House Riders Andy Parry and Garrett Russell, along with LINE Traveling Circus members Will Wesson and Shane McFalls, fled the western drought and headed to snowy Minnesnowta a few weeks ago to film for LINE Traveling Circus. Episode 7.3 “That’s Different” includes the remarkably weird and funky skiing of LTC and features MN signatures like hotdish, the Mall of America, and rails, rails, rails. I had the opportunity to chauffeur the crew around to Wild Mountain, Trollhaugen, and any/everywhere in the Twin Cities area. They could be the strangest group of skiers I have ever been around and I loved every moment…except for all the discussions about cats. There were a lot.
Cody Townsend’s line from MSP’s “Days of My Youth” is definitely the line of the year and may be the most insane line of all time. Townsend was just honored with the Best Male Performance and Line of the Year at last weeks Powder Awards for his incredible ski through an enclosed couloir. On the line, Townsend recounts “That line in general had been a thought of mine for years. It’s really hard to find a couloir like that. They pretty much don’t exist. I wasn’t actually that scared up top but it became the scariest line when I was in it. I realized how gnarly it was, how skinny it was, how fast I was going. That was the first time in my life a line has actually gotten scarier after I’ve dropped in.” If you can find a scary, gnarly, more jaw dropping line please let me know. This is some unbelievable skiing. Congratulations and hats off Cody…er, Mr. Townsend, sir.
Well, this is just too good not to share. The fellas at IFHT have done it again. The famed interwebs comics have hit the nail on the head with their latest installment in the “How To Be…” series. This spoof is so humorously accurate you can not help but to chuckle aloud and nod your head in agreement as you roll through your ski memories. Personally, I love videos like this. It helps us all remember that skiing is fun and not to be take too seriously. For God’s sake, pizza those french fries and chill out everybody. It’s time to get seriously ridiculous.
The Garrett Russell Experience: Another Time, Another Place is an original story and video series developed by The House and has premiered on Teton Gravity Reasearch’s Tetongravity.com. The GRE will explore the skiing, style, and artistic virtue of House Rider Garrett “GFunk” Russell. Captured in San Carlos de Bariloche, episode 1 explores the vision of one of skiing’s true originals. Another Time, Another Place will follow G-Funk in 4 different episodes featuring the terrain of the Argentine Andes, forests of Japan,and the expansive American canvas.
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LINE’s Traveling Circus starts it’s unparalleled 7th season off with a bang in Part 2 of “Everybody Loves Ramen.” The highly anticipated conclusion of “Everybody Loves Ramen Part 1″ solidifies Traveling Circus as the world’s longest freestyle skiing web series. The crew’s second trip to Japan sees them enjoy the glow stick nightlife of an Anime Party, the tasty treats and strange oddities of local fish markets, restaurants, and vending machines, numerous ski resorts, and tons of funky skiing. GFunk and the TC Crew send their soulful and inventive style into the creative stratosphere. Watch the adventure and prepare yourself to get weird!
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