Revision Skis just launched their brand and they have a new fat, 5-point powder ski called the Subtraction. These look like fun twin tip powder skis for riding in the deep stuff and would be a blast to bring on a backcountry heliskiing or catskiing trip. They look like fun, quality skis at an affordable price point. Looking forward to hearing more about how these skis perform in deep conditions. Enjoy the video below that the Revision Skis guys released. The focus of the video is mainly on freestyle skiing, but there are still a few great powder skiing shots and it is worth a watch for the music alone.
After arriving in Boise, we had a short drive to McCall, Idaho to begin our cat skiing adventure at Brundage Mountain. Our group included many experienced cat and heli skiers, but Brundage was a new spot for us all. Going into this trip, none of us really knew what to expect. We assumed we would have a good time, but this place is pretty off the radar and we hadn’t heard much about it either way.
Our drive to Brundage was a white-knuckled affair, as the snow was falling heavily. The stoke level was high as we knew this meant that our first Idaho cat skiing experience would be even more fun. When we pulled into the Brundage parking lot, we were all shocked at the lack of people that had arrived that morning. This was a powder day in the midst of 60+ inches in the last week. The snow was deep and there was barely anyone around. We knew we were going to be having a blast on this trip and that was reinforced by the welcome surprise of having the whole resort to ourselves. We learned that Brundage is truly a hidden treasure.
With over 320 inches of snow at the base area each season, Brundage has a reputation for having the best snow in Idaho. The base operation is fairly undeveloped and void of condo’s and heavy development. This leaves the best snow in Idaho as a playground for locals and Boise’s weekend warriors.
Our cat skiing days began with meeting our guides bright and early at Brundage Mountain. They give you some coffee, a short orientation and equipment check before you are on your way for the day. It takes a half hour or so to get from the base area to the first runs for the day. This is a nice scenic ride that helps to build the anticipation for what is to come. With over 19,000 acres of dedicated cat skiing terrain, you get a sense of the vastness of the powder playground where you will spend your day.
Karl Fostvedt hitting a backcountry booter:
Created by Dendrite Studios, this video showcases a week long trip with Epic Planks to TLH Heliskiing near Gold Bridge, British Columbia, Canada in March 2011. For almost everyone on the trip this was their first heli skiing
experience and the terrain, lodge, snow, food, and people exceeded expectations.
Produced by Dendrite Studios
Cinematography by: Athan Merrick, Anthony Bonello, and Nicolas Teichrob
Edited by: Nicolas Teichrob
location: TLH Heliskiing, Gold Bridge, BC
Epic Planks skis
skiers: alex blais, jon whelan, danny arnold
additional skiers: maxim arsenault, matt elliott
music: Marriage (Star Slinger remix) – Gold Panda
Thanks to Anthony from b4apres Media for his help