words: Sam Turner, photos: Jason Mousseau
The competition season is swinging into high gear on the East Coast. For the skiers out there competing and putting in hard work, that means driving all night, sleeping in cars, and shredding almost non-stop. This weekend found the Tabarnak Pack working hard to get shots and get results.
Amnesia Shop hosted their annual Shack Attack on Friday night in downtown Montreal. The competition closed down part of St. Denis street, and the Pack was feeding off the setting and the vibe of the crowd. Although the set up was a little janky, the boys threw down hard and Seb Chartrand was rewarded with a second-place finish. Big congratulations to everyone who came out and shredded the shack.
There is no rest for the wicked, so as soon as the Shack Attack wrapped up, the Pack piled into their cars and headed south to Killington, Vermont. After a little delay at the border (remember kids, border guards do not fuck around) they carried on and camped out before Rails 2 Riches on Saturday. Itís kind of surprising that a motel charging $75 for a room would have standards enough to kick anyone out after only one night, but the guys learned sometimes thatís the way it goes.
The NS crew stayed the night in Montreal and drove down the next day to meet up with the Tabarnak Pack at Killington. The plan was to take in the competition, shoot some photos, and hang out with everyone at R2R. Plans donít always work out exactly as you plan though. It was about the moment when the park manager started rolling the sections of the podium into the outrun of the Rails 2 Riches setup that we realized we had goofed big time. Travis put into words what we had been thinking: ďwhy would they set up the podium up before the comp is finished?Ē
It may have been Doug Bishopís fault for giving us the wrong information, or it may have been our own fault for not bothering to check when finals started. Whatever the cause, the end result of our trip to Vermont was getting there just in time to see Khai Krepela get crowned as the winner, with Dom Laporte in second and LJ Strenio in third. Weíre confident they threw down, but as for a firsthand account of the action, we canít give you one. Yeah, weíre idiots. We canít wait to watch the edits coming out this week so we can see what actually happened though. Stoked!
The beauty of it is that competitions are not limited strictly to the on-hill shredding, nor are they bound entirely by schedules, start times or podium finishes. Killington did a bang-up job of hosting us, and big thanks go out to the folks at the Lunchbox house for throwing a darn good party. In fact, Domís keg stand may have been the best-stomped trick all weekend.
NS Intern and wordsmith Sam Turner
Women's winner Marilou Bouthiette getting a champagne shower, even though she's a good four years underage. #sorryforpartying
Second place winner Seb Chartrand
Jordan Parisella taking home first place.
Jackie's chant while on the podium? "KLING IS KING! KLING IS KING!"
Nordica's Peter Cirilli getting the shot
Snowboarder Jeremy Cloutier and Dom Laporte celebrating their respective second places.
Have you heard of the ten percent rule?
These boys haven't. #20percenteverywhere
Marty with the mean mug... doesn't look like Hugo got the memo though
Hugo really enjoying making it rain
Doug Bishop doing a little interview for the next episode
Pool with the crew while waiting for the shuttle
In the usual low-class resort motel
Mike Dandurand working hard as usual
What 20 seconds of chugging beer upside down looks like
Jer and Dom poppin' bottles
Doug helping himself to some free champagne
Dom threw the word "No thanks" out the window that night
Doug enjoying the chaos, per usual
Dom right after a three beer boot. "Why not?"
Hugo saying "No thanks"
Filmer extraordinaire George Watts
And a unicorn
In all, it was a great weekend and a good time was had by all. Itís becoming clear that where the Tabarnak Pack goes, the shenanigans follow. Look for the edit dropping in the next couple days, Tabarnak!