This December, Andy Parry, Jack Borland, and Ian Compton are rolling around mostly obscure local hills in the Northeast and Mid-West for the Tell A Friend Tour, aptly named since we assume none of you have multiple friends. Mostly informal shredding and rail jamming with plenty of small gifts for creative tricksters (like Sugarbush local Ethan, doing all the 50/50 madness in The Weak above), trick tipping, and overall impression-making. Andy has wanted to do this tour for years, mostly based on the idea that seeing your favorite pro at your home mountain, however shitty it may be, has a lasting impression and gets you unduly pumped to ski. Dave Crichton made a similar impression on much of the Traveling Circus at the New York State X Games in 2003, and so now Andy’s trying to return the favor.
We met up with Van Bear Pig and the crew at Killington, had dinner at an empanadas restaurant with a super-intense waitress was kind of freaking me out, namely by staring deep into soul, forcing us to buy shots or virgin cocktails for our underage friend, and asking me “what my story was,” with the overall sensation similar to being cast on a weird episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer after eating bad Indian food and only being able to think about going to the bathroom, but being confronted with a vampire instead. Then we hung around for the following day at Okemo. Here’s some photos:
Okemo was foggy, which put out a mellow vibe for the day, man.
Andy was doing everything he could to get kids to do things other than switch-ups. There were actually some talented girls there, and one even stomped a Hipper Killer. #progression
Hey, it’s Jack Borland! Goddamn you and your nosepresses that I will never be able to do.
The flat-down-flat-whatever saw plenty of action, from 50-50s to gaps to whatehaveyous. But you already knew that.
Ian Compton managed to hold a one-foot together all the way until the last kink. #whatever. Also Ian will be rocking non-K outwear this winter from Carhartt (while also being sponsored by Tomahawk), so you kids better put that on the Christmas list trend watch.
Andy attempted several times to grind this concrete base lodge thing through a run-in of snowless dirt. #progression.
Kid, Ian Compton, Jack Borland. It seems that Full Tilt is now the only acceptable boot to ski park in, so I feel sorry for those of you whose feet don’t fit well in them, like me. I feel sorry for myself. Anyway, despite your assumed infinite enthusiasm for the Traveling Circus, you do not want to spend a night in this van. It smells and looks like a Columbian prison inside, except with random stickers and luggage tags for decore instead of concrete scrawlings. Be glad you don’t live in it and live in a nice house in Connecticut instead. Also, true to form, Andy’s boots smell like death and the socks he puts on after skiing immediately tear.
If you’re into it, check out the schedule below and check the Tour on Facebook for more info. Thanks to Andy, Killington, and Okemo for hooking up the ‘Bomb with tickets and a place to stay!