Southern Cali – Part 1

Posted by keenan On July - 8 - 2013ADD COMMENTS

I’ve been living in San Diego since mid-May. A few things I’ve learned:

1. Slippy the Seal’s home port was somewhere between Big Sur and Morro Bay.


2. There’s a gondola at Sea-World, in case you want to access lift-served in the summer.


3. My bike is faster than driving in SoCal traffic. So fast that I’ve crashed it 5 times.  Getting to Timmy K status…

Pacific beach is 3 blocks from my apartment.  During study breaks, I either surf or ride my bike on the boardwalk:


4. Apparently, you can still skateboard when you’re older if you wear the proper attire.  Check out that dude on the deck!



5. USD is beautiful; studying 8-10 hours a day still sucks ass, but Jesus will pull me through.


I think I’ve been learning some legal stuff too, but its unclear.  I’ll let you know…

JP in the Tahoe Backcountry 2013

Posted by peaches On June - 22 - 2013Comments Off on JP in the Tahoe Backcountry 2013

Around this time of year there is a lot of reflecting on the winter that has just been put to rest. Recently in conversations with people from back home or friends in the area who I haven’t seen in a while, I find myself referring to the winter of 2012-2013 as another bust. A total of 326 inches (at Squaw which averages 450) this past season was less then the 355 that fell in the season that almost wasn’t in 2012. It’s easy to feel cheated when thinking about these two seasons but that’s a lot like feeling you got the shaft because you only got to hook-up with 3 varsity cheerleaders at some insane fantasy school where the average is 4 pairs of pom-poms on your bedroom floor. It’s really not that bad, especially when I remember that just 4 years ago I was still in school in Upstate New York and spent the majority of my winter on the frozen slopes of Southern Vermont. If I showed this edit to that former self and managed to utter a complaint about this past winter I would probably get a “are you fucking kidding me?” death stare and punch to the right hip (because this would be me punching me and I know how much it hurts when I get hit right hip).

So I am not going to complain about this the 2013 winter. In fact I’m going to be thankful that my first year with a snowmobile had a deep base for most of the season and not much fresh snow after that. I can only imagine how many tree wells would have provided a nice resting spot for my sled and it’s eager to learn but thoroughly incompetent pilot. It was considered an ideal winter by experienced slednecks yet I still managed to send my sled tomahawking down a 1,500ft chute which will be hard to dethrone as the most vivid, adrenaline filled moment of life.

Oh yeah and the days at Squaw in December, which I have no footage of, were by far the deepest of the season. I might even go as far as to say one of the deepest days I have ever had. (Anyone who opted for Far East on one of those mornings can back me up.)

I don’t think this past winter requires any more analysis, I could go on for a couple thousand words just describing the various new terrain I was fortunate enough to ride and probably write twice as much about the terrain I saw but never got the opportunity to shred. Just listen to the “bro-speak” interview at the beginning of the video. If you think I sound like an idiot you are not alone, I cringed through the entire editing experience.

JP’s 2013 Backcountry Reel from JANKYfilms on Vimeo.

A recap of my first Tahoe winter

Posted by keenan On June - 16 - 2013ADD COMMENTS

Living in a ski town, it’s easy to forget how unique it is that all of your ski-bum friends are competent backcountry skiing, winter hiking by moonlight, or simply to shredding steep slopes inbounds. After two winters in school back in Vermont, it was great to go exploring again with my Janky brethren.

Timmy K – Donner Lake Run:

"The Lake Run" is a classic backcountry run above Donner Lake.  Timmy still finds some fresh after it hadn't snowed in several weeks.

“The Lake Run” is a classic backcountry run above Donner Lake. Timmy still finds some fresh after it hadn’t snowed in several weeks.

Ian N., lower Lake Run:

Nimmo, lower Lake Run.

Nimmo, lower Lake Run.

The snowmobiles added a whole new dimension to serious winter exploring.

