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Kristi Richards Checks in from Sochi

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…

From Russia, with Love. -Kristi

Full Tilt Boots on NBC

NBC covered Full Tilt Boots citing the advantages of our original 3-piece shell design and function. With over 30 athletes wearing the boot, a silver medal in men’s moguls and a sweep of the men’s and women’s aerials podiums the boot that has proven it’s advantages time and time again didn’t disappoint in Vancouver.

Canadian Olympic Skiers Relying on Full Tilts

Check out this article that appeared on Fernie.com which points out that many Canadian Olympians will be relying on Full Tilt boots for their medal contention.

Full Tilt: Gold Medal Winning Ski Boot

In the high-tech, fast-paced world of winter sports gear development for world class athletes, one design – the 3-Piece ski boot – has remained a constant on the world ski competition circuit with few changes since Bill Johnson won downhill gold on the boots in 1984. This season 35 skiers from the  Canadian, Australian, Swiss, U.S., and Chinese teams chose Full Tilt Ski Boots’ 3-Piece design to carry them through aerial and mogul competitions during the 2010 season.

The boots, initially developed in the early 1980s, revolutionized ski boot design with a unique flexible, corrugated tongue that was originally designed for NASA space suits. The technology – similar to flexible drinking straws – gives skiers more natural forward flex while maintaining lateral stability and power in a noticeably lighter weight design.

The original design was licensed to Raichle boots which folded in the late ’80s. Full Tilt, a K2 Sports subsidiary, bought the molds for the boots in 2003 and soon after brought them back to market due to popular demand by pro and recreational skiers who for years were forced to purchase used replacement parts at garage sales and on Ebay. Full Tilt improved the design further by utilizing state of the art custom heat moldable Intuition® liners that actually mold to your foot shape for one-of-a-kind comfort, warmth and even lighter weight.

“In 2002 just two weeks after qualifying for freestyle aerials, I broke both of my feet landing a jump,” said Emily Cook, 2010 US National Team member. “After three full years of physical therapy, I competed in Torino, but was still having so much pain everyday. This summer after switching to Full Tilt, my feet have been virtually pain free which allowed me to take so many more training jumps! I love how light my boots are; they make flipping and twisting so much easier. I can’t wait to use them in Vancouver.”

“It’s rare for a product to exist that works equally well for the best athletes in the world as it does for the person skiing only a few times a year,” said Jason Levinthal, Full Tilt brand director. “The comfort, flexibility and lightweight design improve the entire skiing experience for any ability level.”

Full Tilt Boots are available for the current ski season in men’s, women’s and kid’s-specific designs at specialty ski retailers throughout the world.

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2010 CANADIAN SKI ATHLETES USING FULL TILT BOOTS


Jackie Brown


Kristi Richards


Jennifer Heil

Deidra Dionne


Veronika Bauer

Sylvia Kerfoot


Amber Peterson


Phillipe Marquis


Steve Omischl

Eddie Hicks

Olivier Rochon


Ryan Blais