Know Your Dealer

Local Shop Profiles

Where would we be without our local shops? They are the ones educating the masses, solving problems, and above all, dialing in the perfect fit on your Full Tilt Boots. We wouldn’t be where we are today if it weren’t for our dealers.

So in order thank these fine people slogging away in the retail trenches we thought we’d profile some of our righteous dealers across the country. To kick it all off, we sat down with Slopestyle Ski Shop in Downtown Breckenridge, Colorado.

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Drew Van Gorder, owner and founder of Slopestyle, has been living in Colorado for quite some time now, but he isn’t local. Like many, he started out on the East Coast, but finally heeded the call of the mountains and headed west for college. After a stint at Western State Colorado University in Gunnison, CO, Drew landed in Breck — arguably the hub of park skiing in the United States. Not long after, he started Slopestyle Shop. Check out the profile below!


Name: Drew Van Gorder

Position: Shop Owner/Founder

Find Slopestyle online at… www.slopestyleski.com, @SlopeStyle_Ski

Where are you guys located? We’re in Downtown Breckenridge; 110 S. Main Street.

How pick that location? Breck has one of the best parks in the nation. Every year, we see pros travel from all over the world to ski the Breckenridge Parks. Even if the Dew Tour didn’t roll through, we’d still see a massive contingent of high-level skiers passing through. Yet there was never a shop dedicated specifically to the freeskiing scene. It was always a couple of skis on the wall, and a host of product mixed into the more general consumer merchandise. We saw a place for us in the market — as a specialty shop — and Breck is one of the few places where a shop like ours could truly be viable.

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But Slopestyle does online sales, too… Yeah, we sure do. But even still, the majority of our business is from the actual brick and mortar side of the business. We’ll continue to do the bulk of our business face-to-face, but the online realm certainly helps a bit.

How many years have you been in business? Six years so far! This will be our seventh winter in operation. Pretty wild to think about.

How long have you been carrying Full Tilt? Six years. It’s been on our wall since the very beginning.

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Which boot have you been most psyched about carrying? The First Chair 6 has been one of our best selling boots for sure. Everyone loves the comfy, heat-moldable liner, shock absorbing boot board, and replaceable soles. And the Flex 6 Tongue is perfect for park skiing.

Are you mainly a park/freeskiing shop? What is the scene like? Overall, our customers fall in the 12-26 age range. But we have skis and boots for every ability level and age. Since Breck is a major destination resort town, we see all types of skiers. But we really cater to the core freeskiing communityIMG_9936

What is the most rewarding thing about owning a shop? Being able to service what we sell — hands down. A kid comes in with a broken ski, boot, or binding, and we have the opportunity to get him back out on the snow. You can buy whatever your want online, but you don’t build the same relationship with the dealer. We’re here to get people excited, and pair them up with gear tailored specifically towards their needs.

 

Check Back soon for our next installment of Know Your Dealer!

 

 

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Zermatt Glacier Days


With Summer Fast Approaching, Full Tilt Skiers Head Out to Zermatt

With the summer fast approaching across the northern hemisphere, Will Wesson and Rob Heule weren’t quite ready to call it quits on ski season. Like many skiers, the two are constantly on the lookout for new zones to ski and new areas to explore. So they called up their good friend Sami Ortlieb. A Swiss native and creative skier akin to Rob and Will, Sami has developed a relationship with the fine folks that run Snowpark Zermatt. And as winter turned to spring, the boys gathered for the Zermatt Glacier Days Spring Session.

The Backstory

If you’ve been following Full Tilt Skiers over the years, you’ve probably seen the Zermatt Glacier Days edits these three have cooked up over the years. Along with a rotating cast of characters, The Zermatt Glacier Days has developed into a full-fledged video series spanning three years.

Check Out the Third Episode of Last Year's Glacier Days
Spring 2017

So with a healthy snowpack and a dedicated park staff, Zermatt wanted to capitalize and showcase their park building prowess. This year, Sami worked with the park staff to organize the Zermatt Spring Session. And with a creative set-up and healthy spring snowpack, Rob and Will were keen to join in on the fun.

When the guys finally arrived in the land of cheese and chocolate, they were welcomed by a massive park at the foot of the Matterhorn. Over the course of three weeks, Rob, Sami, Will, and Russian style master Andrey Anufriev took over the park, creating lines and imparting their signature style.

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Andrey Anufriev airs over the Matterhorn in the First Chair 8

But it was less of a serious park shoot, and more of an opportunity to cruise and have fun. The In one quick lap where all the guys passed the camera back and forth, we caught a glimpse of what this massive park had in store: Rob blasts a proper nose butter cork 7, Andrey oozes style through the rails, and Will demonstrates his exacting, technical prowess through the rail section.

