Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Backcountry Freeskier Coupon

Here's a little treat in honor of the Halloween season. 

Visit our website, Backcountry Freeskier, and use this coupon code to receive an additional 10% off our already low prices:       10-more

These discounts are scary!



Wednesday, February 12, 2014

New shop edit dropped.

We just dropped out latest shop edit featuring local skiers Jake Fagrelius and Ian Hamilton. 

Filmed, produced, and edited by Trimmings Media.


 

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Missoula premiere of Sherpas Cinema "Into the Mind"

Ski movie season is in full swing and that means that winter is right around the corner.  This is easily the most anticipated ski film of the season.

There will be two showings at The Roxy Theater on the Hip Strip.

Showing #1
Doors 6pm
Film at 7pm

Showing #2
Doors 8pm
Film at 9pm

As always, there will be a raffle.  Tickets are only $10 and alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase.

"This is a story of rising to the ultimate challenge. Having the courage to risk fatal exposure and the perseverance demanded on the quest for achievement. These are not solely physical feats, they are mental conquests. From the creators of the award winning film “All.I.Can”, Sherpas Cinema is proud to present their newest feature film, Into The Mind. With stunning cinematography and groundbreaking storytelling techniques, the Sherpas blur the lines between dream state and reality, and immerse you into the mind of a common skier as he attempts to climb and ski the ultimate mountain. Innovative athlete segments are actually a glimpse into his dreamscape, each one harboring messages that help inform our hero’s current, real-life choices. As you experience the majesty of Alaska, Bolivia, the Himalaya and beyond, Into the Mind paints a philosophical portrait of human kind. How do we balance risk versus reward? Why are we inspired to rise to the challenges in our lives and what do we learn on this journey to attain them?"

Skiers include:
Tom Wallisch
Kye Petersen
Callum Pettit
JP Auclair
Benji Farrow
Johnny Collinson
Ingrid Backstrom
Rory Bushfield
Xavier De La Rue
Mark Abma
Dane Tudor
Ian McIntosh
Dana Flahr
Kris Erickson
Angel Collinson
Austin Ross
Kent Callister
Conrad Anker
Eric Hjorleifson
Izzy Lynch
Jimmy Chin
Renan Ozturk
Matty Richard
Samuel Anthamatten
Karma Tsering

Locations:
Alaska
Bolivia
Himalayas

For more info go to www.intothemindmovie.com



Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Skiing + Beer = Winning

What is gelande quaffing you ask? Years ago in Jackson Hole, a few members of the legendary Jackson Hole Air Force were having a some beers at the Bear Claw (now Village Cafe) while waiting out a storm. The story goes that the bartender slid a full mug of beer down the bar to his buddy, who wasn't paying attention, and someone instinctively caught it before it hit the ground and chugged the beer. A new mountain sport was born.

 Make sure to watch until the end for the freestyle round.

 

Rules:
1. Four person teams.
2. One minute for first three rounds, finals are two minutes.
3. Quaffer must be 2 feet from the edge of the bar.
4. Must rotate pitcher and quaffer every pitch.
5. You CANNOT pitch until beer is down and mug touches the bar.
6. You must quaff the beer, not wear it.
7. No puking. Puking results in immediate team disqualification.
8. In the event of a tie, each team will choose one quaffer and one pitcher, and the team with the fastest Gelande Quaff wins.

Scoring:
Round 1: 1 point regular catch, 2 points handle catch.

Round 2: The quaffer must do a 360 between leaving the pitchers hand and the quaffer’s catch. 1 point regular catch, 2 points handle catch.

Round 3: The quaffer must to a 360 OR under the leg catch. 1 point regular catch, 2 points handle catch.

Finals: (2 minutes) each must complete 1 catch of the following: handle catch, 360 catch, and under the leg catch. After the 3 required catches, its time to freestyle. 0 points regular catch, 1 point handle catch, 2 points 360 handle catch, 2 points under the leg, 0-5 points for each freestyle catch (at judges discretion).

