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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!

 

 

2017 X Games Real Street Athlete List

FT Athletes Fill Roster Of X Games Real Street

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!

A video posted by Henrik Harlaut (@hharlaut) on

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!

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Watch Me!

Looking to start your week off right? Us too! Thankfully, there’s a bunch of new edits that dropped recently to stoke you out for the winter ahead. Watch & Enjoy!


Rail ‘O’ Rama – Robert A. Ruud



T2B Will Wesson – Woodward Copper



Level 1’s Pleasure


It feels good. Slamming into concrete walls, risking the backcountry unknown, being broke on the road… Some would call it hedonistic behavior, we call it living the dream, and this cast of characters delivers a vibrant depiction of this so-called sport of skiing. With a local tourist mentality, the simple joys are found near and far. From India, Switzerland and Japan, to British Columbia, Washington DC, and Alaska, it’s business in the front, party in the back, and no one is phoning it in. Level 1 continues to surprise with another must watch ski film in a lineage of classics, for your viewing PLEASURE

DOWNLOAD IT NOW!

Level 1 Presents Pleasure Ski Film

Level 1 Presents: Pleasure


 

Level 1 Presents: Pleasure

 


“Our crews spent 6-months during the winter of 2016 following the most creative, talented, and hard working skiers in the business around the world in search of what makes them feel good, and the official for our 17th annual feature film will give you a taste of just that. Pleasure. World Premiere takes place in Denver, CO on September 10th with release on iTunes, Vimeo, DVD/BluRay, and all your other favorite platforms in October.”  – Level 1’s Josh Berman

Featured athletes: Will Wesson, Sämi Ortlieb, Tanner Rainville, Wiley Miller, Laurent DeMartin, McRae Williams, KC Deane, Khai Krepela, Sandy Boville, Magnus Granér, Mitchell Brower, LJ Strenio, Josh Bibby, Rob Heule, Ben Smith, Ethan Swadburg, Shay Lee, Jonah Williams, Pär Peyben Hägglund, Arkadiy Kazakov, Thayne Rich, Keegan Kilbride, Garrett Russel, Tsubasa Tanimura, Tatum Monod and friends.

Featured locations: Eagle Pass, British Columbia; Gulmarg, India; Kirovsk, Russia; Secret Valley, Switzerland; Washington D.C.; Snowbird, Utah; Haines, Alaska; Salt Lake City, Utah.


 

Real Ski is Real Good

Further expanding into the ski world, The Winter XGames “Real” series has brought urban skiing into the fold, promising mind bending progression for viewers and $20K for the winner. Unsure on what exactly Real Ski is? Well, real quick – it’s a video contest featuring 6 of the most apt urban skiers today who set out earlier this winter with a small crew to put together the best edit with the hopes of scoring the big purse.

Check out the edits below from Full Tilt Athletes. Be sure to vote for your favorite!

Vote for Cam Riley


Vote for Will Wesson

Vote for Clayton Vila


Vote for Tom Wallisch

Vote for Ahmet Dadali


The Original 3 Piece Ski Boot

Rob Heule captures Switzerland!

See Will Wesson, Rob Heule & Sämi Ortlieb’s new series, “Glacier Days!”

Rob Heule captures Switzerland!

FT athletes Will Wesson, Rob Heule & Sämi Ortlieb have been spending the dog days of summer on the ice fields of Zermatt putting together a banger new series – Glacier Days.

The four part video series will be released online every other week throughout the months of August and September. Sämi, Will and Rob are working closely with Zermatt’s Snowpark crew to bring you the most creative park set-ups, and tricks of the Summer. The “Glacier Days“ series aims to keep skiers entertained with video content throughout the late Summer months, that is sure to get you hyped to shred when the snow starts to fall.”

Filming: Sämi Ortlieb, Will Wesson, Rob Heule
Postproduction: Sämi Ortlieb, Rob Heule

 

Read the Behind the Scenes on Newschoolers!

See Rob Heule’s Photos from Switzerland!

 


Glacier Days EP1



Glacier Days EP2



Glacier Days EP3


The Way Wesson Sees It

“Adventure!”

That’s the theme we gave Will Wesson when we asked him to sort through his instagram feed in order to best showcase his past season. Wesson, who’s been traveling at a ferocious pace both this past winter and current summer season, obliged.

Below you’ll find twenty-one curated photos of the world as Wesson sees it.

Want more? Check in with Will’s “Summer on Snow” series now playing on Freeskier.com! Watch that HERE.

 

Full Tilt and Level 1 Team Up

The award winning crew at Level 1 has been producing the world’s most progressive freestyle ski films consistently for more than a decade. Over that time Level 1’s athletes have developed a deep allegiance to Full Tilt ski boots for their unique lightweight and natural flex characteristics thus are able to perform more technical tricks with a higher level of ease & comfort. This advantage helps them push their sport every year and bring the high level of ski entertainment the world has come to expect from Level 1.
It’s this natural partnership between Level 1’s athletes and Full Tilt Boot’s performance that drove Josh Berman, founder of Level 1 and Josh Malczyk, Full Tilt’s team manager to materialize the concept of a limited edition collaboration team ski boot. The boot’s unique sneaker-like look, high contrast black and white aesthetics and details that include athlete’s signatures were created together by both brand’s artists and athletes.
Full Tilt will be producing only 500 pair of this limited edition Level 1 & Full Tilt team pro model for distribution globally. The “Level 1” Boot hits stores November 1, 2012. Contact your favorite Full Tilt dealer to snag yourself a pair today … before they’re gone!

Watch Level 1’s new film, “Sunny” to see mind blowing skiing from pro athletes Tom Wallisch, Tanner Rainville, Mike Hornbeck, Will Wesson, Logan Imlach, Tim McChesney, and Spencer Milbocker in their new team issued boot. www.level1productions.com/movies/sunny

Level 1’s ‘Sunny’ Trailer

 

It’s trailer time, and Level 1 has come to town with Tom Wallisch, Mike Hornbeck, Logan Imlach, Tanner Rainville, Will Wesson, Tim McChesney, Spencer Milbocker and company in their newest flick Sunny.  They noticeably stepped it up this year, so watch this teaser to brighten your day.

Sunny Official Trailer from Level 1 on Vimeo.

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Full Tilt and Line Traveling Circus

Andy Parry, Will Wesson and newcomer Ian Compton of the wildly popular internet episode series, LINE Traveling Circus ride on Full Tilts! We’re proud to sponsor the Circus and are stoked to watch the season filled with shenanigans!

The east coast is pretty much the same every fall. Pretty leaves, film festivals, colder weather and no snow. To remedy the snow issue join the Line Traveling Circus on a few epic journeys around the northeast of America (and a bit in Canada) to the most random places to find ways to ski. For more on the Line Traveling Circus please visit: LINETravelingCircus.com