Dickens Ski Prose: The Best and Worst of Lines
Today marks the anniversary of Charles Dickens' epic, A Tale of Two Cities, so here's a poem to honor the legend
It was the best of lines, it was the worst of lines, it was a day for wisdom, it was a day for folly…
VIDEO: The Simple Joy of Skiing
A boy in an ancient village with a pair of old Fischers and rubber boots
A year ago in March, photographer Kari Medig was in the Republic of Georgia with a group of ski models for a shoot with the Norwegian apparel brand, Norrona. After a couple days of skiing at Gudauri, one of Georgia’s popular ski resorts, the group headed further west in search of a more authentic experience. They arrived at Ushguli, a small village high up in the Caucasus Mountains, and met Gigi Charqseliani, the 15-year-old who inspired this short film, which is titled The Fence.
POWDER: Describe Ushguli for us. What’s this place like?
Kari Medig: It’s like something straight out of Game of Thrones—fully medieval, really old. It’s actually a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s got these crazy big towers and it’s like you’re walking around 200 years ago. There’s cows and chickens running around, monasteries. The people in the region, they moved there because it’s really out of the way. They’re still really suspicious of people coming in. It’s this ancient way of life.
So how did a photo shoot for an apparel company turn into this short film?
We were shooting skiing, and my friends were wearing all these clothes and walking around the village. We were ski touring all day, and when we got back, we went into a guesthouse. When we were inside, I saw this shape speed past the window, and was like, “What the hell?” Nobody in this village skis that fast. But sure enough, it was this kid with rubber boots and old skis just doing that.
Who is Gigi?
He’s 15. He looks a little bit older than that, but he’s a big kid. He’s lived in that village his whole life and he’s going to school. It’s actually funny—I’m friends with him on Facebook now.
Is Gigi the only village skier?
Some other kids were using the same skis. They get passed around. They just adjust the bindings depending on their shoes. They get the fear part of skiing. The adrenaline comes from trying to sneak through that entrance in the fence.
What is this film really about to you?
You know when you’re a kid? That was the funnest time in skiing to me. I still love it so much, but nothing beats that initial excitement of going fast and the freedom of it.
VIDEO: Park bashing with Khai Krepela
Here’s one park segment you shouldn’t miss this week
If you like to keep up on Internet park skiing, you should probably add Khai Krepela to the favorites tab.
After making a cameo in the memorable Detroit segment from last year’s Poor Boyz flick, Chasing Skylines, Krepela has gone beast mode this season, stacking footage like IHOP stacks pancakes.
The Park City-native is freakishly comfortable sliding metal on skis, spinning, tapping, and otherwise toying with any technical feature that stands in his way. Legitimately, the dude spins out of every rail. That blind swap on a feature I can only describe as a “Y to Z” rail at 1:51 made me spit out my Red Bull and I wasn’t even drinking any.
While he’s filmed with 4bi9 and is rumored to have a full segment with Level 1 for this fall, Krepela and his crew Good Enough gifted us five minutes of edited footage in the early stages of spring. Good looks guys.
AK The Other Way
Still the euphoric trip, but cheaper than heli skiing
In the weeks leading up to our trip to Alaska, the common question I would receive was, “Who are you flying with?” Of course, typical responses include CPG, Valdez Heli Guides, Points North, or numerous other well-known heli skiing operations. However this was not that type of Alaska ski trip, and my answer to their question was Sheldon Air Service.
Hot Dog… The Movie Turns 30
Looking back on the classic, with the cast partying in Squaw on Saturday
“I was beating around town and heard music. I went in and it was a full blown,” says Marvin. “There were four guys on stage, bald-headed playing saxophones naked to the waist and wearing spandex. A guy named Terry as MC and eight beautiful girls taking their clothes off, being sprayed with beer and champagne, and pretty soon it turned into a live orgy on stage. And guys were jumping out of the audience and having sex on stage. That was the freestyle circuit when it first started, anyway.”
Week in Review: Man on Skis on Wire
Plus: Cats and monoskis, the Colby West Show, and Brazil's taking over South America freestyle skiing
All the news fit for skiing the week ending April 25, 2014.
The Next Crop of FWT Skiers
The top skiers from the qualifiers lock in their spots on the 2015 Freeride World Tour
After the final event of the year in Big Sky, Montana, 16 riders from the four disciplines secured spots on the 2015 Freeride World Tour.
Junk in the Trunk: Mountain Hardwear Ratio 15
The three-season do-it-all sleeping bag
The Mountain Hardwear Ratio 15 is the company’s go-to three-season down bag that’s plenty warm for nights up at our usual basecamp around 10,000 feet.
VIDEO: Phil Casabon, Henrik Harlaut, and 20 of their Friends
The highlight vid from the B&E Invitational
Phil Casabon and Henrik Harlaut just dropped the highlight reel from their inaugural B&E Invitational, held earlier this month at Les Arcs, France. The world can now see what happens when two of the most entertaining skiers host 20 more of the world’s best for a couple days of shredding. So sit back, relax, and, taking their own words from Facebook, enjoy eight minutes of style.
VIDEO: Weekend Shredding on Mount Washington
Tuckermans is just the beginning
In the latest and greatest from Meathead Films/Ski The East, Ben Leoni heads to some of the lesser known places of the White Mountains.