2011/2012

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

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!