First, the snowmobiles were much more difficult to ride in deep snow than imagined. After watching a few Slednecks videos, we figured we’d be blasting to the top of steep pillow zones in no time. No such luck. Instead, the sleds were getting stuck all over the place, rolled down steep chutes, and bucking us off without mercy when we tried to double up hills. On two occasions, I was doubling on a sled that cross-rutted and rolled on a steep hill, bucking the driver and I off, and leaving us scrambling to prevent the snowmobile from rolling like a log to the bottom of the hill.

Hazen and his Ski-Doo 800, JP’s RMK 800 in the background:

Hazen and his 800 Ski-doo, with JP's 800 Polaris in the background

Hazen and his 800 Ski-doo, with JP’s 800 Polaris in the background

Second, the sleds were machines, and required maintenance. Between Hazen, JP, Tyler and I, we had a limited basket of tools from which to work. Literally, a woven Easter-type basket served as our toolbox. And we had no garage. Hazen used a large multi-colored umbrella as his garage. Tyler and I used an old shed at my house, and left the ass-end of the sled hanging out into the elements. Unfortunately, the sled that Tyler and I had, a 2001 Polaris RMK 700, blew up the top end – the parts of the pistons on the exhaust side broke off. Over several nights in the shed, accompanied by freezing fingers and lots of cursing, we executed a rebuild.

The shed setup:

The shed

You can see the broken edge on the left-hand, close edge of the piston

You can see the broken edge on the left-hand, close edge of the piston

When I did get out on the snowmobiles with Hazen and JP, I took some of the best runs of my life. Tahoe is much steeper than Alta and the terrain is much more technical, which makes for the type of skiing that can give you serious jollies. Next winter, with the sled situation more dialed in, I think Janky will be able to consistently access world-class skiing. Jollies forcast? An all time high.

Hazen dropped me off at the top of this chute in Blackwood, so tasty:

Hazen dropped me off at the top of this untracked line in Blackwood Canyon - so tasty.

Hazen dropped me off at the top of this untracked line in Blackwood Canyon – so tasty.

Aside from the backcountry, I had some great inbounds days at Squaw and Alpine. There is lots to explore between the two ski areas and the accompanying side country.

Tyler S., atop a cornice on Squaw closing day 2013:

Tyler S., atop a cornice at Squaw, closing day 2013.

Tyler S., atop a cornice at Squaw, closing day 2013.

It’s June, and I couldn’t be more excited for my next Tahoe winter with Janky.

West Coast Sessions Sunset Shoot

Posted by hazen On June - 5 - 2013Comments Off on West Coast Sessions Sunset Shoot

Our Shasta to Hood Sunski roadtrip coincided with the 7th annual West Coast Sessions led by our good buddy Ethan Stone. Each year a select group of the country’s (and to a smaller extent the world’s) best am riders are invited to a unique week-long session at Timberline on Mount Hood, and JP and I were able to walk out to the spectacular jump they had built especially for the riders with our lawn chairs and beers and spectate. It was a jaw-dropping show of skiing talent set against a killer sunset high above Oregon, and I took my first real crack at shooting action photos. Shane McFalls was a filmer for a team in the video competition aspect of the gathering, and can be seen here working on what I can only imagine to be the world’s first VHS-MiniDV-3D camera system. I think.

Shane McFalls Home Videos

Scrappy Joe Young mid-flawless-noseblunt-cork 9

Young Scrap Sw 5

Jed Kravitz dropping in with heat and 12,000′ Mount Hood in the background.

Mount Hood sunset with Jed in fine form

Mount Hood sunset with Jed in fine form

One of Jed’s mint opposite tail cork 7s

Jed Kravitz Opp Tail 7

Jed Kravitz again, rodeo 5 dub-nose. Perfect.

