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.

Liberty Skis Transfer - Park SkiTransfer_Base_15

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

Liberty Skis Summer Recap

Liberty Skis Summer Recap from Liberty Skis on Vimeo.

The Liberty Skis team meet up in Whistler, British Columbia this summer to ride on the Blackomb Glacier. Thanks to Momentum Ski Camps and Camp of Champions for inviting us out.

Athletes: Joe Schuster, Dom Laporte, Zak Mousseau, Tanner Gordon, Jake Ondrik, Cam Duncan, Broby Leeds, and Jonas Hjohlman.

Filming : Brody Jones and Carlo Mion

Editing: Brody Jones

Featured Shop – Vista Bahn Ski Rentals

Our first of many featured ski shops is Vista Bahn Ski Rentals. Its’ name comes from it’s proximity to the Vista Bahn lift in Vail, Colorado. The lift has since been replaced with Gondola One but the name remains. This shop is right in Vail Village and one of the closest skis shops to the mountain. Vista Bahn is also a Liberty Demo Center, so if you find yourself in Vail- it’s the perfect place to try out a new model. We love this shop not only because they are good pals of ours but also because they keep all of our skis tuned to perfection. If you buy one of our Limited Edition Variant CAICs, they will be hand tuned at this shop by Olympian and former US Ski Team Member Sacha Gros. We caught up with Sacha to ask him a few questions about Vista Bahn Ski Rentals.

Vista Bahn Ski Rentals - Official Liberty Skis Demo Center

Vista Bahn Ski Rentals – Official Liberty Skis Demo Center

Date Opened: We opened in 1977 when my parents took a gamble and opened Colorado Ski Service. My sister, Dominique, and I took over Vista Bahn Ski Rentals in 2005.

What distinguishes you from other businesses in your category? All of our tuners have a lot of experience compared to the average shop and we hand finish our tunes, we want to be sure the skier gets what they want and need. We also provide storage and tons of rental options so we can keep our customers happy in all the snow conditions.

Who are some of the typical customers of your shop? We have customers from all over the country along with international families, but we also do a lot of tuning for locals. Vail really brings people from everywhere and we’re happy to see our customers keep coming back!

What do you like best about your line of work? Skiing, learning about new technology and being surrounded by people who share that interest.

What is your business’ biggest challenge? Renting out my own sweet Liberties on a powder day instead of skiing on them myself…

What is your favorite place to ski? Gandy Dancer on Friday morning, but lately my favorite is taking my 3.5 year old up and watching him refuse to snowplow

Something people might be surprised to learn about you or your business: We have a liquor license, next time you’re in, ask is for a beer, they’re cheap too!

If your shop had a theme song, what would it be? Seems like Ween is on pandora most of the time.

Vista Bahn Ski Rentals - Right down the stairs - Closest Shop to Vail Mountain

Vista Bahn Ski Rentals – Right down the stairs – Closest Shop to Vail Mountain

Joe Schuster Wins X Games Medal

Liberty Skis Joe Schuster Wins X Games RealSki Fan Favorite

We are so stoked that our man, Joe Schuster, has been voted Fan Favorite in the X Games RealSki Backcountry Competition. In addition, he was also awarded a Bronze Medal for his part in Superproof’s “The Recruitment”.

REAL SKI BACKCOUNTRY WINNERS ANNOUNCED

“The degree of difficulty in his tricks, how technical he was and ya know, even though he was a late addition, he was a step above some of the other guys in terms of degree of difficulty, he had bunch of double corks, right side spins (his unnatural direction) and that switch double 12 was just the stamp at the end.”

-Shay Williams, Real Ski Backcountry Judge

“The Recruitment” will be available on iTunes October, 15th. Check out the latest trailer!

THE RECRUITMENT – (OFFICIAL TRAILER #2) from SUPER PROOF on Vimeo.

Interview with Joe Schuster

Hi Joe Schuster! How has your summer been so far? 

