Athlete Update

Catching up with Orea

Recently I spoke with Orea, we had a little impromptu interview so everyone can get to know one of the newest members of the PJS family a little bit better. see what she has going on, how she spends her days and what’s planned for this winter. 

 

PJS A: Hey Orea! So all of BC has had a pretty late start to the winter season, but you’ve been up at Baldface Lodge since late november, and how is that treating you up there?

O B-D: Really Good, it definitely has been a late season! I’ve only got a  couple days in at Whitewater [Nelson BC], but being up at Baldface helps, I can get up to the ridge on my breaks and tour, plus we have plans of building a little booter out front so its been good and we just had a massive storm so now the seasons really begun!

what is it that you do at Baldface?

I’m a house keeper, but I help out wherever I can, because its like a family of staff up here. So, housekeeping, keeping the lodge tidy, setting tables, helping with dinner service & drinks, shovelling when I have a chance. There’s always shovelling haha. But mostly cleaning.

So you make it out a decent amount up there to go touring?

Yeah the girls and I try to go out every afternoon but sometimes all you want to do is take a break and watch a ski movie after your shift. We usually get out 4 or 5 times during the week.

That’s pretty sweet, a decent amount on your touring setup! and otherwise when you’re not at the lodge you’re at Whitewater, correct?

Yes, right now I don’t have a house so I have a lot of freedom, I’ve been going over to Red Mountain a lot and I plan to go do a lot of touring in Sandon this year as well. but whitewater is definitely my home base.

Where about’s is Sandon?

Sandon is just outside of New Denver, my home town. so its pretty cool, get a lot of sled skiing up there.

It is a pretty awesome landscape up there.

you’re not just a good skier, but also quite artsy, and I know in the summertime you were doing a lot of artwork. do you have many idea’s for projects while you’re up at the lodge?

Skiing and work has kept me busy so I don’t have a canvas started right now, but watching the sun rise from the Baldface lodge this morning inspired me to actually take a canvas outside and paint my daily view for everyone to see. So that’s on the go. and just wanting to do a lot of like charcoal illustrations, I  want to get back into pencil and charcoal. so, see where that goes. 

PJS has teamed up with a girl out of Victoria named Kim, she has some pretty awesome artwork we are gonna be putting on the hoodies. Do you think you’ll be inspired to add something of your own for a signature hoodie soon? 

Yeah absolutely. I really want to, like I said, start doing more pencil and illustrating. so we’ll throw some colour in there and start screen printing, it will be really fun. It’s definitely a project I want to get into.

You spent this summer in Spain! And we hung out in Portugal there for a little bit, that was a pretty fun time. Do you plan to travel more? Has that inspired you? Perhaps for any ski plans.

Yeah being in Spain has definitely inspired me. I was there for 7 months, and that two weeks spent in Portugal was pretty adventurous as well. I would like to go somewhere that’s a spanish speaking country again, just to build on what I learned while I was in Spain. But right now I have a dilemma of choosing a destination for next fall! I’m going to do a pre season ski trip, dedicated just to ski. and I don’t know my destination just yet.

Fare enough, There is a lot out there! How about competition season? Sounds like you have a lot on the go for that this year.

Yeah, comps are getting me really stoked right now; that’s kind of my main focus, I have five lined up right now. One in two weeks, just got the confirmation for a start list down in Crystal [freeride world qualifier]. So that will be beginning of february and then its kind of full on from there. one on my 21st birthday on the 21st of feb. one will be here at whitewater. In march I’m going to head over to Lake Louise and then Wrangle the Chute for my favourite comp at Kickinghorse. And then to finish it off  I’m gonna go down to Montana, to Big Sky for another freeride world qualifier.

That is pretty awesome, and very jam-packed!

Very jam-packed, and hopefully they’ll all be wins haha.

Check back on the blog to stay up to date as Orea’s season unfolds. Wishing her all the best for the coming comps! 

