Cat skiing and back-country deep powder sessions, brought to you in Lego form.
This video combines the cheeky fun of stop-animation Legos with the uber seriousness of glam ski reels, and the result, is wonderfully endearing. From the faux lens flares to the chillwave electronic soundtrack, it captures all the classic hallmarks of the modern ski highlight reel while subtly drawing attention to their formulaic nature and underlying pretension.
It’s a brilliant little short with a light, playful touch that fills your heart with youthful happiness in a way that only Legos can.
The GOPR Rescue Snowmobile was designed by Warsaw team Gustaw Lange and Aleksander Lange to handle difficult weather conditions while rescuing injured skiers off the mountain.
An ambulance for the snow, the GOPR snowmobile is mobile, maneuverable, and able to access remote areas with ease. The two-seater can swiftly push through the snow with its two front skis and its powerful track system that propels the machine over all types of terrain.
The bubble-like shape of the vehicle’s front allows for a pair of rescuers to retrieve and assist the injured, while the rectangular shaped rear functions as a medical bed for the injured. Ultimately, Lange & Lange’s GOPR Rescue Snowmobile will enable GOPR’s rescuers to make swift and efficient rescues off of the mountain.
Designed by Croatian firm 3LHD architects, the restaurant Vidikovac at Ski Center Radusa is situated in the scenic Uskopaljski Valley.
The low-profile pavilion was inspired by the concept of a lookout. Visitors can take refuge from the icy cold by gathering around large, open fireplaces while enjoy food and beverages. Like many mountain roundhouses, the interior is finished with warm woods to contrasts the stark white outside.
To find out more about Restaurant Vidikovac and the unlikely skiing in Croatia visit the their website pegasus.ba
All next week we will be interrupting our normal broadcast of the Aether Journal to bring you live updates from our motorcycle trip: Aether Chasing Winter.
As the ski season comes to a close and the motorcycle riding season begins, we’re taking a trip of a lifetime and chasing the last of the snow up the Rockies. For the next week, we’ll be riding from Telluride, CO to Jackson Hole, WY on fully-loaded BMW GSs, stopping at every major ski resort along the way. Our goal: to hit the last of the snow and the first of the open roads.
While we’re out there, we will be testing out our new motorcycle jackets, the Skyline and Canyon, as well our entire winter collection. It might be spring time, but it’s still the Rockies. Things are going to get cold.
So stay tuned to the Aether Journal for updates, and follow our daily progress on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. #AETHERchasingwinter
The Function Ultralight Ski & Snowboard Carry System ($40) makes hauling cumbersome snowboards and skis a lot easier. Weighing a scant 84 grams (about as much as an iPhone) this carrying system is made of Mil-spec Nylon webbing and Hypalon edge protectors. Two different styles allow for a backpack (snowboard) or bandolier (skis) configuration. When not in use, the Function Ultralight straps fit into an included Tyvek stuff sack that measures 3.5″ by 4.5″. Essentially small enough to fit pretty much anywhere.
Last winter professional skier turned professional videographer, Michael Clarke got back out on the slopes to shoot some material with current free stylers : Justin Dorey and Simon Dumont. They spent two days shooting under the clear western skies of Breckenridge, Colorado, with a fair deal of time devoted to The Breck half-pipe. This flowing, visually arresting vignette of precision work is what they came back with.
It may be considered a Scandinavian country, but without any major mountain ranges to speak of, Denmark is at a bit of a loss for skiing. That is why the architecture firm CEBRA has proposed an indoor ski facility that would put SkiDubai to shame.
The proposed SkiDome will be approximately 1,076,000 square feet, with over 750,000 square feet being dedicated to nearly two miles of indoor and outdoor slopes – well over the size of SkiDubai’s 242,187 sq.ft indoor facility.
The design of the park is based on a six point snowflake. On the roof of one of the arches there will be the black ski runs for outdoor skiing, while other roofs will be home to facilities for skateboarding, BMX-ing and a landscaped park.
In the far northern hinterlands of Russia, dilapidated relics of the old Soviet Union dot the arctic tundra. For the few people still living in these remote regions life can seem rather bleak, which has led the local youth to develop their own unique style of adrenaline-vodka fueled stimulation.
Recently the Finnish film collective Nipwitz took a trip into Russia’s Murmansk Oblast to film a little bit of urban skiing – similar to the JP Auclair street segment from All.I.Can. Here, the crumbling Soviet structures act like a giant adult playground, allowing skiers countless obstacles and trick variations. The neighborhood kids come out to watch and eventually join in the fun. However, as director Aarni Toiviainen mentions in the beginning of the film, Russian hospitality can sometimes be a little hit or miss.
In 1809, Norwegian lieutenant Olaf Rye strapped on a pair of skis and launched himself 9.5 meters into the air in front of an audience of soldiers. This reckless act of showmanship was quickly adopted by the Norwegian people and the sport of ski jumping was born. As the sport matured so did the facilities, and soon there were hill being created all around the world specifically for the purposing of jumping.
The crown jewel of these facilities is in the town of Holmenkollen, just a few miles outside of Olso. Ski jumpers have been launching off this hill since the late 1800′s and it has undergone many drastic renovations since. In 2008 the Norwegian government awarded JDS Architects a contract for a brand new facility, one that would boast world-class amenities and a unique cantilevered design.
Like most major construction projects, the ski jump was late and wildly over-budget. A consultant report ordered by the municipality found that pressure to find cost savings measures to stay within the budget, which was underestimated to begin with, resulted in slower progress and even higher costs. Despite being somewhat of a bureaucratic boondoggle, the ski jump was finally completed in 2010.
The ski jump rises a total of 69 meters and features an integrated spectator seating, judges booth, press section, warm-up lounge for skiers and trainers, as well as an observation deck on the top. The facility is also home to the Ski Museum which presents the history of skiing over the past 4,000 years. However, more so than anything, the structures represents the grandiose and insane aspect of the sport itself. Rising majestically above the misty mountain top, one can’t help but look at the ski jump and ask, “Do people really go down that?”
However, like most problems, an ounce of prevention can be worth a pound of cure, and one way to do that is to raise awareness and educate people about the risks involved with back country skiing. Joining that effort are the filmmakers from F9 Photo, who are currently finishing up their feature documentary Snow Guardians. The film immerses the viewer in the life and work of Ski Patrol at several Rocky Mountain Ski Resorts. They hope to capture the hard work and passion of Ski Patrol and snow science experts as they endeavor to save lives in challenging, dangerous, yet beautiful locations.
The team just recently finished up a successful round of funding on Kickstarter that should help them finish up post-production. Look for Snow Guardians to be release sometime these year.