Sometimes my stories of filming and traveling sound glorious. And most of the time they are. However, today should provide insight into the other side of what we do, a not so amazing day in filming for a snowboard video. After 5 days of snow and clouds today dawned as blue as anything I’ve seen. Yesterday we snowmobiled into the mountains and built a jump. Normally that’s a good thing so you have a jump ready to go first thing the next morning. We thought we were building a good jump, but in the snow it’s extremely hard to figure out where to build and if a landing is steep or not. The landing we had scoped and built a jump on turned out to be a total pile of shit. The landing was flat as hell and our kicker was fairly poppy. Nobody landed a thing and everyone’s bodies were beat up.
We started a mission to scope some new terrain and find something else to hit and this is when shit really started to go bad. First, Louie Vito drove his sled into a tree well. It took the crew an hour to get it out. Kyle and I were trying to forage through thick trees and gullies and got stuck in the deep snow too many times to count. I weigh 135 pounds or so. My snowmobile weighs four hundred and something pounds. Imagine trying to lift that thing up in three feet of snow. Over and Over! Brutal unless you’re on steroids. By the time we got to anything that remotely resembled snowboarding terrain it was late in the afternoon and the crew was beat down from being stuck a million times, launching onto a flat ass landing and the effects of all these days adding up. Not to mention the mental anguish that is associated with not getting shit done.
On the way out Slater’s sled shit the bed so we had to tow it. Louie’s sled decided it wouldn’t start after towing for a bit. It took us at least two hours to get those hunks of metal out of the mountains! Good thing everyone had a sense of humor about it all because we could’ve really gone mad out there. TWSnow’s senior photographer Andy Wright had spent the last two days with our crew and I’m sure he’ll have some good stories after this hellish day.
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