It’s been awesome! I spent July up on the glacier in Whistler, and then right after I left on a month long road trip with some friends. We’re driving down the west coast of the States surfing, skating, checking out cities and meeting up with a bunch of friends along the way, We are actually still on the trip until sometime in the beginning of September.

How was it to hang out in Whistler all summer at Camp of Champions?

It was great. This was my 9th year at COC and I actually took on the head coach role. I was stoked to be doing that, plus we had an amazing sunny summer so it was awesome as always to just be up there shredding everyday! 

Joe Schuster hitting the hip at Camp of Champions. Ph: Kyle Gibson

Joe Schuster hitting the hip at Camp of Champions. Ph: Kyle Gibson

What should we expect to see in The Recruitment by Super Proof? How is it to be able to ski and film every day with your best friends?

Haha! I think I can speak for everyone when I say that the lifestyle I have which allows me to ski and film with my friends is probably the best ever. The recruitment is going to be awesome! It’s very different from most ski movies, it has amazing skiing that is all tied together with a theme and some really cool skits and whatnot. Leigh, our editor, and Brandon, our filmer really made something unique with this film and I’m pretty sure most people are going to like it!

Joe Schuster in Superproof

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Did you spend most of your winter in British Columbia?

Ya as far as filming goes I did. I made one trip out east to shoot an article for SBC Skier Magazine, but other then that I was in Whistler and a quick trip to the interior of British Columbia the rest of the year. It was a slow start due to lack of snow but once it got going it was amazing! It’s hard to leave Whistler when you live there, it’s just so damn good for backcountry.

We are so stoked for you to have been invited to ESPN X Games Real Ski, what are your thoughts on the event?  

Thanks! I think the event is awesome. It allows us to showcase the film side of the sport to a massive mainstream audience that probably otherwise wouldn’t get to see this side of things. Also, we have all winter to put together something we’re really stoked and proud of, so it’s nice not to have super short deadlines.  Having a whole season to film, coupled with partnering with ESPN is a great opportunity for the sport of skiing to show the general public what is capable on skis. It also shows a larger audience of what passionate skiers are actually doing in the mountains, which should be great for the sport of skiing.
Watch Joe’s Segment & VOTE!

How was it to film a segment in British Columbia with such a low snow year?

It was tough for sure, and we honestly didn’t even bring out the camera until February 17th this year, which was extremely late! It was really bad at first, but once the end of February came around we were all really motivated to get out there and make up for lost time, so basically every day we were out once the snow was decent. We were out there trying to make the most out of every situation and I think that will show with The Recruitment movie and ESPN X Games Real Ski.

Joe Schuster taking advantage of the soft backcountry in British Columbia

Joe Schuster taking advantage of the soft backcountry in British Columbia

What was your Liberty ski of choice for filming last season and why?

I was riding the Double Helix all year. That ski is just so much fun for me and what I’m doing with my skiing. It allows me to jump and play around in the pillows and mini-golf type features really easily, and is just such a solid ski that I’m able to land a lot of stuff out there that I might not be able to do otherwise.  For such a wide ski, it’s super versatile in almost every condition, including hardpack and groomers.  Not that I spent a lot of time on groomers!

Joe Schuster going big in Alaska. Ph: Travis Smith

Joe Schuster going big in Alaska. Ph: Travis Smith

What are your plans for 2014/15?

I’m going to be filming another video part with Super Proof for the next movie which we’re already starting to plan, and then hopefully I can get another invite into ESPN X Games Real Ski again because that event has been awesome and I would be stoked to do it again!

What can we expect from Super Proof in the future?

Well, I can’t tell you too much without letting the cat out of the bag, but once you see The Recruitment movie, you’ll see that we’re trying to take things in a different direction and make our movies something completely different from the industry standard. So if you like The Recruitment, I’m sure you’ll like what we have planned for the future.

Take it easy Joe!  Please keep us updated with how your season shapes up.

Absolutely. Thanks guys!

Don’t forget to vote for Joe for the X Games real ski backcountry competition!