Flowing in style from the car park to the terrain park // photo: Rachel Bock
“It’s all about flow and doing what feels good.” – Maude Raymond
Montreal, Canada born Maude Raymond grew up surrounded by a culture of outdoor sports and smooth style. Gymnastics, diving and ski racing were building blocks to her love of freeskiing and an integral foundation to fluidity, flow, and style.
Starting her career competing on the world circuit, Maude stepped away from the start house and focused on traveling and filming to showcase her own style and aesthetic. Inspiring women around the world ever since, as an extension of her smooth skiing style, she has formed her own brand, MAAD.
From the products, imagery, and film Maude produces the Soul Sister’s style and function are a perfect extension of herself.
“The Soul Sisters are so comfortable and easy to put on! They help me ski smoothly and the height is perfect to keep my knees at their full strength.”
Freeride Full Tilt athlete Lena Stoffel, based in Innsbruck, Austria took a journey in the frozen lands of Hokkaido, Japan with her warm Soul Sister boots for a start to the season that was too good not to share with the world. Enjoy the teaser
“I spent two months in Japan last winter and wanted to show everybody what Hokkaido means to me, through my eyes. I feel so content and calm in that country. It feels like a second home to me. But this was a big challenge as I am new in the field of filming.”– Lena Stoffel
Winterfox, the first part of her new series “a journey through winter”, offers an immersive perspective of the Japanese island, seen through her eyes – a delicate balance between the raw power of skiing and the poetic beauty of Hokkaido’s wildlife and landscapes.
The short movie was shot and directed by Lena Stoffel herself alongside crew members Aaron Jamieson, Simon Abt, and Bine Zalohar. With a very special soundtrack of Rory J Williams & Lee Ann Curren, this short film is a unique experience.
Check out Full Tilt Skiers Simone Canal and OG Steve Stepp put it down in Andorra for the opening round of the SLVSH Cup Grand Valira. Who do you think will walk away with the W? Steve’s consistent, smooth vibe or Simone’s all-out assault? Check it out!
Both Simone and Steve rock the B&E Pro Model Boot. Learn more about it HERE!
Grigory Fuzeev, the Russian grab master, has dropped his absolutely mental full part. Replete with hefty urban spots, proper tweaks, and an absurd approach to jumping, this edit will have you tracking back, wondering, “wait, what was that?”
Tune, in, check it out, and snag the boots that young Grigory rocks HERE.
If you don’t know the name Grigory Fuzeev, you’ve probably seen his skiing. Grigory made a splash on the scene a couple of years ago with this insane edit, that was used as his “Wanna Be A Night” Entry. it quickly put him on the map as a guy that integrates style, unique rotations, and insane grabs.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
Back for year two, the XGames Real Street parts are now live. And over here at Full Tilt, we’re pretty proud of what each of our skiers put together. From Henrik’s badman effort to Khai’s breakneck approach and Will’s subtle mastery, Full Tilt athletes poured everything they had into their respective parts – and the end results are as unique as they are.
With a contest format that allows free reign, each skier had the opportunity to leave an indelible mark. And despite the condensed film schedule – two months to produce a 90 second segment – each skier took the opportunity to showcase exactly where they want to take their skiing.
Dropping high speed hammers and stomping as only Tom can, Wallisch’s segment reigns refined yet highly technical, and touts an unmatched level of production. Shot in untapped locations, Wallisch’s segment reminds us why the 29 year-old Pittsburgh native has amassed such a following over the years.
Staying close to home, the dreadlocked Swede harkens back to the street-skiing days of yesteryear with a solid infusion of technical mastery. Always looking forward but never forgetting the roots, Henrik showcases why exactly he’s one of the best skiers on the scene today.
Alongside up-and-coming cinematographer Jacob Calleghan, Khai drops a tight, fast-paced, and high consequence short complete with unique spots. Defined by his calm style and quick footwork, Khai firmly cements his place in the lexicon of rail skiing.
Last year’s gold medalist Will Wesson returns with the same creative approach that put him in the top spot a year ago. Forgoing the stunts of some of his fellow competitors, Will reminds us what skiing is all about: creativity and understated technicality.
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!
It’s sort of like a dream right? Live in the place you grew up with a handful of your best friends and ski every single day. It’s tough to convince yourself that this is real life, or even a possibility. This life was never planned – and it was certainly unexpected to end up back where it all started, but not a surprise. With another year in the bag exploring areas from the past and re-discovering new places to roam in the backcountry, there’s no doubt in my mind I’m right where I want to be.
I’m proud of where I am from and proud to share the dream with so many close close friends. Thank you Khai and LJ for coming to my make-believe world and making AIT a reality. Thanks to Bobby Brown who made the entire Montana trip come to life, you are a true friend and I am grateful for the support you’ve given. And the biggest thank you of all to Jake Strassman – the creative overlord of all we do, AIT will have a lasting presence in skiing because of the heart you have put into it.
Created by – Banks Gilberti
Directed by – Jake Strassman
Additional filming –
Special Thanks – Bobby Brown
Supported by – Orage and Sun Valley
BONUS! Catch more of the teen heartthrob in a collab #Instabanger with Tim McChesney that you can watch right HERE!