Filming skiing in cities can be complicated and frustrating for many reasons. You can get kicked out of spots or busted by the cops. There's a greater risk of injured compared to park skiing in a resort. You need to buy items like lights, generators, a drop-in ramp for speed, or even a gas-powered winch. There are long hours spent shoveling and it can take many hours to get one useable clip.
All these factors add up and can make urban skiing miserable in some situations.
That's why we like a place in Salt Lake City, Utah, called the Rail Gardens, which is where we shot part of this new episode of Line Traveling Circus, which dropped on Monday. It's a large park on a hill with handrails, fences and drops -- the perfect place to ski because you will never get kicked out and can do whatever you can think of. It's a place that eliminates many of the un-fun factors of urban skiing, and although we have been coming here for years, we still find new things to do.
However, skiing in one place for too long is never good, and after some good days at the Rail Gardens, we loaded the Line Traveling Circus van up with our friends Sami Ortlieb, Ian Compton, and Erik Olson and made an 18-hour drive to Seattle, Wash. The next day, we headed to Stevens Pass ski area for some park skiing and then made the move to Vancouver, BC, to meet up with Canadians Max Hill and Cole Drexler to ski at Seymour for a few days.
Seymour had a good but short park, and we spent most of the time hiking because of weekend lift lines. I also had a good reminder that sometimes even in the park it can take a long time to land a complicated trick or a series of hard tricks in a row. In the end it was all worth it when we sat down to a large but cheap sushi dinner in Vancouver. Skiing at a place right next to the sea has its advantages.