Catch up with the Liberty Team

Checking In with Team Manager Colin Sutherland

Winter has finally shown up in North America. Our winter season started in Calgary, Alberta Canada. Zak Mousseau, Cam Duncan, Tanner Gordon and Max Moffat all spent a couple weeks cruising laps at Winsport during the day and hitting handrails at night. We partnered up with local film crew 403 Media to film and show us the Alberta lifestyle. Local photographer Chris Pillings joined the crew to document the whole trip.

Tanner Gordan Quad Kink | Photo by Chris Phillings

Tanner Gordan Quad Kink | Photo by Chris Phillings

After Calgary we were able to spend a couple days at Silver Star Mountain Resort. Tanner Gordon and Jake Ondrik took advantage of their home resort and the great conditions.

Tanner Gordon at Silver Star | Photo by Chris Phillings

Tanner Gordon at Silver Star | Photo by Chris Phillings

Tanner Gordon flew down from Canada to meet Broby Leeds in Colorado. Broby competed in Pipe at the Copper Grand Prix and Dew Tour Breckenridge. Tanner took advantage of the early season parks and trained for the up coming year. Benjamin Moscona and Gabriella Makena linked up with the guys to shoot photos while they were training.

Broby Leeds | Photo by Benjamin Moscona

Broby Leeds | Photo by Benjamin Moscona

Zak Mousseau, Jay Starnino and myself are spending the holidays in Revelstoke British Columbia shooting photos. Stay connected our Instagram to see what the Team is getting up to.

Featured Shop – The City Garage

The City Garage Liberty Skis Featured ShopThe City Garage opened for business in October 1999, following a year of planning by Sean Lowes, a former ski rep who after 20 years of travelling decided it was time get off the road and create a ski shop with its own unique personality. Sean repurposed an old carriage house in the heart of Ellicottville, NY and named the store after the original City Garage, Ellicottville’s former 1930’s-era GMC station. He was determined to maintain the historical value of the building; in the summer months you can find the original front garage doors swung open for direct sidewalk access into the uniquely “garage-style” merchandised retail operation.

Date opened? 10/09/99 10AM

How did you get involved in this business? Needed a job after high school, wanted to meet chicks and lead a glamorous lifestyle.

What distinguishes you from other businesses in your category? We are a band of misfits, all in for the fun of it!

Who are some of the typical customers of your shop? All types of skiers.

What do you like best about your line of work? Looking cool in the lift line.

What is your business’ biggest challenge? Keeping customers happy, selling wide skis and looking cool in the liftline!

What is your favorite place to ski? #1- Holiday Valley/Ellicottville, NY #2-Solitude, UT

Something people might be surprised to learn about you or your business: We have never sold a snowboard. Not that we have anything against them but we are a ski shop and only sell skis.

If your shop had a theme song, what would it be? Money Changes Everything by Cyndi Lauper

http://citygarageskishop.com/

Liberty Skis Summer Recap

Checking In with Team Manager Colin Sutherland

I started my summer off in Whistler British Columbia where I met up with the Liberty Skis team. We arrived a few weeks before the Glacier opened giving us the chance to take in the summer activities that Whistler had to offer. Whistler is one of those summer destinations with endless activities. We spent the first couple weeks cliff jumping, frisbee golfing, biking, skating, fishing and partying.

After several rough mornings and numerous sunburns we threw on our winter gear and headed up to Blackcomb for Session One at Momentum Ski Camps. Session One kicked off with warm bluebird weather and an incredible park. Dom Laporte set the bar high for the crew by destroying every rail at Momentum Ski Camps and always being the last one to leave the bar.

Broby Leeds gaping the Skull Candy Stair Set at Momentum Ski Camps

Broby Leeds gaping the Skull Candy Stair Set at Momentum Ski Camps

Tanner Gordon doing a Cork 3 at Momentum Ski Camps

Tanner Gordon doing a Cork 3 at Momentum Ski Camps

Canada Day kicked off Session One at Camp of Champions and Session Two at Momentum. Joe Schuster and Ben Wanamaker were in full attendance at COC while the others skied Momentum.

Liberty Skis Cam Duncan

Cam Duncan pressing a down bar. Ph: Ben Moscona

Days began to blend together as our daily routine seemed too mere the day before. We would load the chairs at 7 am and be on the glacier by 8 am. We would ride until the last T-Bar at 2:45 and then download the mountain and head straight for one of the lakes that scatter the valley bottom. After a couple hours of relaxing we would head home to celebrate before heading into the village to hit a local bar where the crew would relax and work their magic on female tourist.

Liberty Skis Jake Ondrik Cork 7

Jake Ondrik jumping

As July brought nothing but blistering warm days and clear skies the team stacked footage with Filmer Brody Jones. Zak and Broby were lucky enough to have a private session on the Momentum Ski Camps jump with Poorboys Production, Level 1 and the top professionals in the ski industry.

