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The snow has stopping falling, resorts have closed and the days of charging steep and deep powder is just a figment of our imagination. Why wait until Fall or the snow to start falling again to get in shape for the ski season. Golden Coast Productions the producers of Surf Stronger -The Surfer's Workout just released their third workout DVD Ski Stronger - The Skier's Workout. Certified trainer, Scott Adams takes you step-by-step through a ski specific training program to help develop the leg strength, core stability, and total body conditioning to make you a better athlete and a better skier. Workout all summer and make your friends jealous when opening day rolls around. About: Golden Coast Productions is the proud maker of Ski Stronger--The Skier’s Workout and the popular Surf Stronger video series. Drawing on research-based principles of exercise science and extensive skiing and surfing experience, these sport-specific workout programs are challenging and effective. It is our belief that the better your fitness for your sport, the better you'll perform and enjoy your sport. Ski Stronger Review Feel the burn. The first time I did the Ski Stronger workout I was so sore. Sore in a good way. Living in Tahoe I thought I was in ski shape, but I guess that wasn't the case. Although I wasn't too sure after the first workout feeling sore I decided to continue. After 3 days a week for a few weeks I started to feel a difference all around. I would like to say my skiing improved, but I'm a boarder. With that said I did start to feel stronger and with my core stability improved powder days became even more enjoyable. Even though the season has now ended I've continued using the Ski Stronger video 2 days a week mixing it up with Surf Stronger, gym workouts, yoga, hiking and my summer favorite mountain biking. What do you do to stay in shape during the summer? MSRP: $34.95 (video), $14.99 (ipod download) 60-Minute Workout Breakdown: 5 Minutes: Pre-ski warm up routine. Focused on building dynamic flexibility. 35 Minutes: The skier’s workout. Building core stability, leg strength, balance and endurance specific to skiing while using movements related to skiing. You might feel like you are skiing in your living room 8 Minutes: The skier’s flexibility routine. A series of stretches and yoga movements geared to enhance and build mobility for your hips, legs and back. 12 Minutes: Express core workout. Focused on back, hip and abdominal muscles for added strength, stability and endurance in your core making you feel stronger on powder days! Pro's:
- Simple, easy to follow
- At home workout
- Feeling Stronger after a few days
- Take it anywhere on your ipod
- Additional purchases may apply: Pair of Dumbbells, Fitness Ball, Yoga Mat (optional)
- Personal motivation to keep going (working out with a partner might be helpful)
With good tunes and lots of big lines in deep pow, "The Way I See It" is the ski movie you've been craving. Looking for a good ski movie that is low on the jibbers and bad rap, and high on sick lines and good tunes? Look no further than the recently released Matchstick Productions film "The Way I See It." The film strikes a good balance between the teenagers in jackets that look like dresses and big mountain skiing. Clearly, I'm biased. I don't ski to ski down stair rails, to wear bright green/pink/orange/blue ski jackets that come down to my knees, or to wear my pants at my ankles while jumping over boxes and onto concrete steps. Personally, I feel like that "scene" has dominated the ski movie industry as of late (save Powderwhore), which isn't something I'm stoked about. I ski to ski powder. And I like my ski movies to be full of it. So, keep that bias in mind as I provide you with my impression of "The Way I See It."
The Way I See "The Way I See It"As the first big ski movie of the season shown at Alyeska Ski Resort, everyone was pumped to head to the opening of "The Way I See It." You know that vibe, when everyone is chomping at the bit to get back on skis, and wants to drool over some powder to get stoked for the season (especially when you know your home mountain has some serious screen time in the movie). As the film began, and scenes of epic mountains, a helicopter and some big lines filled the screen, I knew it was going to be a good movie. Then, as the sound got cranked up and the familiar guitar riff of Queen's "Fat Bottomed Girls" played so loud that it resonated inside my chest, I (and the rest of the crowd) went wild. A ski movie that opens with big mountains and Queen!? I'm in. As the rest of the film unfolded, it did not disappoint. With skiers like Bobby Brown, Ingrid Backstrom, Arne Backstrom, Sean Pettit and countless others, plus a soundtrack featuring Queen, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, The Postal Service and Weezer, the boys at Matchstick Productions hit the nail on the head. A perfect mix of park and pow, I've never enjoyed a ski movie so thoroughly. Shot in locations from Alaska to Tahoe to Switzerland to Colorado to Japan, "The Way I See It" takes you on a worldwide journey, truly showing you how these athletes see skiing and the world around them.