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Step Up, Throw Down

1st Annual Cold Smoke Freeride Comp 2012 @ Lost Trail

On Saturday March 24, 2012, UMEM and Backcountry Racks & Skis, in cooperation with Lost Trial Powder Mountain hosted the first annual Cold Smoke Freeride Competition. This single day event was open to skiers and snowboarders, men and women, 18 years and older. The competition was designed to challenge the best skiers and snowboarders in Western Montana to lay down the most challenging lines they can in front of a panel of judges. And boy did they ever!

22 Skiers and Snowboarders competed together and top 3 male and female riders claimed spots on the podium along with a $500 first place cash prize.

Four judges used the following criteria to crown a winner:
-Style/Tricks/Creavitity
-Line Choice/Degree of Difficulty
-Speed/Fluidity

The course was lookers right of Chair 1, an area the locals call the North Shore. The North Shore is loaded with spines and cliff drops. Lost Trail built four jumps on the lower half of the course, a zone called Femur Ridge. Competitors charged lines and dropped as many cliffs as they could before picking out their huge jump to air over Femur Ridge and down to the rope tow.

Lost Trail went to great lengths to keep the course closed Monday-Friday to ensure fresh snow and soft landings for the competition on Saturday.

Music played throughout the day and Lost Trail’s Andrew Shulz MCed the event as only he can. Athletes were treated to food and drinks all day to ensure optimum performance. Spectators were treated to some of the most impressive and intense skiing Montana has seen.

As many as 8 competitors could have walked away with the title. We saw numerous 360s, 720s, and backflips, as well as some HUGE wrecks.

Results
1st Joe Dillon
2nd Shay Lee
3rd Jake Fagrelius

The fun didn’t stop once the lifts stop spinning. Tons of prizes where tossed into crowd and raffled off, including a pair of Liberty Genome 187cm. Music played and beer flowed until 8pm. Everyone left with a prize and a full belly.

Toy Soldier Productions was on hand filming the entire event. Keep your eye out for an edit sometime in the near future. When we get it, we will post it up.

Many generous sponsors donated tons of killer prizes for the athletes and the spectators raffle. We would like to sincerely thank all of the sponsors who made this event possible: Lost Trail Powder Mountain, University of Montana Entertainment Management Program, Backcountry Racks & Skis, Liberty Skis, Discrete Headwear, 4FRNT, MFD All Time, Bern Helmets, Moment Skis, Toy Soldier Productions, Big Sky Brewery, and Saga Outerwear.

Look for the next Cold Smoke Freeride Comp to be held in February 2013.

Very happy winner Joe Dillon

Enjoying the after party

About to go huge!

Joe Dillon’s winning run

Spinning off A Cliff

Whoever held up the beers the longest won the pair of skis

The DJs

Course description

David Steele

Joe Dillon airing out

The course

Male Winners:  1st Joe Dillon, 2nd Shay Lee, 3rd Jake Fagrelius

 Happy winners

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Downing Mountain Lodge is rad!

If you don't know about Downing Mountain Lodge, now you know.  Downing has everything you need for the perfect ski trip:  deep snow, great terrain, huge fireplace, lots of beds, wifi, flat screen tv, hot tub, shower, electricity, heat...  I could on and on about the amenities, but I'll let you go to their website to see for yourself.  After all, its the skiing that matters, and the skiing is killer.

The lodge located in the Bitterroot Mountains just west of Hamilton, MT.  A short 45 minute skin from the parking lot takes you to the circular lodge, which used to be the Grubstake Restaurant.  Upon arriving you can't help but notice the commercial kitchen you get to cook in.

We arrived to tons of fresh snow, but high avalanche warnings.  There is tons of terrain and tons of safe terrain, which is where we spent our time.  From the lodge you skin up 2000 ft to the ridge.  From there you can lap a number of runs.  At the end of the day its a long run back to the front door.

The lodge is super kid friendly and dogs are allowed.  The owner runs a great blog with tons of ski beta for the area.  I cannot recommend this place enough.  Go now, and thank me later.

 Sleep where you lay.

The groms loved the piano.





Short snow pit video:

Now on to the skiing.  Short version here:


Long version here: