Top 5 Ski Movies / Ski Soundtracks – Best of 2011

December 15th, 2010

The top 5 ski movies of 2011 – including the beats of the soundtracks that accompany them.  Enjoy:

#1 Eye Trip – Level 1

#2 Light the Wick – TGR

#3 The Way I See It – Matchstick Productions

#4 Work it Out – Meatheads

#5 Revolver – Poor Boyz

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#1 Eye Trip – Level 1

What they say: True to the Level 1 style is displayed in both the filmmaking and skiing.  High energy and a dream come true for Level 1 athletes Josh Berman, Tom Wallisch and Will Wesson.  Epic soundtrack

Description: Turn out, tune on, and drop in. Skiing’s counterculture continues to buck the trends of what’s come before them- this is a worldwide documentation of ski action as you’ve never seen it presented before! Follow the Level 1 crew as they experiment with one of the largest gap jumps ever built in Sun Valley, Idaho, hit a record snowfall in Helsinki, Finland, and harvest the vast resources of Alaska… or perhaps it’s all just a lucid dream? Wake up, because Level 1 will take you on the visual trip of a lifetime. Come along for the ride!

Locations: Ahmet Dadali, Tom Wallisch, Wiley Miller, Tanner Rainville, Phil Casabon, Adam Delorme, Josh Bibby, Parker White, JF Houle, Henrik Harlaut, and Friends. Shot on location in: Sun Valley ID, Champéry Switzerland, Alaska, Michigan, Colorado, Quebec, Utah, Mammoth Mountain CA, Alpine Meadows CA, Alta UT, Helsinki

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Soundtrack: 1. It Don’t Move Me (Peter Bjorn and John); 2. Get Down (Chip Tha Ripper); 3. Marie (Vybz Kartel); 4. Disguise (Kensenth Thibideau); 5. Rabbit Heart (Florence and the Machine); 6. I Wanna Be Your Dog (The Stooges); 7. Fun For Me (Moloko); 8. Tomorrow’s Another Day (Collie Buddz); 9. Boom (Royce da 5’9″); 10. Heart It Races (Architechture in Helsinki); 11. Walls (Shout Out Louds); 12.  Always More (Autokrantz); 13. Magic (Ladyhawke); 14. Isn’t That So (Chris and Thomas); 15. Children of the Grave (Black Sabbath); 16. Gypsy P (Crookers)

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#2 Light the Wick – TGR

What they say: Lots of really strong big mountain skiing and not a lot of park but includes some HUGE gap jumps over crevasses.  They showed more of the logistics involved and the consequences of skiing some big first descents than they have in other films.  3D was unbelievable.

Description: This winter the TGR crew of athletes and cinematographers captured the most jaw-dropping footage ever witnessed. The team traveled around the world to uncharted destinations, as well as some of their favorite stomping grounds. Follow the crew as they discover the previously unskied big mountain playground of Petersburg, AK, find the best snow Croatia has seen in fifty years, ski deep pillows in undiscovered Italy, hit full throttle riding in British Columbia, and experience epic free-riding at Ripley Creek and North Cascades Heli. Don’t miss Sammy Carlson and the Stevens Pass 3D experiment, the first-ever 3D ski segment. The groundbreaking dual RED One slow motion aerial shots will make you want to reach out and touch the action.Light The Wick showcases the most talented and well-rounded athletes in skiing together in one must-see film.

Locations: Croatia; La Thuile, Italy; Petersburg, AK; Pemberton, BC; Last Frontier Heli Skiing; Jackson Hole, WY; North Cascade Heli Skiing; Idaho; Oregon; Utah; Grand Targhee, WY and Stevens Pass, WA

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Soundtrack: 1. Straw Men (Two Fingers); 2. Pay the Price (Bullet); 3. Spectrum of the Sky (Break of Reality); 4. Holdon (Apparat); 5. Animus Vox (The Glitch Mob); 6. Eyes On FireAnimus Vox (Blue Foundation); 7. Divisive (We Have Band); 8. The Realest Dubplate (Kya Bamba Sound); 9. Contra Mantra (Jedi Mind Tricks); 10. Coincidence (Ki:Theory); 11. Circle, Square, Triangle (Test Icicles); 12. Mouthful of Diamonds (Phantogram); 13. Cash Flow (Major Lazer); 14. Paper Romance (Groove Armada); 15. Sympathy for the Devil (The Rolling Stones); 16. Bad Wings (The Glitch Mob); 17. Take It Slow (Grand Analog)

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#3 The Way I See It – Matchstick Productions

The Way I See It - MSPWhat they say: MSP is still the best after all these years.  The film features unique and creative ways to bring the audience along for the ride while sticking to the tried and true formula.  Lots of Point-of-View shots make for mindless transcendence.  Classic ski porn.

