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!
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
Check out the ESPN exclusive video of the Dubsatch boys in AK. If you read Zach’s update on the 8th he explains a bit of this trip. Looks like an amazing time!
Watch on ESPN here.
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!
Filmer Michael Blatt did some laps with Logan recently at Timberlines park, enjoy!
And if you want to stay more up to date on the life of Logan be sure to check out his blog!
Whitewater’s season has officially came to an end, spring is in the air here in nelson, it’s a love hate time for many of us skiers. I’m personally looking forward to school wrapping up in two weeks, moving to a new area and having much more free time to work on hoodies. Also the fact that Sunshine has a much longer spring season and I may get a few more days on snow! (slightly torn about that however, as I am not a fan of what happened recently to so many of their old management.)
Also possibly going to Sunshine later this spring is Matt MacCallum, and even though his season is still not over he decided to put together a little 2010/2011 edit to enjoy the memories. Now here it is for your enjoyment.
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!
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!
I’ve gotten a ton of orders recently for hoodies (so stoked about it!) and just finished up another two in the past two days. This morning I got some pictures of the bunch I have in my house and I figure it would be a good idea to post them in the blog as well as on the facebook page.
In this post is also an edit, pat was messing around with some footage of the late season and had the idea to challenge a friend of his to a little contest, (to my knowledge Brett, his friend, was bored and enjoys editing) he would send Brett all the clips and I would then post the winning edit in the blog, (winner decided by me). However first, here are some hoodies.
Front of hoodie #1
Back of hoodie # 1
Apparently Alaska likes tie dye? Hoodie # 1 and #2 are both headed up there.
Front of # 2
Back of hoodie #2
The front of Matts hoodie!
The back of Matt’s hoodie
Pats hoodie! the first one with writing on it, Pat did the cursive, turned out really nice, turned it into some stickers as well.
Ill get a less blurry picture, but the front of Pats
The back of Pats
Rasta hoodie front
Back of the Rasta hoodie
This hoodie is Graeme’s, he wanted to have a hidden velcro pocket in it so I did my best! Think it turned out well if I do say so myself.
The front of Graemes hoodie
The velcro pocket on Graemes
So there is a product update, I think in the next one I’ll get some decent pictures of tuques to post.
Now here is the late season edit from Mt.Wash, pat was the winner of their little contest.