Check It OutView the teaser yourself. But be prepared, much like a good first date, it'll leave you wanting more.
HoliGEARLooking for a a gift for the skier or snowboarder on your list? Matchstick Productions "The Way I See It" is sure to bring Christmas cheer, disguised as powder skiing and Queen. Buy Now! Matchstick Productions' "The Way I See It" Ski Movie... Read more...
Curl up with your freeride machine and riding partners, pop some popcorn and enjoy "Follow Me" from the comforts of your own home. The DVD is available now with the download up on iTunes and Blu-Ray coming next month. Freeriders worldwide rejoice!
WHISTLER, BC, May 12, 2010 – Coinciding with an international film tour currently underway, Anthill Films’ new mountain bike film Follow Me presented by Shimano will be available this week for retail purchase. While audiences are being blown away along the film tour, pre-orders are being fulfilled and consumers can now purchase Follow Me on DVD direct from anthillfilms.com where they can also gain access to exclusive content including photos, videos and rider interviews. Follow Me will also available for purchase at select international bicycle and sports specialty retailers and on iTunes. The film will additionally be available on BluRay in June 2010. Shot predominately in British Columbia, Follow Me, the newest production by local film production company Anthill Films, is a modern portrait of mountain bike lifestyle which gets back to basics and reminds viewers why riding bikes is so much fun. Shimano-sponsored riders including Gee Atherton, Geoff Gulevich, Matt Hunter, Cam McCaul, Kurt Sorge and Thomas Vanderham are featured along with Ben Boyko, Sam Hill, Brandon Semenuk and Stevie Smith. Follow Me gives viewers a lot more than just breathtaking, progressive action. Set to an eclectic and modern soundtrack, the film breaks away from traditional formats and finds out what happens when the world’s top downhillers, freeriders and slopestylers are mixed and matched together in some the best places to ride on the planet. Follow Me is all about good times, pushing limits, crazy adventures and most importantly having fun. The Follow Me film tour is currently underway, with over 60 exclusive premiere events taking place all over the world. Visit www.anthillfilms.com to view the trailer, exclusive content and interviews with athletes starring in the film and to purchase a copy of the film. Specialty retailers looking to carry Follow Me can visit www.vasentertainment.com. Follow Me is the first feature film for Anthill Films, a new film production company formed by the crew who helped create award-winning films including: The Collective, Roam and Seasons. Follow Me is presented by Shimano in association with Adidas Eyewear, Bike Parks of BC, PRO Components, PinkBike.com, Bike Magazine and Nike 6.0. Follow Me is distributed globally by VAS Entertainment.Buy Now: Visit AnthillFilms.com or Download on iTunes... Read more...
Seems that little in the news is gaining attention these days if it isn't about health care reform, the ins and outs of Washington politics or the world crisis's. Switching gears to skiing the highlights are things like the X-Games, avalanches and the big mountain skiers. But in case you've forgotten amidst the news and chatter of online forums, just a few days off there's this little event that happens every four years called the Winter Olympics and it's about to be center stage for the whole world, especially if sliding on snow is your thing. A new documentary film by Brett Morgan called "Truth in Motion" highlights the road of the U.S. skiers have taken to get to the Winter Olympics. I had the chance of a sneak peak of the film and it's given me some additional insights about ski racers. I was already going to watch the Olympics but I'm even more amped to see how the skiers in the film do, feeling now that I "know" them much better.
Ski Racers - a rare breedSki racers are a rare breed. Not because the limelight these days seems to be on how much air you get out of the pipe or how steep and gnar the peak is that you ski down. No, ski racers are a rare breed because of how meticulous they are and how intensely focused they become when it comes to sliding on snow...albeit at 60-70 mph. Bottom line is that ski racing, like anything worth the reward, takes a tremendous amount of work and desire, the kind that few have. I say a ski racers are a rare bread because the determination and focus they have is not often seen these days. What this film does so well is draw you into their experiences, good and bad, and shows you that despite that focus, there is also a hint of fear and sometimes discouragement. Yes, ski racers are human too.