Description: MSP Films takes you inside the action with “THE WAY I SEE IT,” featuring several unique perspectives on the progression that took place during the winter of 2010.  The winner of Powder Magazine’s 2009 “Movie of the Year” brings you the best athletes on the planet sharing their points of view on what it means to be a skier and backing up their positions with hard-charging action.  The MSP team traveled the globe in search of what makes this sport so special… the adventure, the passion, the camaraderie, and the fun.  “THE WAY I SEE IT” showcases the greatest deep powder, steep lines, and massive park features from British Columbia, Japan, Alaska, Colorado, Switzerland, Idaho, Washington, and many other locations worldwide.

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Soundtrack: 1. Summer of Hate (The Crocodiles); 2. Fat Bottom Girls (Queen); 3. Alone in Kyoto (AIR); 4. Wraith Pinned to the Mist and Other Games (Of Montreal); 5. 639r Acoustic (Wes Makepeace); 6. Alsatian (White Rose Movement); 7. Impossible (Band of Skulls); 8. Kimberly (Good Luck at the Gunfight); 9. Sdp (The Kissway Trail); 10. Deepness (MG! The Visionary); 11. Calypso (Blonde Acid Cult); 12. Scars (Basement Jaxx); 13. South Menace (Michael Mills); 14. Neckbrace (Ratatat); 15. In Between (Leo Der Stapanians); 16. Home (Edward Sharpe and the Mafnetic Seros); 17. Your Fault (MG! the Visionary); 18. Queens Will Play (Black Mountain); 19. Twilight (Novocain); 20. My Friend is a Pro Acoustic (Matt Ciuffetti Craig Babineau); 21. Such Great Heights (The Postal Service); 22. Dead Bodies (Air); 23. Whistling Kisses (Joi Veer); 24. Bring it Back (Michael Mills); 25. Cosmic Egg (Wolfmother); 26. Hash Pipe (Weezer)

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#4 Work it Out – Meatheads

What they say: For the East Coast die hards and for the first time this year, Meatheads, took it way east to Japan.  09/10 brought freakish storms to the North East and likewise this film is pure bliss.  We definitely didn’t expect the scenes in Washington D.C.

Description: From record-breaking 5 foot blizzards in Washington DC to 10 inches of rain in New England, Meathead Films spent the winter of 2010 scouring the East Coast on the hunt for epic days. No matter the weather, equipment failures, or personal fatigue, the crew was forced to roll with the punches and just work it out. Tag along as the Meathead’s relentless search takes them to the craggy White Mountains backcountry, urban alleyways of Maine, custom park jumps in New Jersey, and even to the “Far East” of Hokkaido, Japan on their first ever overseas voyage. Filmed in High Definition, 16mm, and Super 8mm film, Work It Out showcases the unwavering determination it takes to be an Eastern skier.
Locations: Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Washington DC, Virginia, New Jersey, Quebec and Japan

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Soundtrack by Divisive

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#5 Revolver – Poor Boyz

What they say: Great ski scenes but at 50 minutes its the right length due to editing and soundtrack integration that is slightly lacking.  Overall, in our opinion its a solid 5th choice.

Description: The 2010 film from Poor Boyz Productions focuses on the progression and the factors that have coincided with many great advancements of the sport of skiing. (Over the last decade skiing has exploded into what we know it is today. But skiing has had many trying moments long before the end of the 20th century.) This season Poor Boyz Productions plans to showcase today’s raw talents of skiing in a high action, retrospective, yet progressive look at what factors are pushing the sport today.

Locations: British Columbia, Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Quebec, Montana, Utah, Colorado, Norway, Austria, Japan, France, Alberta & more

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Soundtrack: 1. Bad Wings (The Glitch Mob); 2. Grand Scale (DL Incognito); 3. 2112 Overture/Temples of Syrinx (Rush); 4. Winter Hunter feat Fiona (The Living Graham Band); 5. Coastin’ (Zion I); 6. Voices (Phantogram); 7. Timestretch (Bassnectar); 8. Once upon a Past (Wax Tailor); 9. Dressed to Digress (Boy Crisis); 10. Phantom (Justice); 11. Handle That (Project Lionheard); 12. Drive it like you stole it (The Glitch Mob); 13. Short Change Hero (The Heavy); 14. Geneis (Justice); 15. Won’t you tell me (Rich Hill); 16. Living Darfur (Mattafix); 17. Unbalanced Pieces (Soulsayers); 18. Heartbeat (Nneka); 19. Break it to me (White Apple Tree); 20. Animus Vox (The Glitch Mob)



New Ski Helmet Reviews – Best of 2011

December 6th, 2010

Can’t find the perfect ski helmet for you here?  

