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Archive for March, 2010

The Gathering Returns to Red Mountain Resort

This upcoming weekend (April 2 to 4th) the Gathering at Red Mountain Resort takes participants on a historical perspective of skiing in the decades past, with spoken word, written word and images presented by true skiing adventurers. Come celebrate the history and soul of skiing at Red Mountain Resort. What better way to celebrate than skiing Red with the very adventurers that helped build the history and soul of skiing.

50% off Lodging & Lift Tickets! That’s $47 per night, per person based on Quad Occupancy in a 2 bedroom unit, min. 2 nights. To book 1-877-969-7669 or www.redreservations.com To check some great events with some of the world’s best ski photographers, go here. Oh yeah, your intrepid host/MC is none other than KMC Editor, Mitchell Scott.

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Cold Rush – Behind the Scenes

Sure, there was a boatload of photographers and cinematographers at the Red Bull Cold Rush. And then there was me, with my little Nikon point and shoot, capturing all the action behind the action–taking shots of people taking shots. It took nearly 100 people to make the event go off. 100 people at a boatload of cash and a whole bunch of logistics and positive good vibes to let 16 skiers truly go off. Here’s a gallery of images showing off some of the super talented people who made it all happen.  –Mitchell Scott

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Red Bull Cold Rush Wrap Up

Karl the Gnarl of Nelson, BC. The man that keeps Retallack (and the Kootenays) so dang cool..

Red Bull Cold Rush has wrapped. After three days of major logistics, gnarly skiing and some serious partying, we have winners, we have unbelievable content and we have another notched in the legendary totem of Retallack Lodge. Full props go to the Retallack staff for smooth and safe travel in the mountains, unbelievable food and gregarious good humour that has you laughing and hugging and crying at every corner. Major kudos to the staff of Nelson, BC’s Freeride Entertainment and Rossland’s Juicy Studios. There’s nothing more exciting than going out into the mountains and watching the best freeskiers in the world do their thing, then come back to the lodge, have a bunch of glorious ales then watch it all on the big screen, with sweet graphic intros, great music and world class shots and editing only the mega talented crew at Freeride can produce. Of course, big, big ups to the athletes, who go forth and huck carcason over cliffs, down spines, into huge kickers, always with a smile on their face and a chuckle in their demeanor. And of course to Red Bull, the Austrian based drink manufacturer may put bull ball juice in a can and make billions, but man if they don’t give back to the sport of skiing by providing the funding to allow a truly progressive competition like this to take place. For it’s not every day you get to take 16 of the world’s best skiers, throw a $300,000 budget into the wild and wooly woods of the Kootenays and let them laugh and giggle their way down some of the funnest mountains on earth. That, good friends, is a glorious thing.  –Mitchell Scott

For all the Red Bull Cold Rush final results and associated photos, videos and video blogs made by Freeride and Juicy, go here. Check back for more detailed, behind the scenes reportings in the days to come.

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Red Bull Cold Rush Photo Gallery

It was hard not to notice the Red Bull girls staring at Karl. Even though two helicopters buzz about, a herd of snowmobiles come and go, they were looking at him. “Why can’t you take your eyes off of him?” I have to ask, catching them in the act. “We don’t know,” they say. Karl could be seen as beautiful in the mid afternoon light. Even though they do call him “Karl the Gnarl.” Behind the glare of the snowcat’s cab, with mirrored sunglasses piercing back at them, thick hair flowing—him, still smiling—them, with glorious mountains framing it all, I couldn’t help but make a mental note. That this moment, right now, is very special.
We’re 15 minutes out from the first run of Cold Rush, the 4th incarnate. The big mountain day, on Texas, a 1,200-foot face in the heart of the Selkirks, at the edge of the 10,000-acre catskiing tenure of Retallack Lodge, BC, is so perfect it’s hard to fathom. Just like hot Red Bull girls looking at hairy woodsman poet snowcat drivers in the alpine. Sidelit flutes, huge diving boards, and perfect snow. 11 men and 3 girls, an international amalgamation of some of the world’s best all around skiers are about to begin\ competing in a rider and online judging format at the forefront of action sports marketing machines.
Red Bull has a knack for coming up with super logistically challenging events that entertain no physical spectators, but are instead captured by a full court press of cinematographers. Armed with a mega budget, Nelson’s Freeride Entertainment has every angle covered: a Cine-Flex camera mounted to an A-star helicopter, with another 7 angles of HD state-of-the-art cameras positioned and choreographed. Supporting them is a ping pong room transformed into an editing epicenter. “The room where we sit and everyone parties,” describes Scott Carlson of Juicy Studios, in charge of daily graphic treatments of blog edits.
Throw on top of the multimedia team, then there’s a small handful of photographers and writers, organized and moved about by a crew of mountain guides, cat drivers and helicopter pilots, not to mention the Red Bull girls, and deep in the middle of nowhere, with skiers like Sean Petit throwing huge 60-foot 360s into soft, sunny snow, and it all seems to be going to plan. Especially for Karl.
With the likes of TJ Schiller, Grete Eliasson, Dash Long and Sven Kueenle, Red Bull’s Cold Rush is off to a banging start. But the beauty of large groups of talented people, machines that go anywhere, and epic mountain terrain, you can see day one right here, right now, less than 24 hours after it actually happened. Photos courtesy of Red Bull.

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Red Bull Cold Rush is On!

