Thursday, September 30, 2010
18 years old
Last March, two of my best friends and I took off to Utah on a trip to "visit some colleges". To the displeasure of our girlfriends/teachers/moms/ect, we skipped an entire week of school to "see if these schools were the right fit". Blue bird days, fresh snow every night, perfect parks, trees, friends, and the Red Iguana Mexican restaurant... These "schools" were pretty sweet. We skied Snowbasin, Park City, three feet of pow at Solitude, and then met up with some east coast friends and lapped Brighton's park for two days. Without a doubt the trip of a lifetime. Five straight days of some of the best skiing on earth while our friends back in VT were sitting in pre-calc. Although I later failed pre-calculus, was dumped by my girlfriend, and did not end up attending Westminster in SLC (although I may next year), the trip was worth every bit of it. Thats what skiing is all about. Skip class, do it for the story.
Red Mountain BC
"I Wish I had been Skiing"
Monday April 11 2010. My home mountain's closing day. I had to go. I would hate myself if I missed closing day. This fall I'm leaving home to move to Utah, which means I don't know if I'll be back at Red Mountain for a long time. Red is like my home away from home. I know everybody there and I can tell you exactly were to go on a powder day. I'd sleep in the lodge if they let me. I felt like it was only proper for me to ski my favorite runs one more time and say goodbye to the place I grew up at.
But it was a school day. There was no way of talking my parents into letting me skip school. They just didn't understand. I was afraid to do it cause I knew I'd be in deep shit if I got caught. I had to skip without anybody knowing. The night before I skipped I waited until everybody was in bed. Then I carried all of my ski gear out to the car and hid it in the trunk.
The next morning I got up, showered, ate breakfast, put my books in my backpack and whined about having to go to class. Pretty typical school morning for me. I got in the car and drove away. I got to the light on main street. If I turn right I go to school. If I turn left I go skiing. I panicked a little and thought about how pissed my parents would be if they got a call from the school asking why I wasn't there. But I thought about how much I'd regret it if I chickened out. I turned left.
I got there and it was just dumping. I couldn't believe it. I was going to get face shots on closing day. I met up with some friends who wanted to check out this cliff I had been wanting to hit all year. It was by far bigger than any cliff I've ever hit. I stomped the hell out of hit. The rest of the day was the best day I had all year. There were no lift lines and every run was awesome. By the end of the day I had met up with everyone else I usually ski with and we caught last chair. About 15 of us lined up at the top of Link's Line. We dropped in with reckless abandon throwing front flips and back flips off every drop and jump while people from the lift hooted and hollered.
We were sitting in the lodge about the time school got out and my sister called me and asked me to take her home. I said, "Umm I can't right now. Right now I'm ummm. I'm going for a run. Okay I have to go bye." And I hung up on her.
I said goodbye to my friends, changed back into my school clothes and drove home. Right when I walked inside the phone rang. I picked it up right before my mom. It was a recorded message from the school. "This is a message for the parents of Jarrett Smith. Your son has missed periods one, two, three, four, five and six." That was close. My mom asked me how school was and I just said, "I wish I had been skiing."
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
I grew up skiing in a really small ski area Vasjobacken, Sweden. Its a really small but mad fun place to ski!
All them WU songs, Redman and mad reggae music
5 blunt is allways a good time but sw 5 shiffty is even better hehe
I really hope I can ski Breck for a really long time! And try to do a few contests and really want to do a lot of filming and get shoots!!
Hopefully get on the podium on some contests! and really want to get a good movie segment and having a good time with all my homies skiing!!!
I have been filming with The Secondhands this season. And a few things with The B&E show! that hopefully gonna be the sickest for next year!
I really like B Dog's style for sure but I have to say Hornbeck is da best! just cruisin and skiing fast!!! i could watch that for days
I have never been dreaming of being a pro skiier.. I have allways just want'ed to go everywhere skiing and having the most fun, because thats the part I love about skiing!!!!
Breck is my favorite spot skiing winter time and mammoth is sucha fun place to ski spring time!!
Salomon, Gesunda, Dragon and Joystick
Big thanks to my sponsors and to Joystick for taking your time doing this with me!!! And cant wait to ski again with all homies!!!! PEACE
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Alpine Meadows, CA
my half and half story creamy story. Please excuse my vocab im not in school enough to learn any thing too busy skiing. Alritght so this up coming semester( jan somthing) i am going to be done with highschool till summer. for a few reasons...... ya i could say i really really love the sport and being in the mountains and all that but to tell you the truth i wanna get really good at skiing like Tom Wallisch so i can get all my sh*t for free, have fun eternaly untill i blow my knee and ya you all know the song. If you dont know it then look it up. But in all serisnous this winter im skiing 5 day a week while getting a eduication...........kinda.Remember kids skip school to ski, and on pow days your up on the hill NO excuses.