For more information about Baldface lodge check out their website

 

 

Welcome Orea Brown-Dahl & Jack Evans

There are some pretty incredible female shredders in BC, and PJS is happy to announce that one of those fine ladies will be joining the family this winter. Orea hails from New Denver, in the amazing Kootenays of BC. Focusing on skiing from a young age, during high-school she attended the Red Mountain Ski Academy. She has also called Nelson home base, spending some time working and riding for Retallack cat skiing and currently working at Nelson based, Baldface Lodge. If she’s not hanging out at the lodge then you’ll likely find her at Whitewater Resort where, last February, she earned her seasons pass while winning overall female champion in the Kootenay Cold Smoke competition. This year, she’s planning to attend multiple big mountain comps, as well as some filming, and you’ll see her lots via PJS. Welcome, Orea!

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Jack was born in Windsor, England and moved to Canada in 2009. He first fell in love with skiing when he took his first family skiing trip to Piztal, Austria at the age of 9. He then started skiing for Hillingdon Race Club in Southern England at age 10 and worked his way into the British Ski Team. He has competed at a Europa Cup standard in FIS and retired from ski racing at the age of 18. He now has converted to Big Mountain Skiing, and is based in Whistler. He will be filming and competing heaps this season across Canada. We look forward to see him working his way up the ranks. Ski: Rossignal Boots: Lange

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Pat Boucher Coaching Fun

An update on PJS team rider Pat Boucher: He’s been in the eastern lands of Canada spending lots of time coaching with the Camp Fortune Freestyle club. Always so awesome to see how much the freestyle world can push and inspire skiers from all over, and we’re stoked Pat’s a part of this! 

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Camp Fortune team on home turf doing their thing

So a little while ago the Fortune freestyle comp team headed down from Ottawa to Mt St Louis Moonstone for the Timber Tour slopestyle  and halfpipe event. The weekend was super successful for the first competition of the year attaining many podium finishes, in slope this included:

1st for Mitchel Clarke in M2 category

2nd place for Justin Mallory in M3

4th for Josh Skarjzenski-smith, M3

2nd for owen hawkins in slopestyle and third in pipe, M5

1st for Shondra Charboneau in both girls slope and pipe, F2

The team has been hanging out at fortune for the past few weeks, training in anticipation of this weekends big event; Canadian open at Mt st louis Moonstone resort.

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Some of the team who get to enjoy Pat’s coaching, Kurtis, Devon, Josh and Matt, excited to see the results!

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View of the pipe, comp day.

Zach Halverson Alyeska 2013 Bio

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Photo by Nate Cahoon

Alyeska Resort athlete, Zach Halverson, grew up skiing Alyeska nearly every winter day.  His formal training was as a Mighty Mite skier, Junior team racer, and Freeride team member.  Mostly though, his “training” came in the form of freeskiing laps with friends, day after day.  He turned that feeling of freedom into competitive success on the Junior Freeskiing Tour (JFT), a series of Big Mountain skiing competitions held throughout North America.  In 2011, when Zach was 17, he won the overall tour title.  He is also a two-time event winner on the JFT, winning at Stevens Pass, Washington, and Kirkwood, California.  When he was 17, Powder Magazine ranked him the 10th best skier in the world under the age of 18.

Zach now shares his joy of skiing through films and photographs in national magazines. He was part of a team that won the prestigious Eye of the Condor film and photo contest in La Parva, Chile (http://vimeo.com/27315938).  He also filmed two segments for ESPN, highlighting skiing in southcentral Alaska (http://vimeo.com/38119376 and http://vimeo.com/40367230).  In a recent Powder magazine article showcasing Alyeska Resort, Zach had a spectacular, two page photo jumping off Lolo’s at sunset.  He still occasionally competes in Big Mountain competitions, in the adult league now.  He was 2nd place at the Red Bull “Wrangle the Chute” contest in Kicking Horse, British Columbia, 15th in the Freeskiing World Tour (FWT) event at the Argentine National championships, and 17th at the FWT event at the Chilean National championships.

