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Friday, September 10, 2010

Back at it!

From New Zealand I flew to Chile to go film with Warren Miller for their 2011 film and shoot for Spyders 2011-12 line. I figured out that heli time is the best cure for jet lag! This was my second time in a heli and it wasn't much different, it was still the coolest thing you can do I think. IT WAS AMAZING!
The initial descent

The snow was slim and I was initially questioning our situation there. But when I was dropped off at the top of a 4000ft untracked corn descent with Tommy Moe, Julia Mancuso and Jake Zamansky, I realized things would be just fine! Skiing from 13000ft to 9000ft woke me up from my jet lag. We were about half way down when my legs started screaming but I kept saying to myself keep it rolling the film is on, dont crash! After the run everyone admitted to thinking the same thing. The rest of the day was filled with more of the same.
the Spyder Crew (bad pic) yes thats my booty

After that it was time for the real work. I have been working with Spyder for 4 years now and the whole crew is great. I havent had the opportunity to work with many of the other athletes from different skiing disciplines but in Portillo everyone was there. Chris Davenport, Julian Carr, Jess McMillan, Roz G, Colby West, Daron Rahlves, Me, Jake, Julia and Tommy were a great crew along with a bunch of the Spyder in house staff and managers. We would disperse for the day doing whatever was planned. I realized photo shoots are the worst. You never get to ski! I would hike then make one turn through the cameras and lights, take my skis off hike up and repeat until perfection was caught! It made me appreciate my job, I like racing the clock and scaring myself.
After of week in Portillo I was aching to get home. When I arrived I got to see my new niece Vivian (I'm a new uncle) and then I received some good news! I was invited to the annual Lake Powell Couples trip! Yes I am single but I was invited anyway! I hadn't been to Powell fo r 4 years so I got in my truck and cruised on down with my SUP boards for 4 days of water fun.
Hanging 8

I got abunch of vid from down there so another movie is on the burner. Once I have some time at this next ski camp in New Zealand I will get some vids out.

For now it is time to get back to training and be as strong as i can be for skiing.

Muchas Gracias to Spyder, Warren Miller and Davey Gravy