The FilmThe film starts out by setting the scene with the now infamous fall by Scott McCartney at the Hannenkamm in Kitzbuhl, a fall that nearly cost Scott his life. It dives into Scott's desire to come back and his challenges along that path: The cinematography is exceptional and I found myself being really drawn into the shots, feeling like I'm there skiing it, feeling the cool air of the passing skiers. Honestly, having not come from a racing background, I haven't had feelings, longings to ski race like this since High School when I chose the path of ski instructor over ski racer. This coming from a guy that spends 90% of his time on skis in the backcountry. As the documentary flows it highlights a number of skiers and their various struggles and obstacles that they must overcome to make the U.S. Ski Team and to be one of the best in the world. One highlight is that of racer Sarah Schleper, a three-time Olympian who at age 30 is making a comeback from motherhood and is pushing to be back on the podium this season. Ted Ligety's second in the GS at Solden earlier this season is a highlight seen through different eyes and it's hard not to want Jake Zamansky's comback to the team to culminate with him making the Olympic Ski Team as you see the type of work he puts in not only on the hill but off. Of the film Ted Ligety says,
"It's not every day that the American public gets to see what we do as ski racers. It's cool because I think it's the first time that any major production crew has followed ski racing and what we do on a day to day basis...and what we do as our passion to appreciate what we're doing."
When will the film show?The film debuts tonight, January 30 on NBC at 8:00 pm EST. It will re-aire on the following dates and channels: USA: Saturday, Feb 6, 5-6pm Universal Sports: Sunday Jan 31, 10-11pm Monday Feb 8, 8-9pm Thursday Feb 11, 9-10pm
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My heart broke when I learned of the disappearance and deaths of climbers Micah Dash, Johnny Copp, and Wade Johnson on their Mount Edgar attempt earlier this month. While I have never met Johnny or Wade, I have heard nothing but outstanding reports regarding the two men. I have hit the Creek a few times with Micah. He is one of the most quality individuals I have ever known or had the pleasure to climb with. He had an uncanny ability to make situations light, make ring locks look comfortable, and made a killer burrito. Return2Sender is one of my favorite climbing videos of all time. Ninety minutes of crack. Parallelojams is an amazing Indian Creek tutorial, perfect if you are breaking into trad or vertical crack. A pack of pros break down hand jamming, finger stacks, ring locks, and off width resourcefulness. You are able to watch Micah and his long, thin, tapered hands go to their limit, see the pros place passive protection, see as many versions of tape gloves as there are people …and Timmy O’Neil sings one awesome Indian Creek beat box (see clip below). The film feels very different now knowing Micah is gone, body still unrecovered in China. Eric Decaria[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmbd_yXzP1Q[/youtube], another featured climber in Return2Sender was among the rescue and recovery team who helped search for Micah, Johnny, and Wade. Return2Sender was produced by Sender Films, where Wade was a cinematographer. Return2Sender won three awards at the Boulder Adventure Film Fest back in 2005. I am surprised how many climbers have not seen this film. It is remarkable. Not only do you witness an Indian Creek desert crack epic, but also Cicada, a 10 year old girl killing V10, a good history of big wall climbing, and a 70 foot slackline linking towers at the Bridger Jacks. Return2Sender is not to be missed. Buy Return2Sender. A memorial service will be held for Micah Dash, Johnny Copp, and Wade Johnson in Boulder, CO July 11, 2009. All are welcome. Find out more about the service....Read more...
After The Collective released SEASONS, the future of the award-winning mountain bike film-makers was up in the air. Co-founder Jaime Houssein was interested in pursuing other options as well as finishing up school, but much of the crew wanted to stick to the plan of making amazing bike films. The result, Anthill Films has risen from the dust with much of the original crew including Creative Director, Darcy Wittenberg, The first project is entitled "Follow Me... No One Rides Alone" and is scheduled for release sometime in the Spring of 2010. This short profile of freerider and all-around nice guy, Matt Hunter, has him taking us through his two-wheeled experience, which began at a very young age. The footage was taken in and around Hunter's home of Kamloops, British Columbia with his friend, Kurt Sorge. For more video shorts and previews from the forthcoming film, "Follow Me... No One Rides Alone," visit AnthillFilms.com/content/videos. More Info: Visit AnthillFilms.com...Read more...