The newest installment of SLVSH has gone live, and it features none other than low-key crusher Kim Boberg facing off against Park City native Colby Stevenson. These two talented skiers battle it out in arguably one of the most creative and impressive park setups ever built. Tune in, and see which one of these Full Tilt Skiers comes out victorious. Will it be Colby’s technical prowess, or will Kim’s creativity and home court advantage reign supreme?
There are a few standout shots. Check out Kim’s Rodeo Five Dub Nose, Colby’s handrags, and some impressive transition scoops by both the boys.
Maybe you’ve noticed the slightest nip in the morning air, or those longer summer evenings slowly being cut short. Or maybe, it’s never left your mind, perpetually spinning and building upon itself. Wherever your head may be, there is one thing for certain: ski season is just around the corner.
And as the days grow shorter, and the anticipation builds, it’s time to get geared up for the upcoming season. So we decided there’s no time like the present to get a product preview of some key forthcoming products for the 2017/2018 season.
First Chair Series
The First Chair Series returns yet again for the aggressive all-mountain skier looking for a snug, performance fit. With three flex options — 10, 8, and 6 — there’s a customizable boot just for you. And this year, we’ve got a couple of rad colorways: from the FC 10s swirl, to the FC 8 Carolina Blue or the understated FC 6, you’ll be able to get a boot that performs — and looks pretty darn good while doing it.
With an updated anchor system, the Descendant Series returns as the definitive performance-driven wide boot series in skiing. Slide into the bright D8 for hard-charging, all-day comfort. Or, maybe if you want a bit more give on those icy east coast landings, drop in on the Descendant 6.
Dang, look at those all white joints! The B&E LTD Pro is the most stylish boot on the hill; but would you expect anything else from Henrik Harlaut and Phil Casabon? These two prolific skiers ooze style both on the hill and off. So it’s only natural that the boots that bear their name follow suit. Check out the custom liner detailing.
The Tom Wallisch Pro LTD boots have been loud and in-your-face for many years, but this year, Tom wanted to tone it down a bit. So with an all black exterior with a camo liner for a subtle accent, the Tom Wallisch Pro offers that undercover crusher appeal that you’ve been looking for all of these years.
But that’s not all. We’ve got a whole host of boots on the docket. In the next coming weeks, you’ll get a chance to see the whole line, dive deeper into the tech, and find the perfect Full Tilt for you. The design impulse remains the same — we hold true to 3 Piece Shell — but we’ve never been ones to sit idly by. Check back soon for the new website. But until then…
Just outside of the Twin Cities, Pinewskis Ski and Board Shop has been a staple of the Midwest skiing community for years; and for good reason. The Midwest is stacked with small feeder hills, each one breeding a new generation of die hard skiers — both in the park, and otherwise.
And Pinewskis has been one of the go-to Full Tilt Dealers, outfitting park skiers and all-mountain cruisers alike. We sat down with Aaron Hunter, longtime shop employee and Windells Demo Center Manager, to talk about what makes Minnesota so special.
Years in Business: Since 1987 — 30 Years this November
Years Carrying Full Tilt: Seven Years
David Duea, Pinewskis Shop Rider
Which Full Tilt Boots Do Well? The Descendant 4 does really well, as do the Classic and the Dropkick. We see a lot of younger, park-oriented kids looking for an affordable boot that doesn’t slack from a performance perspective.
What is the Scene like in Minnesota? The ski seen is spread all around the state, on hills that vary from 100 vertical feet to 1,000. We have everything from hyper-focused slalom skiers, to die-hard park rats, and quite a few recreationalists, as well. We get a bit of everything, but quite a few are first time buyers. It’s exciting to help people pick out their first setups.
Cayden Wood, Pinewskis Shop Rider, tosses a flip out of a wallride
Most Rewarding Part of Working in the Shop? The most rewarding aspect of working in a shop is when someone recognizes me on the hill and comes over to thank me for helping them get into the right equipment. Hearing things like, “these are the best I’ve ever ridden, I’m glad I listened to you!” really makes my day.: You can literally take hundreds and hundreds of park laps in one night, because just about every park has a rope tow. You can progress really quickly. Aside from that, the scene is so friendly and inclusive. The Minnesota Nice is a real thing.
Tucked away in Spokane, Washington, The Sports Creel has had a long and storied run as one of the premier ski shops in the area. Servicing race teams, freeskiers, and diehards alike, the Creel has been running the show for Eastern Washington and the Idaho Panhandle for years now. Going into the 2017-2018 winter, the Creel is showing no signs of slowing down — in fact, they’ve even added one of the few 3d foot mapping machines in the Northwest to better dial in their boot fitting process.
So we decided to reach out to Micah, the owner and manager of the Sports Creel.
Name: Micah Genteman Position: Manager/ Ski Tech/ 3rd Generation Owner Shop: Sports Creel Social:Sports Creel, @sportscreelLocation: Spokane, Washington How long have you been around? We opened the doors in 1954. The product lines have changed over the years, but we’ve been serving the outdoor community of Spokane for a long time now. How long have you carried Full Tilt Boots? We carried Raichle for years while they were around, and we’ve been carrying Full Tilts since their second season of production.
This is Part II of our Know Your Dealer. Check out Part I with Slopestyle in Breckenridge HERE.
Which Full Tilts do well? They all do well for us…Traditionally, the Tom Wallisch Boot does really well, as does the new Descendant Shells. We serve a lot of park kids that rip it up at Mt. Spokane as well as Schweitzer. What is the Scene Like in Spokane? We are one of only two remaining speciality ski shops in Spokane, so we see a wide range of consumers. Park, Race, and all-mountain recreational thrill seekers! We see all walks of skiers, and do our best to get them the gear they need. What’s the most rewarding part of owning the shop? It’s all rewarding. We love getting families up on the mountain skiing together. We love making a difference in someone’s skiing by providing the right boot fit or alignment. Let’s be honest, we’re selling fun. So helping someone choose the right gear that will have an impact on how much fun their having? That’s what it’s all about.
What’s the best part about being based in Spokane? It offers incredible four-season living and recreational activities year round. We get to spend our summers playing on an infinite number of lakes, fishing, paddling, and wakesurfing. And come winter, we’ve got quality skiing nearby, and world class terrain merely a few hours out. It truly is an awesome spot.
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.”