Well, Its that time of the year again. When the trees start turning colors and everyone who loves skiing get that little itch for winter again. Another thing is ski movie trailers start to be released. Warren Miller Ent. just released their trailer for the new film “No Turning Back” That features the trip Josh Bibby I went on in Greece. Check it out below and go and see the film when it comes out.
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.
Just hanging out on top of Olympus. Photo- Mike Arzt
This was breakfast. was really stoked on skiing this face. Photo- Mike Arzt
the view from the top
My lines on the Left, Bibbys on the right
I love breakfast. view from the bottom
Tom Day getting the shot
Road shotgun in heli today
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!
Warren Miller Crew- Greece edition.
From Sea to mountain top.
Tom Day getting the shot, door open.
Off to Olympus we go
I took the lookers left, Josh took lookers right.
Little screen grab from my line. blind.
Josh getting it.
For once I was taller!!
OOO HELLO! (pre avi)
It would of been one hell of a ride… really glad I didn’t take it
She went big…
If you can look close you can see where it broke and I fell in
this is were I was able to stop myself.
it could of been a long ride down…
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.
the local scene
Bibby checking out the scene
Just crushing the lifestyle Photo- Mike Arzt
can’t really explain this one… Photo- Mike Arzt
our little cheese wedge
pretty good build.
in my element. Photo-Mike Arzt
Bibby- Switch cork 5
A bit stormy. Photo-MIke Arzt
Photo- Mike Arzt
Flat 3. Photo-Josh Bibby
Rodeo 5. Photo- Josh Bibby
Tail 3. Photo- Josh Bibby
Bibby pulling a perfect Cork tail 7
kids fascinated by the RED
best boat name ever
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!
and here we go… Photo- Mike Artz
Owner of the hotel loved my attire. photo-Mike Artz
Taipouro!! photo-Mike Artz
roaming the village. Photo-Mike Artz
yep… Photo-Mike Artz
Parkour action. Photo-Mike Artz
I eventually hit a wall… Photo-Mike Artz
scoping my cliff. Photo-Mike Artz
The things I do for the movie… Photo-Mike Artz
still standing strong
Standing the test of time
taipouro, taipouro, taipouro
all home made
Was really looking promising this morning when we woke but turns out the clouds came back in. We sent the heli up to check out the zones but they had to turn around and come back to camp. So we decided to go check out this castle up on the foothills. We showed up to find lots of goats running around and an awesome local goat herder with them. He were able to hang out and check out the castle for a bit, now we are packing up and getting ready for a big move tomorrow to new location.
Goats protect the castle
View from above
Goat herder taking it easy
Greece meet Josh Bibby
GQ shoot with the herder
STORM THE CASTLE!!!
Tomorrow we ski!!!
Well the adventures never end… I finally made it to Greece and the place we are all staying after spending 48+ hours in a plane/airport. However my bags and everything I need did not. I found out Josh Bibby’s bags also did not make it in from his flight, so we both were out of luck for the first day. Luckily we were informed that our bags would be showing up at 4 P.M. So for the first day we just hung out got use to the time change (which is about 10 hour difference, so as I’m writing this its 5 A.M.) I pretty much stuffed my face with an amazing breakfast and lots of coffee this morning. The food here is amazing and I may come home about 10 pounds heavier, OOPS! Anyway, the plan was to drive to the airport and get our bags at 3, But why drive when you can fly! We took off from out hotel and was at the airport in about ten minutes, I must say you definitely feel like a bad ass when you show up by heli to get lost luggage. Unfortunately upon arrival I was informed that my bags would for sure be in the following day, however one of Josh’s bags did make it. So the heli ride to the airport wasn’t for nothing after all. Afterwards we went into town to an amazing little restaurant were I continued to stuff my face with amazing Greek food and something called Zeus Juice (home made wine). So tomorrow is another day and hopefully I will be able to report back that I have bags in hand.
^ Our digs for the next couple of day.
^ We are right on the Sea
^ Our bird the the trip, A-Star
^ Breakfast here at Greece could be a problem…
^ We don’t drive to get our bags… WE FLY!
^Bibby stoked we are on his way to get his bags.
^ En route to get bags
^ Special delivery for Josh. Ski bags
^ Nothing like a little Greek food
^ Mouth watering
^ Greek Poutine?!
^ And Zeus Juice! (Home made wine)
So hopefully my bags show up and we can get started on this film. Until then I’m going to drink and stuff my face with amazing food.