Words: Mike Rogge
Adam Delorme is elusive. Aside from popping up in the annual Level 1 flick, he's rarely seen on the Internet, which makes this edit feel so special. From taps, nollies, and gaper dodges, I scribbled down thoughts while watching it for the first time.
Opening Shot: Ah, the Jiberish horns. As a park skier, is there a more appealing sound in all of skiing? It triggers a Pavlovian response to keep my eyeballs glued to the computer screen. Like the ringing of a dinner bell, here comes something I'm going to love.
0:10-0:17 – Delorme skis into a box but opts to hit the take off and go left. This is skiing's equivalent of the pump fake. You can't see him but there's a guy on the chairlift that just mouthed, "What the fuc…" Trust me, he's there.
0:18-0:21 – Aside from Adam Delorme and Phil Casabon, has there ever been a skier that demonstrates a ski's flexibility on snow better? Rhetorical questions sometimes get answers. Mine come with age demographics.
Answer if you're under 30: No.
Answer if you're over 30: Plake. Butter goes on toast.
0:22-0:38 – Every trick looks effortless. If you're thinking, "I could do that," you know what I'm talking about and you're probably a little overconfident in your skiing abilities. Remember bud, practice smart style.
0:39-0:40 – Holy crap! Am I the only one impressed that Delorme split between two skiers mid-bang!? For those keeping score, that's a switch 7 revert to gaper gate.
0:47 – POWDER readers, it's time we bury the hatchet between park and backcountry skiers and all come to a mutual agreement, something we can all agree upon. Let's start by stating the obvious—everything looks better with a mule kick.
1:00 – 1:02 – Moguls and smiling. This is the first time I've seen terrain outside of the Breck and Keystone parks in an edit. Ever. The world isn't flat after all.
1:08 – 1:11 – Nollies are underrated in skiing partly because they're named after a skateboard trick. Phil Casabon taught me the same trick in Switzerland last winter. It's very fun, feels good, easy to learn, and guaranteed to look like you're having a seizure to anyone watching it go down. Unless you're A.D. or B-Dogg.
1:15 – 1:17 – Gaper dodge number two! Winter X committee, if you're reading this, please add scattered skiers to the slopestyle course next year. The benefits include visual appeal, difficulty to the course, and realism. Anyone that's ripped through Mount Snow's Carinthia parks understands stomping tricks is only as cool at the number of skiers you had to ski around on the take off and landing.
1:17 – 1:18 – In case you forgot, this edit is brought to you by Jiberish.
1:19 – 1:21 – In case you forgot, this edit features a wizard named Adam Delorme.
1:26 – 1:29 – Bad Name For a Ski Edit: "Somewhere Over The Rainbow Rail."
1:35 – 1:37 – Another plug for Jiberish. Aside from producing clothing and ski edits, they also have rappers put skiers "on blast."
1:44 – 1:45 – The future! Delorme's massive under-the-chairlift 360 on "natural resort terrain" is incredible. Throwing park tricks in the park and backcountry are lame. Everyone does it. On the groomer? Now we're talking.POWDER Contributor Ryan Dunfee made a similar case for this movement earlier this year. A.D. must've read it. Bravo!
1:54 – 1:56 – Remember when one-footed rail slides weren't cool? No!? Charles Gagnier's 2005 Winter X run does. After he lifted a leg on a down rail (and Tanner Hall's attempt to four-peat in slope), the Newschoolers.com crowd threw him to the lions, which, in ski media, is Newschoolers.com. But don't worry about Mr. Gagnier. He's still kicking plenty of metal ass in Quebec.
2:00-2:04 – Say this trick out loud. Cork 3 tail tap revert. Now try that trick in any action sports video game of the last ten years. You can't do it, can you? Now rewind this video, sound the Jiberish horns and watch Adam Delorme's Walk In The Park again.