Liberty Skis Zak Mousseau

Zak Mousseau sunset shot

Make sure to check out our summer recap video that showcases Joe Schuster, Dom Laporte, Zak Mousseau, Cam Duncan, Tanner Gordon, Jake Ondrik, Broby Leeds, and Jonas ride at Momentum Ski Camps and Camp of Champions.

NEW 2015 Transfer

Zak Mousseau

The all-new Transfer has been engineered from the snow up to be an aggressive park and pipe ski. The signature Liberty bamboo and poplar speedcore makes the ski light and energetic, while the quadaxial fiberglass layers provide stability and strength. A triple radius sidecut on this symmetrical twin brings a longer radius to the center of the ski to increase stability, while the tips and tails get a much smaller radius for aggressive edging. What this means is that the Transfer is a stable landing platform at any speed, and will carve the pipe wall with ease, but the ski still retains a playful personality.

For those looking to take their park and pipe riding to the next level, and who need the energy and stability of a fully cambered ski, the Transfer is the answer. We have built a full-on park ski capable of launching and landing big airs in the park and pipe to continue the tradition of the Liberty LTE and Larose Pro Model. The Transfer carries on the Liberty commitment to park skis with energetic performance, lap after lap.

Learn more about the Liberty Skis Transfer.

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Featured Shop – Castle Rock Bike and Ski

CastleRockBikeAndSkiCastle Rock Bike & Ski is a locally owned and operated business in the historical downtown district of Castle Rock, CO. When the husband and wife owners aren’t busy helping customers into new skis or bikes at the shop you can find them working with the town to develop and build single track trails, coaching the local high school mountain bike team, working with the downtown development authority and of course, shredding around on skis or bikes.

How did you get involved in this business? Skiing and biking have been passions for me since I was kid. I have worked in the bike and ski industries since 1986. I was working in a ski shop in Tacoma, Wash. while attending the University of Puget Sound and it wasn’t long before I decided I wanted to work in the ski and bike industry rather than go law school. After moving to Colorado in 1988, I worked at various shops while getting my bachelor’s degree in entrepreneurial management. I opened my first bike & ski shop in downtown Denver in 1994. Five years later, I sold my share of the business to my business partners. I moved to Castle Rock, CO., and opened Castle Rock Bike & Ski with my wife, KC, in 2000. The business is a full service bike and ski/ride shop offering sales, service and rentals.

What distinguishes you from other businesses in your category? Castle Rock Bike & Ski is a locally owned and operated business in the historical downtown district of Castle Rock, a thriving community on the Front Range. We are ardent believers of supporting local businesses and we practice what we preach by offering goods from several local and regional suppliers. Liberty Skis are a perfect match for the shop’s feel, vibe and product mix.

Who are some of the typical customers of your shop? Castle Rock Bike & Ski caters to a wide range of customers from families with little kids to active empty-nesters. Because the shop focuses on cycling in the summer and snowsports during the winter months, many of the shop’s customers engage in both sports segments. Castle Rock Bike & Ski is the only full service ski shop within at least a 10-mile radius and our location combined with my long-time experience in the industry makes us a destination for skiers and riders in the area.

What do you like best about your line of work? I love skiing and cycling and owning my own store gives me the opportunity to immerse myself in those sports every day. I enjoy keeping up with the latest trends and trying out the newest equipment. Setting up kids for ski or board rentals for the first time is always fun because I know I am introducing them to a wonderful recreational outlet they can participate in for decades to come. Setting up an experienced skier with the latest gear is always fun because they know what they are capable of on their old skis but are excited about the possibilities on their new sticks. I sell fun and what could be more fun than that?

What is your business’ biggest challenge? Being a small shop gives us the luxury of getting to know our customers well. We are able to provide customized services that meet their particular needs and desires. However, it can be tricky competing with the bigger shops and online retailers in terms of product volume and discounts. We have been in business for 15 years and we still have people come in to the store who have not heard about us before. Because Castle Rock is a commuter community (most residents work in Denver or Colorado Springs), many residents will often shop near their workplaces. That is changing as the town continues to lure more businesses and jobs but it will take time before major changes to that dynamic take place.

What is your favorite place to ski? There really isn’t anywhere I don’t like to ski. But I was a volunteer patrolman at Arapahoe Basin for eight years so my heart really belongs there. My daughter learned to ski there and last year she did the North Wall with me for the first time. But really, it’s not as much about where I am skiing as much as it is just getting out and skiing. I like cycling and I ride my bike a lot. But if I could ski every day of the year, I would.

Something people might be surprised to learn about you or your business: We are very involved in our community. I have worked closely with the Town of Castle Rock to develop and build more than 20 miles of singletrack trails around town and Castle Rock Bike & Ski is the corporate sponsor of the local mountain bike park. I am also the coach for the local high school mountain bike team. KC is a member of the local downtown development authority, which is tasked with attracting new businesses and development to the downtown district.

If your shop had a theme song, what would it be? Galactic’s “What You Need”

http://castlerockbikes.com