and slapped it to my back. I was pissed so I went back up and did it again. This time I set a lot less rotation and put it on my feet perfectly but I just sunk in deep, my skis grabbed and it pulled me over. Pissed me off. The back flip is a no brainer for me. I figured out that my skis were center mounted. Lame. The mark is too far forward. I would have done it again but the public was hacking the pocket and we had to move onto Silverado. More on that after of this Fabolous here:
We hit Silverado and teed up a cliff with a sharky takeoff. Daron hit it first. He super g’d into it and pre jumped the takeoff about ten feet back. It was classic. When he landed he slapped back but skied away in a cloud. He had so much forward motion when he hit it because of the speed he took I figured if I backed off a bit I might have better shot of sticking it. I skied up to the take off and cowboyed the rocks in a forward position, knees up. When I landed the opposite happened. I dug in and fell forward again. Pissed me off. Then the clouds came in and we were hosed. We did some tight shots against some rocks. It was a fun day. I really enjoyed skiing with Daron and Jamie. Daron is a sick skier, Super G world champ, Downhill champ, won the Hannenkahm, also won the X games in Ski Cross. Daron has been doing a bunch a filming since he stopped racing and he works his ass off on it with enthusiasm. I think he is determined to go down as the best skier ever. He may take a medal in the skicross in Vancouver then I will no longer be able to say I am the only skier to have medals in the X games and the Olympics. Damn it. Jamie has been killing it for years. Jumping over trains etc. Here is a little Bush:
Daron took off the last few days to race in his signature race the Silver Belt Banzai at Sugar Bowl . We have been filming in the meantime around Alpine Meadows. We got out to a cool area called Munchkins 2 the other day. It was a little scary with the new snow and avy danger etc. but after I made five turns and it was stable I felt a lot better. We had a guy with us who was local and dug a pit to assess the snow but still it is always stressful. You know when you are having a discussion over the radio that sounds like this it is a bit freaky:
Siig: so what’s your exit strategy?
Me: I am thinking if the slope starts to go I am going to cut right out into those rocks. Over
Siig: I don’t that is a good idea because to could get drag down across the rocks and into the chute below. Over
Me: 10-4. Jesse what do think?
Jesse: I think if it goes you should head for the left side spine and try to grab a tree.
Me: Ok, that sounds good. Siig, I am going to try to go left and grab a tree if I get in trouble. (Over)
Siig: 10-4, just know that after the chute it opens up considerably if you have to straightline out of there.
Siig: cameras ready: 3-2-1
It turned out to be stable and we stayed out there for three hours getting shots. We skied out to the road and got picked up by Mike Vale in his pick up full of snow and cold beers. We had been on the hill since 6am and that beer tasted great.
G love and special sauce:
We hit alpine again with blower powder and a skier named Errol Kerr. A Squaw Valley native, Errol’s dad was from Jamaica and Errol has decided to ski for Jamaica in the Olympics in Ski cross in 2010. He is one of the three top American skiercross racers but the US team decided to only fund Casey Puckett and Daron Rahlves so Errol went on his own. He is an awesome skier on and off the course and I expect to him medal as well. We got into Estelle bowl which is a rad area skiers left of the summit skier’s chair at Alpine. Of course we were shooting tight shots in the trees but I could tell the skiing there is rowdy. The public were barreling down on us all day. Sometimes filming is not glamorous, but the movies are rad.
I saw those guys in montego bay once. Late night, like three in the morning. Some guy accused us of stealing his weed and pulled a knife out. Scary. That was when we were with the Real World/ road Rules crew.
Here is some Rage against machine:
Where do I begin. This guy just steps in more s$@# that anyone I know. This time he actually pissed me off which is hard to do especially since I love Bode. This time he tried to say that his competitors skied like wussies when he lost to them at the World championships in France last week. Totally unacceptable. I understand that he thought the courses where built so tough that you had to ski defensively, but to talk smack about the guys who beat you is only acceptable in a judged sport like moguls if your name is Jonny Moseley.
Here is some rage against the machine.
Did you guys see that Red Bull Skyscrapers: They gave 100k to a guy who did a 20 foot air. They should have consulted us on how to build an urban jump. It is a lot harder than it looks and the Icer guys paid their dues. I think red bull did not sponsor the Icer because they thought it was weak.
