It should be considered a small cultural victory that Bear Mountain – snowboarding’s most hallowed grounds as well as center of goofy summer/winter hybrid fashion – has come out with its own dedicated ski web series. In years past, outside of Craig Coker’s annual War of Rails event, you would scant remember that skiers existed if you were a Bear local. After all, this was the home court of Chris Bradshaw, the most badass mini-park-rippin’-Dad-who-lives-in-the-most-methed-out-corner-of-the-California-mountains. Yet, in possibly a first for the ‘BOMB, we have the ability to put two entire ski edits from Bear head to head in our Armed Pro Edit Battle! Huzzah!
For the Edit Battle category
One of my favorite things to watch besides people’s reaction to my cultural insensitivity/hostility/ignorance with regards to the Russian’s Olympics is rad people skiing regular ass parks in not-Summit County parts of the world. So it’s with great pleasure when an edit pops up with Sean Jordan shredding Pennsylvania’s Big Boulder. BroBOMB co-founder Jon Hartley was likely on the scene, but was too busy fashion smoking in the woods, dealing with his bum shoulder, or dealing with his new kid.
Well, it’s been a long fucking time since I’ve bothered to update the dozen or so of you idiots still pining for intelligible rambles about tight pants, fashion smoking, and Nick Goepper. And after three weeks of prime winter content season have passed without me bothering to post a post (blame it on apathy or prioritizing getting my woman settled in our new home here in Jackson Hole and teaching her proper GoPro mounting techniques), we have SOOO much to talk about! Wallisch is out of the Olympics, Goepper will undoubtedly win them, and if Torin continues to be injured, there will officially be no reason to watch Putin’s Games (except for Lyman Currier and David Wise’s retardedly tech pipe run, but we’ve already seen it three times this season) except to see if Ted Ligety insults the IOC & FIS in every press conference he attends. In other news, there’s no snow anywhere in North America and maybe when Los Angelinos stop trying to get selfies with P. Diddy at Grammies afterparties, they’ll realize they’re never going to be able to water their lawns again. In other other news, the one “anti-comp” in skiing, the Orage Masters, was for some incomprehensible reason turned into a big mountain competition with only a select number of pros before we could even barge in and demand our expenses be paid to show up on the sidelines and wreak havoc. We can only assume the radical departure from previous format, which was based around trying to show skiers could get rowdy in a park within reasonable traveling distance of major population centers, was to ensure there was no way Team BroBOMB could vote-whore their way into the remote British Columbia venue by threatening to murder cattle if they didn’t get their way. Especially since Jon Hartman refuses to ski powder on principle. What else happened? Grete Elliasen wore a Ralph Lauren GS suit or something for a Vogue article highlighting her leadership heading into Sochi (she didn’t make the team), Dumont blew his knee, Putin had two Orcas hunted down for Olympic display, Lindsey Vonn threw corporate America’s marketing team into a tailspin by pulling out of the Olympics, Andy Parry’s still poor, Tanner is still writing in all-caps, we need snow here in Jackson, Henrik did some cool tricks, I skied one park lap, is Phil Casabon not going to Sochi?, Candide confused everybody by showing up to a Grand Prix event, Colby West inserted himself in the X Games again and I don’t know if anyone cared since I haven’t watched any of the videos and yeah, that’s about all I remember right now. Oh, I’m also selling some ski jackets. Please buy them so I can afford to go on a surf trip next month. But we’re going to start things off easy with a lil’ Armed Pro/Am Edit Battle. The Sugarbush loc dawg crew threw down a pretty nifty little edit with a guest appearance by Kieran McVeigh, from whom we have noticed a distinct lack of video since he went to college in California. What are you, some fucking nerd?? Several dozen people on the internet want to see you ski, so get outta the damn library. Another college freshman with plenty of appearances here on the ‘BOMB, Jeffy K. Kohnstamm, has been finding a better balance between school and extracurriculars, as evidenced by this edit likely done with Shane’s tape-fed video camera during SLC’s recent Beijing-style smog epidemic, courtesy of high pressure.
