Thursday, December 29, 2011

Liberty Underground

Liberty Skis recognizes all the best parts of skiing, from deep days and first tracks to just cruising with friends and hanging out in the parking lot afterwards. To celebrate that we’re proud to announce a new series of events called Liberty Underground. How does it work? Follow Liberty via the Demo Tour and Facebook. Liberty Underground Events will be announced a week or so in advance and will be kept totally informal.
Liberty Underground #1 will take place Noon, Friday January 6th at Bridger Bowl Montana. Look for the Liberty Van in the Parking Lot. We’ll meet up grab some turns, get some video of shredding the best Bridger has to offer. We’ll have some informal contests for chances at winning prizes from Hestra, Poc, Kicker Audio, Trew, Discrete Headwear, and Clif Bar. Sound good? See you there.
Keep tabs for the next event, which will take place Friday January 20th at Eldora Mountain in Colorado. 
Come Party!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Demo Tour Whirlwind Results in Snow

Better Words Don't Exist.
I'd like to think that the over 2,000 miles I logged in 5 days have something to do with Winter deciding to show up to the party. The whirling forces spreading off the van's perpetually moving wheels must have created enough of a tumult to dissipate the high-pressure system hovering above the Rockies like an the alien ships from the movie Independence Day. I'm pretty sure meteorologists will tell us otherwise.
Chaos on the Road
 The route up to Mt. Bachelor from Liberty World HQ was mostly a smooth one. I saw some serious carnage, drove a van filled with skis through the middle of Utah's desert, and spent some time sleeping in a truck stop. Between the Kicker sound system and sneaking into my supply of Clif Bars I managed to drive through the night and into Oregon. The snow was better than the locals said it was (They're spoiled in the North West) and then got set up for a demo in the middle of the one shady patch at Mt. Bachelor under a cloudless sky. Oh well.
Mt. Bachelor is a pretty place.
 Then it was off to 49 Degrees North and Schweitzer for some Demoing and riding with the Ski Patrol. It was pretty amazing teaching a bunch of Patrolers that they could ski the same terrain on wider skis with less effort after getting them to change their technique.
Just Dumping!
Finally I made it home to Missoula for Christmas. The best part? Over 10 inches and an empty parking lot. After some serious time spent riding express chairs and paying for parking it's good to remember why showing up to the "local" hill can be so good. Video up soon!

Looking forward to more deep days!

Enjoy the winter and Happy Holidays.


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Butte to Bend. N-Dub Here We Go!

Crested Butte. The grinch rode down this on a sled to deliver gifts to the Whos.
Crested Butte was a RIOT. Between the National Brotherhood of Skiers, a river of Coors, and some fantastic sunshine I barley made it out alive. There are few authentic mountain towns these days, and Crested Butte is one of them for sure. The people are friendly, the hill is steep, and everyone rips.

Is that a Ski-bow?
I may have witnessed one of the first ever Ski-Bows as a free-heeler was inspired by Denver Bronco's QB Tim Tebow. I'm not a football fan but I thought this was hilarious. Two points for the tele crowd. I also got to hang out with the locals on my day off. Crested Butte knows how to spend a sunny Sunday on the deck for sure.

Nothing beats a Bloody.
In other news we got our gear in from Discrete! You've never looked so good keeping your ears warm.
Soo many Colors! First person to guess mine in the comments wins a Hat.
 Getting ready for the tour has been an adventure on it's own right. Between packing up, saying good byes to everyone here in Avon, and sampling strange Chinese beverages things can get a little different. We don't only just play Foosball.

Jake's Game Face.

Now the sneak peak of next year's gear...

As you can see next years graphics rock
We've been getting ready to unveil all of next years products at the trade shows. Here's your first peek at next years skis. The graphics are better than ever, and they ski well too!

Lastly the Van is finally stickered up and ready to hit the road. I'll be at Mt.Bachelor Saturday, 49 Degrees North on Sunday, and Schweitzer on Tuesday. What's up Northwest!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Now With Video!

We're taking it to the next level here on the demo tour by once again incorporating video! Look for weekly videos from here on out featuring you! That's right, I don't need this to be a one man show, and now is your chance to show off how much fun you're having with Liberty.
Hestra. Pure happy for your hands.
 I also made a trip to Hestra to pick up some of our giveaways. If you haven't put your hands in a pair of Hestra gloves before, you'll have a chance at the demos, and even a chance to win a pair.
POC! You want this on your head. Trust me.
Our goodies from POC showed up this week as well. What does that mean? Follow the Blog, and Twitter feed for chances to win it. I'll be handing out a pair of goggles this week at Crested Butte. Speaking of Crested Butte, join me at Butte 66 tomorrow, Friday Dec. 9th from 3 to 6 for a chance at a free pair of Double Helix's. That's right FREE DOUBLE HELIX's. Be there.
We're soo Money. Found at a bar in Winter Park.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Denver Doldrums

Never thought I'd see snow in Tijuana, I mean Denver.
 At Liberty, we do things a bit differently. For starters the company was founded after the owners won 50k in Vegas. Instead of spending the money on booze, fast cars, or a fancy cheese fountain, they started a company dedicated to making freeride skis that rip.
This mentality brings me to Denver this morning. See, a couple of weeks ago I was driving over Vail Pass late at night in the middle of a full-blown white out. To keep motivated I blasted our Kicker sound system at 11 so that my eyes rattled with the rhythm and I maintained a constant sense of hyper vigilance. All was going well until the descent into Vail. While passing a semi, our beloved Demo Van suddenly turned off. I was forced to perform radical maneuvers in order to safely guide my wounded steed to the side of the road. It turns out our sound system is so powerful; it drains the battery even when the van is idling. I presented three solutions to solve the problem:
1.     Drive faster during white out conditions.
2.     Turn the music down while driving slowly.
3.     Spend money so that I can drive safely and still do damage to my eardrums.
Solution one puts me at risk and wouldn’t make OSHA happy. Number two would be a disservice not only to Kicker, but also the various Hip Hop and Speed Metal artists that we all love. So in true Liberty fashion we’re doing things the right way and upgrading the van’s electronics. After this a Red Bull vehicle will only top the van, but we won’t give you cavities.
Liberty Demo: Coming in video to a screen near you!
In other news we got our new gear in from GoPro! Look forward to videos of Liberty Demo Lifestyle, skiing action, and most importantly you. That’s right, you. At every stop staring in Crested Butte (Dec 9,10) we’ll be letting you show off how much fun your having on Liberty Skis. Want to be an internet celebrity? Come ride with me.
Lastly I’ll be at Winter Park Colorado tomorrow doing a demo. We had to cancel the ski giveaway with Coors, but if you come complain to me about it, I’ll give you a prize. Really. See you on the slopes!