Not sure whether this counts, because I wasnt gone for a whole day, but it was the most fun i have ever had on a school day. It was 8th grade, middle of January. The night before was one of those where it seems like you might never sleep, because you just want to watch the snow fall. "18 inches," the weather forecast said, which is a lot for mid-Vermont.
The next morning, I woke up, and immediately turned on the TV, to confirm what i thought was a snow day for sure, with 2 feet of snow outside my front door. However, i guess the superintendent had other ideas.
I could have killed myself right there; it was one of the best days of the year, and just two weeks before we had a snow day because of 4 inches of slush.
"Screw it," said my dad, who I am infinitely glad is a fellow skier and pow lover. "We're going skiing. You'll be back by noon."
And we were off. That was the fastest time we had ever made to the small mountain half an hour from our house. As I skated to the lift, to be first in line, i started to get the jitters. There's nothing better than pow instead of school.
Run after run after run, every single one was great. Soaring off of all of the cliffs I could find, landing in that fluffy white stuff, making me grin. It was great. It was also 11:30 before I knew it.
My dad sacrificed a run, and pulled the car around so i could get that one more. I rode up the lift that one last time, thinking, "Snow. It's snow. It's everywhere. And I'm the only one in my class enjoying it. Ha."
Took off from the top, shredded down, skiing what was left of the powder that I and five others has skied off fairly quickly, at the small mountain. Sent a cliff, and made some super G turns to the bottom, right to the car door.
I pulled my boots off in the car, and thought of my excuse the whole way back to school.
"I think the goggle marks might give it away," said my dad.
I was there in time for lunch, and my rosy cheeks and goggle impressions on my face didnt give it away. And my excuse? The car was stuck.
Good thing we have a garage.
Friday, September 24, 2010
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
BQ @ 4FRNT 5:00pm
Doors Open: 7:30pm
4BI9 “Gunnie Season”: 8:00pm
Prize Giveaway: 8:45pm
Level 1 Productions “Eye Trip”: 9:00pm
Athletes will be in attendance for poster signings and a HUGE gear raffle including skis, outwear, goggles, headphones, and more! This is not to be missed Utah – See you there and tell your friends!
For more information join the facebook event.
Ticket $12 Presale / $15 day of
Presale Tickets available in the Level 1 online store.
Monday, September 20, 2010
Canada Olympic Park
My name is Jay Heule and I would like to apply for the Beulership.
Just a warning that this story isnt about being badass and dropping out of school or anything like that, because i believe that getting a high school education and not completly failing, altough you learn pointless information, definitly helps you along with the rest of your life. Without it i might not have the skill to write this letter.
Heres my story.
This story takes place in the spring time of a couple years ago when i was in grade 7 or 8. My older brother was heading out to Whistler to go and rip around in their awesome park and to to a little halfpipe contesting. So i asked myself "What kind of younger brother wouldn't want to go out with their older brother and ride one of canadas best parks which has been in countless movies, and to skip school at the same time?" and the answer wasnt me. So after discussing this with my brother, who was down with the idea, we went and talked to our parents about the idea. They where okay with the idea but they didnt really want to send a 13 year old out to whistler only with his older brother, so we decided to make a familly road trip out of it. We drove out there and missed a week of school and then spent part of spring break out there. It was the funnest time ridding around with my brother and i learned so many new tricks. Funnest time ever. Now every year we go out to whistler for a week or two at spring time to go skiing. Always super fun and a all round good time when we go out there. Last year the trip made me miss 10% of my classes, but it was definitly worth going out and learning from the world instead of learning about " europeen socialism"
Mt. Sunapee, NH
hears my story:
First off, living on the east (ice) coast, any chance i ahve to ski powwwwpowwwww, i will take it. Last February, right in the heart of exams week at my school, i was browsing newschoolers and was watching some EPIC gopro powder POV videos and all i was thinking, was wow, i really want to ski some pow. like RIGHT now. I navigated my way to my home mountain's, mount sunapee, website and checked out the snow report for the upcoming week hoping to go the upcoming weekend. To the delight of my eyes, heart, and mind i saw that they were expecting 2 feet of snow on the mountain and even 3 feet in some spots. I jumped up out of my chair, but then realized that tomorrow, was tuesday, and even worse, i had exams, MAJOR EXAMS. So i had to think up a plan. I went to work talking to my parents, and after 45 minutes of begging and talking, they FINALLY SAID YES. I was sooooo happy and this meant cliff dropping and face shots instead of pencil pushing hurt hands. I quickly got onto the phone to call my bestfriend and fellow skier to see if he wanted to come with me! and guess what?! his parents said yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i went to bed estatic and could barely sleep. i woke up to k'naan and cali p the next morning reaaally early, i took a shower, threw on my pants, some tall tees and a hoodies and threw my skis, boots, and poles into the car, and my mom took the wheel and we headed to my friends house, he put his stuff in the car, and we headed out! as we got closer snow started to fall and we could not wait, and as soon as we got to the mountain, we hopped out of the car, got our passes and headed to to the lift. we were about the 10th chair of the morning which added even more STOKE. as we got off the lift you could freshies everywhere! we took our first run down a steep and deep run and the powwww was blowing all up in our faces and it was AMAZING. then we found a sick tree run with some sick, deep pow. for the whole morning we just kept taking these two runs and everytime managed to find some untracked snow. after lunch we headed to the park and it was awesome! pow landings off the jumps and it was perfect to try anything you wanted on any feature! to finish off the day we took some side country deep runs, and as the mountain closed we were still hiking lines for pow, we finally came down 45 minutes after the lifts stopped. we were sooo mad that we had to leave the pow, and as we rode away i thought, that was an amazing day, way better than exams. we both soon fell asleep on the ride home!
