THE WKND

The ski community lost two legends today. Actually, scratch that, the world lost two amazing humans. JP Auclair and Andres Fransson were reportedly killed by an avalanche while climbing a couloir in Chile. JP — largely responsible for freestyle skiing’s existence in its current form — was always a step ahead of the curve, whether it was pioneering urban, taking park tricks to the backcountry, or in more recent years, honing his mountaineering skills.
The first time I ever saw JP was on an episode of Pontiac World of Skiing circa 1998-ish. The show was complete crap, but as a young die-hard skier during the pre-internet era, I would sit through hours of Steve Podborski’s tips on how to arc the perfect turn on a groomer in hopes of a few seconds of powder or hucking cliffs. On this particular episode I hit the jackpot — they were doing a feature on the New Canadian Air Force. During the segment they showed JP, sporting his signature pom-pom toque, doing a backflip mute grab in Whistler’s (snowboard) park. I promptly ran up to my parent’s closet and dug out my mom’s old-school pom-pom toque, that up until that moment I thought was super lame. The following summer, I spent hundreds of hours at my friend’s pool perfecting backflip mute grabs off the diving board. After many back slaps, and swallowing a lot of chlorinated water, I took the trick to snow and landed it. While wearing my old-school pom-pom toque, of course.
Rest in peace, JP. Even though I never met you, your skiing and creativity had a huge influence on me. I’ll be sure to huck a backflip or two for you this winter.
- Gio
PHOTO: Powder Magazine
Sep 30

The ski community lost two legends today. Actually, scratch that, the world lost two amazing humans. JP Auclair and Andres Fransson were reportedly killed by an avalanche while climbing a couloir in Chile. JP — largely responsible for freestyle skiing’s existence in its current form — was always a step ahead of the curve, whether it was pioneering urban, taking park tricks to the backcountry, or in more recent years, honing his mountaineering skills.

The first time I ever saw JP was on an episode of Pontiac World of Skiing circa 1998-ish. The show was complete crap, but as a young die-hard skier during the pre-internet era, I would sit through hours of Steve Podborski’s tips on how to arc the perfect turn on a groomer in hopes of a few seconds of powder or hucking cliffs. On this particular episode I hit the jackpot — they were doing a feature on the New Canadian Air Force. During the segment they showed JP, sporting his signature pom-pom toque, doing a backflip mute grab in Whistler’s (snowboard) park. I promptly ran up to my parent’s closet and dug out my mom’s old-school pom-pom toque, that up until that moment I thought was super lame. The following summer, I spent hundreds of hours at my friend’s pool perfecting backflip mute grabs off the diving board. After many back slaps, and swallowing a lot of chlorinated water, I took the trick to snow and landed it. While wearing my old-school pom-pom toque, of course.

Rest in peace, JP. Even though I never met you, your skiing and creativity had a huge influence on me. I’ll be sure to huck a backflip or two for you this winter.

- Gio

PHOTO: Powder Magazine

Pow-blaster by Nico Vuignier 
Photo by Mattias Fredrickson
Jul 16

Pow-blaster by Nico Vuignier

Photo by Mattias Fredrickson

Apr 13

This winter I had the opportunity to do a graphic for my friends at Skevik. They make insanely nice handmade skis in Vernon, BC. Anywho, I’m super pumped how they turned out. This gif is just a little tease — the pics don’t really do the matte finish justice, but I’ll be posting some detailed shots soon. Big thanks to the boys at Skevik for hooking it up, as well as Bruce Giovando - http://altapp.ca/ and Todd Takahashi - www.toddtakahashi.com/ for design/art direction help along the way.

If you want a pair, hit up www.skevikskis.com and ask for THE WKND graphic.

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Montana boost care of Wiley Miller.
P: Angry Jordan
Feb 18

Montana boost care of Wiley Miller.

P: Angry Jordan

My wife and I were supposed to spend two weeks getting pitted in Japan this winter for our honeymoon, but some “career stuff” came up so we decided to postpone. Patagonia’s #japanbyvan feature is making me second guess said decision. No matter who’s having a shit snow year, it always seems to be dumping in Japan. Check it out here: http://www.patagonia.com/ca/trips/JapanByVan—93678
Feb 2

My wife and I were supposed to spend two weeks getting pitted in Japan this winter for our honeymoon, but some “career stuff” came up so we decided to postpone. Patagonia’s #japanbyvan feature is making me second guess said decision. No matter who’s having a shit snow year, it always seems to be dumping in Japan. Check it out here: http://www.patagonia.com/ca/trips/JapanByVan—93678

Powder Mag’s recent photo of the day was a gooder. Ryan Creary caught Phil Hudec blasting in the Sunshine Village slackcountry.
Dec 31

Powder Mag’s recent photo of the day was a gooder.
Ryan Creary caught Phil Hudec blasting in the Sunshine Village slackcountry.

Heli Kicker
Dec 18

Heli Kicker

Duh, we’re in the Rockies.
Dec 17

Duh, we’re in the Rockies.

P: Logan Imlach
Nov 30

P: Logan Imlach

Nov 23
Nov 17

(Source: ctbonvivant, via patagonia)

Banks Gilberti at Hood.
Nov 17

Banks Gilberti at Hood.

 White wave courtesy of Bryan Fox
Nov 17

 White wave courtesy of Bryan Fox

Skier: Nico Vuignier
Oct 19

Skier: Nico Vuignier

Skier: Chris Benchetler
Photo: Unknown
Aug 12

Skier: Chris Benchetler

Photo: Unknown