The Boys go T-2-B through the Zermatt Spring Park

However, like many mountain-speckled region around the world, spring can be a fickle time. Despite the herculean efforts of the park staff, spring squalls were prevalent, blanketing the alpine terrain in a fresh coat of snow. While it slowed the park skiing considerably, it afforded the boys the unique opportunity to shred glacial powder in early May – a surprising, and always welcomed occurrence.

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Rob Heule Wiggles Some Glacial Pow
Takeaways

But ultimately, the Zermatt Glacier Days Spring Session was about skiing park; and that’s precisely what the guys did. Between castles of snow carved into quarterpipes, mini-pipe pump tracks, and every rail set-up imaginable, Zermatt opened up one of the best parks in the world in that slack season between winter and summer skiing. The Full Tilt skiers took advantage, and got a taste of what is in store for the rest of the summer.

Check in later this summer for the third season of Zermatt Glacier Days!

 

 

Review Your Boots and Win!

Review and Win New Liners


 

We Want to Know What You Think

Over here at Full Tilt, we make boots for skiers. We know that as the season winds down, you’ve put your boots through the ringer. You’ve skied hardpack, deep pow, and rallied park laps all year. Now, we want to know what you think!

Drop a review on the Full Tilt Boot site, and we’ll select one individual randomly to get a new pair of Pro Liners! These ultra-comfy power-wrapped beasts will rejuvenate the fit and feel of your boot, and provide added ankle support.

We’ll be running this contest until May 15th, so don’t wait. You could walk away with a brand new set of liners.

 

REVIEW YOUR BOOTS HERE!

*Contest open only to US residents 18 and older*

NAH: An Animated Short from Pepe Gay and Noah Albaladejo

Finding the Art in Noah Albaladejo’s Skiing


Noah Albaladejo exacts a refined, style-centric approach in to skiing. Every movement, every stance, and every trick is thought out — intentional. So it’s no surprise that the creative, artistic element reigns supreme in Noah’s mind.

Alongside long-time filmer and animation enthusiast, Pepe Gay, Noah culled footage to create NAH. This creative piece comprises over 900 hand-drawn images of Noah’s skiing. So sit back, click play, and delve into the mind of one of skiing’s nicest.

 

Customize Your Full Tilts

Refresh, Retool, or Reup!

After a few seasons of thrashing around, those fancy Full Tilt Boots have taken a beating. But unlike any of those other boot companies out there, Full Tilts are easy to customize and repair. Take those tired boots, and breathe new life into them with our handy parts. Whether it’s a specific buckle issue, general slop, or you want a more customized fit, we’ve got the part you need to keep on getting after it late into the ski season.

But sometimes, it’s hard to figure out where to start — or figure out what you need to repair. So we decided to piece together a handy little guide.

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Customize your Boots HERE! There’s still plenty of skiing to be had out there; don’t let your boots hold you back.

Peyben in the Park II

Swedish style overlord Peyben drops a heater! Check out those handdrags!

Par “Peyben” Haggland, longtime Bunch Staple and Full Tilt Skier rips around his local hill with the fluidity and creative approach that only he can. Just wait for the ender. Like many of his compatriots, Peyben proves that innovation and progression require little more than an open mind. Tune in and let Peyben’s mind-warping approach sink in.

Peyben rocks the FT Classic; learn more about ’em HERE.
Khai Krepela rides Full Tilt Boots. Photo: Emily Tidwell

Summer Camp Roundup

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With All The Rad Summer Camps Out There, Which One Will You Be Shredding At?

It’s early April. Those powder days are all but come and gone – fleeting memories of a season’s past. Ain’t no thing; the park is firing. You’re getting your feet back under you. Heck, you might even be learning a new trick or three. You lap that silly little park chair, dial in your pretzel 2s, and hammer down  those switch sevens (both ways, ya dink! What is this, 2004?).

But just as soon as you start to feel that flow, the lifts stop. Last Chair of the season always comes too quickly. What happens when you aren’t ready to call it quits? All your friends are thinking about those #mahalovibes – you know, the beach lyfe. Sounds appealing, don’t it?

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Brody Mcskimming Roasts a Rodeo 5 at Sunset

Naah. We’ve got a one-track mind, just like you. So when the local lifts stop spinning, it’s time to look elsewhere. If you’re idea of a summer well spent involves working on new tricks and skiing perfectly manicured parks, summer camp might be the best option; and lucky for you, many of these camps afford the opportunity to ski right alongside you’re favorite Full Tilt skiers.

Woodward at Copper

Elevated above and beyond the suburban sprawl of Denver – and just past the Front Range cluster lies the often overlooked Copper Mountain. By farming snow, the madmen over at Woodward At Copper create a mid-winter caliber park. Plus, Will Wesson his hosting a Takeover Session from June 4th – 10th. SIGN UP HERE!

Woodward at Tahoe

It’s no secret that Tahoe has been having an absolute megalith of a season. The snowpack is deeper than it’s been in years. What does that mean for your summer plans? Well, Boreal will have more snow than ever before to build up a solid park. And thanks to indoor facility, you’ll be able to dial in your air awareness before you even touch snow. Check Out The Details!

