Video by BATTUERE Hisanori Kato
Video by BATTUERE Hisanori Kato
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.
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!
Position: Shop Owner/Founder
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.
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.
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 community
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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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.
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
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.
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.
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!