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S I M P LY P U T

ISSUE 03

SKIING FOR GOLD


I am not much of a competitor but every spring I make the journey to southern California to compete in the War of Rails. This event is unique in skiing. With slopestyle and halfpipe being included in the Olympics, competitive skiing has transformed back into the very thing freeskiers rebelled against. Trained runs and planned performances have replaced creativity and spur of the moment inspiration. War of Rails appeals to those of us that cherish Freeskiing’s reckless nature. Instead of playing it safe and planning it out, we would rather throw caution to the wind and go for it.


Making ourselves at home in Big Bear Lake, California. The Travel Lodge was ours for the week.


The competitors line up to test out the course. War of Rails is notorious for the highest consequence rail setups of any event and this year was no different.


Lap after lap. The smell of 2 stroke exhaust fills the air as a cavalry of snowmachines rally each competitor up just to come back down.


At an event such as this, we are at the mercy of the schedule. Downtime is spent being social.


Max traveled from Eastern Canada, qualified in the Open Devision and impressed everyone in the finals.


Bumps and bruises are necessary for progression. Sandy didn’t let this little scrape affect his game face.


Best Trick goes to Dom Laporte. This crazy Quebecker was going for it all day. He wasn’t consistent enough to land on the podium, but he rode away from the single most impressive maneuver of the comp.


Media and fans bombard the champion. Karl’s consistent and technical skiing gave him the well deserved win. Carl works harder and skis more than almost anyone I know. It was great to see it all pay off.


The people I have come to know through skiing have influenced and shaped my life in more ways than I can imagine. After years of trips, competitions and pow days, Carl, Sandy and Jake are now some of my best friend. On this day we were adversaries and some did better than others, but at the end of the day these people are the reason I love to ski. I don’t think that will ever change.


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Shay Lee Jordan Harper Jonny Durst Skiers

Sandy Boville Khai Krepela Shay Lee Karl Fostvedt Max John Kutcher Jake Doan Dominic Laport


S I M P LY P U T

ISSUE 03

SKIING FOR GOLD


Simply Put, Skiing For Gold