Well, rails have already been dug into the frozen ice at hills around the country, and the plentitude of park skiers who don’t wait for soft snow to start trying shit in the park have begun to sow their wild oats on colorfully painted handrails and boxes across this great nation. Charlie Dayton came on our radar in a recent episode of The Weak and we demanded more. Jeremy Veilleux has made the very thrilling decision (for us) to move to Bear Mountain, which we have been overly obsessed with since it was the best level in Amped Snowboarding years ago. But which rules the early shred roost?
Charlie Dayton at Killington?…
Today we’re featuring our first all-PNW Armed Am Edit Battle. We’re not really sure where the Pacific Northwest is but we thought the only people that lived there were snowboarders, Josh Malczyk, and Zach Giffin dropping 300 foot cliffs. Guess we were wrong.
Armed Am Jamie Baril
I was waiting to see If anyone would take notice of this edit, and seeing as no one has, here it is. I guess that is why I am here. Happy Halloween Bitches. – Peter Fitts 10/31/13
Armed Am Kevin Curran
This kid is a slayer. There’s even some backcountry! #JeremyJonesHigher. But the real question is: how many more seasons will the major ski pole companies have before they go out of business? It seems that the park kids are tossing their poles at a rate faster than Moore’s Law.
It’s been a bit since we’ve abused anyone in our audience’s confidence by pitting their shitty edits against each other. Thomas Caywood Vincent was the winner of last springs’ April Hate-pril contest and here drops his season edit from the wilds of Montana or wherever it is that I don’t recognize in this edit. While there’s lots of cool tricks in here and even REAL SKIING ON REAL MOUNTAINS, there’s also a double, which seriously degrades the edit. What are, some fucking pipe jock?!?!
This week, Vinnie Tea’s competition is three or four one-foot tricks from Ian Compton and then a minute of hockey slapshots. It’s going to be a tall order to beat a few early-season tricks by Chompton with an en entire season’s worth of an am’s best skiing, but that’s up to you do decide.
Norbert Artigas is from Spain, specifically Girona, which is a little city outside of Barcelona that’s very historic and has a cool city wall and is where my study abroad cohorts all tried to utilize the semester’s one free dinner to get as embarrassingly drunk as possible and piss off the tour guides. At any rate, he skis in Andorra, home ski zone (actually a country, formerly a principality) of the legend Jaime Puigdengoles. They also have a crazy duty-free scene going on and sell bottles of Jack Daniels as big as your torso for 40 euros.
It’s about that time of year I start wearing tanktops every working day of the week, which must mean the summer camps have started. Sure enough, the Spacebook was sporting two new edits from the past week(end) at both Woodward Tahoe and Windells. So naturally, I wrote insulting comments about both camps that have little to do with the edits, and then left it up to you nerds to figure out who came out of the gate harder this summer.
Everyone’s favorite man-made glacier opened for the public for one day this weekend so that all the coaches’ bros from Truckee could come throw down for a day before the camp closes for the little minions who will be trying box slides and 360s for the first time in their preteen lives. The lane seems a little weaker than last year, when the pipe was dug to 22′, the big jump was 60 feet, and there was a whole lane of features that you could barely get speed for down to the bottom. Oh well, there’s still a big enough hip for Alden Spence to whack his signature big ol’ stalefish off after being the promotion soundbyte robot earlier in the edit.
Dhane Knakkergaard has been begging us to put him in an Edit Battle, so we made him rumage around Newschoolers until he found someone else from his home mountain. Somehow, despite years of snowboard domination, there are not one, but TWO decent skiers from Loon. Don’t tell those hipsters at Yobeat, though, or they’ll firebomb the liftline next season. At any rate, Dhane, who looks like he’d be stapled as a deranged child molester if he dressed like he does near a school instead of at a mountain, finally gets to battle his buddy Tyler Achorn (below, after the jump) after we ignored our inbox for weeks.