“On The Come Up” is a series in which we highlight an up and coming skier each week. Some of you may recognize them but for many, the name won’t ring a bell. Either way, one thing’s for sure, you’re going to be hearing a lot more of that name in the near future. First up is Calvin Lyons, a skier we believe is on track to make some waves in the ski world with both his on snow skills and his music production.
Hailing from southern Vermont, you can expect to see Calvin Lyons cruising around the likes of Carinthia Parks at Mount Snow. Hanging out in the woods of Vermont and riding his motorcycle, he fits the dirtbag image pretty damn well. Though don’t let this distract you from what he can do on the sticks, this dude rips. Fast.
Calvin Lyons 2015-2016 Carinthia Parks Part
Calvin has a unique style, one in which his ice coast roots are self-evident. As he puts it, "My favorite aspect of skiing is finding lines through the park that incorporate features in new, different ways. There are days when I decide not to touch a single lip onto a rail and just find ways to hit features from the sides. I get bored when I fall into a rhythm for too long, so I try to change it up." He may not be throwing both way dubs, but over the years we have seen that’s not always what it takes. His fast turns, heavy taps, and loose flow make for a special kind of skiing that is not easy to emulate. Not to mention the pairing of his own tunes and skiing, producing a one of a kind visual and audio experience.
When you ask many skiers the standard questions, you often get pretty similar responses. So when I asked Calvin what's in store for the future, I was hyped to see a break in the pattern, "Lately I have been writing and recording songs for my edits, and some of the videos that Carinthia is putting out. Five years down the road I would like to see myself doing the same thing but on a larger scale. Writing music specifically for ski movie soundtracks. I think it would be rad to write and record an album in the summer to release in a ski movie at the end of the season! I seem to spend less time making art during ski season but I plan on continuing to crank out artwork when I can. My idea of living the dream is being able to make and sell art and music to fund my ski related adventures. Even if that means skiing out of a van playing gigs near ski resorts, I will be happy."
Opening Weekend Throw Down - Calvin appears from 0:00-1:00, 1:11-1:18, and 2:25-2:33 in Carinthia's most recent edit
One of the first times I skied with Calvin was a little over 5 years ago at a halfpipe comp. Feeling a little out of our element, we retreated to mess around and film a rail section. I don’t think I’m alone when I say things are working out just fine after that decision.