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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.

Andrey Anufriev airs over the Matterhorn
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!

 

 

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.

Windells

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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!