Check out the WOMEN’S 2012-2013 or 2013-2014 best of ski helmets reviews here. And MEN’S 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 here.

 

Freeskiing/Backcountry:

All-Mountain/Carving:

Racing:

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Seam

Company: Giro

Size: S-XL

Recommendation: A step above the Smith Maze but with a higher price point—SUPERIOR adjustment capabilities to fit all head shapes/sizes but not the lightest helmet on the market—MEN’S ($$)

What people say: Best fit with the lowest profile look and stellar adjustment capabilities.  One customer notes that they were set on buying the Maze until they tried on the Seam and the extra cost is money well spent.  Not the lightest helmet on the market but its warm.

Description: The Giro Seam helmet features a new and improved Thermostat vent system, Giro’s new Stack Vent, and a feather light weight. What does all of this mean? It will keep your temp under control, your goggles clear, and your comfort level at an all time high. Finish it off with the best fit system ever made for a snow helmet and you are ready for a full day on the mountain.

Sizing Information: Giro Sizing Chart

ON SALE HERE ($127.95–20% off at Skis.com)

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Maze Snow Helmet

Company: Smith

Size: M-XL

Recommendation: MEN–Good value and protection but recommended for the warmer regions as users cite a lack of insulation ($)

What people say: Great overall helmet, really light and good ventilation but not well insulated.  Good visibility is a plus.

Description: The Maze helmet is the new go-to. Clean, modern, minimalist-designed all molded into the worlds lightest certified snow helmet. With its modern and hip style, you will love this helmet. It is created with AirEvac 2 ventilation in order to keep airflow going. The end result of this feature is to reduce fogging and control temperatures. The in-mold construction of the Maze Helmet will keep your head warm and comfortable. The removable goggle lock on the Maze helmet is a nice touch allowing your goggles to stay secure for optimal comfort and performance. The Maze helmet is another in the long line of amazing Smith helmets.

Sizing Information: Medium (22-22.8”); Large (22.8-23.6”); X-Large (23.6-24.4”)

ON SALE HERE (20% off at Skis.com)

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G2 Ski Helmet

Company: Bern

Size: XS-XXXL

Recommendation: Perfect for Powder/Backcountry skiing demanding top safety. variable ventilation and comfort—MEN’S ($$)

What people say: A perfect mix of style and functionality, it looks great and is well made with great ventilation and comfortable goggle integration

Description: This men’s ski helmet has an Air Evac 2 ventilation that helps reduce fogging and control temperatures. The Smith Maze helmet has in-mold construction that keeps the head warm and comfortable. This men’s ski helmet has a removable goggle lock on the helmet that helps the goggles stay secure.

Sizing Information: Bern Sizing Chart

ON SALE HERE ($111.95—20% off at Skis.com)

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Avid Grom (Kids)

Company: R.E.D.

Size: S-XL

Recommendation: Stylish 3/4-shell with top safety certifications at bargain prices—KIDS ($)

Description: It’s never too early to keep your kid safe when they hit the hill or pavement. Red’s lightest weight kids’ helmet, the Avid Grom, comes equipped with features that easily adjust to varying head shapes and weather conditions. Ready for year-round protection, the Avid Grom is armed with an ultra lightweight in-molded polycarbonate shell that is ASTM 2040, CPSC and CE 1077B certified.

Sizing Information: RED Sizing Chart

Boys: ON SALE HERE ($51.95—31% off at Skis.com)

Girls: ON SALE HERE ($50.99—21% off at REI.com)

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Venom

Company: Salomon

Size: XXS-L

Recommendation: Style and dependability—great looks don’t have to be expensive—WOMEN’S ($)

What people say: Excellent product at a great value, this Salomon helmet is both warm and allows for my pony tail to escape.  Stays on the head well.

Description: The Salomon Venom Helmet bursts on the scene like a riot with features like Active ventilation, an Injected ABS shell that is ready to rumble, and even a women’s specific liner that allows space for long hair and pony tails. C’mon ladies, giddy up!

Sizing Information: Small (55-56cm); Medium (57-58cm); Large (59-60cm); X-Large (61-62cm)

ON SALE HERE ($70—Evo lowest price guarantee)

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Vibrant

Company: Smith

Size: S-XL

Recommendation: Best in class All-Mountain/Carving helmet that provides great protection and a custom fit, however, the visor is difficult for skier’s who like to remove their goggles often—MEN’S ($$)

What people say: The general consensus is very positive—customized fit with adjustment capabilties and its extremely war.  The cons listed are weight and the visor when goggles are removed.

