From Nowhere

Here is my latest creation showing some of my deepest days in the valleys of B.C.

Most of the footage is from the 2012-2013 season, with some of it dating back to a few years prior.  A lot of the footage was shot within 200km of Revelstoke with only a few parts shot up in the Northern Interior of B.C.  

Please click HD on the player screen to watch the video at it’s best quality.

From Nowhere from Skee Films on Vimeo.

Highlights Revelstoke 2012

An amazing season of riding mountains.
This is what I work for. Play time in the mountains.
These images are all from the Selkirk and Monashee Mountain Ranges surrounding the town of Revelstoke.
As you can see in this video, there is no shortage of good people to go exploring with around here. And of course, no shortage of mountains to choose from either.
I like making videos and I love skiing so this is my vid showing some awesome days (and nights) skiing deep cold smoke powder in the year 2012.

Highlights Revelstoke 2012 from Skee Films on Vimeo.

Revelstuck

My friend Mickey Ross from N.Z was in a photo contest over 3 days held in Revelstoke.  I managed to meet up with him for a couple sessions during the days and the last day actually turned into a full on powder day out ski touring in the Monashees across the valley.  With his abilities on both the photography and the editing side, he won the contest and took home a bunch of cash and a season’s pass to RMR for next year.  Guess he has to come back next year.  Good job Mickey!  It’s been a great couple years for him in Revelstoke and he’s torn to head back to NZ, but he’s leaving us with this contribution to the 2012 Revelstoke Photographer Showdown.

Revelstuck from Mickey Ross on Vimeo.

Sound The Alarm the POW is back!!!

Since the beginning of the new year I had been busy with the Freeskiing World Tour/Freeride World Tour that came to Revelstoke Mountain Resort.Just an awesome event and felt lucky to be a part of something so sick off Mackenzie Peak with a ton of my friends around to hi-five and watch as the world’s best Freeskiers charge down a massive face and World Class venue. And all the while, I was craving just goin skiing pow with my buds. No pressure, just free skiing.
So about a week after the event left town it started to puke snow all the way to our doorsteps in town. When it snows “to town” that means it’s probably really dry powder up high. Something skiers consider “favorable conditions”. So BAM! A bunch of storm(s) snow around Revelstoke and we just couldn’t get enough. Deepest week of my life!! Never had consecutive days of over the head powder like this, with the terrain we hit and how steep the trees were, can’t beat it. Having fun with the new pack mount I put together.
Some of the clips turned out pretty good I thought considering the hopping around and jumping off cliffs…Hope you enjoy the edit!!!!!!
Thanks January, you’ve been good to us.

Turn those Bullwheels

Revelstoke Mountain Resort is officially open for business! Good to have the lifts back hauling everyone back up to the top for more, and more, and more pow.
That’s how it all kicked off (for the second opening) on Saturday Dec 3rd. Cloudy skies, short lift lines and lots of fresh powder. I arrived at the bottom of the gondola at 7 am since the lifts were to open at 8:30. Unlike the Sneak Peek Weekend opening prior to this one, the line-up was a mere 20 people compared to the 100 that would’ve been there at that same time the weekend before. Into the gondola we go after a cheer from the crowd when they let people on at 8:25. Climbing up in the gondola I knew it was gonna be a good day since we had already been out a bunch of times to test the goods on the other mountains around town. The snow was light on top with a good stable base under it of around 150cm depending on where you look. Was on my own for a couple runs after losing the original group, only to meet up with another group, and tag along with them for a few runs. That’s pretty much how it goes at RMR. “No friends on a powder day” seems like a bit of a rough slogan but it’s kinda true around here. It’s kind of an unwritten rule amongst friends to just go for it instead of constantly waiting for everyone in a large group. You’re only as fast a your slowest husky one might say!

So after a fairly socked in but powdery Saturday opener, along came Sunday and brought us our precious Vitamin D. With a blue blazer sky and cold enough temps to keep the snow light and fresh, it was go time. Hitting the spots I rely on in these “high pressure” situations, I was able to find the good snow all morning and hit a couple chutes and cliffs along the way. Thanks to the RMR Ski Patrol for finally opening Gracias ridge and North Bowl to make the weekend complete.
The day was still clear at 1:30pm and was looking like it would hold so I rushed down to the truck, dropped by the house quickly in town, grabbed the skins, tripod and the camera and made my way over to the other side of the valley. The reason why? I had an idea of catching the sun setting on the resort so that I could add it to a little video I wanted to make of the weekend. I have been out taking time lapses a lot lately and this one was looking to be good. Away I go, up the Macpherson X-country trail in hopes of getting up the side of the mountain high enough to get some perspective for a good shot. As I’m gearing back up and putting the skins on in the parking lot, I notice the sun approaching the horizon and time is running out. Whatever energy I had left went in to getting up that trail as fast as I could. Made it to an open spot after a km or two with enough room to zoom in over the trees and not all, but some of the footage worked out. That’s time lapse photography; tricky and time consuming. The reward though is the ability to speed up and slow down the weather from that day. Not always, but sometimes, it comes out looking like magic.
Even though these clips aren’t all magical, they do show how good the conditions were for opening weekend, and that skiing is one of the funnest things you can do in winter.

La Niña 2011 edit

So I’m back after a summer of working and playing like most other people. I spent the last week figuring out imovie and final cut and put together a seg from last season.
I got a gopro camera last fall and this is the result. Thanks for checkin it out. and if you like it share it with your friends.

Ice Creek Lodge

I recently had to pleasure of checking out a cool little backcountry touring lodge toIce Creek Lodge is a ski touring lodge located just NW of Nelson, B.C (approx 60kms) on the NW side of Urd Peak. Travelling from Revelstoke we hopped the Shelter Bay-Galena Bay ferry early in the morning to meet the Owner/Guide Russel at a coffee shop for 7 am. We follow Russel from Nakusp to a little town called Burton where we pull onto a logging road and eventually make it to the Heli staging area. All the while we are surrounded by a beautiful Kootenay morning and the anticipation of what’s to come is building fast. The plan on day one is to sling a load of our supplies and extra gear out to the lodge and then get a lift up to the alpine so we have a good vantage point for the rest of the day’s touring.