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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.
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!
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.
*Contest open only to US residents 18 and older*
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.
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.
Customize your Boots HERE! There’s still plenty of skiing to be had out there; don’t let your boots hold you back.
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.
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?
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Just over a week ago, the list of invited athletes for X Games Real Street video competition was announced and it is stacked – if we do say so ourselves!
With the announcement coming from athlete social accounts and Newschoolers, it’s clear to see that FT athletes will be well represented.
Returning to the competition after taking top spots in last year’s contest are none other than Will Wesson and Tom Wallisch, who claimed the X Games Gold Medal and People’s choice respectively.
Will Wesson’s Winning 2016 Entry
Tom Wallisch’s 2016 Entry
Joining them from the FT roster will be Park City’s Khai Krepela and one half of the most creative duo in freeskiing – none other than Henrik Harlaut! Rounding out the rest of the competition will be Magnus Graner & LJ Strenio who certainly will put together banger segments as well which means this might be one of the most entertaining video series yet!
Newschoolers has a poll live on their news section so head over HERE and let ’em know who you think will take the gold this year!