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Friday, September 17, 2010
Here are the winning entries for Day 1 of the Buellership Contest! With over 90 entires, it was very, very difficult selecting two for the initial post! However, after careful consideration, hours of reading hilarious stories, we are very confident that we chose the absolute best Day 1 winners!
ANDREW MEEHAN "Picture of the Day"
"My parents usually let me skip a few days of school a season to go skiing. So on a good pow day, you would much rather ski than go to school. I had sent an email to my teacher saying that I had some family problems, so I would not be able to make it to school. Needless to say it was one of the most epic days of skiing I had all season. My friend had been taking a few photos during the day, and ended up submitting the photos to the resort for "Picture of the day." I didn't think much about this, but then the next day I see my friends photo on the resorts site. I was wayyy stoked about this, until I walked into class and my teacher asked me to come up and look at the paper I had written a few days before. On his screen was the "Picture of the Day." My heart stopped and he looks at me and said, "So, how was the snow?" I had no option but to come clean. He then asked me to stay after class, so we could talk about skipping school. Our conversation ended up being awesome, and he told me about all the days he skipped in high school, to go skiing. It ended up being worth it, but he asked me to just be honest about where I was going. He was a little upset about the fact that I used an excuse to go skiing. We ended up becoming pretty close, and we actually skied together one day. He also wrote my recommendation for my college applications, which helped me get into my first choice school."
Kai Stritter "Hospital Jailbreak"
I do attend highschool, but my story is about my epic jailbreak from the hospital. During morning break at school on the Friday before the annual Tahoe long weekend trip my friends and I do, I fell playing basketball and broke my wrist super badly. There was a visible bump on the side of my wrist were the bones were sticking in odd directions and it swelled up huge. On my way to the hospital it hit me...I won't be able to shred Squaw and Northstar this weekend! Supremely bummed, I cooperated with the nurses and doctors as they gave me pain meds and checked out my wrist. It seemed excessive, but I got a cot in a room and everything (It was a pretty gnarly break, I wont lie it hurt like hell). The nurse insists I take a nap and should probably stay the night, unmoving. Anyways, I wake up from my nap (drugged out of my mind on pain meds) to my 3 skiing buddies (the 4th one was at football practice) piling into my room to see me. They jokingly trash talked me mercilessly, but we were all bummed I couldn't come. I made them promise to get lots of footage so I could see what I missed. They said goodbye and I went back to sleep.
A couple hours later, (when friend 4 had finished football) I wake up to my friend hovering above me gently shaking me to wake up. "Waddup brutha, were here to break you out. lets go skiing bro!" One friend puts his beanie on my head (I dont remember who...pain meds). I move my wrist from the little holding platform next to my bed and get out of my ugly hospital robe thing and put on the EC headwear Tee they brought for me. Around me like a group of body guards, they sneak me out the guest entrance. I was later told that i was giggling relentlessly the entire time, not really sure what was happening.
Anyways, what ended up happening was I got to go up with them. I didn't ski until the last day and only for the morning, but at least I got to chill with them after the ski day (I slept most of the day anyways). My dad was OK with it (he authorized it), but he didn't tell my mom so I got in trouble. The hospital was also super mad at us, but they couldn't do much about it because I was 4 hours away in Tahoe!
All in all, it was an awesome trip even if I didn't get to ski much!"
For skiers that entered but did not win on day one, not to fear, there are 18 more winners that will be selected!!!! STOKED!
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Sunday, September 12, 2010
En Route Nomads is our second webisode from the 2010 winter. The nimbus crew traveled to Canada, Nevada, and Utah chasing fresh snow. It was an amazing year, Nomads documents the best two months of the 2010 winter. Enjoy!