The backwater shred tap is turned on full. Retallack Lodge, Red Bull and Freeride Entertainment have employed the mind blowing skills of the world’s skiing elite for a one-of-a-kind freeskiing competition. With over 6 motion cameras capturing the on hill action, with a crack team of editors and graphic effects artists holed up in the lodge itself, the athletes judge themselves after watching daily edits of their skiing. You could say it’s cutting edge, and it’s taking about 50 local guides, staff, cat and heli drivers to pull it all off.

KMC Editor Mitchell Scott is on site catching all the action, so check back for regular updates as Cold Rush moves through a huge big mountain venue, a backcountry booter session, and a natural cliff huck throwdown.

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New Coldsmoke PowderFest Video

You want to know about ski style? Well dig into the cool uphill and downhill vibe at Nelson BC’s Whitewater Resort as Arc’teryx videographer and KMC circulation manager Angela Percival and her team capture all the action of this year’s Kootenay Coldsmoke PowderFest.

Coldsmoke Powder Festival 2010 from ARC'TERYX on Vimeo.

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2nd Place Coldshot Slideshow – Bruno Long

Bruno Long is an aspiring photographer living in Revelstoke, BC. He spends his winter nights roaming Revelstoke Mountain Resort in his snowcat while spending his days touring in the Revelstoke and Rogers Pass areas. Here is his 2nd place winning show from the Kootenay Coldsmoke Coldshot Photo Challenge, presented by Arc’teryx and Kootenay Mountain Culture Magazine. Congrats Bruno, your show’s a real beauty. To see more of Bruno’s work go here.

Coldsmoke – Bruno Long from Mitchell Scott on Vimeo.

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KMC Designer Dives Deep into the Devil’s Range

Devils Range Trip Report,
by Chris Rowat
Feb 18 – 22, 2010

On February 18, Mike Moor, Bruce Gardave, Randy Richmond and myself embarked on a unique Kootenay adventure. Our destination was the Devils Range, a small but dramatic series of rock spires deep in heart of Valhalla Provincial Park.

Unseasonal springlike weather was in the air as we hopped into our canoes and made a quick 8 km paddle up Slocan Lake to the beach at Evans Creek. This had been a mild February, so with no snow at lower elevations, we strapped our skis and boots onto our backpacks and started hiking into the mountains. We trudged through brush and blowdown for a few hours to get to snowline. Once on firm snow we continued on skis up the Evans Creek valley for another 5 hours. We had heard there was a small summer cabin on the shores of Evans Lake at 5000′, and this was our destination. We had no idea if the cabin would be buried, collapsed, or a palace, so we brought a tent just in case. We thought we might reach the cabin before dark, but the February days were still short and we ran out of daylight, setting up our tent at 5:30 pm. The next morning we skied the remaining 2 km to Evans Lake, where to our delight we found the small rustic cabin with room for 4.

Tired, sore, and happy to finally be rid of our heavy packs, we chopped a hole in the lake for water and lounged in the sun for a bit. The next 2.5 days were spent exploring the north slopes of the Devils Range. We were very lucky to have blue skies, good snow, reasonable stability, and 3500′ runs from ridgetop to lake. Heaven. Long had I dreamed of getting here — two years ago Randy and I tried, but I got sick after day one, and we had to turn around. Most of our days were spent on the shady north-facing slopes. The sun was elusive. It was only when we reached the ridgetops that we would escape the cold shade and enjoy the warm sun. Like snakes on a rock, we would lounge for a long time in the sun, soaking up the warmth.

Each day started with a traverse of Evans Lake. At almost 5 km long, it took us over an hour each day to walk to the other end of the lake, where we would start to ski up. The hike up would then take 3 hours or more. After flaking out in sun at the top, it might be 2pm. Then it was time to ski down. This is what we had come for. This was the best skiing of the year, made all the sweeter by the memory of the work it took to earn these turns. Our hoots and hollars of joy echoed accross the valley as we leapfrogged down the slopes, stopping and watching each other and looking for avalanches. Fortunately the avalaches had no interest in us.

On the last day we woke early, and with our blisters well taped, we put our heads down and made the 10 km slog back down to Slocan Lake. Seven hours later we collapsed at the beach. Mike received the Boy-Scout award for previously stashing a 6-pack in the lake.

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Jenna Low’s 3rd Place Coldshot Slideshow

She lives up in the tiny outpost settlement of Trout Lake, where noboarders inhabit turn of the century hotels and shred some of the deepest, character-laden powder in the Kootenays. Jenna, who’s beautiful noboard image graced our winter cover, submitted a beautiful slideshow for the Kootenay Coldshot Photo Face-off. Enjoy.

Kootenay Coldshot – Jenna Low from Mitchell Scott on Vimeo.

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KMC Mentioned in The New Yorker Magazine

Well hey, you could say we’re flirting with the big time here. I spent some time at the Olympics with a friend and editor at The New Yorker magazine, Nick Paumgarten. He’s an amazing writer and all around good guy with a long family ski lineage (he love’s skiing Baldface too). We spent some time touring and conversing while in Whistler, and myself (Mitchell Scott) and our magazine (KMC) managed to make it into this esteemed publication. Quite a coup, you could say. From the dusty streets of Nelson, BC to the big city lights of New York. Not bad for a day in the mountains. To read a pdf of the story, click the image below.

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