Up here in Squaw Valley. Dumped overnight. 16-20 inches of nice snow. Over the weekend we shot, I skied with some friends and my brother Rick. My brother Rick is my favorite person in the world but he is a real character. He taught me everything I know and chaperoned me around the world competing in freestyle. He was a better skier for sure. He won all the alpine races as a kid and was the top moguls skier as well. We did Nor-ams and World cup together in freestyle. On Nor-ams we were 1-2 all the time. Rick did one year of world cup and then quit because his back was always jacked up and could not sleep well on the road. He went back to school to be a Mechanical engineer. Anyway, he has never cared about ski equipment was always been sponsored his whole life including a run with Nishizawa, anyone remember those guys. Now Rick gets his skis from me and recently I gave him a brand new pair of Head Mojos with new binders. So when I saw him this weekend I asked where his skis were and he said he can’t find them. This is the problem with getting free stuff. This is true in life. Easily earned=easily forgotten.
This past weekend in Squaw was Olympic Heritage weekend in Squaw. It was the kick-off to a slew of celebrations upcoming next year here in the Squaw and around around the North side of the Lake to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1960 Olympics in Squaw Valley. In addition it will be 60 years since the founding of Squaw Valley. I did the microphone duties for the gala to raise money for an Olympic museum and for the celebration next year. We had a room full of Olympians including a woman who carried the torch in 1960 and skied the downhill in the 1964 Olympics in Innsbruck. We had Tamara McKinney there who until recently was the most successful American female ski racer ever. Only recently Lyndsey Vonn has tied her.
Sunday morning we hit Silverado at Squaw for some Warren Miller shooting. Got a couple shots off and then the storm came in. Snow was good and I was happy to get something. Last time I went up we froze behind a rock for and hour and went home because the light was no good. We are headed back up there tomorrow, should be really good after the recent dumpage. Saw a bald eagle this morning.
Spent a few days in Utah. Skied Canyons early morning with a fa mily that won a day of skiing me with via a Sprint sweepstakes. The kid was good, so it was easy for me. We tore up the mountain. Text Snow to 7777 if you are interested in this one day. Canyons is a decent mountain. Lots of traversing around but it has some good stuff. We skied some trees which were fun. Snow was good, old pow, chopped up a bit but still soft. I was in Park City for the Freestyle world cup which consisted this time of moguls, dual moguls, aerials, and superpipe. Aerials was first night and and it was pretty exciting I must say. I am doing the color analysis for NBC so I was paying close attention to the event. Although Aerials can sometimes getting boring after awhile because everyone seems to be doing the same trick, I figured out that the best thing to do is pay attention to the competition. What I mean is that it is more exciting to look at the performance of the individuals under pressure. See if they choke or not. I guess this is what FIS/Olympic committee figures is a more universal attraction than the actual sport, because if they were concerned with the sport getting stale on its originality they would surely change the rules. More on this after we hear some Damien Marley:
With regards to judging we can look at the world cup superpipe. The event was held in Park City in one the world’s only 22 foot superpipe. Conditions were perfect and there was a good crowd. The field was strong but the big names were absent. Tanner Hall and Simon Dumont decided not show for whatever reason probably because SIA was the week before and X games was the week before, I am sure they were spent. I was a little surprised they laid off because the show is for NBC. The fact that is a world cup though does little for them because the event is not in the Olympics and won’tbe for quite some time, if ever. Prize money was good but not enough to motivate them if they were burnt.
However, X games champion Xavier Bertoni from France, Canada’s Mike Riddle and Colby West were on hand. Bertoni Qualified first but it would be his teammate Kevin Rolland who killed it in finals. Rolland had learned the whiskey flip in practice at X a week earlier and busted it out in the finals. The whiskey flip is essentially a double back flip with a 180 or what is know as a flare. Sick trick originally done by Peter Olenick. Kevin stomped that trick off the top hit huge and then rolled into a series of impressive combos including a super styley 1260 in the middle of the pipe with huge amplitude. I really liked his run. Xavier laid down a nice run too with a very cool flatspin which I really love even though it is only a 360 it is very difficult to do well from what I have seen and heard. But in the end Xavier was not boosting out like Rolland and did not have the double so Rolland took it, Xavier was third behind Walter Wood. I have to check that but I think that is right. Wally threw a 1440 at the end of his run which was the first one ever done in a contest. It was fun to watch, everyone was talking about the caliber of the competition. Colby West, an X games bronze medalist 3 times was somewhere around fifth or so. Speaking of judging, this is my point here, that pipe contests have five judges: amplitude, difficulty, execution and two overall impression judges which make up forty percent of the score. Overall impression is what moguls and aerials needs. Otherwise everyone just does the same thing over and over again because why wouldn’t if you got no extra points for originality?
More on this after we play some pennywise.
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