Zach’s adventurous spirit extends beyond skiing too.  He has climbed Kilimanjaro in Africa, the Grand Teton in Wyoming, and numerous peaks in the Chugach mountains.  He is a four time age-group winner at the Mt Marathon race in Seward, AK.  He’s completed a three month adventure thru the Amazon Rainforest including a 30-day canoe trip in the Amazon basin, and a 28-day backpacking trek in the high cerrado of Brazil (look it up).  In the summer, he is a deckhand on a purse seiner in Prince William Sound.

Zach says, “The Chugach Mountains are a skiers paradise.  The lift served terrain at Alyeska is as good as most backcountry areas around the world.  Get out and ski it – snow, sleet, rain, or shine and you can ski anything and anywhere.”

Zach is sponsored by Alyeska Resort, Blizzard skis, Tecnica boots, Smith Optics, Soul Poles, and Purplejumpsuit Apparel.

Matt MacCallum 11/12 Season Update

Not going to lie, this is one of the first times I’ve actually sat down and relived my past season in such great depth.  Anyways, had quite the season this year, it didn’t start off quite the way it should have though; lost a good friend, Will Schooler, in the pre-season from an unfortunate crash during an urban session. His local hill put on a day for people to come and shred for him which got a lot of attention. I don’t think I have ever seen a temp. park that busy before, the line-ups were packed and even CTV stop by for a visit. It was great to see all the support for one of the coolest, most real individual that I have ever had the pleasure of calling my friend, and I know many others feel the same. Will was one of a kind and will always be remembered by family and friends. Miss ya dude.

Thanks for the safe season bud.

After living in BC for the first time ever last season, and getting to experience all that deep Kootenay pow, I was pretty stoked to get back home and shred park. The first two months went by and after having to put up with COP’s fantastic park crew (same three features from oct31-dec31), and the copious amounts of snow the Rockies get at the beginning of the season (50cms from oct31-dec31), I began to miss BC quite a bit. It wasn’t until the middle of January that I was able to convince some buddies to finally go out to Revelstoke, it was my first time getting to shred there and I would have to say, on a sick pow day that place would be unreal. With the seeming good fortune I have, we missed the snow by only two days and almost everywhere was skied out. That’s the good thing though about going somewhere you have never been is you get lost and come across some pretty sweet stuff. Sadly, the only shot I got of that entire trip was of this magnificent bear (statue) that stands guard in town. I thought it was boss.

After Revy, I had to pack up and go to work for two months which was not part of the plan, but such is life. The best part too was that as soon as I left it started to snow, and it snowed lots.

Paying off debt feels almost as good as shredding tits deep though so I bit the bullet and just had to keep on keepin’ on. I did however get the chance to go to Kicking Horse in between jobs which ended up being one of the highlights of my season. I actually lucked out for once and got to ski K-Ho on a sick pow day, now that I think about it, that was really the only sick pow day I had this year….I have to say, Kicking Horse almost beat out Whitewater for favourite hill that day.

Bears er’where

Didn’t have the chance to do any comps this year, it’s difficult to plan for competitions when you have a hard time predicting your own schedule in the first place. I did hope to make it to a few but, two months of being in the bush limits your options. I did get in my first ever car accident this year as well, which I had to pay for, in full, sadly limiting a lot more options of going places.

Not going lie, it was kind of cool hanging upside down in a car. Seatbelts save lives, kids.

Now it’s summer, May long weekend brought the last of the season with slush cup at Sunshine Resort enticing the copious amounts of drunk party people at the base to jam out to BC/DC and soak up the last of those nice  mountain UV’s.  I’m working on putting an edit together, actually got some shots this year which is kind of rare. All the shots from BC were way too good and could not be used for this edit…so unfortunately no gnarly pillow lines or that 150ft cliff I did…just a bunch of funny shots of me eating shit but and just having fun.

-Matt

Pat Boucher shows us, “Our Day in 1976”

Our Day in 1976


On Saturday, April 7th, Team NS set out to Mont Tremblant, QC for the second edition of the Red Bull 1976. It is an event like no other, where one pieces, 210’s, wigs are encouraged, and outdated tricks are a must !

13 Teams of four skiers each compete in 2 different events, and the podium is based on a combined score of the events.

1) Magic Moguls. Every skier had one run solo down the moguls, than teams went for one final run as a group.

