Winter wasn’t exactly ideal for filming this year. But luckily bike season is upon us, and Chris and I had the opportunity to get out for the day and dust off the cobwebs. We hope to get out and do some more filming this summer biking and wakeboarding. So hopefully means more to come.
Yesterday King 5 New Day NW had Ingrid Backstrom and I onto the show to talk about the new Warren Miller film “No Turning Back” It was really fun to hang see Ingrid again and be able to talk about our segments. You can watch our entire interview by following the link below.
Next stop is Wisconsin for the film.
This post is going to be very easy. I woke up, walked to heli, Flew to Mt. Olympus and skied big lines, it was awesome… The end.
Tomorrow is the last day of the trip, we are going to try and go out with a bang.
Today was the most exciting adventure of the trip, both good and bad. Morning started off great with us waking up to blue bird skies and Mt. Olympus in the background. It was finally go time for the helicopter skiing part of this trip. The lift up to Olympus is only about 10 minutes, so we were up in the mountains in no time. It was really refreshing to see what the terrain had to offer and what the conditions would be like. We immediately found some decent size lines we wanted to ski. But it turns out the winds had hit the mountain hard the couple days before. So it wasn’t going to be waste deep pow, but at least it was still soft and buttery smooth. Josh and I tee’d up two pretty sweet lines early and were pretty stoked on what we had. On our third lift back up is when shit kind of hit the fan for me… We were scoping out a line Josh had picked out from the top, when we decided we need to move down the ridge a bit further. I started a kick turn and when I was bringing my other ski around the, cornice gave way. It broke off directly under my feet, and at first I thought I was going to be able to keep my balance and stay on. But it broke down to rocks and I fell about 5 ft backwards off a cliff following the cornice. The SUV sized cornice then triggered a 2-3ft fracture that propageted the length of the ridge. I was lucky in that there was no snow following me, so I was able to spin myself around and set an edge before reaching the cliff ban below. Needless to say that got the blood pumping this morning. The slide went pretty large, but I will let the photos show that. But hey can’t let something like that slow you down, just need to learn and move on. We finished up the day getting some really cool ski shots. The plan is to get up early again tomorrow and get back after it!
We have been traveling so much from village to village I honestly forgot what day we are on. All I do know is that we finally got out on the hill and got some really good shots. We went up to one of the local ski hills and built a jump for a day, and was able to hit it a couple times. It was really fun to catch some air and get our legs back under us. Now we are back in the spot where the heli is, and after a down day it is looking like we will FOR SURE! fly tomorrow (thats a promise from the heli pilot). I am more then excited to finally get out on Mt. Olympus and shred some Greek God pow! I will let the photos do the talking and kind of explain the last couple of days.
Woke up a little foggy this morning due to last nights festivities. After Our big mission with the horses and skin, we decided to celebrate a little bit. The owner of the little hotel we were staying at decided to join in and help us out too. He did so with donating his massive bottle of home made Tsipouro and passing it around. Ive come to learn that everyone here either makes or has an uncle that makes tsipouro. The minute I say the word or ask about it, they are offering me some of their home made blend. So once we collected ourselves this morning we loaded up and got on the road again. Our guide told us of some bridges in the area that dated back to 18th century and would shoot really well. I wasn’t expecting to do anything much today besides lifestyle/culture stuff, but things soon changed when I found a cliff to hit into a river. I have never seen water so clear and clean before anywhere, along with so cold. After doing a couple gainers off the cliff we moved along to a village at a different mountain. Its extremely cool to be up in the mountains in these small villages of maybe a 100 people, and getting the full culture experience. This weekend is a big holiday in Greece, with the celebration of the sun coming. Starting tomorrow they will burn massive fires everywhere and party until monday. For us, we can start to use the heli again Sunday. And it is looking like some snow is on its way here and lots of it. Fingers crossed!
The adventures never end. Today I can say I did something I never thought I would. We ended up in this town way up in the mountains, staying at this extremely cool place. The village has been around for ever, 100 plus years! Only about 500 people live here and everything you see just has that ancient feel. The village is tucked very high up in-between some huge mountains. But to get to the snow we had to hike about an 2 hours up… thats when we brought the calvery in. We rode horses up to the zone today, I have never been on a horse and today was pretty bad ass. We loaded up all the horses with the gear and us and took off to the zone. I have never experienced anything like this. Being up in the middle of no where in a very small village and surrounded by mountains like this. Today was one to remember and I thank all the locals and everyone that helped make it happen.