There's some serious low-light grain action here, but Jed's style was too good not to post this one

There’s some serious low-light grain action here, but Jed’s style was too good not to post this one

Treefort Lifestyles Jeff Curry getting laid out in a nutty cork 7

Jeff Curry Nutty Cork 7

Crazy Karl Fostvedt in a perfect blunt 10

Karl Fostvedt 10 Blunted

Rob Heule in an unnatural 180. Foreground foliage baby!

Rob Heule 180

Hood loc-dog Drew Stew threw down all week with the grossest bic-ed head with a dread rat-tail out the back. Dude is gnarly.

Couldn't have caught Drew at a better moment here. Go Colts eh?

Couldn’t have caught Drew at a better moment here. Go Colts eh?

Joey van der Meer cork 7 trailing tail

Young Scrap Blunted 9

All in all it was one of the most amazing sessions to watch, and this was just one evening in a week full of insanity. Make sure you watch the videos here:

The Road… Shasta

Posted by hazen On May - 5 - 2013ADD COMMENTS

JP, Timmy and Hazen checking in from the road. We just finished up 4 incredible days on Mount Shasta, where the locals are weird and the hikes are long. Timmy and Ingrid found a great camping spot on the first night below snow level that was warmer and more sheltered and we established a solid base camp. Each of the four days we toiled up 2,500′ vert to our jump spots and dug. And dug. Our first jump:



Our next spot we were determined to build a step-up, regardless of build-time. JP standing at the top of the lip-



Timmy whistlin’ as he works.




The sun sets over 14,000 foot Shasta in fine form as our adventure here comes to a close.




The camper in full effect under the stars.




As soon as we finished our second jump session we packed everything up and drove through the night, sad to leave the beautiful Shasta Wilderness but gripped by excitement to discover what Mount Hood holds for us. More to come…

Shred Ready Park Laps

Posted by hazen On April - 26 - 2013Comments Off on Shred Ready Park Laps

It is officially spring here in the Tahoe area… which of course means the parks are soft and ready to be slayed. Keenan and Hazen spent a few days filming around Boreal, Alpine Meadows and Squaw to put together something quick to showcase the Forty 4, Shred Ready‘s new helmet.

Bad Season Pt. 4 Spring Park Montage MADNESS

Posted by hazen On March - 29 - 2013Comments Off on Bad Season Pt. 4 Spring Park Montage MADNESS

Enough has been made of the “bad winter” already. Yes, there wasn’t much snow, but hot shit on a shingle is skiing a good time! This winter proved beyond a doubt in my mind that you can’t have a bad season, because you can always enjoy it regardless of precipitation. People enjoy this sport all over the world because it is incredibly fun, and most would say that we live in one of the coolest areas in the world to ski and should have been grateful. Which is true. By the end of the season I had forgotten it all and simply had a blast skiing. I think the rest of the crew had forgotten too, judging by the video. Bring on the bad seasons now; I think I’m ready to just enjoy being on snow.

Eli Sobel Line of the Week!

Posted by hazen On March - 8 - 2013Comments Off on Eli Sobel Line of the Week!

This week we saw a few storm days hit the Sierras and Eli and the crew were ready for pow.

Video: Line of the Week with Hazen at Alta

Posted by hazen On March - 3 - 2013ADD COMMENTS

I was lucky enough to catch some amazing snow (and sun) on a trip out to Utah to visit family, and had the helmet cam on for a run or two. Some photos from the beautiful but mostly boring drive through Nevada.LonePeak


After surviving the never-ending salt flats we round the corner and see the Wasatch front still wrapped in clouds

WasatchFront WasatchFrontClouds

A glimpse of the conditions:

Headed back to sunny Mount Tahoe!


Line of the Week: A Run Down with Hazen and JP

Posted by hazen On March - 2 - 2013Comments Off on Line of the Week: A Run Down with Hazen and JP

Amidst an exploratory mission Hazen and JP decide get off the sleds and take a run down. Yes this is all one run with 4 well distinguished shelves of terrain. Well worth the hike out.