2) Old School Air. Using the jump however you like, Teams each got one practice run, and then one qualifier to impress the judges with creativity and old school style!

Team NS finished with a respectable 4th place. We went out looking to have a blast on the final weekend of skiing. This is always an awesome event, and we were stoked to participate for the second year since its Tremblant debut, last year. It was solid way to end the 2011/2012 season!

L-R : Dillon Mallory, Simon Gagnon, Saxon Giddings (saxon), Pat Boucher(Trojan~Man)

Ex Canadian National Team member – he had the real 1976 style and technique !

Team NS member Pat Boucher getting rad off the bottom mogul!

Teams arriving on THE 1976 bus !

Team NS members Saxon and Pat mid-lincoln loop and mid-720 spread eagle, respectively.

Team Local Squad throwing down for the win!

The double-corks of 1976 !

Team NS member Dillon Mallory as Saucer-Boy!

The 1976 gang before the event!

The podium, with $1000 winners Local Squad on top ! $750 was up for second place, and $500 for third.

Compiled by: Pat Boucher & Saxon Giddings

Season recap of Zach Halverson

This summer I ventured far down south to the land of the Andes. My friend Leo Ahrens and I boarded a plane to Santiago, Chile on July 10. After three days of canceled flights and sleeping on airport floors we were greeted with lack of luggage. Luckily Leo was randomly sitting next to his highschool janitor who offered for us to stay at her nieces apartment for the night. She fed and watered us and in the morning our bags made it and we hopped on a bus headed to Pichilemu to catch some surf for a few weeks. By the time we made it, it was dark and we realized that we had forgotten to make any reservations for a hostel. With no idea where we were walking we started down the road with a full ski bag and duffel bag each. Looking like two lost gringos a lady took pity on us and invited us into her house and offered for us to stay the night. With her lived her brother and his boy, her two daughters and one of her daughter’s daughter. ’twas a full house but it felt like a good home. Leo and I stayed up late with the younger crowed and had a conversation via broken spanish and google translate.

Three weeks later it was time to hit the road and we headed to La Parva to meet up with fellow Dubsatch crew members Carston Oliver and Eliel Hindert to partake in the Eye of the Condor film and photo contest. The Eye of the Condor is a contest that is five-day long and you have to make a five-minute edit and produce five photos. Amazingly we swept the thing winning the photo and the video aspect. Next on the trek was the Redbull Powder Disorder in Las Lenas, Argentina. The Redbull Powder Disorder is a Big Mountain competition that has man-made features involved in it. Conditions were extremely tough from high winds but the comp was pulled off. Props to Jim Jack for another great time. The road continued back to Chile for the Chilean Freeskiing Nationals at Ski Arpa. I had a near miss with a boulder on my second run but i managed to pull off 12th place. Making our way back to Santiago we parted ways after our month and a half log trip and I flew back state side to switch gear and pick up my hiking boots and backpack. After five days at home I got on a plane again and flew to Cuiaba, Brazil and started a three and a half month-long trek thru the Amazon Basin. Using canoe and foot power and battling bugs, fungus, infection and disease our twelve man group made home in the jungle. Two weeks in I got bit by a spider and the bite got infected with staph infection. Luckily I caught it in time and healed up in a month with two little scars.

December rolled around and the snow was dumping in Alaska so I called up my friends Leo Ahrens, Sam Cohen and Nate Cahoon and we set off on a camping trip in the woods of Turnagain Pass. I was all going as planned with the food and equipment packing but the morning we were planning on setting out the winds and snows picked up and it was blowing 100+ mph. We decided to press on anyways. The temps were cold, -20 Fahrenheit.  It was a tough trudge in with 50+lbs sleds but after a few hours of switching off breaking trail we made it to a sheltered area and put up tents and made a snow cave. It was home for a few days. We battled the avalanche conditions for a while but ended up calling the trip off due to horrible avalanche conditions and lack of stove fuel. Back in my home town, Girdwood we thawed out and arranged a bush plane flight. The next clear and sunny day we took to the air. It’s amazing to look at the mountains from the air. The snowpack settled and became bomb proof and we got to ski all the peaks I’d dreamed about for a few years. It was a great weeks. Leo and Nate took off back to the lower forty-eight but Sammo stayed for a while to enjoy the great snow with me.