Description: The award winning Variant Brim showcases Smiths helmet technology in its finest form. A full performance helmet veiled under a Hybrid Shell construction and finished with distinctive style. The Variant Brim ski helmet has several useful features. It is the perfect helmet for anyone looking for comfort, durability, and cool technology. The Variant Brim helmet is made with polycarbonate and ABS shells to ensure protection.

Sizing Information: Small (20-21.6”); Medium (21.6-23.2”); Large (23.2-24.8”); X-Large (24.8-26.4”)

ON SALE HERE ($127.95—20% off at Skis.com)

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Ember

Company: Giro

Size: S-M

Recommendation: Versatile and super-warm this helmet is a great value choice for skier’s looking for an all-around helmet that works on-piste and off—WOMEN’S ($)

What people say: Great fit for small heads.  Good ventilation and earflaps allow for headphones.

Description: After more than a decade of innovation and proven protection, the Giro Women’s Ember Helmet proves that performance doesn’t have to be synonymous with a techy look. The in-mold construction provides the durability you need and excellent ventilation while reducing overall weight. When the temps rise, remove the vent plugs, and stash them in your pocket for future powder and bulletproof days.

Sizing Information: Giro Sizing Chart

ON SALE HERE ($79.95—20% off at Skis.com)

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G9 (Kids)

Company: Giro

Recommendation: All-purpose protection and durability at a great price—KIDS ($)

What people say: Flames are awesome

Description: Helmets offer protection and durability. The G9 ski helmet for kids by Giro offers protection, durability and style. This sleek and clean helmet with fierce flames is created with In-Mold shell construction and an EPS mold. In-mold construction fuses a tough polycarbonate outer shell with the helmet’s impact-absorbing foam liner for extra durability without adding on any weight and with the usage of the EPS liner; your kids will get the most consistent performance across a wide range of conditions.

Sizing Information: Giro Sizing Chart

ON SALE HERE ($31.95—60% off at Skis.com)

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Skull Comp 2.0 Race Helmet

Company: POC

Size: M-XXL

Recommendation: A top safety pick full hardshell for Racing—UNISEX ($$$)

What people say: Superior warmth and comfort without sacrificing visibility—close fit and padding makes hearing difficult but its all in the name of safety

Description: The Skull Comp 2.0 Race Ski Helmet is the ultimate race helmet – upgraded! The fact that it is 2.0 means that it is created with a new unique safety system. Who doesn’t want a great helmet that looks cool and offers on-point safety features? Because many ski racers hit gates pretty hard, risking the damage of the liner of the helmet, POC came up with the idea to shift the core material to multi impact EPP.

Sizing Information: POC Sizing Chart

ON SALE HERE ($271.95–28% off at Skis.com)

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Women’s Ski Goggle Reviews – the colorful edition

December 6th, 2010

Don’t see the perfect womens goggles here?  Check out our 2013 and 2014 womens best ski goggle reviews and buyers guide.

 

1. VonZipper Chakra Women’s–($$)

Why these: The best Christmas present under the tree–maximum in minimalism

What people say: Great in the cold and the wide-angle lenses let you see all of the slopes

ON SALE HERE ($91.95–29% off at Skis.com)

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2. Smith I/OS Women’s–($$$)

Why these: Two words—Aqua Fantasy, coupled with the high performance of Smith Optics

What people say: Vibrant, pretty, feminine and just plain cool

ON SALE HERE ($165–Evo lowest price guarantee)

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3. Oakley Stockholm Goggle-($$)

Why these: Above average fit, quality and optics–lots of interchangeable lens’ to choose from

What people say: Great fit and a boxier fit–occasional fog if not fit to the skin so keep them under the hood

ON SALE HERE ($91–24% off at Backcountry.com)

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4. Smith Anthem Women’s Goggle–($$)

Why these: Fits female facial features better than competitors–top rated popular goggle

What people say: Best smalled framed spherical goggle–recommend buying the multi-condition lens

ON SALE HERE ($71.90–40% off at Evo with lowest price guarantee)

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5. Anon Majestic Women’s Goggle–($)

Why these: A basic inexpensive goggle option that doesn’t sacrifice style

What people say: Built for smaller faces and younger riders–endless color options and interchangeable straps

ON SALE HERE ($49.98–37% off at Backcountry.com)



 

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