Out The Window: The State of JANKY

Posted by peaches On January - 21 - 2012ADD COMMENTS

As I look out the window right now I am staring at trees swaying in the distance, being shaken by the winds that are accompanying the newest storm front. It is January 20th and between me and the swaying trees in the distance is a table, a window and rain falling in sheets, at times falling horizontally. It is forty-one degrees at the lake right now and not much colder up on the hill I just descended. Normally rain to the top of the mountains in a place like Lake Tahoe in January would be a devastating weather event, making the mountain un-ridable until the next snowfall. This season however, with this rainfall things are really looking up. They are saying we could wake up tomorrow morning with over two feet on the ground. If you have been living here since the early winter this forecast seems like a report of our salvation. If you put this in perspective we have received 6 percent of average snowfall this winter (none of which is on the ground any longer) and this storm would put us at just about the 10% mark going into February (6% if you are comparing it to last winter but don’t do that).

 

There are good winters and bad winters. There is a good chance that this season will still yield some good snowfall and we will all be able to get a fix at some point before the season is over. Its too early to call this season a wash but as part of this aspiring ski/board film conglomerate, with next to no money for any significant, film worthy, travel this season has not yet started. Sure we have been able to ski mini parks and groomed terrain, and despite the fact that the conditions have deteriorated since the lifts started running in mid-November we a have been able to have some fun and get a couple film worthy shots.

 

It’s important to stay positive but it’s also extremely difficult. I know talking this way about the weather, so passionately, so dependently seems self-centered, childish, and illogical. Why care so much about something we have no control over especially when our use for this frozen precipitation is for sliding face-first, ass-first, and sideways down, recreation to most. And while the core of this argument is correct the fact remains that snow has become a resource which an industry has been built around. Much like warm salt water is a resource for beach resorts and coal has always been a resource for mining companies all to way to energy companies and the consumers at home, a ski destination without snow is not much of a destination at all and the jobs built around this destination cease to exist or are at least put on hold for an indefinite while.
In this very round about explanation I am trying to explain that not only have we not been able to film up to par here in Tahoe so far this season, but the jobs we all hold to fund our addiction have also taken a hit and left us with little in the way of discretionary funds or any funds for that matter. The days of the broke ski bum used to mean that one would chose to wash dishes for meals or a pass, sleep in the car or under the stairs of some local acquaintances in some old hole-ridden sleeping bag just to wake up an score some nipple deep. Today you don’t need togo to such extravagant lengths to be a slumming in a ski town, you can hold two jobs and have a lease on place with 4 to 7 roommates and live right down the road from the mountain. Peanut butter and pasta appeals equally to both all bums alike.

 

Should tonight’s forecast pan out we could be in much higher spirits come this following workweek. If these types of weather patterns keep up, minus the rain (though I would take a day of rain if every time it did so we could get a few feet of frozen), this two month period of no precipitation could be a distant and easily forgotten memory. I hope it is. But in the end we cannot discount the fact that we have missed out on two months of filming and riding. When the snow does come we will need to get very creative and milk it for all it is worth. Applying the same model for a JANKY film as we have in the past won’t cut it this year. Most seasons the snow and the shots have fallen in to our laps starting, in some cases, early October. No such luck this time around we will need to work for this one. Luckily we are JANKY so if the bar is not reached its because we are passed out under it. Crack a couple for Ullr because the best chance for deep snow if following a night when you’ve had four or more brews, so drink up!

 

MammyJump!

Posted by peaches On January - 14 - 2012Comments Off on MammyJump!

Timmy, Haz, and JP took a trip down to Mammoth this past week. They haven’t gotten much in the way of snow but that hasn’t the park folks at Mammoth from building sick set-ups and the best kickers we have hit to date! Can’t wait to make another trip when there’s snow. Here’s a little tease!

Powder Segment from Boot Deep!

Posted by hazen On January - 12 - 2012Comments Off on Powder Segment from Boot Deep!

I know it’s hard to believe in a winter like this, but powder snow IS A REAL THING. We had the cameras rolling for the deepest days in what turned out to be one of the deepest seasons in Alta’s long history of deepness. Enjoy!

Brighton November Timescape

Posted by hazen On January - 7 - 2012Comments Off on Brighton November Timescape

http://vimeo.com/32293593

Ski-Snow Contact

Posted by hazen On January - 7 - 2012Comments Off on Ski-Snow Contact

Skiied August 12 with Sarah at Alpine Meadows and October 30 with Bruno at Killington. What’s wack is that I’ve missed skiing in September and ruined my monthly skiing streak two years in a row.  There has to be snow-ski contact to count.  No water-ramping, grass-skiing, goomba-shit.  Next September – I’m gonna figure it out.

[caption id=”attachment_83″ align=”alignnone” width=”614″ caption=”9 AM: Sun cupped and icy. But its sliding on snow.  Literally half of Sarah

Early Season in Alta

Posted by hazen On January - 7 - 2012Comments Off on Early Season in Alta


So there is some snow in Alta. Scott Lammele and Dave Zook sample the goods… Looks kinda deep!

Brighton February LostTapes

Posted by On November - 23 - 2011Comments Off on Brighton February LostTapes

Brighton February LostTapes

Last February, JANKY went out and shot some video at Brighton during a little FreeskiBrands (Surface, Causwell, Joystick) photoshoot with Jason Eichhorst (phenomenal photographer, check him out!) clicking away. Skiing is Blake Nyman, Shayne Metos, Liam Casey and Eliel Hindert. All of the skiing was with the intention of capturing a still. I tried to show that with these clips as best possible. Didn’t wind up using the footage for anything else, so I figured I’d kill some time waiting for more snow this year by editing some old footage. Hope you enjoy!

We’re having a grand ol’ early season here in Utah. Stay tuned for some fresh shots coming soon…

Washkour BYE

Posted by peaches On November - 15 - 2011Comments Off on Washkour BYE

A-Lodgers are on some next level sh*t! Doing some serious preseason training at an undisclosed secret training facility. An exclusive look into this new sport sweeping across specific parts of Little Cottonwood Canyon.

Line Love!

Posted by peaches On November - 15 - 2011Comments Off on Line Love!

JANKYfilms got some credit in the Line 2011 Mixtape, thanks Benjamin M. Allen and Colter J. Hinchliffe!!!

Skiing in October!

Posted by peaches On November - 8 - 2011Comments Off on Skiing in October!

This is from the beginning of October up at Sugar Bowl, a little late on the post but we are just trying to feed the stoke… The snow was great despite getting up there a little late, it was nice and light (for California) and was double overshin in places. Big thanks to Matt Bansak for the photos.

Nothing like a fresh booter into the unknown.

 

Hazen doing his best to capture the action and relax at the same time. Who needs a tripod anyway.

                                        JP enjoying the Sierra Cement.

Hazen ignoring all obligations to his helmet, goggle, and under-helmet-hat sponsors.

Classic shot of Donner Lake on the way out, not too bad for October.