Momentum Ski Camp

The ever expanding Momentum Ski Camp, tucked high upon the Hortsman Glacier of Whistler, offers some of the best coaching on the planet – Tom Wallisch always makes an appearance – and arguably the best big line of all the summer camps. Meticulously groomed jumps and access to the lively summertime destination that is Whistler? Why wouldn’t you make a trip?

Camp of Champions

With a massive park, quick T-Bar Laps, and a litany of creative set-ups, Camp of Champions offers sunshine and good vibes and the solid coaching you need to step up your game. The coaching staff is stacked – and even includes your favorite off-the-grid Canadian Tuxedo Clad mustache afficianado, Rob Heule.

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Mount Hood. Wy’est. The Mahalo Volcano. Whatever you may call it, that ubiquitous cinder cone has long been at the forefront of summer time shred. And No other camp has fed the flames of park skiing more than Windells. This year, thanks to the ultra-deep snowpack, you’ll be hard pressed to find a more fun place to get your fix. Plus, teen heartthrob Khai Krepela and Star Wars enthusiast Andy Parry will each host a Takeover Session. Sign Up Here!

 

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Henrik Takes Home Gold in Norway

The Iconic Swede Ups His X Game Medal Count to Five


Yet another round of X Games competitions has come and gone, and Henrik Harlaut finds himself on the podium for the second time in the year. And in honor of his accomplishment, we figured we’d take a look back at some of the more memorable moments of Henrik Harlaut’s illustrious competition career.

2013 X Games Big Air

Until the 2013 X Games in Aspen Colorado, triple corks in competition were merely the thing of rumors and internet fodder. Henrik brought it to the forefront with this gold medal performance. The Full Tilt skier dropped a confounding nose butter triple 16. In many ways, it marked a new era of competition skiing.

 

2016 – Viva La Chile

Against the sharp blues of the Chilean sky, Henrik dropped some of the more articulated jump tricks of all time. He tweaks every grab to the absolute limit — all while pushing the technical side of skiing. No wonder he landed at the top of the podium at the inaugural FIS Big Air competition with an absolutely mental switch double ten nose.

2014 Sochi Olympic Games

Despite the fact that Henrik missed the podium, the Swede put down a run to remember. With a nose butter triple, switch tail butter double, and a silky smooth rail section left a lasting impression. However, his skiing was overshadowed by the infamous Wu-Tang shoutout. Wu Tang is for the Children!

 

2017 X Games Real Ski

Henrik has always remained resolute in pushing the boundaries of all aspects of skiing. When he was tapped to produce an X Games Real Ski Segment, the ever-stoked E ‘Dollo dove in with reckless abandon. After two months of hard work, Henrik managed to walk away with the silver.

2017 X Games Oslo Big Air

However, nothing seems more impressive than Henrik’s recent win in Oslo. Despite the fact that Harlaut has executed his nose butter triple multiple times over the years, his latest iteration seemed so dialed and proper. But his second scoring trick, a double flat 1260 double japan to safety really cemented the victory. Henrik has never been one to let style fall by the wayside.

Learn More About What Boot Henrik Rides!

Real Ski Edits Drop


 XGames Real Ski 2017 Goes Live!


 

Back for year two, the XGames Real Street parts are now live. And over here at Full Tilt, we’re pretty proud of what each of our skiers put together. From Henrik’s badman effort to Khai’s breakneck approach and Will’s subtle mastery, Full Tilt athletes poured everything they had into their respective parts – and the end results are as unique as they are.

With a contest format that allows free reign, each skier had the opportunity to leave an indelible mark. And despite the condensed film schedule – two months to produce a 90 second segment – each skier took the opportunity to showcase exactly where they want to take their skiing.

Tom Wallisch


Dropping high speed hammers and stomping as only Tom can, Wallisch’s segment reigns refined yet highly technical, and touts an unmatched level of production. Shot in untapped locations, Wallisch’s segment reminds us why the 29 year-old Pittsburgh native has amassed such a following over the years.

 

 

Henrik Harlaut


Staying close to home, the dreadlocked Swede harkens back to the street-skiing days of yesteryear with a solid infusion of technical mastery. Always looking forward but never forgetting the roots, Henrik showcases why exactly he’s one of the best skiers on the scene today.

 

Khai Krepela

Alongside up-and-coming cinematographer Jacob Calleghan, Khai drops a tight, fast-paced, and high consequence short complete with unique spots. Defined by his calm style and quick footwork, Khai firmly cements his place in the lexicon of rail skiing.

 

Will Wesson


Last year’s gold medalist Will Wesson returns with the same creative approach that put him in the top spot a year ago. Forgoing the stunts of some of his fellow competitors, Will reminds us what skiing is all about: creativity and understated technicality.

 

 

Be sure to cast your vote for your favorite over at xgames.com/realski.