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.
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 ’emHERE.
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 numbers don’t lie, the best in the world wear Full Tilt Boots.
Here are a few of the highlights from the Sochi Winter Olympics:
Justine Dufour-Lapointe, along with her sister Chloe took home Gold and Silver for Canada in Women’s Moguls. Also from Canada, Mikael Kingbury took home silver in Men’s Moguls. Rounding out Canada’s impressive performance was Kim Lamarre. She took home bronze in Women’s Slopestyle. Mengtau Xu & Jongyang Jia, both of China, would win Silver & Bronze medals for Women’s & Men’s aerials respectively. Finally, Australia’s Lydia Lassila took bronze in Women’s Aerials.
This is me and my lovely date about to go to the prom together. The entire night was about class and style and I felt like my salomon demo boots were NOT classy. After the dance, my shins were so bruised! Please help me win a pair of classy fulltilts so i can go to next years prom in style.
Three of skiing’s best sound off about their favorite boots: Seth Morrison, Tom Wallisch & Zach Crist
“These boots allow me to ski the way I do with the lightness and full flex no other boot in the market has. Believe me, I have tried m`any others and they just don’t work for my foot or skiing style. At the end of the day I wish I never tried anything else, it was just a waste of time. Couldn’t be happier that these boots are back and everything on them is exactly the same as they ever were. The ease of set up and fit with the moldable liners saves time at the boot fitters. If Full Tilt ever stops making them, I’ll have to buy the molds and make my own boots!”
“Well… These boots are officially the best boots I’ve ever ridden. If your looking for a pair of boots that you can easily wear as shoes, these are them. So comfortable you won’t even wanna take em off… ever! No more need to worry about shin bang or toe bang! They’re super light, easy to control, and got everything you need without any of the excess baggage. The boots have a relatively soft and flexible shell, and interchangeable tongues for varying stiffness. You can totally customize the boots, making them perform exactly how you want.”
“My favorite part of the FT ski boot is really it’s light weight, it’s like having a pair of running shoes on as opposed to a pair of hiking boots. Especially now with skis getting wider and inherently heavier, to have a boot that’s ligher is a really nice compliment. These boots are comfortable, warm and easy to get in and out of. I’ve been doing this long enough to know that you can’t let your feet get in the way of a good time.”
The legendary Seth Morrison (and his boots) blew minds this year with his technical skiing and mountaineering ability in ‘The Ordinary Skier‘. If you still haven’t seen it, here’s your chance! For those in the US you lucked out & can watch for free on Hulu! If you don’t want to deal with ads or you live outside the US, get the combo-pack with ‘Grand Bizarre’ from Poor Boyz HERE.
US Ski Team Members Dylan Ferguson and Heather McPhie made use of their naturally flexing boots as they walked from the podium after both winning national titles. For Ferguson, he successfully defended this title after winning it last year. This was McPhie’s first national title and proved to be well worth the accolades as she nailed her run (D-Spin and all) with a cast on from a broken thumb. Sochi here we come!
Check out McPhie’s Winning Run!
Video from Dylan’s 2nd Place Runs at Deer Valley
Day in the Life of Dylan
Full Tilt Boots is proud do be an official supplier of the US Ski Team.
Full Tilt & Canadian Canadian Freestyle Ski Team member Kristi Richards recently went on a trip to Sochi, sight of the 2014 Winter Olympics. See and read about her trip below! Also check out more from Kristi on her BLOG.
We embarked on a mission to Russia to familiarize ourselves with the site and conditions of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. The mogul venue will be held on the newly constructed resort of Rosa Khutar, so the organizing committee invited international teams to participate in a Europa Cup as an Olympic test event for the site.
I had heard tales of massive mountains and grand construction plans for the Games, but my first hand impression of the area is that it is much more spectacular than the tales themselves. It seems that they are building a resort, from scratch, that will be the size of Whistler or bigger. The difference? They are building it in a matter of a few years! The entire valley from the airport up to the hotel (1 hr drive) where we stayed is lined with the skeleton beginnings of massive buildings, train stations, Olympic sporting venues, restaurants and transit systems. People are working around the clock to get everything prepared in time, traffic jams are caused by dump trucks and cement trucks, and the rumble of foundations being set vibrate through the valley at all hours. Security is already high, with a strong presence of police, military personnel, and snow snipers! The resort was closed to public for the test events, but our official accreditation gave us access to the lifts after going through a full security screening with metal detectors and physical search. A check point at the top of the mogul run gave us access to the course, which is designed to finish in the same arena as the aerial and half pipe venues. A landslide last fall had toppled over the towers of the new chairlift for the mogul course, so 2 rope-tows and a snowmobile tow was the quick solution for the test event.
The conditions there were all-time, with 15-40cms of snowfall every night. It made for interesting conditions that were changing every 10 minutes. One run would be soft and fluffy, the next big and rutted, and the next slick and catchy. The clouds would roll in and out with fog, heavy snow, wind and rain, then break up to let in a little sunshine in. Much like Cypress in 2010, we will need to be ready for anything in 2014. I loved the pitch of the course, which is very similar to both the Cypress mogul course and ‘Kristi’s Run’ on my home mountain of Apex. It will be great for big jumps and showcasing the middle section of skiing. It was emotional to see the half pipe venue ready to go… I brought a ‘Ride for Sarah’ bandana that I staked the middle of the pipe for her. From the work she did to get her sport into the Games, it really felt like her pipe.
The resort itself is a spectacle, with a massive network of new lifts and gondolas that can access some very impressive terrain. The top gondola is rarely open, as the zone is a cliff ban with avalanche chutes massive drops. Avalanche control will be a huge priority for the resort. Luckily, I had the foresight to pack my powder skis, so I took advantage of every moment I had to ski waist deep fresh on a great resort with no crowds! I would load the gondola every morning with my mogul sis over one shoulder and my fat skis over the other. ‘Warm up’ runs for mogul training were powder laps, which would get me grinning from ear to ear for the rest of the day. My ‘cool down’ activity was also powder skiing… in the most epic untouched tree lines I have ever seen. Every day it just got progressively deeper, and I can honestly say that on the last day (contest day), I skied the deepest powder of my life! It seems that I’m hooked on Russian powder. I’ll be packing my fat skis with me for the 2014 Games…