Shannon Kennedy- Liberty Skis Creative Director- here!
We just spent a week in Denver at SIA premiering next year’s skis and I’m extremely excited for everyone to see them and even better, ski them! We have 3 new skis this year- Schuster Pro Model, Variant87, and the Genesis (female version of the Origin). We’ve also updated a couple of the classics by adding Carbon Fiber, which increases energy return and reinforces core while reducing weight. Carbon Fiber has been added to the Helix, Double Helix, Transfer, and the Schuster Pro.
We will have posts dedicated to each new ski in the future, but for now I want to talk graphics. This is my first year designing the graphics for the entire line of Liberty Skis and I really hope you like them. I design each ski’s graphic with that particular ski in mind, as well as the type of skier who will be riding it.
After the SIA convention we got to spend 2 days at Copper Mountain for the on snow demo. While the rest of the crew was busy spinning DIN and getting buyers out on the new skis, I was able to sneak out on each pair to snap a few photos. It was definitely amazing to get back out on the snow after spending five straight days in the Denver Convention Center but even more exciting to see the new skis on snow for the first time. I think it might be quite obvious that nature is my number one inspiration when designing the ski graphics so it was really cool to see the skis in the terrain that inspired their individual look.
Let me know what you think!
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
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 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
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.
T minus 1 hour until our man Broby Leeds competes in the Dew Tour Men’s Freeski Superpipe Semifinals! GO BROBY!
Check out a day in the life Broby Leeds on the Horstman Glacier this summer.
Filmer: Harrison Caulfield
First episode of the edit series “MOSS’N MONDAYS” Stay tuned and keep an eye out for more monday madness!
Featuring: Geoff Lovelace
Film/Edit: Jeff Barrett, Chris Saavedra
Support: Moss Culture, Ovyo Outerwear, eDoggo, Liberty Skis, Full Tilt Boots, IXNINE Goggles
The 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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.