The road started to call us though so we packed up the truck and went to Mt Baker, WA to shred some epic side country. We then rolled up to Nelson, BC to stay with a few homies (PJS founder) and shred Whitewater; but then we caught wind of a comp going on at Kickinghorse so we continued north to Redbull Wrangle the Chute. I ended up taking second and Sammo took third. Stoked! We then drove back to Nelson and then continued to Montana. In Montana i caught a flight to Seattle and met up with the Tecnica/Blizzard team for a fun week of shooting powder shots. Now I am still in Seattle working on building a purse seiner fishing boat that I am working on this summer. We plan to finish in a few weeks and head of the port on the 4th of May. Its going to be a two-week motor to get to port in Whittier Alaska. Its been a great season!

The Philosofist- What Matt Fry has been up to.

So over this past season I know we haven’t heard too much about Matt Fry, well he’s been at school and that’s a large reason why. He’s also been doing some other stuff, one thing being music. The Philosofist (that’s matt) now has a mix tape out for all the lovely people of the world to enjoy, and you can listen to it here!

Enjoy the tunes everybody, and I hope you’ve all been enjoying some sun!

Zach’s season update #2

Having some fun at Kirkwood, CA


The last time we crossed paths I was heading out to North American Open in Kirkwood CA for stop number four. I ended up taking first in the comp, stoked! Also I hit the storm cycle there, they had over 200 inches in a week and I was there for the last five days of that week. BOOSH. Good times on good snow with good friends. That first place put me in first place overall for the season standing. I had about a two-week break from competition so I stopped in at home for a few days then flew out the Colorado for some soul shredding with Team Summit at A-Basin. After a week I drove over to Snowbird UT for stop number five, the final stop on the JFT. Again a storm cycle was moving in. Seems as though the snow is following me. I ended up falling on a front flip in finals but with my placing at the previous four stops it was enough to keep me in first for the overall! I also won the overall Freemountain Award! Had a very fun season and I can’t wait for next year!

Rockin first and showing off his PJS hoodie.

Overdue Update

I got to talk to Zach about a week and a half ago, and lucky me he had a little update for the blog! Then, unfortunately, I got super sick and did nothing but sleep and feel horrible for about a week and a half! however Zach is incredibly rad and I was stoked to find out where he’s been, so I’m still passing on the news. My apologies for the lateness. -Danko

Hey,

The seasons been great so far! Had so much fun and it’s not done yet!
I started the year at Alyeska Resort shredding the home hill for December and most of January. Then it was off to Jackson hole WY to meet up with my sis and some homies while she competed in the FWT qualifier. After that I hitched a ride with my pops to Alta UT to claim some pow turns and face shots. After a week and a half of filming and shooting it was time to start the comp season. First stop of JFT was at Crested Butte CO. It was a fun weekend and I ended up taking forth and my buddy tanner claimed third, yeah man! I had two weeks after that to kick it at home and ski some AK lines. During that time I took part in the North Face Vertical Challenge, which is a comp to see who can ski the most vertical feet in one day. I skied 55,000 ft but then I pinched a nerve in my leg and had to quit. My leg had paralysis for a few days but with a weeks rest it was good to go.

Stop two was at Crystal Mt. WA. A storm cycle moved thru that weekend so the venue was in prime condition. I got ninth day one but got third day two, which put me in fifth overall. Stoked! Third stop on JFT was Grand Targhee WY. Again I lucked out and a storm moved in a few days before but cleared up for the comp. I finished in second this time and won the Freemountain award. Right after the awards ended I hitched a ride with some friends to Alta again for some shredding. A huge cycle moved in and we got 18in first day and 26in second day! After that it brings me to right now. Tomorrow I leave for stop four of JFT in Kirkwood CA. A storm is rumbling in the Tahoe area so who knows, maybe I’ll run into some snow?

– Zach Halverson