Happy New Year!!! 2011 is going to be a great year! For the riders here at GMR, we have been lucky enough to have stumbled upon some new secret features over the past few weeks. Even though we were supposed to be taking a break for the holidays, the weather was just to beautiful to pass up riding. We were able to get some nice powder turns and runs in early last week just before the temps went on the upswing.
We had a great day out this past Saturday, we went on a mission. It was New Years Day, and we wanted to start the new year out with something awesome. We woke up early (not an easy task for most the morning after New Years Eves) and packed all our usual gear, along with an over-sized shovel. By 9:00am it was nearly 50 degrees outside, and we were ready to build up some features. The goal for the day was to take some natural cliffs, trees, knolls, and ledges, and turn them into something worth filming. We knew the snow was going to be perfect for sculpting, and the upper elevations still had a lot to offer in terms of snowpack. We were headed to a section of a mountain we had stumbled upon the previous Friday.
The landing was no more than fifteen feet wide, through and over trees, and there was no room for error. Even on the run out, a simple mistake could cost somebody greatly. We NEVER reccommend that anybody set out to build kickers in the woods, ever. We have been doing this for years, and know what we are doing and getting into. Bad things can and will happen, even to those with lots of experience, like our riders. Our crew has already had a few injuries so far this season, and many close calls. Saturday was no exception on those close calls, although thankfully there were no serious injuries.
The weather is finally starting to feel like winter again, with much colder temperatures than this past weekend. There is even a little snow in the forecast for this coming week! With the holidays going on, we haven’t had a chance to post anything for a few weeks, let alone update our Clip of The Week segment. So without further ado, here is our 4th Clip of The Week this season, and lets keep up the hope of more snow to come our way!
**Here is a bonus video clip from one of the powder days just before Christmas, up on Camels Hump. Point of View run with Chris Tower, down a beautiful secluded set of woods.***