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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

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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!

Eye of the Condor

Team member Zach Halverson has found himself in south America right now on an adventure that, for some, would be the trip of a lifetime, but for him it’s looking like just the beginning. Zach and a group of friends were recently involved in an event called Eye of the Condor, which included several video and photography competitions, one of the events being a 5 minute video taken during the time in La Parva, Chile. Zach and the rest of Team Dubsatch won the video competition with some awesome footage of not only just the hill, but the roof of a parking garage as well. Check it out!

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/27350594]

One of the contests is still up for grabs, and you can vote here for who you think deserves the reader’s choice award.You can also view pictures and video entries from all of the teams, I may be a bit bias, but vote Team Dubsatch!

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!

Mason Goodchild Profile

I want to introduce my buddy Mason Goodchild. Way back during highschool life his family was kind enough to let me live with them for three months of the winter. (Yes I peaced from my highschool for a term to ski, No I didn’t get to ski every day I was there (still had to attend school in Golden), and yes my mom is such a ski bum she was totally down for me doing that. Love my mommy, and Masons family for letting me stay with them!)

So Mason is a sick skier, and if I had more time and resources he would totally be on the PJS team at this very moment. For now, a shout out will have to do. However, don’t be to surprised if you see more about Mason in the future on the blog.

Nickname: Mas? I like Rudager though.

Age- 19

Where are you from/living now?- My home will always be Golden, BC. Currently though, I am living In Calgary, AB for school.

How did you get into skiing?- Parents, grew up in Lake Louise, started skiing at the age of 2. Have always lived in a ski town. Kinda just grew on me.
 

Photo featured in Backcountry Magazine


What is your favourite memory from last season? – Roadtrip down to Nelson and Rossland with my buddy Lane.

Who is your favourite skier?- Pollard. I’ma going to marry him one day

What do you do when you’re not skiing?- School, Summer travels…

Where do you want to be in 5 years?- Travelling around the world working sports events in broadcasting.

Favourite place to ski?- Kicking Horse

favourite meal?- Stir Fry, cheap and easy to make

Favourite quote?- “All you touch and all you see is all your life will ever be”

What’s on your ski play list for this season?- Classic, Folk and Glam Rock


Plans for this season?- Focus on school. Sadly not my season. Going to try and get more into park skiing

What can you not live without?- Family, Friends, Music, Skiing and The West Coast

Other sponsors?- Surface

goggle steeze to hard to handle

Holiday Activities

Over the christmas break Matt MacCallum and I traveled to the Island for a few days at Mount Washington where we met up with Pat B and Martin E. We ran into some crazy amounts of powder and one day of sun, if I recall correctly it went something like this… 32 cm overnight, 32 cm overnight, 35 cm overnight, 60 cm overnight, 15 cm overnight… and finally some sun for our last day. After a good time on the island we headed to Alberta and hit up Canada Olympic Park for a few days, and one very unbearably cold day at Lake Louise.

I have for your visual stimulation, a short clip of Pat’s edges being mad at him, and some pictures from a small powder booter and a jump at COP.

Matt MacCallum at COP

Pat has some mad style!

Matt decided he didn’t want to show his face

Logan also got a new shot recently, wearing one of his PJS hoodies to top it off! (Matt is also wearing his hoodie in the pictures above, but its hidden under his jacket).

Logan rocking his hoodie for some urban.

That is all for now. Hope everyone is enjoying the season!

-Danko

A little edit for the holidays

Hope everyone is having an awesome holiday, and Christmas treated you well! I’m home on the Island spending time with family, unfortunately nowhere near my sewing machine and I’m feeling bad about it, but the break from school is very nice. Mount Washington has been dumped on while I’ve been here, now holding a base of 520 cm, ullr gave them 139 in just the past 48 hours. Each day up the hill has been a deep pow day with fresh tracks every run. A very nice christmas present from ullr indeed.

Sadly I have no GoPro footage to show for the awesome powder days here as I am lacking a memory card… but I will be trying to get some pictures on my last day on the hill to post. Pat B. will be bringing his GoPro up as well and may be putting an edit together that will end up here in no time.However, what I can leave you with is an edit from before the holidays of a day at Red Mountain. Rider Matt MacCallum had the GoPro for the sunny day and put together the edit. Enjoy!

My Alaska The Movie

All the big premiers seem to be coming to an end now. The season and new filming year is about to begin. I’ve got one movie here that some of you may have missed however. Logan Imlach and a group of his friends from AK put together a film from last season they call My Alaska. It’s up for free download, but if you’re feeling friendly, or really like the flick, the option is there to buy a hardcopy for the low price of $10. Supporting these guys is a rad idea in my opinion because they did an awesome job on this movie. Its got a whole new side of Alaska I’ve never seen before and most likely lots of others haven’t as well. So here she be!

New friends, new pictures, fun stuff.

PJS kinda knows some random people from random places around North America. Take this goof for instance, Zachary Halverson, this kids from some funky place called Alaska and well… he’s kinda spiffy on a pair of skis. Lucky for me, he’s also a member of the Purplejumpsuit team. Zach is 16 and rips the pow pow nicely, I met him at the Canadian freeskiing open at Red Mountain in January and more recently he just finished up another competition at Crested Butte.  This time he snagged an impressive 6th, good job Zach!

Here are some pictures of the fine young fella.

Skiing…

Blue bird!

Being rad

And chillin…

What a punk

Goofin

So that’s Zach, and we are stoked to have the kid on the team! Hopefully some updates from Alaska will be up in the very near future.

Here on the island we’ve been getting some crazy sun, Martin and Pat have both been getting some decent goggle tans started after we’ve been in the fog/clouds for what seems like forever! Sadly got no pictures from the blue bird days here, but we do have some recent shots from cloudy days.

derp

Martin went tree climbing

Pat’s octo!

I don’t have any pictures of Matt’s recent shenanigans, but I have been told the lucky bugger is getting tons of freshies at the moment, after a ton of sun! He’s kinda stoked, and im kinda jealous. Hopefully he’ll snag some pow shots so we can be even more jealous.

I’ve got to get back to finishing up a tuque, so goodnight.

-Danko