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3 years ago, I’d been snowboarding for a long ass time when I decided I was ready to try something new. My friends had pretty much stopped snowboarding by then as well so I thought why the hell not. Skiing definitely didn’t seem as lame as back when I started snowboarding (no social media and the internet was still on dsl/dial up, so I had no idea freeskiing even existed). Watching Nick McNutts Almost Ablaze part on youtube pretty much sealed the deal.
Newschoolers. I was in an AutoCAD class and two of my now best friends showed me 2014 newschoolers which I thought was such a sick thing and dope community seeing how snowboarding only had the likes of YoBeat which I thought was kind of pretentious and asshole ie, didn’t take me more then a month of the next season to start skiing.
Had skied some good old straight sticks for many years doing bumps and spins, went to snowboarding in 1997, rode a board for a few seasons and met a friend with some twin tips in 99'. Was hooked when I seen him ride switch for the first time. Bought some Line Darksides with some new Lange boots that next pay day and been doing cool shit on skis since.
I always liked skiing but I had no real concept of freestyle skiing because I only saw snowboarders in the park (I grew up riding Northstar). I remember vividly standing under the Dew Tour pipe in 2010 when it was at Northstar and watching Simon and Tanner warm up. I had no idea what I was watching but I remembered the names I had heard that day and I went home an looked those people up. Found NS just after that event and boom...here we are today.
My friends older brother moved to Mammoth when we were like 8. We went up to see him and he was rocking some fresh Public Enemies, popping gnarly 180's, and showed us some bangin' freestyle movies on VHS. I became obsessed but my parents didn't cave in to the twin tip revolution until I was 11 and I got Invaders for Christmas.
My friend told me about how much fun it was to build on your skill with the help of a awesome skier community, and about the feeling of mastery gliding through the air and along rails
but i got into it for all the gay bumsex us skiers have in the lodge cause nothin quite satisfys like 8 inches of hot meat after a winter shred learning new tricks
Smashed my knee on a ice plate while sowboarding two years ago. To do nothing wasnt an option, but every time I was snowboarding my knee was swollen like a melon. So I bought freeski. Boring story I think.
I was a little grom latchkey kid who skied around our local hill in Michigan as my sisters raced and trained. We moved to Utah when I was like 12 and still did the same thing. Then my sister started dating this parkrat kid from her school who got me turned onto the freestyle ski team in PC he was on. That was pretty much it for me. Love at first sight, and I was never involved in any team so the whole atmosphere and community was incredible to be a part of. Got to have some some amazing skiers and people be our coaches like some of the 4bi9 and ClownSchool folks. Me and some other kids were starstruck one day because we were hiking rails and Wallisch casually skied up to say Hello to some of our coaches and give us some props. Started competing a bit but got hurt really bad and had to step away from that so I could finish HS but now still continuing to ski all over and jump off stuff.
My Dad was a ski bum up in Aspen during the Cocaine "Aspen Extreme" days then moved to Seattle to settle down. When I was born I grew up skiing at Alpental. Every year we would watch Warren Miller the films back in the day. Back then before twin tips kids would always give you shit for not wanting to snowboard. When the Pocket Rockets first came out I got an old demo pair back in 2004 never looked back. It was this cool sense you were part of something new and every innovation was mind blowing like when Tanner started Armada or K2 Pontoons first came out and Icelandic made some crazy shaped skis. That and Freeze magazine. Skiing was never the same after Freeze magazine went under.